Links, 8/20/11

Of interest:

  • Megan McArdle, “Somali Famine Victims Have to Give Food Aid Back After Posing for Photos” – from the article: And the aid is not even safe once it has been distributed to families huddled in the makeshift camps popping up around the capital. Families at the large, government-run Badbado camp said they were often forced to hand back aid after journalists had taken photos of them with it.
  • “Horror Stories from Tough-Love Teen Homes” (h/t thag) – from the article: The girls’ behavior was micromanaged down to the number of squares of toilet paper each was allowed; potential infractions ranged from making eye contact with another girl to not finishing a meal.
  • Sam Kean, “Where Did Those Naked Ladies Come From?” – (warning: smut alert) From the article: It was yet another reminder that although the periodic table is universal, people’s reactions to it are anything but.
  • Jay Cost, “Welcome to the Invisible Primary” – from the article: The “New Politics” reformers of the early 1970s thought they were sending the power to nominate back to the people, but that didn’t really happen. The people have some power, no doubt, as exercised through the primaries and caucuses, yet the party establishment still retains significant control. Through the money and endorsements that are dispensed over the course of the invisible primary, they determine who is and who is not a viable candidate – and it is from this list that the voters ultimately must make their choices.
  • “Renegade Miami football booster spells out illicit benefits to players” – a comment on this sort of thing and the university as an institution is forthcoming.


  1. Since it’s the University of Miami, the only thing that’s really surprising is the level of detail in the allegations. This is probably one of the worst-kept secrets in the ACC….

  2. The girls’ home article is horrifying.

    It reminds me of a girl I used to know with an Independent Baptist preacher for a father. I suspected she received similar treatment at home (not because of her father, but because of her appearance and demeanor and things that she would say), and after reading this it seems even more likely. How sad.

    I don’t understand, though how so many parents can so willingly ship their kids off to a place with recurring police raids and abuse accusations. Did they actually support what was happening?

  3. My goodness those horror stories of the baptist and christian girls reform schools are horrendous. I remember going to boarding school and being scared, but thank goodness I never went to one of those places. I went so I could play sports and not have to worry about anything but that and school.

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