links for 2010-09-29

  • In your text, treat Africa as if it were one country. It is hot and dusty with rolling grasslands and huge herds of animals and tall, thin people who are starving. Or it is hot and steamy with very short people who eat primates. Don’t get bogged down with precise descriptions. Africa is big: fifty-four countries, 900 million people who are too busy starving and dying and warring and emigrating to read your book. The continent is full of deserts, jungles, highlands, savannahs and many other things, but your reader doesn’t care about all that, so keep your descriptions romantic and evocative and unparticular.
  • Excellent piece, the best concise summary of why Western aid is probably not only not helping, but hurting African countries. Guy works for the Peace Corps, as a "white teacher" he's used as a pawn by local governments, takes job at aid agencies, which play political games, frame issues for donors in too simple terms, but donors don't care anyway. Way too good to quote
  • Falling, being chased, teeth falling out, back at school, spouse cheating. Didn't know being chased was so popular, i don't really have the other ones
  • Get darker/lighter shades of any color.
  • Results indicated that relationships recovered significantly when offending partners used behaviors labeled as explicit acknowledgment, nonverbal assurance, and compensation.
  • or, you could simply charge for water at the market price: "For the first time, federal estimates issued in August indicate that Lake Mead, the heart of the lower Colorado basin’s water system — irrigating lettuce, onions and wheat in reclaimed corners of the Sonoran Desert, and lawns and golf courses from Las Vegas to Los Angeles — could drop below a crucial demarcation line of 1,075 feet. If it does, that will set in motion a temporary distribution plan approved in 2007 by the seven states with claims to the river and by the federal Bureau of Reclamation, and water deliveries to Arizona and Nevada would be reduced. This could mean more dry lawns, shorter showers and fallow fields in those states, although conservation efforts might help them adjust to the cutbacks. California, which has first call on the Colorado River flows in the lower basin, would not be affected."

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