On the relationship between energy companies and the Amish
[E]xtraction companies are buying up the rights to drill on private property with unprecedented speed. At stake are geysers of money. And in the thousands of cases in which the landowner is of the Amish faith, their business partner would never dream of taking them to court should things go awry. This, obviously, has enticed some companies to take advantage of Amish farmers—who are finally figuring out how to fight back.
posted by frimble
on Jun 8, 2013 -
"I hadn’t gotten beaten by my mom that day, and we hadn’t had any significant arguments over anything. I thought that if I died, I wanted to die without being mad at my mom. So I thought, I might as well take the opportunity to do so before I got back to the house—at which point who knows whether there would be another fight or a beating." Escaping the Amish
posted by jbickers
on Jul 16, 2008 -
"My first day on the job was the Amish school shooting at Nickel Mines in Lancaster County, Pa. in October of 2006.
Here is some video of what I saw that day." Raw footage from that terrible day, recently posted to YouTube. 1
, 5 [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan
on Oct 7, 2007 -
Amish Girls Gone Wild?
There is a tradition in Amish communities to allow young adult members to experience the outside world and to decide if they will join the church for life. This Rumspringa
period is a time to taste the forbidden fruit of beer, cell phones and dancing. It has spawned a movie
and I find personally fascinating.
posted by UseyurBrain
on Mar 18, 2007 -
Sexual abuse amongst the Amish
has traditionally been handled by the Amish. However, some victims are breaking with their communities and exposing their cloistered world to legal authorities and losing their entire family in the process. (Nerve.com link, relatively SFW)
posted by nathan_teske
on Jul 2, 2004 -
"We’re not behaving, sometimes we’re pretty wild."
The buggy’s interior is upholstered in royal blue velour. A triangular swatch of the same material is attached to the dash. Silver key chains with colorful emblems - Guns and Roses, Cleveland Browns, and a miniature baseball bat - hang from battery-operated light switches.
Five stereo speakers - including a 12-inch sub-woofer - line the inside of the covered buggy.
On the seat is a selection of old cassette tapes: "The Outfield," "Vixen," and "Hooters."
"This thing will rock, I’m telling you," one of the boys says.
posted by quonsar
on May 8, 2001 -