Breakfast Links: August 18, 2011

— Some people are way too into their favorite brands.

— Who suing whom in the great mobile phone patent war?

— Groupon appears to be a ponzi scheme.

— The next local insurgency featuring Muslims to be proclaimed a global security menace is in Nigeria.

— The social basis of self-respect (related?).

“When I graduated high school the notion of gay marriage was a joke.”

— Another good review of Fed Up.

— Sentencing children to the foster care system for the “crime” of having parents in possession of tiny quantities of recreational marijuana seems ludicrous.

— S&P cripples US recovery.