This is a curated list of articles, seeds, photo/video posts and comments for the past two weeks. The series will combine the use of Newsvine's "thumbs up" as well as the minds of the Newsvine team. As always, meta articles about the proper use of the site will be ignored for this feature. Those tend to get both the most upvotes, as well as the most flags.
You missed a busy week. It's time to catch up.
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Gedde writes "Our National Embarrassment"
Soon, I think, one of the more intelligent candidates will realize that they really can risk offending the base, because they'll dutifully follow their handlers on the path of hatred of the other. No, the smart candidate will soften considerably the placation of the base in preference for prostituting themselves before the corporatists. Perhaps Fiorina is smart enough to do this. I don't know, but I think it inevitable. Not that it's going to matter much come the Election, however.
Soph0571 writes ""Well, They Must Have Enjoyed Being Wooed To Give Consent""
Apparently the chains, whipping, raping and selling on must be part of a wooing process that is only understood in the minds of some?
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Angry Left-532262 seeded from Addicting Info "Trump Bombs At GOP Debate, Spends All Night Hate-Tweeting Megyn Kelly (TWEETS)"
Happily BLUE in Ohio seeded from Salon "Donald Trump, clown prince of slime: Why are we still pretending this sexist joker is a serious candidate?"
Garyray-501488 seeded from OpEdNews "The US Economy Continues Its Collapse"
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jumpshotjarrod comments on "Christianity is under Persecution!!!!"
IN REPLY TO: Truth Sleuth#1.3Not only is there not an argument against it, there's some very good evidence supporting exactly that idea, and then some. Specifically, multiple cities have been building apartments and giving them to chronically homeless people as their analysis was showing quite clearly doing so actually ended up being much cheaper in the long run (the primary cost savings was in the reduction of usage in emergency services). http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/02/housing-first-solution-to-homelessness-utah
What a novel concept - end homelessness by housing people!
I actually have a long winded rant about this - it centers around the idea that many politicians hide behind the fiscal argument of "we can't afford to take care of people in need" even though what they really believe is that we shouldn't be taking care of people in need because people in need don't deserve it. Obviously, the first argument plays better because it implies the person saying it cares for people in need but their dispassionate pragmatism allows them to see the bigger picture. What the evidence suggests (not just on the housing front, but on various social services fronts) is that it's cheaper to take care of people in need so the "we can't afford it" implication would appear to be (at least for some) a convenient way to say "screw those people - they don't deserve help" without actually having to say "screw those people - they don't deserve help".
Tip of the Week: Check out the new seeding feature. There should be a carousel of photo options, rather than just the single option previously.
So who's going to make next week's Best Of? What did we miss?