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.
You missed a busy week. It's time to catch up.
original writing on Newsvine
Alan Curtis Montgomery writes "That Which Unites Us Also Divides Us"
I have grown tired of the patriotic fervor of Nationalism. A fervor that arrogantly proclaims One Nation’s people greater than another people. A vehemence that stirs up conflict and tension among neighbors. A zeal that leads to cultural imperialism, war, and exploitation of the third world.
dwillie writes "Hispanic Conservatives Just Put Black Conservatives to Shame"
Where is the black conservative? With a couple of noted exceptions, he is either sitting by allowing his silence to serve as endorsement or he is explicitly endorsing and providing cover for the racism by joining in. While Hispanic conservatives seek to hold their fellow republicans accountable for bigoted rhetoric and damaging policies, black conservatives continue to go along to get along, falling into a shameful silence in the face of pandering to the racist extremists in their political coalition. Worse yet, some curry favor by aping even the most inflammatory of bigoted republican rhetoric. Wing-nut bloviator Michael Massie intoned:
evilgenius writes "My head's the clouds..."
shared content that inspires conversation and learning
Soph0571 seeded from AlterNet.org "Christian Fundamentalists' Plot Against the Constitution: What Kim Davis's Newly Unearthed Emails reveal"
L78lancer seeded from AL.com "Federal judge says Alabama must reinstate Planned Parenthood agreement"
show, don’t tell
insight, wisdom, laughs
sky dog on Newsvine says
Change almost always occurs on the middle ground. Advancement is negotiated by those with the middle position. It is always a dynamically unstable, conservative politic that allows change to drift toward one of the extremes, either radically conservatively or radically liberally inspired.
The middle is where you want change to occur. The middle is where you want the general moral compass to point. And it is the middle one is always trying to influence to shift the center, thecenter being the political prize.
Quote of the Week: "Message boards are like going to a Halloween masquerade party. Everybody has a screen name." - John Mackey, CEO Whole Foods
So who's going to make next week's Best Of? What did we miss?