You may have noticed that Best Of disappeared for a while. With a couple vacations (Leavenworth, WA and St. Pete/Orlando, FL), Christmas and New Years holidays Sally and I put our efforts into moderation and spam control. I've nearly caught up from our low staffing the past month. All of these were submitted by loyal readers.
It's been a bit. Here's stuff you should read.
original writing on Newsvine
Jensen-576947 writes "Our Brief Encounter With Democracy"
Many of us older generation, do remember the adages of the past. A few come to mind: Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it. Oddly, we have unwittingly set the stage to return to the past. Just how could that be? One must consider all the options for the future, based (of course) in past history. Ours is not the only civilization that has made its mark, but compared to the Chinese Dynasties, even the Holy Roman Empire, our experiment with Democracy is but a brief moment in the scheme of things.
TheJeremyNix writes "An Open Letter to My Friends who Support Donald Trump"
I'm cool with you removing me from your friends list if you don't like this post. You can even disown me if you like. But Donald Trump isn't a good person, nor would he be a good president. I can understand a difference in politics. I can understand if you don't like a government run by Democrats. I can understand if you don't like certain ideologies, like Socialism. But I can't understand why you would support someone as hateful, sexist, racist and ignorant as Donald Trump.
President Obama like exceptional human beings are created when entitlements are withdrawn, incentives and training is encouraged. The segment of nation subject to entitlement and freebies will end up as 'The father buys, the son builds, The grandchild sells, and his son begs.'
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TiG seeded from Faith in Allah "Freedom of Religion and Apostasy in Islam"
katrix seeded from Slate "Wild feral horses are bad for the environment in the West."
BD Styers seeded from Council on Foreign Relations "Politics, Power, and Preventive Action » How Many Bombs Did the United States Drop in 2015?"
Soph0571 seeded from Daily Kos "Ted Cruz Has an Actual, Honest-to-God Birther Problem"
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I have friends who would never consider the option of abortion for themselves and even as a pro choicer I would never presume to try to convince them otherwise, but on the other hand, and this might be more indicative of where I live and who I meet, none of them would presume to interfere with another woman's personal, health choices and they certainly wouldn't want to see other women deprived of the many other services that clinics provide from preventative care to family planning to treatment for std's. I really think that Republicans, aside from the very brave Republicans for Choice, underestimate the average person's commitment to privacy and personal freedom regardless of how they feel about abortion when it comes to their own lives.
Public relations indeed - it's no longer the substance that matters,it's how it is presented.It's not the facts on both sides of an issue,it's the creating of a public perception independent of anything beyond a kernel of truthAs though winning a debate on technique and points actually changes the reality of what is happening on the ground - and then believing the side that "won" just because of presentation.
Advice for the Week: Trout Giggles wrote an article about choosing which Nations should see your article/seed/photo.
It's good to be back.