This is a curated list of articles, seeds, photo/video posts and comments for the past
week couple months. The series will combine the use of Newsvine's "thumbs up" as well as the minds of the Newsvine team and suggestions via email or support. As always, meta articles about the proper use of the site will be ignored for this feature.
It's time to catch up. This one might be long. I'm not including any seeds during this, as there's already a ton of original content.
original writing on Newsvine
jumpshotjarrod wrote "Our Nation's Morality Can't Come From the Bible"
And for those who may immediately see such a statement as a game of semantics and thus respond with something along the lines of "of course morality doesn't come from the Bible; it comes from God"; my contention is that such a proclamation doesn't hinge on the semantic wordplay. Rather, morality can't come from God either, in any functional sense. Thankfully, this appears provable even when we grant a belief in Jesus Christ (in fact, it appears more provable there than anywhere else). Indeed, even if we are devout believers in the faith, the idea that our morality comes from the Bible (or God) falls apart upon even the most surface level inspection.
TheJeremyNix wrote "Contemplating Controversial Images in Photojournalism"
In this instance, photojournalist Kevin Carter is said to have waited around for twenty minutes to get this shot. He was reportedly hoping the vulture would spread his wings to get a more dramatic image. When that didn’t happen, he simply waited as long as he could and snapped the shot when the vulture was closer to the emaciated child. He was surrounded by Sudanese soldiers as he walked through the scene, so the complaints that he should have done something to help the little girl are, to my mind, unfounded.
Bad Fish wrote "Make Newsvine Great Again!"
I'm going to make Newsvine Great Again! I'm going to hire the brightest and smartest people.
I'm going to renegotiate ad agreements with the Chinese. I've made many deals with the Chinese, I always win.
We have to start by building a wall. A big, beautiful, powerful wall. It will keep all trolls out.
Chucky Stuart wrote "Iowa Caucus Explained"
After 4 hours have gone by, a name is randomly drawn from the Goblet of Fire. This is the candidate chosen from the caucus.
MalamuteMan wrote "With a Prance in Her Step"
Yesterday (Jan 24) this changed very suddenly. Early in the day Smokey had been prancing energetically down a snow trail… then shortly after her evening meal she was coughing, choking, drooling, having difficulty breathing, and clearly in great distress. We did our best to comfort her through the night… the prednisone miracle had worn out. The lymph inflammation had come back with a vengeance… pretty much throughout her entire body… she was in terrible pain… So this morning (Jan 25), with great sorrow, we said good bye to our dear Smokey girl. Now, Smokey is moving on to another place… with a prance in her step…
Proloy Bagchi wrote "DESTINATIONS :: JAIPUR (2015)"
Last October my wife and I visited Jaipur after a long hiatus - of around 35 years and what we saw was highly agreeable. It has grown quite a lot since we were here more than thirty five years ago and it is still growing. The "Resurgent Rajasthan" campaign is giving it the impetus, it is now a city of 40 lakhs (4 million), double the number of Bhopal where we live. The new areas are beautifully laid out. “Vaishali” is one such new development where the roads are wide and commercial buildings both, massive and good looking. It has now a new airport - small but functional. An agreement seems to have been negotiated with Thai Airways for ground management – a concept that I have not seen implemented anywhere in India so far.
I Like Bernie. I always have, and he's done remarkably well in this primary season. But, the "revolution" called for by his policy positions and his supporters is simply not achievable in our political reality.
Without contemporaneously delivering a Democratic (and probably necessarily filibuster proof) Senate, and without ridiculously unlikely gains in the House after decades of nakedly partisan gerrymandering, the results of a Sanders presidency would be decidedly underwhelming.
C.Cory Spencer wrote "The OFFICIAL Newsvine Primary™ a poll" it's not actually official
Unlike the “real world” both party’s candidates are all on one poll. I sorta pondered long and hard about making two polls, and I could see the advantages to both a Democratic poll and a Republican poll done separately, and allowing all Viners to vote twice. The results could have been interesting, but after scientifically flipping a coin -- twice -- fate demanded a mashup of all the candidates in one poll!
Soph0571 simply asks "Do You Believe in God? (Poll)"
show, don’t tell
Jalmeno on "Islam isn't inherently violent or peaceful"
The status quo appears to be in the cards for the foreseeable future, which does further damage to both parties. There are winners and losers on both sides of the conflict, and rather than look to see an end, there is a permanent pissing contest to see who is suffering more.
Quote of the Week: "Truth uncompromisingly told will always have its jagged edges." -- Herman Melville (from Billy Budd)