Farewell. The Flying Pig Has Left The Building.

Steve Hynd, August 16, 2012

After four years on the Typepad site, eight years total blogging, Newshoggers is closing it's doors today. We've been coasting the last year or so, with many of us moving on to bigger projects (Hey, Eric!) or simply running out of blogging enthusiasm, and it's time to give the old flying pig a rest.

We've done okay over those eight years, although never being quite PC enough to gain wider acceptance from the partisan "party right or wrong" crowds. We like to think we moved political conversations a little, on the ever-present wish to rush to war with Iran, on the need for a real Left that isn't licking corporatist Dem boots every cycle, on America's foreign misadventures in Afghanistan and Iraq. We like to think we made a small difference while writing under that flying pig banner. We did pretty good for a bunch with no ties to big-party apparatuses or think tanks.

Those eight years of blogging will still exist. Because we're ending this typepad account, we've been archiving the typepad blog here. And the original blogger archive is still here. There will still be new content from the old 'hoggers crew too. Ron writes for The Moderate Voice, I post at The Agonist and Eric Martin's lucid foreign policy thoughts can be read at Democracy Arsenal.

I'd like to thank all our regular commenters, readers and the other bloggers who regularly linked to our posts over the years to agree or disagree. You all made writing for 'hoggers an amazingly fun and stimulating experience.

Thank you very much.

Note: This is an archive copy of Newshoggers. Most of the pictures are gone but the words are all here. There may be some occasional new content, John may do some posts and Ron will cross post some of his contributions to The Moderate Voice so check back.


Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Just default

By Dave Anderson:

The Big Picture has Greek interest rates:

The Greek 1 yr yield is rising another 635 bps to 94.85%. The Greek 2 yr is up by 260 bps to 54.9% and the 10 yr yield is above 20%.

Time for the Greek government (actually time was a year ago) to just default and let the creditors take their losses for being horrendous risk managers.  Most loan sharks would be embarrassed to offer loans at those rates. 

The other option for the Greek government and their version of the Very Serious People is even more crippling austerity that somehow does not lead to economic growth but allows for them to inflict unneccessary pain down the income and asset ladder. 


  1. Everyone who is paying attention knows that Greece etc are eventually going to default. They are just trying to squeeze as much as they can out of the Greek people before that happens.

  2. Dave--Did you move to a new blogging site?
    Thought I read it somewhere recently.