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.


Sunday, October 16, 2011

Occupy the Board Room

By John Ballard

?Occupy the Board Room
Go there.
Pick someone to write. The site is very user-friendly. 
Get with the program. 

#occupyeverywhere for a renovation of business morals

It's been two years since my family business suddenly came to a halt. I do not hate the people that through a systematic chain reaction made our customers disappear, because of an artificial fear for investment. I have a hard time with those that don't see the inconsistency with the way things currently work. We are in need of a renovation of leadership. We need our great nation graduates to break the system of "I don't care". #occupyeverywhere for a renovation of the business morals.

Sebastian Cabrera


You are not alone

And so you must start acting like it. Your actions and policies affect millions of people in a myriad of ways. You have received a great deal, it is time to accept the gift graciously and return it with generosity of spirit, not greed.

We are watching. And we are many.

Michele Gielis Cambridge, MA 02140


shoebox banking 

how dare you.
Enforce slavery?

Be ashamed, you sad sad man.
Karma won�t escape you.

?CHARTS: Here's What The Wall Street Protesters Are So Angry About...
If you need heavy artillery, go here.

?The Entrepreneurs of #OccupyWallStreet by Tom Watson

...The focus on growth is the right one. And right now, Occupy continues to grow. Micah Sifry has been tracking social media metrics; on Friday he posted that OWS had doubled in size over the previous eight days, while also noting that the spike in original attention had moderated somewhat.

I think it's also clear that the Occupy movement has moved beyond its "early adopters" - protest-ready young people, online activists, anarchist hacker types, alternative media, and the social media chorus for distributed protest movements. Combine Micah's Facebook metrics with some anecdotal experience and I think the picture is of a startup that is close to its mass adoption moment.


Fueled by outrage (and empowered in part by the innovative use of technology and communications) Occupy Wall Street has burst out of the founders' garages. It embodies a real entrepreneurial spirit, even as it attacks the worst excesses of big-box, the fix-is-in capitalism. And its brand is going wide. I was standing along Sixth Avenue waiting for the cops to let us through their armored phalanx, when I overheard a midwest-tinged conversation to my right.

"What's going on?" said the older women to her spouse. They were clearly dressed for the theater. The husband answered quickly, and no malice or cultural judgment in his voice.

"Oh you know who it is, hon. That's Occupy Wall Street."

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