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.


Monday, October 24, 2011

WikiLeaks suspends publication

By BJ Bjornson

It appears that the effort to shut down WikiLeaks by making it next to impossible for its supporters to donate money to the organization has been successful.

One of the world's most notorious secret-spillers is going silent.

WikiLeaks said in a statement Monday that it would stop publishing in order to focus on making money � explaining that the blockade imposed by financial companies including Visa, MasterCard, Western Union and PayPal left it with no choice.

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U.S.-based financial companies pulled the plug on WikiLeaks shortly after it began publishing some 250,000 U.S. State Department cables last year. The group says the restrictions starved it of nearly all its revenue.

I would also note that the timing of those financial companies pulling the plug also happened to coincide with reports that WikiLeaks next big document drop was going to be from the financial industry itself. Self-preservation is a major incentive for wanting the gatherer and publisher of such leaks starved of funds.

Holding accountable and even at times embarrassing the powerful by exposing their secrets was once a job the mainstream media was expected to do and for a time even reveled in, but that time is long past, and we�re now left with media organizations that self-censor even if they haven�t been totally captured by the people they are ostensibly covering.

I wasn�t always in agreement with what WikiLeaks was publishing, but in these days of almost compulsive government secrecy, watching them being squeezed into silence is a sad day for transparency and the freedom of information.

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