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.


Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Buddy System

Commentary By Ron Beasley

I remember a lot of things from my college days - parties, drunken field trips and did I mention parties?  But I also remember hours at the chalk board doing physics home work with fellow student friends.  Well that was the 60s - no calculators, no computers - the slide rule days.  The academic social network was the blackboard, yes not even the white board.  Times have changed - too late for me academically since at 65 I'm not academic anymore - but social networking is a part at today's students life.  So why not make the blackboard of my academic life a social network?  Well guess what?  it's here - StudyUp.  We have a link in the sidebar.

1 comment:

  1. Gives me a flashback to an afternoon in 1967 when with a group of other adults watching the first episode of Sesame Street we all agreed -- Where was this when WE were learning to read and count?
    (At least we learned how to operate a rotary phone dial.)