I’ve decided to move on from this blog. As my intellectual and political interests have shifted, so have my needs for writing. My goal was to try and build a successful blog that I would want to read, and I think I finally did that towards the end. I started this adventure in the middle of summer and got up to around 15k hits with some off and on posting, and I consider that a success. I hope to someday return to doing political journalism/blogging.
The blog had two flaws in my mind:
1. A poor name. can’t lie, it kinda sucked.
2. No organizing theme – it’s mostly about my life and random thoughts, but with a pretension of something bigger. My pretense was bigger than my writing could handle day-to-day.
I’m keeping the blog up as a monument to a very interesting time in my life that saw a lot of personal, political, and intellectual development. I hope to continue that elsewhere, but I don’t think the precendents set on this particular site best serve what I’d like to do with my writing during an important time in my life.
Check this: Karl Rove is trying to lead a challenge to Eric Holder’s nomination as AG of the US. I don’t think Rove or any other part of the GOP cares particularly about Eric Holder per se, they care about Holder’s connections to Clintons, who they would like to tie to Obama. It’s an effort to re-inscribe the partisan frame around Obama and his Administration – and points out the risks O took in bringing so many Clinton-types into the fold when building his Administration.
Ooops, forgot to post today. Busy busy.
In the meantime, read this excellent article by Arundhati Roy on Mumbai, and the historical background to the terrorist attacks there.
Was dope as fuck. Great turnout, lots of fun despite a few sound hiccups.
Check the TBNYU! blog for a word from the folks who made it happen.
And, a shoutout:
I don’t know why this all happened at once, but I came across 2 really dope articles, that give me heart that the world isn’t totally awful:
US Agency Posts ‘Most Wanted’ List for Eco Crimes – Now, normally I would expect that this list would be of so called ‘eco terrorists’, with associated absurd rhetoric. However, the list is actually of polluters who have dodged their fines or punishment. Quite novel considering the overblown fanaticism that is the Green Scare.
No new coal – the calling card of the ‘green Banksy’ who breached fortress Kingsnorth – Someone just walked into a giant coal-fired power plant and turned it off. Seriously, that simple. They didn’t climb anything, no drama, just found their way in, and jammed a turbine, and left a message why. Really dope. Part of the message seemed to include a statistic claiming shutting the turbine reduced UK CO2 emissions by 2%, which points out how easy it could be to target a select number of companies/producers and vastly reduce carbon footprints.