Apologies to my readers for the lack of posts these past couple of weeks. I’m moving to London for grad school this weekend, so it’s been difficult to keep up with the blog, but mostly because I didn’t want to do a half-ass job for all of you who regularly keep up with Left and Center. I’m not sure what this blog will look like when I live in London. School will take up a considerable amount of my time, and the time-change will undoubtedly be an obstacle. What I imagine happening is that I’ll shift from a number of posts per day to one or two longer ones.
But back to the matter at hand. It’s been one hell of a week for news, and while I wish I could have written more, I’m happy about what’s been put out. The most popular post of the week was my reaction to where we now stand in regards to Syria: A Better Solution. Close behind in terms of traffic was my breakdown of Russian President Vladimir “KGB” Putin’s op-Ed in the New York Times, Putin, Troll.
Other popular posts (mostly because they were the only posts!) included The Astonishingly Bad Arguments For Another Middle-East War; Could This Kerry Gaffe Save Us From Another Middle-East War?; and, but of course, Forget The Pill, Meet The Pullout Generation.
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I feel like in years to come, we’ll look back on events this week and wonder what we could have done, or argued, differently. I don’t know what will happen if we intervene in Syria. No one can know something like that. What I rely on instead is what little I know about regional history, past military interventions, sectarian violence and the great fallacy that is international law. But despite my furious objection to intervention, my heart breaks that so many innocent people have died — and will die. In a perfect world, we could act as guardian protectors for all those who cannot protect themselves. Provide justice from above. But this isn’t a comic book, and limited air strikes won’t make a bit of difference in the rate of death, turmoil and despair in that poor country. What will happen, I fear, is that we’ll be sucked into another war.
That means more death. More suffering. That’s what I’m opposing.
The most popular post of the week — unsurprisingly — was one of my many pieces on the subject: Syria Is Not Iraq. It’s Much Worse.
Other notable posts included Republicans Were Invited To Attend And Speak At MLK Ceremony. They Didn’t Show Up.; Did The Worst Chemical Weapons Attack In Decades Just Happen In Syria?; the hilariously contentious Starbucks Is Better Than Your Local Coffee Shop. Deal With It.; The Arguments For (And Against) Intervention In Syria; and finally, Boomers, Ye Be Warned: Millennials Are Not Anti-Politics.
More after the holiday.
(Photo: Chair. Joint Chiefs of Staff)
It’s nearly the end of our first summer here on Left and Center, and we’ve quickly realized that August does indeed bring with it amazingly slow news-days. But I hope you’ll agree we still found some important things to discuss on this little blog.
The most popular post of the week doubled as one large capitulation from your Editor, one which I did not anticipate writing: Glenn Greenwald Vindicated, Surveillance State Out Of Control.
Other well-liked pieces included some baffling news out of the South, Louisiana Republicans Unsure If Obama Was More To Blame For Katrina Response Than Bush; our coverage of some seriously harrowing news from the Middle East, Did The Worst Chemical Attack In Decades Just Happen In Syria?; Two Opposing Views Of Bradley Manning’s 35 Year Sentence; a very welcome Study Which Finds That The More Sex You Have, The More Money You Make; and finally, the absurd fact that in the U.S., We Subsidize Religions To The Tune Of $83.5 Billion A Year.
Thanks for checking in, as always.
(Photo: Rafael Amado Deras)
The most popular posts of the week both had to do with the saddening swell of violence and terror in Egypt this week: Violence Erupts In Egypt — Reactions & Analysis, and my follow up piece Egypt Quickly Descending Into Hell.
Other highly circulated pieces included Californians Use Less Electricity Than Everyone Else — Here’s Why; our brutal and effective Photo Of The Day: “Not All Violence Is Physical”; and whether or not it’s time to mark The End Of The Art Gallery?
Just a few recommendations, in case you missed them: Is Washington In A Post-Policy Moment?; my thoughts on why Obama’s Economic Approval Rating is so terribly dismal; Here’s How Little The Public Knows About The Deficit; and a small defense of Edward Snowden, Time To Give Credit Where Credit Is Due.
For good measure, also check out Rep. Steve King’s latest racist rant. Good luck with that Hispanic vote.
The most popular post of the week — and consequently the most read post during any week long stretch — was my polemic against our president and his plan to arm Syrian rebel groups, entitled Buckle Up America, We’re About To Enter Another War.
Other popular posts included the Latest Conservative Plan To Derail Obamacare The Most Sinister Yet, a funny but important report which found that Only Old People Watch Fox News Anymore, the unfortunate but expected details exposed in Rep. Steve King, Cantaloupe Calves, And The GOP’s White Racial Panic, my defense of centrism in Does “The Center” Still Exist, and finally in response to the inane hoopla surrounding the birth of a baby, I lamented American awe of the British House of Windsor in A Royal Fetishization.
See you all Monday!
Sorry it’s taken until the end of the day on Sunday for your weekly installment of Best Of The Week, but just like Bukowski, “my ambition is handicapped by my laziness”.
Unsurprisingly, most popular post of the week — and in terms of traffic, ever — was my initial reaction to the Zimmerman Trial verdict, Not Guilty, followed by Cato’s Got Jury Duty? Consider This, the rather unkind polemic Liz Cheney Really Is The Worst Thing In The World, and my take on the largest municipal bankruptcy in American history Here’s Why Detroit Failed: Reactions And Analysis.
Some other popular posts were UCLA Study Finds That Sex Addiction Is Not A Disease, The Moral Dilemma Of Abortion, and finally Does Culture Make A Difference For P.T.S.D In Soldiers?.
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It was quite a heavy week of reporting here on Left and Center, but we gladly stayed away from writing anything about the Zimmerman Trial, and instead focused on the news. As always, the vast majority of the traffic went to the homepage, which is what I always intended with this blog.
Your favorite posts from this past week were a Massacre In Cairo: One Step Closer To Civil War, my polemic against Republican inaction and indifference titled Conservatives Don’t Give A Damn About Governing, Cato’s timely piece written more than a week past about Why The Farm Bill Mattered, my take on the importance and difficulties in Comprehending Evil, and a rather distressing and callous story out of one of our more tiny states where Iowa’s All-Male Supreme Court Says It’s OK To Fire A Woman If You Really Want To Sleep With Her.
Other notable posts included Koch Brothers To Launch Huge Misinformation Campaign Against Obamacare, my argument of the vital and usually overlooked impact of labeling something as what it is in Edward Snowden And The Difference Between Prosecution And Persecution, some thoughts regarding a really groundbreaking yet controversial college financing plan entitled Everything You Need To Know About Oregon’s “Pay It Forward” College Program, and finally our double dose of wonkish charts: the first showing that the U.S. Is Ranked 28th In Health Care Outcomes, and the second proving Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid Of Flying, Ever.
A wonderful weekend to you, dear reader. More on Monday.
The most popular posts of the week were Doubting “Darwin’s Doubt”, Southern States Move Quickly To Suppress The Black Vote, our coverage of A Revolution In Egypt: Why We’ll Be Here Again Soon, and the follow up piece, Finding A Place For The Muslim Brotherhood.
As always, the homepage gets the brunt of the traffic, along with our new and improved About Us page, where you can now see pictures of my good looking bloggers and their ugly editor.
See you tomorrow!
A couple is wed in San Francisco soon after the state approved marriage licenses (by Pargon)
The most popular posts of the week as chosen by our readers were Texas Republican Thinks Rape Kits “Clean Out” Pregnant Victims Of Rape And Incest, our report that Snowden Took the NSA Job In Order To Gather Evidence, the full breakdown of the Voting Rights Act: Everything You Need To Know, Cato’s important piece about Why The Farm Bill Mattered, and finally, Saying Goodbye To The Washington “Scandals”.
Other popular posts were Fareed Zakaria’s The Threat Comes From Within, Here Are The States Already Prepping Discriminatory Voter ID Laws, and The Case For Class Based Affirmative Action.
Here are some posts you may have missed, but we think are important: whether or not it’s Time To Stop Worrying About American Foreign Policy?, DOMA Struck Down: Reactions And Analysis, #StandWithWendy: The Fight Is Not Over, and finally, our thoughts regarding a revelation about the NSA leaker, Snowden: “(Leakers) Should Be Shot In The Balls”.
Thanks for stopping by,
We’re trying something new here on Left and Center with our weekly roundups. For a while I’ve tried a roundup at the end of each day and a complete roundup at the end of each week, but from reader feedback and traffic, compounded with the fact that roundups take an exorbitant amount of time and energy, I’ve decided to change things up a bit. The beauty of the calendar located to the right of this site is that readers can quickly find each day’s articles. What I’m going to do is feature the most popular posts from the week, based on traffic and sharing. As always emails are welcome, and constructive criticism appreciated: firstname.lastname@example.org
The most popular posts of the week were Why The Government Is Justified In Obtaining Your Phone Records, Misconstruing Orwell, my thoughts on The NSA Having Your Emails, Greenwald’s Leak of a Presidential Directive, and The World We Live In.
Other highly read posts were our new View From The Hill feature, a study that found Europeans Don’t Believe In Plagiarism, whether or not Particularism Is The Best Philosophy, the difficultly in Escaping the Solitude Of The Humanities, and a Republican report that the GOP Is Reviled By Young Voters.
See you in the morning.
(Photo by flickr user Ryan Somma)