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Coming Back On October 7!

Due to the lack of consistent access to internet and space, as well as the natural need to assimilate into a new environment (it’s been quite a change going from California sunshine to London fog), I’ve been absent from my duties here on Left and Center. Orientation week just started, so I’ve pinpointed October 7th as the date when I return to active service.

Until then, dear readers!

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Why It Doesn’t Matter Who Wins The Iranian Election

Remember the Lord of the Rings: the Fellowship of the Ring? There’s a part in the film where Saruman breeds an Uruk-hai warrior named Lurtz — and intrigued by his ferocity, anoints him Lord of the Uruk-hai and commander in battle. Here’s the scene, to jot your memory:

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Finals baby, finals.

Well, this is it. My entire future rests upon the shoulders of a chemistry final beginning at 6:30pm. It’s the last day of my undergraduate career, and this weekend I get to don the old cult robe and follow my Hogwarts dressed peers onto a stage to receive a blank piece of paper – the little things.

So I’m taking the day off from Left and Center. Come back tomorrow for all your social/political/science news and commentary.

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I chose BaddiesBoogie as the name for this blog because, well, it didn’t really matter to me to appeal to a certain kind of audience or demographic. I didn’t begin this site for any particular motive besides to serve as an outlet for my thoughts and feelings regarding social and political issues. I also couldn’t really anticipate where the blog was headed. At first I considered creating a blog that would act as a daily journal, or perhaps a place where I could post my fledgling attempts at poetry. As the site started rolling, subscribers started appearing and traffic began to increase, I noticed that the content of the blog – centre-left political and social commentary – wasn’t really matching up to the title of the blog, or the mission statement.

What I try to do here on this blog is emphasize the importance of reasonable and honest online journalism. A lot of political blogs try to explain the world by shaming it – appealing to a certain kind of niche that frankly doesn’t at all appeal to me. The audience that this blog attracts, I hope, is one that merely needs to be shown rather than told, and whom can decipher for themselves what to believe and what to think.

Politically, I lean to the left, but I don’t let that consume my writing or how I deliver ideas to my readers. Some articles necessarily need to be more blatantly one-sided than others, but for the most part my contributors and I seek to balance out the ideology with well-thought out arguments.

That brings us back to the title: BaddiesBoogie. It didn’t mean anything. Nada. Zilch. I chose it for the good alliteration and the pithy sort of nature it embodied, but it didn’t help the blog attract the sort of audience it should. For that reason I’ve changed the name and said goodbye to my moose. Neither hurt the blog, but neither really served a purpose either.

Goodbye “BaddiesBoogie”, hello “Left and Center”.

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Daily roundup – April 26

I began the day here on BaddiesBoogie with some extended thoughts regarding the future legacy of Barack Obama. The basic premise of the article, located here, is that the age old axiom is that power corrupts, and when power is exercised in secret, it corrupts further. President Obama has unfortunately proven that axiom right. People who exercise power inevitably abuse it when they can wield it in secret. They inevitably lie about what they do when they can act in the dark.

Elsewhere, I pondered the charge of using weapons of mass destruction given to the Boston Marathon jihadawannabe bomber and asked whether or not it was proper to label an AR-15 assault rifle as a weapon of mass destruction, since guns do way more damage to our society than pressure cooker bombs. Then, I shared a story – that’s probably true – out of South Carolina where a 4th grade science class has been taken over by creationist loons.

Your photo of the day featured a PSA out of Saudi Arabia that’s actually also the first ever Saudi Arabian female abuse ad to hit the public. Check in tomorrow for more goings on friends!

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Daily roundup – April 25

Today on BaddiesBoogie I kicked off the day with a critique of one of the political commentators I admire most, Bill Maher, concentrating on his misuse of rhetoric when making arguments against those he disagrees with, and Cato followed up with a smack down on the intolerant and callous Dean Saxton for his racist, bigoted comments.

Elsewhere, I took some time to lament the loss of Sunil Tripathi and spent some time admiring his strong family for their amazing, beautiful comments to the world. Then, barring any new developments, I concluded my thoughts on the week that was “be nice to George W Bush”.

Your Laugh Break! featured the great Will Ferrel in one of his many impersonations of our 43rd President, and your Photo of the Day involved the winner and notable entries in the GDT Nature Photography contest.

More tomorrow!

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Daily roundup – April 24

Today on BaddiesBoogie I began the day by yet again considering the religious extremism that motivated the two Boston bombers to act, this time regarding the important question of the distinction between Islam as a belief and our linkage of Islam and dark-skinned people. Afterwards, I continued my lambasting at the neocon/GOP camp and their decent into revisionist George W Bush history.

Elsewhere Mneysmone offered some thoughts regarding Burma and the efficacy of sanctions, and I followed with a story regarding the estimated $2 trillion shadow economy, pervasive as ever in the United States.

Finally, your Photo of the Day featured yet again astrophotographer Mike Salway with some really amazing shots of the Milky Way Galaxy, and Cato finished us off with a short letter of thanks to Cord Jefferson, over at Gawker, for laying into the horrendous design of the new $100 dollar bill.

No Laugh Break! today, blame it on the Chemistry exam I have in an hour. Time to study. I know what you’re thinking: role model.

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Daily roundup – April 23

Today on BaddiesBoogie I kicked off the day with a revisitation of the the legacy of George W Bush, who is set to officially open his presidential library this week. It’s amazing but it does seem like time heals old wounds, as long as Bush stays out of the public eye and his own party continues to get crazier and crazier. Then Cato offered some thoughts on a developing story out of the House that the controversial CISPA bill has been passed, and could have some wicked pernicious effects.

Elsewhere, I continued to forward the argument – given new information – that the Chechen suspects were driven by religious extremism to carry out a Jihad, and to pretend that anything else was at play would be nonsense. I then shared the real reason the billionaire conservative Koch brothers are set to buy the Tribune Company’s regional newspapers, including the LA Times and Chicago Tribune.

Your daily “Laugh Break!” this time involved a hilarious Jimmy Kimmel segment in which he got Coachella goers to praise some fake bands, and your “Photo of the Day” featured some breathtaking shots by astrophotographer Mike Salway.

Thanks for reading!

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Daily roundup – April 22

Today on BaddiesBoogie I started off with some thoughts regarding the actions of various politicos directly after the horrible tragedy in Boston, concentrating my efforts on some truly callous comments made on subjects ranging from immigration, Muslim Americans, and constitutional rights. Then, after regarding a piece by Glenn Greenwald in the Guardian, I argued against his muddled distinction between presuming someone as innocent and forgoing actual knowledge of circumstances that lead to the suspect, in this case the Boston bomber, doing what he did.

Elsewhere on the blog I shared a rather interesting Washington Post Poll showing that the GOP isn’t merely regarded as out of touch by working class people and minorities, but actually mostly by the demographic they so quickly move to claim: highly educated affluent. Your “Photo of the Day” featured a remarkable aerial shot of One World Trade Center emerging from the clouds at night, and your daily “Laugh Break!” showcased a really hilarious commencement speech to Hampshire College by alternative comedian Eugene Mirman.

Ah, Monday is nearly over. See you all tomorrow!

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Daily roundup – April 19

Tonight marks the hopeful culmination of a terrible, elucidating week for the United States. From the Boston bombing to the Texas plant disaster and the failed assasination of the President, it’s a week we’d like to forget. But we won’t soon forget, because it’s more important than ever to find out why these Chechen, Islamic brothers did what they did. It’s the only we we guard against it happening again.

I kicked off the day with a thorough look at the events that took place from early this morning involving the two suspects allegedly responsible for the Marathon bombing, then offered some thoughts on what this could mean for immigration reform, since it took literally no time at all for Republican critics to politicize the tragedy to achieve political points.

It’s important to pay attention to separate news stories, even when we’re embroiled in a massive event like what took place today, so I took some time to regard a decision made by the Boy Scouts of America to finally lift the ban on gays, so long as the gays in question are youths and not adults. Weird I know, but you can’t win them all.

Finally, I ended the day with a Laugh Break! featuring Louis CK’s new HBO special “Oh My God”, and culminated with a Photo of the Day, featuring Carlon Arredondo, a true American hero, and immigrant.

See you tomorrow friends, be safe.

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Daily roundup – April 18

Today on BaddiesBoogie I kicked off the day with a developing story out of Washington that may mean a future intervention in the war torn state of Syria, then explained as best I could that the reason we don’t have a gun control bill is because we’re “represented” by a Senate that has become totally undemocratic and pernicious.

Elsewhere I featured the tragic story out of West Texas where a huge fertilizer plant explosion took the lives of several people and injured more than 160, then followed that with a lambasting critique of the New York Post, where apparently, journalistic integrity is as disregarded as responsibility.

Finally, needing a little repose from a day of negativity, I shared my favorite “Laugh Break!” so far, featuring a long improvisation by comedian Patton Oswalt, and ended with another installment of your “Photo of the Day”, this time of a beautiful cave hotel in Cappadocia, Turkey.

See you tomorrow!

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Daily roundup – April 17

Today on BaddiesBoogie I began with a cool story about the hacker group Anonymous taking over the Westboro facebook page in retaliation for the worst church in the history of the world (well…) promising to picket the funerals of those lost in the Boston Marathon bombing, then offered some thoughts about Hillary Clinton’s ridiculously high polling figures leading up to the 2016 Democratic nomination.

Elsewhere I lamented the end of the gun control debate on the hill, and provided an explanation to my readers about why the bill failed, and why Congress is so supremely fucked up. I needed a little repose, so our Photo of the Day featured some beautiful shots by German artist Florian Ritter, featuring the majestic Chinese countryside.

I ended the day with an in depth look into a new study by the NY Fed showing that the pernicious effects of our burden laden students in regards to student loans could be serious, for both the students and the future economy. The day came to a close with a “Laugh Break!” featuring hilarious comedy “Little Britain”.

More to come tomorrow!

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Daily roundup – April 16

We kicked off the day here at BaddiesBoogie with a couple of pieces regarding yesterday’s tragic events in Boston. Cato started us off with a touching article regarding our capacities to feel sadness and shed tears for those poor souls we can’t see lose their lives every day in places like Iraq, Syria and others. Then I offered some thoughts on terrorism and why our collective strength will always win out against the purveyors of such horror.

Elsewhere, I briefly considered Rand Paul’s continuing tour to convince African Americans that his party, the Republicans, do actually deserve black support since Abe Lincoln was once a Republican. Good luck convincing educated people that your version of history trumps everyone else’s.

Finally, your photo of the day featured some mind numbing shots taken by the great Michael Wolf, chronicling Honk Kong’s population density, then ended with our daily “Laugh Break!”, this time focusing on the scariest, funniest elevator ride in history.

See you tomorrow.

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Daily roundup – April 15

Today on BaddiesBoogie I began with a consideration of the tape scandal surrounding Senator Mitch McConnell, revealed some harrowing findings regarding long term unemployment, then shared some further thoughts on the prisoners in Guantanamo bay, Cuba.

Elsewhere I brought you some Office Space humor for your daily “Laugh Break!”, then some amazing photos of a sea cave restaurant in Southern Italy, for your photo of the day.

We ended the day with a long, sad, in depth look at the crisis in Boston. I don’t want to comment prematurely, so ill leave you all with this great segment from Ezra’s thoughts:

If you are losing faith in human nature today, watch what happens in the aftermath of an attack on the Boston Marathon. The flood of donations crashed the Red Cross’s Web site. The organization tweeted that its blood supplies are already full. People are lining up outside of Tufts Medical Center to try and help. Runners are already vowing to be at marathons in the coming weeks and months. This won’t be the last time the squeakers run Boston. This won’t be the last time we gather at the finish line to marvel how much more we can take than anyone ever thought possible.

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Stepping away for the weekend

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Apologies readers, but I’ll be stepping away from BaddiesBoogie for a couple of days to compete in the US Universities Debate Championships, coincidentally hosted by my own school the University of La Verne! Be on the look out for your weekly roundup, another daily quote and as always, your poem for the week.

Live long and prosper!

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