• comment on a post Regulating For-Profit Colleges: A Much-Needed Reform over 3 years ago

    I agree, and rejection of even the most lenient conditions is just another demonstration that the Republican agenda is total deregulation, instead of "reform."

    And where's the push-back from Democrats?

    In our dreams! 

  • on a comment on CAN'T POST IMAGES ON MYDD over 3 years ago

    Thanks for responding, Inoljt.

    What the heck happened to MYDD? I used to post here way back during the Democratic primaries in 2008, and for a while after that, and MYDD was a lively site, with all sorts of posters, Hillary partisans, Obamabots, and the Kucinich faithful like me. 

    And now?

    There are still serious diaries, like your article about for-profit colleges, with zero comments.

    This is sad. 

  • What's going on with MyDD?


    So many diaries with ZERO comments!

  • I like the idea of connecting citizens to take direct responsibility for their neighborhoods, and what could be more appropriate for a post on My Direct Democracy?

    This is something like what I described in "An Astounding Success for Grass-Roots Environmentalism," which is also languishing with no comments except my own.

    And after the neighborhood associations finish clearing snow and mowing parks, they could also plant a few trees! Those things can accomplish miracles!

  • Obviously you're having the same problem posting images as I am, and everybody else.


    There are no images anywhere on this blog, except in the blog-ads!


    What the heck is going on? On the last six or seven user blogs and ten front-page blogs, there's maybe a grand total of 8 comments!

  • http://plantabillion.nature.org/news/meet-fernando-veiga-hes.html


    Fernando Veiga, an environmental services manager, is leading the Conservancy’s campaign to restore one billion trees to Brazil’s endangered Atlantic Forest. Read about his progress to restore the forest he loves.

  • http://www.care2.com/causes/gl...


    By 2050, the artificial forest is slated to stretch over 1.4 million square miles, and will cover more than 42 percent of China's landmass.


  • During WWII the United States devoted all its economic and military resources to defeating Nazism. It won't take anything less to slow down global warming.

  • Your estimate of relative energy savings seemed a little high to me, so I made my own ballpark estimate, and you're just about right, as far as I can tell.

    Changing a 100 watt incandescent bulb to a 40 watt fluorescent light saves 60 watts per hour, and with a rather high estimate of burning that bulb for 8 hours per day, the total savings is 480 watts per day, about half a kilowatt.

    The average American car runs at about 150 horsepower, tooling around town at an average of 25mph, stops included, for about 40 miles per day in an hour and a half. One horsepower is 745 watts, times 150 is 111,750 watts per hour, for an hour and a half per day is about 165,000 watts per day, 165 kwh, 330 times greater than what we saved with the fluorescent light

    There may be a few more cars than households in the USA, but by your estimate 800,000 cars would be about 1/330 of the total number of cars on the road, and that's in the right ballpark.

    Good point!

  • Woodward says Obama only pandered to AIPAC because he is "enmeshed in Hillary Clinton's psyche." It sounds like eerie mind-control to me!

    Al Jazeera sums up Arab reaction to Obama's speech:

    Arab leaders have reacted with anger and disbelief to an intensely pro-Israeli speech delivered by Barack Obama, the US Democratic presumptive presidential nominee.

    Obama told the influential annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Council (Aipac): "Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel and it must remain undivided."

    His comments appalled Palestinians who see occupied East Jerusalem as part of a future Palestinian state.

    Saeb Erekat, the chief Palestinian negotiator, told Al Jazeera on Thursday: "This is the worst thing to happen to us since 1967 ... he has given ammunition to extremists across the region".

    Thanks for asking a reasonable question about my diary. Usually nobody bothers.

  • on a comment on What A Freakin Liar over 6 years ago

    So maybe McCain whispered something at dinner, and a couple of little snitches hoarded it up for future use.

    I'm not voting for McCain, but this crappy gossip belongs in a sewer.

    Arianna Huffington got rich on a divorce from a zillionaire, bought herself a hobby website and some celebrity posters, and turned it into a silly gossip sheet.

    This useless noise is just a distraction from McCain's real craziness.

  • comment on a post Gumption over 6 years ago

    This is a good illustration of the practical, real world concerns of many of Hillary Clinton's supporters. It reminded me of one of Paul Krugman's columns about the difference between Obama and Hillary Clinton:

    If Mrs. Clinton gets the Democratic nomination, there is some chance -- nobody knows how big -- that we'll get universal health care in the next administration. If Mr. Obama gets the nomination, it just won't happen.

    I hope Hillary Clinton will keep up the fight for the sake of all those uninsured and struggling people that the diarist described.

  • comment on a post The Worst Case Scenario over 6 years ago

    The Clintonistas are right about Obama, and the Obamabots are right about Clinton.

    They both suck!

    Dodd/Clark would roll over McCain like a steam-roller going over a cockroach.

  • comment on a post De Facto Racism in the Democratic Primaries over 6 years ago

    I think the relation between power dynamics and racism is more complicated than the binary division between oppressor and oppressed that some of the authors Cardboard cited make of it.

    I think voting by ethnicity or color or religion is a real danger to democracy, and in countries where these differences predominate in the political process, there's never much room for compromise, even when none of the ethnicities manages to dominate the others.

    We're looking at irreconcilable conflicts in Iraq between Sunni, Shia, and Kurdish blocs, and there's no short-term or medium-term fix for it. Kurdistan is now a completely separate nation, and the Sunni are increasingly penned up in little walled Bantustans submerged in the Shia majority.

    The same dynamic is playing out in Kenya, where tribal conflicts underlie every political division, and likewise in dozens of other African countries. Now the Republic of Georgia is falling apart in ethnic splinters on the paradigm of Yugoslavia, and the new splinter republics splinter again into smaller and smaller units.

    So even where no particular ethnic group can attain predominance, voting by ethnicity is still a poison that undermines democracy wherever it appears, and it can be even more disastrous exactly where no particular group overwhelms all the others.

    In the eastern Congo, at least 3,000,000 people have died in ethnic violence in the last ten years, the fighting never stops, and nobody ever wins.

    So the dynamic of oppressor and oppressed isn't the whole story of ethnic division in politics, and it isn't always even the bloodiest chapter in the book.    

  • comment on a post The tragedy of the left over 6 years ago

    This diary probably won't win a lot of recommends, but the diarist's pessimism sounds more like truth to me than most of the upthink than passes for analysis on the blogs.


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