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