Vaguely interesting (July 31)

(1)  You know that cool thing where reminding people of money makes them more politically conservative? Yeah, umm, that’s probably not real.

(2)  A big part of what makes red regions red and blue regions blue: They have different percentages of Christians.

(3)  Surely you can’t be serious. I am serious, and don’t call me Shirley, or older, or poor, or rich, or overweight.

(4)  “Democratic edge in Hispanic voter registration grows in Florida.”

(5)  Do men overestimate women’s sexual intentions? Well, it’s complicated.

Vaguely interesting (July 28)

(1)  Racial composition of various religious denominations.

(2)  “How, exactly, does the Trump implosion everyone is predicting happen at this point?”

(3)  When thinking through the political implications of socioeconomic status, keep in mind that lots of people need safety nets at some points in their lives.

(4)  “Black Americans didn’t need the media to tell them that policing was unequal in their communities, that disproportionate numbers of blacks were behind bars, or that economic outcomes for whites and blacks were widely divergent. They knew it in 2008, and they know it today. White Americans were, until the recent spike in media coverage, largely shielded from these realities.”

(5) The missing link is found, at long last convincing religious lizards that they’re descendants of damn dirty snakes.

Vaguely interesting (July 23)

(1)  “The rise in retractions shows the state of social science is strong, not weak.”

(2)  “Being arrested is nearly twice as deadly for African Americans as whites.”

(3)  The share of the global population living on $2 or less a day dropped from 29% in 2001 to 15% in 2011.

(4)  “First, ideologies are coalitions of interests. Second, their adherents try to influence parties.”

(5)  “[T]he Republican Party … has to negotiate between the need to improve its standing with Hispanics and to keep hardliners in the fold. Leaving, for now, a seam that can be mined.”

Vaguely interesting (July 20)

(1)  You know that really cool thing where you cause people to be incidentally disgusted and then their unrelated moral judgments become more severe? Yeah, umm, that’s probably not real.

(2)  You know that really cool stuff about how birth order relates to personality? Yeah, umm, that’s probably not real.

(3)  Drivers are substantially more likely to stop at a crosswalk for a white pedestrian than a black pedestrian.

(4)  Tell white people they’re privileged, and they’ll tell you how hard their own lives have been.

(5)  Lots of studies claim negative views of minorities drive prejudice; but maybe it’s the desire to be prejudiced that drives people to adopt a threat narrative.

Vaguely interesting (July 15)

(1)  The economic nationalism of Trump.

(2)  Public opinion on the Iran deal is mostly about opinions on Obama.

(3)  11% of white children and 38% of black children live in poverty. 

(4)  Republicans have an inherent advantage when it comes to drawing congressional districts, because Democrats are clumped in cities.

(5)  Everything is awesome.

Vaguely interesting (July 13)

(1)  Mass incarceration in America.

(2)  Empathy is a choice.

(3)  Maps: high school graduate rates and relative cost of living.

(4)  “Walker is well-positioned to appeal to the average Republican voter because he is the average Republican voter.” (Comparing the demographic profiles of Rubio and Walker.)

(5)  How deep are Republicans’ demographic problems?

(6)  Letterman takes a break from retirement to deliver a Trump Top 10 List.

Vaguely interesting (July 10)

(1)  A reminder that immigrants from Latin America are racially complex. (This will become more relevant over time, as definitions of “white” in the United States continue to change in response to new immigrant waves.)

(2)  Map of worldwide anti-gay prejudice. (Notice how similar it is to a map of worldwide education levels.)

(3)  “Singling out Islam as a cause of political behavior and a platform for conducting foreign policy obscures the broader and always entangled economic, historical, geographic, political and religious contexts in which discrimination, violence and coexistence occur. We lose sight of the bigger picture. Social tensions and conflicts that have roots in multiple contributing factors are depoliticized, their causes explained away through reference to intolerant theologies.”

(4)  Highly educated, rich, secular Democrats are really liberal; other Democrats are more likely to mix together liberal and conservative views.

(5)  Congratulations to South Carolina for taking only 150 years to get rid of a flag of a treasonous effort to maintain the right to enslave humans.

Vaguely interesting (July 8)

(1)  Tybur/Inbar/Guler/Molho and Shook/Terrizzi/Clay/Oosterhoff debate the role of disgust in politics.

(2)  If Bernie Sanders can’t expand beyond white liberals, he’ll have a short run.

(3)  African American support for Democrats began in the late 1940s and solidified in the mid-1960s, because Democrats showed more support for policies in their interests.

(4)  “95 percent of elected prosecutors are white; 79 percent are white men.”

(5)  Bill Nye can’t bring himself to admit that he has no frickin idea how evolution relates to homosexuality. (To be fair, I’m not sure anyone really does.)

Vaguely interesting (July 7)

(1)  “And if you ever meet me out on the street, just go ahead and ask me about politics or religion or the meaning of life — anything but sports or the weather.”

(2)  Which U.S. states have well-functioning democracies?

(3)  Economic segregation today.

(4)  Daniel Finkelstein in The Times of London uses our book to puzzle through the UK’s political coalitions.

(5)  A great example of what Rob and I are talking about when discussing “people with less human capital who are members only of traditionally dominant groups” in Chapter 5.

Vaguely interesting (July 6)

(1)  No matter how you slice it, abortions have declined rapidly since the mid-90s.

(2)  To reduce teen births, provide birth control that works.

(3)  “‘White America’” is a syndicate arrayed to protect its exclusive power to dominate and control our bodies. Sometimes this power is direct (lynching), and sometimes it is insidious (redlining). But however it appears, the power of domination and exclusion is central to the belief in being white, and without it, ‘white people’ would cease to exist for want of reasons.”

(4)  Pharmaceutical and medical device companies pay at least $2.5 billion a year to doctors.

(5)  “Maybe we should stop asking what’s wrong with wheat, and begin asking what’s wrong with us.”