Biannual

20 Jul 19
Mother Jones
Recent polling on race relations is pretty grim reading. Ever since Ferguson, both blacks and whites have agreed that race relations in America are getting worse. No matter how you ask the question, you get the same result. But this tells us nothing about actual racial attitudes, which are notoriously tricky to measure. However, there’s a question on the biannual General Social Survey that I’ve long thought was one of the best indicators of racist attitudes: “Are racial differences due to lack of will?” This, I think, is a fairly nonthreatening way to ask about the widespread belief among some whites that blacks (and other minority groups) should quit complaining and just work harder. The responses jump around from year to year, so I’ve chosen just a few key dates in the chart below to make the trend clearer: [inline_image id=”attachment_768666″ align=”none” width=”1265″][/inline_image]Among white Republicans in the pre-Obama years, the number who felt that the biggest problem among blacks was lack of willpower (LOW) was pretty steady at around 50 percent. But when Obama was elected president, LOW suddenly shot up by ten points. The mere fact of having a black man in the White House was enough to trigger feelings of racial resentment. This faded out a bit over the next six years, but in 2016 LOW was still five points higher than it had been before Obama was elected. This is one of the things that helped Donald Trump get elected. But look what’s happened since. With Obama gone, LOW plummeted 11 points. It’s now precisely where it would be if it had followed the pre-Obama trendline for another ten years. This suggests that racial resentment among white Republicans has been on a steady downward trend for more than 20 years, interrupted only by the election of Barack Obama. But with Obama now out of the picture, racial resentment is way down from 2016, which means that Donald Trump has far less raw racial material to work with than he did four years ago. This doesn’t mean that Democrats can go hog-wild in the wokeness sweepstakes, but it does mean that Trump’s increasingly vitriolic racism is probably having less of an effect than we fear. The most likely outcome of all this is that Trump will feel like he needs to go further and further to get the same response he did in 2016, and that will eventually force him to go too far. Maybe it already has. Even his fellow Republicans seem to understand the danger here, which is why they asked him to back down on the “Send her back!” chants. Trump’s base may love it, but there are a whole lot more people who are repulsed by it.
19 Jul 19
Could You Be a Kidney Donor? What to Expect If You Give the Greatest Gift

I first met Brenda online a couple of years ago through a Facebook living donor support group. We were both so moved by having donated that we became strong advocates for donation awareness and went a step further in deciding to write books about donation (hers for young children, mine for adults). I was excited […]

19 Jul 19
Camestros Felapton

Dragon Con accidentally tweeted to the wrong Dragon Awards yesterday (thanks to Doris for spotting this). Those poor souls who have ever had to try and cover Dragon Award news will sympathise with the error. Dragon Con apparently tweeted to the account of the City of London Dragon Awards (hard to tell, the account is […]

19 Jul 19
betweenmeyouandtheblogpost

Sally and Toni have been friends since high school. They’ve stuck together through thick and thin. When Sally lost her mum two years ago, Toni moved in with her for two weeks to comfort and console her. Theirs was an admirable friendship. Only that Toni was mentally enslaved to Sally’s success. Sally was a successful […]

19 Jul 19
WWD

The “Rankin: From Portraiture to Fashion” four-month show will be unveiled on Oct. 18.

19 Jul 19
The Neverending Unread

It’s time for my favorite, biannual readathon!! The #24in48 Readathon is a weekend-long readathon that takes place every January and July, wherein we try to read for 24 out of the 48 hours from 12AM EST Saturday until 12AM EST Monday. Some folks do a “half sweet” version where they read 12 hours. It doesn’t […]

19 Jul 19
Meanderings and Musings

I spent most of the day lurking in Lower Hutt while the car got its biannual service. Lower Hutt is not exactly an urban hotspot, but it has a good art gallery  – The Dowse Art Museum – and a really nice library. I happened across a great exhibition by a local sculptor and painter […]

19 Jul 19
Kutsho

A Crash Course in Wilderness Medical Training – In early June, I took my biannual Wilderness First Responder (WFR) and CPR recertification courses. Between refreshers of the patient-assessment system and rescue breaths, I thought about the instances over the past eight years when I’ve had to apply my training. As a new WFR in 2011, I remember being […]

18 Jul 19

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18 Jul 19
Sunraysia Life

Diane and Richard Cavanagh have four daughters, 10 grandchildren and one great grandchild, but their family extends much further. Over the past 30 years the couple has collected more than 300 orchids, which they love and care for as dearly as their own children. Teagan Bell chats with them about their love affair with all […]

18 Jul 19
A blog called 'Gary'

Loitering in her favourite stairwell spot, Ivana Pavlović sized us up through black beady eyes, before disappearing out through a broken window with an indignant squawk. Ivana, an industrious Serbian pigeon, had been dragging 3ft long sticks in through the window in an unsuccessful bid to build a mega nest on a very small sill. […]

18 Jul 19
Event Industry News

The first of the Events Industry Board’s (EIB) biannual “Events Industry Senior Leaders Advisory Panel” meetings took place earlier this month, giving attendees a platform to discuss challenges and opportunities for the industry with representatives from the UK Government and the EIB. The Events Industry Senior Leaders Advisory Panel comprises senior leaders from UK venues, […]

18 Jul 19
Find Out The Knowledge Of Looking For A Dry Skin Therapy

Natural sunlight's potential to harm you has actually actually been blown out of percentage by medical professionals, corporations, advertisements, charm experts, and health officials. You have actually most likely heard these people state that you need to remain out of the sun because the sun can kill you. Simple Family Components But Great Skin Care […]

18 Jul 19
Natural And House Made Face Masks

Every chance I get, I go to Pasand Indian Cuisine, which lies at 1377 West Campbell Road in Richardson, Texas. I am fortunate that this fantastic Indian dining establishment is right up the street from my parents' house in North Dallas. My hubby and I like to drop the kids off with my folks, and […]