This is what Canada is today. Next stop, America.


Republicans are much more opposed to interracial dating than democrats

Nearly one in five Republicans opposes interracial dating, compared to just one in 20 Democrats. For the record, I think that disapproval of black-white interracial dating is actually higher than what people are willing to admit when polled. We can see this in their behavior on dating sites. Republicans are largely white, and we have good data on how whites respond to black profiles and messages.

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This is part of a broader difference in racial attitudes

A poll conducted by the Associated Press before the 2012 election found that 79 percent of Republicans agreed with negative statements about racial minorities, such as “If blacks would only try harder, they could be just as well off as whites.” Among Democrats, the figure was just 32 percent. [WaPo Wonkblog]

Best NYT correction ever

From today’s NYT:

Because of an editing error, an article on Monday about a theological battle being fought by Muslim imams and scholars in the West against the Islamic State misstated the Snapchat handle used by Suhaib Webb, one of Muslim leaders speaking out. It is imamsuhaibwebb, not Pimpin4Paradise786. [link]

Being lonely is more likely to kill you than being obese

Low fitness, smoking, high blood pressure, low income and loneliness are all better predictors of early death than obesity. Exercise is especially important: Data from a 2009 study showed that low fitness is responsible for 16 percent to 17 percent of deaths in the United States, while obesity accounts for only 2 percent to 3 percent, once fitness is factored out. Exercise reduces abdominal fat and improves health, even without weight loss. This suggests that overweight people should focus more on exercising than on calorie restriction. [link]