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Anti-Semitic Google

I don't know how to say it in any other words. Sometimes people are stupid. Apparently Google is now anti-semitic: MEGA SEARCH engine Google has been hit by complaints that its search engine is anti-Semitic. It all started when Steven Weinstock, a New York real estate investor and former yeshiva student, did a Google search on “Jew”. The first site he got was Jew Watch, which looks at alleged Jewish conspiracies, Nazi literature and other anti-Semitic topics, under headings such as “Jewish Controlled Press” and “Hitler on the Jews?

Exclusive Diversity

Yet another pesky double standard in uber-liberal Ann Arbor gets the verdict from a judge. At the city's largest public high school, a so called "Diversity Week" in 2002 excluded a student with a dissenting opinion to participate in a forum, sparking a lawsuit. Recently, a federal judge criticized the school and compared their actions to Nazi Germany. A final ruling is expected in a week. Here's the thing that I find interesting.

Civic Responsibility

I thought I might mention that I just voted. It was just three issues on the ballot, but one of them has really been a devisive issue for Ann Arbor. So anyways, if you haven't voted, you might as well do so. Someone once said to me: "don't complain if you didn't vote". I guess people are quick to criticize but slow to participate. When apathy runs rampant, what can you do?

Affirmative Analogies

A conservative student group at the Southern Methodist University put together an "Affirmative Action" bake sale, where students were charged different rates for their gender and race. Apparently the university wasn't thrilled. As I recall the fine students at the University of Michigan were the first to try this. Even though that didn't sit well with the (over represented) liberal student body, it did not result in any problems. The interesting fact is that in a conservative state such as Texas, with a generally conservative student body such as SMU, it caused a notable uproar.

In Whose Best Interest?

In the northeast part of Ann Arbor where I live, the foundations for a new housing complex is beginning to take shape. For the most part it resembles any other development with one minor exception: its intended demographic is low income residents. Somehow the residents of the nearby affluent subdivisions felt that low income housing would be a breeding ground for crime and drugs, cause traffic problems and danger to young children by speeding cars.