links for 2009-05-08

  • "In order to assess explicit prejudice toward Jews, we directly asked respondents “How much to blame were the Jews for the financial crisis?” with responses falling under five categories: a great deal, a lot, a moderate amount, a little, not at all. Among non-Jewish respondents, a strikingly high 24.6 percent of Americans blamed “the Jews” a moderate amount or more, and 38.4 percent attributed at least some level of blame to the group. "
  • "But the coup de grâce may have come last night when Sotomayor bashing traveled outside the beltway, and on to the Late Show, where David Letterman portrayed Sotomayor as a Spanish-speaking version of Judge Judy."
  • "The Saudi Student Organization has two goals, he said. One is to celebrate Saudi Arabian holidays and the other is to increase awareness of Saudi Arabian culture and fight stereotypes.

    Alhumaidi has encountered some of these stereotypes when he participated in an international forum in Chico. “People thought we didn’t have trees, cars or shopping malls, and that we just lived in a desert with camels,” he said. By participating in events like the International Festival, tabling and implementing more routine meetings, Alhumaidi is hoping to increase awareness and membership in the club, he said. “The organization welcomes everyone to learn more about Saudi culture,” he said."

  • "Massachi and her family are among homeowners in more than a dozen states who allege Chinese drywall has emitted corrosive gases they believe have given them health problems. Homeowners also allege the gases corrode metal components including copper wiring, causing air conditioners and other household systems to fail."
  • "A Native American woman from Wounded Knee won a historic ruling in federal court based on a century-old treaty between the U.S. government and the Oglala Sioux Tribe after she was sexually assaulted by a military recruiter. The U.S. government must pay Lavetta Elk, formerly of Wounded Knee, almost $600,000 in damages after she was sexually assaulted by Army recruiter Staff Sgt. Joseph Kopf in his car January 2003, according to court documents. Judge Francis Allegra based the ruling on a "bad men" provision in the April 29, 1868, treaty between the government and the Oglala Sioux Tribe."
  • "Ljungqvist is the 50th Playmate of the Year, and the magazine's first African-European to have the honor. Hefner called the 27-year-old Swedish/African stunner – 2008's Miss March – "truly unique.""
  • "Like many African Americans, I have been followed in stores on countless occasions. Sometimes, I believe it has been racially motivated and sometimes, I suspect that it has not been. But there we were, the only customers who warranted being followed, and the only black customers in the entire store. I turned to my daughter in order to take her hand, to prepare her to leave the store. In a not-so-subtle voice, my daughter said: "Mommy, why is she following us?"
  • "So in the end, it comes down to what our priority for the AP program is. Is it to create an elite (and elitist) cadre of students who are thoroughly ready for college, a program that is a reward for young people who have already demonstrated success and a program will be measured by how successful each of its participants are?"
  • "European Muslims have much more loyalty to the countries they live in than is generally believed, a survey says. The report by Gallup and the Coexist Foundation says 77% of British Muslims identified with the UK, compared with 50% of the general public. "
    (tags: Europe muslim)