Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Alternate Realities Roundup 1/15

Posted By on January 15, 2013, 10:00 AM

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A new report shows that billions of tons of food is wasted every year because of poor agricultural practices and storage and it's depleting the world’s water supply.---

Top of the Alty World

“Everyone is Throwing Away Too Much Food”—Mother Jones

The Jackson Free Press looks at the political stalling that’s held up the Violence Against Women Act.—Jackson Free Press

Salon looks at five new ways police can violate your rights, including high-voltage handcuffs.—Salon

Top of Alty Utah

Embattled Utah A.G. John Swallow is now asking for an investigation to clear up the controversy alleged by Internet marketer Jeremy Johnson that Swallow facilitated a bribe to help derail a federal investigation against Johnson. His request comes after critics have asked for Department of Justice investigation —KUER

KRCL looks into Utah’s fierce gun-loving ways by hosting journalist Mary Malouf and gun advocate Janalee Tobias.—RadioActive!

A childrens book about a family with lesbian mothers has been returned to shelves in Davis County after the ACLU challenged the decision to remove it.—Q Salt Lake

A Utah GOP senator has compared the conservative think tank The Sutherland Institute to the Westboro Baptist Church.—Utah Political Capitol

Rantosphere

The Nation asks when will we discuss gun control for the Pentagon?

“There’s just one piece of the picture missing. Now that lawmakers, DAs, governors and the White House have all agreed that gun violence is wrong, when are we going to start talking about troops and bombs and drones? You think American weapons are a problem in the U.S.? Take a look at what American weapons are doing outside the country.”—The Nation

The Long View

Environmentalist and former Salt Lake City Mayor Ted Wilson talks about his decision to lobby on behalf of the SkiLink project, which he sees as a viable solution to cut down on cars driving up Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons.

“To support his vision, Wilson cites a Talisker-commissioned study from 2010 that claims 4,000 cars enter Big Cottonwood Canyon on an average day. If SkiLink is built, the study predicts, traffic volume in the canyon would drop by up to 300 cars a day—reducing one-way traffic at peak times by 10 percent and eliminating 18,000 vehicles each year. “I’ve always been sort of opposed to cable-ways, mainly because visually, they are not the best thing around,” Wilson says. “But would you rather see four people in a ski lift going over the ridge, or would you rather see four people in a belching car driving up the canyon?” –Salt Lake City Weekly

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