Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Alternate Realities Roundup 3/11

Posted By on March 11, 2014, 10:41 AM

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Today's temp workers face abuses as bad as migrant workers from the 1960s.---

Top of the Alty World

“A Modern Day 'Harvest of Shame'”--ProPublica/Vice

Hip hop artists in Afghanistan use music to get politically energize the war-torn country's youth for an upcoming election.--The Atlantic

Illegal marijuana cultivation is taking a heavy toll on California's public lands.--High Country News

Edward Snowden defends his NSA leaks via satellite at a an Austin SXSW presentation.--Rolling Stone

Top of Alty Utah

The House Speaker's major education initiative gets shut down by senate budget talks—Utah Policy

A lawmaker's bill would make it so openly carrying firearms could not be considered disorderly conduct.--Utah Political Capitol

Same-sex adoptions in Utah have put the Attorney General's Office at odds with some judges.--Salt Lake City Weekly

Herbert explains his plans for expanding Medicaid.--Utah Political Capitol

Rantosphere

Truth-Out looks at conservatives' recent targeting of federally subsidized school lunch programs, especially an idea by Rep. Jack Kingston, R-GA, to require low-income students to do janitorial work to pay for their lunches.

“Kingston's scenario would require "the children from poor families to stick around the cafeteria to sweep up while their better-off friends hitch off to recess." Students who already skip eating lunch to avoid stigma might just skip school altogether. Kingston's views echo those of other conservatives. They reflect a conservative agenda that blames the poor, stigmatizes those who need help, and shames those who receive help.”--Truth-Out

The Long View

The Daily Beast looks at the PR firm tasked with putting a positive spin on Vladimir Putin's regime.

“If you go to the website for Ketchum, the Kremlin’s top PR firm in America, you won’t find many clues that the public relations powerhouse represents one of the more loathed regimes on the planet these days. In a section on the firm’s work, the website touts campaigns it has waged for Delta Airlines, Barbie dolls, Cottonelle toilet paper and Haagen-Dazs ice cream. But there is nothing however on Ketchum’s work on behalf of the Russian Federation or the state-owned energy concern, Gazprom. According to the latest Foreign Agent Registration Act forms filed at the Justice Department, Ketchum billed Moscow for $1.5 million for the second half of 2013.”--Daily Beast

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