Friday, June 13, 2014

Alternate Realities Roundup 6/13

Posted By on June 13, 2014, 4:00 AM

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In preparation for the World Cup Black Brazilians complain of police violence.---

Top of the Alty World

“In Brazil: ‘White People Running Are Athletes; Black People Running Are Thieves’”--The Root

Hillary Clinton's lack of support for same-sex marriage prior to 2013 could hurt her in a Democratic primary.--The Atlantic

The stunning defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor reignites the civil war between Tea Partiers and establishment Republicans.--Rolling Stone

Chris Hedges a Pulitzer-prize winning author and progressive writer has faced numerous complaints of plagiarizing his works even borrowing lines from Ernest Hemingway without attribution.--The New Republic

Top of Alty Utah

The state's lawyers told lawmakers that taking control of public lands will be a very tough case to win.--Utah Political Capitol

Salt Lake D.A. Sim Gill is facing some passionate political opposition from within his own office.--Salt Lake City Weekly

A poll finds Latinos in the west in favor protecting public lands.--Utah Policy

Radio host and author Tamu Smith talks about being a “Mad Black Mormon.”--Salt Lake City Weekly

Rantosphere

Former Deseret News reporter Bob Bernick challenges the conspiracy theory that the LDS Church and the hedge fund that owns The Salt Lake Tribune are conspiring to kill the Trib.

“This is the most egregious allegation – and the liberal’s most infamous black helicopter. Let’s, for a second, even suppose the Church leaders want the Tribune dead, and I’m not certain they do. It is counter to reason to believe the hedge fund bosses want the Tribune dead.

A dead Tribune makes no profits for the hedge fund. A dead Tribune, no longer publishing, has no value to the hedge fund. It can’t be sold. The hedge fund wants to make money. That is it’s ONLY motivation. A dead Tribune, or a financially-crippled Tribune that is withering on the vine, makes no money for the hedge fund. It makes no financial sense for the hedge fund to “conspire” to kill the Tribune. None.”--Utah Policy

The Long View

Family members who have lost loved ones to gun violence talk with Slate about their frustrating lobbying efforts for gun control and the terrible and unique grief they have to live with.

“It is excruciating because of the way your loved ones have been killed. Knowing the details. The Newtown families, their little babies were shot 11 times with a 223 that destroys so much tissue and bone. To know that information. To know the way Tom’s son was killed, and my daughter was killed, how many bullets, where they struck them, what their last moments were like. It’s very traumatizing. Yet all of us have chosen to find our voice, to use our voice because these stories hopefully impact our fellow Americans to take corrective action. In time that will happen. Unfortunately, our numbers are growing every day.”--Slate

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