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Alternate Realities Roundup 12/27

by Eric S. Peterson
- Posted // 2013-12-27 -

The U.S. has sent Hellfire missiles to Iraq to help the government after a recent attack by militants.

Top of the Alty World

“U.S. Rushes Weapons to Iraq Amidst Bloody Sectarian Conflict Set Off by 2003 Invasion”--Democracy Now!

Despite a public outcry, a new sentence for an Alabama man who repeatedly raped a teen won't include prison time.--Mother Jones

Utah's same-sex-marriage case could result in a Supreme Court decision that would legalize gay marriage nationwide.--Slate

ProPublica looks at the easy fixes that could help protect and improve the safety of temporary workers.--ProPublica

Top of Alty Utah

Gov. Gary Herbert appoints attorney Sean Reyes as the next Attorney General.--Utah Political Capitol

Over 700 marriage licenses were given to same-sex couples in Salt Lake County over the weekend since the announcement that the state's gay-marriage ban was unconstitutional.--Q Salt Lake

Q Salt Lake announces its person of the year: OUTreach Resource Centers champion Marian Edmonds Allen.--Q Salt Lake

House investigators say Swallow lied to Salt Lake City Weekly about a controversial fundraiser, and also show that Shurtleff threw Utah Homeowners under the bus to protect Swallow.--Salt Lake City Weekly

Rantosphere

City Weekly reflects upon the historic court decision allowing same-sex marriages in the state.

“This is a huge moment for Utah, and an even bigger one for these couples. And, of course, it’s a big moment for those who oppose same-sex marriage, too—though beyond the predictable Facebook fights, I didn’t see any public protests forming on Friday. And it took hours for the state to organize and request an emergency stay on gay marriages. Meanwhile, hundreds of gay couples had dropped everything to go get married. For all the outcry about how gay marriage weakens traditional marriage, it seems the immediate effects of Friday’s ruling were felt only by those whose ability to get married had been changed.”--Salt Lake City Weekly

The Long View

MATTER takes a look at England's surveillance state and its troubling implications.

“During the 1990s, thousands of cameras, including plate readers, were installed to form a so-called “ring of steel” around the City of London, a massive operation aimed at ending the string of Irish Republican Army bombings in the financial district. Laws were changed to make the technology more effective: Legislation enacted in 2001 required characters used on plates to be displayed in a font that made them easier for ANPR cameras to recognize. In the same year, the government decided to deploy “spectrum vans”—mobile units with multiple ANPR cameras, connected by radio to local control stations—across every police force in England and Wales. The success of the scheme led to Project Laser, a 2005 plan to deploy more than 2,000 fixed cameras nationwide, and to the creation of the National ANPR Data Centre, which is tasked with handling the information collected. Since that time, the system has been continually, if largely invisibly, expanded throughout the UK.”--MATTER

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