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Alternative Realities Roundup 5/15

by Eric S. Peterson
- Posted // 2012-05-15 -

For more than a year, a course at the Department of Defense’s Joint Forces Staff College taught officers that “total war” may be necessary against the nation of Islam, even discussing “taking war to a civilian population wherever necessary,” Wired reports.

Top of the Alty World: “U.S. Military Taught Officers: Use ‘Hiroshima’ tactics for ‘Total War’ on Islam”—Wired.

The Florida Supreme Court heard a crucial foreclosure case that could have national ramifications for banks that used automated robo-signatures for foreclosure proceedings.—Democracy Now!

Truthout interviews the protest organizers for the upcoming NATO summit in Chicago on the high cost of the organization’s military campaigns and reliance on drone warfare.— Truthout.

Top of Alty Utah

New data shows sexually transmitted disease, poverty and a lack of insurance are on the rise among Utah children.--KCPW

Governor Gary Herbert and his Democratic opponent respond to President Barack Obama’s support for gay marriage by sounding their opposition.—Q Salt Lake.

The American Legislative Exchange Council is holding an annual meeting in Salt Lake City this summer, and KRCL’s Nick Burns hosts Maryann Martindale from Alliance for a Better Utah and Brendan Fischer from the Center for Media and Democracy to discuss ALEC’s influence on state legislators.—RadioActive

The president of the Utah Adoption Council resigned in protest over unethical practices of some adoption agencies.—KUER

Valley Mental Health looks to the future after receiving Medicaid certification for a new program.—Salt Lake City Weekly.

Rantosphere:

Truthout’s Marjorie Cohn calls out “Romney the Bully” writing that “Romney made a career of bullying when he was head of the private equity firm Bain Capital. Bain would invest in companies, load them up with debt and then sell them for huge profits.”--Truthout

The Long View:

From CW’s cover is a look at the Goshute tribe’s battle over water that could be siphoned off to Nevada.

“Water is fundamental to the Goshutes’ beliefs, and they fear losing to Las Vegas’ thirst the sacred waters, around which their ceremonies revolve, that tumble down 11 streams from the Deep Creek mountain range. In the Goshute language, Steele says, water is referred to as a human being, a living entity. It is in the water that the spirits of their ancestors reside. If the water goes to Las Vegas’ fountains and man-made Venetian canals, the spirits will go there, too.”—Salt Lake City Weekly

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