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Alternate Realities Roundup 7/27

by Eric S. Peterson
- Posted // 2012-07-27 -

The Phoenix New Times plumbs the horrors of refugees from Mexico’s drug war, including the account of Miguel Angel Lopez Solano, a crime reporter whose parents and brother he believes were killed by the government. “Miguel explains, ‘In Mexico, you learn to live with fear. You see bodies decapitated; you see police covered in blood. The fear just gets bigger and bigger. You see the decay of everything.’”

Top of the Alty World

“Mexicans Pay in Blood for America’s War on Drugs.”—Phoenix New Times

The Obama administration invested over $300 million in 2009 on geothermal energy and they may look to double down on that investment next year.—East Bay Express

Mother Jones magazine examines which food products will cost more thanks to the drought.—Mother Jones

Democracy Now! explores Karl Rove’s secretive fundraising arms and the billionaires he’s collected to defeat Obama’s reelection.—Democracy Now!

Top of Alty Utah

KCPW looks at the American Legislative Exchange Council and its love affair with the Beehive State.—CityViews

Former Governor and Presidential candidate Jon Huntsman has announced he will speak at Equality Utah’s fall dinner.—Q Salt Lake

Democratic candidate for Salt Lake County Mayor announced his “Republicans for McAdams” committee at a press conference held in the middle of a Murray road.—Salt Lake City Weekly

Salt Lake City rolls out a pilot for new separated bicycle lanes.—Salt Lake City Weekly

Rantosphere:

A Truthout contributor rails on the militarization of the London Olympics. “The more significant the public occasion -- the more the spectacle of celebration -- the more the risk of something catastrophic happening is heightened. Color-coded systems of anxiety management have come to resemble the fear heartbeat of nations. Compulsive securitization invariably becomes the allied response.”—Truthout

The Long View:

This week’s CW cover explores the problem that could push the Outdoor Retailer’s convention out of Salt Lake City.

“Booths for a thousand brands fill every corner of the show floor, and crowds gather so thickly you can’t throw a carabineer without hitting someone who’s climbed Mount Everest. For several days each summer and winter, [Outdoor Retailers] essentially takes over downtown Salt Lake City. And while the Salt Palace’s cramped quarters lift the show’s energy level, the lack of space is a major reason why, after 16 years of calling Utah home, Outdoor Retailer might soon leave town for good.”—Salt Lake City Weekly

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