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Alternate Realities Roundup 8/10

by Eric S. Peterson
- Posted // 2012-08-10 -

The Boulder Weekly delves into the motives of the Wisconsin Sikh Temple Shooter. “The idea of leaderless resistance and lone-wolf action has been the preferred tactical approach to antigovernment and racist attacks since the days of Tim McVeigh and the Oklahoma City bombing in the mid 1990s. Many hate group leaders have expressed the need for individuals rather than groups to plan and carry out racist actions and killings.”

Top of the Alty World

“Motive Behind the Madness in Sikh Shooting”—Boulder Weekly.

With $2.9 million behind a critical ballot proposition, California could abolish the death penalty in the state this election.—North Bay Bohemian

Chavis Carter a 21-year-old African-American male, was detained by Arkansas police, handcuffed behind his back and placed in a squad car for marijuana possession. He was shortly thereafter found dead to a gunshot wound in the back of the head the police are now ruling is a suicide.—Root.

Top of Alty Utah

Utah Goshute Indians blast the BLM’s recent Las Vegas water project, saying it will “decimate our people.”—Salt Lake City Weekly

The Downtown Alliance has placed a camera on Main Street they say is to promote downtown but others suggest is civilian policing of a troubled block.—Salt Lake City Weekly.

A UDOT sign in Provo was hacked to read “God Hates Gays.”—Q Salt Lake.

KCPW explores the Salt Lake City School District’s blending of tech and traditional education in Innovations High School.—KCPW

Rantosphere:

Libertarian think tank the Libertas Institute compares a proposed Ogden ordinance to prohibit profanity in parks to DUI laws.

“But it is likely a safe assumption to claim that many of these opponents to Ogden’s anti-swearing statute support, for example, laws against drinking and driving. Both prohibitions are based on the same flawed view of the proper role of government.”—Libertas Institute.

The Long View

City Weekly profiles LDS activists such as Martha Arndt, seeking to build bridges with LGBT members to keep them in the fold.

“Arndt likens her desire to see her church accept same-sex marriage to that of wanting an employer to change its policy on an issue. You may not be completely happy with either your church or your boss, but “you do a cost-benefit analysis and decide that the benefits are greater than the deficits.” She’d like to see politics removed from marriage, and for all nations to allow “any two mentally capable adults who were not coerced” to marry. She sees the church as taking “small steps” but acknowledges “allowing gay people to be sealed in the temple might be a bigger step than many Mormons could accept right now.”—Salt Lake City Weekly

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