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Alternate Realities Roundup 8/28

by Eric S. Peterson
- Posted // 2012-08-27 -

ProPublica reports on a U.S. Army study that finds thousands of soldiers may have suffered concussions in combat training, suggesting that some soldiers went to war in Iraq and Afghanistan having suffered mild traumatic brain injuries in training — and might have been more vulnerable to long-term consequences.”

Top of the Alty World

“Army Study Finds Troops Suffer Concussions in Training”—ProPublica

Libertarian, Ron Paul-delegates speak out against being blocked from the Republican National Convention.—Worcester Magazine

A new scientific paper suggest the conservative right is more likely to twist facts to support moral beliefs—Salon

The Root interviews former Democratic congressman Artur Davis, an influential Black politico and 2008 Obama ally who has since switched parties and will speak at the 2012 Republican National Convention.—The Root

Top of Alty Utah

Candidate for Salt Lake County Mark Crockett talks to KCPW about his public debate with county mayor Peter Corroon over debt and county spending.—KCPW

The High Country News profiles Utah’s Prairie Dog Habitat Credit Exchange Program, a new market-based approach to helping protect prairie dogs.—The High Country News

West Valley City Mayor Mike Winder offers his latest “Red Kool-Aid Stand” dispatch from the Republican National Convention, in Tampa, Fla.—Salt Lake City Weekly

City Weekly details the backstory and context for Governor Herbert tapping Department of Workforce Services head Kristen Cox to head up the Guv's budget office.—Salt Lake City Weekly

Salt Lake City is in the early stages of an ordinance to address hate-crime type offenses and redirect offenders to corrective treatment.—Salt Lake City Weekly

Rantosphere

Mother Jones’ David Corn asks how low can Romney and his Republican posse go this week at the Republican National Convention?

“Romney, who once upon a time based his successful political career on a claim to be a no-nonsense, get-things-done businessman, this week officially takes the reins of a party that has embraced an assortment of alternative realities. (Obama is an incompetent naif but one possessing an intricate and sophisticated plan to fool the American public and remake the United States into a Europeanized secular-socialist state with a mad-with-power government crushing individual liberty; global warming does not exist; rape cannot cause pregnancy.)”—Mother Jones.

The Long View 

The Nation explores how lack of funding for public defenders in Louisiana means impoverished defendants languish for months in jail, such as Clarence Jones, a 41-year-old black man who has spent 16 months waiting for a public defender.

“As an impoverished, incarcerated defendant in a criminal case, Clarence has a guaranteed right to free legal counsel. But in Louisiana, such rights are routinely flouted. Indeed, Clarence is one of 230 people sitting in limbo in the Orleans Parish Prison this summer after a $2 million budget shortfall forced the Orleans Parish public defender’s office to lay off twenty-seven employees, twenty-one of them lawyers.”—The Nation

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