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Alternate Realities Roundup 9/7

by Eric S. Peterson
Posted // 2012-09-07 -

Human Rights Watch has verified that the Bush administration tortured Libyans who Laura Pitter with HRW tells Democracy Now “were individuals who were head of an opposition group who had been opposed to Gaddafi for many years.”

Top of the Alty World

“U.S. Tortured Libyan Prisoners and Rendered Them to Gaddafi”—Democracy Now!

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney submit answers to a written debate on science-policy questions.—Science Debate 2012

The Root explores the historical roots of the GOP’s war on voting rights.—The Root

With the success of government bailouts being touted at the Democratic Convention, ProPublica showcases its handy-dandy bailout guide.—ProPublica

Top of Alty Utah

Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, says opponent Mia Love’s plans for spending cuts would endanger local law enforcement.—KUER

Legendary Salt Lake City civil-rights attorney Brian Barnard passed away in his sleep this week.—Salt TV

The activist who gained notoriety for testifying before an Iowa committee about his experience growing up with two lesbian mothers will headline at Moab’s Pride Festival.—Q Salt Lake

Youth smoking in Utah has reached an all-time low.—KCPW

Rantosphere

Salt Lake City Weekly editor Jerre Wroble reflects on the work of Brian Barnard, who recently passed away.

“Barnard remained a go-to source for reporters at City Weekly, someone willing to weigh in on stories that involved the rights of the dispossessed -- prisoners, the homeless, religious fringe-dwellers. His relentless pursuit of fairness and understanding of the law gave us all reason to re-think our positions.”—Salt Lake City Weekly

The Long View

City Weekly’s TV critic Bill Frost offers his review of the fall TV season’s cornucopia of shows.

“For every ambitious, high-concept idea (like NBC’s Revolution, ABC’s 666 Park Avenue or The CW’s continued existence), there are at least as many WTF? moments (ABC’s Neighbors, CBS’ Partners and The CW’s continued existence). And then there’s that gay-adjacent NBC “comedy” local “affiliate” KSL 5 refuses to run: There’s far more homoerotic activity on Sunday Night Football, but what did consistency ever solve?”—Salt Lake City Weekly

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