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Alternate Realities Roundup 10/2

by Eric S. Peterson
- Posted // 2012-10-02 -

“In 2010, the Supreme Court ruled corporations have broad rights under the First Amendment and can directly fund political campaigns. The court is now being asked to decide if corporations have the same responsibilities as individuals for violations of international law” Democracy Now! reports.

Top of the Alty World

“In Shell Case, Will Supreme Court’s View of Corporate Personhood Mean Liability for Crimes Abroad?”—Democracy Now!

A survivor of the Aurora theater shooting is in a video calling on Presidential candidates to seriously address gun control.—Salon

Connecticut’s no-money, barter economy thrives in a global recession.—New Haven Advocate

Mother Jones offers the 11 tax questions Romney would never likely answer.—Mother Jones

Top of Alty Utah

UTA backs off a plan to ditch the downtown Salt Lake City free fare zone.—Salt Lake City Weekly

The Salt Lake City Council will be voting on an ordinance to allow residents to vote on historic districts.—KCPW

Former SLC Mayor Rocky Anderson’s Justice Party struggles to get on state ballots for the coming election—Salt Lake City Weekly

A Utah businessman plans to bring breathalyzer kiosks into Utah bars—Salt Lake City Weekly

Rantosphere

Brandon Burt asks if the recent controversy over bogus registration forms smells “elephanty”?

“Republicans are too vain to ever admit they were wrong, and too lazy to search out better solutions to America's problems. They just want to win because, in their hearts, they believe they know better than the majority of us stupid American voters. The GOP, realizing that Americans are no longer enthralled by its failed policies, is, as usual, resorting to desperate, underhanded tactics.”—Salt Lake City Weekly

The Long View

Salt Lake City Weekly’s Stephen Dark examines the strain solitary confinement puts on mentally ill inmates in Utah Corrections. Inmate Tim Richmond describes his time in solitary. “He was initially kept naked, he says, in a room so filthy that when he scraped his foot along the floor, it was covered in human hair. For the first three weeks, he didn’t get out of the cell except for a five-minute shower every other day. When he was transferred to another cell, every 15 minutes, day and night, a guard would open and close the slot, which squeaked, and shine a light in. ‘You can’t do anything. It’s like being a zoo and someone walks up to your cage.’”—Salt Lake City Weekly

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