President Barack Obama is set to go down in history as the Billon Dollar candidate, coming ever closer to being the first candidate to raise $1 billion in an election cycle.
Top of the Alty World
“The $1 Billion Candidate”—Mother Jones
On Columbus Day, Democracy Now! hosts indigenous groups urging Americans to be mindful of the genocidal acts of Christopher Columbus.—Democracy Now!
Native language immersion programs are helping to reconnect Lakota Sioux with their native tongue.—Truthout
Top of Alty Utah
Mormon Apostle Dallin Oaks calls same-sex parenting a “social experiment” that disadvantages children.—Q Salt Lake
Tonight, KCPW will host the Utah “State of Education Address”—KCPW
KRCL hosts Fraser Nelson of the Utah Community Foundation to look at how the recession has hurt Utah’s nonprofits.—RadioActive!
Slate takes a look at how Barack Obama’s drone wars are likely illegal, but that won’t stop them thanks to the weaselly interpretations of international law done by State Department Legal Advisor Harold Koh:
“Government lawyers like Koh must scramble to revise their interpretation of international law so as to keep up with the new events that justify, in the eyes of the president, a military intervention. The “coerced consent” doctrine, the “unable and unwilling” doctrine, and the exception for humanitarian intervention all whittle away at whatever part of the law on United Nations use of force blocks U.S. goals. If the United States ever decides to invade Iran in order to prevent it from acquiring nuclear weapons, expect a new doctrine to take shape, perhaps one that emphasizes the unique dangers of nuclear weapons and Iran’s declared hostility toward a nearby country.”—Slate
The Long View
Salt Lake City Weekly contributor Mike Furness looks at LDS Church Founder Joseph Smith as a prophet, seer and conceptual artist.
“Just as any painter creates a scene that can pull a person into the fantasy it reveals, or as a writer creates a story by placing fascinating characters into a captivating narrative, Smith created a church that embodied narrative, fantasy, thought and emotion. Using stories, philosophy, symbols, sculpture, mysticism and ritual, he constructed something that has grown into a worldwide interactive, organic work of art.”—Salt Lake City Weekly