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Alternate Realities Roundup 11/13

by Eric S. Peterson
- Posted // 2012-11-13 -

The Root looks at how it wasn’t just a diverse vote that re-elected Barack Obama, but that “his success reflects changing attitudes about racial identity, social cohesion and a growing cooperation among minority communities.”

Top of the Alty World

“The Multiracial Face of the Democratic Party”—The Root

Obama’s re-election could mean Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu could face a tough reelection. If defeated, a new leader could kickstart stalled peace talks with Palestinians.—The Economist

There’s a multibillion-dollar tech war raging in the country over patents and technology.—Seattle Weekly

Truthout interviews Maya Schenwar, filmmaker of The House I Live In, about the complexities of the war on drugs.--Truthout

Top of Alty Utah

KRCL hosts Kelly Holmes, a Special Forces combat veteran, to talk of the challenges veterans with PTSD face when they return home.--RadioActive!

A Justice Party candidate who ran unsuccessfully against Rep. Mike Noel, R-Kanab, finds hope in her strong returns--Salt Lake City Weekly

LGBT Mormons and their allies now have formed a choir to help continue building bridges.—KUER

As the weather turns, more of Utah’s homeless to turn to shelters for survival.—KCPW

Rantosphere

Paul Mero, director of conservative think tank The Sutherland Institute, writes an article for the Huffington Post about why conservatives now need to embrace comprehensive immigration reform and soften their views on undocumented immigrants.

“There is no such thing as a human being who is inherently illegal -- a point that seems to often get lost in anti-immigration rhetoric. To say "these illegals shouldn't be here" is to objectify fellow human beings as subhuman. For conservatives, this erroneous sentiment is also immoral and un-American.”—Huffington Post

The Long View

Utah strippers describe their lives, onstage and off.

“[Amy] Freeman discovered she had a knack for letting men talk about themselves and making them feel important. She recalls a broad spectrum of men who worked on oil rigs, drove trucks and owned their own businesses. Occasionally, there was a bachelor party. Her sister Yeargin might stop in to say hello but, mostly, she remembers a lot of solitary men who seemed lonely, were extremely quiet and just sat there. “One guy who appeared to be totally unemotional suddenly handed out a huge chunk of money that seemed to come out of nowhere,” Yeargin recalls. And a man with a foot fetish threw money at Freeman whenever her toes were painted perfectly.”—Salt Lake City Weekly

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