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Alternate Realities Roundup 11/23

by Eric S. Peterson
- Posted // 2012-11-23 -

With peace being brokered in the Middle East, another conflict has gone unnoticed by the world, as a rebel conflict in the Congo could lead to a dramatic reshaping of Africa.

Top of the Alty World

“The Other War”—Foreign Policy

The publisher of MauiTime is arrested in Florida for filming cops performing traffic searches.—MauiTime

If the Supreme Court strikes a provision from the 1965 Voting Rights Act, it could lead to more voting debacles such as the ones that plagued Florida in the 2000 and 2012 elections.—Creative Loafing Tampa Bay

Top of Alty Utah

Salt Lake County has released recommendations from its canyons transportation studies.—KCPW

A fundraiser is on for Friday Nov. 23, at 7 p.m. to support a local homeless-youth shelter. The party will include burlesque dancers, drag queens, auctions and prizes.—Q Salt Lake

Candidates will debate next Tuesday over who should take over Ben McAdams’ vacant senate seat.—Salt Lake City Weekly

Rantosphere

Truthout argues we should welcome “Taxmageddon.”

"‘Taxmageddon’ refers to the supposedly temporary tax cuts that will expire in 2013. These include the 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cuts for the rich, as well as the 2011-2012 reduction in Social Security taxes for everyone else. Taxmageddon isn't so much a tax increase as a return to normal levels of taxation. Taxmageddon is arguable a good thing. It will restore the tax rates that were in place throughout the 1990s, the last time the U.S. economy approached anything resembling prosperity.”—Truthout

The Long View

Mother Jones highlights some of the work done by James Mollison, who photographs the bedrooms of children from around the world. “A few years ago, James Mollison began taking photos of children around the world and their rooms. ‘I soon realized that my own experience of having a 'bedroom' simply doesn't apply to so many kids,’ he recalls in his book Where Children Sleep, which collects his images from 18 countries. Striking and unsentimental, Mollison's work shows that wherever a child lies down at night is not so much a retreat from as a reflection of the world outside.”—Mother Jones

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