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Alternate Realities Roundup 12/11

by Eric S. Peterson
- Posted // 2012-12-11 -

Critics are blasting the new Diagnostic Statistics Manual for labeling kids who have three or more “temper outbursts” as having a disorder that may require medication and treatment.

Top of the Alty World

“The New Temper Tantrum Disorder”--Slate

Foreign Policy looks at the reality of manufacturing in America and whether the builders are truly coming back to the United States.Foreign Policy

A handy guide for sorting fact from myth about the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.—Jackson Free Press

Top of Alty Utah

The Utah Disability Law Center is suing the Utah Department of Corrections for refusing to let an attorney to meet with one of his mentally ill clients who has been locked up in solitary confinement.—Salt Lake City Weekly

Josie Valdez was elected as vice-chairwoman of the Utah State Democratic Party.—Q Salt Lake

The Salt Lake City Public Safety building is close to completion.—KUER

Rantosphere

Q Salt Lake's Lynn Beltran reflects on the meaning of World AIDS Day recognized on Dec. 1

“In some ways, I find that attitudes have shifted in the past year, particularly within the gay community. There continues to be fear about HIV within the community, but the fear has shifted. Many men don’t seem to fear getting HIV as much as they fear being found out that they are positive. Many fear being rejected by their families or employers. Many are convinced that no one will date them or love them if it’s discovered they are HIV-positive. The message here is that we still need to be vigilant and united in the fight against AIDS. More than ever, we need events such as on World AIDS Day to remind us that this epidemic still exists, and to let us know that although so much has changed, we still have to fight.”—Q Salt Lake

The Long View

Paul Douglas is a conservative meteorologist who is out-and-proud about his belief that climate change is real and that humans are the cause.

“I thought it was ludicrous that this was somehow a litmus test for conservatism. I remind my Republican friends that Teddy Roosevelt, staunch Republican, founded the National Parks Service. Richard Nixon -- say what you will about Dick Nixon, and I’m not a huge Nixon fan, but he started the EPA. There is a history of environmental respect, respect for the environment.”—Salt Lake City Weekly

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