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Alternate Realities Roundup 12/14

by Eric S. Peterson
- Posted // 2012-12-14 -

An investigation has found that at least half of people shot by police in the country suffered from some form of mental illness.

Top of the Alty World

“Half of People Shot by Police Are Mentally Ill, Investigation Finds”—Salon

A journalist provides an eyewitness account of the revolution happening inside Kurdish Syria.—Santa Barbara Independent

Walmart retail workers and fast-food workers fear protest over working conditions will mean losing their jobs.—The Nation

International regulation of the Internet is an incredibly divisive global issue.—The Economist

Top of Alty Utah

Gov. Gary Herbert’s wife wrote a letter in support of a convicted pedophile.—Salt Lake City Weekly

The City Creek mall has been open for nine months, but surrounding businesses haven’t seen much of a runoff in sales from customers going to the megamall.—Salt Lake City Weekly

Despite public comment supporting Medicaid expansion in Utah, the 2013 Legislature may already have their minds made up on the issue.—KCPW

Rantosphere

Danny Crivello, editor of Provo's Daily Herald’s American Fork Citizen blog, reflects on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints new website for gay members and the issue of gay rights and acceptance in this country.

“My grandpa served in Hitler's army. I remember growing up ashamed of being the son of a German. I live now in a country which I adore but whose Founding Fathers were once slave owners. I have experience working on Indian reservations, and I'm a member of a church that, in my lifetime, has discriminated against blacks. You could say that I know a bit about being on the wrong side of history. Last week, the LDS Church released its new website, MormonsandGays.org, which was two years in the making, and the U.S. Supreme Court announced it will review gay marriage. In an effort to educate myself on a subject I know little, I interviewed two gay students at BYU, wondering whether my family will stand again on the wrong side of history.”—American Fork Citizen

The Long View

 The San Antonio Current looks at the case of John Foddrill, an Internet troll whose diatribes have gotten him banned from entering city hall, even to public forums. But are such actions unconstitutional?

“In the pas,t he's demonized nearly every politician, reporter or local activist that has engaged him but failed to immediately champion his cause. But Foddrill's real problem is one that has been hiding in plain sight, his tactics so off-putting that most would rather look the other way. The recipient of a sweeping criminal-trespass warning from city officials, Foddrill is banned from stepping foot in City Council chambers, among other city-owned buildings. Upon threat of arrest, and a Class B misdemeanor punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a fine of up to $2,000, Foddrill's barred from City Hall and Municipal Plaza. He can't protest outside either building, nor can he attend Council or virtually any other local-government meeting, including so-called "citizens to be heard" sessions, where voters can air their complaints to local elected officials.”—San Antonio Current

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