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Alternate Realities Roundup 2/19

by Eric S. Peterson
- Posted // 2013-02-18 -

Former Black Panther head Elaine Brown says gun-control reform currently being discussed could “further criminalize and target black people.”

Top of the Alty World

“Ex-Black Panther Head on Gun Control, Obama”—The Root

The largest U.S. climate-change rally rages against approval of the Keystone Pipeline project.—MotherJones

A mentally retarded man is set to be executed in Georgia despite a United States Supreme Court ban on executing individuals with learning disabilities.—The Guardian

Top of Alty Utah

A lawmaker wants to keep employers from accessing the social-media accounts of their employees.—Utah Political Capitol

KRCL talks with citizen activist Donna Weinholtz about lobbying the Hill and being civically engaged.—RadioActive!

A nonprofit youth baseball group worries increased park-user fees in Salt Lake City will price the organization out of existence.—Salt Lake City Weekly

A bill offering protections for those in violent dating relationships passed the Utah House.—KCPW

Rantosphere

A Utah Political Capitol editorial says there could be a backlash for those leaders going out of their way to protect embattled Utah Attorney General John Swallow.

“A public opinion poll of 500 voters, done by BYU 3 weeks ago, showed 56% of voters thought that Mr. Swallow has acted illegally or unethically. And KSL’s online poll (which has received 2,865 votes as of this morning) registered 75% believing that Swallow should resign (12% say he should not resign and 13% are undecided). Both Utah Political Capitol, the Salt Lake Tribune, as well as other news agencies and former lawmakers have called on the Attorney General to resign, noting that the scandal itself has severely damaged and weakened the AG’s office past the point of being effective in representing the citizens of Utah. If the Utah Republican Party or elected officials like Senator Thatcher choose to protect Mr. Swallow, the ramifications could well be a push back on themselves in the next election – if they are perceived as covering up wrongdoings within their own party.”—Utah Political Capitol

The Long View

In exploring the homeless problem in Salt Lake City I spent a night at the shelter, many cold hours on the street outside the shelter, visited homeless court, and witnesssed a fight, an overdose and more drug deals than I could count.

“It’s a mini-community, where the chronically homeless, the newly homeless and those just passing through take to the food lines and shelter dorms as if they were replicating the social cliques and rituals of high school—gossiping, laughing, and hanging out with friends. Some don’t have friends and talk only to their lapels and the people nobody else sees. Lapel talk ranges from the sad and quiet, “If anyone should be calling anyone names, it’s you”; to the quiet and disturbing non sequiturs, “shit-stained, pee-stained panties!”; to the loud and bizarrely political, “Condoleeza! Condoleeza fucking Rice!”—Salt Lake City Weekly

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