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Alternate Realities Roundup 3/12

by Eric S. Peterson
- Posted // 2013-03-12 -

Two years since the nuclear meltdown in Japan and Mother Jones brings together a map showing all of the nuclear facilities that had “near miss” meltdown events in 2012.

Top of the Alty World

“Two Years After Fukushima, U.S. Nuke Plants Still Risk Meltdown”—Mother Jones

A Canadian city is moving forward with a project to convert landfill material to biofuel.—VUE Weekly

State-sponsored hackers may be grabbing headlines but organized cybercrime may be a greater threat.—The Economist

Painkiller abuse may be dropping in some parts of the country, but it's rising in the West, according to a new study.—The Fix

Top of Alty Utah

A lawmaker delivers a weepy/angry sermon against Medicaid expansion, as a bill to reject federal funding advances.—Salt Lake City Weekly

A bill offering nondiscrimination protections for LGBT Utahns dies on the Senate floor.—KUER

Meanwhile, a rally for this issue is still planned in support of  LGBT nondiscrimination protections Wednesday at the State Capitol.—Q Salt Lake

A bill to allow people to ride mass transit for free in January and July could help improve air quality, but may not get a final vote before the session ends.—Utah Political Capitol

Rantosphere

Salt City Sinner allows the Tar Sands Blockade activist group to talk about the threat of tar sands extraction and the impact such an industry will continue to have on Utah’s dismal air quality.

“We live in an area where the perennially heraldic figure of the golden Angel Moroni atop the Salt Lake City LDS Temple, one of the most instantly recognizable icons of Mormonism's holiest site, shines down on us. Despite this, on a bad-air day, the smog makes it look as though he is struggling to free himself from the rotting cerements of the grave. Don’t you want to live in a world where Moroni looks the way he is supposed to look? Doesn't everyone?”—Salt City Sinner

The Long View

Salt Lake City Weekly reflects on the impact of Occupy SLC and what’s occupying the activist’s time currently.

“With their chants of “We are the 99 percent,” Occupiers raised public awareness of economic injustices and the fact that most of the world’s wealth is concentrated in the hands of a few. Despite Occupy’s problems, [Occupier Greg Lucero] says the movement “created a new discourse in this country. Now, there’s a discourse questioning why it is that the 1 percent get tax breaks and bailouts and the rest of us get the shaft. That is not nothing; that is a huge, important advance in our society and in the struggle for working-class and oppressed people.”—Salt Lake City Weekly

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