Mother Jones’ looks at how lead contaminants lead to violent crime, lowered IQs and the ADHD epidemic. ---
Top of the Alty World
“America’s Real Criminal Element: Lead”—Mother Jones
In the wake of a brutal gang-rape in India, women in the country are rallying for greater rights and protections.—Democracy Now!
Despite protesting provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act, President Barack Obama signed it into law once again.—Salon
Top of Alty Utah
Utah teachers flock to a free concealed-weapons and mass-violence-response class.—Salt Lake City Weekly
The Utah Domestic Violence Council releases its annual report on domestic-violence-related deaths in Utah.—KUER
Utah’s lone Democrat in Washington, D.C., explains why he voted against the fiscal-cliff-compromise bill.—KCPW
Blue In Red Zion blogger Curtis Haring looks at House Bill 38, sponsored by Rep. Kraig Powell, R-Heber City, that would seek to better regulate anonymous campaign contributions to political candidates. While the bill adds penalties, Haring argues it could do more.
“The only real problem with this entire bill is that it still does not have a whole lot of teeth, but at least it is growing some baby teeth – and that is a start. This is a good bill and it protects citizens (and, frankly, candidates) from undue anonymous interference.”—Blue In Red Zion.
The Long View
Veronique Pozner, the mother to the youngest Newtown, Conn., shooting victim, seeks to rebuild her world after her loss and make the rest of the world more aware of the tragedy that befell her, as well as the tragedy that was the condition of the shooter, Adam Lanza.
“Like some Sandy Hook parents who have spoken to the media, Veronique has shied away from portraying Lanza as evil or diabolical. "If we describe him as a demonic force or as a beast with the sign of the beast on his forehead, that is a mistake," she says. "Because then we are making him apart from humanity when, in fact, he is part of what is possible in humanity. How do we help these people so this doesn't happen again, so they never sink so low, so they never have to go to a place so dark where they can take out small children in a fit of rage?"—Colorado Springs Independent