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Alternate Realities Roundup 5/28



President Barack Obama appoints Penny Pritzker as the new Secretary of Commerce, a billionaire with an anti-labor history and whose Chicago-based bank collapsed when it expanded subprime lending.---

Top of the Alty World

“Obama Taps Billionaire Fundraiser Penny Pritzker for Commerce Despite Anti-Labor, Subprime Legacy”—Democracy Now!

Dig Boston looks at why the Boston Police Department didn’t consider Tamerlan Tsarnaev a threat.—Dig Boston

Some of the groups targeted by the IRS were abusing their tax-exempt status and engaging in partisan politics.—Salon

A federal agency has slammed the U.S. Department of Agriculture for lax oversight of pork slaughterhouses.—Mother Jones

Top of Alty Utah

Kennecott reduces Utah workforce by 100, more layoffs to come.--KUER

On Saturday, Hundreds participated in a March Against Monsanto, raging against the biotech seed company’s business practices and selling of genetically modified crops.—Salt City Sinner

The Utah Political Capitol podcast asks if Utah has a culture of corruption.—Utah Political Capitol

A local rapper dresses in a pig suit and blasts West Valley City police and other local law enforcement.—Salt Lake City Weekly

Libertarian think tank the Libertas Institute interviews the director of a free health clinic in St. George about the viability of offering free healthcare to the needy.—Libertas Institute


Truth-Out argues that going radical is the new normal in our crumbling society.

“Feeling anxious about life in a broken-down society on a stressed-out planet? That’s hardly surprising: Life as we know it is almost over. While the dominant culture encourages dysfunctional denial—pop a pill, go shopping, find your bliss—there’s a more sensible approach: Accept the anxiety, embrace the deeper anguish—and then get apocalyptic.”—Truth-Out

The Long View

Salt Lake City Weekly profiles Utah’s budding hacker communities, and talks with a local professor working on improving the U.S. Military’s cybersecurity defenses.

“Just because we’re the best doesn’t mean many others aren’t good,” [Professor Matthew] Might says. “In fact, many countries are extremely good at offensive cyberwarfare, including China, Iran and Russia. And, honestly, if it came to all-out cyberwarfare, there’s not a lot we could do to defend ourselves right now.” Might has a habit of dropping these fun facts about America’s meager cyberdefenses the way another person might casually talk about the poor defense of a basketball team. “Most all of the nightmare scenarios are possible because every piece of equipment we’ve got is vulnerable,” he says--Salt Lake City Weekly