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Alternate Realities Roundup 5/31


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A cyber-activist who released information showing that the government is spying on activists including the Occupy movement faces 10 years in federal prison.---

Top of the Alty World

“Jeremy Hammond Pleads Guilty to Strat For Hack”—Rolling Stone

The Council on American-Islamic Relations has called for an impartial investigation into the FBI shooting of an unarmed man allegedly connected to the Boston Marathon bombings.—Orlando Weekly

The woman who shouted at President Barack Obama during his counterterrorism speech explains why she had to speak out.—The Nation

Documentary filmmakers say Public Television may have spiked their critical piece on billionaire David Koch as an act of self-censorship.—Democracy Now!

Top of Alty Utah

A Utah watchdog group has created software to help track election money.—Utah Political Capitol

A local Utah mom helped launch a global protest against billion-dollar agricultural company Monsanto.—Salt Lake City Weekly

The University of Utah is close to rolling out its first electric campus shuttle.—KUER

Social services providers are strategizing on how to soften the impact of federal budget cuts.—KCPW


Utah Policy’s Bryan Schott says embattled Attorney General John Swallow is in for a rough summer, as political reporters will have nothing else to focus on but his recent crop of scandals.

"There’s nothing on the horizon to distract an industry that is notoriously fickle and prone to chasing whatever shiny thing that comes rolling down the road. How about an election? We only have the municipal ones coming up, and those won’t get interesting until after Labor Day (if at all). The Republican State Convention is over. Nobody cares about the Democrats (except for the Democrats). So, there won’t be much reprieve for Swallow there; nothing but dust and tumbleweeds on the main street of Utah politics for the next few months. The only thing we have to draw our attention is the latest news about John Swallow and his predecessor, Mark Shurtleff.”—Utah Policy

The Long View

The Broward-Palm Beach New Times profiles hoops star turned “dubious diplomat” Dennis Rodman.

“Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said North Korea presented a "real and clear danger" and deployed missile defenses to the American island fewer than 2,100 miles from Pyongyang. Americans sought explanation for the sudden bellicosity, and some had an answer: Dennis Rodman, the unofficial "U.S. ambassador to North Korea." Rodman's Twitter feed exploded with animosity — "Dennis Rodman Sparks Nuclear Holocaust #futureheadlines" — and in the span of one month, he'd gone from a washed-up hoops star haunting Hallandale Beach strip clubs to the most controversial athlete on the planet. He surfed the international current to the Vatican in a failed campaign to elect a black pope and rode — yes — an ersatz popemobile.”—Broward-Palm Beach New Times