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Alternate Realities Roundup 11/26

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Tax returns show Karl Rove's tax-exempt “dark money behemoth” Crossroads GPS spent more money on political advocacy than the group originally claimed.---

Top of the Alty World

“New Tax Return Shows Karl Rove’s Group Spent Even More On Politics Than It Said”--ProPublica

Reverend Billy of the Church of Stop Shopping faces a year in prison after staging a musical protest at the JP Morgan Chase bank in Manhattan.--Democracy Now!

The FDA is reviewing evidence that the morning-after pill doesn't work for women who weigh more than 176 pounds.--Mother Jones

Social activist Laurel Sturt discusses her book about working 10 years in the New York Public Schools “gulag”--The Atlantic

Top of Alty Utah

Attorney General John Swallow may be retiring on Dec. 3 for retirement money.--Utah Policy

Q Salt Lake recaps the recent financial problems and leadership struggles at the Utah Pride Center.--Q Salt Lake

The Libertas Institute conducted an opinion poll to see if Utahns would truly support LGBT anti- discrimination laws when it meant specifically punishing the decisions of business owners regarding their own property.--Libertas

Sen. Orrin Hatch says the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership meeting in Salt Lake City is a “win” for Utah and the rest of the country.--KUER

Rantosphere

Utah Political Capitol editorializes that the Swallow scandal should push lawmakers to allow citizens the right to recall elected officials.

“But, amid the talk of bribes to U.S. Senators, campaign cash not being reported, lavish vacations paid for targets of investigations, mismanagement of the Attorney General’s office, and the perpetual scenarios of Swallow receiving criminal charges and/or being impeached and/or stepping down and/or weathering the storm and/or and/or and/or, one situation was never placed on the table: a citizens referendum demanding that we the people remove Swallow from office.”--Utah Political Capitol

The Long View

The world's largest and one of its oldest organisms, a colony of aspen trees near Fish Lake in Utah, is dying, and researchers struggle to know what to do.

“Though chipped and peeling, an old forest service sign alongside Highway 25, which cuts a northeasterly line across the colony’s center, still trumpets “ASPEN FOR BEAUTY & FUELWOOD.” Grant also recalled that the clone’s stark stems had become a gallery of arborglyphs. The carvings, concentrated around campsites, were mostly names and initials. But there were also hearts and peace signs, scriptural citations and swastikas, happy faces and crude pornographic sketches. Each carving invited insects and disease. Soon, Grant came to see the clone’s broad anonymity as a threat to its safety. Even today, many of the autumnal visitors to this hallowed place are awestruck by the changing leaves, a fire in the trembling canopy unwitting as to just how long it has been burning.”--Salt Lake City Weekly

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