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Alternate Realities Roundup 4/8



Scientists face pressure from Big Ag over concerns that major companies are hiding the risks of genetically modified food.---

Top of the Alty World

“Muzzled by Monsanto”--Boulder Weekly

A new report shows there are 10 times more mentally ill people behind bars than in state hospitals.--Mother Jones

The New Jersey Supreme Court is deciding whether prosecutors were wrong to use a rapper's lyrics against him in his attempted murder case.--The Root

Foreign Policy investigates the United Nation's failed peacekeeping efforts in war torn Sudan.--Foreign Policy

Top of Alty Utah

A participant in Ordain Women's demonstration during the LDS General Conference describes being mocked and harassed by conference goers.--Utah Political Capitol

After an eviction, a woman facing homelessness is torn between the open road and a dangerous life at the shelter.--Salt Lake City Weekly

Hundreds gathered at a rally for marriage equality.--Q Salt Lake

Mexico gives Utah some advice on air quality during a recent trade meeting.--Utah Policy


Stephanie Lauritzen takes issue with contradictions made by the LDS Church Newsroom in dismissing the claims made by the Ordain Women movement seeking Church leadership to consider resotring priesthood authority to female members.

“In October 2013, LDS spokeswoman Ruth Todd stated, “Most members would see such efforts as divisive.” In 2014, Jessica Moody reiterated this idea in her letter to Ordain Women organizers: “Women in the church, by a very large majority, do not share your advocacy for priesthood ordination.” By that logic, if the majority of women advocate for ordination, it would be a matter worth discussing—a viewpoint I am certain the church does not endorse.

Either the church is not run as a democracy—in which case the desires of a majority or minority do not influence how the church is run—or church policy is dictated by what the majority of members believe. It cannot be both.”--Salt Lake City Weekly

The Long View

Utah director Gil Medina claims to own the image of Hollywood tough guy Danny Trejo and he's suing legendary filmmaker Robert Rodriguez for $11 million to prove it.

“The music promoter turned litigious filmmaker says he holds licensing rights to well-loved tough-guy actor Danny Trejo—star of his unreleased film—and has been attempting to exercise those rights, sending warning letters to production companies that have used the actor without his permission. But that’s popcorn. He is also suing director Robert Rodriguez—the director of Desperado, From Dusk Till Dawn and Sin City—in Utah federal court for $11 million.

And what’s weirder than a little-known Utah director suing one of the most recognizable names in American cinema is the reason: Medina says Rodriguez sabotaged the promotional game app he created with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.”--Salt Lake City Weekly