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Alternate Realities Roundup 7/22


A new report shows far-right militias increasing in number in the United States.—Salon

Top of the Alty World

“'A much larger and more dangerous movement': Right-wing militias thrive post-Bundy — and the media won’t talk about it”—Salon

Canvas fingerprinting is an online tracking device that is almost impossible to block.—ProPublica

A quadriplegic doctor has invented a robotic exo-skeleton that could help paralyzed patients walk again.—Wired

Ninety people were killed by Israeli forces in one of Gaza's poorest and most crowded neighborhoods.—The Nation

Top of Alty Utah

Rep. Chris Stewart, R-UT is crushing Democratic challenger Luz Robles in campaign fundraising.—Utah Policy

Meanwhile Jason Chaffetz is the only candidate in the third congressional district race reporting to have raised any money.—Utah Policy

Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams announces results of audit of county health system.—Utah Political Capitol


Salt Lake City Weekly founder John Saltas explains how the economy is a poker game stacked against those with fewer chips.

“Eventually in poker, all the money ends up with just one or two players. The remaining players must quit or borrow from those other two (at onerous rates). The winners thus get even more money. The losers have no way to access more money, and often cannot even get back in the game.

Our society splits in similar fashion into a great financial inequality gap that our government eventually has to pay for, ironically by taxing at disproportionate levels the very masses that have little left to be taxed. Wall Street wins the poker game, and the American Dream of sustaining an upwardly mobile (not wealthy—just happy) middle-class lifestyle is extinguished. Wealth is not the villain—the villain is the unwillingness of too many to give even the slightest bit back.”—Salt Lake City Weekly

The Long View

Newsweek looks at Camp Lejune, a Marine Corps base that's gained a reputation as one of the most contaminated water sources in the country.

“Camp Lejeune, in Jacksonville, North Carolina, is a toxic paradox, a place where young men and women were poisoned while in the service of their nation. They swore to defend this land, and the land made them sick. And there are hundreds of Camp Lejeunes across the country, military sites contaminated with all manner of pollutants, from chemical weapon graveyards to vast groundwater deposits of gasoline. Soldiers know they might be felled by a sniper’s bullet in Baghdad or a roadside bomb in the gullies of Afghanistan. They might even expect it. But waterborne carcinogens are not an enemy whose ambush they prepare for.”—Newsweek