Alty News: Dick Cheney Contradicts Himself on Fox News; Utah Dems Had the Votes in a Committee But Failed to Use Them | Buzz Blog
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Alty News: Dick Cheney Contradicts Himself on Fox News; Utah Dems Had the Votes in a Committee But Failed to Use Them


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Dick Cheney gets caught in a lie on Fox News defending against allegations from the recent Senate torture report.

Top of the Alty World

“Fox News Catches Dick Cheney Lying About Torture”—The Atlantic

Rolling Stone looks at the 10 craziest things in the CIA torture report, from mock executions to “rectal feedings” of detainees.—Rolling Stone

Democrats experienced almost unprecedented losses at the state level this last election that could have a lasting impact on the party's future.—Slate

Red Cross relief efforts in the wake of Superstorm Sandy were hampered, responders say, because the organization did not want to collaborate with Occupy Wall Street volunteers.—ProPublica

Top of Alty Utah

Governor Herbert unveiled a $14.3 billion budget that would allot most new revenue to education funding.—Salt Lake City Weekly

Democrats had the votes—but didn't use them—at a special committee to block hiring an attorney for a costly state lawsuit over public lands.—Utah Political Capitol

Salt Lake City's Bike Master Plan proposes 220 new miles of bike lanes.—Salt Lake City Weekly

A new EPA rule on ozone levels leaves Western states like Utah in a difficult spot when it comes to trying to stay compliant with the regulation.—Utah Politico Hub


Stephanie Lauritzen challenges a recent Deseret News article that argued that motherhood is a career worth $117,000 a year:

But implying that motherhood is a career worth lots of imaginary money allows people to ignore the negative impact our current career model causes for both working and non-working mothers. If motherhood is a career, it doesn't matter if a woman is forced to leave her job due to lack of maternity leave or lack of child care options; she already has a "career" waiting for her at home! Employers can justify hiring discrimination, assuming women are just going to eventually get pregnant and leave for the "high-paying" work of staying at home. Motherhood is a career until a woman tries to re-enter the workforce, now it's a gap in her résumé. Motherhood is a career and apparently fatherhood is not, so forcing women out of the workforce gives them a raise to a pretend $117,000!Salt Lake City Weekly

The Long View

The Verge looks at how New York City Police build anti-gang cases by monitoring social media in a way that critics say can bring prosecutions to the innocent simply for getting Facebook likes and being tagged in pictures with criminal suspects:

The NYPD says statistics show that during the first year of Operation Crew Cut, homicides among young people ages 13 to 21 fell 50.6 percent in the areas targeted by the operation.

But critics say that while violence may have fallen, the number of arrests during each raid has not. "The mix of social media and conspiracy statutes creates a dragnet that can bring almost anybody in," says Andrew Laufer, a New York City attorney who has worked on numerous cases involving teenagers wrongly arrested by police. "It’s a complete violation of the Fourth Amendment and the worst kind of Big Brother law enforcement." To build the case for the Harlem raid, police had begun social media surveillance of children well before they had built up a serious criminal record.
The Verge