Just as the Festival opened, President Obama announced his NSA reforms. The local Salt Lake Tribune reported that they willnot affect the opening, on another nearby mountaintop, known as "the point of the Mountain," of a new vast, gargantuan NSA spy center.
According to the paper, "The Utah Data Center, a massive warehouse of computer servers at the Point of the Mountain, is largely a storage facility for the agency's international intelligence gathering operations""
That same weekend, amidst stores of a local snake collector complaining of being evicted because he kept 25 boa constrictors in his home, was a page one report that the Defense Department had given a big present to the Utah State p+Police in the form of caches of weapons, an arsenal of bullets and even a tank-like vehicle used in Afghanistan.
So much for Dr. King: it looks like the Pentagon is now quietly preparing for insurrections in America.
Across the world, in Davos in the Swiss Alps, yet another mountaintop of distinction is being readied for a festive gab fest for the elite of the elite, the real 1%, at the annual World Economic Forum that I have covered in years past.
Explains Christopher Dickey in the Daily Beast, " Even the high and mighty assembling at the Swiss resort recognize, now, that grotesque inequality is the greatest threat to world peace.
Their answer: Party on!... tonight as the little resort town begins to welcome 2,500 participants, including more than 40 heads of state, the forum itself is better organized than ever--it's the rest of the world that's not. Nobody at Davos claims to be a master of the universe anymore. Hell, nobody would dare."
Media Tenor, a research company that works for many major corporations issued a report in Davos on the finance industry that helps pay for the Forum and is a key cog in the world economy.