- Planet Erstwild - 20111223 - "Inside the Headlines" w/ JP Sottile

At 4pm, it's our regular segment "Inside the Headlines" with Newsvandal JP Sottile (@newsvandal), contributing editor of Reader Supported News. This week everything from autism-friendly Santas to British butterflies to mind-reading machines to memory adjusting pills to a red river in China to an American auto industry in the black & much more.

For a full list of articles referenced with links, click on "Read more."

1. Shopping Cartography
Big Brother Has Arrived at a Store Near You
http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/big-brother-is-watching-you-shop-12152011.html
 
Brain strain: Christmas Shopping When Money is Tight
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/S/SCI_CHRISTMAS_SHOPPING_PSYCHOLOGY?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2011-12-18-13-23-33
 
The Anonymous Movement to Pay Off Layaway Accounts
http://www.good.is/post/people-are-awesome-the-anonymous-movement-to-pay-off-layaway-accounts
 
2. The Grand Chessboard
The Massacre Everyone Ignored: Chevron, Kazakhstan and a US-Backed Dictator
http://exiledonline.com/the-massacre-everyone-ignored-70-striking-oil-workers-killed-in-kazakhstan-by-us-supported-dictator/
 
3. Pedal to the Meddle?
Auto Industry Success Continues, Further Vindicating Obama Rescue
http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2011/12/22/394265/auto-industry-2011/
 
High Wages, High Profits: How Does Germany Do It?
http://www.forbes.com/sites/frederickallen/2011/12/21/germany-builds-twice-as-many-cars-as-the-u-s-while-paying-its-auto-workers-twice-as-much/
 
4. Broken China, Part Two
Chinese Villagers Take a Stand — But for How Long?
http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2011/12/16/133333/pair-take-a-stand-in-wukan-china.html
 
Death-by-Air in Beijing
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-12-15/death-by-air-in-beijing-shows-china-s-heart-risk-from-worsening-pollution.html
 
China's 'River of Blood': Jian Turns Red After Chemical Dump
http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/268691/20111216/china-river-blood-jian-turns-red-chemical.htm
 
5. Mind Games
Could a 'computer virus' to infect the human mind?
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2073936/Could-hackers-develop-virus-infect-human-mind.html
 
IBM Predicts Mind-Reading Machines
http://www.myfoxny.com/dpp/news/ibm-predicts-mind-reading-machines-20111221-ncx
 
No Fear: Memory Adjustment Pills Get Pentagon Push
http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2011/12/fear-erasing-drugs/
 
 
THIS WEEK IN GOOD NEWS!
Chimp Research Declared 'Unnecessary' by Federal Agency
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=us-chimpanzee-research-to-be-curtailed
 

ODDS & ENDS:
Dictator of the Month: Who Was Kim Jong-il of North Korea?
http://www.allgov.com/Top_Stories/ViewNews/Dictator_of_the_Month__Who_Was_Kim_Jong_il_of_North_Korea_111219
 
In Benin, Solar-Powered Irrigation Pollutes Less and Produces More
http://www.good.is/post/in-benin-solar-powered-irrigation-pollutes-less-and-produces-more/
 
Immigrants Founded Half Of The Top U.S. Start-Up Ventures
http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2011/12/21/393977/immigrants-founded-half-of-the-top-us-start-up-ventures/
 
Even The Ancient Roman Empire Wasn't As Unequal As America Today
http://www.businessinsider.com/even-the-roman-empire-wasnt-as-unequal-as-america-today-2011-12
 
The Unbearable Heaviness of Business Class
http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/the-unbearable-heaviness-of-business-class-12152011.html
 
Siemens Hires Former U.S. Afghanistan Commander McChrystal
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-12-19/siemens-hires-former-afghanistan-commander-stanley-mcchrystal.html
 
Autism-friendly Santas a hit at malls, parties
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_SENSITIVE_SANTAS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2011-12-21-06-34-00
 
To Save Post Offices, Turn Them Into Public Banks
http://www.good.is/post/to-save-post-offices-turn-them-into-public-banks/
 
Foreclosure Crisis: The watchdogs that didn't bark
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/12/22/us-foreclosures-idUSTRE7BL0MC20111222
 
How Many Lobbyists Does It Take To Screw Phil Falcone?
http://www.forbes.com/sites/danielfisher/2011/12/21/falcones-lightsquared-faces-enemies-on-all-sides/
 
Extreme weather baffles British butterflies
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/dec/20/extreme-weather-butterflies
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JP Sottile
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