- Planet Erstwild - 20111230 - "Inside the Headlines" w/ JP Sottile

At 4pm, Newsvandal JP Sottile joins me for our regular segment "Inside the Headlines." And boy, do we have a lot of great topics to cover for our year end show. You can see them all, complete with links, by clicking "Read more" below.

1. War and Peace
Two Thirds of U.S. Foreign Aid is Really Military Aid
http://www.allgov.com/Top_Stories/ViewNews/Two_Thirds_of_US_Foreign_Aid_is_Really_Military_Aid_111226
 
VA Gave Security Contract to Booz Allen Hamilton Despite Lower Opposing Bids
http://www.allgov.com/Where_is_the_Money_Going/ViewNews/VA_Gave_Security_Contract_to_Booz_Allen_Hamilton_Despite_Lower_Opposing_Bids_111227
 

The Pentagon Seeks Inner Peace
http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2011/12/pentagon-alt-med-mecca/
 
2. The Grand Chessboard
Al-Qaida leadership almost wiped out in Pakistan
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/dec/25/al-qaida-leadership-pakistan-africa
 
Afghanistan signs major oil deal with China
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/12/28/afghanistan-cnpc-idUSL3E7NS40J20111228

3. Shell Games
Energy giant hid behind shell companies in "land grab"
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/12/28/us-energy-giant-idUSTRE7BR0G420111228
 
4. Eat, Eat Some More and Be Really Merry
Studies show junk foods change brain chemistry
http://www.naturalnews.com/034478_junk_foods_addictive_brain_chemistry.html
 
Fatty Foods Addictive as Cocaine in Growing Body of Science
http://www.businessweek.com/news/2011-11-11/fatty-foods-addictive-as-cocaine-in-growing-body-of-science.html
 
5. Dr. Do-too-little?
FBI Can Prosecute Animal Activists as Terrorists
http://www.greenisthenewred.com/blog/fbi-undercover-investigators-animal-enterprise-terrorism-act/5440/
 
Hastings, GOP target Endangered Species Act
http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2011/12/28/134292/hastings-gop-target-endangered.html
 
Anti-Whaling Activists Use Drone to Track Japanese Fleet
http://www.allgov.com/Unusual_News/ViewNews/Anti_Whaling_Activists_Use_Drone_to_Track_Japanese_Fleet_111227
 
Worst year in decades for endangered elephants
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AF_AFRICA_ELEPHANTS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2011-12-29-10-10-16
 
Hope for Salmon as Dams Come Down
http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/the-yes-breakthrough-15/hope-for-salmon-as-dams-come-down
 
In Battle With PTSD, Dog Becomes Soldier's Best Friend
http://www.thestate.com/2011/12/19/2085030/dogs-can-be-vets-best-friends.html

 
THIS WEEK IN GOOD NEWS!
The (surprisingly upbeat) state of the world
http://www.csmonitor.com/World/2011/1226/The-surprisingly-upbeat-state-of-the-world
 
 
ODDS & ENDS:

FDA draws criticism after U-turn on antibiotics in animal feed:

Israelis rally against ultra-Orthodox extremism
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-16342327
 
Venezuela's Chavez: Did U.S. give Latin American leaders cancer?
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/12/29/us-venezuela-usa-cancer-idUSTRE7BR14I20111229
 
The UAW's last stand
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/12/29/us-usa-autos-south-idUSTRE7BS0E020111229
 
Shell Oil Spill May Be Worse Than Reported
http://idealab.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/12/satellite-imagery-shows-shell-spill-may-be-worse-than-reported.php
 
Nigeria in turmoil
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/telegraph-view/8978630/Nigeria-in-turmoil.html
 
Political Ad Spending Could Reach $4 billion in 2012
http://www.adweek.com/news/television/shot-arm-expected-2012-political-ad-spend-137283
 
Genetically Modified Mosquitoes to be Released in the US for the First Time
http://naturalsociety.com/genetically-modified-mosquitoes-release-us-first-time/
 
Global hunger for plastic packaging continues to blight Earth
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/dec/29/plastic-packaging-waste-solution
 
How Did Our Friend Iran Become Our Enemy?
http://www.forbes.com/sites/jimpowell/2011/12/22/how-did-our-friend-iran-become-our-enemy/
 
Regulators approve nuclear reactor design for Southeast US
http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2011/12/22/133960/regulators-approve-nuclear-reactor.html
 
Dollars for Doctors: The Champion of Painkillers
http://www.propublica.org/article/the-champion-of-painkillers
 
Drug-Related Deaths Reach Level of Motor Vehicle Deaths
http://www.allgov.com/Controversies/ViewNews/Drug_Related_Deaths_Reach_Level_of_Motor_Vehicle_Deaths_111228
 

 
YEAR IN REVIEW:
Top 2011 Religion Stories That Weren’t
http://www.religiondispatches.org/archive/culture/5519/top_2011_religion_stories_that_weren%E2%80%99t
 
The Top 10 Science Stories of 2011
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=top-10-science-stories-2011
 
The Biggest CEO Screwups Of 2011
http://www.forbes.com/sites/susanadams/2011/12/22/the-biggest-ceo-screw-ups-of-2011/
 
2011: The Year Secrecy Jumped the Shark
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2011/12/2011-review-year-secrecy-jumped-shark
 
Top 10 Political Blunders of 2011
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1211/70882.html
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