- Planet Erstwild - 20120127 - Inside the Headlines

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This week's "Inside the Headlines" topics include a look at America's frack-tured energy future, Dow's record profits (since 2008) combined with worst home sales in history, billionaires at Davos' annual economic summit bemoan growing levels of income inequality, [the economy doesn't suck--it just sucks for you!], the dollar's downward spiral, Romney pays 13.9% on $21 million dollars in income, Newt moons Florida, Obama talks populist, walks another big bank bailout, Apple surpasses Exxon as U.S's most valuable company amid allegations of shoddy & deadly labor practices in China which put profits above human welfare. But why should Americans care if it keeps the cost of these popular shiny new products iMmeninently affordable?

1. Frack You
State of the Union Poses Major Challenge to Fracking Opponents
http://www.earthisland.org/journal/index.php/elist/eListRead/state_of_the_union_speech_poses_major_challenge_to_fracking_opponents/
 
Like Fracking? You'll Love 'Super Fracking'
http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/like-fracking-youll-love-super-fracking-01192012.html
 
EPA Finally Supplies Drinking Water to Pennsylvania Fracking Victims
http://www.allgov.com/Controversies/ViewNews/EPA_Finally_Supplies_Drinking_Water_to_Pennsylvania_Fracking_Victims_120123

2. Matrix and Treats
 


3. The Economy Doesn't Suck. It Just Sucks for You.
US Federal Reserve to keep interest rates near zero until 2014
http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/jan/25/federal-reserve-interest-rates-near-zero
 
New-home sales in 2011 worst in history
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_NEW_HOME_SALES?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2012-01-26-10-25-03
 
Romney Profited From Mortgage Lenders Foreclosing On Floridians
http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/01/25/409804/romneys-profited-foreclosure-florida/
 
Dow Rises to Highest Level Since May 2008
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-01-26/u-s-stock-futures-rise-dow-average-may-extend-eight-month-high.html
 
Billionaires in Davos Bemoan Inequality
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-01-24/billionaires-occupy-davos-as-0-01-bemoan-economic-inequalities.html
 
4. Final Frontier
Newt’s Moon Colony A Hit In Florida’s Space Coast
http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/01/newt-in-space-ex-speaker-promises-lunar-base-on-the-moon-by-2020.php
 
Plan to Protect Earth from Comets and Asteroids Could Mean Billions for Contractors
http://www.allgov.com/Unusual_News/ViewNews/International_Plan_to_Protect_Earth_from_Comets_and_Asteroids_Could_Mean_Billions_for_Contractors_120122
 
5. Imperious Leadership
East Africa Is the New Epicenter of America’s Shadow War
http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/01/battleground-africa/
 
Give Okinawa Back To The Okinawans
http://www.forbes.com/sites/dougbandow/2012/01/23/give-okinawa-back-to-the-okinawans/
 
Obama weighs expanded US military presence in the Philippines
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/philippines-may-allow-greater-us-presence-in-latest-reaction-to-chinas-rise/2012/01/24/gIQAhFIyQQ_story.html
 
Seven Truths Inconvenient to U.S. Foreign Policy
http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/01/20/seven-truths-inconvenient-to-u-s-foreign-policy/
 

THIS WEEK IN GOOD NEWS!
A 375-Year-Old French Bank Forgives Debts of Paris' Poorest
http://www.good.is/post/a-375-year-old-french-bank-forgives-debts-of-paris-poorest/
 
 
ODDS & ENDS:
After Occupy Wall St, U.S. Drops 27 places in Press Freedom Rankings
http://slatest.slate.com/posts/2012/01/25/reporters_without_borders_press_freedom_index_slams_us_for_occupy_wall_street_arrests.html
 
In China, Human Costs Are Built Into an iPad
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/26/business/ieconomy-apples-ipad-and-the-human-costs-for-workers-in-china.html
 
Apple surpasses Exxon as most valuable US company
http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/industries/apple-again-surpasses-exxon-as-most-valuable-us-company-after-huge-1st-quarter/2012/01/25/gIQA9SmUQQ_story.html
 
Obama Administration Purposely Misled Public about Gulf Oil Spill Estimates
http://www.allgov.com/Top_Stories/ViewNews/Obama_Administration_Purposely_Misled_Public_about_Gulf_Oil_Spill_Estimates_120126
 
Fukushima disaster: Japan to report first trade deficit since 1980
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jan/24/japan-trade-deficit-fukushima-disaster
 
Is The NYPD Experimenting With Drones Over The City? Evidence Points To Yes
http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2012/01/23/is-the-nypd-experimenting-with-drones-over-the-city-evidence-points-to-yes/
 
LAPD in 'Joint Military Training' Exercises in Downtown LA
http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2012/01/24/lapd-joint-military-drills-in-downtown-la-wont-disrupt-publics-daily-routines/
 
Bahrain spirals into escalating violence [Deutsche Presse-Agentur]
http://www.sacbee.com/2012/01/21/4204962/bahrain-spirals-into-escalating.html
 
The right drops a bomb on Newt
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0112/72000.html
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