- Planet Erstwild - 20120608 - Inside the Headlines

At 4pm, join James for the regular feature "Inside the Headlines" with Newsvandal JP Sottile Fridays on PLANET ERSTWILD. For links to all stories referenced, click "Read more" below.

1. Drugged War
Despite Bloody Failures, US Doubling Down on Drug War
http://news.antiwar.com/2012/05/31/despite-bloody-failures-us-doubling-down-on-drug-war/
 
White House Visitor Logs Show Barack Obama Has Spent More Time With George Clooney Than DEA Chief Michele Leonhart
http://reason.com/blog/2012/05/31/is-the-dea-on-autopilot-barack-obama-has
 
Lawmakers nudge spy agencies into anti-drug fight on U.S. public land
http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2012/05/31/150727/lawmakers-nudge-spy-agencies-into.html
 
Drones Take to American Skies on Police, Search Missions
http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-05-31/drones-take-to-american-skies-on-police-search-missions
 
The first hints of flying drones in metro Atlanta
http://blogs.ajc.com/political-insider-jim-galloway/2012/05/31/the-first-hints-of-flying-drones-in-metro-atlanta/
 
‘Siri, Kill That Guy’: Drones Might Get Voice Controls
http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/06/voice-control-drones/
 
Drone cars may soon be delivering pizza
https://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9227676/Elgan_Robots_will_soon_deliver_pizza_
 
Narcotics use for chronic pain soars among seniors
http://www.jsonline.com/watchdog/watchdogreports/narcotics-use-for-chronic-pain-soars-among-seniors-kg56kih-155555495.html
 
Western banks 'reaping billions from Colombian cocaine trade'
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jun/02/western-banks-colombian-cocaine-trade
 

2. The Economy Doesn't Suck, It Just Sucks For You
Ponzify: A Prospectus for Silicon Valley’s Next Hot Tech IPO
http://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/prospectus-for-silicon-valleys-next-hot-tech-ipo-where-nothing-could-possibly-go-wrong
 
U.S. Stocks Cap Biggest Rally in 2012 on Stimulus Bets
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-06-06/u-s-stock-futures-rise-before-ecb-interest-rate-decision.html
 
Wall Street CEO Pay Rises 20%, With KKR’s Kravis No. 1
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-06-05/wall-street-ceo-pay-rises-20-with-kkr-s-kravis-no-1.html
 
New economy fallout – ‘wage theft’ from paychecks
http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2012/06/04/151119/new-economy-fallout-wage-theft.html
 
Walmart Outsourcing Depresses Wages In U.S. Warehouses: Report
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/06/walmart-outsourcing-depresses-wages_n_1573885.html
 
Majority of Recent High School Grads are Unemployed
http://www.allgov.com/Top_Stories/ViewNews/Majority_of_Recent_High_School_Grads_are_Unemployed_120607
 
Student loans soar 275% over past decade
http://money.cnn.com/2012/05/31/news/economy/fed-student-loans/index.htm
 
Banks Siphon Student Dollars through Campus Debit Card Deals
http://www.allgov.com/Where_is_the_Money_Going/ViewNews/Banks_Siphon_Student_Dollars_through_Campus_Debit_Card_Deals_120601
 
AIG Chief Sees Retirement Age as High as 80 After Crisis
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-06-03/aig-chief-sees-retirement-age-as-high-as-80-after-crisis.html
 

3. Truth And Consequences
MIDWAY Film Trailer: An Environmental Catastrophe on a Remote Island inundated with Plastic from the Pacific Garbage Patch.
http://vimeo.com/25563376
 
Pollution, Poverty and People of Color: Living with Industry
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=pollution-poverty-people-color-living-industry
 
Coal Ash Dumps Across the Nation Are Looking to Expand
http://www.earthisland.org/journal/index.php/elist/eListRead/coal_ash_dumps_across_the_nation_are_looking_to_expand/
 
Flame retardant linked to obesity, anxiety, developmental problems, pilot study finds
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/watchdog/flames/ct-nw-flames-study-20120606,0,1401660.story
 
China to US embassy: Stop telling people how bad the air is in Beijing
http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Global-News/2012/0605/China-to-US-embassy-Stop-telling-people-how-bad-the-air-is-in-Beijing
 
Cancer Incidence May Surge 75% by 2030, Lancet Says
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-05-31/cancer-incidence-may-surge-75-by-2030-lancet-says.html
 
House votes to block enforcement of energy efficient light bulb standards
http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/house/231117-house-votes-to-block-enforcement-of-light-bulb-standards
 
House Passes Bill that Could Open Wilderness Areas to Hunting and Fishing
http://www.allgov.com/Controversies/ViewNews/House_Passes_Bill_that_Could_Open_Wilderness_Areas_to_Hunting_and_Fishing_120607
 
My Morning Cup of Coffee Kills Monkeys
http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/2012/06/06/my-morning-cup-of-coffee-kills-monkeys/
 
Food Trade Too Complex to Track Food Safety
http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/06/food-trade-complex/
 
It Took Taco Bell Ten Weeks to Sell 100 Million 'Doritos Locos' Tacos
http://gawker.com/5915627/it-took-taco-bell-ten-weeks-to-sell-100-million-doritos-locos-tacos
 
Is Humanity Pushing Earth Past a Tipping Point?
http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/06/earth-tipping-point/
 

THIS WEEK IN GOOD NEWS!
How California Could Force the Rest of the US to Label GMO Foods
http://www.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2012/05/california-gmo-labeling
 

ODDS & ENDS:
Erupting Urinal Soaks House Press Gallery
http://www.nationaljournal.com/congress/erupting-urinal-soaks-house-press-gallery-20120604
 
In Ad Network Nightmare, Microsoft Making ‘Do Not Track’ Default for IE 10
http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/05/ie10-do-not-track/
 
IE 10's ‘Do-Not-Track’ Default Dies Quick Death
http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/06/default-do-not-track/
 
US promises military training to Georgia
http://www.trust.org/alertnet/news/us-promises-military-training-to-georgia
 
US offers millions in bounty for Somali Islamists
http://news.yahoo.com/us-offers-millions-bounty-somali-islamists-005025260.html
 
Back in Vietnam: Pacific power play sees US return to key port
http://www.smh.com.au/world/back-in-vietnam-pacific-power-play-sees-us-return-to-key-port-20120604-1zs22.html
 
Battleship Earth: Does the Pentagon have the right weapons to fight off an alien invasion?
http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/05/31/battleship_earth
 
No Intelligent Aliens Detected in Gliese 581
http://news.discovery.com/space/no-intelligent-aliens-in-gleise-581-are-home-120602.html
 
In U.S., 46% Hold Creationist View of Human Origins
http://www.gallup.com/poll/155003/Hold-Creationist-View-Human-Origins.aspx
 
Americans' Heads Getting Bigger In Size, Changing Shape, Anthropologists Say
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/31/americans-heads-getting-b_n_1559002.html
 
USS Liberty crew member recalls fatal '67 US-Israeli skirmish
http://www.stripes.com/news/uss-liberty-crew-member-recalls-fatal-67-us-israeli-skirmish-1.179637
 
Netanyahu Vows Crackdown on African Asylum Seekers
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/05/world/middleeast/netanyahu-vows-crackdown-on-african-asylum-seekers.html
 
Partisan Polarization Surges in Bush, Obama Years: Trends in American Values: 1987-2012
http://www.people-press.org/2012/06/04/partisan-polarization-surges-in-bush-obama-years/
 
Miss USA Contestant: Pageant is ‘Fixed,’ ‘Lacking in Morals’
http://gawker.com/5916179/miss-usa-contestant-pageant-is-fixed-lacking-in-morals