- Planet Erstwild - 20120615 - Inside the Headlines

At 4pm, it's our regular feature "Inside the Headlines" with Newsvandal JP Sottile offering an insight out look at some of the week's most striking headlines. For a complete list of stories referenced, click "Read more" below.

1. Hitting The Public In The Privates

Joy Behar Wants to See Romney's House Burn Down

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2012/06/12/joy-behar-wants-see-romneys-house-burn-down-it-would-be-kind-cool-mor

Public-sector austerity in one graph

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/public-sector-austerity-in-one-graph/2012/06/11/gJQAv89NVV_blog.html

$70 Billion in Allocated Federal Funds Still Unspent

http://www.allgov.com/Where_is_the_Money_Going/ViewNews/70_Billion_Dollars_in_Allocated_Federal_Funds_Still_Unspent_120611

28% of Federal Contract Funds Go to Just 10 Companies…All Make Weapons Systems

http://www.allgov.com/Where_is_the_Money_Going/ViewNews/28_Percent_of_Federal_Contract_Funds_Go_to_Just_10_Companies__All_Make_Weapons_Systems_120611

The Army Privatizes Its Hotels

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/13/realestate/commercial/the-army-privatizes-its-hotels.html

2. Weaving A World Wide Web

US Security Establishes Beachhead at Foreign Airports

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/14/world/europe/us-security-has-beachhead-at-foreign-airports.html US to beef up Marine presence on Okinawa before drawdown http://www.stripes.com/news/us-to-beef-up-marine-presence-on-okinawa-before-drawdown-1.180172

US expands secret intelligence operations in Africa http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/us-expands-secret-intelligence-operations-in-africa/2012/06/13/gJQAHyvAbV_story.html 3,000 US soldiers to serve in Africa next year http://militarytimes.com/news/2012/06/army-3000-soldiers-serve-in-africa-next-year-060812/

US Military Wants Drones in South America, But Why?

http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/06/drones-south-america/

Let’s Admit It: The US Is at War in Yemen, Too

http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/06/yemen-war/

More Americans Killed by Bees and Wasps or Falling Televisions than by Terrorists

http://www.allgov.com/Top_Stories/ViewNews/More_Americans_Killed_by_Bees_and_Wasps_or_Falling_Televisions_than_by_Terrorists_120610

3. Politics And Fleas

Celebrity-in-Chief: 28 celeb fundraisers for Obama http://campaign2012.washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/celebrity-chief-28-celeb-fundraisers-obama/586106

FEC Regulators approve political donations via text message

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/06/12/us-usa-campaign-textdonation-idUSBRE85B03120120612

FEC debates semantics in political ads

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-fec-donor-disclosure-20120608,0,6071889.story

Senate Republicans Now Blockading Every Single Appeals Court Nominee http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/06/14/499583/senate-republicans-now-blockading-every-single-appeals-court-nominee/

Layoff threats put Congress on notice

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0612/77400.html

Senate: Drones Need to Operate “Freely and Routinely” In U.S.

https://www.fas.org/blog/secrecy/2012/06/freely_and_routinely.html

Northrop Grumman Gives VP Half Million Dollar Bonus before He Goes to Work for Congress

http://www.allgov.com/Where_is_the_Money_Going/ViewNews/Northrop_Grumman_Gives_VP_Half_Million_Dollar_Bonus_before_He_Goes_to_Work_for_Congress_120613

THIS WEEK IN GOOD NEWS!

Pork Buyers May Pay Price for McDonald’s Sow-Pen Demands http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-06-07/pork-buyers-may-pay-price-for-mcdonald-s-sow-pen-demands.html

U.S. Solar Grew 85 Percent in First Quarter, SEIA Says http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-06-13/u-s-solar-grew-85-percent-in-first-quarter-seia-says.html

ODDS & ENDS

Why The US Doesn't Want The Birthplace Of Jesus To Become A World Heritage Site

http://www.businessinsider.com/church-of-the-nativity-world-heritage-site-palestine-2012-6

Trevi Fountain crumbling

http://www.smh.com.au/world/trevi-fountain-crumbling-20120611-205wg.html

Gaza water too contaminated to drink, say charities

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-18436602

China second largest source of Great Lakes mercury pollution

http://greatlakesecho.org/2012/06/07/china-second-largest-source-of-great-lakes-mercury-pollution/

Deformed Fish Found Downstream of Tar Sands Mines

http://www.earthisland.org/journal/index.php/elist/eListRead/deformed_fish_found_downstream_of_tar_sands_mines/

Dramatic Decline in Microscopic Life on BP's Oiled Beaches http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2012/06/dramatic-decline-microscopic-life-bps-oiled-beaches

Diesel Exhaust Fumes Can Cause Cancer

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=diesel-exhaust-fumes-can-cause-canc Young adults skip health care as medical debts rise http://money.cnn.com/2012/06/08/pf/health-care-young-adults/index.htm

Would You Like to Buy a College Student?

http://gawker.com/5918385/would-you-like-to-buy-a-college-student

Pentagon halts free guns for police

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_MILITARY_WEAPONS_POLICE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2012-06-08-04-23-32

Afghanistan entrenched in Heroin trade by War http://www.radioaustralianews.net.au/stories/201206/3522719.htm

Psychoanalyst Says Western Society Is Sick And Heading For Collapse http://www.businessinsider.com/a-psychoanlytic-guide-to-the-financial-crisis-2012-6