- Planet Erstwild - 20120817 - Inside the Headlines

"Inside the Headlines" with Newsvandal JP Sottile. Check out his latest salvo on the fine line between politicizing and journalism: How Ezra Klein Punked Chris Matthews, Political Media and the Entire Cable News Model. This week's categories: TV or not TV, suck suck goose economy, and a meditation on the wetness of water. For all headlines discussed with links, click Read more below.

 
1. As Seen On TV. Or Not.
Wesley Clark Goes From 4-Star General to Reality TV Punchline
http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/08/wes-clark
 
Pentagon gets U.S. military ready for its movie close-ups
http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2012/08/09/161253/pentagon-gets-us-military-ready.html
 
Lawyer Details How 9/11 Led To A War On Taking Pictures In Public
http://www.businessinsider.com/press-photographer-police-photos-public-2012-8
 
Hidden History: America’s Secret Drone War in Africa
http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/08/somalia-drones/
 
54% Say Most School Textbooks More Concerned With Political Correctness Than Accuracy
http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/lifestyle/general_lifestyle/august_2012/54_say_most_school_textbooks_more_concerned_with_political_correctness_than_accuracy
 
The Truth of El Mozote: In '82, Paul Ryan adviser Elliot Abrams was covering up the El Mozote massacre of 800 peasants
http://www.markdanner.com/articles/show/the_truth_of_el_mozote
 
An American Artist in the Combat Zone
http://www.gq.com/news-politics/newsmakers/201207/victor-juhasz-afghanistan-combat-artist

2. The Economy Doesn't Suck, It Just Sucks For You
Executive Excess 2012: The CEO Hands in Uncle Sam's Pocket
http://www.ips-dc.org/reports/executive_excess_2012
 
Receipt of Unemployment Insurance by Higher-Income Unemployed Workers (“Millionaires”)
http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R42643.pdf
 
The Upper-Middle Class Has Itself to Blame for Student Debt
http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2012/08/the-upper-middle-class-has-itself-to-blame-for-student-debt/261010/
 
Risk Builds as Junk Bonds Boom
http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2012/08/15/risk-builds-as-junk-bonds-boom/
 
Homebuilder Stocks Surge With New Sales 50% Below Average
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-08-12/homebuilder-stocks-surge-with-new-sales-50-below-average.html
 
A Giant Hospital Chain Is Blazing a Profit Trail
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/15/business/hca-giant-hospital-chain-creates-a-windfall-for-private-equity.html

3. Water Slide
Demand For Water Outstrips Supply: Groundwater use is unsustainable in many of the world's major agricultural zones
http://www.nature.com/news/demand-for-water-outstrips-supply-1.11143
 
The Drought and the Biofuels Disaster
http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/08/15/the-drought-and-the-biofuels-disaster/
 
Oil companies desperately seek water amid Kansas drought
http://money.cnn.com/2012/08/10/news/economy/kansas-oil-boom-drought/index.html
 
Toxic Taps: Lead is still the problem
http://investigativereportingworkshop.org/investigations/toxic-taps/story/toxic-taps-lead-is-still-the-problem/
 
Can You Flush Your Old Drugs Down the Toilet?
http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2012/05/prescription-drug-disposal
 
Watch What You Eat: Endangered Sharks Show Up in Soup
http://www.earthisland.org/journal/index.php/elist/eListRead/watch_what_you_eat_endangered_sharks_show_up_in_soup/

THIS WEEK IN GOOD NEWS!
Letting Companies Settle While Denying Guilt Reconsidered by F.T.C.
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/11/business/facebook-settlement-on-privacy-is-finalized-by-ftc.html
 
Study: Junk food laws may help curb kids' obesity
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_MED_SCHOOLS_JUNK_FOOD_LAWS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2012-08-13-00-15-36
 
Majority of Israelis oppose strike on Iran
http://www.timesofisrael.com/majority-of-israelis-oppose-iran-strike-latest-poll/
 
Exxon Valdez Laid to Rest
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=exxon-valdez-laid-to-rest

ODDS & ENDS:
Chemical widely used in antibacterial hand soaps may impair muscle function
http://www.news.ucdavis.edu/search/news_detail.lasso?id=10301
 
Johnson & Johnson Sued for Misrepresenting “Health Benefits” of Splenda Essentials Sweetener
http://www.allgov.com/US_and_the_World/ViewNews/Johnson_Johnson_Sued_for_Misrepresenting_Health_Benefits_of_Splenda_Essentials_Sweetener_120814
 
Johnson & Johnson to Remove Formaldehyde From Products
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/16/business/johnson-johnson-to-remove-formaldehyde-from-products.html
 
The Orphans of Bhopal
http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/08/10/the-orphans-of-bhopal/
 
Are Reports of al-Qaida in Syria Exaggerated?
http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/syrian-rebels-dispute-reports-about-al-qaida-fighters-in-their-ranks-a-849983.html
 
Report: Navy SEALs to Hunt Cartel Kingpin Like Bin Laden
http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/08/el-chapo/
 
A Kalashnikov Factory in Russia Survives on Sales to US Gun Owners
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/15/business/a-kalashnikov-factory-in-russia-survives-on-sales-to-us-gun-owners.html
 
Court Rules Facebook “Friending” Not Protected Speech Under First Amendment
http://jonathanturley.org/2012/08/15/court-rules-facebook-friending-not-protected-speech-under-first-amendment/
 
Many egg-donor recruiters ignore ethical standards
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/08/09/us-many-egg-donor-recruiters-ignore-ethi-idUSBRE87816K20120809
 
GOP again turns to Bill Kristol ball
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0812/79643.html
 
Scientist Accuses Obama's Interior Department of Misconduct
http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/08/interior-department-whistleblower-science
 
Few Voters Are Truly Up for Grabs, Research Suggests
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/17/us/politics/pursuing-the-elusive-swing-voter.html
 
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