- Planet Erstwild - 20120921 - Inside The Headlines

We go "Inside the Headlines" with Newsvandal JP Sottile, our regular Friday segment. This week we tackle income inequality with Income Divide & Conquer, all things olitical with Politics & Fleas, and a little category called Eat, Drink and Be As Merry As Humanly Possible, plus the Week in Good News and Odds & Ends. For a full list of articles referenced, click "Read more" below.

1. Income Divide and Conquer
Richest 400 Americans' net worth jumps 13 percent to $1.7 trillion: Forbes
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/19/us-usa-billionaires-forbes-idUSBRE88I0WA20120919
 
Income Data Shows Widening Gap Between New York City’s Richest and Poorest
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/20/nyregion/rich-got-richer-and-poor-poorer-in-nyc-2011-data-shows.html
 
Seven of nation’s 10 most affluent counties are in Washington region
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/seven-of-nations-10-most-affluent-counties-are-in-washington-region/2012/09/19/f580bf30-028b-11e2-8102-ebee9c66e190_story.html
 
Romney’s theory of the “taker class,” and why it matters
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/wp/2012/09/17/romneys-theory-of-the-taker-class-and-why-it-matters/
 
Only 42% of Private Sector Workers Have Pension Plans
http://www.allgov.com/news/top-stories/only-42-of-private-sector-workers-have-pension-plans-120919?news=845352
 
U.S. Income Inequality: It's Worse Today Than It Was in 1774
http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2012/09/american-income-inequality-was-better-in-1774-than-it-is-today/262537/
 
The Waning of the Modern Ages
http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/09/20/the-waning-of-the-modern-ages/

2. Politics and Fleas
Obama, Romney tiptoe around housing morass as they woo voters
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/20/us-usa-campaign-housing-idUSBRE88J05N20120920
 
Sen. Coburn Says He Can’t Face Cowardly Congress
http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/09/sen-coburn-says-he-cant-face-cowardly-congress/
 
Pawlenty Leaves Romney Campaign to take over as Financial Services Roundtable CEO
http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/banking-financial-institutions/250599-pawlenty-to-take-over-as-financial-services-roundtable-ceo
 
Appeals Court Approves Secrecy for TV Political Ad Donors
http://www.allgov.com/news/where-is-the-money-going/appeals-court-approves-secrecy-for-tv-political-ad-donors-120920?news=845364
 
Citizens United Obama film to air on TV
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0912/81281.html
 
Fossil Fuel Industry Ads Dominate TV Campaign
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/14/us/politics/fossil-fuel-industry-opens-wallet-to-defeat-obama.html
 
The Last Supper  —  The Obama campaign is now advertising “the last Dinner with Barack.”
http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/campaign-last-dinner-barack_652716.html
 
Rick Perry: 'Christian Warriors' must use 'Spiritual Warfare' against 'Satanic' Separation of Church and State
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/perry-christian-warriors-spiritual-warfare-satan-separation-church-state
 
American Conservatives Have Their Own Version of Shariah Law
http://reason.com/archives/2012/09/17/american-conservatives-have-their-own-ve
 
AIPAC thanks Obama for 'steadfast support'
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4283241,00.html
 
The Bush-Obama Doctrine Holds
http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-09-19/the-bush-obama-doctrine-holds

3. Eat, Drink and Be As Merry As Humanly Possible
‘Microwave Popcorn Lung’ Victim Wins $7 Million Lawsuit
http://www.gawker.com/5944811/microwave-popcorn-lung-victim-wins-7-million-lawsuit
 
Arsenic in your food: Our findings show a real need for federal standards for this toxin
http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine/2012/11/arsenic-in-your-food/index.htm
 
Association Between Urinary Bisphenol A Concentration and Obesity Prevalence in Children and Adolescents
http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1360865
 
The Sugar and Alzheimer's Connection
http://www.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2012/09/sugar-alzheimers
 
Procter & Gamble Adds Wildberry Flavor to Prilosec
http://news.yahoo.com/procter-gamble-adds-wildberry-flavor-prilosec-041326041--finance.html
 
Will Water Become the Chief Commodity of the 21st Century?
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=will-water-become-the-chief-commodity-of-the-21st-century

THIS WEEK IN GOOD NEWS!

Comedy Ensues as Twitter Users Hijack Newsweek’s #MuslimRage Hashtag
http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/09/muslimrage/
 
A comedown for America's defense lobby
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/19/us-usa-defense-budget-congress-idUSBRE88I08020120919
 
In Africa's warm heart, a cold welcome for Chinese
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/18/us-africa-china-pushback-idUSBRE88H0CR20120918
 
ODDS & ENDS:
Omar Khadr, Guantanamo's youngest detainee, turns 26
http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2012/09/19/169005/omar-khadr-guantanamos-youngest.html
 
Italy court upholds "rendition" convictions on ex-CIA agents
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/19/us-italy-usa-rendition-verdict-idUSBRE88I13320120919
 
Appeals court unblocks indefinite detention law
http://www.politico.com/blogs/under-the-radar/2012/09/appeals-court-unblocks-indefinite-detetnion-law-135815.html
 
Fighting Piracy Goes Awry With Killings of Fishermen
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-09-16/fighting-piracy-goes-awry-with-killings-of-fishermen.html
 
How Many Refrigerators Does It Take to Store a Whale?
http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2012/09/greenpeace-arctic-gatekeepers-mckibben-caroline-cannon
 
PETA Forced to Hold Restricted Screening of Animal Abuse Film at the Kansas State Fair
http://www.earthisland.org/journal/index.php/elist/eListRead/peta_forced_to_hold_restricted_screening_of_animal_abuse_film_at_the_kansas/
 
Aung San Suu Kyi’s Buddhism Problem
http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/09/17/aung_san_suu_kyi_s_buddhism_problem
 
Hospitals grab at least $1 billion in extra fees for emergency room visits
http://www.publicintegrity.org/2012/09/20/10811/hospitals-grab-least-1-billion-extra-fees-emergency-room-visits
 
Unnatural selection: is prenatal testing a triumph for reproductive freedom – or brazen discrimination?
http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/unofficial-prognosis/2012/09/17/unnatural-selection-is-prenatal-testing-a-triumph-for-reproductive-freedom-or-brazen-discrimination/
 
Cemetery Accused of Moving Remains to Sell Space Next to Groucho Marx
http://www.allgov.com/news/unusual-news/cemetery-accused-of-moving-remains-to-sell-space-next-to-groucho-marx-120915?news=845314
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