PLANET ERSTWILD host James Moore talks with one of his favorite people, Amir, the Hair Mechanic, an Iraqi soldier who fought against Iran and following the first Bush War became a political refugee in the early 90s when he revolted against Saddam Hussein. Now a proud American citizen who'd defend this country with his life to protect his home and children, he watches events in the Middle East with a sober, reflective and wary eye. We feature the music of Cliff Hines.
In the second hour, we hear a few words from Dennis Kucinich addressing Congress on the deeper issues underlying the tragic assault on the embassy in Benghazi, Libya. Next up, meet new Fairfield Volunteer Center director Elaine Hughes who talks about the Alliant Hometown Rewards weatherizing workshop this Saturday at 1pm at the public library and much more with Go Green sustainability coordinator Scott Timm.
James shares some quick thoughts about Joel Gilbert whose DVD was going to be shown in Fairfield this weekend but was cancelled. In it, he purports to prove that Obama's real father was a Communist who took pictures of his mother posing like a fetish model, but even FOX Network is not touching this one. He alleges millions of copies are being sent to voters in swing states. No word on who's backing it.
At 4pm, it's our regular weekly segment "Inside the Headlines" with Newsvandal JP Sottile, award-winning journalist/filmmaker. This week we look at the cushy Gucci Gulch world of corporate lobbyism (yes, it's a job that not only pays the bills, it writes them, too!), you are what you--gulp--eat (pig feces in seafood? wish i was making that up), and D-N-A, easy as 1-2-3 (Hit it, Michael Jackson! Supreme Court to rule on self-replicating products? oh my.) Never mind Canada kicking our butts in 1812, obese pets, and Jefferson's dark side. Click "Read more" below.
1. Gucci Gulch
Capitol Assets: Congress’s wealthiest mostly shielded from effects of deep recession
Behind the closed doors of Washington lobbyists: 43% Congressmen who left office between 1998-2005 registered as lobbyists
This Year, Lockheed Donated to Election Campaigns of 386 of 435 Members of House of Representatives
Health Insurance Industry Supports Reform but Gives Bigger Bucks to Opponents
Wells Fargo increases its lobbying efforts
The Cancer Lobby
Transparency Outsourced as U.S. Hires Vendors for Disclosure Aid
2. What If You Really Are What You Eat?
Asian Seafood Raised on Pig Feces Approved for U.S. Consumers
Fish in mom's diet may alter kids' behavior
Pesticides blamed by report for illnesses
Blue And Green Honey Caused By Bees Feeding On M&M's Production Waste
Food Sickens Millions as Company-Paid Checks Find It Safe
3. D-N-A, Easy As 1-2-3
UK, Japan scientists win Nobel for stem cell breakthroughs
DNA has a 521-year half-life
Genetic Testing Answers Old Question: Who Do You Think You Are?
5 Percent Neanderthal and Proud
Citing privacy concerns, U.S. panel urges end to secret DNA testing
Supreme Court to Rule on Patents for Self-Replicating Products
The Patent, Used as a Sword
THIS WEEK IN GOOD NEWS!
Fear of Fracking: Germany Balks on Natural Gas Bonanza
Chevron Fails to Squelch $19 Billion Ecuador Verdict
Study: Getting rid of lead does wonders for school performance
Capuchin Monkey Rejects Unequal Pay, Goes on Strike
ODDS & ENDS:
Women Worldwide Less Confident Than Men in Elections
Killer Lasers One Step Closer
How the U.S. Is Hurting Innocent People in Iran
Canada Puts Spotlight on War of 1812, With U.S. as Villain
The Dark Side of Thomas Jefferson
It's hard being a Grammar Nazi. For starters, people call you a Nazi.
Watch Your Tongue: Law Enforcement Speech Recognition System Stores Millions of Voices
TV ‘watchdogs’ quiet as political ad cash rolls in
Strong Opposition to Aquarium’s Plan to Import Beluga Whales
Half of American Cats and Dogs Are Overweight
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