- Planet Erstwild - 20121012 - Inside the Headlines w/ Newsvandal JP Sottile

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, literal fat cats, and Jefferson's dark side. Click "Read more" below.

1. Gucci Gulch
Capitol Assets: Congress’s wealthiest mostly shielded from effects of deep recession
http://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/capitol-assets-congresss-wealthiest-mostly-shielded-in-deep-recession/2012/10/06/5a70605c-102f-11e2-acc1-e927767f41cd_story.html
 
Behind the closed doors of Washington lobbyists: 43% Congressmen who left office between 1998-2005 registered as lobbyists
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-3445_162-57527490/behind-the-closed-doors-of-washington-lobbyists
 
This Year, Lockheed Donated to Election Campaigns of 386 of 435 Members of House of Representatives
http://www.allgov.com/news/us-and-the-world/this-year-lockheed-donated-to-election-campaigns-of-386-of-435-members-of-house-of-representatives-121009?news=845900
 
Health Insurance Industry Supports Reform but Gives Bigger Bucks to Opponents
http://www.allgov.com/news/where-is-the-money-going/health-insurance-industry-supports-reform-but-gives-bigger-bucks-to-opponents-121011?news=845919
 
Wells Fargo increases its lobbying efforts
http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2012/10/08/170837/wells-fargo-increases-its-lobbying.html
 
The Cancer Lobby
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/07/opinion/sunday/kristof-the-cancer-lobby.html
 
Transparency Outsourced as U.S. Hires Vendors for Disclosure Aid
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-10-09/transparency-outsourced-as-u-s-hires-vendors-for-disclosure-aid.html
 

2. What If You Really Are What You Eat?
Asian Seafood Raised on Pig Feces Approved for U.S. Consumers
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-10-11/asian-seafood-raised-on-pig-feces-approved-for-u-s-consumers.html
 
Fish in mom's diet may alter kids' behavior
http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/345639/title/Fish_in_moms_diet_may_alter_kids_behavior
 
Pesticides blamed by report for illnesses
http://www.sfgate.com/green/article/Report-links-pesticides-and-child-illness-3933168.php
 
Blue And Green Honey Caused By Bees Feeding On M&M's Production Waste
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/04/blue-green-honey_n_1938682.html
 
Food Sickens Millions as Company-Paid Checks Find It Safe
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-10-11/food-sickens-millions-as-industry-paid-inspectors-find-it-safe.html
 

3. D-N-A, Easy As 1-2-3

UK, Japan scientists win Nobel for stem cell breakthroughs
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/08/us-nobel-medicine-idUSBRE8970AB20121008
 
DNA has a 521-year half-life
http://www.nature.com/news/dna-has-a-521-year-half-life-1.11555
 
Genetic Testing Answers Old Question: Who Do You Think You Are?
http://reason.com/archives/2012/10/09/who-do-you-think-you-are
 
5 Percent Neanderthal and Proud
http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/10/neanderthal-me/263372/
 
Citing privacy concerns, U.S. panel urges end to secret DNA testing
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/11/us-usa-geneticprivacy-idUSBRE89A06H20121011
 
Supreme Court to Rule on Patents for Self-Replicating Products
http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/10/self-replicating-patents/
 
The Patent, Used as a Sword
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/08/technology/patent-wars-among-tech-giants-can-stifle-competition.html
 

THIS WEEK IN GOOD NEWS!

Fear of Fracking: Germany Balks on Natural Gas Bonanza
http://www.spiegel.de/international/business/safety-worries-lead-germany-to-shun-fracking-for-natural-gas-a-859446.html
 
Chevron Fails to Squelch $19 Billion Ecuador Verdict
http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-10-09/chevron-fails-to-squelch-19-billion-ecuador-verdict
 
Study: Getting rid of lead does wonders for school performance
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/wp/2012/10/08/study-getting-rid-of-lead-does-wonders-for-school-performance/
 
Capuchin Monkey Rejects Unequal Pay, Goes on Strike
http://www.disinfo.com/2012/10/capuchin-monkey-rejects-unequal-pay-goes-on-strike/
 

ODDS & ENDS:

Women Worldwide Less Confident Than Men in Elections
http://www.gallup.com/poll/157997/women-worldwide-less-confident-men-elections.aspx
 
Killer Lasers One Step Closer
http://blogs.defensenews.com/intercepts/2012/10/killer-lasers-one-step-closer/
 
How the U.S. Is Hurting Innocent People in Iran
http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-10-08/how-the-u-dot-s-dot-is-hurting-innocent-people-in-iran
 
Canada Puts Spotlight on War of 1812, With U.S. as Villain
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/08/world/americas/canada-highlights-war-of-1812-casting-us-as-aggressor.html
 
The Dark Side of Thomas Jefferson
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history-archaeology/The-Little-Known-Dark-Side-of-Thomas-Jefferson-169780996.html
 
It's hard being a Grammar Nazi. For starters, people call you a Nazi.
http://www.buzzfeed.com/hunterschwarz/why-its-hard-being-a-grammar-nazi
 
Watch Your Tongue: Law Enforcement Speech Recognition System Stores Millions of Voices
http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2012/09/20/speechpro_voicegrid_nation_voice_recognition_software_for_use_by_law_enforcement_.html
 
TV ‘watchdogs’ quiet as political ad cash rolls in
http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/10/08/3036436/tv-watchdogs-quiet-as-political.html
 
Strong Opposition to Aquarium’s Plan to Import Beluga Whales
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/10/science/earth/strong-opposition-to-aquariums-plan-to-import-beluga-whales.html
 
Half of American Cats and Dogs Are Overweight
http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2012/10/what-are-they-feeding-you-50-of-us-cats-and-dogs-are-overweight/263296/
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