- Planet Erstwild - 20130104 - Inside the Headlines

At 4pm we go "Inside the Headlines" with Newsvandal JP Sottile. This week our three main categories include Politics & Fleas, the economy doen't suck, it just sucks for you, and Meet The New Year, Same As The Old Year, plus Good News and Odds & End. For a complete list of every headline discussed with link, click "Read more" below. Archives available. And as always, thanks for tuning in.

1. Politics And Fleas
Obama says top 2nd-term goal will be to make the U.S. an energy exporter.
http://www.nationaljournal.com/magazine/manufacturers-troubled-by-prospect-of-exporting-more-natural-gas-20121206
 
Big Oil's Billions in Tax Perks Survive Fiscal Cliff Deal
http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2013/01/big-oil-tax-subsidy-fiscal-cliff
 
'Cliff' deal gives defense a reprieve
http://thehill.com/blogs/defcon-hill/budget-appropriations/275289-sequester-delay-keeps-defense-industry-in-limbo
 
U.S. arms sales to Asia set to boom on Pacific "pivot"
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/01/us-usa-asia-arms-sales-idUSBRE90005D20130101
 
Obama signs $633B defense bill
http://thehill.com/blogs/defcon-hill/budget-appropriations/275349-obama-signs-633b-defense-bill
 
Author of Obamacare Blueprint Rewarded with Job at Johnson & Johnson
http://www.allgov.com/news/appointments-and-resignations/author-of-obamacare-blueprint-rewarded-with-job-at-johnson--johnson-121221?news=846548
 
Fundraising begins anew for newly elected to Congress
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/01/02/freshman-raising-money-now/1785873/

2. The Economy Doesn't Suck, It Just Sucks For You
The Mysterious New Housing Bubble: Housing Up, Home Ownership Down
http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/12/18/the-mysterious-new-housing-bubble/
 
Underwater Homeowners Will Work For Lower Pay
http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-12-31/underwater-homeowners-will-work-for-lower-pay
 
Countrywide Loan Probe Ended by House Panel With No Action Taken
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-12-28/countrywide-loan-probe-ended-by-house-panel-with-no-action-taken.html
 
Swaps ‘Armageddon’ Lingers as New Rules Concentrate Risk
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-12-21/swaps-armageddon-lingers-as-new-rules-concentrate-risk.html
 
On Vampire Capitalism and the Fear of Inoculation
http://harpers.org/blog/2012/12/on-vampire-capitalism-and-the-fear-of-inoculation/

3. Meet The New Year, Same As The Old Year
Why Mass Incarceration Defines Us As a Society
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/people-places/Why-Mass-Incarceration-Defines-Us-As-a-Society-179994441.html
 
Golden Arches and Broken Dreams: American Cities Drown in Debt
http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/debts-trigger-rapid-decline-of-american-cities-a-875468.html
 
U.S. now on pace for European levels of austerity in 2013
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/01/02/the-u-s-is-now-planning-more-austerity-than-europe/
 
Dissatisfaction City
http://thenewinquiry.com/essays/dissatisfaction-city/
 
Americans Unsure if Best Times for U.S. Are Past or to Come
http://www.gallup.com/poll/159596/americans-unsure-best-times-past.aspx

THIS WEEK IN GOOD NEWS!

Autopsies of war dead suggest today’s troops live healthier lives
http://www.stripes.com/news/autopsies-of-war-dead-suggest-today-s-troops-live-healthier-lives-1.202152
 
Ghana bans second-hand fridges
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-20877804
 
Air Canada to stop transporting research primates
http://blogs.nature.com/news/2012/12/air-canada-to-stop-transporting-research-primates.html

ODDS & ENDS:
How Corn Syrup Might Be Making Us Hungry – and Fat
http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/2013/01/01/how-corn-syrup-might-be-making-us-hungry-and-fat/
 
Navajo man wants the nation to hear its official apology
http://inamerica.blogs.cnn.com/2012/12/19/native-american-apology/
 
Englishman wakes up from stroke speaking fluent Welsh
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/9767191/Englishman-wakes-up-from-stroke-speaking-fluent-Welsh.html
 
To Save Wildlife, and Tourism, Kenyans Take Up Arms
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/30/world/africa/to-save-wildlife-and-tourism-kenyans-take-up-arms.html
 
God's Surgeons in Africa
http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2012/12/gods-surgeons-in-africa/266635/
 
Pentagon spending on prescription drugs soars
http://www.stripes.com/news/pentagon-spending-on-prescription-drugs-soars-1.202415
 
Secret Human Testing Revealed in Declassified U.S. Army Documents; Lawsuit Follows
http://www.activistpost.com/2012/12/secret-human-testing-revealed-in.html
 
All-volunteer military may desensitize U.S. to war, some fear
http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2012/12/31/178702/all-volunteer-military-may-desensitize.html
 
'Tsunami bomb' tested off New Zealand coast
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/australiaandthepacific/newzealand/9774217/Tsunami-bomb-tested-off-New-Zealand-coast.html
 
Oh God, Here Come the Private Security Drones
http://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2012/12/oh-god-here-come-the-private-security-drones/
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