- Planet Erstwild - 20130830 - Inside the Headlines

We go "Inside the Headlines" with award-winning journalist, filmmaker and news analyst JP Sottile, the Newsvandal. Our three tiers today are: Who Are They?; the housing market doesn't suck, it just sucks for you; and pumping you up. For all this week's headlines with links, click "Read more" below.

1. Who Are "They"?
Sister Soldiers: Meet The Female Fighters Who Are Taking On Syria's Jihadists - And Winning
http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/08/28/the_civil_war_within_syria_s_civil_war_kurdish_fighters
 
Proliferation of armed groups in Syria points to long war
http://www.stripes.com/news/proliferation-of-armed-groups-in-syria-points-to-long-war-1.237808
 
'A Slow Death': How the War Is Destroying Syria's Economy
http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/civil-war-in-syria-destroying-economy-a-918815.html
 
The mood in Damascus: Weary of war but wary of the West
http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/syria/130828/damascus-syria-capital-life-us-military-intervention-assad
 
On the ground in Damascus: ‘It is us who will die’
http://www.france24.com/en/20130829-ground-damascus-attack-civilians-die-assad
 
As Syria Attack Looms, Few U.S. News Outlets Report From Damascus
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/27/media-syria-strike-journalists-damascus_n_3825091.html
 
Syria Strike Wouldn't Be Cheap
http://www.defensenews.com/article/20130828/DEFREG02/308280030/Syria-Strike-Wouldn-t-Cheap

2. The Housing Market Doesn't Suck. It Just Sucks For You.
Taxpayer Dollars Paid A Third Of Richest Corporate CEOs: Report
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/28/richest-ceos-compensation-ceos_n_3825087.html
 
U.S. Plan Eases Rules for Mortgage Lenders
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/29/business/economy/us-plan-eases-rules-for-mortgage-lenders.html
 
Nearly half of all homes are paid in cash
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/nearly-half-of-all-homes-are-purchased-in-cash-2013-08-29
 
Wall Street’s Rental Bet Brings Quandary Housing The Poor
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-08-29/wall-street-s-rental-bet-brings-quandary-housing-poor.html
 
Hamptons McMansions Herald a Return of Excess
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/27/nyregion/hamptons-mcmansions-herald-the-return-of-excess.html

3. Pumping You Up!
The Shady World of Diet Supplements
http://www.courthousenews.com/2013/08/26/60571.htm
 
Testosterone Boom: Pharma Firms Spread Male Menopause Myth
http://www.spiegel.de/international/zeitgeist/male-menopause-myth-testosterone-gels-over-prescribed-a-919031.html
 
Your Steak Is Addicted to Drugs
http://www.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2013/08/beef-industry-addicted-drugs
 
Soft-drink makers accused of using 'Big Tobacco playbook'
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/story/2013/08/26/f-soft-drinks-benefits-risks.html
 
Shampoos still contain carcinogens, lawsuit claims
http://www.sfgate.com/health/article/Shampoos-still-contain-carcinogens-lawsuit-claims-4765891.php
 

THIS WEEK IN GOOD NEWS!
India bans shark 'finning'
http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/story/2013/08/26/india-shark-fins.html
 
ABC News Reopens Bureau in Beirut
http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2013/08/abc-news-reopens-bureau-in-beirut/
 
August 2013 Ratings: MSNBC Down Double Digits
http://www.mediabistro.com/tvnewser/august-2013-ratings-msnbc-down-double-digits_b193619
 

ODDS & ENDS:
US households shrinking, more Americans living alone
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/265308.php
 
Pennsylvania officials attempted to suppress controversial study that criticized shale gas
http://stateimpact.npr.org/pennsylvania/2013/08/27/dep-attempted-to-supress-controversial-study-that-criticized-shale-gas/
 
Tar Sands Drones Are On Their Way
http://inthesetimes.com/article/15501/tar_sands_drones_are_on_their_way/
 
Loons sound alarm on mercury pollution
http://www.northcountrypublicradio.org/news/story/22606/20130829/loons-sound-alarm-on-mercury-pollution
 
Birds Learn the Speed Limits on Certain Roads
http://www.livescience.com/39141-birds-learn-speed-limits.html?cmpid=51462711198814
 
India must stop viewing disasters as acts of God – report
http://www.trust.org/item/20130829125046-s30g8/
 
The latest breakthrough in South Korean plastic surgery is just plain terrifying
http://qz.com/119017/the-latest-breakthrough-in-south-korean-plastic-surgery-is-just-plain-terrifying/
 
6.5 Percent of All Humans Ever Born Are Still Alive Today
http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/the-human-cost-of-stuff/the-page-that-counts-fall-2013
 
Humans Would Be Better Off If They Monkeyed Around Like the Muriquis
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/Humans-Would-Be-Better-Off-If-They-Monkeyed-Around-Like-the-Muriquis-220566921.html
 
The History and Psychology of Clowns Being Scary
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/The-History-of-Scary-Clowns-217771511.html
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