- Inside the Headlines - 20140502 - James Moore and JP Sottile

JP Sottile, the Newsvandal, takes us "Inside the Headlines" every Friday 4pm CT.

This week's tiers include civilization at the crossroads (or a little beyond); how to make money & influence friends & make more money, etc; and finally up, up and away she goes.

Don't miss your weekly news fix with links to all the headline stories listed below. Just click "Read more." Not a bad piece of advice on its own either...

1. At the Crossroads of Civilization
As US draws down, Afghan opium production thrives
http://www.stripes.com/news/middle-east/as-us-draws-down-afghan-opium-production-thrives-1.280920
 
U.S. report offers grim portrait of Afghanistan’s future
http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2014/04/30/225990/us-report-offers-grim-portrait.html
 
More than Two-Thirds of Afghanistan Reconstruction Money has Gone to One Company: DynCorp International
http://www.allgov.com/news/where-is-the-money-going/more-than-two-thirds-of-afghanistan-reconstruction-money-has-gone-to-one-company-dyncorp-international-140428?news=853017
 
Afghan Panel Claims to Find Secret Prisons
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/27/world/asia/afghan-panel-claims-to-find-secret-prisons.html
 
Mystery surrounds move of Afghan 'torturer in chief' to US
http://www.stripes.com/news/middle-east/mystery-surrounds-move-of-afghan-torturer-in-chief-to-us-amid-allegations-of-abuse-1.280576
 
Dahr Jamail | On Bringing War Criminals to Justice
http://truth-out.org/news/item/23354-on-bringing-war-criminals-to-justice
 
2. How To Make Money And Influence Friends (And Make More Money)
1 out of 600 Americans Account for 64% of Campaign Contributions
http://www.allgov.com/news/where-is-the-money-going/1-out-of-600-americans-account-for-64-percent-of-campaign-contributions-140429?news=853026
 
55% Favor Government Oversight of Political Ads and Candidates' Comments
http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/general_politics/april_2014/55_favor_government_oversight_of_political_ads_and_candidates_comments
 
What Happens When a Dark Money Group Blows Off IRS Rules? Nothing.
http://www.propublica.org/article/what-happens-when-a-dark-money-group-blows-off-irs-rules-nothing/
 
The Rise of Corporate Impunity: Meet the only Wall St. executive prosecuted as a result of the financial crisis.
http://www.propublica.org/article/the-rise-of-corporate-impunity
 
Bill Clinton Defends His Economic Legacy
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/01/us/politics/bill-clinton-defends-his-economic-legacy.html
 
House Votes to Give D.C. More Penthouses
http://www.nationaljournal.com/congress/house-votes-to-give-d-c-more-penthouses-20140428
 
US infrastructure: Broken system
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/20c50478-ca16-11e3-ac05-00144feabdc0.html

3. Up, Up and Away
FAA under pressure as clamor for small commercial drones grows
http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-drones-faa-20140501,0,818378.story
 
FAA ‘Looking Into’ Arkansas Tornado Drone Journalism, Raising First Amendment Questions
http://www.forbes.com/sites/gregorymcneal/2014/04/29/faa-looking-into-arkansas-tornado-drone-journalism-raising-first-amendment-questions/
 
US senators remove requirement for disclosure over drone strike victims
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/28/drone-civilian-casualties-senate-bill-feinstein-clapper
 
DNA test: Remains from airstrike in Yemen not those of al Qaeda bomb-maker
http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/28/world/meast/yemen-dna-al-qaeda/
 
Iran’s New Version of the Predator Drone Is Prowling Over Syria
https://medium.com/war-is-boring/e8f27e2fc889
 
Germany deploys drones to protect young deer from combine harvesters
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/25/german-drones-protect-young-deer-combine-harvesters
 
Amazing drone footage shows Cork city in all its glory
http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/amazing-drone-footage-shows-cork-city-in-all-its-glory-266431.html

THIS WEEK IN GOOD NEWS!

The world’s largest solar panel farm is completed and live in Arizona
http://gigaom.com/2014/04/29/the-worlds-largest-solar-panel-farm-is-completed-and-live-in-arizona/
 
Solar wind energy tower a 'game changer', company says
http://www.smh.com.au/business/carbon-economy/solar-wind-energy-tower-a-game-changer-company-says-20140429-37eld.html
 
Texas Family Wins First Jury Award for Health Damages from Fracking
http://www.allgov.com/news/controversies/texas-family-wins-first-jury-award-for-health-damages-from-fracking-140428?news=853019
 
ODDS & ENDS
The New Synthetic Biology: Who Gains?
http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2014/may/08/new-synthetic-biology-who-gains/
 
Study finds Fukushima radioactivity in tuna off Oregon, Washington
http://www.trust.org/item/20140429222303-zff17
 
Gulf War illness: New report lauds treatment research, confirms toxic causes
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/04/140428121116.htm
 
65% jump in MERS cases in Kingdom this month
http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.con&contentid=20140428203366
 
This American Refused to Become an FBI Informant. Then the Government Made His Family's Life Hell.
http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/05/sudan-fbi-informant-naji-mansour-terrorism
 
This Swimmer Noticed A Shark Was Following Him; The Dolphins Noticed, Too
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/26/swimmer-saved-by-dolphins_n_5215041.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000063
 
This Song (And This Tiger) Will Go Extinct Unless We Save It
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/endangered-song-projects-aims-save-endangered-tiger-180951221/
 
The Church of Scientology Had Its Own Teen Pop Band (and They Were Amazing)
http://www.vice.com/read/the-church-of-scientology-had-their-own-teen-pop-band-and-they-were-amazing
 
Search for Extraterrestrial Life More Difficult Than Thought
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/04/140429185000.htm
 
Exposing the Satanic Roots of Energy Drinks
http://disinfo.com/2014/04/exposing-satanic-roots-energy-drinks/
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