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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings

A quiet night for all networks, as the ABC’s latest round of dramady programming wraps up.

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The Caucus | LINKS|

Bush considered dumping Cheney in 2004

George Bush’s new memoir carries the revelation that the former President considered dumping Dick Cheney from his 2004 reelection campaign to “demonstrate that I was in charge.”

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The Independent | LINKS|

Pentagon freaking over WikiLeaks’ Iraq document dump

With a whopping 500,000 classified documents on the Iraq War expected to leak on the WikiLeaks site this month, the Pentagon have put together a 120-person team to prepare for the expected scandal. The documents are expected to contain details on civilian causalities in Iraq.

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New York Times | COMPANIES|

Google’s robot cars

Google is currently testing cars driven by artificial intelligence, with seven test cars driving 1,000 miles through California without human intervention. Will road deaths one day be relegated to the history books?

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Washington Post | LINKS|

Traumatic brain injuries: the invisible wounds of Iraq and Afghanistan

Ex-American soldiers who cannot remember, cannot understand speech and have large chunks cut out of their brains bear the signature wounds of Iraq and Afghanistan: traumatic brain injury. One study estimates the number of those affected could be as high as 320,000, writes Christian Davenport.

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The Guardian | EUROPE|

Drones in Pakistan halt terror attack on Europe

Remember how the Eiffel Tower was evacuated recently? Plans for a Mumbai-style terror attack on Britain, France, and Germany were intercepted by international intelligence organisations and then foiled by missile drones on Pakistan militants last week.

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The Australian | LINKS|

Massola: And Grog’s true identity is…

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Reuters | LINKS|

UN condemns Israel for flotilla attack

Israel’s military “betrayed an unacceptable level of brutality” and violated human rights in its attack on the Gaza flotilla in May, declared a UN panel set up to investigate the controversy.

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Telegraph (UK) | FOOD & TRAVEL|

Why the Titanic really sank

A new book rejects the commonly accepted belief that the Titanic sank because the crew didn’t have time to avoid the iceberg. it claims the disaster was actually caused by a steering blunder that has been kept secret for almost a century.

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Yahoo! | ENVIRONMENT|

A ‘road’ of dead fish in Louisiana

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The Guardian | BOOKS|

The book the Pentagon doesn’t want you to read

A former US spy’s memoir revealing the poor handling of the Afghanistan War and how the US military stuffed it up, called Operation Dark Heart, is so damaging to the Pentagon that it is buying all 10,000 copies in order to pulp them.

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GOOD | LINKS|

INFOGRAPHIC: Where did the US $9 billion to rebuild Iraq go?

The US Military is apparently in Iraq to aid its reconstruction. But of the US$9.1 billion spent so far, a whopping US$8.7 billion is still unaccounted for.

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Wired | LINKS|

Wikileaks: from leaking to sinking

Wikileaks has been heralded as a fearless distributor of classified information. But its website has fallen into disrepair, the secure submission page has expired and no documents can be uploaded by whistleblowers.

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ABC | FEDERAL|

Uhlmann: How the ABC broke the story that broke Rudd

The ABC was first with the ALP leadership spill scoop on Wednesday night, and journo Chris Uhlmann was amongst it. He explains how the thrilling political assassination unfolded in parliament house.

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The Daily Beast | EUROPE|

How the Bloody Sunday truth came out

Harold Evans explains how investigative journalism, done by The Sunday Times, served as the key evidence in proving that the 13 murdered civilians from Bloody Sunday were innocent.

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ABC News (USA) | COMPANIES|

Deepwater Horizon’s a “nightmare well”

Internal BP emails reveal Deepwater Horizon had known safety problems and deliberate shortcuts were made by BP to cut costs.

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New York Times | COMPANIES|

How Iran gets ships through the sanctions

Iran is obtaining military technology by using shell shipping companies and changing ships names to obscure the true owners of its freighters and to help go under the radar of UN sanctions.

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ABC | FEDERAL|

Former Rudd adviser: The real reason Kevin didn’t attend John Button’s funeral

For months Kevin Rudd has been chastised for choosing to see Cate Blanchett and her new baby, rather than attending ALP heavyweight John Button’s funeral. Former Kevin Rudd adviser Annie O’Rourke explains what happened.

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Mother Jones | LINKS|

CIA used detainees as human guinea pigs

The Bush administration’s attempts to prove that “enhanced” interrogation techniques did not constitute torture actually involved the CIA using human experimentation on detainees.

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Engadget | COMPANIES|

The new iPhone 4

Steve Jobs donned the black skivvy for the official unveil of the new iPhone 4, which comes with video camera, video editing software and a high resolution display. Yes, Gizmodo’s leak was 100% on the money.

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New York Times | LINKS|

The Afghan warlords being paid by the US

Afghan warlords — supported by the US — are bringing peace to Afghanistan in a manner completely undermining the US war efforts: by ignoring police and local governments.

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The New Yorker | LINKS|

Revealed: How WikiLeaks released the Collateral Murder video

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is notoriously private but the New Yorker was there as the now infamous WikiLeaks killings video was decrypted and released publicly.

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mUmBRELLA | LINKS|

Dawning of the new Age

The Age briefly let its iPad app appear in iTunes over the weekend, which even includes a voice to read the stories aloud. Mumbrella has the exclusive screen shots.

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Wall Street Journal | ENVIRONMENT|

How BP blew it

An excellent investigation by the WSJ into how BP’s cost-cutting and lax safety standards set the scene for disaster on-board the Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico.

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The Guardian | LINKS|

Israel has nukes — it tried to sell them to apartheid South Africa

Busted: Israel has nuclear weapons — and the Guardian has the documents to prove it: it tried to sell them to South Africa in the 1970s.

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