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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Scoop Is (Always) In The House
Rash Of Murders Should See Tougher Penalties - Act
PC’s Opinion: Another Day In Paradise
Upton-on-line Diaspora Edition
Feedback: Still Elegant Skyhawks’ Time Has Come
Behind The Veil: No Quarter Given For Ramadan
Firas Al-Atraqchi: And He Wasn’t A Moslem
Efforts Against US Farm Subsidies Fail
Feedback: All Good Conspiracies Need Orbital Mind Control Lasers
Katya Rivas

AMERICAN STRIKES - FULL COVERAGE
Gush Shalom: Be An Arbiter
Feedback: How Civilised Nations Try War Criminals
THE RECEIVED VERSION - OFFICIAL UN, US & UK COMMENTS

OTHER NEWS(JUST POLITICS)
Greens Seek Amendments To Paid Parental Leave Bill
Minister Keeping Tabs On Collapsed Mine
Hawkins Not Scaring Burglars
Hearing Dogs Can Hold Their Proud Muzzles High
Provincial Cinemas To Benefit From Tougher Parallel Import Laws
How Not To Get In A Pickle Over Property
National Calls For More Money For Alzheimers Research


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Scoop Is (Always) In The House

– Today's questions of the day concerned: Parole Reform Bill – Decile Funding – Mental Health Legislation – Parental Leave – Air Combat Wing – Fisheries Court Decision – Feds Views On Kyoto – Health Funding Announcement Reaction – Auckland Burglary ... See... SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day – 13 December [1] . For earlier Q&A in the house see… Wednesday [2] - Tuesday [3] - Scoop Searchable Questions Of The Day Archive (FREE!) [4] . - to subscribe and receive each day’s questions of the day and answers as they are posted on Scoop via email (ALSO FREE!) CLICK HERE [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00076.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00066.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0112/S00056.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/archive/scoop/index.pl?k=174&y=2001&m=11
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/cgi-bin/newsagent/new_user.cgi?form=home


Rash Of Murders Should See Tougher Penalties - Act

- Eight murder victims in as many days should persuade the Minister of Justice to halt his Bill to reduce murder penalties, says ACT Justice Spokesman Stephen Franks. See… Stop Weakening the Law on Murder MORE: - Nats - English Signals National Policy Directions [1] - Directions in Social Policy - Bill English Speech [2] - Govt - Government Toughens Law While Nats Play Politics [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00224.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00226.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00223.htm


PC’s Opinion: Another Day In Paradise

- Another New Zealander murdered yesterday - her husband taken into custody for the killing. That makes nine New Zealanders murdered this month (and that's without counting attempted murders like last weekend's axe attack in Panmure). See... PC's Opinion: Hell's Half-Acre? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00074.htm


Upton-on-line Diaspora Edition

- Upton-on-line notes french reaction to the slaying of Sir Peter Blake, gives a glimpse of how one young diasporan, Hamish Coop, thinks about New Zealand from afar and describes the sorry tale of an aborted submarine expedition of Lake Taupo by the Institute of Geological & Nuclear Science. See... Upton-on-line - Diaspora Edition [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00073.htm


Feedback: Still Elegant Skyhawks’ Time Has Come

- Ross Ewing's contradictory bleating about the retirement of the fast strike and training arm of the air force is as contradictory as it is imaginative. See... Feedback: Skyhawks Were An Air Combat Arm?? [1] AIR COMBAT WING DISBANDED: - Geoff Beynon - Scoop Images: Skyhawks Over The City Of Sails [2] - ACT - Vindictive Govt. Blocks ACT from AirForce Farewell [3] - Govt - RNZAF Has Crucial Future Role [4] - SOS - Skyhawk Decision To Be Appealed [5] - ACT - Farewell, But Not For Long [6] - Ross Ewing - What We Are Giving Away [7] - Max Bradford - Black Week For NZ Defence [8]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00077.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00059.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00234.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00236.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0112/S00059.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00186.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0112/S00052.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00161.htm


Behind The Veil: No Quarter Given For Ramadan

- Rumors of the United States increasing the war against terrorism to include and punish other countries in the region has been wafting through the Middle East. If the US is intent on doing so, it is not without a price to pay. See... Behind the Veil: Outrage at More Aggression [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00072.htm


Firas Al-Atraqchi: And He Wasn’t A Moslem

- Terrorism struck at the heartland of America as major news broadcasters reported that a ‘terrorist’ had shot 35 people at a manufacturing plant in Goshen, Indiana late last week. See... Firas Al-Atraqchi: Terrorism In Goshen, Indiana [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00071.htm


Efforts Against US Farm Subsidies Fail

- Trade delegations in Washington admitted defeat yesterday in their efforts to stop the U.S. from handing more than $350 billion in subsidies to its farmers. Maree Howard reports. See... $350 Billion In Subsidies To US Farmers [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00070.htm


Feedback: All Good Conspiracies Need Orbital Mind Control Lasers

- In This Edition: Northwood a plan for the 21st century?? – One Way To End the Violence In Israel/Palestine - My Peace Plan - The Long and the Short of it - Keep it Clean See... Scoop Feedback: Orbital Mind Control Rays Required [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00068.htm


Katya Rivas

- Your soul is a land that has been prepared by maternal care and later made fertile by the frequent rains of Divine grace and capable of producing flowers. See... Katya Rivas: Should I Not Be First in Your Lives? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00069.htm


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AMERICAN STRIKES - FULL COVERAGE

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Gush Shalom: Be An Arbiter

- It was yesterday that the American mediator Anthony Zinni tried to set up a 48-hour cease-fire between Israel and the Palestinians. A few hours later, Israeli helicopters killed four Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. See... 'Be An Arbiter - Not An Accomplice!' [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00118.htm


Feedback: How Civilised Nations Try War Criminals

- President Bush was correct in his speech on the Pearl Harbor Day that leaders, whether the commander of chief of the most powerful nation or the spokesperson of a fragile extremist group, always hide in shelters when young soldiers fight in the front in the middle of death and destruction. See... Feedback: From Cave To The White House [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00075.htm


THE RECEIVED VERSION - OFFICIAL UN, US & UK COMMENTS

- DoD News Briefing - ASD PA Clarke and Gen. Pace [1] - State Dept. Daily Press Briefing December 11, 2001 [2] - DoD News Briefing 11/12 - Rumsfeld and Gen. Myers [3] - Wolfowitz Media Availability in New York City [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00119.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00117.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00116.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00115.htm


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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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Greens Seek Amendments To Paid Parental Leave Bill

- The Green Party will be seeking amendments to the Paid Parental Leave bill which is being introduced to parliament this afternoon. See... Greens Seek Amendments To Paid Parental Leave [1] MORE: - Nats - Paid Parental Leave Off Target [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00248.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00254.htm


Minister Keeping Tabs On Collapsed Mine

- Associate Energy Minister Paul Swain says he has received a preliminary briefing on the Waihi mine shaft collapse and is sending two Ministry of Economic Development offiicals to the scene to report back to him more fully. See... Waihi Subsidence [1] . See also… Jeanette Fitzsimons Calls For Waihi Inquiry [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00253.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00239.htm


Hawkins Not Scaring Burglars

- ACT Police Spokesman Ken Shirley said today that Minister George Hawkins had failed miserably to deliver on his much hyped `tough on burglary' policy. See... Hawkins Fails Utterly On Burglary Pledge [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00251.htm


Hearing Dogs Can Hold Their Proud Muzzles High

- Christmas Shopping will be especially enjoyable for Shandy and Barlow, two Hearing Dogs for the Deaf, because now they can legally accompany their hearing impaired owners in public places, National MP Marie Hasler said today. See... Christmas Present For Special Helpers [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00249.htm


Provincial Cinemas To Benefit From Tougher Parallel Import Laws

- The government’s plan to change legislation on parallel importing of films, videos and DVDs is a response to many concerns about the future of regional cinemas, Associate Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Judith Tizard said today. See... Protection Of Provincial Cinemas [1] and Legislation Changes Proposed For Parallel Imports [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00246.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00238.htm


How Not To Get In A Pickle Over Property

- A multi-storey development across the street, a motorway designation through the backyard, or noise from the nightclub next door - all factors that could potentially ruin the perfect property. See... Avoiding Property Pitfalls The Focus Of New Guide [1] and Launch of ‘Thinking of buying a property?’ guide [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00235.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00244.htm


National Calls For More Money For Alzheimers Research

- “The PHARMAC budget for the next three years needs to be increased, so it can fund Alzheimer's drugs,” said Dr Lynda Scott, National's Senior Citizens Spokesperson. See... Alzheimer's suffers miss out on funding [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00242.htm

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