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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Whaling Wars: This Is The Way We Do Research
Whaling Wars: Video Footage Of Whale Killing
Scoop Is In The House
Secrecy Surrounds Afghanistan Hercules Deployment
Howard’s End: Power Unhealthily Concentrated
Satire: Caution urged For Black Breakfast
BTL: Sharon Deliberately Triggering Escalation
David Miller: New Threats Dictate ABM Treaty Scrapping
Painted Apple Moth Response Boss Stays
Katya Rivas

AMERICAN STRIKES - FULL COVERAGE
THE RECEIVED VERSION - OFFICIAL UN, US & UK COMMENTS

OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)
BPS & DEFU Say The Right Things - Cullen
Bathgate More Than Taken Care Of By Wilson – ACT
New Law Restricts Foreign Ownership Of Farmland
Govt Responds To Compliance Cost Report
Govt Steps Into Bubbling Crude Dispute
Secondary School Scholarship Exams Announced
Metro Students Left In The Lurch
Health Strategy Progress On The Table
Hobbs Moves To Improve RMA

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http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00157.htm
Japan Samples Southern Whale

http://whales.greenpeace.org/expedition/dec16b/video.html
Link To QuickTime Video – At Greenpeace

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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Whaling Wars: This Is The Way We Do Research

- The Japanese factory ship Nisshin Maru takes an extra large whale tissue sample, just to be on the safe side. See… Images: Japanese Whale Tissue Sampling


Whaling Wars: Video Footage Of Whale Killing

- For the first time in over a decade, footage of a whale being killed in The Southern ocean was recorded today. Link To QuickTime Video – At Greenpeace [1]


[1] - http://whales.greenpeace.org/expedition/dec16b/video.html


Scoop Is In The House

- Today's questions of the day concerned: Peace-Keepers To Afghanistan – SAS In Afghanistan – Tania Furlan Murder Witness Payment – Murders And Police Resources – University Entrance / NCEA- Budget Cap/ DEFU – Business Compliance Costs - Dodson Report – Pacific Radio Network – DHB Funding Figures – Shop Trading Bill – Auckland Police Numbers. See... SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day – 18 December [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00104.htm


Secrecy Surrounds Afghanistan Hercules Deployment

- Two New Zealand Air Force C130 Hercules should be somewhere in Afghanistan now, Prime Minister Helen Clark says. See... NZ Hercules Somewhere In Afghanistan [1] MORE: - United Future - Clark Cannot Take Parliament's Support For Granted [2] - Greens - Greens Oppose Using Hercules For War Effort [3] - Govt - NZ C-130 to work with WFP In Afghanistan [4] - PMA - NZ troops / civilian deaths in Afghanistan [5] - Wgtn: Thursday [6]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00097.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00314.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00309.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00305.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0112/S00088.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0112/S00086.htm


Howard’s End: Power Unhealthily Concentrated

- The defensive posture taken by the Higher Salaries Commission over public criticism of politicians pay rises, suggests a disconnect and a tension between society and the modern state, such that the political party who can reconcile that and provide a new vision of community will become the next natural party of Government. See... Howard's End: Society & State Disconnected [1] RELATED: - Howard's End: How Can They Sleep At Night! - Complexity Of MP Pay Process Not Well Understood [2] - MPs’ Salary Increases [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00103.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0112/S00084.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00263.htm


Satire: Caution urged For Black Breakfast

- In an attempt to get the New Zeal economy moving in a growth-focused directional capacity, Lord High Inquisitor of the Preserved Bank, Reverend Don Crash, is to host a ‘Black Breakfast’, despite such rituals being banned in most national treasuries, and against warnings of economic commentators that to perform the highly secret rites of the Black Breakfast risks calling forth forces immune to conventional macroeconomic analysis. See... Scoop Satire: Crash To Host ‘Black Breakfast’ [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00101.htm


BTL: Sharon Deliberately Triggering Escalation

- * Analysis of Sharon's order to liquidate Hamas leader suggests it was calculated to trigger an escalating cycle of violence. See... BTL: Israel's Assassinations Triggered Escalating [1] MORE: - Gus Shalom - Arafat Calls End To Violence; What Now ? [2] - Firas Al-Atraqchi - Public Enemy Number One [3] - Selwyn Manning - US Security Council Veto Condemns More To Death [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00102.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00143.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00093.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00089.htm


David Miller: New Threats Dictate ABM Treaty Scrapping

- As soon as George W. Bush entered the White House twelve months ago, he declared that the United States would go ahead with plans to build the controversial Theatre Missile Defence System. See... David Miller Online: Go Forth America! [1] MORE: - Selwyn Manning - No Arms Race... It's Arms Dominance [2] - Withdrawal From ABM Treaty A Backward Step [3] - Senate Democrats Criticize ABM Treaty Withdrawal [4] - US Government Statements On ABM Treaty Withdrawal [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00098.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00088.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00278.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00128.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00129.htm


Painted Apple Moth Response Boss Stays

- MAF Director-General Murray Sherwin today deplored the personal attacks on Dr Ruth Frampton who has been leading the Painted Apple Moth response programme in West Auckland. Mr Sherwin confirmed that Dr Frampton would continue to lead the programme. See... Personal Attacks Inappropriate - MAF [1] MORE: - Majority Support Targeted Aerial Spraying [2] - More medical help for west Aucklanders [3] - Resources Mobilised [4] - Get Ruth-Less With Painted Apple Moth [5] - S.T.O.P Supports Call For MAF Resignations [6] - Getting Ruth-Less With Painted Apple Moth [7]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0112/S00087.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0112/S00035.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0112/S00027.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0112/S00081.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0112/S00077.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0112/S00079.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0112/S00078.htm


Katya Rivas

- Today Jesus blesses all the homes that await Him but, in a manner incomprehensible to you, He lavishes His graces to all who will carry these rosaries. Do not worry; all the pious objects in this house have been blessed. Thank you for your faith, My children. See... Katya Rivas: Today Jesus Blesses All Homes [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00099.htm


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AMERICAN STRIKES - FULL COVERAGE

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THE RECEIVED VERSION - OFFICIAL UN, US & UK COMMENTS

- Rumsfeld/Armenian Defence Minister Joint Presser [1] - Israel: UN Shelters Palestinians Issues Report [2] - Annan notes ‘with regret’ US ABM decision [3] - Preparations for Afghan power transfer on track [4] - UNSC fails to pass measure on Middle East violence [5] - DoD News Briefing 17/12 - Rear Adm. Stufflebeem [6] - Powell on NBC's Meet The Press and Fox News [7] - Powell with British Prime Minister Tony Blair [8] - State Dept. Daily Press Briefing December 14 [9] - Secretary Rumsfeld with U.S. Troops at Bagram [10] - Rumsfeld Media Availability en route to Ireland [11] - Rumsfeld-President of Georgia Press Conference [12] - Secretary Rumsfeld Interview with Business Week [13]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00158.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00156.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00155.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00153.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00152.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00151.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00150.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00149.htm
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00148.htm
[10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00147.htm
[11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00146.htm
[12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00145.htm
[13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00144.htm


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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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BPS & DEFU Say The Right Things - Cullen

- “The 2002 Budget Policy Statement and December Economic and Fiscal Update testify to the quality of the government’s economic and fiscal management,” Finance Minister Michael Cullen said today. See... BPS/DEFU Show Economic And Fiscal Resilience [1] REATION: - NZ First - No Budget Blow-Out, Despite Superannuation [2] - United Future - The End Of Dr Cullen's Golden Weather [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00331.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00337.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00336.htm


Bathgate More Than Taken Care Of By Wilson – ACT

- ACT Finance Spokesman MP Rodney Hide today accused Margaret Wilson of arranging a secret settlement with her friend and disgraced Employment Relations Authority member Susan Bathgate. See... Bathgate Secures Secret Sweetheart Deal [1] MORE: - Nats - Taxpayers Foot Bill For Bathgate [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00329.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00326.htm


New Law Restricts Foreign Ownership Of Farmland

- New protections to prevent the alienation of sensitive farm land to foreigners have been passed by Order in Council. See... New Protections For Farm Land [1] REACTION: - Greens - Protection For Farm Land A Political Trade-Off [2] - NZ First - Good Policies Eventually Win Through [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00312.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00330.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00321.htm


Govt Responds To Compliance Cost Report

- Commerce Minister Paul Swain today released the government’s response to the Business Compliance Cost Panel’s Report. See... Response To The Business Compliance Cost Report [1] . See also... Major Themes Of Tax Legislation Year [2] MORE: - Nats - Bureaucrats 1, Business Nil [3] - ACT - Business Should Expect Few Early Presents From Gov [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00316.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00315.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00328.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00311.htm


Govt Steps Into Bubbling Crude Dispute

- The government has announced a package of measures to help resolve the issue of a 1920s well that has been leaking water and gas under a New Plymouth home. See... Government Package For New Plymouth Leaking Well [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00333.htm


Secondary School Scholarship Exams Announced

- New Zealand is to have a national secondary school scholarship examination from 2004, Education Minister Trevor Mallard announced today. See... Secondary Scholarship Programme [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00332.htm


Metro Students Left In The Lurch

- Green MP Nandor Tanczos today said he was concerned about the placement of students following the closure of Auckland's Metropolitan College. See... Nandor Concerned About Placement Of Metro Students [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00327.htm


Health Strategy Progress On The Table

- Health Minister Annette King today tabled the first annual report outlining progress on the implementation of the New Zealand Health Strategy. See... Progress Being Made On New Zealand Health Strategy [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00325.htm


Hobbs Moves To Improve RMA

- Further moves to improve the implementation of the Resource Management Act and reduce compliance costs have been announced by Environment Minister, Marian Hobbs. See... Fresh Moves To Improve RMA Operation [1] and Speech [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00318.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00335.htm

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