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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Guy’s World: Middle Earth Buzzes
Scoop Images: They’re Watching Our Movies Here
Christmas Weather: What’s In The Skies Far & Wide
Technology Development & War
Howard’s End’s Thoughts For Christmas
Keith Rankin: This Is Rankinomics
Big News: X-it 2001
AI Calls For New Trial For Mumia Abu-Jamal
Scoop Update: Season’s Greetings

AMERICAN STRIKES - FULL COVERAGE
Hercules In Aid Missions Sends Confusing Message
THE RECEIVED VERSION - OFFICIAL UN, US & UK COMMENTS

OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)
Public Thinks Smacking Is OK, Survey Finds
All Welcome To Attend Blake Memorial
Mark’s Military File: Someone’s Not Telling The Truth
Bishop Manuhuia Bennett Farewelled
Alliance Says Report In Line With Expectations
BOP Demonstrates Economic Resilience – Cullen
TVNZ Legislation Just More Red Tape – ACT
Help At Hand For Waihi

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Peter Jackson - giant of Middle Earth

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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Guy’s World: Middle Earth Buzzes

- It’s 12.01am, I’m in geek heaven and I’m loving it. It’s the first Australasian public screening of the Fellowship of the Ring. The hardcore fans are kitted out in their pointy ears and armour. All in the theatre sense several years of anticipation about to be well and truly satiated as Peter Jackson’s epic recreation of The Lord of the Rings’ first book unfolds onscreen. See... Guy’s World: Premiere Night In Middle Earth [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00112.htm


Scoop Images: They’re Watching Our Movies Here

- The scene in downtown Manhattan as the Fellowship of the Ring opens - Image from Miles Thompson. See... Scoop Images: LOTR Opens In New York [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00114.htm


Christmas Weather: What’s In The Skies Far & Wide

- The following are long range forecasts from the NOAA Supercomputer for Christmas and New Year’s weather, here in NZ, in the US, Europe and Middle East. For Christmas/New Year's weather forecasts for other parts of the globe please make a request to editor@scoop.co.nz. See… Christmas & New Years Weather Here & There


Technology Development & War

- War normally stimulates technological development - but there are signs that the conflict in Afghanistan may be having the opposite effect. See... The Business Of Space Imaging And The War [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00116.htm


Howard’s End’s Thoughts For Christmas

- What really matters at this time, as you and I know, has little to do with politics, war or strife, and lots to do with little boys and girls and Christmas gifts. See... Howard's End: Count The Blessings [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00115.htm


Keith Rankin: This Is Rankinomics

- I have a website called the Rankin File. The “brand” has now worn thin, however. There are too many Rankin files, as any internet search engine will reveal. See... Keith Rankin: Rankinomics [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00111.htm


Big News: X-it 2001

- Well it’s that silly money-making season again – Wellington is renamed Middle Earth, Christmas parades turn into Santa parades, we eat, drink and be merry until we’re overflowing wrecks and when writing out our Christmas cards spell Christmas with an X. See... Big News: Spelling Christmas with an X [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00113.htm


AI Calls For New Trial For Mumia Abu-Jamal

- The overturning of Mumia Abu-Jamal's death sentence is a welcome step, but it leaves unanswered all the questions about the fairness of his original trial, which did not comply with international justice standards, Amnesty International said today. See... Overturning Death Sentence Falls Short Of Justice [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00167.htm


Scoop Update: Season’s Greetings

- In This Edition: Good Tidings Of Great Joy – To The Barricades - Calling all Cultural Patriots (With The Ultimate LOTR Christmas Present!) – The Plan - And.... The Secret of Scoop’s Success. See... Scoop Update #9 – Good Tidings Of Great Joy [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00107.htm


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AMERICAN STRIKES - FULL COVERAGE

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Hercules In Aid Missions Sends Confusing Message

- International Christian aid agencies, Christian World Service (CWS) and TEAR Fund are deeply concerned about the government's plans to offer the use of New Zealand troops and Hercules planes to deliver humanitarian aid to Afghanistan. See... Christian aid agencies say "no" to Hercules use [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00162.htm


THE RECEIVED VERSION - OFFICIAL UN, US & UK COMMENTS

- DoD News Briefing 19/12 - Secretary Rumsfeld [1] -Rumsfeld Interview with Lally Weymouth [2] - Rumsfeld Media Availability en route to Brussels [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00168.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00165.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0112/S00164.htm


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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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Public Thinks Smacking Is OK, Survey Finds

- Justice Minister Phil Goff today released the results of a survey commissioned by the Ministry of Justice to ascertain public attitudes towards the physical discipline of children. See... Survey results on public attitudes to smacking [1] REACTION: - CHP - Public Survey Endorses CHP Policy On Smacking [2] - Nats - Govt. Survey Shows Huge Support For Nats Stand [3] - ACT - Smacking Decision only a Victory for Common Sense? [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00379.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0112/S00104.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00394.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00407.htm


All Welcome To Attend Blake Memorial

- Prime Minister Helen Clark today announced details of the memorial service for Sir Peter Blake to be held in front of the Auckland War Memorial Museum at the Auckland Domain on Sunday. Members of the public are very welcome to attend. See... Blake Memorial Service [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00390.htm


Mark’s Military File: Someone’s Not Telling The Truth

- “We have received a copy of a letter from the Sate Services Commissioner to the Minister of Defence, Mark Burton. We appreciate that further investigation is warranted, as the letter suggests, and at this time we appreciate the level of seriousness of these investigations which are not yet completed,” New Zealand First leader Winston Peters said. See... New Zealand First Statement On SSC Release [1] and SSC advice released [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00381.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00380.htm


Bishop Manuhuia Bennett Farewelled

- Prime Minister Helen Clark today mourned the death of Bishop Manuhuia Bennett, the former Anglican bishop of Aotearoa and a leading figure in Maoridom. See... Bishop Manuhuia Bennett [1] and The passing of Bishop Manuhuia Bennett mourned [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00420.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00409.htm


Alliance Says Report In Line With Expectations

- Alliance whip Grant Gillon says the findings of the Parliamentary service report on the use of Alliance parliamentary resources are broadly in line with his expectations. See... Parliamentary Service report [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00405.htm


BOP Demonstrates Economic Resilience – Cullen

- Finance Minister Michael Cullen said the September balance of payments figure was in line with market expectations and provided further confirmation of the underlying resilience of the New Zealand economy. See... BOP Result Points To Underlying Strength [1] and Balance Of Payments Deficit Steady [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00404.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0112/S00139.htm


TVNZ Legislation Just More Red Tape – ACT

- Television New Zealand legislation before Parliament will lead to more bureaucracy and red tape with no benefits for taxpayers, ACT Broadcasting Spokesman MP Penny Webster said today. See... TVNZ Legislation Creates More Red Tape [1] and First Reading Of The Television New Zealand Bill [2] with an instruction that the Committee present its final report on or before ...


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00403.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00401.htm


Help At Hand For Waihi

- Associate Energy Minister Paul Swain says the government will make an immediate contribution of $10 000 to the Hauraki District Council’s mayoral relief fund for those affected by the subsidence in Waihi. See... Govt. to make early contribution to Waihi fund [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0112/S00388.htm

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