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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Scoop Is In The House - Today's Q&A
Keith Rankin: Convictions That Defy Reason
Big News: A Moral Guardian's Low Road To Relevance
Thursday's Fringe Is Fine & Frisky
Feedback: Wallace Decision No Victory For Middle NZ
Strong Growth For Magazines & Newspapers
The Real Deal: Narco Dollars Over Cookie-dough Ice-cream
New Car Import Standards Punish Low Earners
War Declared On Palmerston North’s Phat Exhausts
Scoop World: Public Relations Is Not Treason – Joe Nata
Scoop World: Israel’s Conscientious Objectors Encourage Peace Activists
Katya Rivas’ Passion
Scoop World: Pentagon’s War On Terror Misinformation Plans
Required Reading On 911

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Five-fold Increase In Sexual Abuse Claims Picked
United Future Plan Their Occupation Of The Centre
Big Export Opportunities Open Up For Potatoes
Historic Moutoa Gardens Board Appointed
Maori The Losers With Aquaculture Moratorium
Support Innovation – Lift GM Moratorium, Say Nats
Greens Receive Petition To Reduce Agrichemical Use
Don’t Miss The Kapa Haka, Says Horomia

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Scoop Is In The House - Today's Q&A

- Today's questions of the day concerned: Kyoto Protocol – NZ Support For The War – Sentencing Reform – Zimbabwe Election – Starship Cancer Treatment – Civil Court Fees – Policing Quality – Treaty Principles – Sentencing Reform – Kyoto Protocol. See... SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day – 21 February [1] . See.. Free My Scoop Signup Page [2] , to register to receive today’s answers in your e-mail inbox as they are posted. - Wednesday's Q&A [3] - Tuesday's Q&A [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0202/S00099.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/cgi-bin/newsagent/new_user.cgi?form=home
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0202/S00091.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0202/S00080.htm


Keith Rankin: Convictions That Defy Reason

- In 1991, Peter Ellis - a childcare worker - was convicted for crimes of child abuse that could not have happened. There was no forensic evidence for any of his "crimes". Nor were there any adult witnesses for crimes that, if they had taken place, would have been impossible to conceal from other adults. See... Keith Rankin: Agenda Politics - Our Legacy [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0202/S00095.htm


Big News: A Moral Guardian's Low Road To Relevance

- Early last year, Christian Heritage Party leader Graham Capill was at his wits end. Still miffed at his party’s poor 2.4 percent showing at the last election, he was sitting down with his Bible and his strategy director wondering how he could get a CHP presence in Parliament. See... Big News: The Demoralisation Of Christian Heritage [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0202/S00097.htm


Thursday's Fringe Is Fine & Frisky

- Listings for today's fringe activity. See... Fringe Listings For Thursday 21st February [1] SEE ALSO... OUTDOORS AT THE FRINGE [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0202/S00053.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0202/S00037.htm


Feedback: Wallace Decision No Victory For Middle NZ

- My congratulations on your article following this travesty of justice. I am no radical socialist, bleeding heart liberal, or Maori activist. I am a WASP, middle class, good income, good education, middle aged regular citizen living on Auckland's North shore. See... Scoop Feedback: Wallace Case [1] and Scoop Feedback: JPs Are Qualified To Judge [2] MORE: - PMA - Steven Wallace: JPs Dismiss Murder Charge [3] - Nats - Law change needed to protect the protectors [4] - C.D. Sludge - Sludge Report #125 – Sludge Is A Banana [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0202/S00096.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0202/S00098.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0202/S00086.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0202/S00299.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0202/S00089.htm


Strong Growth For Magazines & Newspapers

- More than 33% of all magazine titles in the latest ACNielsen Readership Survey have hit all time highs. See... Magazines Strengthen Performance In Surveys [1] MORE: - New Zealanders Love Their House And Garden [2] - Print Readership – A strong performance [3] - Herald Driving Growth In Newspaper Readership [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0202/S00182.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0202/S00177.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0202/S00163.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0202/S00176.htm


The Real Deal: Narco Dollars Over Cookie-dough Ice-cream

- One of my new homes is in the city in Philadelphia, near where I grew up in West Philadelphia. Another is in a very beautiful and close knit farming community in Hickory Valley, Tennessee where my father's family has lived since the 1850's. See... The Real Deal: Georgie And West Philadelphia [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0202/S00094.htm


New Car Import Standards Punish Low Earners

- The Minister of Transport, Mark Gosche, has ignored official advice in proceeding with a new frontal impact standard that will restrict the types of cars able to be imported into New Zealand, says National's Transport Spokesperson, Belinda Vernon. See... Minister ignores official advice - consumers pay [1] and ACT Calls for Urgent Frontal Impact Inquiry [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0202/S00302.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0202/S00310.htm


War Declared On Palmerston North’s Phat Exhausts

- There's a public backlash coming in response to continual rowdy exhaust noise and ear-boxing stereo racket from cars. See... Anti-Rowdy Driving Group Now Active [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0202/S00039.htm


Scoop World: Public Relations Is Not Treason – Joe Nata

- SUVA (Pacific Media Watch): Former Fiji journalist and journalism trainer Josefa Nata is pleading not guilty to treason, saying he was simply asked to be a public relations consultant, the Daily Post reports. See... FIJI: I was just PR consultant: Joe Nata [1] and Fiji Newspapers Question The 'Price Of Treason' [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0202/S00081.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0202/S00084.htm


Scoop World: Israel’s Conscientious Objectors Encourage Peace Activists

- In recent weeks a new voice is rising, loud and clear. A voice previously marginal and repressed, a voice that now threatens to inundate the entire country with the hope of breaking out of the crisis. See... Uri Avnery: Something is Moving [1] , Something Is Moving (Protest Briefing & Articles) [2] and An Old-New Israeli Voice: The Voice of Conscience [3] . See also http://www.seruv.org.il for a link to the Refuseniks website, and a tally of their numbers.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0202/S00067.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0202/S00070.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0202/S00069.htm


Katya Rivas’ Passion

- Scoop has restarted a daily serialisation of Bolivian mystic Katya Rivas’ The Passion. In her book Jesus Christ relates in his own words his experiences during the first Holy Week. The serial will continue through to the end of Lent 2002. See... Katya Rivas: Jesus Prays in the Garden [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0202/S00093.htm

Scoop World: Pentagon’s War On Terror Misinformation Plans

- The New York Times reported today that the Pentagon’s Office of Strategic Influence is “developing plans to provide news items, possibly even false ones, to foreign media organizations” in an effort “to influence public sentiment and policy makers ... See... Pentagon Propaganda Plan Is Undemocratic, Illegal [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0202/S00082.htm


Required Reading On 911

- Within a few months, the events of Sept. 11th, 2001 became but an echo of the events that followed. See... INVESTIGATION: Sept 11th - Unanswered Questions [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0202/S00079.htm

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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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Five-fold Increase In Sexual Abuse Claims Picked

- “Our predictions of a sexual abuse allegation epidemic were correct”, Families Apart Require Equality (FARE) spokes person Darryl Ward said today. See... Predictions Of Abuse Allegation Epidemic Correct [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0202/S00092.htm


United Future Plan Their Occupation Of The Centre

- United Future's key personnel will be meeting in Taupo this weekend for a detailed strategy and election planning session. See... United Future In Election Planning Mode [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0202/S00318.htm


Big Export Opportunities Open Up For Potatoes

- The accreditation of a heat treatment process to eradicate potential pests has opened up a potential million-dollar market in the Philippines for New Zealand potato growers, Agriculture and Trade Negotiations Minister Jim Sutton said today. See... The Philippines Opens Market For NZ Potatoes [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0202/S00309.htm


Historic Moutoa Gardens Board Appointed

- The Minister of Conservation, Sandra Lee, has announced the establishment of a reserve board to administer the Moutoa Gardens Historic Reserve in Wanganui. See... Historic Moutoa Gardens Board Appointed [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0202/S00307.htm


Maori The Losers With Aquaculture Moratorium

- “The Government has made a mockery of its commitment to Maori employment opportunities and regional development with its proposed moratorium on new aquaculture developments,” says National Conservation spokesman Alec Neill. See... Aquaculture Moratorium Will Hurt Maori [1] and Aquaculture Moratorium Defeats The Purpose [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0202/S00308.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0202/S00089.htm


Support Innovation – Lift GM Moratorium, Say Nats

- National Agriculture spokesman Gavan Herlihy says the Government should back New Zealand's talented agricultural researchers and call off its proposed moratorium on genetic modification. See... GM Moratorium Will Stifle Agriculture [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0202/S00313.htm


Greens Receive Petition To Reduce Agrichemical Use

- Wellsford-based Green MP Sue Bradford and Green Health Spokesperson Sue Kedgley are receiving a petition at parliament this morning calling for MPs to take a lead on reducing the use of agrichemicals. See... Greens Continue To Lead Fight Over Agrichemicals [1] and LSN Finds Common Cause With Green Party [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0202/S00311.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0202/S00095.htm


Don’t Miss The Kapa Haka, Says Horomia

- Maori Affairs Minister Parekura Horomia hopes many people ‘take a look’ at Maoridom’s top culture groups who will be competing at the three-day festival Kapa Haka 2002 in Auckland. See... Take A Look Says Maori Affairs Minister [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0202/S00317.htm

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