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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Sludge Report #128 – Truth, Beauty & Love (Part 2)
Keith Rankin: Even Auckland Deserves A Little TLC
Paulo Politico: The Arid Centre-Right Landscape
Chogm & The Idea Of Western Civilisation
Where’s Air NZ’s Credible Plan? National Asks
Superfund Figures Don’t Add Up
Nats Enrolment Policy Variation On Govt’s Theme
Michelle Boag Identifies Clark Government’s Chinks
SPCA Can See An End For Battery Cages
Thursday On The Fringe
Katya Rivas’ Passion

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
No-Surprises New Zealand Draws American Tourists
Locke Really Really Wants To Know Where SAS Is
A Few Fools Threaten All Grapegrowers’ Livelihoods
King: Blunt Instrument
Wellington, See Victimcrats In Their Natural Environment
US Steel Decision Exposes The Myth Of Free Trade

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Sludge Report #128 – Truth, Beauty & Love (Part 2)

- In This Edition: Truth, Beauty & Love (Part 2) - Banking Quotes (To Set The Tone) - Introduction To Banking And Finance (Whose Bananas Are They Anyway?) – More Quotes - 20 Questions, 20 Links (A Beginners Map To The Truth About Banking). See... Sludge Report #128 – Truth, Beauty & Love (Part 2) [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0203/S00037.htm


Keith Rankin: Even Auckland Deserves A Little TLC

- New Zealanders are at their worst when they are "provincial", using the pejorative sense of that word. First there was that irritating minder of Peter Jackson at the Bafta awards who had to spoil the moment by saying "Up the Mainland" or something to that effect. See... Keith Rankin: Auckland Traffic And The Public Good [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0203/S00034.htm


Paulo Politico: The Arid Centre-Right Landscape

- The reasons for National’s deterioration are both numerous and complex. Its demise is due both to factors beyond its control and its own inability to manage the transition from government to opposition and then back into government again. See... Dangerous Omens for NZ National in 2002 [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0203/S00036.htm


Chogm & The Idea Of Western Civilisation

- A Western reporter once asked Mahatma Gandhi what he thought of Western civilisation. Gandhi in his well-known wry humour said, “it is a great idea”. Indeed going by the events in CHOGM Western democracy continues to remain a “great idea”. See... Democracy and Equality In The Commonwealth [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0203/S00032.htm


Where’s Air NZ’s Credible Plan? National Asks

- “Air New Zealand's half year loss of $376.5 million is further proof of the complex financial difficulty the company was in last year when it approached the Government to lift the cap on foreign shareholding,” says National Finance spokesman David Carter. See... Air NZ Loss Not Credible, Just Incredible [1] MORE: - Govt - Cullen On Air New Zealand Result [2] - ACT - Is Our Govt Dithering Again On Air New Zealand? [3] - CTU - Long Term View Needed On Air NZ [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0203/S00132.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0203/S00125.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0203/S00139.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0203/S00059.htm


Superfund Figures Don’t Add Up

- In a written answer to a question from Green MP Rod Donald, Treasury secretary Alan Bollard has admitted that the NZ Superannuation fund is only earning 5.2% while Government borrowing is costing between 4.8% and 6.8%. See... Treasury Figures Reveal Super Folly [1] MORE: - United Future - Time To Demystify Superannuation Debate [2] - ACT - Truth in Super [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0203/S00131.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0203/S00130.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0203/S00135.htm


Nats Enrolment Policy Variation On Govt’s Theme

- ACT Education Spokesman MP Donna Awatere Huata today withdrew support for National's new zoning policy. See... ACT Does Not Support National's Zoning Policy [1] MORE: - NZ First - National Re-Introduced School Zoning [2] - ACT - Awatere Huata Defends Auckland Grammar [3] - National's Adoption Of ACT Zoning Policy [4] - Nats - Nats Enrolment Policy [5] - Govt - National’s Disgusting Enrolment Policies [6]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0203/S00127.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0203/S00129.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0203/S00099.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0203/S00111.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0203/S00105.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0203/S00110.htm


Michelle Boag Identifies Clark Government’s Chinks

- The supposedly invincible Helen Clark, darling of the photo opportunity, is under funding health, she's messing up education, and she's out of touch with New Zealanders. See... Speech To Newmarket Rotary Club - Michelle Boag [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0203/S00028.htm


SPCA Can See An End For Battery Cages

- An end to battery cages has been forecast by New Zealand's leading animal welfare organization. See... New Campaign To Target Battery Cages [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0203/S00031.htm


Thursday On The Fringe

- Fringe NZ Outdoor Events Fringe NZ and Dulux Murals on the Fringe, James Smith Corner. See… Fringe NZ Listings For Thursday 7th March [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0203/S00016.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: The Scourging of Jesus [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0203/S00033.htm

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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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No-Surprises New Zealand Draws American Tourists

- Official figures for January showing a large increase in the number of North American visitors to New Zealand, reflect what tourism operators have already been reporting, Tourism Minister Mark Burton said. See... North Americans Flock To New Zealand [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0203/S00143.htm


Locke Really Really Wants To Know Where SAS Is

- Green Party Defence spokesperson Keith Locke says it's becoming even more absurd that the government refuses to let New Zealand know if Kiwi SAS troops are in Afghanistan. See... Will We Be The Last To Know, Helen? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0203/S00142.htm


A Few Fools Threaten All Grapegrowers’ Livelihoods

- Green Party Biosecurity spokesperson Ian Ewen-Street said alleged vine smuggling by a grapegrower was an act of breath-taking stupidity. See... Vine Smuggling 'Breath-Takingly Stupid' Say Greens [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0203/S00141.htm


King: Blunt Instrument

- The Government is expected to keep the Community Services Card it strongly criticised last year, and increase the qualification threshold, National Health Spokesperson Roger Sowry said today. See... Govt Will Have To Keep Community Services Card [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0203/S00140.htm


Wellington, See Victimcrats In Their Natural Environment

- This problem is that there is now a new form of bureaucrat in this country- a “victimcrat’. That is a self proclaimed victim who makes a living in the bureaucracy, perpetuating supposed problems and acting for special interests. See... “Victimcrats” and the “Wellington Problem” [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0203/S00138.htm


US Steel Decision Exposes The Myth Of Free Trade

- The US decision to slap a 30 per cent tariff on steel imports has effectively killed off any chance of a free trade agreement between New Zealand and US, Green Party Co-leader Rod Donald said today. See... Bush Comes Clean On Free Trade Farce [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0203/S00136.htm


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