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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Sludge Report: Who's Afraid Of The Scary Spider?
The End Of An Independent Candidate’s Lonely Road
Feedback: Undecideds Favour Minor Parties
David Miller: We Have Spoken … What Did We Say?
Kuwait On Alert As Iraqi Forces Build
Peters Swats Down Bothersome Appendage
Cannabis Law Reform Bigger Than Nandor
The Biggest Drug Dealers Of Them All – The CIA
Soldier’s Death Under Investigation
Katya Rivas

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Greens’ GE Principles Already Betrayed – Peters
We’ve Got The Votes To Lift GE Moratorium – ACT
Winston’s New Tukus No Match For ACT
Get The NCEA Scrapped – ACT To Greens & United
Peters Sniffs For Dissent
Four Percent Growth Requires A Plan, Where Is It?
Okarito Crown Land Not To Be Sold
Ambassador To Turkey Appointed

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Sludge Report: Who's Afraid Of The Scary Spider?

- In This Edition: Negotiating With A Spider - Discussions On The Tuffet - Speaking Of Spiders, Of With Her Head. See... Sludge Report #141 – Negotiating With A Spider [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0207/S00222.htm


The End Of An Independent Candidate’s Lonely Road

- The day after the election, I created a bonfire and burned all my election material. See... Reflections of an Independent Candidate [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0207/S00219.htm


Feedback: Undecideds Favour Minor Parties

- You do tend to repeat the fallacy that, before the campaign, Labour polled 56%. She really only polled 56% of about 70%, which means, at the peak of her pre-campaign support, only 39 of 100 persons polled said they would vote Labour. See... Feedback: Sludge on Holland [1] . See also... Sludge Report #140 - Reading The Entrails [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0207/S00220.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0207/S00215.htm


David Miller: We Have Spoken … What Did We Say?

- If you were worried about the course of the next parliament during the campaign then you should be most fearful now. See... David Miller: Where to From Here? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0207/S00218.htm


Kuwait On Alert As Iraqi Forces Build

- Scoop's intelligence sources have reported that Kuwait has drafted emergency plans and cancelled all leave for its civil defence employees until further notice as its military officials report an Iraqi build-up on its border. See... Iraqi Military Build-up On Kuwait Border [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0207/S00223.htm


Peters Swats Down Bothersome Appendage

- “Labour’s appendage, the Progressive Coalition, should stop wasting everyone’s time by laying vexatious complaints,” the New Zealand First leader Winston Peters said. See... Vexatious And Time Wasting Complaint [1] and Complaint against New Zealand First [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0207/S00702.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0207/S00700.htm


Cannabis Law Reform Bigger Than Nandor

- The Green Party will need to 'sharpen up' on cannabis if they are to retain strength and credibility in the new Parliament, say the Mild Greens - starting this week as negotiations and trade-offs commence with the freshly re-elected Labour minority coalition. See... Come on, Helen - get with the Program: Mild Greens [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0207/S00285.htm


The Biggest Drug Dealers Of Them All – The CIA

- On May 11, 2000, the US House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence made public their “Report on the Central Intelligence Agency’s Alleged Involvement in Crack Cocaine Trafficking in the Los Angeles Area.” The investigation by the HPSCI focused solely on the “implications” of facts reported in investigative reporter Gary Webb’s 3-part expose in the San Jose Mercury News, August, 18, 19, and 20, 1996, titled “Dark Alliance,” in which it was alleged that a core group of Nicaraguan Contra supporters formed an alliance with black dealers in South Central Los Angeles to sell cocaine to the Bloods and Crips street gangs, who turned it into crack, then the drug-profits were funneled back to Contra coffers by the Contra supporters. See... Preston Peet: How to Be a Successful Drug Dealer [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0207/S00202.htm


Soldier’s Death Under Investigation

- Major General Martyn Dunne, Commander of Headquarters, Joint Forces New Zealand has convened a court of inquiry to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a New Zealand soldier in East Timor. See... Investigation Into Death Underway [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0207/S00130.htm


Katya Rivas

- Love of My Passion, we have almost come to the end of our trip. Today we are going to visit the homes of the sick. See... Katya Rivas: I Want Unity [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0207/S00221.htm


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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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Greens’ GE Principles Already Betrayed – Peters

- “When Jeanette Fitzsimons offered the Greens’ support for Labour’s budget on Saturday night she betrayed one of her party’s fundamental principles – to keep GE in the lab” claims New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters. See... Greens Took Three Hours To Betray Their Principles [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0207/S00708.htm


We’ve Got The Votes To Lift GE Moratorium – ACT

- ACT Environment Spokesman Gerry Eckhoff today repeated the ACT party's offer to Prime Minister Helen Clark to support the Labour Government over the lifting of the moratorium on Genetic Modification. See... ACT Continues to Support GM Moratorium Lifting [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0207/S00707.htm


Winston’s New Tukus No Match For ACT

- New Zealand First leader Winston Peters is acting like a jilted bride with his laughable claims that the National and ACT parties are irrelevant, ACT Deputy Leader Ken Shirley says. See... ACT Will Continue to be the Effective Opposition [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0207/S00706.htm


Get The NCEA Scrapped – ACT To Greens & United

- ACT Education Spokesman MP Donna Awatere Huata today wrote to the leaders of the Green and United Future parties, asking them to focus on education during their negotiations with Labour. See... Awatere Huata's Message to United, Greens [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0207/S00705.htm


Peters Sniffs For Dissent

- New Zealand First Leader and MP for Tauranga, Rt Hon Winston Peters, has revealed that there is already a deep division among Labour MPs over the pending appointment of Jim Anderton as a Cabinet Minister. See... Labour’s Infighting Already Started [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0207/S00704.htm


Four Percent Growth Requires A Plan, Where Is It?

- ACT Finance spokesman Rodney Hide today called on Prime Minister Helen Clark to detail her government's economic plan to take the country to four percent growth a year. See... Where's the Economic Plan, Prime Minister? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0207/S00703.htm


Okarito Crown Land Not To Be Sold

- The government has announced today that most of the remaining unsold Crown land at Okarito is to be retained in public ownership as reserve and public conservation land because of its outstanding ecological values. See... Okarito Crown land to be retained [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0207/S00709.htm


Ambassador To Turkey Appointed

- New Zealand’s next Ambassador to Turkey will be career diplomat Jan Henderson, Foreign Minister Phil Goff announced today. See... New ambassador to Turkey [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0207/S00701.htm

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