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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Hard News Is Here: Very MMP
Senate Debates Iraq Blitzkrieg!
GE Testing Of Only 1 In 3 Corn Shipments Rejected
Tube Talk: Hoskings' Touch Of Victorian Kitsch
Democrats On Bush Insider Trading Allegations
Israeli Govt. Impeded Truth & Justice – Amnesty
Firas Al-Atraqchi: Disinformation From Kuwait
He’s Been To The Crossroads – Moore Farewells WTO
US TPA Gives Sutton Hope Of NZ/US Agreement
We Drove Safely In July
Katya Rivas

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Read Up On Sentencing Changes, Goff Urges Judges
Remember What You Said About Cabinet Size, Peter?
Greenpeace Chair Resigns To Help Greens Negotiate
Call For Sharing Of Select Committee Responsibility
Merry-go-round Accidents Are Every Kiwi’s Birthright
Call Yourself An Activist? You’ll Be Needing A Cause
When Winston Coined The Metaphor Of The Election
Call For Inquiry Into Northland Health Provider
Prebble On The Mend
Workplace Fatality Figures Not Manufactured – OSH

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Hard News Is Here: Very MMP

- There was an emblem of Labour's case for a return to the Treasury benches in the very fact of the vote on Saturday. Immediately after the 1999 election, Helen Clark promised that the next one would be properly organised and the votes would be through in good time. It was and they were. See... HARD NEWS 02/08/02 - If We Had Any Trains [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0208/S00011.htm


Senate Debates Iraq Blitzkrieg!

- Live on web streaming TV, a Senate debate on whether the U.S. should attack Iraq using what a U.S. General just described as “Blitzkrieg” tactics. But that is not the topic of this report. Earlier this evening (it is now late night in Washington D.C.) former UNSCOM chief Richard Butler gave evidence. Evidence that the U.S. Senate needs to understand the background to. See... Sludge Report #142: Richard Butler Is A CIA Asset [1] MORE: - White House - Ari Fleischer Press Briefing [2] - White House - Iraq And Terrorism [3] - White House - King Abdullah Against Attack [4] - C-Span Link - Video From US Congress/Senate [5] - PMA - Iraq: Vigil Details [6] - Peace And Justice Auckland - Stop the war against Iraq [7]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0208/S00006.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0208/S00014.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0208/S00012.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0208/S00011.htm
[5] - http://www.c-span.org/watch/cspan_rm.asp
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0208/S00005.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0208/S00003.htm


GE Testing Of Only 1 In 3 Corn Shipments Rejected

- Green Party co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons said she was glad that MAF had decided to test every batch of corn and maize seed from GE-growing countries, instead of just one in three as they had proposed in the draft protocol. See... Greens welcome new seed-testing rules [1] MORE: - PSRG - New MAF Testing Of Imported Seed [2] - GE Free NZ - Other Seeds Remain Untested [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00004.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0208/S00005.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0208/S00006.htm


Tube Talk: Hoskings' Touch Of Victorian Kitsch

- Like the birth of a giant panda, a general election is a rare, wondrous, but agonisingly drawn-out experience. See... Tube Talk: Election 2002 - 24 Hour Party Poopers [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0208/S00010.htm


Democrats On Bush Insider Trading Allegations

- As Director of Harken Energy Corporation and the son of President George H.W. Bush, you were privy to substantial information not available to the general public prior to your June 22, 1990 sale of 212,000 shares of Harken stock. It has been well documented that, a mere two months after the sale of the stock, the price fell from $5.50/share to $1.25/share. See… Democrat Fact Sheet – Enron, Haliburton And Harken


Israeli Govt. Impeded Truth & Justice – Amnesty

- The UN Secretary-General's report released today, which is consistent with many of Amnesty International's findings, underscores the need for a thorough, on-the-spot investigative inquiry into the reports of grave human rights abuses that occurred in the context of the Israeli army incursions into Jenin and other cities last April. See... Israel/Occupied Territories/Palestinian Authority [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0208/S00015.htm


Firas Al-Atraqchi: Disinformation From Kuwait

- The United Nations Iraq-Kuwait Observation Mission (UNIKOM), which monitors military activity in the demilitarized zone between Iraq and Kuwait, today denied initial reports that Iraqi troops had been massing near the border with Kuwait. See... Firas Al-Atraqchi: Troops Not On Kuwait Border [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0208/S00008.htm


He’s Been To The Crossroads – Moore Farewells WTO

- When I arrived in Geneva in September 1999, the WTO was at a crossroads. Never before had the multilateral trading system enjoyed such prominence in international life; yet never before had it been so fiercely attacked. See... Mike Moore farewell speech to the General Council [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0208/S00009.htm


US TPA Gives Sutton Hope Of NZ/US Agreement

- Trade Negotiations Minister Jim Sutton today congratulated President George W Bush, United States Trade Representative Robert Zoellick, and the United States Administration on achieving trade promotion authority. See... NZ Welcomes US Administration Getting TPA [1] SEE ALSO: - TLN - Bush Given Authority For Free Trade Deals [2] - White House - Fast Track Trade Authority [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00009.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0208/S00018.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0208/S00013.htm


We Drove Safely In July

- Deaths on New Zealand roads last month equaled the lowest level for any July since monthly recording began in 1965, the Land Transport Safety Authority said today. See... July road deaths equal lowest on record [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0208/S00003.htm


Katya Rivas

- Beloved one, My sweet Catalina, always look for a quiet place where you can make a home for Me. For you to grow in My Grace, you must refuse to be the center of attention; hold on to Me, allowing Me to defeat you in Me. See... Katya Rivas: Look for a Quiet Place, Make a Home [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0208/S00009.htm


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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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Read Up On Sentencing Changes, Goff Urges Judges

- Judges must update themselves on what the new Sentencing Act requires, says Justice Minister Phil Goff. See... Judges Should Update Themselves On New Legislation [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00010.htm


Remember What You Said About Cabinet Size, Peter?

- It's astonishing how quickly Peter Dunne has backed away from his party's policy to cut the size of the Government's executive - now he senses an opportunity to gain a Cabinet post, ACT acting leader Ken Shirley says. See... ACT Calls On Dunne To Stick With Principles [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00011.htm


Greenpeace Chair Resigns To Help Greens Negotiate

- Gordon Jackman announced that he was stepping down as Chair of Greenpeace at the Board meeting held today in Auckland. See... Greenpeace Chairman Steps Down [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0208/S00008.htm


Call For Sharing Of Select Committee Responsibility

- Acting Leader of the Act Party Ken Shirley today called on the Government to introduce a more collaborative approach to the workings of Parliament. See... ACT Seeks Multi-Party Selection for Key Roles [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00007.htm


Merry-go-round Accidents Are Every Kiwi’s Birthright

- Standards New Zealand must heed the warnings of early childhood educators and dump plans to adopt US playground safety standards, ACT MP Stephen Franks said today. See... Don't Wrap Kiwi Kids in Cotton Wool [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00006.htm


Call Yourself An Activist? You’ll Be Needing A Cause

- before 6 August - send a message of solidarity and support to the Kobe Port Council against A and H Bombs (Kobe Port Gensuikyo). See... National: what’s on where listings [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0208/S00007.htm


When Winston Coined The Metaphor Of The Election

- There is a Black Widow at large on the hustings. Initially it hoped that we wouldn’t notice that there was an election. That we would be taken by surprise and Labour would get to rule alone. Then the pesky Greens stood up for their GE principles and the Black Widow began to eat its mate. See… Black Widow At Large COALTION NEGOTIATIONS - COURTING THE SPIDER: - Big News - Big News: Now You've Dunne It [1] - National - Pressure on United Future's principles [2] - Who Said What On GE? - United Future's position on Genetic Modification [3] and Link: Policy.Net GM Policy Page [4] - C.D. Sludge - Sludge Report #141 – Negotiating With A Spider [5] , Feedback: Sludge on Holland [6] and Sludge Report #140 - Reading The Entrails [7]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0207/S00231.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0207/S00720.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0207/S00719.htm
[4] - http://www.policy.net.nz/sr-gmfood.shtml
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0207/S00222.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0207/S00220.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0207/S00215.htm


Call For Inquiry Into Northland Health Provider

- Whangarei MP, Phil Heatley has asked the Ministers of Health and Social Services and Employment to investigate allegations of operational mismanagement and poor governance at Te Hau Ora O Te Tai Tokerau. See... Whangarei MP calls for Ministerial Inquiry [1] SEE ALSO: - ACT - Public Needs Reassurance on Funds Allocation [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00005.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00008.htm


Prebble On The Mend

- Mr Prebble was admitted to hospital last Sunday, with pneumonia. He is now being treated at home. See... Prebble out of Hospital [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00003.htm


Workplace Fatality Figures Not Manufactured – OSH

- Claims that the Occupational Safety and Health Service (OSH) has manipulated workplace fatality figures were angrily rejected today by OSH. See... One Workplace Death Is One Too Many [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0208/S00017.htm

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