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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Howard’s End: ACC Horror Stories
Tall Blacks Finish World Championships In Fourth Position
UQ Wire: Unanswered Questions For Wannabee Senator Sununu
Stateside: Where Rosalea Goes To The Movies And A Lecture
Two Towers Sneak Preview
Professor Chomsky Talks Iraq
An American Jew's Open Letter to Hanan Ashwari
Sharon Broadcasts Encouragement To Fellow War Criminals
Post 911 Human Rights Abuses In Blighty
Remembering 911: William Rivers Pitt
Daily Katya Rivas

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Welfare Briefing Release Provokes Storm Of Comment
Grow Faster NZ Urges Brash
Black Widow Warning On Grape Import Resumption
Knowledge Pond Barely Stirring
Taxation Online
Winston Is Embarrassing - Anderton
We Knew About East Timor Massacres & Did Nothing
te Heuheu Unimpressed With Maori TV Delays
Muriel Newman: The Family Under Seige
Confusing Kermit
TOKM Feeling Encouraged About Fisheries Deal
Greenpeace Agrees With Business NZ’s Energy Concern

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Howard’s End: ACC Horror Stories

- Imagine you have a good job and you've planned the lives of your family and your financial commitments around your success, but then your boss approaches you and says that from this afternoon, the law now requires that - through no fault of your own or the company you work for - you are required to take a 20% pay cut. That is the life of an ACC claimant, or as I call them, victims. Maree Howard writes. See... Howard's End: ACC Victimisation [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0209/S00036.htm


Tall Blacks Finish World Championships In Fourth Position

- NZ’s basketball heroes have finished just out of the medals in the World Championships in Indianapolis after losing on Sunday to Jugoslavia and this morning to Germany. MORE: - National - Tall Blacks winners in New Zealanders' minds [1] - TVNZ - 750,000 Viewers Watch Basketball Semi-final [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00106.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0209/S00025.htm


UQ Wire: Unanswered Questions For Wannabee Senator Sununu

- What was New Hampshire Senate wanabee Rep. John E. Sununu doing in Qatar five months before 911? Was he among the group of congressmen who appear to have been conducting backdoor negotiations with the Taliban? And if so what did he ask for? See... Will Sununu’s TV Pollster Tell About The Taliban [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0209/S00033.htm


Stateside: Where Rosalea Goes To The Movies And A Lecture

- "I can't slip you the tomahawk 20 minutes of the day, but I can give you a wonderful life the other 23:40," says Sy to the woman he loves but has just told he is "two-spirited" (gay). They are both students at a university in Seattle, Washington, and he will later become a famous poet. See... Stateside: Two Movies And A Lecture [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0209/S00037.htm


Two Towers Sneak Preview

- A selection of an astonishing new set of images published today by Scoop’s online content partner theonering.net. See... Scoop Images: Amazing New Two Towers Screen Shots [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0209/S00040.htm


Professor Chomsky Talks Iraq

- Last week journalist Michael Albert asked a dozen timely questions in writing of Professor Noam Chomsky. The full responses appear in the upcoming issue of Z Magazine . Here are the first three questions and answers. See... Chomsky on Iraq, US, Weapons – A Preview [1] TODAY'S PR OFFENSIVE: - White House - Press Briefing by Ari Fleischer September 6, 2002 [2] , Address by President Bush to the Nation 7/9/2002 [3] - Department of Defence - Secretary Rumsfeld's Interview On Face The Nation [4] , DoD News Briefing - ASD(PA) Clarke And Gen. Rosa [5] , Wolfowitz Interview with the Hurriyet (Turkey) [6] - Tony Blair - Bush And Blair Talk War With Iraq After Meeting [7]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0209/S00041.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00086.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00085.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00084.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00080.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00078.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00083.htm


An American Jew's Open Letter to Hanan Ashwari

- Dear Hanan Ashwari: I am writing to you, because of all the Palestinian leaders familiar to me and a good many other Americans, you appear to be a determined, intelligent, realistic spokeswoman for your cause, the kind of leader with whom one could have a fruitful discussion about how to extricate the Palestinian people, and the Israeli people, from the vortex of violence that so dominates their lives. See... Bernard Weiner: Is Mideast Peace Still Possible? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0209/S00038.htm


Sharon Broadcasts Encouragement To Fellow War Criminals

- Seemingly as a spontaneous answer to a spontaneous question the PM came up with a long quote of the ancient historian Josephus Flavius about how the Romans nearly 2000 years ago defeated the Jews "who were fighting among themselves". All this was intended to show the Israeli public how evil and abject is Gush Shalom for having sent warning letters to officers of the Israeli army, officers who had openly boasted about acts which constitute violations of the Geneva Conventions. See... Sharon New Year Radio Address Attacks Gush Shalom [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00081.htm


Post 911 Human Rights Abuses In Blighty

- Serious human rights violations have occurred as a consequence of the UK authorities' response to the 11 September attacks in the USA, states Amnesty International's report “Rights denied: the UK's response to 11 September 2001” released today. See... UK: Basic rights denied after 11 September [1] and UK: Conditions of security detention unacceptable [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00075.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00076.htm


Remembering 911: William Rivers Pitt

- The sky above me today is as hard and bright and blue as it was one year ago. The air carries that same hint of crisp autumn that lies in wait within the yellow becomings on the green leaves shivering in the breeze outside my window. See... William Rivers Pitt: A Bright September Morning [1] SEE ALSO: - Statement On The Anniversary Of 11 September [2] - Triangle Television September 11 coverage [3] - Prime Minister - 11 September Service Of Remembrance [4] - UQ Wire: Remembering 911 - What's Left Undone [5] - NYC Area Events To Challenge Official 9/11 Story [6] - NZ Aviation Security Service - One Year On [7] - Michael Cullen - Stock Exchange September 11 Gesture [8]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0209/S00039.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00073.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0209/S00022.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00087.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0209/S00018.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00055.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0209/S00014.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00061.htm


Daily Katya Rivas

- I am so glad that you confessed your guilt and that you are now at peace. Forgive Me, but I had to test you like this to show you that I do not like disobedience and even less that you come to receive Me with even a small misdeed in your heart. See... Katya Rivas: You Are My Friends [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0209/S00034.htm


Out Now! Loop's Latest

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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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Welfare Briefing Release Provokes Storm Of Comment

- Recently released briefing papers from the Ministry of Social Development show that the benefit system is not providing adequate support for low income families, that many are missing out on benefits because the system is so confusing, that the real value of family support has decreased by 5.5 per cent since 1998 and that nearly a third of New Zealand children are living in poverty. See... Four years too long for struggling families [1] MORE: - Govt Announcement - Social development programme will continue [2] - National - Minister clearly embarrassed [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00120.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00108.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00109.htm


Grow Faster NZ Urges Brash

- Slow growth will see wealth gap widen New Zealand runs the risk of ending up like Latin America unless it fast-tracks its rate of economic growth, says National’s Finance spokesman, Don Brash. See... Slow Growth Will See Wealth Gap Widen [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00123.htm


Black Widow Warning On Grape Import Resumption

- Green Biosecurity Spokesperson Ian Ewen-Street today said New Zealanders should be on the lookout for poisonous spiders when handling Californian grapes after MAF agreed to allow both the grapes and the spiders back into New Zealand. See... Beware the black widow - Greens [1] and . Californian Grape Imports Resume [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00121.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0209/S00041.htm


Knowledge Pond Barely Stirring

- The Government's much-vaunted "Knowledge Wave" launched with much fanfare has proved not even a ripple on the marketplace. See... Knowledge Wave Not Even A Ripple [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00119.htm


Taxation Online

- Associate Minister of Revenue Paul Swain congratulated the IRD on the release of its e-enablement strategy and said the strategy was an excellent example of how technology can be used to make taxpayers lives easier. See... Swain Welcomes IRD’s Online Strategy [1] and Inland Revenue Announces Online Strategy [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00118.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0209/S00006.htm


Winston Is Embarrassing - Anderton

- Speaking to an audience of 200 Asian business people in Auckland Jim Anderton today attacked Winston Peters for his outrageous comments attacking Asian immigrants. See... Peters attacks on immigrants an embarrassment [1] and Anderton Speech to Fujian Chamber of Commerce [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00115.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00116.htm


We Knew About East Timor Massacres & Did Nothing

- Foreign Affairs Minister Phil Goff today released Foreign Affairs and Defence papers detailing official advice received and generated relating to the 1975 Indonesian invasion of East Timor. See... Historical papers on Timorese independence release [1] and Green Party reaction Goff urged not to repeat East Timor mistakes [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00114.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00112.htm


te Heuheu Unimpressed With Maori TV Delays

Opposition Spokesperson for Maori Affairs, Georgina te Heuheu expressed disbelief today at the statement of the Minister of Maori Affairs Parekura Horomia that Maori Television was "complex". See... Three years wasted [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00105.htm


Muriel Newman: The Family Under Seige

- The two-parent married family is the most successful child rearing institution ever invented. That is not to say that other family forms do not do well; it's just that population trends clearly show that children who are not raised in an intact, married family have a greater prospect of poorer outcomes in life. See... Newman: Why the Left Wants to Destroy the Family [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00104.htm


Confusing Kermit

- The strong support for calls to eliminate farming subsidies was a positive outcome of the World Summit on Sustainable Development, says Federated Farmer's President Tom Lambie. See... WSSD recognises its Hard to be Green When Red [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0209/S00030.htm


TOKM Feeling Encouraged About Fisheries Deal

The Treaty of Waitangi Fisheries Commission said today that strong support was developing around the country for its proposals for allocation and benefit distribution of the Fisheries Settlement. See... Strong Support For Allocation Plans [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0209/S00029.htm


Greenpeace Agrees With Business NZ’s Energy Concern

- Greenpeace shares Business New Zealand’s concerns about the country’s future energy uncertainty. See... Uncertain Energy Future Does Nothing For Climate [1] and Business NZ’s A little bit of wind [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0209/S00028.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0209/S00028.htm


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