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Scoop: Top Scoops + Just Politics

TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Tube Talk: Diana’s Rock
NEWSFLASH: Venezuelan Coup Foiled Again!
Hard News Is There!
"I Would Have Shot Wallace" - Constable Dombroski
Scamming California, The Secrets Emerge
American Coup: Computer Scientist Backs Paper Ballots
UQ Wire: 911, Anti-Semitism, Gore Vidal And Nixon’s Penis
Was Wellstone Assassinated? Mike Ruppert Investigates
Bush Schmoozes NATO Hosts
OCR Remains Unchanged at 5.75%
LV Cup: Two More Teams Bow Out

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)

Countdown To War: NZ Defence Gets High Frequency Equipment
English Calls For Hawkins’ Head
10,000 People Sign Aged Care Petition
Lee Appointed as High Commissioner
Local Content Gets A Boost
Immigration Policy Placating Peters
Dalziel Agrees To Review Immigration Benefits
Survey Says Arrest The Johns
Mallard Cowardly Caps Foreign Student Numbers
Blame The Oil Age for Environmental Disaster
United Against Progressive Bill
Franks Moves Trade Marks Bill Amendment
Investor Confidence Boosted
ACT Ruffles Over Wahi Tapu
Spook The Spooks Day
Pesticide and Agrichemical Reports Released
Govt Helps Teachers Upskill
No Enron/Worldcom Changes in Securities Markets
Sutton Speech to Grain and Seeds Assn
Cullen Speech to Solid Energy Board
Burton Speech to Solid Energy Board

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Venezelan Coup Deserter Reveals Arms Caches

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00140.htm"

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Tube Talk: Diana’s Rock

- Just when TV is becoming so bad, so boring and so banal that chewing your own arm off starts looking like a riveting evening’s entertainment, along comes some fun, trashy Brit TV to take the edge off. See... TUBE TALK With John T. Forde: What the Butler Saw [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00141.htm


NEWSFLASH: Venezuelan Coup Foiled Again!

- In their latest reports Vheadline.com is reporting that the rebel army units, presently encamped over an arms cache in the center of Caracas, have been receiving funding from a "North American Embassy". See... Venezuelan Coup Foiled – Arms Cache Revealed [1] and follow the link to NarcoNews’s Alfredo Peña's Little Army for background.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00140.htm


Hard News Is There!

- Hi folks, Public Address is here, at: http://publicaddress.net. It is home to weblogs by Russell Brown (it's still called Hard News), Chad Taylor, Debra Daley and Damian Christie. It has been beautifully constructed by CactusLab. See... Hard News Is Back! [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00138.htm


"I Would Have Shot Wallace" - Constable Dombroski

- The High Court yesterday heard evidence from Constable Jason Dombroski, the police officer who was with Constable Keith Abbott during the 60 to 90 second period before Steven Wallace slumped to the ground on Waitara’s main street, felled by a fatal volley of shots from Abbott’s Glock pistol. Abbott faces charges of murder and manslaughter over the shooting. See.. Abbott Murder Trial: Wallace Possessed - Constable [1] EARLIER: - Day Two - Evidence Tampering Claims [2] - Day One - Police Used Excessive Force [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00136.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00126.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00119.htm


Scamming California, The Secrets Emerge

- The front pages of California’s major daily newspapers were buzzing last week with fresh reports of one energy company ripping off the state in the spring of 2000 by deliberately keeping a power plant from generating electricity so the company could take advantage of sky-high wholesale electricity prices the state was forced to pay to keep the lights on. See... Jason Leopold: Secrets And Lies In Cheney’s Closet [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00137.htm


American Coup: Computer Scientist Backs Paper Ballots

- In the national debate over upgrading election infrastructure, Peter Neumann is an unlikely defender of the low-tech approach. See... Scoop Link: A Vote for Less Tech at the Polls [1] . See also... SCOOP: AMERICAN COUP FULL COVERAGE [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00135.htm
[2] - http://scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=countdowniraq


UQ Wire: 911, Anti-Semitism, Gore Vidal And Nixon’s Penis

- Gore Vidal once tried to get me to print an alleged secret—a very big secret—about Richard Nixon’s penis. About what has come to be called, in post-Clintonian euphemistic legalese, its "distinguishing characteristic." See... UQ Wire: Gore Vidal’s 911 Analysis Called "Wacko" [1] and Gore Vidal ‘s - The Enemy Within


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00134.htm


Was Wellstone Assassinated? Mike Ruppert Investigates

- The air crash deaths of Sen. Paul Wellstone, his wife, daughter, three staff members and two pilots at approximately 10:25 a.m. on Oct. 25 in Eveleth, Minn. has given rise to the widespread belief -- shared by at least two members of the House of Representatives who spoke on condition of anonymity -- that the crash was a murder. See... UQ Wire: Was Paul Wellstone Murdered? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00133.htm


Bush Schmoozes NATO Hosts

- Q Mr. President, this week in Prague, NATO will invite seven countries to join the Alliance, but there are other topics on the agenda, and the future of NATO is one of them. What do you see NATO will be doing in the 21st century? What is its role? See... Interview of the President by Czech TV [1] EARLIER: Scoop Report: Controlling NATO: The Real Agenda at Prague PRAGUE LIVE: Webcam view of Prague


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0211/S00117.htm


OCR Remains Unchanged at 5.75%

- The Reserve Bank has decided to leave the Official Cash Rate unchanged at 5.75 per cent. In addition, the Bank's projections show no change in short-term interest rates over the period ahead - reflecting the Bank's sense that the risks for the future direction of the OCR are evenly balanced. See... OCR unchanged [1] , RBNZ MPS: Summary Of Economic Projections [2] and RBNZ MPS: Chapt One - Policy Assessment [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0211/S00151.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0211/S00160.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0211/S00159.htm


LV Cup: Two More Teams Bow Out

– The French and British Louis Vuitton Cup teams have ended their challenges for the Americas Cup. See... Au Revoir To Le Defi Areva [1] , GBR Challenge Exits Louis Vuitton Cup 1/4rs [2] and Stars & Stripes Beats Britain 4-1 And Goes Forward [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0211/S00146.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0211/S00144.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0211/S00148.htm


Countdown To War: NZ Defence Gets High Frequency Equipment

- Minister of Defence Mark Burton has today announced Cabinet approval for the installation of an unclassified United States Air Force (USAF) High Frequency (HF) radio transmitter and receiver at a New Zealand Defence Force communications site. The most likely ... See... High Frequency equipment to be installed in NZ [1] National - NZ leaders need to discuss Australian concern [2] Greens - Don't forget to tell us, Helen [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00486.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00496.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00481.htm

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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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English Calls For Hawkins’ Head

- National Party leader Bill English is calling for heads to roll including that of Internal Affairs Minister George Hawkins over the leaky building crisis. See... Hawkins must be sacked says English [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00497.htm


10,000 People Sign Aged Care Petition

- Parliament’s Health Select Committee was told today of the perilous financial state many rest home operators are in, says National’s Health spokesperson Dr Lynda Scott. See... 10,000 New Zealanders sign Aged Care petition [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00480.htm


Lee Appointed as High Commissioner

- New Zealand’s next High Commissioner to Niue will be the Hon. Sandra Lee, Foreign Minister Phil Goff announced today. See... Sandra Lee new NZ High Commissioner to Niue [1] ALSO: ACT - Another Job for the Girls [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00483.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00492.htm


Local Content Gets A Boost

- Research released by New Zealand on Air today confirms New Zealanders’ overwhelming support for moves to put more local content on air, says Broadcasting Minister Steve Maharey. See... New research strengthens case for charter [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00485.htm


Immigration Policy Placating Peters

- The Government's knee-jerk reaction to immigration will damage one of its own "picking winners" policies, ACT IT spokesman Deborah Coddington said today. See... Picking Winners Dumped for Placating Winston [1] ALSO: ACT - Mallard Makes Life Harder for Foreign Students [2] NZ First - Immigration Min's Deception Over Defunct Category [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00493.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00489.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00487.htm


Dalziel Agrees To Review Immigration Benefits

- Minister Agrees To Review Immigration Benefits The Minister of Immigration Hon Lianne Dalziel has agreed to review the new immigration policy to ensure that NZ gets full advantage of funds that are being captured through the long-term investor programme. ... See... Minister Agrees To Review Immigration Benefits [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0211/S00160.htm


Survey Says Arrest The Johns

- A Bill to reform prostitution, which is currently before Parliament, would decriminalise the sex industry completely. However, some countries—such as Sweden—have moved in the opposite direction, and are now prosecuting the clients of prostitutes rather ... See... Survey shows support for prosecuting buyers of sex [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0211/S00158.htm


Mallard Cowardly Caps Foreign Student Numbers

- Education Minister Trevor Mallard has committed his most cowardly and unprincipled act yet in endorsing the call by New Zealand First for a cap on foreign student numbers, ACT Education Spokesman Donna Awatere Huata said today. See... Mallard Rolls Over For Winston [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00491.htm


Blame The Oil Age for Environmental Disaster

- The environmental disaster caused by the break-up of the oil tanker Prestige off the Spanish coast is yet another reason for the world to move out of the Oil Age, Green Co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons said today. See... Time to move beyond the Oil Age [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00495.htm


United Against Progressive Bill

- United Future New Zealand leader, Peter Dunne, today told the New Zealand Retailers’ Association that his party would not be supporting the Member’s Bill proposed by the Progressive Coalition’s Matt Robson seeking four weeks’ annual leave for all .. See... United Future opposes Progressive Holiday Bill [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00494.htm


Franks Moves Trade Marks Bill Amendment

- ACT Associate Commerce Spokesman Stephen Franks will move an amendment today to the Trade Marks Bill, to ensure global companies are not forced into trying to stop the public from using trademarked words as a general description. See... ACT Moves to Prevent Big Business Censorship [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00490.htm


Investor Confidence Boosted

- Commerce Minister Lianne Dalziel said investors can have greater confidence in New Zealand's securities markets following the introduction of more effective laws under the Securities Markets and Institutions Bill which completed its passage through ... See... Securities Markets Bill boost investor confidence [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00488.htm


ACT Ruffles Over Wahi Tapu

- The registration of sites in New Zealand as wahi tapu could soon become endemic," ACT New Zealand Rural Affairs spokesman Gerry Eckhoff said today. See... Floodgates Set To Open [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00499.htm


Spook The Spooks Day

- New Zealand is one of George Bush’s most enthusiastic allies in his apparently endless and borderless "war on terror". The public face of that is the involvement of the SAS in the war in Afghanistan. But New Zealand’s most significant contribution to ... See... Waihopai Spybase Protest January 24-26, 2003 [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0211/S00157.htm


Pesticide and Agrichemical Reports Released

- Two reports released today are a significant step toward reducing the risks associated with the use of pesticides and agricultural chemical sprays, Environment Minister Marian Hobbs said today. See... Pesticide and agrichemical reports released [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00498.htm


Govt Helps Teachers Upskill

- Research has found that two government initiatives aimed at helping teachers use Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) in the classroom have been highly successful for both teachers and students, Education Minister Trevor Mallard said today. See... Government helps teachers improve infotech skills [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00482.htm


No Enron/Worldcom Changes in Securities Markets

- ACT Justice Spokesman Stephen Franks deplored today's forced passage in urgency of all remaining stages of the Securities Markets & Institutions Bill. See... No Enron/Worldcom Changes in Securities Markets [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00479.htm


Sutton Speech to Grain and Seeds Assn

- Ladies and Gentlemen: despite the best efforts of men and machines, farming is still at the mercy of the elements. Sometimes we need to be reminded of that. And right about now, we’re going to be reminded of it by the hit in our wallets. See... Sutton address: Grain and Seeds Trade Assn meeting [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00484.htm


Cullen Speech to Solid Energy Board

- I would like to congratulate the Board, management and staff of Solid Energy for the record of achievement that is illustrated in this year’s annual report. These results demonstrate that the company’s assets are not limited to reserves of carbon . See... Speech to the Solid Energy Board Function [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00478.htm


Burton Speech to Solid Energy Board

- Thank you for inviting me to speak to you this evening. Tonight is a celebration of Solid Energy’s success, and it’s a privilege to join you. See... Mark Burton Speech: Solid Energy—annual report [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00477.htm

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