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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Wellingtonians Choose Proportional Representation
The Kissinger Controversy – Scoop Full Coverage
Green Light To Lawsuit Alleging US Created AIDs Virus
Eco-Economy: A World Addicted To Genocide
Big News: ACC Chief Misleads Select Committee
American Coup: We Wuz Robbed!
Steven Wallace’s Final Sixty Four Seconds
LV Cup: Prada Computer Stolen
LV Cup: One World & Prada Through To Semis
Countdown To War: Crass Or Clever – You Be The Judge
Countdown To War: Green Party Urges Caution On Howard Doctrine
Countdown To War: Take The Homeland Insecurity Quiz
Countdown To War: Fox News’ War Is Coming To A TV Near You
Daily Katya Rivas

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Auckland Policing Crisis
Laila Harre Speech To The Alliance Faithful
Cleaner Cows Not A Bridge Too Far
Teacher Shortages Forecast For 2003
Halon Fire Extinguishers Targetted
Samoa Commended For Conservation Efforts
Angry Fishers Deserve A Hearing
Coddington Concerned At Maori Television’s Future
Where ACT Befriends A Televised Furry Animal
Covering Up Our Rotting Homes
Biodiversity Website Launched
A Taniwha Too Far
Housing Rental Prices Blamed On Immigration
Four Weeks Leave Bill Approaches D-Day

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Wellingtonians Choose Proportional Representation

- Auckland City electoral reform advocates are thrilled with the result of the Wellington City referendum on the local voting system which ended today, seeing the majority of those who voted choosing Single Transferable Voting (STV) over the current First-Past-the-Post (FPP). See... Wellington Voters Choose STV - Aucklanders Applaud [1] Wellington Poll Results - Electoral System Option Count %age - For, Single Transferable Vote 21451 52.0% - For, First Past The Post 19626 47.6% See... Full Details [2] MORE: - Greens - Kedgley urges regional council to heed STV vote [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0211/S00229.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0211/S00230.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00025.htm


The Kissinger Controversy – Scoop Full Coverage

- It has become the joke of the day that the Bush Administration is stuffed full of "political dinosaurs" from the Cold War era who want to rattle their sabers and make one last stand like geriatric John Waynes. See... UQ Wire: Kissinger - Bloody Hands Full of Gold [1] - UnansweredQuestions.org - UQ Wire: Christopher Hitchens & Chairman Kissinger [2] and UQ Wire: Kissinger Commission? Huh? [3] - Jack Riddler - UQ Wire: The Kissinger Bombshell [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0212/S00009.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0212/S00003.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00185.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00180.htm


Green Light To Lawsuit Alleging US Created AIDs Virus

- In a November 20, 2002 letter from the Office of the Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, AIDS origin researcher, Boyd E. Graves, J.D. has been given sixty days to file suit in the U.S. federal court of his choosing. See... Lawsuit Charging U.S. Lab Origin Of HIV/AIDS [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0212/S00008.htm


Eco-Economy: A World Addicted To Genocide

- 1. Does a system that systematically destroys what is produced and what has been produced in the past have a future? 2. Does a system that cannot embrace the breakthroughs and developments in science and technology to the benefit of humanity have a future? 3. Does a system that embraces death and destruction, not life and creation, have a future? See... Tomás Smith: The Poverty of Power [1] More Scoop Eco-Economy: - Tomas Smith - Arresting The U.S. Economy’s Suicidal Trajectory [2] - Marshall Auerback - Eco-Economy: Helicopter Money [3] - Hans Schicht - The Long Bond Mystery [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0212/S00007.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00174.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00163.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00142.htm


Big News: ACC Chief Misleads Select Committee

Wilson told a select committee that ACC spent 38% of the scheme costs - $606m from a pool of $1,579m - on compensation. No amount was given on rehabilitation, but a quick glance at the Corporation’s annual report tells the true picture. See... Big News: ACC Boss Misleads Public Again [1] . See also... Howard’s End: ACC Examination Back To 1991 Needed [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0212/S00006.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00189.htm


American Coup: We Wuz Robbed!

- Take a deep breath-or better yet, a stiff drink. Don't watch any news if it makes you too sick, and try to get plenty of fluids (hopefully of the aforementioned variety). But before succumbing to the war fever that is supposedly gripping the nation, take time to think a bit. See... Guest Opinion: Suffering Suffrage! [1] . See also... SCOOP: AMERICAN COUP FULL COVERAGE [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0212/S00002.htm
[2] - http://scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=usacoup


Steven Wallace’s Final Sixty Four Seconds

- At the conclusion of yesterday’s evidence in the trial of Senior Constable Keith Abbott for the murder of Steven Wallace the difficulty of the jury’s task was shown in sharp relief through the eyes and ears of almost-eye-witness Todd Wilson. See... Abbott Murder Trial: Sixty Four Seconds [1] and Abbott Murder Trial: Constable Abbott Takes The Stand [2] EARLIER: - Day Six - Warning Shot, The Worst Thing [3] - Day Five - How Many Shots Were Fired? [4] - Day Four [5] - Day Three [6] - Day Two [7] - Day One [8]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00187.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00178.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00172.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00160.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00145.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00136.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00126.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00119.htm


LV Cup: Prada Computer Stolen

Alessandra Pandarese reported this morning the theft of her laptop computer from the premises of her supporting law firm in Auckland. Ms Pandarese is the principal legal advisor to Prada Challenge 2003. See... Prada Legal Adviser’s Computer Stolen [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0212/S00007.htm


LV Cup: One World & Prada Through To Semis

- With today's racing the Louis Vuitton Cup 2002-2003 quarter finals repechage, raced on a best of seven series, is over. See... Luna Rossa And One World Advance To Semifinals [1] and Quote From Francesco De Angelis [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0212/S00005.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0212/S00006.htm


Countdown To War: Crass Or Clever – You Be The Judge

- "Last night Mr Goff is reported as questioning the intelligence of the United States Defence department, saying there was more intelligence on one floor of the State Department in Washington than in the entire office of the Secretary of Defence. It is simply crass, says National’s Wayne Mapp. See... Goff goes too far [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00001.htm


Countdown To War: Green Party Urges Caution On Howard Doctrine

- France's raid on the Rainbow Warrior in Auckland would have been legal and appropriate under John Howard's rationale for "pre-emptive" strikes on countries that harbour groups seen as a threat to another country's national interests. See... 'Pre-emptive' strikes would legitimise terror [1] MORE: - ACT - Australian PM is Correct on Pre-Emptive Strikes [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00022.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00037.htm


Countdown To War: Take The Homeland Insecurity Quiz

Question One: Do you approve of the new Homeland Security Department, signed into law by President Bush? See... UQ Wire: Take the Homeland Security Quiz! [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0212/S00005.htm


Countdown To War: Fox News’ War Is Coming To A TV Near You

- It seems likely that in a few weeks, the sequel to Wag the Dog, "Wag the Bush: War with Iraq", produced by Roger Ailes, will air on your local Fox News Channel. Just in time for the holidays. See... Jason Leopold: Wag the Bush [1] See also COUNTDOWN TO WAR FEATURE PAGE [2] And... Terror Arrives Downunder - FULL COVERAGE [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0212/S00004.htm
[2] - http://scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=countdowniraq
[3] - http://scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=balibomb


Daily Katya Rivas

- The flowers of the Celestial spring open up and diffuse their divine perfume, giving the air that surrounds them a silent share of the qualities that each one has. This wonder, this spectacle of the souls that works hidden in My Will, is beautiful. See... Katya Rivas: Called To The Life Of The Spirit [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0212/S00001.htm

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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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Auckland Policing Crisis

- The Government is directly responsible for the catastrophe happening to Auckland’s police force, says New Zealand First law and order spokesperson Ron Mark. See... Dial 111 – Auckland Is Bleeding Cops, Says Mark [1] MORE: - Government - Auckland Police Staff Numbers As At 31 October '02 [2] and Auckland police not leaving in droves, Minister [3] - National - 1000 police and their families rally in Auckland [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00036.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00016.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00015.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00014.htm


Laila Harre Speech To The Alliance Faithful

- I want to begin by acknowledging Alliance members, our friends and our voters. It’s been a big year. Many people here have shouldered a huge and unexpected load, and Alliance activists have risen to the challenge. See... Laila Harre's Speech to Alliance conference [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00018.htm


Cleaner Cows Not A Bridge Too Far

- Fonterra has made a wise move in taking the initiative over allegations that dairying is causing major problems with New Zealand water quality, ACT New Zealand Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries Spokesman Gerrard Eckhoff says. See... Dairying Need Not Be So Dirty [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00041.htm


Teacher Shortages Forecast For 2003

- The Minister of Education must not allow another school year to start with insufficient teacher numbers, ACT Education Spokesman Donna Awatere Huata said today. See... Another Year, Another Teacher Shortage? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00039.htm


Halon Fire Extinguishers Targetted

- The government and the fire protection industry are co-operating to get rid of potentially dangerous yellow halon fire extinguishers most commonly used in boats, caravans and baches, Environment Minister Marian Hobbs announced today. See... Potentially dangerous fire extinguishers targeted [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00038.htm


Samoa Commended For Conservation Efforts

- Conservation Minister Chris Carter has applauded Samoa's decision to join the Ramsar Convention protecting globally significant wetlands. See... Samoa agress to sign convention on wetlands [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00043.htm


Angry Fishers Deserve A Hearing

- The National Party’s putting the heat on Pete Hodgson to meet with angry fishers, who say the Government’s divvy up of fishing quota has left them up the creek without a paddle. See... Minister must front up to angry fishers [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00042.htm


Coddington Concerned At Maori Television’s Future

= Today Cabinet must decide if it will deliberately consign the new Maori Television Service to failure by forcing it to use a second-rate platform, ACT Commerce Spokesman Deborah Coddington said. See... Will Ministers Kill Maori Television? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00033.htm


Where ACT Befriends A Televised Furry Animal

- The Government must explain why DoC has spent money which could have funded a footbridge or a track or hut upgrade instead slaughtering bull thar worth up to $1 million this year alone says ACT Sports spokesman Stephen Franks. See... Why Does DoC Destroy Bull Thar? [1] and Truth An Endangered Species At DOC [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00032.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00024.htm


Covering Up Our Rotting Homes

- The Government’s building industry regulator Building Industry Authority has spent $65,000 in six months trying to cover up the rotting homes crisis, National Housing Spokesperson Dr Wayne Mapp revealed today. See... Thousands spent on covering up rotting homes [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00031.htm


Biodiversity Website Launched

- The public will now be able to keep track of efforts to save New Zealand's flora and fauna on a new website launched by Conservation Minister Chris Carter today. See... New biodiversity website and report launched [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00029.htm


A Taniwha Too Far

- It’s bad enough ratepayers will be paying more because of Maori consultation provisions in the local Government Bill, now roads users will be hit too, says the National Party Local Government spokesman Gerry Brownlee. Plague of Political Correctness Spreads [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00028.htm


Housing Rental Prices Blamed On Immigration

- New Zealand First has blamed the Government’s ad hoc immigration policy for home rentals soaring out of control in Auckland See... Mass Immigration Not Helping Housing Crisis [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00026.htm


Four Weeks Leave Bill Approaches D-Day

- "Tomorrow is D-Day for the Labour caucus to back the Progressive's Four weeks annual leave bill and implement their own policy " said Progressive Deputy Leader Matt Robson today. See... D-Day On Four Weeks Leave Bill For Labour Caucus [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00023.htm


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