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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Howard’s End: Resolving The ACC Injustices
Will It Be Deflation Or Inflation – The Jury Is Out
The Young And The Write-shuss (With The Latest Hot Goss!)
The Photos Kissinger Doesn't Want You to See
More Kissinger Outrage
Scoop Image: Merry & Pippin Catch A Lift
Obituary: General Ne Win, Burmese Dictator
Guest Opinion: Remembering The Father’s Berrigan
Bernard Weiner: Through a Glass Lightly
Scoop Was In The House
Sludge Report: This Mad Bad World
Daily Katya Rivas

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
The Warehouse - Where Our Kids Can Learn Bad Habits
Joris de Bres “Taliban” Remarks Earn A Complaint
Gay Unions Move Closer
New Tertiary Education Act
A Libertarianz Perspective On The Abbott Trial
Auckland Airport Sell-Out
Sutton’s Heading Off To Sell Stuff To SEA
A Hard Tax Bill Is A Gonna Fall
Horsy Heroine Chased Abroad By Insurance
Sowry – More OSH Madness
Auckland Policing Band-Aid No Solution
These Are The Days Of Our Select Committees
Student Rip-Off Needs Investigating
Paying To Leave School – Is It Legal?
Immigration And The Economy – Winston Says Its Bad
Politicians Welcome Abbott Verdict

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Howard’s End: Resolving The ACC Injustices

- While the Transport Select-Committee deliberates about whether to hold an inquiry into ACC, the Minister should order that all claimants who have been dumped on the subjective whim of an ACC case manager be immediately reinstated. Trouble is, the ACC Minister seems to have no power at all to direct ACC to do anything. Maree Howard writes. See... Dumped ACC Claimants Must Be Reinstated [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0212/S00039.htm


Will It Be Deflation Or Inflation – The Jury Is Out

- An obscure philosophical argument about whether the present economic downturn is qualitatively different than others since WWII revolves around the issue of whether the advanced economies face a deflationary future – one where overall prices remain in a persistent downtrend – instead of the more normal course of persistent inflation has begun to reverberate around the G7 central banks and governments. See... Is The Future One Of Deflation Or Inflation? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0212/S00037.htm


The Young And The Write-shuss (With The Latest Hot Goss!)

- “Fighting a religious war is like fighting over who has the best imaginary friend.” See... The New Write (Featuring Hot Goss From Parlt.) [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0212/S00058.htm


The Photos Kissinger Doesn't Want You to See

- These photographs of Kissinger [taken by Adriana Lorete], seen pondering affairs at a trade conference in Brazil, originally appeared on the front page of Jornal do Brasil, a major Rio de Janeiro daily, on November 13, 1992. See... Scoop Images: Henry Kissinger Digs Deep [1] . While we are addressing the subject of fingers, noses and so-called world leaders . Scoop’s editors would be remiss not to notify readers of perhaps the most famous nose pick in Internet history. See... Scoop Video Link: George W. Bush’s Big Pick [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0212/S00045.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0212/S00046.htm


More Kissinger Outrage

- Last week, Bush tapped Henry Kissinger to chair the independent investigation into how and why the September 11th attacks took place. This investigation has been hotly sought after for months by many members of Congress and the vast majority of Americans. See... UQ Wire: The Bagman Cometh [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0212/S00036.htm


Scoop Image: Merry & Pippin Catch A Lift

- Image from Theonering.net [1] . See... Scoop Images: Merry Christmas From Tree Beard [2]


[1] - http://Theonering.net
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0212/S00044.htm


Obituary: General Ne Win, Burmese Dictator

- BANGKOK, Thailand -- The death of Burma's elderly former dictator, General Ne Win, ended the life of a bizarre, brutal leader who used superstition, military repression and a mummified economy to turn a prosperous Southeast Asian nation into a pauper and pariah. See... Burma’s Former Dictator General Ne Win Dies [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0212/S00043.htm


Guest Opinion: Remembering The Father’s Berrigan

- Imagine, going to prison because you want to stop killing, vaporizing, and massive poisoning of the land and waters? Doesn't make sense does it? Meantime you have a Kissinger, responsible for God knows how many deaths from Vietnam, to Indonesia, to Cambodia to South America being given the Nobel Peace Prize. See... The Fathers Berrigan & Man's Inhumanity to Man [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0212/S00042.htm


Bernard Weiner: Through a Glass Lightly

- Rather than dwell on an awful picture, and what it presages for the future -- the glass half-empty scenario -- let's search for any hopeful signs that point to a way out of our current morass. See... Bernard Weiner: Ten Cracks in the Bush Facade [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0212/S00041.htm


Scoop Was In The House

– For this weeks questions for oral answer, and answers see... Tuesday's Q&A [1] , Wednesday’s Q&A [2] and Thursday’s Q&A [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00084.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00121.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00157.htm


Sludge Report: This Mad Bad World

- Sludge is starting to seriously wonder about the state of things. The email inbox has become in recent weeks a sort of daily Pandora’s box of horrifying revelations. See... Sludge Report #145 - The Awakening [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0212/S00030.htm


Daily Katya Rivas

- Gabriel the Archangel, in union with Michael and Raphael, in deference to the Triune and one God, as ambassadors, in the compassion of the Word made Flesh and through the excellence of the great Mother of God, exult on earth with you, poor spiritual wanderers. See... Katya Rivas: Greet the Divine Father [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0212/S00040.htm



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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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The Warehouse - Where Our Kids Can Learn Bad Habits

- Green Gambling Spokesperson Sue Bradford today welcomed a decision by The Warehouse to stop selling pokie machine toys, saying the move was socially responsible and commonsense. See... Warehouse wakes up over gambling toys [1] and Warehouse must withdraw toy pokie machines [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00180.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00165.htm


Joris de Bres “Taliban” Remarks Earn A Complaint

- National MP Murray McCully is laying a formal complaint against the Race Relations Commissioner - with the Race Relations Commissioner. See... McCully lays complaint against Commissioner [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00179.htm


Gay Unions Move Closer

- The completion of a Bill that will give gay and lesbian couples the same rights as married couples has been welcomed by New Zealand's first openly gay MP and Cabinet Minister Chris Carter. See... Carter welcomes progress on Civil Union Bill [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00156.htm


New Tertiary Education Act

- Major tertiary education reforms passed by Parliament this afternoon are being closely examined by other countries also keen to transform themselves into knowledge-based societies, says Associate Education (Tertiary Education) Minister Steve Maharey. See... Tertiary reforms world leading [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00155.htm


A Libertarianz Perspective On The Abbott Trial

- The not guilty verdict of Police Constable Abbott was to be expected, as any rational New Zealander knows we all have the right to defend ourselves, and that includes the police. See... Cops Are People Too [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0212/S00055.htm


Auckland Airport Sell-Out

- New Zealand First has criticised the Auckland City Council for flogging off ratepayer assets to foreign investors. See... Banks Sells Out Aucklanders [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00167.htm


Sutton’s Heading Off To Sell Stuff To SEA

Trade Negotiations Minister Jim Sutton is to lead a trade mission to Vietnam, Cambodia, and the Philippines in March. See... Minister to lead trade mission to SEA [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00178.htm


A Hard Tax Bill Is A Gonna Fall

- This week will see the first Parliamentary reading of the 2,000 page Income Tax Bill. See... Muriel Newman: Tax Bill is Hard Labour [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00175.htm


Horsy Heroine Chased Abroad By Insurance

- National's Agriculture spokesman, David Carter, says it's not surprising that an ACC bill was the final clincher in galloping trainer Sheila Laxon's decision to move to Australia. See... ACC bill sees off another top New Zealander [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00174.htm


Sowry – More OSH Madness

- The fact that volunteer fire-fighters will still be liable under the Health and Safety in Employment Amendment Bill is just a further indication that the Government's amendments regarding volunteers do not go far enough. See... Volunteer fire-fighters another example of madness [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00173.htm


Auckland Policing Band-Aid No Solution

- The New Zealand Police Association is correct in saying the Government's plan to use staff from around the country to solve Auckland's policing shortage is simply a band-aid solution to a long-term problem. See... Police Need Effective Solution [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00172.htm


These Are The Days Of Our Select Committees

- There were 17 committee meetings, all in the parliamentary complex. In addition the Health Committee held several meetings in Australia as part of the annual committee exchange. See... Select Committee Business [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00171.htm


Student Rip-Off Needs Investigating

- National MP Katherine Rich is calling for a proper investigation into allegations that hundreds of millions of dollars may have been overpaid in student allowances. See... Investigation into student rip-off called for [1] , "Ripoff" Reporting An Insult To Tertiary Students [2] and Association Wants Debt Collection Consistency [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00170.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0212/S00018.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0212/S00017.htm


Paying To Leave School – Is It Legal?

- ACT Education Spokesman Donna Awatere Huata today endorsed Rural Women New Zealand for campaigning against children being punished because their parents have not paid voluntary school donations. See... Mallard Helps Schools Break the Law [1] and Schools Deny Leaving Certs. Because of Unpaid Fees [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00169.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0212/S00016.htm


Immigration And The Economy – Winston Says Its Bad

- New Zealand First says Bank of New Zealand information just released shows that high levels of immigration are now indirectly harming our export industries. See... Immigration Hurting Economy Says Peters [1] and Overseas Influences On Our Economy [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00168.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0212/S00042.htm


Politicians Welcome Abbott Verdict

- Today’s verdict in the Stephen Wallace case should allow everyone involved to move on with their lives, Police Minister George Hawkins says. See... Verdict should allow all involved to move forward [1] MORE REACTION: - NZ First - . A Just Decision In The Abbott Trial, Says Mark [2] - National - Not guilty verdict welcomed [3] - Greens - Police can't set themselves above the law [4] - National - Rowan please give Wallace family their money back [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00113.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00114.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00108.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00134.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00128.htm

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