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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Hard News Reflects On The State of The Union
William Rivers Pitt Reflects On The State of The Union
Leading Democrats Reflect On The State of The Union
MUCH MORE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION:
Eco-Economy: What’s Down With The Greenback
Firas Al-Atraqchi: On The Timing of The Coming War
Israeli Politics SNAFU
A New Book On Empire Building
U.S. Oil Stocks Continue To Fall
ACC Launches Consumers’ Outlook Group
AgResearch’s GE Milk Impresses Nobody
Legal Rights To Know What One Is Being Sprayed With Examined
Fringe Fantastic!
Daily Katya Rivas

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Kiwibank Reaches 100,000 Customers
ACT Wants Independent Inquiry into Alleged Rape
Franks Frank On Crims
Predicting Tertiary Fees Essential Says Govt
Dalziel Applauds Distribution of ESOL Resources
Employment Court Case Bizarre: Peters
ARENA’s Kelsey’s Expose on GATS Launched
Whalers Open Letter to Chris Carter
Prebble’s In Denial Says NZ First
Greens Say Opinion Questions PAM Spraying Legalities
Brown Meets With Cops Over Maritime Incident
Admiral Meets GG
Parent’s Centre Raises Birthing Issue
Young Labour’s Talk-Fest This Weekend
Tindall The Woman Raises a Tangent

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Hard News Reflects On The State of The Union

- Should a man who can't pronounce "nuclear" be allowed in charge of weapons? The first part of George W. Bush's State of the Union speech yesterday was an incoherent grab-bag of soundbite announcements. Hydrogen cars! Woo! One characteristic of the initiatives seemed to be that they were addressing problems his administration had created. Hard News: I'd Rather Trust In Taniwhas . For the latest on what’s up at Publicaddress see. HARD NEWS - Lots Of New Stuff! [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0301/S00160.htm


William Rivers Pitt Reflects On The State of The Union

- On Tuesday night, the wretched specter of September 11th returned to Logan airport, departure point for the planes that took down the Twin Towers. Hours before George W. Bush delivered his State of the Union speech, a commercial aircraft had to be emptied, and its passengers re-screened, after a box cutter was discovered in a seat pocket. See... UQ Wire: All He Left Unsaid [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0301/S00157.htm


Leading Democrats Reflect On The State of The Union

– Senators Joe Lieberman, John Kerry and Edward Kennedy, Congressional leader Nancy Pelosi and former congressional leader Dick Gephardt respond to Bush’s address. See... Democratic Leaders Respond To State Of Union [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0301/S00160.htm


MUCH MORE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION:

Bernard Weiner’s The Five Fingers of Focus - As we approach the three-month mark following the U.S. midterm election, here are a handful of things that have come into focus much more clearly. See... Bernard Weiner: Examining Bush&Co.'s Real Motives [1]

Diagnosing The Commander In Chief - Patient has regressed since last visit. Whereas previously he only sought to be sheriff of all of the U.S. and selected countries he called "the axis of evil," his grandiosity now encompasses every nation that has a non-democratic dictatorial leader. See... Undernews: State Of The Bush [2] . For earlier Undernews see... Undernews: Conflagration Competency Exam [3]

Taxcuts For The Wealthy, Medicine For Africa, Bombs For Iraq - The speech itself... State of the Union Address by President G. W. Bush [4]

NZ Political Reaction - - Helen Clark -President Bush’s State of the Union address - PM [5] and Keith Locke - Bush speech readies America for war [6]

And... A Rare Glimpse Of Honesty From GWB – See… Let’s Roll [7] for a link to the Quicktime version or go direct to the streaming video here... Real Player [8] or Windows Media Player (.WMV) [9] .


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0301/S00162.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0301/S00161.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0301/S00154.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0301/S00159.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0301/S00278.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0301/S00274.htm
[7] - http://fuckitall.com/bsh/
[8] - http://fuckitall.com/bsh/union.ram
[9] - http://www.asu.net/bsh/union.wmv


Eco-Economy: What’s Down With The Greenback

- In the last 12 months, the U.S. dollar has depreciated against the $NZ by 23.6%, the $AU by 13.3%, the Yen by 10.75%, the Pound by 11.3% and the euro 17.4%. The trend appears to be accelerating. See... Neville Bennett: $US [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0301/S00159.htm


Firas Al-Atraqchi: On The Timing of The Coming War

- Middle East intelligence sources have revealed that a massive aerial assault on Iraq will begin in the early hours of February 22nd, give or take a day. See... Firas Al-Atraqchi: Countdown to February 22nd [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0301/S00155.htm


Israeli Politics SNAFU

- It was hardly a surprise. Over the past month, opinion polls had persistently predicted that Sharon will get a renewed mandate despite the mess into which the country got under his leadership in the past two years. See... Israeli Elections A Pyrrhic Victory For Sharon [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0301/S00162.htm


A New Book On Empire Building

- Implicating Empire is the first book to critically examine the various dimensions of globalization and resistance in the 21st-century and to integrate them into a wide-ranging analysis. See... Implicating Empire: 21C Globalization Resistance [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0301/S00161.htm


U.S. Oil Stocks Continue To Fall

- U.S. crude oil refinery inputs averaged 14.2 million barrels per day during the week ending January 24, a drop of more than 400,000 barrels per day last week compared to the previous week, and over 800,000 barrels per day less than averaged two weeks ago. See... Summary of Weekly Petroleum Data January 24, 2003 [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0301/S00099.htm


ACC Launches Consumers’ Outlook Group

- The Accident Compensation Corporation has marked the launch of the Code of ACC Claimants ’Rights at Parliament today with a supporting announcement that it is setting up a Consumers’ Outlook Group. See... ACC setting up Consumers’ Outlook Group [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0301/S00100.htm


AgResearch’s GE Milk Impresses Nobody

‘Ag Research is dreaming if they think their genetically engineered cows milk will ‘translate into substantial economic gains’. See... Ag Research in la-la land: No markets for GE milk [1] , New Zealand Taxpayer 'designer' cows. Buyer beware [2] and Untested milk from cloned cows [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0301/S00031.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0301/S00030.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0301/S00027.htm


Legal Rights To Know What One Is Being Sprayed With Examined

- Helen Wiseman-Dare, Chairperson, West Aucklanders Against Aerial Spraying said today that the legal opinion from Sir Geoffrey Palmer was good news for the thousands whose health and lives had been devastated by the aerial spraying. See... Palmer Verdict Good News for Spray Victims [1] , Palmer Issues Legal Opinion on PM Spraying [2] and Aircraft Grounded For Day 12 Noon Thursday 30 Jan [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0301/S00076.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0301/S00072.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0301/S00075.htm


Fringe Fantastic!

- Scoop’s culture wire is the place for all the news you need on the imminent NZ Fringe Festival in Wellington. See... GODIVA Productions presents…. BLUE EYES [1] and AkeAke Theatre Company entice us to drown… [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0301/S00093.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0301/S00092.htm


Daily Katya Rivas

- My child, I want to talk to you one more time about the atonement that I want you to make. You ask me how you should make that atonement - with faith and perseverance. See... Katya Rivas: Make Amends [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0301/S00158.htm


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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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Kiwibank Reaches 100,000 Customers

- Jim Anderton is pleased to hear that Kiwibank has reached 100,000 customers two years ahead of schedule. See... Kiwibank reaches 100,000 customers [1] MORE: - ACT - 100,000 Customers - But How Much Money? [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0301/S00290.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0301/S00289.htm


ACT Wants Independent Inquiry into Alleged Rape

- The alleged intoxication and rape of a young girl - while in the care of Child, Youth and Family - raises even more serious questions about the quality of care the country's most vulnerable children are receiving, ACT New Zealand Social Welfare ... See... Newman Calls For Independent Inquiry [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0301/S00284.htm


Franks Frank On Crims

- ACT Justice Spokesman Stephen Franks today welcomed Judge Graeme Noble's attempt to make criminals, injured while offending, pay for their own medical treatment. See... Tough Luck For Injured Criminals [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0301/S00288.htm


Predicting Tertiary Fees Essential Says Govt

- Achieving long-term predictability about the level of fees charged to tertiary students is a key goal of this government, Associate Education (Tertiary Education) Minister Steve Maharey said today. See... Fee predictability promised [1] SPEECH: Delivering for Students: The Second Term Agenda [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0301/S00285.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0301/S00286.htm


Dalziel Applauds Distribution of ESOL Resources

- Associate Education Minister Lianne Dalziel has welcomed distribution of a resource to help schools provide high-quality English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) programmes for international students. See... Dalziel welcomes ESOL resource for schools [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0301/S00287.htm


Employment Court Case Bizarre: Peters

- New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters has described the outcome of an Employment Court case involving a Wanganui mental health worker as “truly bizarre” and a potential threat to Maori employment. See... Bizarre Cultural Ruling In Court Case [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0301/S00283.htm


ARENA’s Kelsey’s Expose on GATS Launched

- More than 100 people crowded into Wellington City Council chambers yesterday evening to attend the launch of Professor Jane Kelsey's 'Serving whose interests?', a shocking expose on what the secretly negotiated GATS (the General Agreement on Trade in Services) ... See... Kelsey on GATS: "Spread the word!" [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0301/S00104.htm


Whalers Open Letter to Chris Carter

- Dear Sir, I have just read the News Release “Minister Condemns Iceland...” and your subsequent interview with Radio Pacific’s Bill Ralston. I thought it was important to send you some information about whaling since you are in a position to comment ... See... Open letter to the Hon. Chris Carter [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0301/S00102.htm


Prebble’s In Denial Says NZ First

- New Zealand First has described Richard Prebble’s pledge to investigate and expose Maori gravy trains as “total hypocrisy” because he helped create the gravy train industry as a Labour cabinet minister in the 1984-90 government. See... Plagiarist Prebble Denies Past Policies [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0301/S00282.htm


Greens Say Opinion Questions PAM Spraying Legalities

- The Green Party supports a community group's moves to challenge the legality of the aerial bombardment of Aucklanders with the chemical cocktail Foray 48B, Green Party Biosecurity Spokesperson Ian Ewen-Street said today. See... Greens support legal move by Stop Aerial Spraying [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0301/S00281.htm


Brown Meets With Cops Over Maritime Incident

- New Zealand First transport spokesperson Peter Brown and his advisors are to meet two senior Wellington police officers tomorrow (Thursday, 30 January) to discuss reopening the investigation into the fatal collision between the Sydney Express and another vessel. See... MP To Meet Police Over Fatal Fishing Boat Accident [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0301/S00280.htm


Admiral Meets GG

- Admiral Marcello De Donno, the head of the Italian Navy, at Government House yesterday meeting Governor General Dame Sylvia Cartwright, NZ Defence Minister Mark Burton looks on. See... Image: Italian Naval Chief Visits Government House [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0301/S00101.htm


Parent’s Centre Raises Birthing Issue

- Parents Centre joins many others in congratulating Francesca Kairau on the birth of her baby daughter - in a Wellington tunnel. See... Francesca - you've reminded us how to do it [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0301/S00106.htm


Young Labour’s Talk-Fest This Weekend

- “A welcome forum for debate,” is how Jordan Carter, Young Labour President, is describing this weekend’s Labour Party Summer School, to be held on the Wairarapa Coast at Riversdale Beach. See... Labour Party Summer School 2003 [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0301/S00105.htm


Tindall The Woman Raises a Tangent

- "Of those politicians who responded today to Don Brash's suggestion to scrap the dole, none mentioned the economic cost of imports", says MADENZ founder Stephen Tindall the woman. See... Brash Blind Spot On Cost Of Imports [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0301/S00103.htm

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