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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Possum Bourne Passed Away Last Night
Scoop Is In The House
The Real Deal: America's Parasite is Let Loose On Iraq
Hard News Is There! (With Dennis Dutton Rebuttal)
Powell Finds Time To Check In On The Crackdown In Belgrade
Firas Al-Atraqchi: Look Who's Looking Baghdad
Transmission Will Commence Shortly
Economic Commentary: A Paradigm Shift In The Markets
PINR: A Trans-Atlantic Divide Deepens
On The Ball With Rosalea
Scoop's War - An Address From The Editor

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
PM Speaks To OECD
Cullen on Low Business Confidence
Agent Orange Inquiry To Be Held
Nats on Sars
Families Bill Makes Dunne Happy
May Day Celebrations Green Style
Sex Worker Adverts Need Regulation: Greens
Wellington ICT Gets Congratulated
King Wants Industry To Co-operate
Fraud Crims On The Rampage
Harry’s Hydrogen Plan
US Model Irrelevant To NZ
GM Legislation Introduced To House
Child adoption Ought To Be Reviewed
Civil Servant Study Opportunities
Feeling Flattered? Mallard A Typical Neo-Socialist?

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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Possum Bourne Passed Away Last Night

- It is with deep sadness that we announce Possum Bourne passed away peacefully at 12.58am (New Zealand time) on Wednesday 30 April at Dunedin Hospital. See... Possum Bourne Passed Away Last Night [1] TRIBUTES: Enduring Champion Mourned - Biography - Possum, who celebrated his 47th birthday on April 13, was New Zealand's top rally driver in the history of the sport here. See... Biography Of A Motor Sporting Icon [2] - Family - On Behalf Of Possum's Family [3] - Subaru - Possum Bourne died today in Dunedin Hospital [4] - Motorsport NZ Tribute To Possum Bourne [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0304/S00103.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0304/S00113.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0304/S00112.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0304/S00111.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0304/S00109.htm


Scoop Is In The House

– For Today’s questions for oral answer see... Questions For Oral Answer - Wednesday, 30 April [1] . - Earlier Q&A - Tuesday [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00558.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00534.htm


The Real Deal: America's Parasite is Let Loose On Iraq

- By managing it’s hosts desire, a tapeworm manipulates its host to set aside self-interest and please its parasite. And so the tapeworm proceeds to consume its host’s energy and health, with the host doing most of the work. See... Mapping the Real Deal: The American Tapeworm [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00228.htm


Hard News Is There! (With Dennis Dutton Rebuttal)

- I'm sure I've read more confused, angry, paranoid tracts in the New Zealand Herald than Denis Dutton's effort yesterday, but I can't presently remember when. Dutton opens with his favourite conceit, casting himself as the keen-minded sceptic in a room full of feeble-minded Kiwi liberals discussing, in this case, the Australian government's actions during the Tampa refugee crisis: See… HARD NEWS 30/04/03 - So Spare Me The Hectoring . See also HARD NEWS 30/04/03 - Last For The Month [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00234.htm


Powell Finds Time To Check In On The Crackdown In Belgrade

- In the middle of the war in Iraq, the US Secretary of State, Colin Powell, did an extraordinary thing. He left Washington for a week to undertake a trip to Turkey, to Nato HQ in Brussels and…to Serbia. Can Belgrade really be on a strategic par with Ankara and Brussels at this critical time for US foreign policy? See... All News Is Lies: A Falling-Out Among Thieves? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00233.htm


Firas Al-Atraqchi: Look Who's Looking Baghdad

On February 27, 2003 U.S. President George Bush told the conservative American Enterprise Institute think tank, "We will seek to protect Iraq's natural resources from sabotage by a dying regime, and ensure those resources are used for the benefit of the owners -- the Iraqi people…. A liberated Iraq can show the power of freedom to transform this vital region by bringing hope and progress into the lives of millions." See... Firas Al-Atraqchi: The Thieves of Baghdad [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00231.htm


Transmission Will Commence Shortly

- Live transmission kicks in on 9 May 2003 for http://www.transmit.co.nz, an interactive digital showcase, navigating creative Aotearoa NZ content in a connected global society. See... Transmit Live Kicks In 9th May [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0304/S00108.htm


Economic Commentary: A Paradigm Shift In The Markets

- Equity markets have been having a pretty good April thanks to the "end" of the war in Iraq and the boyish enthusiasm of speculators coupled with the terror of everyone else that they will be left behind when the market takes off to the topside. See... SRA Commentary: A New Paradigm [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00230.htm


PINR: A Trans-Atlantic Divide Deepens

- The recent tensions between the United States and Western Europe show no sign of abating and further highlight the growing differences between these former allies. After the fall of the Soviet Union, the traditional threat to Western Europe dissolved. See... PINR: The Europe - U.S. Divide [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00229.htm


On The Ball With Rosalea

- Contrary to last week's bleat, sometimes I *am* where the story is, as happened a couple of weekends ago when I went to my first ever baseball game. See... Stateside: It's just not cricket [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00226.htm


Scoop's War - An Address From The Editor

- The information war has been conducted on numerous fronts. Among the techniques used have been direct attacks on journalists, deliberate misinformation – i.e. lies, obstruction, legal threats and intimidation, linguistic sophistry, staged media events, planted information, forgery, and even cointel-pro type slander attacks on commentators and opposition figures. See... The Role Of Media In The Second Gulf War [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00223.htm

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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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PM Speaks To OECD

- It is an honour and a privilege for New Zealand to be chairing the OECD Ministerial Council Meeting (MCM) this year, and for me as New Zealand Prime Minister to address this major parallel forum. See... Rt. Hon Helen Clark: Keynote address to the OECD [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00540.htm


Cullen on Low Business Confidence

- “The weakness in headline business confidence is unsurprising given the sluggish state of the world economy and the uncertainties affecting both the global and the New Zealand environment,” Finance Minister Michael Cullen said. See... Low business confidence levels expected - Cullen [1] ALSO:- Brash - Vision blurred on business confidence [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00542.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00555.htm


Agent Orange Inquiry To Be Held

- The Green Party is thrilled at the agreement today to hold a select committee inquiry into New Zealanders' exposure to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. See... Agent Orange inquiry welcomed [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00567.htm


Nats on Sars

- New Zealand's first probable case of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome means that our border control to prevent entry of the disease needs to be stepped up, says National Health Spokesperson Dr Lynda Scott. See... SARS border control needs to be stepped up [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00554.htm


Families Bill Makes Dunne Happy

- United Future New Zealand leader, Peter Dunne, said today the introduction to Parliament of the Families Commission Bill represents the highly satisfactory culmination of years of effort by party members and hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders. See... Dunne celebrates Families Commission Bill [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00571.htm


May Day Celebrations Green Style

- Green MPs will be attending May Day celebrations this week in a show of support for workers rights. See... Green MPs celebrate May Day [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00570.htm


Sex Worker Adverts Need Regulation: Greens

- Green Party MP Sue Bradford is today calling for an Advertising Code of Practice for the commercial sale of prostitution services. See... Greens want rules for prostitution advertising [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00568.htm


Wellington ICT Gets Congratulated

- Minister of Communications and Information Technology Paul Swain congratulated ‘Positively Wellington Business’ on the launch of its information and communication technologies (ICT) strategy for the Wellington region. See... Swain congratulates Wellington on its ICT strategy [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00566.htm


King Wants Industry To Co-operate

- Health and Food Safety Minister Annette King today called on the dietary supplements and complementary medicines industry to cooperate responsibly in a voluntary withdrawal from the market of dietary supplements, manufactured by Pan Pharmaceuticals See... Australian Recall of Pan Pharmaceutical Products [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00564.htm


Fraud Crims On The Rampage

- Reports of Auckland fraudsters being let off the hook because police are too overworked to prosecute them comes as little surprise, says National's Police spokesman Tony Ryall. See... Free rein for fraudsters no surprise [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00562.htm


Harry’s Hydrogen Plan

- Hon Harry Duynhoven MP, Associate Minister of Energy, has welcomed the surprise announcement by US Secretary of Energy, Spencer Abraham, calling for development of international collaboration in advanced research and development that will support the future deployment ... See... Future development of Hydrogen Economy Discussed [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00561.htm


US Model Irrelevant To NZ

- Selective dissemination of recent US welfare reform studies by Act and the National Party have no relevance in New Zealand and demonstrate nothing more than a frustrated attempt to derail this Government's positive social policy direction. See... US welfare reforms show one size does not fit all [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00560.htm


GM Legislation Introduced To House

- The New Organisms and Other Matters Bill, introduced in Parliament today, will amend laws governing genetic modification. See... GM legislation introduced [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00559.htm


Child adoption Ought To Be Reviewed

- ACT New Zealand Social Welfare Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman today urged the Labour Government to review its approach to child adoption, after two teenage parents in Dunedin were convicted of neglecting their three-month-old baby girl. See... Adoption Viable Option For Unprepared Parents [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00556.htm


Civil Servant Study Opportunities

- State Services Minister Trevor Mallard today announced the chosen 20 public servants who will attend the inaugural Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA) degree programme at the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG). See... Talented public servants enter inaugural programme [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00538.htm


Feeling Flattered? Mallard A Typical Neo-Socialist?

- Labour has responded to the teaching crisis in a typical neo-socialist, pro-union manner, ACT Education Spokesman Deborah Coddington said today. See... Mallard's Budget Offering: Quantity, Not Quality [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00550.htm

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