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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Stateside With Rosalea: The Plumber From Des Moines - Not
Greg Palast Explains Why He Is A Bestselling Author
Shallow Throat Advises The Democrats On How To Take Down GWB
The Profits Of Terror – Halliburton Shows How
Cartoon: A Roadmap To Where?
Israel Prepares For Peace By Arresting Foreign Observers
Firas Al-Atraqchi: The Battle For The Souls Comes Next
The Rise And Fall Of An Enron-Doer
A Jessie Helm's Protégé Prepares For High Office
Advice On NZ/US Relations From St Molesworth
Scoop Interactive: A Caption For A Kook
Katya Rivas's Crusade Of Love

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
NZ Supports UN-Role In Iraq
All-Party Support Called For Deferred Sentences Amendments
Multilateralism The Way To Go
Will Bio-Inattention Delegate NZ To Third World?
Preb’s Letter Is In
NCEA Milestone Acknowledged
Young Persons’ Training Ed Package Announced
On The Budget And Why Brash Entered Politics
Will Labour Privatise Blood-Labs?
Anderton Celebrates Brave New Way
Is Hawkins Obsessed With Traffic Tickets Over Crime?
Meridian’s Wind Farm Applauded
Liberty Belle: Coddington on Geo-Politics From Oxford
Woe Ye Of Super Fund Faith

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Stateside With Rosalea: The Plumber From Des Moines - Not

- During the last presidential election campaign I lamented that the reality of US politics is that the likelihood of a plumber from Des Moines, Iowa, becoming president is extremely low. See... 2004 Presidential Campaign [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0305/S00061.htm


Greg Palast Explains Why He Is A Bestselling Author

- The USA is home to the largest, longest, deepest river of burbling bullshit known to man - home of the brave and of double-talk, nonsense, half-truths, Tom Brokaw, disinformation, baloney, CNN, white lies, black lies and Katie Curic - laughably called 'US media.' See... Greg Palast IV: The Lies Are Brilliantly Crafted [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0305/S00069.htm


Shallow Throat Advises The Democrats On How To Take Down GWB

- Appalled at the damage being done by the HardRight ideologues who had hijacked the GOP, "Shallow Throat" -- the highly-located mole in the Bush Administration, who revealed secrets from behind the White House curtain -- had had enough and had moved to elsewhere in the government. See... Shallow Throat: How to Take Bush Downnnnnnnn [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0305/S00068.htm


The Profits Of Terror – Halliburton Shows How

- Halliburton Corp., the second largest oil services company in world, is the poster child for corporate greed and terror. And it seems that nothing will stop Vice President Dick Cheney’s old company from repeatedly breaking the law to save and earn mountains of cash. See... Halliburton Breaks Law While Profiting From Terror [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0305/S00071.htm


Cartoon: A Roadmap To Where?

- Cartoon by kiddmillennium.com…See... Cartoon: Two Flags [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0305/S00070.htm


Israel Prepares For Peace By Arresting Foreign Observers

- Israeli forces raided the ISM office this morning, confiscating equipment and material and snatching three women. At 12:30pm on Friday, May 9, approximately 20 military vehicles, army jeeps and a large armored personnel carrier (intended for many arrests) surrounded the ISM media office in Beit Sahour. See... Israeli Forces Raid ISM Office [1] MORE: - 3 Internationals In IDF Custody In Tulkarem [2] - Road map; Apartheid Wall [3] - Two Britons Still Held at Erez Border Crossing [4] - Update: Internationals Taken Into IDF Custody [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0305/S00106.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0305/S00107.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0305/S00105.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0305/S00104.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0305/S00103.htm


Firas Al-Atraqchi: The Battle For The Souls Comes Next

- In the early weeks of 2003, a team of American, Jordanians, Iraqis and British charity workers quietly slipped into Jordan and anxiously awaited the opening salvo of the war in Iraq. See... Firas Al-Atraqchi: A New War Shaping Up In Iraq? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0305/S00066.htm


The Rise And Fall Of An Enron-Doer

- Two weeks ago, Secretary of Defense fired Thomas White, who was tapped by President Bush two years ago as Secretary of the Army. Today, White, the former vice chairman of Enron Corp., the disgraced energy company that imploded in a wave of accounting scandals two years ago, leaves the Pentagon for good. See... DoD Insiders On The Demise Of Thomas E. White [1] MORE: - Thomas E White Farewell Message to the Army Family [2] - A Bush Administration Enron-doer Bites The Dust


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0305/S00065.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0305/S00078.htm


A Jessie Helm's Protégé Prepares For High Office

- As millions of people around the world celebrated May Day, the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, pursuant to the its “advice and consent role” under Article II Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution, convened to consider the nomination of Roger Noriega to the post of Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs. See... Noriega’s Nomination: A View from the Gallery [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0305/S00064.htm


Advice On NZ/US Relations From St Molesworth

- Top 10 things the government could do to improve NZ-USA relations. See... Top 10 things to improve NZ-USA relations [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0305/S00063.htm


Scoop Interactive: A Caption For A Kook

- We all know the Dimson loves his war-boys n toys… but this image from Bartcop takes the cake… We're lost for words... Sooooo send your captions in to the Scoop editors... See... Dimson Kooky Caption Competition [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0305/S00059.htm


Katya Rivas's Crusade Of Love

- It would be better to lose everything than to forget one wish of Mine. See... Katya Rivas: Into Your Hands I Commend My Spirit [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0305/S00062.htm



Dimson Kooky Caption Contest

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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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NZ Supports UN-Role In Iraq

- New Zealand is hoping a draft resolution due to go before the United Nations Security Council will create a vital role for the UN in post-war Iraq, Foreign Minister Phil Goff said today. See... NZ hopes resolution clears way for UN role in Iraq [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00248.htm


All-Party Support Called For Deferred Sentences Amendments

- Justice Minister Phil Goff is seeking all-party support to make an addition to the Statutes Amendment Bill requiring bail conditions to be mandatory for offenders who have had their sentences deferred. See... Goff seeks bail conditions for deferred sentences [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00273.htm


Multilateralism The Way To Go

– New Zealand welcomed Canada's action in dismantling its WTO-inconsistent "Commercial Export Milk" programme, Trade Negotiations Minister Jim Sutton said today. See... Canada renounces dairy scheme [1] ALSO: - Progressives - Canada's Decision Shows Benefit Of Multilateralism [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00264.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00272.htm


Will Bio-Inattention Delegate NZ To Third World?

- ACT New Zealand Rural Affairs Spokesman Gerry Eckhoff today warned that a failure to recognise the importance of bio-security in the Budget could condemn New Zealand to Third World status. See... Budget Must Not Skimp On Biosecurity [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00271.htm


Preb’s Letter Is In

- This year’s phrase is “smart growth”. It’s cargo cult economics – the idea that governments can pick some easy way to achieve prosperity. Cullen has been, as finance ministers always do, lowering expectations. But with a massive $4 billion surplus the budget ... See... Richard Prebble’s The Letter [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00270.htm


NCEA Milestone Acknowledged

- Education Minister Trevor Mallard says today’s release of NCEA (National Certificate of Educational Achievement) statistics from 2002 national secondary qualifications is a milestone for learning in New Zealand. See... NCEA statistics a milestone for learning - Mallard [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00269.htm


Young Persons’ Training Ed Package Announced

- Budget 2003: $56m plan to get all young people into education, training or work announced See... $56 mil for education, training, work package [1] ALSO: - Progressives - Young people get $56m - jobs, education, training [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00265.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00268.htm


On The Budget And Why Brash Entered Politics

- National Finance spokesman Don Brash says we must lift the country's growth rate if we are to keep our brightest and best young people living and working in New Zealand. See... New Zealand can - and must - do better [1] ALSO: - Brash’s Speech - Don Brash Address to the Auckland Rotary Club [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00267.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00266.htm


Will Labour Privatise Blood-Labs?

- ACT New Zealand Health Spokesman Heather Roy today renewed her attack on the Government's consideration of a plan to nationalise privately owned medical laboratories, labelling it another example of Labour's ideological opposition to private sector involvement ... See... Blood Test, Comrade? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00263.htm


Anderton Celebrates Brave New Way

- “The New Zealand economy could be the most innovative in the world, if we continue thriving on ideas that create jobs and development opportunities,” said Economic Development Minister Jim Anderton today. See... NZ's new ideas key to economic success [1] ALSO: - Anderton -Smart New ideas creating growth [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00262.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00261.htm


Is Hawkins Obsessed With Traffic Tickets Over Crime?

- New Zealand First law and order spokesperson Ron Mark has accused the Minister of Police of being obsessed with traffic tickets instead of crime fighting. See... Killers Roam While Police Focus On Traffic Tickets [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00260.htm


Meridian’s Wind Farm Applauded

- The Green Party congratulates Meridian Energy on its initiative to build the biggest wind farm in New Zealand and the Southern Hemisphere. See... Meridian wind farm breath of fresh air [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00259.htm


Coddington Sounds Forth on Geo-Politics

- New Zealanders should take fright at Prime Minister Helen Clark’s announcement in Paris that “the whole dynamic” is shifted by a German, French and Russian “linkup.. against a small Anglo/American group.” See... Liberty Belle [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00258.htm


Woe Ye Of Super Fund Faith

- The value of overseas shares held by the Government Superannuation Fund (GSF) is $546 million, or 35.7 per cent, less than when they were purchased, according to figures obtained by the Green Party. See... Govt super fund continues to bleed [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00257.htm


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