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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Osama's Back!
Dennis Hans: How Made Up News Makes The Front Page
George W. Bush In A Silly Hat Captions
Chris Sanders: War Every Way You Like It
Stephen Knight Introduces Sustainable New Zealand
William Rivers Pitt: What We Are Up Against
Who Will Protect Us From The Big Bad Neo-Cons?
Philip J. Rappa: Double, Double, Toil And Trouble
Between The Lines: Disposing of Iraq's Wealth
Kaminsky: Building The Perfect Enemy
Not Nuclear Powered – HMS Marlborough Visiting Tomorrow
David Miller On The America's Cup
Clare Gives Tony Short Shrift
At Last Some Illegal WMDs Have Been Found – In Baltimore
Colin Powell's Roadmap Sales Mission
Katya Rivas's Crusade Of Love

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Ill Man Gets A Stay
ESOL Strategy Announced
A Time And Place Remembered
Organ Donor Shortage Hearing To Resume
Want Madams n Pimps Made Legal?
Aid Fund Gets $20 mil Top-Up
Burton Wants More Yanks In NZ
Markie Goes To Hollywood
Failure Of Electricity Sector No Surprise
Booze Makers Contravene ACC Mission
Trainees Soon Eligible For Minimum Wage
ERA Appointments Announced
Families Commission Bill Gets Its First Reading
Barker Rises To Cabinet Post
Robson Spots A Nat-ACT Anomaly
Hey, What About The Victims?
Examining Teaching And Learning Will Raise Achievement
More Money To I.D. Offending Causes
Swain Demands S&R Investigation

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Commentary: War As You Like It

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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Osama's Back!

- Three car bomb explosions in an American compound in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh are already being attributed to the terrorist group Al Qaeda. See... NewsFlash: Car Bomb In Riyadh Targets Americans [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0305/S00076.htm


Dennis Hans: How Made Up News Makes The Front Page

- We learn in the May 11 New York Times that, since 1999, America’s newspaper of record has regularly published reporter Jayson Blair’s flights of fancy as straight news. See... How NYT's Howell Raines Enables Journalistic Lying [1]


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


George W. Bush In A Silly Hat Captions

- Again Scoop readers have proven outstanding caption writers – this time for the Dimson Kooky Caption Competition. Perhaps Ari Fleischer in the White House could benefit from your talents! See... Dimson Kooky Caption Competitions Are In [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0305/S00077.htm


Chris Sanders: War Every Way You Like It

- Markets have not yet absorbed the realities of the new war. This is particularly true of equities, which have behaved since the "end" of the Iraq campaign as though it was all over. It is not over. See... SRA Commentary: War As You Like It [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0305/S00085.htm


Stephen Knight Introduces Sustainable New Zealand

- A new Scoop series on sustainability begins today on Scoop: New Zealand's Mighty River Power recently confronted promoters of a corner-stone of corporate sustainable development, the triple bottom line. In essence, it said TBL reporting is just single bottom line reporting in tart's clothing. See... Does My Triple Bottom Line Look Big In This? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0305/S00084.htm


William Rivers Pitt: What We Are Up Against

- "We’re proud of our president. Americans love having a guy as president, a guy who has a little swagger, who’s physical, who’s not a complicated guy like Clinton or even like Dukakis or Mondale, all those guys, McGovern. They want a guy who’s president. Women like a guy who’s president. Check it out. The women like this war." - Chris Matthews, 'Hardball' on MSNBC. See... UQ Wire: The Women Like This War [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0305/S00083.htm


Who Will Protect Us From The Big Bad Neo-Cons?

- Now that the United States has expressed its desire to weaken the United Nations politically and to create a new world order in which the U.S. can become the sole, unrestrained power in the world, it will be important to watch how Europe responds. See... Will Europe And Russia Seek To Check U.S. Power? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0305/S00082.htm


Philip J. Rappa: Double, Double, Toil And Trouble

- I had an epiphany last night. What began as a nightmare transformed itself into a vision of hope. See... Philip J. Rappa: Storm and Strife [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0305/S00081.htm


Between The Lines: Disposing of Iraq's Wealth

- Interview with Michael Renner, a senior researcher with World Watch Institute, conducted by Scott Harris. See... Iraq Oil Wealth May Be Headed Toward Privatization [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0305/S00080.htm


Building The Perfect Enemy

-For endless war, you must have an enemy who cannot be caught, who is completely vaporous, therefore necessitating nonstop aggressive emergency measures, variously colored alerts and tough talk for those who are unable to understand words. See... John Kaminski: The Perfect Enemy [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0305/S00079.htm


Not Nuclear Powered – HMS Marlborough Visiting Tomorrow

- The British warship HMS Frigate Marlborough will be in Auckland from May 14 – 21. Scoop asked New Zealand Defence: "Has the British Government detailed whether the Royal Navy Frigate HMS Marlborough is nuclear armed and or powered?” See... Propulsion And Weapons Details Of HMS Marlborough [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0305/S00074.htm


David Miller On The America's Cup

- Having recently returned to New Zealand, I was dismayed to learn that the government has allocated 34 million dollars to support another bid for the America’s Cup. See... Why is the America’s Cup so Important? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0305/S00073.htm


Clare Gives Tony Short Shrift

- As you know, I thought the run-up to the conflict in Iraq was mishandled, but I agreed to stay in the government to help support the reconstruction effort for the people of Iraq. See... Clare Short And Tony Blair's Exchange Of Letters [1] and Baroness Amos Replaces Clare Short At DFID [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0305/S00137.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0305/S00135.htm


At Last Some Illegal WMDs Have Been Found – In Baltimore

- The United States Army has developed and patented a new grenade that it says can be used to wage biowarfare. See... US Army Patents Illegal WMD Delivery System [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0305/S00136.htm


Colin Powell's Roadmap Sales Mission

- Prime Minister Sharon: I want to welcome my friend, Secretary of State Colin Powell, to Jerusalem. You are most welcome. We held extensive discussions on the situation in the region following the coalition victory in Iraq. See... Powell Press Briefing with Israeli Prime Minister [1] MORE: - Powell Interview with Israel Television Channel 2 [2] - Powell IV on NBC's Today Show with Jay Leno [3] - Powell with Israeli President Moshe Katsav [4] - Powell Remarks with Israeli Prime Minister [5] - Powell And Palestinian PM Joint Press Conference [6] - Powell and Israeli FM Joint Press Conference [7] - Powell on Board Plane en Route Tel Aviv/Jerusalem [8]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0305/S00132.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0305/S00134.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0305/S00133.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0305/S00131.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0305/S00130.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0305/S00129.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0305/S00128.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0305/S00127.htm


Katya Rivas's Crusade Of Love

- The days reserved for the estate that I acquired with My Blood, spilled for Love, will be divine days. See... Katya Rivas: Be Humble [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0305/S00075.htm


http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0305/S00077.htm
Dimson Kooky Hat Picture Captions


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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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Ill Man Gets A Stay

- Immigration Minister Lianne Dalziel has today decided to grant a two-year temporary permit to a renal failure patient from Tuvalu. See... Immigration status of renal failure patient [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00283.htm


ESOL Strategy Announced

- A strategy aimed at improving opportunities for non-English speaking New Zealanders to gain English language skills, was announced by education ministers this evening. See... Ministers launch Adult ESOL strategy [1] ALSO: - Dalziel’s Speech - Adult ESOL Strategy launch [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00281.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00282.htm


A Time And Place Remembered

- This is certainly an occasion that will remain in my memory as the start of a project of great significance and poignancy for New Zealanders. See... Blessing Ceremony, Tomb of the Unknown Warrior [1] ALSO: - War Memorial Advisory Council - Tomb of the Unknown Warrior dawn blessing ceremony [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00287.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0305/S00115.htm


Organ Donor Shortage Hearing To Resume

- The Health Select Committee hearings into the Organ Donor Shortage in New Zealand will resume with the Ministry of Health presenting their evidence. See... Select Committee Hearings on Organ Donation [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00298.htm


Want Madams n Pimps Made Legal?

- An overwhelming majority of New Zealand's well educated young women have no wish to see brothel keeping, pimping and procuring made legal in this country, according to a new UMR Research Ltd poll of 500 New Zealanders over the age of 18. See... Poll backs Copeland's view on Prostitution Reform [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00297.htm


Aid Fund Gets $20 mil Top-Up

- New Zealand’s international aid budget will be boosted by $20 million, Aid Minister Marian Hobbs said today See... Budget 2003: $20 million extra for poor countries [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00296.htm


Burton Wants More Yanks In NZ

- Minister of Tourism Mark Burton today announced budget funding of $15 million over three years, aimed at increasing New Zealand’s market share in the United States among our ideal visitors—high-value, interactive travellers. See... Budget 2003: Tourism campaign targets US traveller [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00295.htm


Markie Goes To Hollywood

- Heeeeeeeeeerrre’s Markie! Minister of Tourism Mark Burton will spend the next week promoting New Zealand to the US tourism market. See... New Zealand on show in the US [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00286.htm


Failure Of Electricity Sector No Surprise

- Green Party Co-Leader Jeanette Fitzsimons said she is not surprised at the impending failure of the electricity industry's self-governing board. See... Power cartel running on empty [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00302.htm


Booze Makers Contravene ACC Mission

- ACC investments in big brewing companies DB Breweries and Lion Nathan contravene ACC's stated mission to reduce injuries, Green MP Sue Bradford revealed in Parliament today. See... ACC booze investments 'unethical' [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00303.htm


Trainees Soon Eligible For Minimum Wage

- Trainees who are currently exempt from the Minimum Wage Act will soon be eligible to receive a minimum wage under legislation expected to be passed by Parliament within the next two weeks, Labour Minister Margaret Wilson said today. See... Minimum wage protection for trainees [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00300.htm


ERA Appointments Announced

- Labour Minister Margaret Wilson today announced the appointment of Paul Montgomery to a three-year term on the Employment Relations Authority in Christchurch, and the reapppointment of nine other Authority members in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. ... See... Employment Relations Authority appointments [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00301.htm


Families Commission Bill Gets Its First Reading

- Mr Speaker I move that the Families Commission Bill be now read a first time. At the appropriate time I will be moving that the Bill be referred to the Social Services Committee. See... Families Commission Bill first reading [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00299.htm


Barker Rises To Cabinet Post

- Rick Barker was today promoted to Cabinet, following the resignation last week of Mark Gosche due to family circumstances. See... Rick Barker promoted to Cabinet [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00294.htm


Robson Spots A Nat-ACT Anomaly

- A series of releases from ACT and National recently calling on the government to work in partnership with the tourism industry and to put more money into biosecurity and welfare suggest they have seen the light on cooperation, constructive partnerships ... See... Have National-ACT seen the light? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00293.htm


Hey, What About The Victims?

- For all its fine talk and public promotion, the Labour Government does not truly care about Maori - if it did, it would ensure that the Maori community's most vulnerable members would be kept safe from harm, ACT New Zealand Police Spokesman Dr Muriel ... See... Labour Abandons Maori Victims [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00292.htm


Examining Teaching And Learning Will Raise Achievement

- A programme of research into teaching and learning is to be set to help raise students’ achievement in New Zealand, Education Minister Trevor Mallard announced today. See... Research to lift students achievement [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00290.htm


More Money To I.D. Offending Causes

- Substantial funding aimed at identifying and addressing the causes of offending by young people has been announced by Justice Minister Phil announced today. See... Budget 2003: Health, education assessments [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00289.htm


Swain Demands S&R Investigation

- Transport Minister Paul Swain has instructed the newly formed New Zealand Search and Rescue Council to investigate Sunday’s incident in which one man died, and two are still missing, during a fishing trip off the Oamaru coast. See... Sunday’s boating tragedy - S&R to be investigated [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00288.htm

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