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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:
Spooked: The Making of Josh Bolten
Hard News And More Is There!
St Molesworth: Why Helen Sent Trevor To Saudi
U.S. Media Finally Wakes Up To The World's Biggest Scam
Rumsfeld Explains His Desire For Total Control
Brian Cloughley: Shades Of Deceit
Colonnade Hotel And The Center Of Gravity
Bush Fuels More Anti-EU Sentiment
Damning Doco Of U.S. Afghanistan Atrocities Broadcast Stateside
Scoop Link: Did The USA Use Tactical Nukes In Afghanistan?
Katya Daily

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Business Incubators Get Some Loot
Farmers Not Consulted Over Dairy Accord
Getting A Hiding For What?
Rebelling Against Sickly Sticky Fatty Food
List Those Bad Bad Tenants
Sickness and Invalids Beneficiary Numbers Climb
Gimme Gimme That Gaming Dosh
Govt Announces Taxation Changes
Hodgson’s Off To Europe
Medical Misadventure and ACC
About Time On ACC Says ACT
Coddington’s Cambridge Column
Biotech Vision and Direction For NZ
Whose Flogging The Power?
DHB Deficits And Statistics
NCEA And Divided Education

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NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • NewsFlash: All Black Squad Named [1]
  • New Virus Pretends To Come From support@microsoft.com [2]
  • Aceh Protest Today: 5-6pm Outside Indonesian Embassy [3]
  • St John of God inquiry – 56 Year-old-man arrested [4]
  • Research Boost For Oil And Gas Exploration [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0305/S00157.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0305/S00084.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0305/S00226.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0305/S00126.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0305/S00289.htm


    INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

    United Nations:

  • 20 Years Later: UNICEF takes Bob Geldof back to Ethiopia [1]
  • Indonesia: Humanitarian Crisis 'Explodes' In Aceh [2]

  • Middle East
  • Israel Accepts Roadmap Peace Blueprint [3]

  • Washington File
  • Congress Agrees (Tactical Nukes) Low-Yield Nuclear Weapons Study [4]
  • U.S. Not Planning on Making Changes to the Roadmap [5]
  • U.S. Expects Israeli Government to Accept Road Map [6]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0305/S00245.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0305/S00234.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0305/S00236.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0305/S00238.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0305/S00239.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0305/S00237.htm

    COLUMNS:

    Spooked: The Making of Josh Bolten

    - New OMB Director Josh Bolten is genetically predisposed to silence. Bolten, 48, is the son of a Seymour Bolten, a CIA agent who worked in covert espionage. Both Josh and his father were cozy with George H.W. Bush. See... Secrecy Enthusiast Appointed USA Budget Director [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0305/S00155.htm


    Hard News And More Is There!

    - I was so happy after the whistle went. I felt dizzy - I think I was hyperventilating from shouting at the top of my lungs. Then I felt a bit emotional. I hugged my friends... See... Hard News 26/05/03 - All Good [1] and Hard News 22/05/03 - Rough Trade [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0305/S00164.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0305/S00159.htm


    St Molesworth: Why Helen Sent Trevor To Saudi

    - 1. Heather Simpson couldn't find Pete Hodgson in the power-crisis darkened corridors of the Beehive. 2. Given it's a desert country, there's little chance Mallard could 'sink' another $34 million into another stupid yacht race. See... Top 10 Reasons Helen Sent Trevor to Saudi Arabia [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0305/S00163.htm


    U.S. Media Finally Wakes Up To The World's Biggest Scam

    - The story of the missing trillions that the world's biggest military organisation has been unable to properly account for has till now been mainly confined to the fringes of the media. Last week the story that Scoop columnists have championed for more than a year finally went mainstream. See... U.S.'s Missing $Trillions Make Mainstream At Last [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0305/S00158.htm


    Rumsfeld Explains His Desire For Total Control

    - The following two Op-ed opinion pieces appeared in recent days in the Washington Post Newspaper. They relate to Rumsfeld's push for a $400 billion appropriation for the Department of Defense in which he also pushes to largely eliminate Congressional oversight of the Department. See... Oped Faceoff on DoD: Sec. Rumsfeld Vs Rep. Skelton [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0305/S00161.htm


    Brian Cloughley: Shades Of Deceit

    - Jayson Blair was a reporter for The New York Times who fooled his employers and readers by making up stories. Until a few weeks ago he embroidered, faked and invented reports that were printed in the now embarrassed NYT and was eventually found out and fired. See... Jayson Bush and Pinocchio Blair [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0305/S00160.htm


    Colonnade Hotel And The Center Of Gravity

    - A cavernous conference room within the Colonnade Hotel in Boston became the center of gravity for the Massachusetts liberal/progressive community on the evening of May 17. See... UQ Wire: The Most Important War [1] When Milk Goes Sour - Soft-drink giant, Coca-Cola, plans to launch a new milk-based drink in July aimed at children and teenagers called "Swerve", but Scoop reckons NZ milk producers should counter-punch and launch a competition flavoured milk product called "Too ... See... Howard's End: “Too Late Bugger Milk” [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0305/S00156.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0305/S00153.htm


    Bush Fuels More Anti-EU Sentiment

    - The war of words between the EU and US over GM crops in Africa appears to be heating up, ahead of the G8 Summit next week in Evian, France. In a speech given Wednesday, 21 May, the American President George Bush accused the EU of perpetuating starvation ... See... Bush slates Europe over GMO ban [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0305/S00149.htm


    SPECIAL FEATURE:

    Damning Doco Of U.S. Afghanistan Atrocities Broadcast Stateside

    - This film provides eyewitness testimony that U.S. troops massacred thousands of Taliban prisoners during the Afghan War. It's an account of thousands of prisoners who surrendered to the U.S., were herded into trucks and suffocated... See... Doco - USA's Afghan Massacre: The Convoy of Death [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0305/S00151.htm


    Scoop Link: Did The USA Use Tactical Nukes In Afghanistan?

    - The BBC reports that a small sample of Afghan civilians have shown "astonishing" levels of uranium in their urine. Researchers suggest new types of radioactive weapons may have been used by the USA in Afghanistan... See... Did The USA Use Tactical Nukes In Afghanistan? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0305/S00152.htm


    Katya Daily

    - I have given My Life and My Blood to men. The Blood to wash them, and My Life to resuscitate them. See... Katya Rivas: Trust Me [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0305/S00154.htm


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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Business Incubators Get Some Loot

    - Eleven business incubators have been given a combined $1.8 million boost from Industry New Zealand’s Incubator Development Programme. See... $1.8 million boost for business 7incubators [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00623.htm


    Farmers Not Consulted Over Dairy Accord

    - National is backing the concerns of dairy farmers who say they weren't properly consulted on the signing of an environmental accord on dairying. See... Dairy accord by decree the wrong move [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00638.htm


    Getting A Hiding For What?

    - The signing of the new Dairy Accord - imposed by Fonterra, the Labour Government, regional councils, Fish and Game, the Environment Ministry and MAF - has left dairy farmers on a hiding to nothing, ACT New Zealand Rural Affairs Spokesman Gerry Eckhoff ... See... Dairy Farmers On A Hiding To Nothing [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00643.htm


    Rebelling Against Sickly Sticky Fatty Food

    - Parents are rebelling against the legions of sickly, fattening, sugar-laden foods aggressively marketed at children, with the launch today of the New Zealand Children's Food Awards. See... Parents' food fight: The NZ Children's Food Awards [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00642.htm


    List Those Bad Bad Tenants

    - United Future MP Marc Alexander today called for a register of bad tenants to help protect landlords from having their properties trashed. See... Set up a 'bad tenants' register [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00641.htm


    Sickness and Invalids Beneficiary Numbers Climb

    - United Future social services spokeswoman Judy Turner today called for swift action from the Government following the release of Treasury figures showing spiralling numbers of sickness and invalid beneficiaries. See... Govt must get tough on benefit switching [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00640.htm


    Gimme Gimme That Gaming Dosh

    - The National Party is suspicious of the Government's discussion paper on gaming machine costs, says Internal Affairs spokesperson Judith Collins. See... Government looking to grab more cash from gaming [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00639.htm


    Govt Announces Taxation Changes

    - The prescribed rate used to calculate fringe benefit tax for low-interest, employment-related loans has dropped from 7.83 per cent to 7.74 per cent, Revenue Minister Michael Cullen announced today. See... FBT rate for low-interest, job-related loans down [1] ALSO: Foreign investment fund interests [2] - GST overseas aid anomaly removed [3] - Fairfax decision welcome but govt will still act [4]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00637.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00636.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00635.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00634.htm


    Hodgson’s Off To Europe

    - Research, Science and Technology Minister Pete Hodgson departs New Zealand for Europe tomorrow to study innovation policy developments, especially research-based relationships between industry and universities. See... Hodgson to Europe for innovation policy update [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00632.htm


    Medical Misadventure and ACC

    - ACC Minister Ruth Dyson says she is pleased to announce today the release of the consultation document for the review of the medical misadventure provisions in the ACC scheme. See... ACC medical misadventure consultation begins [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00630.htm


    About Time On ACC Says ACT

    - ACT New Zealand ACC Spokesman Heather Roy today said that, while changes were needed in ACC's assessment of medical misadventure, the faults with the system should have been addressed sooner. See... ACC Changes Long Overdue [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00631.htm


    Coddington’s Cambridge Column

    - As you know, I’m at Wolfson College, one of the very new colleges in Cambridge, compared with the centuries-old Peterhouse, St John’s, Queens’ (yes – the apostrophe’s in the right place; there were two queens), King’s, Gonville & Caius See... Liberty Belle 5 [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00629.htm


    Biotech Vision and Direction For NZ

    - A vision and direction for the development of biotechnology in New Zealand is set out in the Government’s Biotechnology Strategy, released today [Monday 26 May]. See... A Biotechnology Strategy for New Zealand [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00627.htm


    Whose Flogging The Power?

    - The Green Party is inviting the public to find the nation's worst power squanderers. See... And the Cold Shower Award goes to... [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00626.htm


    DHB Deficits And Statistics

    - The seriousness of the financial situation facing District Health Boards has been confirmed by Statistics New Zealand March Quarter figures, ACT New Zealand Heath Spokesman Heather Roy said today. See... Hospital Woes Continue [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00624.htm


    NCEA And Divided Education

    - School principals trying to stop people using NCEA results to compare schools will recreate the `where did you go to school' kind of class divisions so many people came here to escape, ACT New Zealand Associate Education Spokesman Stephen Franks ... See... School Principals Promote Class-Divided Society [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00622.htm

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