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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY:
Brash n Schmooze: A Delectable Aussie Cocktail
NEW ZEALAND NEWS:
SCOOP COLUMNS:
Stateside: The Blackout
Solar Not Nuke Power Is The Solution
Hard News/Greg Palast On The NYC Power Outage
LATEST KEY LINKS FROM THE AMERICAN COUP PAGE
Saving Air NZ – A Scene Setter For The ComCom Conference
How Well Have Solomon Islanders Been Served?
Aziz Choudry: Another WTO Corporate Steal
Jason Leopold: Terminator Has No Plan, Just A Name
Meditations On The Cult of Flag Worshipping
Why The US Army Is Shooting Reuters Photographers
William Rivers Pitt On Courage
Hard News Is There!
Uri Avnery On Heroism
Daily Katya Rivas

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
UN Iraq Reconstruction Resolution Applauded
Hobbs Launches Aid Governance Programme
Shirley: Softly Softly Aussie With Pacific Neighbours
Turia Hits Out At Corrections Department
Off With Those Talking Heads
Hodgson Attacks Forest And Bird!
Do You Feel The Kosh?
Robson On Politics
Coddington Dongs Her Gong
Hot Business Prospects For Hemp Industry
Essential LifeFlight Must Stay
Sutton Speaks To Hawke’s Bay Farmers
National Bank Should Not Go To Australia

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http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00115.htm
South Pacific Forum: Schmoozing Toward An Australasian Pacific

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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LEAD STORY:
Brash n Schmooze: A Delectable Aussie Cocktail

- It took a major break from Pacific Islands Forum protocol for Australian Prime Minister John Howard to get his man at the helm. But with a bit of ole Aussie brashness and cocktail schmooze Australia is now well on its way to dominating Pacific affairs. See... Schmoozing Toward An Australasian Pacific [1] FOR MORE: See... South Pacific Forum – Full Coverage…


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00115.htm


NEW ZEALAND NEWS:

  • Discussion Paper On Foreshore And Seabed Released [1]
  • Doctors Union Says Govt & DHBs Must Act On Ortho Epidemic Warning [2]
  • Exiled Burmese MP seeks NZ help [3]
  • Papuan Human Rights Advocate to Speak in ChCh [4]
  • Fonterra to Raise Organics Supplier Premiums [5]
  • Lester Levy To Head NZ Leadership Institute [6]
  • Paper Bank Statements become part of history [7]
  • Forest And Bird Says Mfish Plans To Allow More Sea Lion Killing [8]
  • Talented New Comers To Take Fashion Centre Stage [9]
  • School Of Dance Says All Men Can Dance - Really! [10]
  • Lost Elvis Presley Song Discovered! [11]
  • Live Models To Recreate Evocative Elle Images [12]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0308/S00098.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0308/S00051.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0308/S00097.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0308/S00104.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0308/S00166.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0308/S00163.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0308/S00162.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0308/S00052.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0308/S00058.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0308/S00056.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0308/S00055.htm
    [12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0308/S00164.htm

    SCOOP COLUMNS:

    Stateside: The Blackout

    - Jeesh! The lengths those East Coast folks will go to in order to be top of the news bulletins again. A power blackout! Some folks here are saying it happened because all the TV channels' OB vans… See... Stateside with Rosalea: Election, election... [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00116.htm


    Solar Not Nuke Power Is The Solution

    - This is the fourth---and worst---completely unnecessary major blackout of the Northeast in forty years, dating back to 1965. See... Harvey Wasserman: The Bogus Fossil-Nuke Blackout [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00124.htm


    Hard News/Greg Palast On The NYC Power Outage

    - Is there an equivalent to karma in Islam? The literally powerless people of Baghdad and Basra might be seeing some grim justice in today's massive power outage in Northeast America. But why Canada? And for that matter, why poor old New York? Hard News 15/08/03 - Power and People [1] and Latest Links To Public Address Columns [2] . See also... LINK: Greg Palast - Power Outage Traced To Dim Bulb In White House [3]


    [1] - http://publicaddress.net/default,hardnews.sm#post615
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00110.htm
    [3] - http://www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=10&ItemID=4051


    LATEST KEY LINKS FROM THE AMERICAN COUP PAGE

    *** US: SECURITY QUESTIONED EARLIER – OHIO.COM [1] ****US: E-VOTING BECOMES TOUCHY TOPIC – OHIO.COM [2] *** US: CALIFORNIA RECALL ADDS FUEL – MERCURY NEWS [3] ****US: E-VOTE MACHINES FACE AUDIT [4] **** US: DAN SPILLANE – LIBERTY WHISTLE [5] (max of five stars in ratings for new links)


    [1] - http://www.ohio.com/mld/beaconjournal/6538170.htm
    [2] - http://www.ohio.com/mld/beaconjournal/6538203.htm
    [3] - http://www.siliconvalley.com/mld/siliconvalley/6532990.htm
    [4] - http://www.wired.com/news/technology/0,1282,59976,00.html
    [5] - http://www.libertywhistle.us/


    Saving Air NZ – A Scene Setter For The ComCom Conference

    -This week the airlines are to explain to the Commerce Commission why their merger will be a “good” and a miscellany of opponents will explain why it is a “bad”. See... Saving Air NZ: Air NZ & Qantas - Good Or Bad? [1] and Background On Save Air New Zealand


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00122.htm


    How Well Have Solomon Islanders Been Served?

    - Since 1989, Solomon Islanders across the nation have passed judgment on how well--or poorly--the governments of the day have served people's basic interests. See... Solomons Report Card Time [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00119.htm


    Aziz Choudry: Another WTO Corporate Steal

    - In the lead-up to September’s Ministerial Meeting in Cancun, much of the opposition to the so-called Singapore Issues (or new issues) has focussed on attempts to kickstart negotiations on a multilateral investment agreement at the World Trade Organization (WTO). See... WTO Competition Policy Another Corporate Steal [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00117.htm


    Jason Leopold: Terminator Has No Plan, Just A Name

    - Arnold Schwarzenegger isn’t talking. The Hollywood action film star and California’s GOP gubernatorial candidate in the state’s recall election has been unusually silent about his plans for running the Golden State. See... Ahnuld, Lay, George Bush, Dick Cheney & Gray Davis [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00114.htm


    Meditations On The Cult of Flag Worshipping

    - This is that time of year when graduations seem to follow on one another like waves breaking on a beach. Most are as quickly forgotten, along with the earnest and cliché-ridden speeches given by students and guest speakers. See... A Patriot To A Nation Is A Traitor To Humanity [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00125.htm


    Why The US Army Is Shooting Reuters Photographers

    - Recently there have been several reports of incidents in Iraq involving the killing of civilians by the US Army. There is no doubt that civilians are being killed in increasing numbers, and the matter of army involvement is apparently being investigated. See... What Has Happened To The US Army In Iraq? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00123.htm


    William Rivers Pitt On Courage

    - If you read Robert Dallek's new biography of John F. Kennedy, `An Unfinished Life,' a rather pointed irony greets you before you reach page 100. See... UQ Wire: Standing Against The Fear [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00127.htm


    Hard News Is There!

    The floors finished, we ventured bravely back into number 15. I needn't have worried about the cats getting stuck; the smell of polyurethane still hangs acridly some days on and would surely have repelled all but the most delinquent of juveniles ... See links to the latest at Public Address... Hard News 18/08/03 - Strange Days [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00126.htm


    Uri Avnery On Heroism

    - Sometimes a single sentence is enough to reveal a person’s mental world and intellectual profundity. Such a sentence was uttered by Shaul Mofaz, the Minister of Defense, some days ago during a visit to the Israeli troops in the Gaza Strip. See... Hero in War and Peace [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00120.htm


    Daily Katya Rivas

    - The prayer I accept and listen to can be made any time, in any place, without external conditions, as long as it is truly felt and completely in accordance with My wishes. See... Katya Rivas: I Am the Good Shepherd [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00118.htm



    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00113.htm
    CARTOON: Powerless – Kidd Millennium

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    UN Iraq Reconstruction Resolution Applauded

    - United Nations Security Council approval of a new resolution on Iraq is an important step towards greater international involvement in reconstruction efforts there, Foreign Minister Phil Goff said today. See... UN Iraq resolution a positive step [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00324.htm


    Hobbs Launches Aid Governance Programme

    - A dedicated programme to target the unique governance needs of the Pacific was launched today by Aid Minister Marian Hobbs. See... Tighter focus for governance in the Pacific [1] ALSO: National - Strings should be attached to Pacific Islands aid [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00314.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00329.htm


    Shirley: Softly Softly Aussie With Pacific Neighbours

    - ACT New Zealand Defence Spokesman Ken Shirley today cautioned Australia to use more subtlety in its dealings with our Pacific neighbours, in an address to the Australian Defence College for Defence and Strategic Studies. See... Australia Beware [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00310.htm


    Turia Hits Out At Corrections Department

    - Te Tai Hauauru M.P. Tariana Turia says the Corrections Department's defence of the so-called 'goon squad' sends mixed messages about the role of the department. See... Incorrect response from Corrections management [1] ALSO: National - Call for inquiry into 'Goon Squad' [2] - National - Paul Swain out of depth, drowning! [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00313.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00318.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00311.htm


    Off With Those Talking Heads

    - "It's ironic that in the same week that state-television employs a highly paid Maori advisor, front-line staff are being given their marching orders," says National Party Broadcasting spokeswoman Katherine Rich. See... Axe swings as PC Charter takes hold at TVNZ [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00327.htm


    Hodgson Attacks Forest And Bird!

    - Forest & Bird's reaction to the draft national plan of action to reduce seabird deaths from fishing is out of date and sadly old-fashioned, says Fisheries Minister Pete Hodgson. See... Forest & Bird behind on seabird protection [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00312.htm


    Do You Feel The Kosh?

    - This year, more than 5,700 of the 46,000 New Zealanders who were robbed, bashed, raped or murdered would have been safe if the Government had kept violent crime rates at the level they were when Labour first took office, ACT New Zealand Justice Spokesman ... See... Crime Stats Show Parole Failure [1] ALSO: ACT - Figures Reveal The Truth Behind Labour Spin [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00309.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00308.htm


    Robson On Politics

    - Sir Howard Morrison Sir Howard, one of our most famous entertainers, was a guest of the Progressive MPs at Parliament on Tuesday. What I find impressive is what he has achieved since his 40th birthday when he turned his energy and talents to building ... See... Robson-On-Politics 15 August [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00330.htm


    Coddington Dongs Her Gong

    - How do you set up a New Zealand company offshore? You ratchet up taxes and compliance costs and make it more attractive for companies to relocate across the Tasman. See... Deborah Coddington's Liberty Belle [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00320.htm


    Hot Business Prospects For Hemp Industry

    - Green MP Nandor Tanczos said today the future of New Zealand's industrial hemp industry was bright, following reports of the second year of field trials and the approval of another year of trials. See... Greens applaud hemp trial success [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00326.htm


    Essential LifeFlight Must Stay

    - National says the Government will have to take responsibility for the risk now posed to young babies and critically ill children by the closure of the ChildFlight air ambulance. See... Babies will die if LifeFlight not back in the air [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00322.htm


    Sutton Speaks To Hawke’s Bay Farmers

    - Ladies and Gentlemen: we live in a small world, don't we? A political stunt, a catchy if misleading slogan, can travel round the world as Mike's Spanish anecdote shows. See... Jim Sutton speech to Hawke’s Bay Fed Farmers [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00319.htm


    National Bank Should Not Go To Australia

    - The Government must stop any sale of the National Bank to Australia until their law treats New Zealanders equally with Aussies in the event of a bank collapse, ACT New Zealand Associate Commerce Spokesman Stephen Franks said today. See... Ban Sale of National Bank to Australia [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00307.htm


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