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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY:
Have Your Say: Should Holmes Be Sacked?
Christchurch Earthquake Triggers City’s Water-Safety Cut-Off Valves
NEW ZEALAND NEWS HEADLINES:
Dreams Fade As Intafada’s Third Anniversary Looms
INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES:

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Black Box Voting In The 21st Century – Book Online In October
Richard Ehrlich: Call For An Invasion Of Myanmar
How NZTabloid Got Set Up On The Transexual PM Story
Uri Avnery: The Magnificent 27
William Rivers Pitt On The Plame Incident
Satire: Bush Thinks For Himself (Sort Of)
Between The Lines: Chaos In Iraq And Plummeting Polls
Chuckman Cartoon
Daily Katya Rivas

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Tarriff Decisions Announced – Reaction Mixed
Foreshore Decision Delay May Be Meaningless
Russia Nails The Fart Tax In A Coffin
Rich & Hide Complaint Against RNZ Upheld
Defending Vegetarians Right To Animal Free Food
Mad DOC's And Ministers
Massive Track Building Programme Announced
Judith Collins Not Amused By Morning Karakia
Greenpeace Dumps On Labour Caucus
Sex Industry Freedom Appears Short-lived

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Scoop Reader Survey: Should Holmes Be Sacked?

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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LEAD STORY:
Have Your Say: Should Holmes Be Sacked?

- New Zealand broadcast don Paul Holmes last week raged-racist against United Nations secretary general Kofi Annan, calling him a “Cheeky Darkie” on Holmes’ morning Newstalk ZB radio show. This was certainly a low and demoralizing point in the broadcaster’s career but more disturbing was a display that New Zealand’s mainstream broadcast media standards are truly woeful. See... Scoop Reader Survey: Should Paul Holmes Be Sacked? [1] SCOOP READERS RESPOND: Twenty four votes in so far in this Scoop Survey with a majority in favour of sacking Paul Holmes. See... Scoop Feedback: Response To Holmes Sacking Survey [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0309/S00261.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0309/S00263.htm


Christchurch Earthquake Triggers City’s Water-Safety Cut-Off Valves

- A system designed to make sure Christchurch does not lose drinking water held in reservoirs on the Port Hills after an earthquake worked perfectly this morning, says City Council operations and maintenance manager Mike Bourke. See... Earthquake triggers Chch water cut-off valves [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0309/S00206.htm


NEW ZEALAND NEWS HEADLINES:

  • Auckland’s Business Confidence Bounces Back [1]
  • Iserve Launches New Wellington Based Isp [2]
  • Massive Effort By Kiwis To Clean Up The Country [3]
  • Painted Apple Moth Spray ON Today [4]
  • Waitakere City Council Considers Response To Prostitution Reform [5]
  • Alzheimer’s still waiting for affordable treatment [6]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0309/S00303.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0309/S00302.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0309/S00203.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0309/S00201.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0309/S00200.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0309/S00118.htm

    Dreams Fade As Intafada’s Third Anniversary Looms


    IMAGE: Israel Troops Thrust into Jenin City - Image courtesy of Palestine National Authority

    - With the Intifada for independence beginning its fourth year, Palestinians are bracing themselves for more bloodshed, fear and an inherent feeling that dreams are nothing but a distant figment of their imagination. See... Intifada 3 Years On Mounting Fears, Distant Dreams [1] ALSO: IOF Troops Thrust into Jenin City [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0309/S00343.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0309/S00342.htm


    INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES:

    United Nations

  • UN Radio: Annan Calls for Aid Trade With Africa [1]
  • Insecurity, tardiness phases out UN food program [2]
  • Global cooperation as G Assembly enters 2nd week [3]
  • Guinea-Bissau parties pull back from brink [4]
  • Guyana Venezuela seek aid to settle border dispute [5]
  • Asia Pacific
  • Allies Fine-Tune NK Proposal in Tokyo [6]
  • South Korea: U.S. Has No Intention of Invading NK: FM [7]
  • North Korea: KCNA Refutes Rumsfeld's Anti-DPRK Vituperation [8]
  • United States Of America
  • Scott McClellan Briefing Sep. 29 - Plame Incident [9]
  • Powell: Power Transfer Depends on Iraq's Readiness [10]
  • Powell Urges All Nations Aid Iraq's Reconstruction [11]
  • Bush Putin urge North Korea Iran to end nuke plans [12]
  • Middle East
  • Gush Shalom calls Solidarity Vigil with Pilots [13]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0309/S00357.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0309/S00356.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0309/S00355.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0309/S00354.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0309/S00353.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0309/S00345.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0309/S00344.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0309/S00346.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0309/S00358.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0309/S00341.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0309/S00340.htm
    [12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0309/S00338.htm
    [13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0309/S00335.htm


    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Black Box Voting In The 21st Century – Book Online In October

    - As the author of " Black Box Voting: Ballot Tampering in the 21st Century" I -- and publisher David Allen, of Plan Nine Publishing -- will make a PDF version of the book available to everyone, free of charge. See... Bev Harris: Black Box Voting To Go "Open Source" [1] and an announcement interview... Buzzflash IV With Black Box Author Bev Harris [2]

    SCOOP'S SCOOP – THE DIEBOLD FTP FILES **** SCOOP SPECIAL REPORT **** [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0309/S00258.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0309/S00257.htm
    [3] - http://scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=usacoup


    Richard Ehrlich: Call For An Invasion Of Myanmar

    - Many Burmese want U.S. President George W. Bush and the U.N. to invade Burma with warplanes and troops to topple the military regime, said Burma-based Ross Dunkley, a CEO and managing editor of the government-censored Myanmar Times. See... Myanmar Times Says Burmese Want U.S. Invasion [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0309/S00252.htm


    How NZTabloid Got Set Up On The Transexual PM Story

    - Yeah, I know I wasn't going to mention NZ Tabloid, but I have come into possession of some interesting emails, and no one else seems to have covered this, so this is how they got scammed ... See... Public Address 30/09/03 - Tabloid Tale [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0309/S00260.htm


    Uri Avnery: The Magnificent 27

    - A year and a half ago, a small group of Israelis decided to break a deeply entrenched taboo and bring up the subject of war crimes. Until then, it was self-evident that the IDF is "the most moral and humane army in the world", as the official mantra goes, and is therefore quite incapable of such things. See... Uri Avnery: The Magnificent 27 [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0309/S00259.htm


    William Rivers Pitt On The Plame Incident

    - Rove was fired from the 1992 Bush Sr. campaign for trashing Robert Mosbacher, Jr., who was the chief fundraiser for the campaign and an avowed Bush loyalist. Rove accomplished this trashing of Mosbacher by planting a negative story with columnist Bob Novak. See... UQ Wire: The Most Insidious of Traitors [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0309/S00262.htm


    Satire: Bush Thinks For Himself (Sort Of)

    - Wahington, D.C.--In response to challenges from France and other nations to relinquish political power to the UN and set a timeline leading to elections in Iraq, Bush simply reworded the request and passed it off as his own idea while in discussions last week with the General Assembly of the UN. See... Bush Claims To Have Come Up With A Good Idea [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0309/S00256.htm


    Between The Lines: Chaos In Iraq And Plummeting Polls

    - As Chaos Reigns in Iraq, Bush's Political Support Plummets at Home - Interview with John Nichols, Washington correspondent with The Nation magazine, conducted by Scott Harris See... With Chaos In Iraq Bush Political Support Plummets [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0309/S00255.htm


    Chuckman Cartoon

    - Cartoon by John Chuckman… See... Chuckman Cartoon: Laura Bush To Polish US Image [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0309/S00254.htm


    Daily Katya Rivas

    - What do I look for in a soul when I manifest Myself to it? For Me, nothing; but for the creature, I look for its well-being. See... Katya Rivas: Remain with Me [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0309/S00253.htm


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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Tarriff Decisions Announced – Reaction Mixed

    - After a six-year freeze, tariff rates will again begin reducing, but the government has held off moving to a zero tariff regime, Commerce Minister Lianne Dalziel announced today. See... Decisions on post 2005 tariffs (Includes Q&A) [1] REACTION: negative - Greens - Guaranteed slow death for clothing industry [2] - NZ First - Labour Abandons Workers [3] - EMA Northern - More tariff cuts, more no growth policy [4] REACTION: positive - TLN - Reducing tariffs creates jobs [5] - Wgtn. Chamber - Tariff Review Decision "Pragmatism At Work" [6] - Prog. Coalition - Tariff decisions highlight coalition govt. success [7]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0309/S00616.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0309/S00610.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0309/S00614.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0309/S00313.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0309/S00314.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0309/S00312.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0309/S00612.htm


    Foreshore Decision Delay May Be Meaningless

    - Attorney-General Margaret Wilson's indication that Labour may delay foreshore and seabed legislation may mean little - as any legislation, whenever it comes, may simply postpone the decision anyway, ACT New Zealand Maori Affairs Spokesman Stephen Franks says. See... Foreshore Delay Could Mean Nothing [1] MORE: - ACT - Show Us Your Principles John [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0309/S00615.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0309/S00604.htm


    Russia Nails The Fart Tax In A Coffin

    - ACT New Zealand Rural Affairs Spokesman Gerry Eckhoff today described Russia's refusal to set a date for ratifying the Kyoto Protocol as excellent news for New Zealand's productive sector. See... Another Nail In The Coffin For Fart Tax [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0309/S00613.htm


    Rich & Hide Complaint Against RNZ Upheld

    - MPs Katherine Rich and Rodney Hide today said they were pleased that the Broadcasting Standards Authority had upheld their complaint against Radio New Zealand. See... BSA Uphold Complaint Against RNZ [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0309/S00611.htm


    Defending Vegetarians Right To Animal Free Food

    - Green MP Sue Kedgley is calling on the Government to offer the growing number of New Zealand vegetarians real freedom of choice on World Vegetarian Day tomorrow (October 1) by requiring the food industry to disclose whether they use animal-based products ... See... Kiwi vegetarians denied the right to know [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0309/S00609.htm


    Mad DOC's And Ministers

    - ACT New Zealand Deputy Leader and Conservation Spokesman Ken Shirley today labelled the Department of Conservation New Zealand's most litigious entity, and accused it of abusing the RMA process. See... DOC And Minister Out Of Control [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0309/S00608.htm


    Massive Track Building Programme Announced

    The Department of Conservation proposes to build 250km of new walking tracks across New Zealand over the next ten years, Conservation Minister Chris Carter announced today. See... DoC proposes 250km of new walking tracks [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0309/S00607.htm


    Judith Collins Not Amused By Morning Karakia

    - Staff taking work time to attend morning karakia and waiata at Parliament is a waste of work time and political correctness gone absolutely mad, says National MP Judith Collins. See... Staff prayers PC gone mad [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0309/S00606.htm


    Greenpeace Dumps On Labour Caucus

    - Today the Labour caucus was prevented from leaving Premier House as Greenpeace attempted to dump tonnes of soil at both entrances with tip-trucks. See... Labour - Don’t Soil Our Image [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0309/S00186.htm


    Sex Industry Freedom Appears Short-lived

    - "The reform of prostitution laws appears virtually pointless if one looks at the draft bylaw governing the industry in Auckland, as proposed by Auckland City Council," Libertarianz Deputy Leader Stephen Berry said today. See... The Sex Industry Thought It Was Free... [1] and Draft brothel and commercial sex premises bylaw [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0309/S00184.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0309/S00189.htm

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