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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
HOT LINK: Newsboy Gets Under Mike King's Skin (Link To MP3)
LEAD STORY:
Trade Deficit Highest Since October 1989
Govt Must Act On Gang
NZ NEWS HEADLINES:
INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Hard News & More Is There!
Sludge: U.S. Gorilla Economy On A Diet
General Tommy Franks Voices The Unthinkable
Chuckman On Tommy Franks' Dr Strangelove Fantasy
UQ Wire: A Truly Patriotic Law Suit Is Launched
Guest Opinion: Mahathir Mohammed Was Right About Some Things
Cartoons: Just Like A Fairy Story, Only Scarier & Real
Daily Katya Rivas

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Columns: Liberty Goes West
Here Is Nandor. There Is Jim. Where Is Peter?
Damning Crown Forest Rental Trust Report Released
OSH Concerns Of Principals Are Justified
PM Talks About The World Of Trade
These Are The Days Of Our Select Committees
These Are The Days Of Cullen's Acronyms
Prebble Outlines ACT's Electoral Ambitions
Mortgage Insurance Scheme Opens Doors
NZ To Chair International Food Meeting

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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HOT LINK: Newsboy Gets Under Mike King's Skin (Link To MP3)

- As I predicted a week or so ago, Jeremy Newsboy's new show Eating Media Lunch is a lot of fun. But who could have guessed exactly how much hilarity it would have prompted in the past 24 hours?... See… Damian Christie: P*ssing Off Mike King – Priceless [1]


[1] - http://publicaddress.net/default,864.sm#post864


LEAD STORY:
Trade Deficit Highest Since October 1989

- The estimated value of the merchandise trade deficit is $701 million or 30.2 percent of exports, according to Statistics New Zealand. Trade deficits have always been recorded in October months; however, this is the highest October trade deficit, as a percentage of exports, since October 1989. See... Higher than Normal October Trade Deficit [1] MORE: - Greens - Greens urge Dr Cullen to act on dollar [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0311/S00335.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00569.htm


Govt Must Act On Gang

Wars - The eruption of gang violence in Wairoa yesterday is a sure sign of the Labour Government's failure to keep our communities safe from violence and crack down on organised crime, ACT New Zealand Police Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman said today. See... Gang War Result Of Labour Apathy [1] MORE: - NZ First - Gangs On The Rise, Government On The Run [2] - National - Beef up police powers to tackle gangs [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00564.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00571.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00560.htm


NZ NEWS HEADLINES:

  • Britomart aboveground development one step closer [1]
  • The Accommodation Supplement needs a total review [2]
  • Strategy to keep South Island varroa free [3]
  • Treaty Settlements Update 2003 [4]
  • Greater Protection Measures for Grey Nurse Sharks [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0311/S00211.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0311/S00094.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0311/S00185.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0311/S00183.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0311/S00106.htm


    INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

    U.S. Annoyance At Israeli Fence & Settlements Slashes $289.5m From Loan - State Department Spokesman Richard Boucher said the United States is deducting $289.5 million from its loan guarantees to Israel due to concerns over Israeli settlement building and its construction of a security fence. See... U.S. Deducts $289.5m From Israeli Loan Guarantees [1] More Headlines:

  • European Commission To Place Doha Back On Track [2]
  • UN Radio: IAEA Deplores Iran's Nuke Activities [3]
  • UN nuclear watchdog deplores Iran’s breaches [4]
  • Iraq: Annan to consult with Iraqi neighbours [5]
  • HIV/AIDS deaths and new infections highest in 2003 [6]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0311/S00270.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0311/S00263.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0311/S00268.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0311/S00267.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0311/S00266.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0311/S00264.htm



    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0311/S00217.htm
    IMAGE: C.D. Sludge Spots A $64 Billion Gorilla On Wall St

    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Hard News & More Is There!

    - Steve in the area: the rumour that Apple Computer and Pixar chief Steve Jobs will be at next week's Return of the King premiere would seem to be bolstered by the fact that he's already on the right side of the Pacific Ocean... See... Public Address 28/11/03 - All You Need To Know [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0311/S00226.htm


    Sludge: U.S. Gorilla Economy On A Diet

    - Rampant growth reports coming out of the United States have many market commentators a bit confused. According to the statistics the US economy is growing at scorching 8% a year. This is the sort of rate you expect out of developing tiger economy like China's which has been creating jobs at the same rate that the NZ dairy industry has been making blocks of cheese for decades. See... Sludge Report #161 – A $64Bn Gorilla At The Fed [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0311/S00217.htm


    General Tommy Franks Voices The Unthinkable

    - In the wake of the Iraq war, 18 Iraqis and 2 Jordanians introduced a class action law suit in a Brussels Court against General Franks, Commander of the US Armed Forces in Iraq. See... Pentagon Wants To Scrap Democracy In America [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0311/S00225.htm


    Chuckman On Tommy Franks' Dr Strangelove Fantasy

    - It occurred to me to write a satire about Osama and the boys sitting around in the mountains somewhere holding a conference about the worst possible damage they could inflict on the United States and deciding that it would be whatever act got Bush re-elected. See... John Chuckman: The Doomsday Machine [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0311/S00222.htm


    UQ Wire: A Truly Patriotic Law Suit Is Launched

    - ... a detailed Amended Complaint in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on 11/26/03 in the case of Mariani vs. Bush et al that he is alleging President Bush and officials including, but not limited to Cheney, Ashcroft, Rumsfeld and Feinberg that they: 1. had knowledge/warnings of 911 and failed to warn or take steps to prevent; 2. have been covering up the truth of 911... See... UQ Wire: Mariani Vs Bush (Full Amended Complaint) [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0311/S00224.htm


    Guest Opinion: Mahathir Mohammed Was Right About Some Things

    - On October 16 a Muslim leader, Mahathir Mohammed, delivered the keynote address before an all-Islamic Summit Conference in Malaysia. In his speech Mahathir called for Muslim unity. See... US Congress Does Israel's Bidding In The Mid East [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0311/S00223.htm


    Cartoons: Just Like A Fairy Story, Only Scarier & Real

    - Two cartoons by John Chuckman… See... Chuckman Cartoons: The Brothers Bush [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0311/S00221.htm


    Daily Katya Rivas

    - All of you must give light to those who are in darkness. You must be children of Mine in peace. Have patience with each other, return good for evil. Only then will you be recognized as Mine. See... Katya Rivas: Return Good for Evil [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0311/S00220.htm



    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=onering
    Scoop's Lord Of The Rings Photos Archive
    Bree, Hobbiton , Stars And Smoking Ringwraiths

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Columns: Liberty Goes West

    - It's shameful. I've been to Paris five times but only twice to the West Coast of New Zealand. Both those visits have been because of this Labour Government's stupid policies. See... Liberty Belle: Going West [1] More Columns: - Labour Party - Beehive Bulletin - 28 November 2003 [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00567.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00570.htm


    Here Is Nandor. There Is Jim. Where Is Peter?

    - Green MP Nandor Tanczos said he was looking forward to joining Progressive Party leader Jim Anderton in debating the issue of cannabis law reform in Peter Dunne's home electorate next week. See... Nandor and Jim to debate in Dunne's home patch [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00568.htm


    Damning Crown Forest Rental Trust Report Released

    - New Zealand First has called on the Government to place the affairs of the Crown Forestry Rental Trust in the hands of a competent statutory body. See... Wind Up Spendthrift CFRT Says Peters [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00556.htm


    OSH Concerns Of Principals Are Justified

    - Education Minister Trevor Mallard is not only undermining school principals with his scornful put-downs over their OSH fears, he is also exposing Boards of Trustees to potentially huge costs because the Education Ministry has secretly changed the OSH rules, ACT New Zealand Education Spokesman Deborah Coddington said today. See... Minister Leaves School Trustees Exposed [1] . See also... Smug Minister Steals Children's Chances [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00573.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00549.htm


    PM Talks About The World Of Trade

    - Thank you for the invitation once again to address the Chamber following my return from the APEC Leaders' Summit. Events over the past few weeks have enabled me to focus particularly closely on New Zealand's relationships with the Asia Pacific region. See... Post–Apec Address From PM Helen Clark [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00572.htm


    These Are The Days Of Our Select Committees

    - There were eight committee meetings, four were in the parliamentary complex, three were in Auckland and one was in Christchurch. There was one site visit. See... Select Committee Business to 28 November 2003 [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00566.htm


    These Are The Days Of Cullen's Acronyms

    - The Budget Policy Statement and December Economic and Fiscal Update will be released on Thursday, December 18 at 10am, Finance Minister Michael Cullen said today. See... BPS-DEFU date set [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00561.htm


    Prebble Outlines ACT's Electoral Ambitions

    - It is good to be here today in beautiful Queenstown, in Gerry Eckhoff country, in the Scenic South for ACT's Southern Regional Conference. See... Influence, Not Power [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00574.htm


    Mortgage Insurance Scheme Opens Doors

    - The opportunity to get a home loan when unable to save a deposit has been a dream come true for Feilding couple Brendan O’Hagan and Lisa Mandy. See... Maharey visits mortgage insurance scheme [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00563.htm


    NZ To Chair International Food Meeting

    - Trade in food and other agricultural products would be a key topic at this year's United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation meeting, Agriculture Minister Jim Sutton said today. See... NZ to chair FAO meeting for first time in 48 years [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00551.htm

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