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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY: Nearly Universal Outrage Over Compensation For Prisoner Abuse
King Denies Involvement In McDonalds Healthy Eating Infiltration
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
Amnesty And UN On Russian Hostage Taking
INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:
STORY OF THE WEEK: Bush And Cheney Address The GOP Faithful
Could The Governator Have Had A Few Too Many Steroids?

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Photographic Evidence Of An Increasingly Dangerous Climate
Hard News & More Is There!
Fighting Talk Addresses The Day Of Destiny
Mary Pitt: Bush & The Importance Of Being YOU
Nigeria: Trouble At T'Mill
Bob Fitrakis: Bush Visits Columbus Ohio
Jay Shaft : An Interview With A Dead US Soldiers Mum
Guest Opinion: Bush Message Is Clear, Just Wrong

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Green Party Seeks Full Disclosure Of GE Corn Rat Poisoning Study
Winston Calls For Inquiry Into Judge Burglary Coverup Allegations
Maharey Goes On The Offence To Defend Budget Publicity Spendup
Anderton Applauds Kiwibank Move To Business Banking
Newman Challenges Tamihere To Provide Youth A Role Model
Community Will Suffer Through Problem Gambling Funding - National
Muriel Newman Says Poverty Report PC Madness
Coddington Considers Liddell Sentence A Joke
Goff Applauds Inroads Into Meth Lab Case Backlog
Those Were The Days Of Our Select Committees
POLITICIANS COLUMNS:
Rich Discovers A Catalogue Of Maharey Disasters
Govt. Rejects Criticisms Of Charities Bill As Misunderstandings
Scoop Was In The House

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Two Hurricanes And A Typhoon - One Satellite Pass

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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LEAD STORY:
Nearly Universal Outrage Over Compensation For Prisoner Abuse

- United Future law and order spokesman, Marc Alexander, is appalled a judge has ordered the Corrections Department to pay five criminals $130,000 compensation for their treatment while being held in Paremoremo Prison. See... Alexander calls for retrospective law change [1] MORE: - Min. Justice - Full Text: R. Young's Judgment Prison Abuse Case [2] - Govt. - Prisoners' compensation to be appealed [3] - NZ First Prisoner Payout Should Go To Victims Says Peters [4] - ACT - Judicial Activists Strike Again [5] - Greens - Brutal mistreatment of prisoners cannot be ignored [6]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00077.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0409/S00039.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00067.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00076.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00074.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00073.htm


King Denies Involvement In McDonalds Healthy Eating Infiltration

- The Healthy Eating Campaign, with Willie Munchright as its centrepiece, is being promoted by the food industry as a key plank in its Industry Accord at the launch of the New Zealand Food Industry Accord. See... Annette King and Willie Munchright - Clarification [1] and Burger barons hijack obesity campaign [2] MORE: - Govt. - Signing and launch of Food Industry Accord [3] - ANZA - Accord tackles health and nutrition issues [4] - CAANZ - Communication Agencies Back Food Industry Accord [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00088.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00080.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00087.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0409/S00034.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0409/S00033.htm


MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • Goff welcomes release of Anwar Ibrahim [1]
  • Kahawai Backgrounder [2]
  • Speculation about sea lion mortality well off mark [3]
  • Voters urged to make use of information on STV [4]
  • Climate change hunger strike protestors update [5]
  • Global Peace And Justice Auckland Newsletter #68 [6]
  • Venezuela's ambassador to Australia to visit Wgtn [7]
  • Report on Unbundled Partial Circuits [8]
  • Renown New Zealand Artist’s Life Goes On Line [9]
  • Tim O'Brien Lauches Mayoral Candidate Website [10]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00058.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00090.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0409/S00036.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0409/S00038.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0409/S00037.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0409/S00034.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0409/S00032.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0409/S00041.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0409/S00018.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0409/S00026.htm


    Amnesty And UN On Russian Hostage Taking

    - Amnesty International strongly and unreservedly condemns the hostage-taking of children in southern Russia, the latest of a series of incidents in which civilians have been targeted. See... Russia: Civilians killed in recent violence [1] MORE: - UN - UN Calls To Help Russia Hunt Hostage Takers [2] - UN - New UN Appeal For Freeing Russian School Hostages [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0409/S00048.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0409/S00053.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0409/S00058.htm


    INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

  • UQ Wire: New Yorkers Want 9/11 Case Re-Opened [1]
  • Unjustified Trans-Atlantic Plutonium Shipment [2]
  • Voting Machine Makers Wine and Dine Officials [3]
  • Guatemala: Investigation Into Squatter Violence [4]
  • UN Says Sudan Has Failed To Disarm Militias [5]
  • Sudan: Security Council must challenge violations [6]
  • SouthCom Struggles to Justify its War On Terror [7]
  • Iran And Libya High On UN Atomic Agency Agenda [8]
  • Malaysia renews judicial independence confidence [9]
  • Lebanon: New Action to Ratify Int. Criminal Court [10]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0409/S00045.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0409/S00047.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0409/S00046.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0409/S00062.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0409/S00061.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0409/S00052.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0409/S00060.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0409/S00057.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0409/S00051.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0409/S00050.htm

    STORY OF THE WEEK:

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00041.htm
    RNC Protestors Brave Prison & Sonic Weapons

    & http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00042.htm
    NYC Indymedia: Breaking News Tonights RNC Protests

    Bush And Cheney Address The GOP Faithful

    - Mr. Chairman, delegates, fellow citizens: I am honored by your support, and I accept your nomination for President of the United States. See... President George Bush's speech at the 2004 RNC [1] and Vice President Richard Cheney at the 2004 RNC [2] MORE: - Not In Our Name Delivers "NO!" On Last Day of RNC [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0409/S00065.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0409/S00064.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0409/S00063.htm


    Could The Governator Have Had A Few Too Many Steroids?

    - In his RNC address, Arnold Schwarzenegger described arriving in the United States from Austria in 1968 and hearing Richard Nixon challenge Hubert Humphrey in a televised presidential debate: Thing is though. They didn't. See... Chossudovsky: Schwarzenegger's Blunder At The RNC [1] See more Scoop RNC coverage… STORY OF THE WEEK - Republican National Convention (2) [2] and STORY OF THE WEEK - Republican National Convention (1) [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00033.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0409/S00040.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0409/S00015.htm

    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Photographic Evidence Of An Increasingly Dangerous Climate

    - Frances is not the only large Hurricane/Typhoon presently threatening mayhem around the globe. All three pictures that follow were taken today in a single pass by NASA Modis's Terra Satellite. See... Scoop Images: Two Hurricanes & A Typhoon [1] . See also... Supercomputer Weather: Frances's Florida Landfall [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00039.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00030.htm


    Hard News & More Is There!

    - It seems that this blog has crept - or possibly stomped - into the consciousness of a number of candidates for the local body elections. The mayoral commentaries are still getting hits, and several candidates have seen fit to email me with comments... See... Public Address 03/09/04 - Local, National, Global! [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00038.htm


    Fighting Talk Addresses The Day Of Destiny

    - And so it was that Jesus of Nazareth was called to a town where a man was said to be possessed by a demon. The man with the unclean spirit was given to loud proclamations and was exceedingly fierce. See... Fighting Talk - Jesus Christ And Liberal Fascists [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00037.htm


    Mary Pitt: Bush & The Importance Of Being YOU

    - The theme of the Bush administrations is and has always been a platform of ''individual responsibilty'', of giving us back the ''privilege'' of choice, (that is unless we are women and desire to exercize the choice of whether to bear children). See... Mary Pitt: Bush Wants To Put YOU In Charge [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00036.htm


    Nigeria: Trouble At T'Mill

    - ALL is not well at Onne, Rivers State,of Nigeria, home of the failed fertiliser giants, National Fertiliser Company of Nigeria (NAFCON). The management of the company is alleging that there is a plot by some sacked workers of NAFCON to ''burn down'' the ... See... Nigeria: Threats Over NAFCON’s Terminal Benefits [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00035.htm


    Bob Fitrakis: Bush Visits Columbus Ohio

    - The Nationwide Arena doors opened at 1:00. There would be a four-hour wait before the prodigal son returned to his ancestral home, Columbus, Ohio. See... Random Notes From The Heartland – Bush In Columbus [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00034.htm


    Jay Shaft : An Interview With A Dead US Soldiers Mum

    - Sue Niederer is from Hopewell Township, New Jersey. She has been very vocal and active in the anti-war movement and has participated in numerous peace marches and actions. See... Jay Shaft IV - President Bush, You Killed My Son! [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00032.htm


    Guest Opinion: Bush Message Is Clear, Just Wrong

    - You have to give credit to the Bush administration. Their message is clear. People not only understand it they, believe it. The only problem is it is completely untrue. See... Guest Opinion: A Clear Message From George Bush [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00031.htm



    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00012.htm
    Panoramas From Whakapapa

    & http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00323.htm
    Scoop Photo Essay: Snowy Mountains High


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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Green Party Seeks Full Disclosure Of GE Corn Rat Poisoning Study

    - The Green Party today said FSANZ must demand, reanalyse and publicly release the raw data of Monsanto's controversial MON863 rat-feeding study and wants a full explanation as to why the company withheld the study when it was seeking approval for the GE corn. See... GE corn rat-feeding data must be publicly released [1] and GE corn that caused rat abnormalities approved [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00081.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00046.htm


    Winston Calls For Inquiry Into Judge Burglary Coverup Allegations

    - Rt Hon Winston Peters has called for an independent inquiry into the police decision not to prosecute Phillip Edwards for a violent incident reported at 8 Rocky Nook Road Auckland in September 2002. See... Peters Calls For Inquiry Into Edwards Case [1] REACTION: - Govt .- Peters produces no evidence [2] - Progressive - Jim Anderton: NZ First unfit for government [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00056.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00068.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00060.htm


    Maharey Goes On The Offence To Defend Budget Publicity Spendup

    - Don Brash's criticism of the government's Working for Families communications campaign has smoked out National's real agenda, says Social Development and Employment Minister Steve Maharey. See... National’s publicity criticism exposes true agenda [1] MORE: - ACT - Budget Advertising Just Political Propaganda [2] - Budget propaganda campaign breaks the rules [3] - Govt. - Families Should Investigate 'Working for Families' [4]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00065.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00063.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00048.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00044.htm


    Anderton Applauds Kiwibank Move To Business Banking

    - Progressive leader Jim Anderton is welcoming Kiwibank's decision to launch a business banking pilot scheme to add to its competitive nationwide retail banking network and asks where are the critics now? See... Kiwibank move into business banking welcomed [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00059.htm


    Newman Challenges Tamihere To Provide Youth A Role Model

    - If Youth Affairs Minister John Tamihere is so concerned with Kiwi boys lacking adequate role models, then why doesn't he put his money where his mouth is, ACT New Zealand Deputy Leader and Social Welfare Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman challenged today. See... Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is, Tamihere [1] . See also... Young Kiwi males at top of policy agenda [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00079.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00075.htm


    Community Will Suffer Through Problem Gambling Funding - National

    - Community organisations stand to be the big losers from a Government move to increase the problem gambling levy on gaming operations to $54.51 million over three years. See... Community groups targeted in another tax grab [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00089.htm


    Muriel Newman Says Poverty Report PC Madness

    - This week the Human Rights Commission published its first report on the status of human rights in New Zealand. "Human Rights in New Zealand Today" drew on feedback from a nationwide process of public consultation, as well as data from Government ... See... Poverty and Political Correctness Gone Mad [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00086.htm


    Coddington Considers Liddell Sentence A Joke

    - Sentencing paedophile Peter Liddell to preventive detention with a minimum of five years is a joke, ACT New Zealand Associate Justice Spokesman Deborah Coddington said today. See... Five Years A Cruel Joke On Communities [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00084.htm


    Goff Applauds Inroads Into Meth Lab Case Backlog

    - Deep inroads are being made into the backlog of methamphetamine clan lab cases waiting for analysis as a result of Environmental Science and Research (ESR) recruiting extra staff, says Justice Minister Phil Goff. See... Clan lab analysis backlog dropping fast [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00083.htm


    Those Were The Days Of Our Select Committees

    - Committee meetings Eighteen committee meetings were held this week, all in the parliamentary complex. See... Select Committee Business: 27 Aug to 3 Sep 2004 [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00078.htm


    POLITICIANS COLUMNS:

    - Matt Robson - robson-on-politics 3 September 2004 [1] - Richard Worth - News Worthy: By Richard Worth [2] - Labour Party - Beehive Bulletin - Fri, 3 Sep 2004 [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00093.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00072.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00085.htm


    Rich Discovers A Catalogue Of Maharey Disasters

    - “A damning report detailing a catalogue of internal funding failures demonstrates that Steve Maharey’s flagship social policy scheme was an embarrassing flop,“ says National Party Social Services spokeswoman Katherine Rich. See... Hip-hop report highlights a catalogue of disasters [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00070.htm


    Govt. Rejects Criticisms Of Charities Bill As Misunderstandings

    - The National Party has misunderstood both the Charities Bill and the Income Tax Act 1994. See... National wrong on Charities Bill [1] and Charities Bill spells disaster for sport [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00069.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00062.htm


    Scoop Was In The House

    - For Thursday's questions & answers see... Questions & Answers for Oral Answer: 2 September 2004 [1] . For Wednesday's Q&A see... Questions & Answers for Oral Answer 1 September [2] . For Tuesday's see... Questions & Answers for Oral Answer 31 August [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00055.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00027.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00566.htm

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