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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Scoop Is In The House
LEAD STORY: The State Of The (USA's) Union
Police Say They Are Investigating Tame Iti Firearm Incident
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
STORY OF THE WEEK: Paul Buchanan Analyses The Iraq Election
INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:
SCOOP SPECIAL REPORT - American Coup II: Ernest Patridge Will Not Shut Up

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Watching The Buggers - A Serialised Play By Tim Barcode
Hard News & More Is There!
Kamala Sarup: Movies & Peace
Dan Spillane: The Meaning Of Mergers
Ramzy Baroud On The Exporting Of Western Democracy
An Australian Left Wing Call To Arms

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Peter Dunne Gets To Head Constitutional Select Committee
Turia Responds To Independent Website Story
Nandor To Take Up PM's Invitation On Prison Inspectorate
Greens Back NGO Call For More Govt Aid To Developing World
Tana Umaga Recruited As An Education Ambassador
The Critics Weigh In On Helen's State Of The Nation
United Backs Petroleum Expoloration Industry Call For A Review
Hercules Problems Down To Labour Govt. – Carter
Greens Support Motor Industry & Red Shed Initiatives
US Trade Reticence A Massive Policy Failure – Smith
Coddington Discovers Criminals Get Benefits Too

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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Scoop Is In The House

– For today's questions see… Questions for Oral Answer - Thursday, 3 February [1] . For Wednesday's Q&A see... Questions & Answers for Oral Answer - 2 February [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00075.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00061.htm

LEAD STORY:
The State Of The (USA's) Union

- "As a new Congress gathers, all of us in the elected branches of government share a great privilege: we have been placed in office by the votes of the people we serve. And tonight that is a privilege we share with newly elected leaders of Afghanistan, ..." See... George W. Bush - State Of The Union Address 2005 [1] REACTION: Democratic Response to State of the Union Address [2] MORE: - Will Pitt: The State Of The State Of The Union [3] - John Chuckman: State of the Union Cartoons [4] - Press Briefing by Scott McClellan - February 1 '05 [5] Watch The SOTU Speech Online - C-Span [6] - Whitehouse.gov [7]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00111.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00110.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00036.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00043.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00109.htm
[6] - http://www.c-span.org/executive/stateoftheunion.asp
[7] - http://www.whitehouse.gov/


Police Say They Are Investigating Tame Iti Firearm Incident

- A complaint was received by Police on 24 January concerning the discharge of a firearm at the Waitangi Tribunal hearing in Ruatoki and the public can be assured that appropriate action is being taken, the District Commander for Bay of Plenty District, Superintendent Gary Smith said today. See... Investigation of firearm discharge at Tuhoe [1] & George Hawkins... Tame Iti firearms incident [2] BACKGROUND LINKS: - Indymedia - The Ruatoki valley blazes as Tuhoe stands tall [3] - Aocafe.com - Tuhoe Hearings Images [4] - Questions & Answers for Oral Answer - 2 February (See No. 8.) [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0502/S00036.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00071.htm
[3] - http://indymedia.org.nz/feature/display/28216/index.php
[4] - http://www.aocafe.com/forums/album_cat.php?cat_id=6
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00061.htm


MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • Lithuanian workers issue opens container of worms [1]
  • Christchurch Group Commiserating Waitangi Day [2]
  • $700 Bonuses Mask 30% Pay Cuts Over 15 Yrs [3]
  • Acheh Deployment Delayed [4]
  • TVNZ Welcomes Broadcasting Plan [5]
  • Ford Ba Falcon Supercar Inspired 'Wheel Barra' [6]
  • Mike King And The Pork Roadshow [7]
  • December housing figures a record breaker [8]
  • Sevens Fans To Star On Stadium Big Screen [9]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0502/S00037.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0502/S00034.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0502/S00033.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0502/S00029.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0502/S00047.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0502/S00046.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0502/S00045.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0502/S00041.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0502/S00037.htm

    INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00036.htm
    George's Opportunity To Tell Us Who Will Be Invaded This Year

    STORY OF THE WEEK: Paul Buchanan Analyses The Iraq Election

    - The surprisingly large voter turn-out in the January 31 Iraq elections, held in spite of a pervasive climate of fear punctuated by guerrilla attacks and mass murder on the part of die hard Baathist and Islamicist guerrillas, has occasioned a global sense of relief and anticipation for the future of that country. In refusing to be intimidated and turning out in startling numbers, Iraqis have shown their backs to the militants in their midst. See... Nationalism & Pragmatism In Iraq’s Election [1] MORE ELECTION COMMENTARY: - W. David Jenkins: Looking Past The Ink [2] For Much More See… Elections In Iraq (Part 1) [3] & (Part 2)


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00041.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00044.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0501/S00288.htm


    INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

  • IFJ Deeply Concerned Over Local Media Safety Nepal [1]
  • Solidarity with Nepalese Trade Unions [2]
  • Haiti’s Upcoming Elections: Fanmi Lavalas Opts Out [3]
  • Crop Eradication Undermining Progress- Afghanistan [4]
  • EU- First case of BSE in a goat, increased testing [5]
  • 'Radical changes' needed to combat global warming [6]
  • Kicked around by the Israeli military [7]
  • Clinton Accepts Role - UN Envoy For Tsunami Relief [8]
  • Israeli targeting international activists [9]
  • Top UN Envoy Meets With Iraqi Prime Minister [10]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00108.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00083.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00099.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00098.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00092.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00091.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00088.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00086.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00079.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00074.htm


    SCOOP SPECIAL REPORT - American Coup II: Ernest Patridge Will Not Shut Up

    - Have you noticed? Those of us who suspect that the election was stolen (a.k.a. ''conspiracy nuts''), have presented an impressive array of evidence – statistical, anecdotal and circumstantial – to support our claims. In response to this we have been provided ... See... Ernest Partridge ''Shut Up!,'' They Explain [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00038.htm

    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Watching The Buggers - A Serialised Play By Tim Barcode

    - The story so far…. In parts 1, 2 and 3 we met Coates, a very nervous man sunbathing in a suit at the Huka Lodge. Forbes, a brash man in an Hawaiian shirt has arrived and seems to know Coates, and has accused him of being an SIS agent on the run. Paul the older and very proper waiter is plying them with drinks. A note meant for Forbes has been taken by Coates who now accuses Forbes of also being an SIS agent. See... Watching The Buggers (Part 4 Of 12) [1] (See also... Part 1 [2] , Part 2 [3] , Part 3 [4] )


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00042.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0501/S00285.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00013.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00030.htm


    Hard News & More Is There!

    - Righto: I defy any member of the Mac faithful not to get in a lather about this. It turns out that Mac-hacker Scott Knaster has, for 21 years, been holding on to a Betamax videotape of the event at which Steve Jobs introduced the original Macintosh... See... Public Address 03/02/05 - Thrills And Drills [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00045.htm


    Kamala Sarup: Movies & Peace

    - Rajesh Hamal is the best actor in Nepali Cinema. A very strong, versatile actor. A man of many talents who has worked with many actors in Kollywood. See... Kamala Sarup: Flim Industry Could Play For Peace [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00039.htm


    Dan Spillane: The Meaning Of Mergers

    - The recent flurry of US acquisitions and mergers is being attributed to several factors. First, record low US interest rates for an extended period have led to bubbly stock prices, providing the capital and confidence permitting corporate CEOs to reel in ... See... Dan Spillane: Way-low US Interest Rates Backfired [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00037.htm


    Ramzy Baroud On The Exporting Of Western Democracy

    - An online poll was recently carried out by the Arabic website of Aljazeera satellite television, where well over 80 percent of voters said that they distrust ''Western democracy''. See... The Problem with Western Democracy in the ME [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00035.htm


    An Australian Left Wing Call To Arms

    - At an extravagant celebration with his wealthy supporters on January 20, George Bush was officially crowned ruler of the United States empire for another four years. See... Green Left Weekly: Resist The Empire! [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00034.htm



    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00032.htm
    Address In Reply - Nine Leaders, Nine Speeches

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Peter Dunne Gets To Head Constitutional Select Committee

    - United Future leader Peter Dunne was today elected chair of Parliament’s constitutional arrangements select committee. See... Dunne elected constitutional committee chair [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00068.htm


    Turia Responds To Independent Website Story

    - Allegations have been made in today’s the Independent which imply the Maori Party website is connected to activities promoted on the Tino Rangatiratanga website. I want to make clear my position on these allegations. See... Turia - Response to Allegations about Website [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00055.htm


    Nandor To Take Up PM's Invitation On Prison Inspectorate

    - Green MP Nandor Tanczos will be taking up the Prime Minister's invitation, made in the House this afternoon, to discuss the setting up of an independent prison inspectorate with Justice Minister Phil Goff and Corrections Minister Paul Swain. See... PM's Support for independent prison investigator [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00064.htm


    Greens Back NGO Call For More Govt Aid To Developing World

    - The Greens are calling on the Government to increase its foreign aid budget by $60 million a year for the next ten years so New Zealand can fulfil its international obligations to the world's poor. See... Greens support aid community's petition [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00079.htm


    Tana Umaga Recruited As An Education Ambassador

    - Tana Umaga has been appointed as an education ambassador to front a new long-term information programme aimed at encouraging and helping parents to get more involved in their children’s education, Education Minister Trevor Mallard announced today. See... Tana Umaga appointed education ambassador [1] , Tana Umaga Speaks As Education Ambassador [2] and Q And A - information programme for parents [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00076.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00077.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00078.htm


    The Critics Weigh In On Helen's State Of The Nation

    - Green MP Sue Kedgley says Prime Minister Helen Clark appears to view life through an economic lens, marginalising quality of life considerations that all New Zealanders cherish. See... PM cares more about economy than quality of life [1] MORE: - Bill English - Clark Plan Targets Mothers And Babies [2] - Judy Turner - Start Judging Family Size Any Time You Like, PM [3] - Christian Heritage - Dawn To Dusk Childcare Short-Changes Children [4] - EMA - Detail on boosting productivity, employment needed [5]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00074.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00053.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00052.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0502/S00035.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0502/S00036.htm


    United Backs Petroleum Expoloration Industry Call For A Review

    - United Future energy spokesperson Gordon Copeland, a former BP executive, today backed calls by petroleum explorers for a review of the current royalties regime for new oil discoveries. See... Call for review of oil royalties regime [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00070.htm


    Hercules Problems Down To Labour Govt. – Carter

    - National Party Defence spokesman John Carter says the grounding of a third Air Force plane on its way to help in tsunami relief is another embarrassment for Labour. See... Labour lets down Air Force again [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00067.htm


    Greens Support Motor Industry & Red Shed Initiatives

    - Green Co-Leader Jeanette Fitzsimons is applauding the Motor Trade Association for promoting a nationally-co-ordinated car disposal system and is calling on the Government to champion the cause. See... Govt should implement car disposal plan [1] and Greens welcome red shed's cloth bag initiative [2] MORE: - United - Alexander praises Warehouse's bag rebate policy [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00066.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00065.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00059.htm


    US Trade Reticence A Massive Policy Failure – Smith

    - National's Foreign Affairs & Trade spokesman, Lockwood Smith, says the Prime Minister's admission that New Zealand is still waiting to enter trade negotiations with the United States represents a massive foreign policy failure. See... Lack of US trade deal a massive policy failure [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00063.htm


    Coddington Discovers Criminals Get Benefits Too

    - ACT Associate Justice spokesman Deborah Coddington expressed outrage today that from 1999 to 2003 between 30-40 percent of criminals receiving prison sentences were on some sort of benefit when they committed their crimes. See... State-funded thugs [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00062.htm

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