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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 13 April 2005


Yesterday's top 30 rating items on Scoop were...

1: Peak Oil and Mirage Realism

Realism is the philosophical notion that what our scientific theories tell us about the world are more or less, or approximately true. Scientific theories are generally considered to be the pinnacle of human knowledge.

2: NEWSFLASH: PM's Plane Makes Emergency Landing

A charter commuter aircraft carrying the Prime Minister Helen Clark has made an emergency landing at Paraparaumu this morning.

3: RCCNZ coordinates emergency landing of aircraft

The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand coordinated the emergency landing of a Piper Aztec aircraft at Paraparaumu Airport which had the Prime Minister on board, this morning.

4: Man At Centre Of "Op Leaf" Inquiry Makes Statement

Scoop co-editor's note: Gerald Thorns, the senior figure named in Inspector General Justice Neazor's report into claims that the New Zealand SIS had bugged Maori has emailed Scoop a statement detailing his background within the NZ Labour Party.

5: Public Address 13/04/05 - Fear And Loathing

And so, a political solution. Not so much the only solution as the only one that wasn't completely horrifying to contemplate. Really, would you rather be savaged by a dead sheep Don Brash, or face the very real possibility of your renegade MP ...

6: Questions & Answers Wednesday, 13 April 2005

1. CLAYTON COSGROVE (Labour—Waimakariri), on behalf of Hon MARK GOSCHE (Labour—Maungakiekie) to the Minister of Finance: What principles led the new funding formula for passenger clearance service costs?

7: Microsoft issued info on 8 new security updates

On Tuesday, April 12, Microsoft issued information on eight new security updates. Symantec Security Response has identified the following five vulnerabilities as the most serious:

8: Palast: Give It Back, George - Wyly Coyotes' Loot

When the feds swoop down and cuff racketeers, they also load the vans with all the perp's ill-gotten gains: stacks of cash, BMWs, hideaway houses, whatever. Their associates have to cough up the goodies too -- lady friends must give up their diamond rocks. ...

9: Alinghi Sets Sail To Win The 32nd America's Cup

Closing the circle ------------------- The Valencian Town Hall was packed when Mayoress Rita Barbera and President of the Valencia Region Francisco Camps welcomed the 104 members of Team Alinghi to Valencia on the 12 April. Numerous politicians, diplomats ...

10: Sound Stage Puts NZ Film Industry Centre Stage

New Zealand’s newest and largest international sound stage was officially launched by the Rt. Hon. Helen Clark today.

11: Questions & Answers For Oral Answer 12 April 2005

1. Prime Minister—“Banishment” Comment 2. Foreign Investment—Approvals 3. New Zealand Superannuation—Rates 4. Prime Minister—“Popular and Competent” Comment 5. Crime—Voyeuristic Filming 6. Te Wânanga o Aotearoa—Ministerial Briefings 7. Early Childhood Education—Information ...

12: Sam Smith: Seventh Day Agnostics Arise

As far as the government and the media are concerned, the world's fourth largest belief system doesn't exist. In number of adherents it's behind Christianity, Islam and Buddhism but ahead of Hinduism.

13: Lyndon Hood: 'The Member of Tamaki Makaurau'

Some time ago, on the discount table at Cash Converters, I came across a handwritten manuscript of great age (unfortunately I've lost the receipt). Looking over what was still legible - the paper has unfortunately been chewed over continuously by ...

14: Plutonium shipment exposes U.S. Nuke Hypocrisy

Charleston, South Carolina, 12 April 2005 - A ship containing a cargo of experimental nuclear fuel made from weapons-grade plutonium arrived in the United States today after an 4000 mile round trip to France and back. The cargo, the first of its kind ...

15: Financing Debt Cancellation with IMF Gold

This weekend the G7 will be meeting to discuss the use of International Monetary Fund (IMF) gold to finance 100 percent multilateral debt cancellation for the poorest countries.

16: Tickets On Sale - Premiere Of Star Wars Episode 3


17: Questions for Oral Answer Wednesday, 13 April 2005

1. Hon MARK GOSCHE to the Minister of Finance: What principles led the new funding formula for passenger clearance service costs?

18: Cohn: Senators Challenge Bolton on Contempt for UN

John Bolton refused to come clean at his confirmation hearing in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee yesterday, playing down his contempt for the UN and for international law.

19: UQ Wire: The Constitution Restoration Act

Just when you thought the corporatist/Christian Coalition had milked the 9/11 "surprise" for all it was worth in powers, profits and votes, we regret to report that you may have to think again. Just in case you've briefly fallen behind on your rightwing ...

20: Don Brash Writes: No. 55, 13 April 2005

Last week I went to the Bay of Plenty to highlight the way in which their foreshore and seabed policy was coming apart at the seams.

21: 300,000 New Zealanders to get relief from rates

Prime Minister Helen Clark today announced that a Labour-led government in its third term will be making big improvements in the rates rebate scheme.

22: Don Brash Speech - Excellence in Education

Don Brash National Party Leader 13 April 2005 Excellence in Education Thank you for your interest in our plans for achieving excellence in education. Before I start, may I acknowledge the work of the Hon Bill English, who has done an outstanding job ...

23: Statement By Cate Brett Editor Sunday Star-Times

The Sunday Star -Times accepts Justice Neazor's conclusion that he found no evidence to support the allegations of unlawful bugging of iwi groups. The story was published in good faith and after a thorough investigation into a sophisticated and complex ...

24: TeenScreen - Angel of Mercy or Pill-Pusher

The question is what is TeenScreen, an Angel of Mercy for suicidal teens, or a pill-pushing front group for Pharma? After investigating the program, I'd have to say the latter.

25: Analysis - Vote Counts May Have Been Altered

Officially, President Bush won November's election by 2.5%, yet exit polls showed Kerry winning by 3% [1] . According to a report to be released today by a group of university statisticians, the odds of a discrepancy this large between the national ...

26: New Zealand Navy Frigate in Dramatic Rescue

A Thai fisherman has been plucked from the sea by personnel on board the Navy Frigate HMNZS TE MANA.

27: Passenger clearance costs to be evenly shared

Passenger clearance service costs at New Zealand’s seven international airports will be split around 50:50 between the government and industry and equally among passengers, according to a funding formula agreed by Cabinet this week.

28: New Atomic Arms And The Militarization Of Space

Threat of Global Nuclear Weapons Proliferation Met by U.S. Development of New Atomic Arms and Militarization of Space - Interview with Dr. Helen Caldicott, anti-nuclear activist and founder of the Nobel Prize-winning Physicians for Social Responsibility, ...

29: A Review Of The Wellington V8 Car Race Proposal

...the economic benefits to Wellington will be substantially less than $8.6m per year rather than the $22.9m repeatedly claimed in the Council‘s Proposal, both because of inappropriate definitions of benefits and through failure to allow for capacity ...

30: Review concludes Nitrous Oxide sales now illegal

Associate Health Minister Jim Anderton says following a legal review, authorities will now be warning individuals it is illegal to sell and buy nitrous oxide to inhale.


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