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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 14 April 2005

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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.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0504/S00162.htm


2: 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.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0504/S00084.htm


3: 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?

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00297.htm


4: Kevin List: Mr Zaoui Comes To Wellington

The last time Ahmed Zaoui flew on a plane, he got nabbed at the airport, whisked off to a jail cell and interviewed without a lawyer present by the Police and members of the NZ Security Intelligence Service.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00123.htm


5: 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:

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0504/S00044.htm


6: UQ Wire: Journey of a Wall Street Whistleblower

In this special report, Michael Kane recounts the personal story of JP Morgan IT professional, Indira Singh, a heroic 9/11 whistleblower who was fired, harrassed, and physically threatened for exposing the Saudi/terrorist-linked origins of one ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00124.htm


7: 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 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00286.htm


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

NEW ZEALAND CINEMA INDUSTRY HEATS UP WITH PREMIERE OF STAR WARS EPISODE 3: Revenge of the Sith

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0504/S00034.htm


9: Thursday, 14 April 2005 Questions to Ministers

1. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Why did she say in the House on 30 March 2005 in response to my questions about New Zealand's growing net debtor position, rising current account deficit, and the continuing sales of New Zealand assets to ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00306.htm


10: Public Address 14/04/05 - Drugs Special

Having kicked off the psychedelic revolution in 1954 with The Doors of Perception, a still-entrancing account of a maiden mescalin trip, Aldous Huxley subsequently fell out with Timothy Leary on the matter of who should really get access to this ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00128.htm


11: View From Poland: Jeffrey Sachs' Millennium Plan

As an economist who lived in Zaire, Nigeria and elsewhere in Africa for more than twenty years, I have been following Jeffrey Sachs' involvement in several places, but particularly in my native Poland, regarding his Millennium plan to alleviate ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00127.htm


12: World Taekwondo Championships Will Be In Madrid

New Zealand will send its first fully representative team in 11 years to the WTF World Taekwondo Championships to be held in Madrid, Spain between the 13-17 April 2005.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0504/S00045.htm


13: Income lift for thousands of GSF superannuitants

Thousands of Government Superannuation Fund recipients will have their incomes lifted as a result of proposed amendments to the GSF scheme, Finance Minister Michael Cullen said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00300.htm


14: Molesworth & Featherston (Lobby Edition) – 14/4/05

John Tamihere gets a reprieve for now, but we think he’s more or less done as a Labour MP now. Treasury tells ministers the economy has peaked, but doesn’t seem to have a care in the world about the current account monster in the closet. Our new aid ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00131.htm


15: No Right Turn: Gearing Up For Privatisation

So, National has a "new" education policy , and what is it? A return to the same tired old policies that were tried - and failed - in the 80's. Bulk funding, so the government can wipe its hands of the last shreds of its responsibility to ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00130.htm


16: Labour approved brother-sister sex paper

Labour approved a discussion paper that proposed legalising brother-sister sex for over-20-year-olds, according to official documents released today by National’s Law and Order spokesman, Tony Ryall.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00307.htm


17: Auckland Uni ordered to reinstate sacked lecturer

The University of Auckland has been ordered to reinstate a permanent lecturer it sacked after refusing to confirm his appointment at the end of an initial period of employment. The Employment Relations Authority has also ordered the University ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0504/S00046.htm


18: Aucklanders asked to be prepared for emergencies

A two-hour television special that investigates the impact of natural disasters on New Zealanders reinforces the message the Auckland Civil Defence Emergency Management Group (CDEMG) have been preaching for years – be prepared.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0504/S00089.htm


19: 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 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0504/S00001.htm


20: 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 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0504/S00072.htm


21: 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.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00117.htm


22: Israel Exposes Palestinians to Killer Radiations

GAZA CITY, April 2, 2005 (IslamOnline.net) – Amidst stark warnings of potential outbreak of chronic and deadly diseases, Israeli occupation troops have recently set up a “radioactive” glass room at the main Rafah crossing through which Palestinians have ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0504/S00214.htm


23: Prime Minister’s double standards over Tamihere

In a recent Herald news item, Helen Clark reported that caucus censured Tamihere, but in the same breath said that they all liked him. She also said that his remarks were "grossly offensive", no doubt thinking that since she took the high moral ground ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0504/S00176.htm


24: 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 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0503/S00266.htm


26: Special Education funding: Questions and Answers

People often talk about special education being under resourced. How much does the Government spend on special education each year? The Government will spend $388million* on special education in 2004/05.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00314.htm


27: Ten Questions to Ask the MOH about MeNZB(tm)

In its press release dated 11 April 2005, the MOH referred to the Independent Safety Monitoring Board as being, "Independent Safety Experts." What expertise in pharmaco-vigilance do each of the five members of the Independent Safety Monitoring Board set up to ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0504/S00044.htm


28: Reform Coalition Call for James Baker Resignation

Coalition of Electoral Reform Groups Call for James Baker's Resignation from Electoral Reform Commission; - Plan Presence at April 18th "Public Hearing"

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0504/S00224.htm


29: 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 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0504/S00218.htm


30: Ernest Partridge: Means, Motive, Opportunity

The 2006 mid-term election -- a scenario: By late summer, 2006, the United States is in a desperate condition. Following the collapse of the dollar in international currency markets, there has been a cascade of business failures and mortgage foreclosures, ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00126.htm

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