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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 18 April 2005


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

1: UQ Wire: The Secret World Of 9.11

Crucial details in the biography of "Professor” Abdussattar Shaikh, the San Diego man called the "best chance to uncover the Sept. 11 plot before it happened” by the Joint Congressional 9.11 Intelligence Committee, are untrue, mis-leading, or false, ...

2: Public Address 18/04/05 - Totally Real

Live from the Asian future: Jin at Supa Jam The call came from a member of our Chinese posse, whose name and personalised number plate I cannot reveal for legal reasons. He was hemmed in by a police checkpoint designed to trap the Asians in Howick that ...

3: Maori Party, Labour dangerous combination

National Party Leader Don Brash says if Labour and the Maori Party are returned to government it will spell goodbye to any hope of ending race-based separatism.

4: NZ First Adverts Funding Snub Defended By National

Despite having only 27 MP’s and being consistently behind Labour in the polls for the last six months, the National Party’s election campaign manager, Steven Joyce was still a little miffed at getting less funding than Labour the allocations of ...

5: Why No Maori Scholarships?

New Zealand First is calling on the Minister of Education to explain why scholarships for Maori and Pacific Island top achievers have been dropped.

6: Why US Support For The King Of Nepal Is Important?

Nepal has been fighting the violent communist insurgents for the last nine years. After two failed attempts to have a negotiated settlement of the dispute between the government and the insurgents, the violence inflicted by the insurgents against ...

7: ACT's The Letter - 19 April 2005

To Labour's relief parliament is in recess for two weeks. Clark's scare with the aeroplane was a welcomed distraction. Labour's spin is that the Tamihere affair is peripheral and will do no polling damage.

8: Goff releases benchmark reports on NZ sex industry

Justice Minister Phil Goff today released two reports on the sex industry that will help set benchmarks for assessing the impact of the Prostitution Reform Act 2003 over the next few years.

9: Teachers’ retirement fund in trouble

The administrator of Labour’s prized Teachers’ Retirement Saving Scheme has written to all schools giving notice that it is withdrawing from the scheme, says National’s Education spokesman, Bill English.

10: Stateside: The Town Bike Of Wilmington, Delaware

Those of you old enough to have seen the moon before it had footprints on it might recall a fun little song with the words: "What did Delaware, boys? What did Delaware?... She wore a brand New Jersey, that's what she did wear."

11: Rice On Fox News Channel's Hannity and Colmes

MR. HANNITY: Why don't you tell us about this American contractor that's being held hostage. He had a gun to his head. America's been watching.

12: Collins flipflops on DPB policy - Brash intervenes

Welfare hardliner Judith Collins was forced to backtrack on claims that National would deny the DPB to women who refused to name the father of their child after intervention from leader Don Brash.

13: Dog Skin Report: Sleepwalking To Disaster In Iran

Below is a piece by former US Marine and UN Weapons Inspector Scott Ritter. It deserves to be read and re-read. And passed on.

14: Brash Speech: A new government and a new direction

I imagine many of you will agree with me when I observe that over the last fortnight we have witnessed one of the most extraordinary spectacles in New Zealand politics.

15: CTU calls for Support for Burma Democracy Movement

The Council of Trade Unions president Ross Wilson has called for Government and public support for international sanctions against Burma’s military dictatorship, following a meeting with Burmese democratic leaders in Wellington today.

16: V8 street race - new race track proposed

Wellington City Council is to consider an alternative V8 racing circuit around the Westpac Stadium to the north of the CBD, Mayor Kerry Prendergast announced today.

17: Protests in Ecuador Against President Gutiérrez

On Friday, in an act that recalled the classic style of Latin American dictatorships, President Lucio Guriérrez of Ecuador forgot that it was his people who elected him and turned against them.

18: The Religious Right (Pt. 2): Hang Ten and Fight!

Judge Roy Moore knows how to rally the troops, especially among right-wing Christian evangelicals. A devout Southern Baptist, he tells them what they want to hear, as he did in early 2002 to a gathering in Tennessee:

19: More movie world success for New Zealand

One year after creating its first sound editing product for the movie industry, New Zealand company Virtual Katy is taking a new hugely powered, unique piece of technology to the world.

20: Victim a 36 year old Christchurch resident

The woman whose body was found about 9am on Saturday morning in a vacant lot in central Christchurch was a 36 year old Christchurch resident, says O/C Detective Senior Sergeant Dave Harvey. There is no name release as yet as it has not been confirmed that her ...

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


22: Health Ministry Answers Questions About MeNZB

Answers To Questions On Meningococcal Vaccine Programme Posted On Scoop - Ministry Of Health. ORIGINAL REFERENCE: Questions to Ask the MOH about MeNZB(tm) Ron Law, Risk & Policy Analyst Barbara Sumner Burstyn, Free-lance writer/columnist

23: Stateside: The Town Bike, Part 2

I got a wee bit sidetracked when I was writing my earlier column and forgot to explain why someone with credit cards at their max is attractive to lenders. Two words: debt consolidation.

24: LAVs: Burton bungles planning

National’s Defence spokesman, John Carter, says some of the defence force’s light armoured vehicles are being cannibalised to keep others serviceable.

25: New birth control pill to launch in NZ

New Zealand women will soon have access to one of the world’s most popular brands of birth control pill.

26: Key speech: Nats serious about growing wage rates

For most people, the results of those choices play an overwhelming role in determining the quality of life they enjoy.

27: National Front Cannot Deny Nazi Links Anymore

Anti-racist activists say that a concert in Wellington on Saturday night, dubbed a "white power" event by its organisers, dismisses claims by the National Front that they are merely patriotic, and not fascist. The concert was organised ...

28: Bay Wind Farm to meet electricity critical need

A proposed $300 million wind farm on the Titiokura Summit, near Te Pohue will help meet the North Island’s critical need for electricity and increase the security of supply in Hawke’s Bay.

29: Bonus Joules: Energy Babble

They say the darkest hour comes before the dawn. Well it sure has been dark of late. Maybe there are now glimmerings of dawn. This week the unbelievable happened and Don Brash announced they are going to alter their “mad” Electricity Reforms of the ...

30: Opinion: The Carter-Baker Election Commission

The last two presidential elections revealed that American democracy is in distress. A full public airing is much needed and the stature of the Carter-Baker Commission promises to garner the national attention and respect required to truly grapple with ...


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