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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 20 April 2005

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

1: Today 4:20 day!

4:20 Day is a celebration of the positive uses of cannabis, with spontaneous smoke-ins, smoke-ups and smoke-outs happening on street corners and parks all around the world.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0504/S00249.htm


2: Employers Who Snooze Are Losing Admin Staff

April 20, 2005 – Competition is fierce among employers as they vie for potential office support staff, according to the Office Support Remuneration Guide released by Hudson today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0504/S00243.htm


3: Scoop Feedback: The Peak Oil Mirage

I know many people get their kicks out of forecasting doom but a little balance is needed. The following piece from OpinionJournal.com spells out the real geopolitics and geo-economics of oil and what we should do about it.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00166.htm


4: Tonga Media Council Wants Ban On Mike Field Lifted

SUVA (Wansolwara Online/Pacific Media Watch): The Tongan Media Council has asked the government to allow banned New Zealand journalist Michael Field into the country for the Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) conference in October.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00184.htm


5: Blitzen on the horizon

Subaru will have a limited number of the subtly, yet aggressively style Legacy Blitzen models available in June.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0504/S00242.htm


6: Resolution against Cuba approved under US pressure

Resolution against Cuba approved under brutal US pressure Cuba calls on the EU to cosponsor a resolution to protect US prisoners in Guantánamo

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0504/S00297.htm


7: How Transpower Ended Up In The Caymans

CONFIDENTIAL ATTENTION: Chairman, Chief Executive Officer or Minister of State Owned Enterprises. Warmest greeting! I hope my message finds you to be in good health. My name is YOUR NAME HERE. I have a genuine business proposal that may be of interest ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00193.htm


8: Phil Goff - Multilateralism in NZ foreign policy

Delivered at 5.30pm to The United Nations Association of New Zealand, and the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Rutherford House, Victoria University, Wellington

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00423.htm


9: Public Address 20/04/05 - Fisking, Feminism, Etc.

A quick word on the Marae Digipoll survey of Maori voter intentions: it didn't surprise me. The Maori Party will be in the next Parliament in numbers, and it deserves to be, because it has harnessed community support in a way that political parties rarely ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00192.htm


10: Rise in prostitution must force re-think of law

“A recent survey showing a rise in prostitution must force our law-makers to reconsider the flawed Prostitution Reform Act 2003,” says Maxim Institute Managing Director, Greg Fleming.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0504/S00246.htm


11: State Dept. Daily Press Briefing for April 18

DEPARTMENT Publication of Patterns of Global Terrorism Report / Statistical Data Flow of Information to the Secretary of State / Role of Senior Managers U.S. Outreach to Muslim Countries Confirmation Process for Karen Hughes as Under Secretary of State ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0504/S00279.htm


12: Negotiated Greenhouse Agreements streamlined

The government has streamlined the process through which companies can gain exemptions from the carbon tax.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00425.htm


13: Which Websites Attract NZ Maori?

Just over 72% of all Maori have access to the internet (as of Q4, 2004). The number of Maori with access has increased by 11% from the previous year, and lags only slightly behind the national average (Nielsen//NetRatings Netwatch).

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0504/S00058.htm


14: The Great (Scoop) V8 Debate With Mark Blumsky

Wellington's civic establishment was close to boiling point late Monday. Tensions have been running high between pro and anti V8 race factions for weeks, and the entire superheated melting pot was ready to rumble come Tuesday night at the Paramount Theatre.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00194.htm


15: William Rivers Pitt: The Theocrats

Ten years ago today, an anti-government extremist named Timothy McVeigh parked a Ryder truck filled with fertilizer and fuel oil in front of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00186.htm


16: 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


17: More Action Needed To Help Young Migrants

A leading Auckland consultant has welcomed changes to immigration rules for overseas students but says more must be done to plug policy gaps affecting young migrants.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0504/S00253.htm


18: Suspension rate a disgrace

A minor decrease in school suspensions in the last year is nothing to crow about, the Green Party says.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00445.htm


19: Toughening up on possessors of child sex abuse

Today’s sentence of a hefty fine imposed on a beneficiary who possessed child sex abuse images, was lauded as a step in the right direction by those working to combat the trade.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0504/S00254.htm


20: Guantánamo, A Moral And Legal Black Hole

CONTENTS TABLE OF CONTENTS FOR EACH PART OF THE BOOK 3 CAPITULO 1.- A VERITABLE “MORAL AND LEGAL BLACK HOLE” IN THE TERRITORY ILLEGALLY OCCUPIED BY THE US NAVAL BASE AT GUANTÁNAMO 6 ANEXOS 13 I.- DRAFT RESOLUTION, E/CN.4/2004/L.88/Rev.2, introduced ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0504/S00298.htm


21: Law Commission on paternity testing unacceptable

"Last Thursday, the TV3 documentary Inside NZ: DNA and You, showed Kiwi's that paternity fraud does happen in New Zealand. Paternity fraud is a deliberate act of dishonesty, with the clear purpose of depriving a child of her right to know her ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0504/S00253.htm


22: Marjorie Cohn: Bully Bolton Threatens National Sec

John Bolton is the wrong man for the job of US ambassador to the United Nations. His status as an avowed UN-hater, standing alone, disqualifies him. But there are other, stronger reasons to reject his appointment to that important post.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00176.htm


23: New Zealand's Student Shame

A recently released international study has confirmed that New Zealand is one of the most expensive places in the world to study tertiary education.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0504/S00077.htm


24: Cullen Hoist With His Own Petard

Rt Hon Winston Peters says that months of Michael Cullen misinterpreting New Zealand’s true international ranking in income per capita has now been exposed as the fabric of deceit it always was. Mr Peters was responding to the release of the World Bank’s ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00441.htm


25: Halo 2 Multiplayer Map Pack Due for July Release

The Countdown Has Begun! Halo 2 Multiplayer Map Pack Due for July Release Four new maps set for April launch via Xbox Live Auckland, 29 March, 2005 - Microsoft Game Studios has announced a July release date for the highly anticipated Halo 2® Multiplayer ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0503/S00079.htm


26: Dr Cullen on Pope Benedict XVI

Acting Prime Minister Michael Cullen has welcomed former German cardinal Josef Ratzinger’s election as Pope Benedict XVI.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00426.htm


27: New global alliance for agriculture launched

Meat & Wool New Zealand has added its support to the new Global Alliance for Liberalized Trade in Food and Agriculture, says General Manager Trade and Market Development Anne Berryman.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0504/S00254.htm


28: Round the world - and again - for ocean science

NIWA’s smaller research vessel, Kaharoa, leaves Wellington tomorrow (Thursday 21 April) on a 2-month voyage to deploy high-tech ‘Argo’ floats all the way to Hawaii and back.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0504/S00060.htm


29: John Conyers - First Baker-Carter Hearing

First Baker-Carter Hearing Right-wing pundit John Fund offers racially-charged testimony Congressman John Conyers http://www.conyersblog.us/archives/00000063.htm

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0504/S00301.htm


30: David Swanson: Half-Baked Baker Carter Commission

So, Jimmy Carter and James Baker are sitting at a table, and Carter starts talking about the disastrous election of 2000 in Florida.... It sounds like the start of a joke.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00190.htm

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