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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 21 April 2005


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.

2: Pope Benedict XVI's Questionable Qualifications

If Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger's involvement with the Hitler Youth and his stonewalling of the pedophile priests' scandal aren't enough to disqualify him from becoming pope, what would?

3: Buchanan: The Symmetry Between Torture & Terror

Revelations about torture of political prisoners held in US prisons in Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Iraq and the lower fifty have sparked debate about what is permissible in grey area, irregular conflicts such as the fight against Islamicist ...

4: 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.

5: Smarmy Steve Maharey loses the plot

National Party Families spokeswoman Judith Collins believes Steve Maharey has resorted to personal insults because he knows how much New Zealanders hate Labour’s hypocrisy on secret golden handshakes.

6: Opening ANWR to Dev. Could Lead To Disaster

It's true that thousands of caribou and other types of wildlife will be displaced if Washington D.C. lawmakers pass a measure to allow drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

7: 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.

8: 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.

9: ISM News 20 April 2005

1. Court Dismissal of Suit - Victory for ISM 2. For the moment we have won 3. Nazlat Issa cut by the wall 4. Parents of Peace Activist Killed by Israeli Bulldozer Target Caterpillar 5. 'Let me fight my monsters' by The Guardian

10: Blitzen on the horizon

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

11: 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 spells out the real geopolitics and geo-economics of oil and what we should do about it.

12: Making the UN a Stronger Force for Freedom

Kim R. Holmes, Assistant Secretary for International Organization Affairs Remarks at a luncheon hosted by the UN Foundation Hyatt Regency, Washington, DC April 19, 2005

13: State Dept. Daily Press Briefing for April 20

DEPARTMENT Rewards for Justice Program / New Reward for Abderraouf Ben Habib Jdey and Faker Ben Abdelaziz Boussora Nomination of Under Secretary John Bolton as U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Secretary Rice's Travel to Latin America/ ...

14: 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.

15: Public Address 21/04/05 - Leapfrogging

Several readers have alerted me to this interesting report for the US Council on Foreign Relations on the success - and otherwise - of different national strategies on broadband deployment. It should be required reading for New Zealand policy-makers...

16: Alliance voice needed in Parliament

The Alliance will be the only socialist party on the ballot paper in this year’s General Election and while the Greens will be strong competitors for the left vote, that does not necessarily mean they are a “Left” party, Alliance members say.

17: Perhaps Labour needs reminding

National Party Families spokeswoman Judith Collins has released a series of quotes in a bid to "remind the Labour Government what they used to say about golden handshakes."

18: Under Age Prostitution

ECPAT NZ and Stop Demand Foundation, two agencies that are committed to eliminating sexual exploitation of children are questioning the effectiveness of New Zealand legislation in relation to under age prostitution as indicated in the Ministry of ...

19: From Sahara To Germany: What Does "Progress" Mean?

Going from wealthy, solidly infrastructered Germany to poor, developing Morocco stimulates culture shock in major proportions. I was in Deutschland to address a meeting of Democrats Abroad-Germany, and to join the celebration for my mother-in-law's 90th ...

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


21: Mary Pitt: An Epidemic Of Feelinglessness

When one engages in political dialogue, in person or in print, with persons of differing opinion, there is one great punch line that those on the right use as a final damnation of those with a more liberal viewpoint, that Liberals CARE and Liberals FEEL.

22: Tariana Turia: Painting a New Vision for Tomorrow

Ngati Whatua, tena koutou. E nga iwi e huihui nei, tena hoki koutou. Tena koutou kua tae mai nei ki manaaki i te karanga o te ra, ki te oranga o te whanau.

23: Commission of Inquiry into Police Conduct

The Commission of Inquiry into Police Conduct’s mandate has been altered so that it can complete its work without prejudicing any criminal prosecutions and can have regard to a separate examination of police culture led by the Police Commissioner.

24: Labour’s policies killing New Zealand

National Party Leader Don Brash says Helen Clark and Michael Cullen are tearing the heart out of New Zealand by not doing anything to stop the rapidly growing exodus of people to Australia.

25: 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

26: Law Society Hijacks Smacking Debate

New Zealand First family affairs spokesperson Barbara Stewart is concerned that the Law Society may have undue influence over smacking laws in our country.

27: William Blum: Anti-Empire Report, April 19, 2005

In previous reports I've discussed why I thought that the political uprisings in Eastern Europe of the past 18 months, which have resulted in changes of government in Georgia and Ukraine and the potential for the same elsewhere, have not entirely ...

28: Mum’s the Word on Mexico City Mayor’s Desafuero

• On April 7, the Mexican congress announced its decision to remove the immunity of Mexico City’s leftist mayor Andrés Manuel López Obrador. • By the end of April, the Attorney General’s office is supposed to issue a decision on whether he will ...

29: 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 ...

30: Collins should put up or shut up on Families Comm.

National's Families spokesperson Judith Collins should either front up with evidence to support her claim the Families Commission is involved in electioneering, or stop making such ridiculous allegations, says Social Development and Employment Minister ...


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