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Scoop Top 30 weekend Ratings


The weekend’s top 30 rating items on Scoop were...

1: Net Users Respond To Catholicism

Auckland, Wednesday 20th April, 2005: The recent death of Pope John Paul II, as well as the Easter festivities, has resulted in a surge of interest online. While much of this interest has a religious flavour, Easter also propelled the popularity of ...

2: Appropriate Use Of Internet And Email

The State Services Commissioner, Mark Prebble, today released a copy of the letter he has sent today to all State sector chief executives regarding the appropriate use of Internet and email by their staff.

3: Howard Boycotts Kiwi ANZAC Day Chunuk Bair Service

Scoop's Selwyn Manning reports from Gallipoli that Australia’s Prime Minister John Howard will be boycotting an official ANZAC Day New Zealand ceremony at Chunuk Bair, Gallipoli, preferring instead to attend a barbeque on the shores of ANZAC Cove.

4: 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?

5: Meditations (Spirituality): The Last Pope?

So now we (the ‘we’ in this case is most problematic) have a new pope whose diffident exterior masks a doctrinaire interior. The Catholic Church could have embraced worldwide ecumenism. Instead it is, in Pope Benedict XVI, reasserting its medieval claim to ...

6: 1 Million Withdraw From Chinese Communist Party

Just fifteen years after the collapse of the Berlin Wall, a massive movement for democracy and freedom has emerged in China and its momentum is shocking the world. In last five months, over one million people have publicly renounced their membership ...

7: A Month of It – Late April Politics, News & Stuff

It’s back, Scoop's 'A week of it' column, not by any popular demand but just for the sheer flippin' heck of it. Due to the sheer soporific nature of the Parliamentary year this irregular Scoop column went away. It’s hard to type a column when one has ...

8: Julie Webb-Pullman: UDHR Report Card For US, Pt. 1

How does the United States measure up against the Universal Declaration of Human Rights? This, the first of a two part series, assesses US performance in relation to Articles 1 to 15 of the UDHR.

9: Images of Gallipoli 90 Years After The Battle

Photo-Essay: Scoop's Selwyn Manning is in Gallipoli attending the 90th commemorations of the World War I battlefield where over two thousand New Zealanders were killed.

10: 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 ...

11: Liberty Belle - April 22 2005

Last month I told you about the lunacy of costs imposed on plumbers and drain layers due to Health Ministry initiated licensing. This prompted a lunacy sighting from a dentist who last year had to register his orthodontic assistants (also known as ...

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


13: Images: Snapshots From The Gallipoli Voyage (2)

Scoop Co-Editor Selwyn Manning sent in the following snapshots from Dubai where the New Zealand Air Force Boeing 757, currently en-route for Gallipoli Turkey, had a stopover last night. The Air Force mission is carrying a group of veterans, as well ...

14: Ecuador - The Next Domino to Fall?

In a special session on Wednesday, Ecuador’s congress voted unanimously to remove President Lucio Gutiérrez from office, passing the leadership baton to Vice President Alfredo Palacio, who conceivably will have the proper vision to get the job done.

15: Green Party List released on Earth Day

The Green Party’s talented team of candidates for this year’s election will attract as many voters as the party’s forward-thinking and practical policies, Green co-leaders Jeanette Fitzsimons and Rod Donald say.

16: Bonus Joules: New Zealand Heroes

Banned from me old alma mater. Yes, no room on the Ship of Knowledge for me. Left sitting in the gutter in the cold outside the warm, cosy Home of Education. And they made it sound so wonderful:

17: Police corruption and immorality is bound to worse

The revelations of widespread porn use among the police are hardly a surprise. Nor is it news. New Zealanders should be completely cynical when senior police management and Labour government ministers make protestations and express shock and dismay. ...

18: MOTORNET: Old Dog, New Tricks

How do you give an existing car that's generally well respected, but no longer the new kid on the block, a new lease of life? Simple really. Take the most popular model and put a bigger engine in it.

19: Civil Union Services Available From Tuesday

From Tuesday next week customers will be able to access civil union services throughout New Zealand, the Department of Internal Affairs said today.

20: Peace Action Wellington: War mongers at Te Papa

Media Release: War mongers at Te Papa From: Peace Action Wellington Date: Friday, April 22

21: Red Bull X Fighters

New Zealand FMX rider Nick Franklin has headed off to Mexico City to take part in the Red Bull X-Fighters.

22: Upton-on-line: France’s Allergic Reaction To EC

In this issue: France discovers a new way of putting itself at the centre of Europe by threatening to derail the new European Constitution ; the Father of the Constitution, Valéry Giscard d’Estaing plans his own apotheosis ; and French farmers are given ...

23: From Earth To Space, There’s No Biz Like War Biz

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.

24: Scoop Link: Guardian - The End Of Oil Is Close

The one thing that international bankers don't want to hear is that the second Great Depression may be round the corner. But last week, a group of ultra-conservative Swiss financiers asked a retired English petroleum geologist living in Ireland to ...

25: The Berrymans

Attorney-General Michael Cullen said today he had asked the Solicitor-General to consider and report on whether there were grounds to apply to the High Court to issue an order for a new inquest into the death of Kenneth Richards on the property of ...

26: Public Address 22/04/05 – Jesus' Ipod

After all the fuss about George Bush's iPod, this handsomely entitled newspaper column, Thoughts For The New Pope: Condoms. Female priests. Stop gay bashing. And dammit, do something about Christian rock got me thinking - c'mon, it's Friday - about what ...

27: Condoleezza Rice Interview With James Rosen of Fox

QUESTION: Madame Secretary, thanks for your time today. Are you quite sick to death of me yet?

28: Scoop: Top Scoops + Just Politics

LEAD STORY: Solicitor General Called In For Berrymans - No Naughty Net Research Needed, Says SSC - - Kevin List's Had A Month Of It - Condoleezza Rice Goes To Russia - How The United States Is Able To Torture Political Prisoners - Hon Simon Upton's ...

29: Police Pornography Warning For All Employees

John Hannan, an employment partner in the Auckland office of commercial law firm Phillips Fox, says the current police pornography scandal is a reminder about the perils of misusing email and the internet at work.

30: War mongers at Te Papa

The NZDF activities on Te Papa's forecourt on Sunday from 11-1pm will be met with peace actions aimed at educating and informing parents as to the reality of a career in the military.


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