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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 10 May 2005


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

1: Eritrea: Arrest of Trade Union Officials

Brussels 9 May 2005 (ICFTU OnLine): The ICFTU, together with the Global Union Federations IUF and ITGLWF, today condemned the arrest and continued detention of three Eritrean trade union leaders by security police. Two of the three, Tewelde Ghebremedhin and ...

2: David Ray Griffin: 9/11 and the American Empire

This lecture was delivered at the University of Wisconsin at Madison on April 18, 2005. - I will begin by unpacking the key terms in the title of my talk: “9/11,” “American empire,” and “religious people,” beginning with the last one.

3: Concern at Israel Flights over Lebanese Airspac

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today voiced concern about Israeli overflights into Lebanese airspace, reminding the parties of the fragile situation in Lebanon and the wider region.

4: Questions & Answers for Oral Answer 10 May 2005

1. Immigration Service—Information from MPs 2. Childcare—Grandparents 3. Police—Former Commissioner 4. Research—Health 5. New Zealand Certificate of Educational Achievement—Scholarship 6. Elderly and Disabled—Support Services Report 7. Tertiary Education—Savings Provision ...

5: America's Religious Right (IV): Pie in the Sky

Rev. Tim LaHaye thinks deep thoughts. Co-author of the best-selling Left Behind and Babylon Rising novels, the 78-year-old evangelical probes the mind of God as revealed in Holy Scriptures.

6: Ministers Lackeys Gut Correspondence School

The President of The Correspondence School parents and supervisors association, Sharon Buckland, has slated moves by the school to cut core services to rural children, saying students needs will suffer because the Ministry of Education "can't get ...

7: Rep. John Conyers: Creating Reasons to Go to War

Unfortunately, the mainstream media in the United States was too busy with wall-to-wall coverage of a "runaway bride" to cover a bombshell report out of the British newspapers. The London Times reports that the British government and the United States government ...

8: British Intelligence Leak - Iraq Invasion Strategy

Progressive Democrats of America Make National Call of Support for Congressional Letter Demanding Investigation of British Intelligence Leak on Iraq Invasion Strategy

9: 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.

10: International Success Continues for Babich Wines

The prestigious American wine magazine ‘Wine Spectator’ (May 15th Issue, 2005) features the Babich Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2004 in the top 5 Best Value Global White Wines.

11: Biosecurity Foot & Mouth Tthreat Investigation

Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry Director of Biosecurity Barry O’Neil said today that MAF and Police were responding to a claimed deliberate release of foot and mouth virus on Waiheke Island.

12: Magazine Associated With Peron Found Objectionable

A magazine containing writings by controversial American Libertarian, Jim Peron has been found by the Censor’s Office to be objectionable. According to New Zealand First leader Winston Peters the magazine, titled Unbound, was also published by Mr Peron.

13: Sam Smith: Where Are The Christian Moderates?

The failure of Christian moderates to take on publicly religious extremists who claim the same Bible and theology sadly brings to mind the failure of liberals to take on Joseph McCarthy. As with McCarthyism, extremism thrives in the valley of fear ...

14: William Rivers Pitt: The Millstone

I have trouble imagining what it must be like to be a Republican these days. The party of Lincoln and TR, the party of fiscal responsibility and small government, has become so profoundly separated from its roots that it is barely recognizable ...

15: New chair appointed to NZQA

New chair appointed to NZQA The Associate Minister of Education David Benson-Pope today announced the appointment of Catherine Gibson as interim chair of the New Zealand Qualifications Authority for a three month period.

16: Council of Te Wananga o Aotearoa Statement

”The Council of Te Wananga o Aotearoa met this evening to consider a letter received on 9 May from the Minister of Education, Hon Trevor Mallard, in which he advised:

17: Probable Hoax A Shock To Farmers

Farmers throughout New Zealand will be shocked at the malicious threat to release foot and mouth disease on Waiheke Island, said Tom Lambie, President of Federated Farmers of New Zealand (Inc).

18: Philip Zelikow: Practical Idealism

Philip Zelikow, Counselor for the Department Stanford University Institute for International Studies Stanford, California May 6, 2005

19: Greg Palast: Impeachment Time - Facts Were Fixed

The top-level government memo marked "SECRET AND STRICTLY PERSONAL," dated eight months before Bush sent us into Iraq, following a closed meeting with the President, reads, "Military action was now seen as inevitable. Bush wanted to remove Saddam ...

20: Patriots Should Worry More about Freedom at Home

President George W. Bush claims that he is spreading freedom throughout the world. However, for him “freedom” appears to be more a slogan, devoid of content and used to harness U.S. nationalism for his own purposes.



22: Operation Waiheke Advisory 2

Actions related to the claimed release of Foot and Mouth Disease on Waiheke Island continue to take place.

23: Govt Research Condemns Tertiary Saving Scheme

Today’s Labour Government decision to seek expressions of interest from companies willing to provide a tertiary education savings scheme is deeply offensive.

24: Labour presides over slide to mediocrity

“More evidence has been released today that shows Labour is presiding over a slide to mediocrity,” says National Party Finance spokesman John Key.

25: Property investors will pay more tax

Muriel Newman Speech to the Otago Property Owners Association AGM, Dunedin Public Library, Tuesday May 10, 7.30pm

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


27: Collins Comments

Counties Manukau Gymnastics celebrated 30 years on Saturday with the unveiling of its honours board. 30 years of dedication, effort, time, commitment and excellence is very worthy of congratulations.

28: Sheila Samples: We Are Very Good Drivers...

Even as Tim Russert solemnly announced on Meet the Press Sunday that the "Number three man" in the entire Al-Qaeda network was now under lock and key, the world edition of The Sunday Times quoted European intelligence as saying that Abu Faraj al-Libbi ...

29: Peron Paedophilic Publication "Objectionable"

The Chief Censor has advised Rt Hon Winston Peters that the publication “Unbound” published by Jim Peron has been classified as “objectionable” because it promotes the exploitation of children and young people for sexual purposes.

30: Successful First Implant Of C-Pulse Heart Device

In summary: * 56 year old man in Class III heart failure was successfully implanted with the first non-blood contacting C-Pulse device for the treatment of heart failure.


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