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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 12 May 2005

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

1: William Rivers Pitt: One of These Days

Whenever I get asked to speak about the media and its role in our world, I always remember something that happened to me in the fall of 2002. My book on Iraq had been out for a few weeks, I was writing for truthout, and I was also carrying a full teaching ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00155.htm


2: Questions & Answers for Oral Answer 12 May 2005

Question No. 1 to Minister 1. Police, Minister—Confidence Question No. 2 to Minister 2. Health, Ministry—Physiotherapy Industry 3. Police, Minister—Piha Incident 4. Early Childhood Education—Quality 5. Police—Former Commissioner 6. Health and Disability ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0505/S00311.htm


3: Bonus Joules: Confusion or Concussion?

Have you ever suddenly seen through a massive con? If you are like me, you don’t know whether to rage against the perpetrator, to be depressed by your ignorance or to laugh at your own gullibility.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00161.htm


4: 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.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00129.htm


5: 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 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00089.htm


6: David Benson-Pope Denies Tennis Ball Sadism

In an exchange during question time today Associate Minister of Education David Benson-Pope denied opposition allegations that he used tennis balls to discipline students during his time teaching at Bayfield High School.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00162.htm


7: Public Address 12/05/05 - Clear And Present Danger

A hoax 111 call yesterday had police, emergency services, the Westpac helicopter and army units mobilised and rushed to an area of native bush 30 kilometre west of Dargaville. The anonymous caller -- who identified himself as Stephen Bainbridge, ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00160.htm


8: Carolyn Baker: An Anti-American Terrorist Movement

When I was in college, I wrote a research paper that changed my life forever. I had grown up in a fundamentalist Christian family living in the buckle of the Bible Belt where I was fed a steady diet of racism and Cold War anti-communism.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00149.htm


9: Blumsky Provides Good Coffee And Dodgy Fashion

This morning Wellington commuters were treated to free coffee in Manners street brewed by a phalanx of Mark Blumsky supporters. The reason for this caffeine largesse was the opening of Mr Blumsky's campaign headquarters.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00151.htm


10: 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.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00307.htm


11: Turia - Better representation for Maori?

This last weekend the National Council of the Maori Party was discussing key slogans as part of our build-up to Elections 2005.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0505/S00302.htm


12: Questions & Answers for Oral Answer 11 May 2005

1. Benefits—Trends 2. Taxation—Australian Tax Cuts 3. Trans-Tasman Therapeutic Goods Agency—Standards 4. Police—Former Commissioner 5. Biosecurity—Hoax Threats 6. Immigration, Minister—Confidence Question No 5 to Minister 7. Police—Former Commissioner 8. Student ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0505/S00272.htm


13: Mixed results in survey on 18 19 year old drinking

Mixed results in survey on 18, 19 year old drinking The Ministry of Justice's latest survey on youth drinking shows mixed results on the impact of lowering the drinking age in 1999, says Justice Minister Phil Goff.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0505/S00275.htm


14: Michael Van De Veer: 100 Days Of Fascism In Nepal

On Monday US Secretary of State for S. Asia Christina Rocca arrived in the capital of Kathmandu. She met with various leaders of the major parties, held a press conference, and dinned with the King.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00153.htm


15: 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 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0505/S00165.htm


16: Privatization of Property Driving Homelessness

The growing privatization of property and increased land speculation were among the driving forces behind the 1.6 billion inadequately housed people across the world, including an estimated 100 million who are completely homeless, a United Nations ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0505/S00220.htm


17: 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

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0505/S00125.htm


18: Robson Speech: Sale of Liquor Amendment Bill

In 1999 Parliament, narrowly, voted to lower the minimum purchasing age of alcohol to 18. The New Zealand Drug Foundation, the Ministry of Health, the Alcohol Advisory Committee (ALAC) and other public health organisations at the time opposed the lowering ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0505/S00280.htm


19: Fair.Org: Smoking Gun Memo?

Journalists typically condemn attempts to force their colleagues to disclose anonymous sources, saying that subpoenaing reporters will discourage efforts to expose government wrongdoing. But such warnings seem like mere self-congratulation when clear evidence ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00144.htm


20: Charles Shaw: Full Spectrum Accountability

Through the systematic re-writing of our history, most Americans have come, somewhat irrationally, to view the Bush Administration and his Neoconservative cabal as the root of all evil, solely responsible for the misguided Empire which we now wield ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00157.htm


21: 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


22: Chief of Defence Force Air Marshal Bruce Ferguson

New Zealand Defence Force Te Ope Kaatua O Aotearoa Media STATEMENT Thursday 12 May 2005

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0505/S00131.htm


23: Jay Shaft: When Silence Becomes Betrayal

Since the U.S. invaded Iraq on 3/20/03 at least 50,000-100,000 civilians have been killed. A great majority of those casualties have been women and children. One of the purposes of the invasion was to “free and liberate” the Iraqi people. The evil ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00158.htm


24: NZ Authorities Silent

New Zealand Consumers are being denied information and protection by Food Safety officials at the same time as European officials are taking action to prevent illegal BT10 corn imports. Germany's Consumer Protection Minister has blamed the US for "unbelievable ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0505/S00130.htm


25: New Zealand’s world competitiveness improves

New Zealand has improved its international rating two places to 16th on the just released world competitiveness scoreboard. And the gap between New Zealand and Australia has shortened dramatically, with Australia slipping from 4th to 9th place on the ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0505/S00194.htm


26: Anti Aging Skin Breakthrough by NZ Scientists

New Zealand Biotechnology Company, Immune Biologica(TM), have launched a revolutionary anti-aging skin care product and is poised to take a share of the global $9.9 billion anti-aging skin care market.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0505/S00100.htm


27: Police pleased with public threat letter response

Police pleased with public response to threat letter Police investigating the biosecurity threat letter say they're pleased with the response from the public with suggestions on who might be the author.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0505/S00116.htm


28: S. Upadhya: Nepal - Mixed Message Of Moderation

Weathering scathing global condemnation and strident threats of isolation, Nepal’s royal government completed 100 days in office this week. Actually, it seems to have made headway in making its case. Coinciding with the milestone, the Indian government ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00154.htm


29: Poor occupational health = poor global economy

Industrialised countries like New Zealand must look beyond their own backyards and work to help solve the work-related health problems of developing nations – or run the risk of economic stagnation, warns a Finnish expert.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0505/S00105.htm


30: Scholarships for early childhood teacher training

An additional 200 TeachNZ scholarships for prospective early childhood education teachers are now available for July 2005 enrolments in teacher education, Education Minister Trevor Mallard announced today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0505/S00301.htm

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