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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 16 May 2005

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

1: Peters Rejects “National Stunt”

Rt Hon Winston Peters has described a New Zealand Herald article this morning as a silly, orchestrated rumour started by disaffected members of the National Party and given oxygen by journalists who prefer fiction to fact.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0505/S00361.htm


2: Schappelle Corby Must Not Die

The Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party is calling on the New Zealand Government to condemn any death sentence that may be pronounced on Schappelle Corby by the Indonesian Government for cannabis charges. We expect our Government to put pressure on the ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0504/S00240.htm


3: Wind energy report released

Energy Minister Trevor Mallard says the potential for wind-generated electricity in New Zealand appears to be greater than previously thought.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0505/S00351.htm


4: Public Address 16/5 - Nightmare On Molesworth St.

The Herald has picked up today on the NBR's speculation about a possible deal to give Winston Peters the job of Prime Minister in a potential coalition with National, with Don Brash shuttling off to run the finances...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00190.htm


5: David Benson-Pope Steps Aside From Portfolio

Minister of Education David Benson-Pope has stepped aside from his portfolio - by his own request - while an investigation is conducted into allegations concerning his use of discipline while serving as a teacher at Bayfield High School.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00192.htm


6: 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


7: Letter from Elsewhere: Joe McCarthy Lives

John Tamihere’s “trash-talk laddism” (as the Listener editor labelled it) was repulsive, but I didn’t take it seriously enough to respond in public. This is different.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00186.htm


8: Global Peace And Justice Auckland Newsletter #92

WITNESSES TO ARRESTS OF GPJA SUPPORTERS NEEDED: On the March 19 antiwar protest and subsequent appearance at the Auckland District Court on March 21 a number of GPJA supporters were arrested. Anyone who was a witness to these events should contact ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0505/S00155.htm


9: UQ Wire: Sibel Edmonds - Gagged, But Not Dead

The Appeal Court’s decision on Sibel Edmonds’ Case is out: ‘Case Dismissed;’ no opinion cited; no reason provided. The Court’s decision, issued on Friday, May 6, has generated a string of obituaries; “another major blow, maybe the last one, to Sibel Edmonds, ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00188.htm


10: David Benson-Pope on resignation of NZQA CEO

Associate Education Minister David Benson-Pope says he concurs with the judgment of New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) chief executive Karen Van Rooyen that the time is right for her to move on.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0505/S00379.htm


11: PM Makes Statement Re: David Benson-Pope

Prime Minister Helen Clark said tonight that Hon David Benson-Pope has at his own request stood aside from his portfolios while an independent investigation is conducted into the credibility of the allegations against him.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0505/S00382.htm


12: Air Force Investigation Complete: King Air Landing

The investigation into the Air Force King Air approach and landing at Hokitika on 23 January is complete.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0505/S00160.htm


13: William Blum: Anti-Empire Report, No. 21, 13/5/05

Good ol' George W. was traveling around Eastern Europe this past week celebrating the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II, spouting a lot of Cold War anti-Communist myths, principal among them being:

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00180.htm


14: 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


15: Rice Remarks at American Embassy Baghdad

SECRETARY RICE: Thank you, thank you. First, just let me say what a thrill to be in Baghdad. I can't even tell you how excited I've been about coming, how delighted I am to be here. I just took the helicopter ride in -- this is a spectacular city, ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0505/S00255.htm


16: Wind could generate 20 per cent of NZ’s power

The New Zealand Wind Energy Association (NZWEA) today welcomed the release of a new report on the integration of wind energy in New Zealand which suggests that wind could generate 20 per cent of New Zealand’s total electricity needs.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0505/S00237.htm


17: Stateside: Unleashing The Hounds Of 7-Point Type

There's an ad running on TV here at the moment that features a white version of the black dog that lives at the White House. You know, one of those scotty terriers from the Black and White whiskey bottle.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00189.htm


18: A Week Of It: Publishing & Punishment

In This Edition: 120 NZers Still Able To Read Objectionable Magazine - Benson-Pope And Allegations Of Tennis Ball Sadism - Is It time To Bring Back Doone? - Former National Party Leader Calls For NZ To Pull Out Of International Commitments

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00174.htm


19: Greenpeace welcomes report - wind energy potential

Auckland: Monday, 16 May 2005: As Greenpeace made its submission to the Environment Court today in support of the Awhitu wind farm proposed at Waiuku, it also welcomed a report released today by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority demonstrating ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0505/S00161.htm


20: Public Address 13/05/05 - Going Nuclear

I wouldn't put too much stock in Rodney Hide's apparent speedy withdrawal of his claims of historical classroom bullying against associate education minister David Benson Pope. I'd say the whole idea was to extract denials on multiple allegations ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00172.htm


21: ACT's The Letter May 16 2005

Labour had another bad week. The last time the government got a report as damning as the 111-call centre report was Justice Mahon’s report into the Erebus crash. Benson-Pope put his future on the line. Cullen is to deliver his budget on Thursday, then into ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0505/S00363.htm


22: 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


23: Tariana Turia Speech to Muslim Women’s Hui

Tariana Turia Speech to Muslim Women’s Hui: He Manu korerorero, Noho tahi mahi tahi; Building Bridges in Our Community Freemans Bay Community Hall; Saturday 14 May

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0505/S00346.htm


24: 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


25: Wellington plans big party for Barmy Army fans

Wellington is planning to party like its never partied before when the British and Irish Lions tour hits town says Mayor Kerry Prendergast.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0505/S00097.htm


26: Nepali Ambassador in USA Speech On Nepal

Nepal flashes in the global news once in a while. We are glad that it flashes more often in the hearts and minds of our friends and well-wishers around the world as a land of the majestic Himalayas including Mt. Everest, the holy birth place of Lord ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0505/S00249.htm


27: John Bolton's Divorce – Group Sex Allegations

Publisher Larry Flynt's Questions Posed to State Department Regarding Corroborated Allegations that First Wife was Forced into Group Sex go Unanswered

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0505/S00240.htm


28: Vote National get Winston Vote NZF get asset sales

Today's New Zealand Herald expose on behind-the-scenes negotiations to cobble together a NZ First-National government after the next election is a timely reminder to voters, says Progressive MP Matt Robson.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0505/S00355.htm


29: William Fisher: Whistleblower's Career Over

"I realize this is the end of my Air Force career." With these words, a chaplain at the Air Force Academy, for the first time, went public about a "systemic and pervasive" problem of religious proselytizing at the academy by evangelical Christians.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00181.htm


30: Women Wait to Wed

Half of all women who married for the first time in the December 2004 year were aged 28.1 years or over, Statistics New Zealand said today. This is about two and one-half years older than those who married for the first time in 1994. The median age of ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0505/S00239.htm


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