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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 16 May 2005


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

1: Jay Shaft: Concrete Is Cold And Hard At Night

This series of articles is an outlet for the people who are living through an overwhelming crisis. They want to tell everyone how bad it really is, and how terrible their day to day living conditions have become. Their voices will reveal the true depth of ...

2: 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.

3: 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 ...

4: 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.

5: 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.

6: Scoop Images: Mallard Gets Debt Monstered

Pictures from the university student and staff protest at Parliament this afternoon. There was easily a thousand people, it was well organised and ran very smoothly. Trevor Mallard made an appearance but was not able to justify Labour's policies to ...

7: Questions for Oral Answer - Tuesday, 17 May 2005

1. NANDOR TANCZOS to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Does he have confidence in his Ministry's administration of student allowances?

8: Link: Israel Plans Strike On Iranian Nuclear Plant

ISRAEL has drawn up secret plans for a combined air and ground attack on targets in Iran if diplomacy fails to halt the Iranian nuclear programme. The inner cabinet of Ariel Sharon, the Israeli prime minister, gave “initial authorisation” for an ...

9: 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.

10: The Religious Righ (2): Pushing A Deadly Addiction

In recent article, I promised readers that I would address the mindset of the religious right as an addiction. In order to do so with accuracy and clarity, it is first necessary to define addiction and clarify the terms, Christian fundamentalism and Dominionism.

11: PM's Presser: TV3, DBP & Mudslinging To Come

In This Edition: - TV3 And Rodney Hide Take Another Minister Down - Coalition Talks – Past, Present And Future - Fairfax Transcripts And The Doone Affair - More Muck To Come

12: Family break-up – a King Hit for Opposition?

A New Zealand Herald columnist Sandra Paterson may last week have been the messenger with bad news the Labour-led Government does not want at the forefront of news coverage in coming weeks.

13: A Tennis Ball Can Bring A Man Down

During the Civil Union debate, the then associate Justice Minister David Benson-Pope claimed that civil unions “do not undermine anyone’s rights” and that those opposed to the bill are really against the folk who would benefit from its provisions. It ...

14: Winston Peters & Weapons Of Mass Discrimination

I offer my warmest congratulations to the honourable member (of parliament) from Tauranga, Mr. Winston Peters, for recently bringing to light a great threat to Aotearoa’s image as a free, open and democratic society. Mr. Peters has made public the presence ...

15: 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, ...

16: Afghan Riots Not Tied to Report on Quran Handling

Washington – The chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff says a report from Afghanistan suggests that rioting in Jalalabad on May 11 was not necessarily connected to press reports that the Quran might have been desecrated in the presence of Muslim prisoners ...

17: Prince William to visit New Zealand

Prime Minister Helen Clark has announced that Prince William will visit New Zealand in July.

18: 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, ...

19: Jim Shultz: Gas Issue Ignites Bolivia Once Again

Bolivia is, once again, in a state of political turmoil and uncertainty. At the center of the crisis is a fierce national debate over how the country will deal with foreign oil companies as the nation develops its vast gas and oil reserves.

20: Builder apprentice breaks 1000th barrier

Twenty-four-year-old Cameron Pratt is a builder with a difference - he’s just become the 1000th Modern Apprentice to complete his training.

21: 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.

22: Public Address 17/05/05 - An Education

So, as I figured, the intention of last week's flurry of Parliamentary questions was to push David Benson Pope into a denial in the House - thus radically escalating the seriousness of the matter. And Rodney Hide's apparent backdown was also doubtless ...

23: 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.

24: Brazil: Uncontacted Indians Face Genocide

A small tribe of uncontacted Indians in the Brazilian Amazon is facing annihilation as loggers invade their land, forcing them to flee further and further into the forest.

25: 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.

26: Damaged gene causes impaired vision and autism

A University of Otago research team today announced a major breakthrough in understanding a severe genetic disorder that affects a large New Zealand family.

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


28: Second letter says Foot and Mouth threat a hoax

A second letter, received today by Wellington’s Dominion Post newspaper, has stated that the claims made last week are a hoax and that no foot and mouth virus was released in New Zealand.

29: Student protest looks to Budget for change

Students and staff will march on Parliament today to demand lower tuition fees and higher staff salaries in the upcoming Budget.

30: 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.


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