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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 19 May 2005


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

1: Doug Giebel: A Nation Willingly Deceived

That incriminating "smoking gun" memo proving the Bush and Blair Administrations pre-determined an invasion and occupation of Iraq long before the invasion occurred has apparently come and gone, barely noted in the American press, AWOL from editorial ...

2: Scoop To Provide Extensive Coverage of Budget 2005

Scoop Media will be providing extensive coverage throughout today on Finance Minister Michael Cullen's Budget 2005. Scoop co-editor Alastair Thompson and chief reporter Kevin List will be analyzing the detail and fine-print from within the Government's ...

3: 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 ...

4: A budget for a more secure future

Budget 2005 delivers large increases in social spending together with significant cuts to business tax and a package to encourage New Zealanders to save, Finance Minister Michael Cullen said today.

5: Sludge Report #167 - A Very Political Budget

Asked if this was his best, worst or perhaps just a middling sort of budget in today's lock-up press conference Finance Minister Dr Michael Cullen responded: “Like my children I love them all equally, but not always simultaneously.”

6: Update From Palestine

Israeli Occupation soldiers killed a married Palestinian man, Omar Mutei Assrawe (25) at the Al- Kufrayat military checkpoint near Tulkarem as he was on his way to work. The Israelis prevented an ambulance from reaching the man following the shooting.

7: 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.

8: Current Events For Dummies, May 2005 Edition

Politics is so confusing these days, with all sorts of charges, scandals, distortions, nominees, wars, distractions. To help me out of this current-events muddle, I once again turn to the editors of the popular franchised book series, for short easy-to-understand ...

9: Does This Mean We Have To Elect A New Benson-Pope?

During the last week, pressure from the opposition in Parliament unveiled the depravity of the current Government. Not merely in the perfidy of one Cabinet Minister, but also the manner in which he was supported at the highest levels. I submit that, in ...

10: Triple Bombing In Burma Leads To CIA Intrigue

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Thailand said it will pursue terrorists described by Burma as CIA-trained, because "maybe someone did something along the border," resulting in a synchronized triple-bombing in Burma which killed 19 people.

11: Questions& Answers for Oral Answer 18 May 2005

1. Economy—OECD Rating 2. Childcare—Access 3. Taxation—Thresholds 4. Labour Force Participation—Women 5. Taxation—Australia - New Zealand 6. Children of Separated Parents—Initiatives 7. Labour Force—Strikes 8. Television New Zealand Charter—Local ...

12: Interview: Confessions Of An Economic Hit Man

An interview with, John Perkins - author of "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man" - who says he says he helped the U.S. cheat poor countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars by lending them more money than they could possibly repay and ...

13: A major advance for retirement savings

The creation of KiwiSaver complements the government's commitment to ensuring New Zealanders can enjoy a decent income when they retire, says Finance Minister Michael Cullen.

14: Income tax inflation indexed from 1 April 2008

Personal tax rate thresholds will be raised 6.12 per cent on 1 April 2008 under a Budget 2005 commitment to inflation proof incomes, Finance Minister Michael Cullen said today.

15: Another Labour whitewash

National Party Families spokeswoman Judith Collins says the appointment of Police Commissioner Rob Robinson to inquire into the actions of stood-down Education Minister David Benson Pope had whitewash written all over it.

16: Budget 2005: Insult to working NZers

“This Budget is slow Punch and no Judy. Frankly, working New Zealanders should feel insulted they’ve had to wait so long, to be promised so little,” says National Party Finance spokesman John Key.

17: Public Address 18/05/05 - Right Hand Of Darkness

The right hand of darkness | May 18, 2005 05:40 Jolisa Gracewood in New Haven

18: Mallard should send censorship software to dogbox

Education Minister Trevor Mallard should withdraw approval of software that a North Shore high school pulled from its computers today following student protests, says Nandor Tanczos, the Greens' IT and Youth Issues Spokesperson.

19: Securing Your Future: budget savings package

"Budget 2005 will help New Zealanders to save, giving them greater security and choice and strengthening the economy," says Finance Minister Michael Cullen.

20: Fighting Talk: Blackball Blackballers, Dead Iraqis

This week on Fighting Talk, we're annoyed about stuff we don't like. Bust out the pitch-forks:Vigilante justice on the West Coast? I can believe it.Things I've Been Meaning to Bitch About 1: Saturday's Dom Post ran a story from The Times.

21: Stirling Newberry: End The Cold War Economy

The recent decision announced by the Office of the Secretary of Defense to close US military bases, and the reactions of law makers, not merely Democrats but hard right figures like Senator Jim Thune of South Dakota and Senator Trent Lott of Mississippi, ...

22: A hand up to home ownership

"The Kiwi dream of owning your own home will be brought within the grasp of thousands more New Zealanders each year as a result of Budget 2005," says Housing Minister Steve Maharey.

23: Budget 2005 - Scoop Photo Essay

Locked in a Logans Run type environment for two hours, more than a hundred lucky people where given the guts of Budget 2005 by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Michael Cullen.

24: 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.

25: NZ Army On Stand By In Bay Of Plenty

34 Army personnel, and ten UNIMOG trucks remain on stand by to assist in the flood ravaged Bay of Plenty area this morning.

26: Budget: 2005: Tertiary Overview

Tertiary education funding switches to quality Tertiary education initiatives in Budget 2005 will strengthen the quality and relevance of tertiary teaching, learning and research in New Zealand, Education Minister Trevor Mallard announced today.

27: High salaries no buffer to rate worries

Wednesday 18 May 2005 A recent survey commissioned by Wizard Home Loans has shown high levels of anxiety over spiraling interest rates. With many people on fixed-rate loans yet to feel the pinch, Kiwi homeowners are becoming apprehensive about how ...

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


29: ACNielsen delivers a view of ageing Kiwi populati

What has a long shelf life and is worth approximately $32 billion? - New Zealands ‘booming’ grey generation!

30: Hypotheses of Fraud Remain Credible; New Study

The persistence of credible hypotheses of election fraud, six months after the election, underscores the fragility of the U.S. electoral system. US Count Votes continues its systematic statistical study of the discrepancy between the Edison-Mitofsky exit ...


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