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Scoop Top 30 Ratings - May 25 2005


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

1: The 9/11 Commission Report: A 571-Page Lie

In discussing my second 9/11 book, The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions , I have often said, only half in jest, that a better title might have been “a 571-page lie.” (Actually, I was saying “a 567-page lie,” because I was forgetting to count ...

2: Let's Get Ready To Rumble! Sex Survey Begins...

So, when it comes to sex, how long is too long to go without? Are New Zealanders still taking risks? Is Daniel Carter still the country's sexiest celebrity?

3: Rialto Movie: Mean Creek Released On NZ

Set in a small Oregon town where secrets are hard to keep and lies even harder, Mean Creek flows with the simple elegance of truth and consequences as it follows a crisis in the lives of its teen characters.

4: OECD could not be clearer

Finance Minister Michael Cullen has welcomed the latest OECD Economic Outlook on the New Zealand economy saying it brought a “refreshing dose of reality” into the tax debate. “The OECD could not be clearer. Any additional fiscal stimulus beyond ...

5: Sirocco in the Kingdom of Morocco

Two years ago, bombings blasted Casablanca killing 45 people, including the 12 assailants. The targets included a hotel, two restaurants, and a cemetery. Tarek Cherkaoui examines the terror attack and considers who could have carried out this operation...

6: PM/Media Biffo, MFAT Loses Nat & Ching Pinged

In This Edition: - PM Not Happy With New Zealand Herald - MFAT Official Joins Nats And Sparks Government Anger. - Ching Looks To Have No Chance Of Being A Labour Candidate For 2005 Election

7: MoH response to Meningococcal Gold Rush Quickguide

SCOOP EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is a point by point response to the "Gold Rush Quickguide" by Barbara Sumner Burstyn and Ron Law. The Quickguide was a short form version of the "The Meningococcal Gold Rush" , an article published by Scoop on February ...

8: Lyndon Hood: On The NZ First Chorus Line

I am something of novice reader of parliamentary press releases, but from time to time I see something that I am sure would interest even the most grizzled veteran. For example, I was intrigued to note that Winston Peters had written audience responses ...

9: Narconews: A Time of War in Bolivia

Gualberto Choque, leader of the peasant farmers of the Department of La Paz and, as such, leader of the rural Aymara people, said it yesterday: "This is a time of war." Although nobody listened to him, it was a warning.

10: Kevin List's PM Presser Report

Thousands of redundancies and a scaled-down state sector were hinted at by the National Party's finance spokesperson John Key yesterday. While being interviewed on Auckland radio station BFM, regarding National's proposals to introduce a mini budget and ...

11: Fabricating Intelligence as Justification for War

Phony intelligence was created and fed into the news chain with a view to justifying the invasion of Iraq. The balance-sheet of lies and fabricated intelligence presented in this selection of articles provides detailed and overwhelming evidence.

12: Greens offer brighter thinking on energy

"Everything we do depends on energy, and if our energy supply is not sustainable, then neither is our economy or our way of life"

13: Public Address 25/05/05 - Foreign Kool

So Winston Peters is promising immigration "hit squads" in the new New Zealand First party policy to be released on Friday. Presumably the phrase "dawn raid" was turned down on the basis that it is now in use by a popular musical entertainment company...

14: Attack On Election Board Whistleblower In Ohio

The potential firing of Ohio whistleblower Sherole Eaton, Deputy Director of the Hocking County Board of Elections, has re-fired bitter controversy over the stolen 2004 presidential election.

15: 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.

16: Does ES&S Really Want To Sell Automark Machines?

Elections Systems and Software (ES&S) has a marketing agreement with AutoMARK Technical Services (ATS) to be the sole purveyor of the AutoMARK voting machine. ATS can market the system, but pricing and contracts are all handled by ES&S. In March of 2004, ...

17: Hobbs challenges Blumsky to back public servants

Wellington Central Labour MP Marian Hobbs has again challenged National Party candidate Mark Blumsky to state where he stands on his party's plans to slash jobs in the public service.

18: OECD report confirms rampant Labour spending

"The Finance Minster must feel embarrassed by the way he has tried to manipulate today's OECD report which confirms that Labour spending is out of control," says National Party Finance spokesman John Key.

19: Peters Speech: “What Makes a Leader?”

An address by Rt Hon Winston Peters to members of Rotorua Grey Power on Wednesday, 25 May 2005 at 2.00pm - Rotorua Race Course, Arawa Park, Fenton Street, Rotorua

20: Marjorie Cohn: The Vietnam War is Over

April 30th marked 30 years since the end of the Vietnam War. Yet, recently elected California Assemblyman Van Tran is pushing the California State Assembly to adopt the old flag of the Republic of Vietnam as the official and only flag of the Vietnamese-American ...

21: John Chuckman: It Runs In The Family

"In the U.S., if there's a terrible report, people don't riot and kill other people. And you can't excuse what they did because of the mistake - you know, you can't blame it all on Newsweek." - Laura Bush at the start of her trip to prop up the world's ...

22: Ernest Partridge: What a Friend We Have in Jesus!

Face it: progressive Americans are in a desperate struggle with religious-right fundamentalists. Moderate Christians and Republicans should join this struggle, for the survival of our democracy is at stake.

23: Federico Fuentes: New Uprising In Bolivia

In 1967, Che Guevara died at the hands of CIA-backed Bolivian soldiers while attempting to lead a guerrilla struggle in Bolivia. In the small town where his body was uncovered 30 years later, graffiti is scrawled declaring: “Che: Alive as they never wanted ...

24: Rich from Brash

Finance Minister Michael Cullen said today that the government’s performance as a fiscal manager was second to none and had routinely won praise from such international commentators as the OECD and the International Monetary Fund.

25: Greg Palast IV: Fixed Intelligence to Justify Iraq

British Memo Indicates Bush Administration Fixed Intelligence to Justify Iraq Invasion - Interview with Greg Palast, investigative reporter and author, conducted by Scott Harris

26: Do you take your tea with human rights?

When Helen Clark sits down for talks with the second-most important Chinese politician tomorrow, she should serve him Tibetan tea and have a chat about human rights.

27: Vodafone NZ Heads For 2 Million Customer Mark

Vodafone New Zealand’s continued solid growth will see its customer base exceed two million this year, says Managing Director Russell Stanners.

28: Newmarket bank scene of alleged extortion

Four Asian men are assisting Auckland City Police investigating an alleged kidnapping and extortion incident that came to a head at about 9.25 this morning at a Newmarket bank.

29: Working for Families uptake figures released

Around 200,000 families are already receiving extra help as a result of the 1 April Working for Families increases in family income assistance, Social Development and Employment Minister Steve Maharey said.

30: Don Brash Writes No. 59, 25 May 2005

The President of the Labour Party hinted at a "deep dark secret" and fed the speculation that it would contain some worthwhile adjustments to either tax rates or the thresholds at which those rates apply. In the event, it provoked the Dominion-Post to run a ...


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