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Scoop Top 30 Ratings - May 30 2005


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

1: The Meningococcal Gold Rush - Second Edition

Scoop Editors' Note: Following publication on of Barbara Sumner Burstyn and Ron Law’s report, Investigation: The Meningococcal Gold Rush [1] - a report into the flawed science and bad policy of the MeNZB™ vaccine - the Ministry of Health ...

2: State Of It: Fear And Loathing… In Orewa NZ

During the 1981 Springbok tour it was observed that New Zealand had a scab, and once picked it lifted, releasing the pus of racism to flow. The metaphor was again put to test at New Zealand First’s immigration policy launch at Orewa on Friday. The scene there was best described by another more famous cliché: fear and loathing… in Orewa.

3: Media Disinformation and the Iraqi Resistance

The flurry of news, hypotheses, and disinformation about the nature of the Iraqi Resistance against the Occupation continues unabated. How much of this is managed propaganda against the Iraqi Resistance?

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: National announces 2005 list ranking

National Party President Judy Kirk today announced the National Party’s list ranking for the upcoming General Election.

6: NEWSFLASH: Schapelle Corby Found Guilty

Australian beauty therapist Schapelle Corby has been found guilty of drug trafficking by a court in Bali Indonesia of trafficking 4 kilograms of marijuana to Indonesia.

7: Thom Hartmann: IV with British MP George Galloway

Thom Hartmann: Thom Hartmann here with you on AM 620 KPOJ in Portland and we're also going to record this and play it on our national program. Thanks so much, Mr. Galloway for being with us today.

8: Tinakori Hill helicopter work to start next week

Access to Tinakori Hill will be restricted at times from next week when the largest heavy lift helicopter in the country begins lifting logs from the steep slopes above Grant Road.

9: Dunedin Arts and Cultural Events Aug - Sep 2005

Following is a schedule of confirmed events in the City of Dunedin. The Dunedin City Council (DCC) City Marketing distributes the information on behalf of the attractions that appear below. Please contact event organisers directly for further information ...

10: ACT's The Letter 30 May 2005

“Well-placed” sources told the Press Association last week that the election date is July 30. The PM is neither confirming nor denying. Following Doonegate that probably fingers her as the well- placed source. Labour Party history is already re-written ...

11: Public Address 27/05/05 – Sick Day, Pay Day

Was it wise to continue the meningococcal B immunisation programme through the cold and flu season? Anecdotal evidence suggests that adverse responses to the vaccine have been both more significant and more widespread than the Ministry of Health has ...

12: One Winery Opens In New Zealand Every 14 Days

The opening of New Zealand's 500th winery is testament to the strong growth of the wine industry, according to New Zealand Winegrowers.

13: The Challenge of China: transforming New Zealand

I welcome the opportunity to speak to such an eminent group of business , professional and public service leaders. Some of you may recall that I last spoke here quite a few years ago on the initiative of my late friend Bernie Knowles who was then a member ...

14: Telecom Low Cost Int Calling Available Anytime

Telecom is doing away with the concept of peak and off-peak international calling with its Anytime plans now offering direct dial calling rates to more than 200 destinations at Telecom’s traditional off peak rates 24/7.

15: 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 ...

16: Life of Brian - 30 May 2005

The past few weeks in Parliament have been action-packed. I doubt that even 'The West Wing' could have scripted a more tumultuous political drama. It's had everything: animal abuse, a foot-and-mouth hoax, Saddam Hussein cronies on the loose, Prime Ministers ...

17: W. Fisher: Progressive Islam - Not An Oxymoron

In the US, many Roman Catholics support a women's right to choose - but remain Catholics. In Latin America, many priests practice 'liberation theology' - but remain Catholics.

18: National’s list “a slice of middle New Zealand”

National Party President Judy Kirk has hailed National’s 2005 list as an accurate representation of hard-working middle New Zealanders.

19: Bank of New Zealand Drops Rates

Bank of New Zealand Drops Rates, Launches Third Unbeatable Home Loan Campaign And Extends Unbeatable Promise To Three Year Fixed-Rate Term

20: United Future Policy For Election 2005

Make the first $3000 of earned income tax-free, as part of the Working For Families package.

21: Guest Opinion: The Winston Peters Show - Jack Yan

IT’S RARE that I would toss my hat into the political debates in this country. As a publisher, albeit of special interest titles, I have a duty to remain above all of it.

22: National signals savage spending cuts

Finance Minister Michael Cullen warned today that National’s plans to carve more than $9 billion a year off government spending within three years would mean a savage loss of public services.

23: Life begins at 40... when you’re “cocksure”

Just because you’re gay and over 40 doesn’t mean you’re sexually unattractive or “over the hill” says a new innovative health campaign by the New Zealand AIDS Foundation’s Gay Men’s Health programme.

24: Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur Announced

United States-based entrepreneur Wayne Huizenga has been named Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur of the Year.

25: Public Address 30/05/05 - Treading Carefully

When I wrote Friday's blog I didn't expect to be leading Nine to Noon today on the strength of it. But I guess if you say something once, you should be prepared to say it again...

26: Scoop Link: SIS Agents Investigates Zaoui Friends

Scoop Link: New Zealand Security Intelligence Officers (SIS) have conducted an operation gathering information on Ahmed Zaoui from acquaintances and friends in the greater Auckland region - the Sunday Star Times has reported.

27: Minister disappointed by NPT conference

Disarmament Minister Marian Hobbs is disappointed a month-long meeting at the United Nations in New York has failed to agree on new steps to accelerate nuclear disarmament. The five-yearly review of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty ended without an agreed ...

28: Ethnic Council Comments On NZ First Policy

“According to the Sunday Star/BRC poll held recently ninety per cent of New Zealanders reject New Zealand First’s policies, including immigration, and I am not surprised” says New Zealand Federation of Ethnic Councils President Pancha Narayanan.

29: Palestine: Public Hanging Against the Wall

1. Riad Mohamad Yassin and Alian Ibrahim Abu Rachme released! 2. Public Hanging Against the Wall 3. The army is inside Beit-Likya right now, by Leila 4. Request for translators

30: Mallard makes another mess

Polytechnics will be hit hard by Education Minister Trevor Mallard’s move to renege on a deal hammered out last year over controversial community education courses, says National’s Education spokesman, Bill English.


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