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Scoop Top 30 Ratings - May 31 2005

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

1: 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?

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00353.htm


2: The Meningococcal Gold Rush - Second Edition

Scoop Editors' Note: Following publication on Scoop.co.nz 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 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00352.htm


3: Dr Cullen - Clarification regarding TV3

“Comments I made in relation to TV3 using false pretences to elicit information from former Bayfield High pupils against David Benson-Pope were incorrect,” Finance Minister Michael Cullen said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0505/S00758.htm


4: Diebold Optical Scan Voting System Hacked (3 Ways)

Tallahassee, FL: "Are we having fun yet?" This is the message that appeared in the window of a county optical scan machine, startling Leon County Information Systems Officer Thomas James. Visibly shaken, he immediately turned the machine off.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00381.htm


5: Questions for Oral Answer 31 May 2005

Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Immigration: Is he aware of an Amir Salman of Bucklands Beach, Omer Ali of Howick, and a man named Jazwan, and whether they have connections to the murderous regime of Saddam Hussein; if so, what are they ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0505/S00756.htm


6: Time Runs Out On South Pacific HIV/AIDS Crisis

Scoop Investigation: HIV is threatening the Pacific's isolated communities with an infection rate that destroys cultural, economic, and community stability. For example: HIV/AIDS, not global warming, is the number one problem threatening Tuvalu's survival. ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0506/S00001.htm


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.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00367.htm


8: 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.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0505/S00434.htm


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 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0505/S00262.htm


10: Questions & Answers for Oral Answer 31 May 2005

1. Iraqi Immigrants—Saddam Hussein Regime 2. Genetically Modified Organisms—Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety 3. Budget 2005—Taxation Thresholds 4. Budget 2005—Fiscal Proposals, Alternative 5. Budget 2005—Taxation Changes 6. Crimes Act—Repeal of Section 59

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0505/S00775.htm


11: Teens More Worried About Pregnancy Than STIs

Research by Otago University’s Christchurch School of Medicine and Health Sciences shows that although half of teenagers in year 12 and 13 in Christchurch are sexually active, only 44% of them say they use condoms every time they have sex. They also ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0505/S00222.htm


12: Public Address 31/05/05 - Good Times And Violence

Were you expecting me to say something about the New Zealand First immigration policy? Do I really have to? Can't I just crawl inside a bowl of noodles and not come out until all the old ladies who hate me die off?...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00380.htm


13: Norm and Shane joint favourites

Australian bookmaker Centrebet cannot split former All Blacks hooker Norm Hewitt and ex-Shortland Street star Shane Cortese at the top of its Dancing with the Stars betting market.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0505/S00432.htm


14: 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.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00349.htm


15: Prime Rejects Dr Cullen's Claims

Prime and the Paul Holmes programme rejects entirely the suggestion made by Dr Michael Cullen in a press statement earlier today that Prime Television used false pretences to elicit information from Bayfield High pupils against David Benson-Pope.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0505/S00455.htm


16: Scoop Link: Guardian(UK) - When The Wells Run Dry

When The Wells Run Dry We use more oil than we find, and if producers are fixing their figures the end could be closer than thought Adam Porter Wednesday May 25, 2005 The Guardian

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00383.htm


17: 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.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00342.htm


18: Samoan flag to fly on Auckland Harbour Bridge

Auckland Harbour Bridge will fly the flag of Samoa tomorrow in recognition of the Samoan National Day. The flag will fly from dawn until dusk on Wednesday 1 June.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0505/S00243.htm


19: Electoral Enrolment Centre

Tens of thousands of New Zealanders have had their details removed from the electoral rolls for this year's General Election ? and their vote won't count unless they re-enrol.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0505/S00315.htm


20: New Zealanders Failing to Get Melanoma Message

Hundreds of New Zealanders are dying because too many are still ignoring the melanoma message and are too slow in seeking specialist treatment, says world expert in the disease, Professor Jim Shaw of Auckland.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0505/S00223.htm


21: 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.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00366.htm


22: CAFTA and its Discontents

In a last ditch effort by the White House, six Central American presidents visited Washington on May 12 to lobby for congressional backing of the Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), which would eliminate all bilateral trade barriers to the ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0505/S00473.htm


23: Victims of Feilding homicide named

The identities of the two elderly victims of the weekend's homicide in Feilding have been confirmed by Police.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0505/S00311.htm


24: Pessimism Still Dominates

The response rate has dropped away a bit for this latest survey so we’ll keep an eye on that. This latest survey has produced a still high level of pessimism similar to last fortnight’s survey. The latest result is a net 52% pessimistic from 50.3% ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0505/S00437.htm


25: Narconews: More Marches In Bolivia, Protests Widen

This morning they did it again: the steep kilometers that separate La Paz from EL Alto were completely covered by the biggest march the Bolivian capital has seen since October 2003. Workers, street merchants, and other groups from El Alto led the human ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00374.htm


26: The cost of our favourite tipple goes up... again

Consumers are being warned to brace themselves for further tax hikes on their favourite tipple effective from tomorrow (1 June).

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0505/S00316.htm


27: 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.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00360.htm


28: 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 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0505/S00747.htm


29: Papua New Guinea: The Clock is Ticking

The deep divide between the tiny elite minority in Papua New Guinea who enrich themselves at the expense of the vast majority of ordinary people will continue to grow with disastrous consequences unless the Australian government’s new Enhanced Cooperation ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0505/S00472.htm


30: 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...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00368.htm

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