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Scoop Top 30 Ratings - June 9 2005


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

1: Another Downing St Memo – Wrongfooting Saddam

SCOOP EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is a transcript of another document leaked to the media concerning the build up to the Iraq war. It concerns a discussion in early 2002 between the UK Ambassador to the US and then Deputy Defence Secretary Paul Wolfowitz.

2: Questions & Answers for Oral Answer 9 June 2005

1. Health Services—Waiting Times 2. Chinese Spy Network—New Zealand 3. Te Wânanga o Aotearoa—Treaty of Waitangi Settlement Question No. 1 to Minister Question No. 3 to Minister 4. Economy—Reserve Bank Announcement 5. Labour Party President—Auckland ...

3: Annan Condemns Post-Election Violence in Ethiopia

In the wake of the unrest following disputed elections in Ethiopia, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has condemned the violence in Addis Ababa that resulted in the shooting and reported killing of a number of demonstrators by security forces.

4: Enron's White Seeks Govt. Energy Project Funding

Beware. This could be your tax dollars at work. The federal government may guarantee hundreds of millions of dollars in loans to help a former energy executive who publicly admitted he had no idea that the division he once ran cooked its books and who is ...

5: Parasites on Poverty Campaign - 10 Most Guilty

KEY - Electorate - Ranking on Average Personal Income of Poorest 10 electorates (from Poorest to Wealthiest) - Guilty MP - Political Party

6: Greenpeace assault on a New Zealand fishing vessel

“Greenpeace’s assault on a New Zealand fishing vessel this week in the Tasman was dangerous and disgraceful. It is entirely appropriate that the Government considers what action it can take to protect New Zealanders legally going about their business ...

7: R. Nicholas Burns G8 Press Roundtable in London

UNDER SECRETARY BURNS: I am here for a G8 meeting of political directors, and that's under British chairmanship, and we are talking about all of the foreign policy issues, including Iraq and Iran and Afghanistan and the Middle East peace negotiations, the ...

8: Full Coverage: The Downing Street Memo

David Swanson: Breakthrough - Washington Post & NYT On Bush & Blair's Comments - The corporate media today began its coverage of the Downing Street Minutes, moved to do so by a visit to Washington by Prime Minister Tony Blair, and by the pressure ...

9: Jim Shultz: Bolivia In Turmoil

Bolivia is once again in the international news and with good reason. For three weeks the capital city of La Paz has been largely shut down by protests. The President has announced his resignation. The Congress is poised Thursday to hand the Presidency ...

10: End nuclear nonsense - restore ANZUS

Finally Parliament will have an opportunity to reverse the foolish clause 11 of the New Zealand Nuclear Free Zone Disarmament and Arms Control Act of 1987, ACT MP Ken Shirley said in response to his private members bill being drawn from the ballot ...

11: Public Address 09/06/05 - Po-Faced Outrage

A sitting MP gives an explanation to the House which is at perpendicular variance with accounts of his potentially improper conduct provided to journalists by three members of the public. He seems destined to appear before the privileges committee ...

12: David Swanson: Bush, Blair, and Bumiller

The corporate media today began its coverage of the Downing Street Minutes, moved to do so by a visit to Washington by Prime Minister Tony Blair, and by the pressure all of us have applied.

13: Bonus Joules: Is EECA A Nuclear Reactor?

Policy launch: Greens offer brighter thinking on energy . So reads the media release this week. Strange. Why does the world suddenly dim down and lose its sparkle? Have we suddenly blown a galactic fuse or something? Time to get the Energy Gobbledygook ...

14: Conference calls for end to bullying of queers*

A campaign to increase safety for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students and teachers in schools will be launched at a national conference in Wellington, June 11 and 12, 2005.

15: Iraq Museum’s DG Lectures about Antiquities

(Chicago) - The Director General of the Iraq Museum, Baghdad, Dr. Donny George, spoke about the April 2003 looting, the recovery of antiquities and the museum’s restoration initiatives at a lecture hosted by the Field Museum.

16: Scoop: Top Scoops + Just Politics

LEAD STORY: Wealth Spread Around More Evenly Since 2001 - SCOOP IS IN THE HOUSE: - Dunne Looks For Reds Under NZ Beds - Terence Arnold Could Be In Hot Seat Regarding Benson Pope - Bollard Keeps Close Eye On Inflation - Mobile Phone Termination Regulation ...

17: Health Support Workers Below Poverty Line

“Most health support workers are earning less than the Government’s poverty line of $27,600 or 60% of household median income,” said Nadine Marshall, Secretary of the National Union of Public Employees (NUPE) today. She was commenting on figures ...

18: Wananga receives $15m in error

Trevor Mallard tied himself in knots today trying to justify $15 million of Treaty of Waitangi settlement payments made to Te Wananga o Aotearoa in error, says National Party Education spokesman Bill English.

19: Steve Weissman: The Anti-Christ and I

Satan rules, at least according to many of my fellow Americans. In recent surveys, over two-thirds of those polled said they believed the devil to be real, whether with or without horns and a tail.

20: Evidence Shows MeNZB(tm) Vaccine Is Not Working

"The Ministry of Health press release this afternoon is riddled with faith and false information," say risk & policy analyst Ron Law and writer/researcher Barbara Sumner Burstyn

21: Full Coverage: Bolivia's June Revolution

Jim Shultz On Bolivia's Revolution & Repercussions At OAS - Bolivia is once again in the international news and with good reason. For three weeks the capital city of La Paz has been largely shut down by protests. The President has announced ...

22: Dolphins Found To Be Using Tools To Forage

Dolphins on the West Coast of Australia have been found to use tools for foraging, report scientists from the Universities of Zurich and New South Wales in Sydney. It is the first time documented evidence has been gathered to examine how dolphin ...

23: Poverty levels down since 2001

The latest findings on poverty levels in New Zealand are evidence of a steady improvement in social wellbeing under the Labour-led government, Social Development and Employment Minister Steve Maharey said.

24: More garbage from ‘Smarmy Maharey’

Social Development & Employment Minister Steve Maharey is using dubious statistics and weasel-words to defend his government’s failure to address poverty or reduce inequality, claims ACT Welfare Spokeswoman Dr Muriel Newman.

25: The Fundy Post - Youth against Fascism

Since the last Fundy Post was published, the phones have not stopped ringing. The Watchdog story has appeared in Russell Brown's Hard News, the New Zealand Herald, the Dominion Post, the Sydney Morning Herald and the Melbourne Age, as well as being ...

26: Smacking bill a step backwards- ACT

Sue Bradford’s bill now before parliament on banning smacking is a backward step, ACT Justice spokesman Stephen Franks said today.

27: Misuse of Drugs Amendment Bill welcomed

The Social Tonics Association of New Zealand (STANZ) today welcomed the second reading of the Misuse of Drugs Amendment Bill in Parliament, saying the Bill was a good example of evidence-based policy development.

28: Reduced Poverty A Farce

New Zealand First spokesperson for family affairs Barbara Stewart is warning the public not to fall for Labour's attempt to conceal the true picture of poverty in New Zealand

29: Questions & Answers for Oral Answer 8 June 2005

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30: Time for Labour to come clean on cost of Kyoto

National Party Forestry spokesman Brian Connell says its time for Labour to come clean on the cost of implementing the Kyoto Protocol.


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