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Scoop Top 30 Ratings - June 14 2005


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

1: NEWSFLASH: Michael Jackson Found Not Guilty

King of Pop Michael Jo Jackson has been found not guilty on all charges of sexual assault against a minor in a Santa Barbara county California.

2: Evelyn Pringle: TeenScreen - The Law Suits Begin

The scheme concocted by the pharmaceutical industry and pushed forward by the Bush administration to screen the entire nation's public school population for mental illness and treat them with controversial drugs was already setting off alarms among ...

3: Flashback: USA's Ministry of Propaganda Exposed

Colonel Sam Gardiner (USAF, Ret.) has identified 50 false news stories created and leaked by a secretive White House propaganda apparatus. Bush administration officials are probably having second thoughts about their decision to play hardball with former ...

4: PM's Presser: Benson-Pope Defended - Musharraf

Inside: Prime Minister Defends David Benson-Pope - President Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan To Visit This Week

5: Hell We Could Be Sorry

The Hell Pizza management team has been told by a guy who chooses to remain nameless, that the Australian Government would like Hell to apologise to Australia for the "win a trip that could last a lifetime campaign". Citing that is in extremely ...

6: Jackson Innocent - Hope For Benson-Pope?

Earlier today, in a California courtroom, the jury in Michael Jackson's child abuse trial returned verdicts of not guilty on all charges. This has reinforced my belief that celebrity cases involving the mistreatment of children are best tried by the ...

7: Evelyn Pringle: Autism + Vaccines = Tax Dollars

We are on the verge of a welfare disaster in this country (USA). Eighty percent of autistic children are under the age of 17. In a few short years, the states are going to be forced to provide support for an overwhelming number of disabled autistic adults. ...

8: Mahablog: We Are All Conspiracy Theorists Now

Let's all give a robust "WTF?" to this WaPo article from Saturday: The Pentagon awarded three contracts this week, potentially worth up to $300 million over five years, to companies it hopes will inject more creativity into its psychological operations ...

9: High Commissioner Causes Concern

The Maori Party is deeply concerned that another High Commissioner appointed by the Labour Government is unable to comprehend the importance of their role and status as a representative of this country.

10: US Veteran Deported From Laos For Assisting Rebels

BANGKOK, Thailand -- An American, Ed Szendrey, said a former CIA-backed Lao general helped finance his trip into communist Laos, which ended in expulsion last week because Szendrey bought illegal satellite telephones for Hmong rebels, set up a "communications ...

11: Questions for Oral Answer -Tuesday, 14 June 2005

1. GEORGINA BEYER to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What reports has he received on child poverty in New Zealand?

12: Increased Vaccine Risk in Pre-Schoolers - Explain

Last week IMAC called for more science and less opinion in the MeNZB(tm) vaccination debate: We agree, and now call on IMAC to explain the increased risk of meningococcal disease in pre-schoolers apparent in its evidence used to support the MeNZB(tm) campaign.

13: Downing Street Memo: Case for Impeachment Builds

The fallout from the revelation of a secret meeting between British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his senior national security team appears to be growing. We take a look at the so-called "Downing Street Memo" which reveals how the former director ...

14: Time And Place Fixed For Downing St. Memo Rally

On Thursday June 16, 2005, Rep. John Conyers, Jr., Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, and other Congress Members will hold a hearing on the Downing Street Minutes and related evidence of efforts to cook the books on pre-war intelligence. (Time ...

15: 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.

16: William Blum: The Anti-Empire Report June 13, 2005

The Pentagon awarded three contracts this past week, worth up to $300 million, to companies it hopes will inject more creativity into US psychological operations efforts to improve foreign public opinion about the United States, particularly their opinion ...

17: Cullen on Ralph Norris’s departure

Finance Minister Michael Cullen has “mixed feelings” about the departure from Air New Zealand and from New Zealand of Ralph Norris.

18: Call for Peaceful Resolution of Ethiopia Election

In the days since Ethiopia's disputed elections sparked a wave of violent street protests in the capital, Addis Ababa, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has spoken several times to both Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and opposition ...

19: William Rivers Pitt: Dean Was Right

If the leadership qualities of those in charge of the national Democratic Party could be squeezed into a shampoo bottle, the directions on the back of the bottle might read something like this: “Make tentative statement. Offer equivocation to ...

20: New President Appointed As Workers Struggle

Last night the Congress accepted the resignation of pro-US president Mesa, and also accepted the refusal of both the presidents of the Senate and Congress to take over as president.

21: Peters: What A Country Without A Treaty Would Do

An address by Rt Hon Winston Peters to Opotiki Grey Power on Tuesday, 14 June 2005, 1.30pm, Senior Citizens Hall, King Street, Opotiki

22: Who Is The Sexiest Vegetarian Alive?

Auckland - Vegetarianism has officially gone mainstream, and the world of celebrities is no exception. In a star-studded poll that was launched earlier this month, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is asking people to vote for the "Sexiest ...

23: Rive IV With Chris Matthews of MSNBC's Hardball

QUESTION: Madame Secretary, there's a lot of concern in this country, as you know, about the strength and the violence of the insurgency. We just got these two memos in the last couple of weeks that they're called the "Downing Street Memos" ...

24: Graham Kelly Apologises For Recent Comments

In the course of explaining New Zealand’s fisheries management system I made some remarks which have clearly caused offence. I acknowledged they were inappropriate and apologised when the Secretary of Foreign Affairs raised the matter with me shortly ...

25: Studies Show Orgasm Difficulties Partially Genetic

By Marietta Gross – Scoop Media Auckland. Scientists have found the reason why some women have difficulty reaching an orgasm is due to genetics. That’s the result of a study by the Twin Research Unit of the St. Thomas’ Hospital ...

26: 'Claptrap' Substantiated With Concrete Evidence

Sunday, 12 June 2005: Last week Amaltal director Andrew Talley called Greenpeace assertions "unsubstantiated claptrap". Today, photos and footage taken by the Rainbow Warrior crew prove him and others supporting bottom trawling wrong.

27: Cheaper electricity bills from new regulation

Low power users are now saving between $25 and $96 a year on their electricity bills because of regulations introduced by the government that require companies to offer low fixed charge tariffs, Energy Minister Trevor Mallard said today.

28: Bolivia - Chronology of an Authentic Netwar

In case you blinked – because it all happened so fast – I’ve prepared this summary of the action-packed series of breaking news reports from Luis Gómez and our entire team in Bolivia, and the considerable helping hand lent them from diverse points ...

29: Toshiba prompts another ‘new wave’ in computing

Auckland, 13 June 2005 – Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the release of the world’s first industry-standard notebook computer, the New Zealand office of Toshiba (Australia) Pty.

30: Bush-Advisor Falsifies Reports On Climate Change

“New York Times” has reported Philip Cooney, former lobbyist of the oil industry, had played down warnings of what global warming will do to the planet.


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