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Scoop Top 30 Ratings - June 23 2005


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

1: UQ Wire: Sibel Edmonds - FBI & 9/11

Over four years ago, more than four months prior to the September 11 terrorist attacks, in April 2001, a long-term FBI informant/asset who had been providing the bureau with information since 1990, provided two FBI agents and a translator with specific ...

2: ‘Waking up to Peak Oil’ - Tariana Turia

“It is about time the Government woke up to the approaching energy crisis” stated Tariana Turia today.

3: Questions & Answers for Oral Answer 22 June 2005

1. Government Spending—Proportion of GDP 2. Kyoto Protocol—Prime Minister's Statement 3. Oil Prices—Analysis of Impact 4. EDS (New Zealand) Ltd—Government Grant 5. Employment Relations Act—Union Member Payments 6. State Housing—Recent Developments

4: New Zealander Dies From Shark Attack In Vanuatu

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has confirmed that a New Zealand citizen was killed by a shark while swimming off a beach on Malekula Island in northern Vanuatu yesterday afternoon.

5: Prince William & water polo to teenagers

MEDIA RELEASE Wednesday, 22 June 2005 Prince William hopes to raise profile of water polo to teenagers Prince William has chosen to attend a water polo event in west Auckland during his up-coming visit to New Zealand to promote the sport to other ...

6: Steve Weissman: Kill the Messenger, Hide the News

When truthout boss Marc Ash asked me earlier this year to look into the Pentagon's killing of journalists, I didn't know what to expect. Many reporters at the time believed that American soldiers were purposely targeting them. But, as I soon found, ...

7: Questions for Oral Answer - Thursday, 23 June 2005

1. DAIL JONES to the Minister of Immigration: Does current policy encourage expat New Zealanders to return to New Zealand permanently?

8: Hodgson’s Billion-Dollar Kyoto Punchline

I’m given to understand that all the jokes about marsh gas, Parliament and global warming were used up last century. Certainly, experts have suggested that the rate at which we are discovering new Kyoto-related comedy had been exceeded by the rate ...

9: Transport to benefit from tax boon

“Motorists, commuters and businesses will benefit from a one-off increase in the government’s tax take as the financial industry responds to new tax law,” Finance Minister Michael Cullen said today.

10: Questions & Answers for Oral Answer 23 June 2005

1. Expatriate New Zealanders—Return to New Zealand 2. Child Poverty—Government Action 3. Land—Public Access 4. Aotea (Great Barrier) Marine Reserve—Application Process 5. Land—Public Access 6. Water Quality—Lowland Rivers and Streams 7. Health—Future ...

11: Public Address 23/06/05 - The Money

If John Key wants to demonstrate that economist Peter Harris is wrong when he says National's tax and spending promises don't add up, he would seem better advised to do so by releasing the numbers than by impugning Harris's credibility...

12: Kamala Sarup Go To Nepal And Enjoy Its Beauty

British and French ambassadors recently said: "There isn't any kind of security problem along the travel in Nepal. Tourists have nothing to fear. We recommend the Nepalese and the foreigners to experience the spectacular beauty on their own." ...

13: Scott Ritter: The War With Iran Has Already Begun

Americans, along with the rest of the world, are starting to wake up to the uncomfortable fact that President George Bush not only lied to them about the weapons of mass destruction in Iraq (the ostensible excuse for the March 2003 invasion and occupation of that ...

14: The False Narco-Smear Against the Zapatistas

Mexico: The False Narco-Smear Against the Zapatistas June 22, 2005 Gary Webb - Presente Please Distribute Widely

15: Rural Protest leads To Opposition Bickering

Farmers up and down the country have been protesting against the Government's proposal to have a five-metre walking accessway along significant waterways. Today Federated Farmers launched its Visitor Access Protocol and handed over a petition protesting ...

16: Wine Makers Furious at 2 Tax Increases in 1 Month

New Zealand wineries and grapegrowers are furious that the government has announced yet another tax increase on wine, the 2nd in just one month.

17: Bolivia: The Second Gas War

Following over three weeks of social upheaval, now known as the Second Gas War, Bolivians have thrown out their second president in less than two years.

18: Release of final set of reviews

Co-ordinating Minister, Race Relations Trevor Mallard today released the second group of reports and results from the government’s review of targeted policies and programmes.

19: Don Brash Writes

At the time of the 2002 election, National campaigned against the ratification of the Kyoto Protocol. We argued that it made no sense for a country which contributes just one-quarter of one percent to the global emissions of greenhouse gases to impose ...

20: Health Groups Welcome Closure Of Smoky Bar

The Smokefree Coalition is welcoming a Liquor Licensing Authority ruling that Kelly Browne’s Bar must shut for three weeks. The Cambridge bar had repeatedly thumbed its nose at the new smokefree bars law. The Coalition represents 27 health groups, ...

21: Application for Inclusion on Nat. Front ‘Hit List'

Gay man and human rights campaigner Jeremy Lambert is seeking inclusion on the National Front’s ‘hit list’ of known “communists, anti-facists, anarchists, homosexuals, multiculturalists”.

22: Top Young Scientists Named at Awards Ceremony

An Otago PhD student researching environmental contamination from leaky landfills has taken top honours at the 2005 MacDiarmid Young Scientists of the Year Awards, held in Auckland tonight.

23: Kickback, Brown-nose and Rooting-in-the-trough

Havana, Jun 22 (Prensa Latina) Flip, Flop, Flip - Rumsfeld, George W, and Cheney just can't get this Gitmo thing right. A couple of weeks ago, it was the best thing for getting the low-down on terrorism since sliced head, I mean bread.

24: Link: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. - Deadly Immunity

A Salon/Rolling Stone joint investigation. When a study revealed that mercury in childhood vaccines may have caused autism in thousands of kids, the government rushed to conceal the data - and to prevent parents from suing drug companies for their ...

25: Sam Smith: The Glass Wall Of Media Coverage

Dana Milbank's snotty attack on critics of White House behavior as revealed in the Downing Street memos illuminates a carefully concealed truth about the media: its definition of objectivity stops at the edge of anything left of center. Standard ...

26: St Matthew-in-the-City celebrates being gay

Auckland’s St Matthew-in-the-City Anglican Church is home for a community of gay and lesbian Christians. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the establishment of that group, the Auckland Community Church (ACC).

27: Panicked Labour executes U-turn on road funding

National Party Finance spokesman John Key is pleased that Michael Cullen has executed a U-turn on road funding, but suspects it has more to do with Labour's poor polling.

28: Labour dropping everything into 'too hard basket'

The Government is dumping issues that requires leadership into the too hard basket until after the election, United Future leader Peter Dunne said today in detailing half a dozen recent matters that the Government has opted not to deal with or has ...

29: Peter Calder Defends His Che Guevara Writings

The first piece below, published on the Herald's Dialogue page this week, answers the devoted fans of Che Guevara who were upset that I was so nasty to him. The second is the text of the piece I will send out to anyone who takes up the invitation to ...

30: Nation under Siege packs Rotorua Boys High School

Bishop Tamaki’s ‘Nation under Siege’ tour attracted over 450 locals at Rotorua Boys High School last night.


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