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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 29 June 2005


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

1: John Chuckman: Drowning In Filth

I've given the date of Orwell's words lest someone think they were written by a contemporary bearing the writer's name. Recent events surely qualify the United States to claim some sort of title from the Guinness Book of Records such as the world's ...

2: Nicholas Burns Remarks at Roosevelt House

UNDER SECRETARY BURNS: Ladies and gentlemen, good afternoon. It is a great pleasure to be here in Delhi. I want to first thank Ambassador David Mulford and his staff for hosting me. We have an outstanding American Ambassador here who we think has ...

3: Public Address 29/06/05 - A Very Big Day For Me

This is a very big day for me. My first book, Great New Zealand Argument: Ideas about ourselves is officially on the shelves. Some of the material will be familiar to Public Address readers, from the web feature that started it all...

4: World Tribunal: Findings Of Jury of Conscience

Istanbul, 27 June, 2005 - With a Jury of Conscience from 10 different countries hearing the testimonies of 54 members of the Panel of Advocates who came from across the world, including Iraq, the United States and the United Kingdom, this global ...

5: 15 Things About Bush&Co.: An Impeachment List

Though my degrees are in government and international relations, I hadn't been part of the political arena in an activist way since "The Sixties" -- roughly the Civil Rights Movement late-'50s through the anti-Vietnam War mid-'70s. Instead, after years ...

6: Lions Fans Hunted By Wellington City Council

Fans of the English Lions team were today welcomed to Wellington by a small but loud cannon. As well as tormenting the English fans with ear shattering claps of cannon fire, Wellington City Council workers danced and waved balloons at the friendly invading ...

7: David Swanson: Bush's Speech, Let's Count the Lies

In the coming free 30 minutes of uninterrupted airtime that ABC News and the Disney Corporation will no doubt give to a spokesperson for the majority of Americans who believe that the war on Iraq was a mistake, I expect we'll see some of the following ...

8: Capill prime candidate for chemical castration

United Future law and order spokesman, Marc Alexander, says the disgraced former leader of the Christian Heritage Party, Graham Capill, is a prime candidate for chemical castration, should he ever be considered for release from prison.

9: OECD confirms policy spurred unemployment drop

An OECD report released today confirms that government policies including Jobs Jolt and Work for You have contributed significantly to New Zealand's world-leading unemployment rates.

10: France: Nuclear fusion project senseless stupidity

Paris, 28 June 2005 - Greenpeace deplores the agreement by the Representatives of the Parties to the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) (1) to construct one of the world's largest nuclear fusion experiments in Cadarache, Southern ...

11: Nepal’s Neighbors: A Study In Contrast

The revelation in a recent survey that communist China is viewed more favorably than the United States by much of the world has come as a shock even to those Americans aware of the tattered international image of their nation two years after the Iraq ...

12: William Rivers Pitt: The Bush Speech Drinking Game

"We," eh? "We"? That's interesting. I'm not seeing a lot of "we" in the 1,743 dead American soldiers from Iraq, the ones who bore the sacrifice Rice used as a talking point back in March. I'm not seeing a lot of "we" in the story of Pfc. Diane Cardile, ...

13: Condoleezza Rice Interview on NBC's Today Show

MS. COURIC: We're really honored to have you in our studio. So let's talk about the situation in Iraq. As you know, Madame Secretary, every morning it seems we're reporting bad news from that part of the world. Over 1,700 U.S. military forces have ...

14: National Declares War on Workers

The National Party has declared war on workers and unions with its industrial relations policy, Council of Trade Unions president Ross Wilson said today.

15: What Will Labour’s Legacy Be?

An address by Rt Hon Winston Peters to members of Timaru Grey Power on Wednesday 29 June 2005 at 2pm at the South Canterbury Finance Community Trust Sports Centre, Morgans Road, Timaru

16: Labour's Gay Marriage Agenda Exposed As A Flop

The revelation today that only 60 couples had applied for Civil Unions since April, with 15 of them being straight, highlights the true extent of Labour’s deception over this issue and exposes its gay marriage agenda as a flop, says Rt Hon Winston ...

17: Public Address 28/06/05 - Clever, Creepy

On Morning Report yesterday, Don Brash declared that gay people are "clearly not mainstream New Zealanders … they're a very small minority." Pressed on whether they might reasonably aspire to be part of his "mainstream" he eventually quoth "I'm sure ...

18: Ministry of Health Gets Dirty; IMAC Lies

It's an old PR trick - if you can't fault the evidence you discredit the whistle-blower. Yesterday the MOH dropped to a new low when they called Independent risk & policy analyst Ron Law 'self-styled' and trundled out once again the 'anti-immunisation' ...

19: Norm Dixon: ‘Africa Needs Justice Not Charity’

Casual readers of the newspaper headlines could be forgiven for believing that the leaders of the richest and most powerful countries have had a miraculous change of heart.

20: Patriot Act Expansion Jeopardizes US Constitution

Proposed Bill to Make Permanent and Expand Provisions of the Patriot Act Jeopardize Constitutional Protections - Interview with Nat Hentoff, columnist and civil liberties advocate, conducted by Scott Harris

21: Tax on savings not on says Key

National Party Finance spokesman John Key says, "Michael Cullen's new plan to tax the hard earned savings of New Zealanders is yet another blatant tax grab."

22: Scoop Link: Wash. Post Downing St Memo Feature

LONDON -- In the spring of 2002, two weeks before British Prime Minister Tony Blair journeyed to Crawford, Tex., to meet with President Bush at his ranch about the escalating confrontation with Iraq, Foreign Secretary Jack Straw sounded a prescient warning.

23: Government committed to improving access

The Government remains committed to improving public access to waterways, Associate Rural Affairs Minister Jim Sutton said today.

24: How safe is your used car?

Data from the world’s largest survey of real-life crashes has been analysed to rate the safety performance of some of New Zealand’s most popular used cars.

25: $5 billion trade bungle

The Government's failed free trade agenda and its refusal to actively manage the New Zealand economy are the root causes of today's all-time record $5 billion trade deficit, says the Green Party.

26: SuperBlues ensure strong voice for 60-plus

National Party leader Don Brash today launched the party's SuperBlues website, aimed at ensuring a strong voice in the National Party for those aged 60-plus. The SuperBlues believe the National Party under Don Brash has the values and policies that are most ...

27: Aggressive Lung-Disease Affects Tsunami-Survivors

Six months after the Tsunami-catastrophe in Asia physicians have come across an unusual lung disease, which could be linked to the after-effects of the seaquake. According to Wall Street Magazine the disease affects people who were taken by the tsunami's ...

28: Party For One At Don's Place

Don Brash must be so desperate for company right now he has set up a special club for National party people over 60 years of age, says Rt Hon Winston Peters.

29: Corp. Media's Failure to Cover Downing St Memos

Progressive Activists and Legislators Challenge Corporate Media's Failure to Cover Downing Street Memo - Interview with Danny Schechter, journalist and filmmaker, conducted by Scott Harris

30: Nepal: Deepening Uncertainty Amid U.S. Dilemma

The Maoist insurgency raging in Nepal has posed a unique challenge to the United States: Reverberations of the Cold War-era Red Scare have combined with the imperatives of the ongoing War on Terror. The possibility of the world’s first communist takeover ...


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