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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 12 July 2005


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

1: Brian Easton: The State Of The Nation

Respected economist Brian Easton, celebrated particularly for his work researching poverty levels, today gave a speech looking at the central election issue of whether promised substantial income tax cuts are affordable or indeed fiscally sustainable.

2: A Week of It: Liberal values, Liberated Algerians

In This Edition: - Future of Institute For Liberal Values (Slightly) Uncertain - Alleged Security Risk Enjoys Cable Car Ride - Sorry Old Chap, No Can Do, Chatham House Rules! - McCully accuses Dominion Post of Left Wing Bias!? - Market Forces ...

3: “Peak Oil” – An Urgent Issue for New Zealand!

Introduction Human activity in New Zealand is heavily reliant on abundant and cheap energy, much of which we get from oil. Yet oil is a finite resource, and one that the world is rapidly using up.

4: PM's Presser: Getting Labour’s Message Out

Kevin List reports that the Government emphasised this week work that had been achieved in looking after NZ’s elderly. With this in mind the Prime Minister attended a rather truncated post cabinet press conference then left leaving Maharey & Hodgson to explain ...

5: Bolivia Balkanized - Aid to Haiti Coup Regime

Today in The Narco News Bulletin, Narco News correspondent and leading Bolivian intellectual José Mirtenbaum reports on a new political compromise in the Bolivian congress that would postpone the referendum on "regional autonomy" that the country's business ...

6: Tizard dazed and confused

Total confusion reigns within the Labour Party over its childcare policy, says National Party Education spokesman Bill English.

7: Ivan Eland: Why Did Terrorists Strike London?

Watching the major U.S. television networks after the London terror bombings provided little illumination about why that city was chosen for attack. The commentators on those networks first mimicked Tony Blair’s self-serving “we’re all in this together” ...

8: Killing America by Claiming Failure as Success

BuzzFlash was looking at the front page of the July 9th business section of the Chicago Tribune and came across a large photo of a young, short-skirted woman trying out a software program on a laptop. All around her were sophisticated marketing booths ...

9: Public Address 12/07/05 - Some Behaviour Issues

There have been some behaviour issues in the local blogosphere since last Friday. In this thread alone on Labour stalwart Jordan Carter's blog, National Party member (and former office-holder) Tim Barclay claimed that the Labour Party "secretly hopes" ...

10: Residential Property Values up 14.2%

The residential property market has shown little signs of slowing, with residential properties increasing in value by 14.2% for the year ended June, up from 13.5% annual growth to May.

11: Steve McKinlay: The 'A' Bomb In Wardour Street

I think there are two thoughts we ought to seriously consider in respect of the terrorist bombings in London last week. Firstly, much media commentary has, in my opinion, vaulted to the naive conclusion that the bombings are Islamic fundamentalist ...

12: Dalai Lama 70th Sees Withdrawal from politics

Tibet’s exile leader the Dalai Lama has celebrated his 70th birthday while still in exile in India by relinquishing politics to elected representatives. In a speech to thousands of Tibetan refugees in Dharamsala the spiritual and worldly leader of ...

13: Public's Help Sought After Woman's Body Found

Auckland Police's DSS Whitley: "We are appealing to hear of anyone who is missing, and that includes anyone who hasn't turned up at work. It may be that a woman has not turned up for work but someone else has phoned in and said that they are sick."

14: Cullen backtracking on tax deals

National Party Finance spokesman John Key says Michael Cullen appears to be trying to backtrack on his earlier defence of the tax deals which saw money coming through the Cayman Islands.

15: Political Islam in the heart of secular Europe

The following speech was given at the International Humanist and Ethical Union Congress on July 6, 2005 in Paris, France, at a parallel session entitled ‘Women’s rights in religious and secular societies’.

16: Candidate For Te Tai Tonga Heading South

Destiny New Zealand Candidate for Te Tai Tonga, Maru Samuel, will be a guest speaker at the South Island leg of the Nation Under Siege tour spearheaded by Bishop Brian Tamaki. Also featuring on the tour will be Destiny New Zealand party leader, Mr Richard ...

17: Early Warning For Kidney Failure Possible

11-July-05, Syft Technologies Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand: Syft Technologies has provided the Christchurch Hospital with a new doctor, one that is hoped to safely, easily and instantly diagnose a range of diseases from Campylobacter to asthma.

18: Colour, style, fantasy... and that's just the hair

A record 505 entrants in New Zealand's most prestigious hairdressing awards has been trimmed back to the top 20 individual stylists.

19: Was Israel Warned Ahead of First Blast?

Reports just in suggest U.S. Army Radio quoting unconfirmed reliable sources reported a short time ago that Scotland Yard had intelligence warnings of the attacks a short time before they occurred.

20: Rapaura Vintners changes shareholding

Marlborough’s Rapaura Vintners’ shareholders, Babich Wines, Goldwater Estate and Matua Valley Wines, have consolidated their shareholding in the company and now hold one third of the shares each, the company said today.

21: Images: Hurricane Dennis Monstering Gulf Coast

Hurricane Dennis, a category four monster hurricane packing 230kmh winds, which may yet strengthen to a maximum category 5, is about to strike the Gulf Coast of the mainland United States, most probably close to the Alabama, Florida & Mississippi ...

22: MFAT London Bombing Update

The New Zealand High Commission in London spent Monday continuing to track down New Zealanders whose families have enquired about them, reporting responses back to the Ministry for follow up. Of the 2100 on the database, over 1500 are now accounted ...

23: Hillsborough: Woman's Body Sparks Homicide Inquiry

Scoop Report: Hillsborough, Auckland - Auckland Police are investigating a homicide after a woman's body was found in bushes on Waikowhai Road, Hillsborough, at about 8:20am this morning. The body has remained at the scene for most of today while forensic ...

24: Images: The Apostles – And Then There Were 8

Image taken yesterday morning at 9:18am by a tourist who witnessed the collapse of one of the Twelve Apostles rock formations....showing all rock formations intact. This is the 'after' picture taken yesterday morning at 9:19am, just seconds after ...

25: Andy Stephenson (1963-2005) - In Memoriam

All-time American patriotic "good guy" Andy Stephenson passed away on Thursday, July 7, 2005 at 6:27 EST/9:27 PST after a rather short but heroic bout with pancreatic cancer. The many thousands who understood his cause and who contributed to the cost ...

26: Treated timber product to be investigated

The Department of Building and Housing is investigating claims that a treated timber product, T1.2, is being misused in construction and sold as something it isn’t, Building Issues Minister Chris Carter said today.

27: Minister's Meningococcal Claims Puzzling

"Claims by the Minister of Health that former Associate Health Minister was 'privy to all the [meningococcal] information, the papers, the debate' have been proven wrong by papers released under the Official Information Act," say risk ...

28: Suppressed letter to editor

If gene-tampering were so scientifically sound as claimed by its promotors such as Dr Tony Conner (22 Feb), wouldn't a more accurate and well-mannered style be forthcoming from them? Instead, the letters you print from enthusiasts for genetic manipulation ...

29: William Rivers Pitt: The Best Of Us

It was late July 2004, and it was a hot day for Seattle. The park was filled with activists, organizers and regular folks, there to hear a battery of speakers who had come together for this stop on the Rolling Thunder Democracy Tour.

30: Rice IV With James Rosen of Fox News Channel

QUESTION: Madame Secretary, thank you for your time as always. We've had this big announcement that the North Koreans are going to return to the six-party talks later this month. You know what some people are going to say, you know what some people ...


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