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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 13 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: Winston Peters Has A Crack At Stand Up Comedy

Today New Zealand First leader Winston Peters was involved in a spot of showmanship regarding which of the two main parties he favours as a post election coalition partner (providing of course he is in a position to be Kingmaker post- election).

3: 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’.

4: Bernard Weiner: A Powerful Man Glimpses His Demons

"We're under confidentiality here, right? You can't ever tell anyone what I say to you, doctor/patient relationship, yes?" "That's correct. Under normal circumstances, I cannot be forced to reveal anything you say to me. Only if you're about to do imminent ...

5: Greg Palast: Mr. Rove And The Access Of Evil

The only thing more evil, small-minded and treacherous than the Bush Administration's jailing Judith Miller for a crime the Bush Administration committed, is Judith Miller covering up her Bush Administration "source."

6: Police Hunt Mastermind Behind Home-Grown Bombers

The Guardian has reported that four men believed to be responsible for the bomb attacks against London were born and bred Brits. The newspaper resports: Four home-grown suicide bombers, three of them from West Yorkshire and none of them known to the ...

7: Another pooper scooper moment from Brash?

“Don Brash’s failure to rule out a reduction to GST means either that National’s tax bill just got a whole lot bigger or that Dr Brash has had another pooper-scooper moment,” Finance Minister Michael Cullen said today.

8: Public Address 13/07/5 - Death & Taxes

The old cliché of Death and Taxes have been a real theme for me in the past couple of weeks. Tax, in the sense that I'm nutting out a story on this year's big election issue, while simultaneously ignoring the letters from IRD telling me my tax returns ...

9: Greg Palast: George & Tony Get their al-Qaeda Fix

The tooth fairy, Santa Clause, WorldCom profits, the Easter Bunny, al-Qaeda. The cruel, evil jerks who blew up the London subway last week, despite appropriating al-Qaeda's name for their website and T-shirts, have about as much to do with al-Qaeda ...

10: 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.

11: ICC gives Govt green light to call off tour

The Green Party says the International Cricket Council's statement that the New Zealand Government has the right to impose a sporting sanction on Zimbabwe should spell the end of the Black Caps' tour.

12: 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 ...

13: Nepal: Maoist-Khmer Rouge Comparisons

The chief spokesman for Nepal’s Maoist insurgents has stressed that collaboration between the mainstream parties -- protesting against King Gyanendra’s Feb. 1 takeover of full executive powers -- and the rebel organization would be the only way of pulling ...

14: Brash will scrap carbon tax

National Party Leader Don Brash says National's pledge to repeal Labour's carbon tax will save the fishing industry $20 million per year.

15: 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.

16: Corrections Dept Takes Over Auckland Remand Prison

Management of Auckland Central Remand Prison (ACRP) reverted back to the Department of Corrections at midnight last night following the expiry of the current management contract with GEO NZ Limited.

17: No Right Turn: Reducing Emissions

The Press had a story this morning about our skyrocketing greenhouse emissions , based on the National Inventory Report . Overall emissions have grown 22% since 1990, with significant growth in both the transport and energy sectors. And while much ...

18: US-Iraq War Halts Emergency Hospital Construction

Construction of a new surgical centre halted because of the violence in Iraq, President of Emergency USA Alberto Colombi M.D. M.P.H. said. His organization began building the centre next to the Al Husayin Hospital in Karbala, a Shiite city located 100 ...

19: State Dept. Daily Press Briefing July 12, 2005

ISRAEL/PALESTINIANS Gaza Disengagement / Opportunity for Progress on Roadmap Palestinian Terrorist Groups / Need for Security Reaction to Suicide Bombing Israeli Plans for Development in Negev and Galilee / U.S. Support

20: 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” ...

21: National to ban donations?

"National's ridiculous statement on early childhood education today suggests Bill English plans to ban parents from making donations to their local early childhood education centre," Education Minister Trevor Mallard said.

22: “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.

23: 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 ...

24: Weekly Home Loan report 12 July 2005

Kiwibank made the most interesting change to its home loan rates last week, dropping its five-year rate a full 51 basis points to 6.99%.

25: Spin Mistress Accepts Tax Is Election Issue - ACT

ACT Leader Rodney Hide said today that Prime Minister Helen Clark was on the run over Labour’s overtaxing of hardworking Kiwis.

26: Southern Cross Launches A New Zealand First

Southern Cross Healthcare today launched an entirely new way for New Zealanders to better manage their own health care and gain improved value from the more than $2 billion spent annually on health-related goods and services.

27: Another Carbon Copy From Tired Old National

“When will the imitation end?” asked New Zealand First leader Rt Hon Winston Peters today as he read of the National Party’s plans to introduce a so-called “Veterans Gold Card” which will supposedly enable veterans to better health and welfare services.

28: Labour's 'free' childcare is not free at all

National Party Education spokesman Bill English says official papers show that Labour's allegedly free childcare policy will not deliver free childcare at all.

29: We Are Ready, Whether She Is Or Not

Like many other political parties, New Zealand First has been frustrated by the silence of the Prime Minister, and has grown tired of the waiting game that she is presently playing out on the voting public, says Rt Hon Winston Peters

30: Fire Service's Takaka dairy factory fire findings

The New Zealand Fire Service investigators have found a fire at Fonterra’s Takaka milk factory started by radiated heat from welding being carried out as part of off-season maintenance.


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