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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 2 August 2005


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

1: Don Brash and the “Strategic Deficit”

“Strategic deficit” refers to a political technique used by President Ronald Reagan and his new right budget director, David Stockman to downsize the state. First, you give massive tax cuts which in succeeding years leads to huge budget deficits and ...

2: William Rivers Pitt: Something to Choke On, Again

There have been two bad moments looming over the horizon for the last couple of weeks. One is still in the offing, and a lot of people who have been watching and working the details should prepare themselves for the ram. The other went down this ...

3: Scoop Video: PM's Post-Cabinet Press Conference

Scoop Video: PM Helen Clark, post-cabinet press conference August 1 2005. Helen Clark discussed the speeding motorcade issue, and faced a series of questions regarding coalition deals and New Zealand First leader Winston Peters’ accusations that dangerous ...

4: Goff Alleges National Sought US Help With Policy

During a raucous final question time for this session of Parliament, Foreign Affairs Minister, Phil Goff read out statements his opposition counterpart Dr Lockwood Smith had allegedly made whilst in the United States last year.

5: Questions for Oral Answer - Tuesday, 2 August 2005

1. RODNEY HIDE to the Prime Minister: For any Prime Ministerial motorcade, who makes the decision about the speed at which the motorcade travels, and what responsibility does the Prime Minister have for that decision?

6: Cohn: Bush Defies Military, Congress on Torture

After the grotesque torture photographs emerged from Abu Ghraib prison in April 2004, Bush said, "I shared a deep disgust that those prisoners were treated the way they were treated." He vowed the incidents would be investigated and the perpetrators ...

7: Westpac Responds To Education Minister's Comments

We were disappointed to read Hon Trevor Mallard’s comments today regarding our Chief Economist’s analysis of the Labour Party’s proposed policy regarding student loans.

8: Questions & Answers for Oral Answer 2 August 2005

Questions to Ministers1. Prime Minister—Motorcade 2. Student Loans—Cost of Interest-free Policy 3. Terrorist Groups—New Zealand 4. Student Loans—Cost of Interest-free Policy 5. Nuclear-free Policy—Reports

9: Peters Won't Meet The Targets Of His Attacks

Progressive MP Matt Robson today received a petition from the Iraqi community who are angered at the outrageous misuse of Parliamentary privilege by Mr Winston Peters.

10: Ahmed Zaoui Marks Two Years As A Refugee

Algerian academic Ahmed Zaoui marked two years today since the Refugee Status Appeals Authority (RSAA) deemed him a legitimate refugee. The New Zealand Security Intelligence Service had earlier deemed Mr Zaoui a risk to New Zealand's national security, issuing ...

11: Public Address 01/08/05 - A Cornucopia Of Comment

Can anybody tell me some more about Telecom's decision to withdraw all its faster JetStream consumer plans - meaning that anyone who wants a 2Mbit service now faces a price rise from $79 a month to a "business" rate of between $249 and $299? I had ...

12: The Mediacracy: How Journalism Went Bad

YOUR EDITOR has occasionally noted that when he started out in what was then the trade of journalism, over half the reporters in this country only had a high school education. Ben Bagdikian, a bit older, describes in his memoir, Double Vision, an ...

13: Mark Crispin Miller: None Dare Call It Stolen

Harper's Magazine: None dare call it stolen - Ohio, the election, and America's servile press - by Mark Crispin Miller, summarized by Mary Anne Saucier, Columbus, Ohio - July 24, 2005

14: LeFevre: The Atomic Bombings and America’s Soul

It is the lie that began the long decline to America’s loss of its soul. The people are still fed, and still swallow, the propaganda that began 60 years ago, after Hiroshima and Nagasaki were leveled. As Time magazine echoed for the umpteenth time this week: ...

15: Sanjay Upadhya: Clarity Above The Cacophony

Six months after King Gyanendra dismissed Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba's multiparty government and took over full executive control, critics have a litany of lamentations.

16: Hotel owners defying smoking ban

Rotorua MP Steve Chadwick, architect of the smoking ban in bars, states the ban is becoming more popular and that there will be “no turning back”.

17: Dunne slams TV3's 'stupid arrogance'

United Future leader Peter Dunne tonight slammed the 'stupid, arrogant and anti-democratic' decision by TV3 to exclude his party from its televised political leaders' debate next week.

18: Goff welcomes dismissal of prisoner's claim

Goff welcomes dismissal of prisoner's claim The first Court ruling made under the Prisoners' and Victims' Claims Act confirms the legislation will stop prisoners being paid compensation in all but the most exceptional circumstances, Justice Minister ...

19: Great news for breast cancer patients

Early-stage breast cancer patients who are intolerant to tamoxifen have received great news with the announcement that Pharmac will increase funding of aromatase inhibitors such as Arimidex® from August 1. Pharmac also announced a review of the ...

20: Condoleezza Rice Interview With Washington Post

MR. KESSLER: Well, I'll start off. One thing that struck me when we were in Japan in March is there was a Japanese reporter that said, "Gee, being Secretary of State must be really tough." And you kind of laughed and said, "No, it's ...

21: UN Credentials Committee Can Reject Bolton

The UN Doesn't Have to Accept Bolton's Credentials. This may come as a rude surprise to George W. Bush, who this morning appointed Bolton U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, despite his rejection several weeks ago by the Senate. The unintended consequence ...

22: Deborah Coddington's valedictory speech

A Gallery journalist, in the context of my not seeking re-election, asked me last week if I felt I was a failure as a politician. I certainly do not. I don't believe the success or failure of any job should be measured by the length of time spent ...

23: Cullen Address to Public Relations Annual Awards

Michael Cullen Address to Public Relations Annual Awards Breakfast Duxton Hotel, 170 Wakefield St, Wellington

24: Ivan Eland: The Politics of Troop Withdrawal

In Iraq, like everywhere else, if things don’t add up, it is safe to assume that politics is involved. Although the insurgency in recent months has worsened, Gen. George W. Casey, the commander of U.S. forces in Iraq, astonishingly claims that ...

25: Westpac's dodgy analysis driven by selfishness

Westpac's analysis of Labour's proposal to abolish interest on student loans appears to be self-interested, Education Minister Trevor Mallard said today.

26: WTI Demands Bush And Blaýr Indýctment At ICC

1 August 2005, Istanbul, Turkey – The Final Statement by the Jury of Conscience of the World Tribunal on Iraq calls for the International Criminal Court (ICC) to indict, prosecute, and punish the perpetrators and collaborators for the aggression against ...

27: Pringle: TeenScreen - Another Gross Distortion

Here's another gross distortion of the truth by TeenScreen. On its web site, in response to the question, is TeenScreen related to TMAP, the Texas Medication Algorithm Project? It says: “No. ... Some Web postings inappropriately and inaccurately claim ...

28: Drink Spiking and Drug Assisted Sexual Assaults

As highlighted by the television programme Stakeout, aired Channel 3, 28 July 2005, increasing anecdotal evidence suggests that significant rates of drink spiking/drug assisted assaults are occurring in New Zealand.

29: Huata: (inadvertent) incorrect media reporting

Donna Awatere Huata and Wi Huata sent their daughters to state-integrated, not private, schools in the Hawkes Bay, as is regularly incorrectly stated by print reporters.

30: Cuba Transition Coordinator Caleb McCarry

MODERATOR: Thank you very much for that very warm welcome. And I actually should be extending to you, ladies and gentlemen, our friends and colleagues a welcome here to the State Department to the Harry S. Truman Room -- Building in the Treaty Room. ...


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