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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 30 August 2005


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

1: UN urges Ethiopia to address all those in need

Reaching all those in need of assistance must remain the basic aim of the Ethiopian Government and its partners as it grapples with the problems posed by transition following a year of erratic rain and the lingering economic effects of a two-year ...

2: March To Support Tongan Workers This Saturday

A march in support of striking workers and their demands for a fair pay increase and democracy will be held this Saturday (Sept 3rd) at noon. Marchers will gather at the bottom of Queen Street

3: Peters: Hidden Agendas – Who Is Surprised!

Over the weekend there came a report which was truly disturbing. It referred to the lengths to which those with insidious agendas are prepared to go in order to thrust their views on an unsuspecting public.

4: Troubling Moves On The South Asian Chessboard

The Bush administration’s decision last month to welcome India to the “nuclear club” – weeks after the two governments signed a 10-year defense cooperation agreement -- has prompted contrasting reactions from two principal quarters in Asia.

5: Brash must pull Brownlee into line

Cabinet Minister Steve Maharey has called on Don Brash to back his Deputy Gerry Brownlee or pull him into line, after he accused Labour of being behind leaks of emails sent to Brash from the Business Round Table.

6: W. David Jenkins III: The Conservative Meltdown

My, what a busy summer it’s been! I’ve been away for awhile enjoying time with the family and, during my travels; I’ve noticed something very odd happening out there. People are talking about Iraq instead of “American Idol.” They’re bitching about ...

7: Peak Oil: Be prepared

We are not running out of oil yet – but we are running out of cheap oil. The Peak Oil scenario describes the point where half of any given oil supply has been used. Production rates fall rapidly after the peak –the date of which only becomes apparent ...

8: Jay Shaft: Voices of the Lost and Forgotten- Pt. 4

This series of articles is an outlet for the people who are living through an overwhelming crisis. They want to tell everyone how bad it really is, and how terrible their day-to-day living conditions have become. Their voices will reveal the true depth of despair ...

9: ACT opens online auctions

Today ACT launched an exciting new fundraising initiative by launching donated products and political memorabilia on online auction site Trade Me.

10: Public Address 30/08/05 - Five New Posts

So the Maori Trustee Office enjoys a reprieve, apparently. In yesterday's Herald lead story, which was presumably based on somebody's actual statement, the trustee's office was one of those over which Don Brash's "knife" was said to be hovering...

11: Lyndon Hood: Not The Sharpest Tool In The Box

Some time ago I purchased a new National Party Leader(TM). At first it was barely rating as well as the one I upgraded from. Then I spoke to a friend about it and he suggested installing a race card - that worked a treat.

12: Sludge Report #168 – Don Brash, Roundtable 'Tool'

In a simply remarkable investigative report in today's Sunday Star Times Ruth Laugesen reports on a startling series of emails and faxes to National Party Leader Don Brash around the time of his coup against former leader Bill English in October 2003 .

13: Maori Party Commits To Keeping National Out

“It is a tragedy for this nation that Dr Brash sees no future for the Treaty outside of the settlement process” said Tariana Turia today in response to the statement by Dr Brash, ‘We are all New Zealanders’.

14: Mazur: Getting To The Bottom Of The Dorak Affair

He's held out longer than Woodward, Bernstein & Deep Throat. But it's time British archaeologist James "Jimmie" Mellaart, now age 80 or so and in his golden years, finally fesses up to the whereabouts of the priceless "Royal Treasure of Dorak," ...

15: Scoop Images: Radio NZ Minor Parties Debate

A small, mostly polite crowd was able to observe the democratic process first hand over the weekend in Wellington. Six leaders from the minor parties (represented in Parliament) were invited by Radio New Zealand to take part in a debate moderated ...

16: Muffin Break Bean Poll Puts Labour In The Lead

More than 12,000 people have voted in the first week of the Muffin Break Bean Poll and the results put Labour in the lead..but only just.

17: UQ Wire: LA Times - Getting Agnostic About 9/11

Anyone who types the words "9/11" and "conspiracy" into an online search engine soon learns that not everybody buys the official narrative of what took place on Sept. 11, 2001.

18: Maori Solution to All-Black Haka ‘Crisis

Ngapuhi leader David Rankin had his phone running hot all weekend following the first outing of the All Blacks’ new Haka. ‘People were shocked’, says Mr. Rankin. ‘It’s not a haka in the traditional sense of the term – it’s a cultural patchwork’. Many ...

19: Don Brash says Maori seats will go in the Bay

National Party Leader Don Brash says the Maori seats on the Bay of Plenty Regional Council will go under the next National Government.

20: PM gets latest Corridor project underway

Prime Minister Helen Clark and Transport Minister Pete Hodgson today got the latest project in Auckland's western roading corridor underway, the $169 million Mt Roskill extension to state highway 20.

21: Smith: Brash gaffe shows need for UF

Don Brash's "uneducated gaffe" about the number of historical treaty settlements still to be completed shows a disturbing ignorance of the process for resolving historical treaty grievances that is in itself dangerous for New Zealand's race relationships, ...

22: State Dept. Daily Press Briefing August 29, 2005

NORTH KOREA Six-Party Talks / Delay of Talks / Ambassador Hill Travel to the Area / U.S. Prepared for Talks / Appointment of Lefkowitz / Annual Defense Exercises Between the U.S. and South Korea / Denuclearized Peninsula / Possible Return to Talks Week ...

23: New credit card security standards – the facts

EFTPOS New Zealand, the country’s largest EFTPOS terminal supply company, is reassuring merchants that it is business as usual ahead of MasterCard and Visa’s new EMV and 3DES global security standards.

24: Parasites on Poverty Protest - Sky City Thursday

This protest is the first public protest of the GPJA "Parasites on Poverty" campaign which is calling for action against pokie machines and loan sharks.

25: Brash: We Are All New Zealanders

The speech was very deliberately titled "Nationhood", and I will return to that theme in my concluding comments.

26: No Right Turn: No Place For Maori Under National

Don Brash has rehashed his Orewa speech in laying out National's treaty policy, and in doing so made it crystal clear that there is no place for Maori under a National government. Instead, he wants to disband Te Puni Kokiri and Te Mangai Paho , expunge ...

27: Greens/Maori Party: different sides of same coin

"Everyone knows that if it came to the crunch Helen Clark would do a deal with the Maori Party," says National Party Maori Affairs spokesman Gerry Brownlee.

28: Judgment: Brown v Attorney-General

BETWEEN EDWIN CHRISTOPHER BROWN Applicant AND ATTORNEY-GENERAL Respondent JUDGMENT OF THE COURT A. The application for leave to appeal is dismissed. B. Any question of costs is reserved.

29: Pick a horse, Winston

Green Co-Leader Rod Donald says Winston Peters should stop playing games with the New Zealand public and declare once and for all which major party he wants to lead the next government.

30: Ramzy Baroud: The Power of The Ordinary

Cindy Sheehan, a grieving mother of 24-year-old son Casey, killed only days after joining his army unit in Iraq — is an ordinary woman with extraordinary bearings.


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