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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 12 October 2005

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

1: Suzan Mazur: The Dorak Affair's Final Chapter

The Dorak mystery flower has opened at last. Earlier this week in phone conversations I had with David Stronach, Professor of Near East Archaeology at the University of California - Berkeley, Stronach disclosed that Jimmie Mellaart invented Dorak. He ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00120.htm


2: Bush: Iraqis Will Vote October 15 Despite Violence

President Bush expressed optimism that the Iraqi people will vote in the October 15 referendum on the country’s proposed constitution in spite of the violence he anticipates will accompany the election.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00236.htm


3: Cuba Report To UN On Why USA's Blockade Must End

Report by Cuba on Resolution 59/11 of the United Nations General Assembly “The necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States of America against Cuba” - The economic, commercial and financial blockade impose ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00197.htm


4: Michel Chossudovsky: Cheney's War Without Borders

Vice President Cheney in a recent speech to US military personnel has acknowledged that the war could go on for several decades. This statement, which reveals the Bush Administration's commitment to global warfare, was barely mentioned by the mainstream ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00149.htm


5: Helen Clark and Winston Peters meet

Prime Minister Helen Clark said today that she and Michael Cullen had met with Winston Peters and his deputy Peter Brown this morning and that the meeting was very constructive.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0510/S00055.htm


6: US Applauds Nicaragua's Passage of Free-Trade Pact

The United States has congratulated the Nicaraguan government for passing the U.S.-Central America-Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement, known as CAFTA-DR.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00239.htm


7: Leuren Moret: Depleted Uranium Is WMD

My grandfather, U.S. Army Col. Edwin Joseph McAllister, was born in Battle Creek in 1895. He does not know that his first grandchild is an international expert on depleted uranium. I have worked in two U.S. nuclear weapons laboratories, and in ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00138.htm


8: Haiti’s fragile electoral process shows gains, UN

With a significant number of voters and with candidates representing a broad range of political opinion gearing up for upcoming elections in Haiti, a credible vote is possible but the Transitional Government must take further measures to ensure ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00227.htm


9: UN: $4 million for children in northern Kenya?

Thousands of children in northern Kenya are malnourished, or at risk of malnutrition, and face the threat of polio and rising regional violence over scarce water, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said, as it appealed for $4 million.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00224.htm


10: Green MPs reshuffle policy portfolios

The Green Party Caucus has today reallocated its policy portfolios amongst its six MPs for the coming parliamentary term.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0510/S00056.htm


11: Poll: Americans Favor Impeachment If Bush Lied

By a margin of 50% to 44%, Americans say that President Bush should be impeached if he lied about the war in Iraq, according to a new poll commissioned by AfterDowningStreet.org , a grassroots coalition that supports a Congressional investigation of President ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00212.htm


12: Bonus Joules: The Holey Ozone Layer

The votes are in and counted. The NZ Labour Party led by Helen Clark has the priority right to attempt to form a new government. The political options are being scoped. Around the world, oil continues to be pumped from the ground and rumours are it is ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00154.htm


13: Justice Ministry should be prosecuted for bungle

Nelson MP Nick Smith wants the Ministry of Justice prosecuted for publishing on its website sensitive Family Court information in which a family and children could easily be identified.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0510/S00057.htm


14: Before the Deluge: Honoring Journalistic Heroes

A political and media onslaught is about to be unleashed with the indictments of a whole host of key White House officials (including you-know-who) caught up in the Plamegate coverup. The unraveling of this potentially treasonous scandal -- which ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00147.htm


15: Labour and New Zealand First continue talks

Prime Minister Helen Clark said today that talks between New Zealand First and Labour had continued this afternoon and agreed that NZ First has a vital contribution to make to the stability of the incoming government.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0510/S00058.htm


16: Marjorie Cohn: Nobel Prize Slaps Bush Nuke Policy

Last week, the International Atomic Energy Agency and its chief, Mohamed ElBaradei, won the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to stop the proliferation of nuclear weapons. The award was a slap at George W. Bush, who had pressed for ElBaradei's ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00150.htm


17: National Moves To Drive Labour From Parliament

Leonard Cohen, a couple of decades back, sang an odd tune about 'taking Berlin' and then somehow 'occupying Manhattan'. Mr Cohen's words could prove prophetic for New Zealand politics in the early 21st century should National prove successful in occupying ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00145.htm


18: Pakistan: President, PM ask nation to pray

President General Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz have appealed to the nation to offer special prayers on Friday next for speedy relief, recovery and rehabilitation of their earthquake-stricken countrymen. They made this appeal ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00242.htm


19: Japan's Economic Reforms A Guide for Other Nations

The economic reforms Japan Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and Finance Minister Sadakazu Tanigaki have initiated are showing results and "should serve as a guide to other nations," says Treasury Secretary John Snow.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00235.htm


20: William Pitt: Ideological Prozac, American Style

My goodness, but I have been out of it these last several days. I've been in this tiny log cabin, see, at the end of five miles of dirt road up here in New Hampshire. There is a lake and a kayak and dogs and a fireplace and a television that gets one ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00153.htm


21: Ideology And Pragmatism In Public Policy

An exchange at the meeting between representatives of the Green Party and the business community in Wellington a fortnight ago stimulated the reflections in this talk. One of the Greens present described support for free trade as an ‘ideological’ position.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0510/S00183.htm


22: COHA: Haiti – And You Call This an Election?

• Secretary Rice, on a whirlwind trip to Haiti, glosses over problems that are doomed to chain-saw upcoming elections.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00209.htm


23: Scoop Feedback: Brickbats, Bouquets, Tracts

The following is a selction of feedback and other unsolicited email received by Scoop recently. They do not appear in any precise order.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00144.htm


24: Public Address 12/10/05 - Snot Fare

Lyndon Hood notices National MP Shane Ardern's take on the Didymo "rock snot" river infestations. It was the gummint's fault, because it failed to "kill" the first two rivers where the algae was found...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00152.htm


25: Scoop: Top Scoops + Just Politics

PM Keen On Peters - National And Labour Battle For Parliament's Plush Carpet - Scoop Feedback: You Said It! - Air Force Assists In Rescue Of Stricken Seafearers - Latte Swilling In Vulcan Lane Will Continue To Be Aesthetically Pleasing - Green Party ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00155.htm


26: Earthquake Info Centre: Pakistan Quake Map

Earthquake Info Centre: Pakistan Quake Map

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00165.htm


27: Farmers Will Work With Bradford

Federated Farmers has cautiously welcomed the appointment of Sue Bradford as the Greens' agriculture and rural affairs spokesperson.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0510/S00203.htm


28: Turkey: EU bans imports of live birds, poultry

The Commission has adopted an EU ban on all imports of Turkish live birds and untreated feathers, following the confirmed presence of avian influenza (AI) virus in Turkey over the weekend. Imports of live poultry, eggs and fresh poultry meat from Turkey ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00231.htm


29: Reclaiming the American Civil Disobedience Legacy

What can all Americans do about their desire to see change in America? Practice civil disobedience. This flavor of action is not just for radicals. Civil disobedience is the role of citizens within the political system and has a much broader legacy ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00151.htm


30: Funny, It Really Isn’t; Fascism, It Really Is

It’s been a long time since I’ve burst out laughing at anything George W. Bush has said, even though practically everything he says is laughable. Since yucks are few and far between these days, though, I tend to grab ‘em no matter the souse, er, source.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00148.htm

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