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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 31 October 2005

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

1: Lion Red "undie 500" in conjunction with The Rock

When is it ever appropriate to get your kit off and sprint down Queen Street in your undies to the screams of hundreds of supporters?

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0510/S00196.htm


2: Fraser Clarification: "politically appointed"

I want to make it clear that when I referred in my statement of resignation to a "politically appointed" Board, I was not alleging that there has been political interference in the editorial content of TVNZ News. I state categorically there has been none. ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0510/S00541.htm


3: Ian Fraser’s Resignation

“I can confirm that I told the Chairman of TVNZ on Friday that I intended to resign my position as Chief Executive.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0510/S00509.htm


4: 100 Countries Party to the ICC Treaty Reached

Mexico’s Treaty Deposit at the UN Reveals a Momentum that will not be Reversed

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00439.htm


5: The Letter

Ian Fraser goes before he is pushed. Today Cabinet signs off the government program for the opening of Parliament next week.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0510/S00211.htm


6: Greg Palast: Opec & The Economic Conquest Of Iraq

TWO AND A HALF YEARS AND $202 BILLION into the war in Iraq, the United States has at least one significant new asset to show for it: effective membership, through our control of Iraq's energy policy, in the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00330.htm


7: A Week of It: Fat Cat Pay Packets - Winston Smiles

Earlier this week State Services Commisioner Mark Prebble released a report showing that Public Service chief executive's wages were not rising as fast as he wanted them to. In a graph on page 102 of the report a brave line clawed its way to salaries ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00314.htm


8: Jason Leopold: Now It’s About The Niger Forgeries

On Friday, after securing a five-count criminal indictment against Vice President Dick Cheney’s Chief of Staff, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, for lying to a grand jury about what he knew and when he knew it in regard to the outing of a covert CIA agent, ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00316.htm


9: National Claim TVNZ 'Unfairly Hounded' Dr Brash

National's Broadcasting spokesperson Georgina Te Heu Heu has accused TVNZ of having abandoned political neutrality during the election campaign. She told RNZ that "during the election... [TVNZ's] political neutrality... seemed to be absent."

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00341.htm


10: Linda Minor: Scooter Libby’s Client, Marc Rich

Amidst rumors that special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald is close to indicting White House officials in the Plame leak case are reports that Scooter Libby was Judith Miller’s source of information. Part One of this series explored Libby’s “handler,” ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00322.htm


11: TVNZ Board Statement - Further To Fraser Leaving

Following the statement released earlier today by Ian Fraser, the TVNZ Board of Directors wishes to make it clear that:

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0510/S00507.htm


12: Resignation a symptom of TVNZ's split personality

Ian Fraser's allegations of political interference by the TVNZ board are extremely serious and need to be thoroughly investigated by an inquiry that takes in the state broadcaster's contradictory mission, Green Party Broadcasting Spokesperson Sue Kedgley ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0510/S00206.htm


13: Put the Viewers in Charge of TVNZ: Sell It!

ACT leader Rodney Hide said today that the festering sore of TVNZ's political shenanigans and mismanagement should be properly addressed.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0510/S00204.htm


14: Appalling ignorance over transgender issues

Supporting the basic human rights of transgender and intersex people has nothing to do with political correctness and Wayne Mapp’s remarks over the dumped gender identity bill are just another glaring example of intolerance, PPTA president Debbie ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0510/S00242.htm


15: Ian Fraser Resigns

For immediate release The Chairman of TVNZ, Mr Craig Boyce, announced today that TVNZ has accepted, with regret, the resignation of CEO, Ian Fraser.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0510/S00506.htm


16: PM appalled at New Delhi blasts

Prime Minister Helen Clark said today she was distressed to learn that more than 50 people had died in three explosions in the Indian capital, New Delhi.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0510/S00193.htm


17: Brash calls for TVNZ board to resign

National Party Leader Don Brash says the TVNZ board must resign if there is found to be any basis to the serious allegations raised by Ian Fraser as he resigned.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0510/S00212.htm


18: New Zealand Soldier Injured In Afghanistan

A New Zealand soldier sustained lower body injuries during routine movement of ordinance for disposal at a Coalition Base in Afghanistan earlier today. An explosive device detonated during handling.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0510/S00233.htm


19: Need to reassess SAS commitment to Afghanistan

Green Party MP Keith Locke has expressed his sadness at the injury of a New Zealand SAS soldier in Afghanistan, and asked for a reassessment of the SAS role there.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0510/S00202.htm


20: Case highlights folly of smacking ban

National Party Families spokeswoman Judith Collins says a court case highlights the folly of the Greens/Labour push to change the laws that protect parents who might lightly smack their children.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0510/S00209.htm


21: Eradicate me: gay disabled comedian

Gay, disabled comedian and social entrepreneur Philip Patston believes he should be eradicated, as a warning to anyone who thinks they should be the beneficiaries of political correctness.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0510/S00235.htm


22: Public Address: Thank Heavens For True Stories

As part of my general getting up to speed with the theft of a national icon, I decided to look into the story of the real Pania of the Reef. Typically there are variations, but here's the version I like best...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00336.htm


23: Hunger Threatening 1.7 Million Zambians

The lives of many Zambians could be in peril with the number of people needing food assistance climbing to at least 1.7 million due to crop failure and rising food prices, the United Nations World Food Programme warned today in an urgent appeal for more ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00448.htm


24: Time for Police Minister to act

National’s Law & Order spokesman, Simon Power, says there is something wrong when police can prosecute a speeding driver by mail on the word of a member of the public but ignore videotaped evidence of a burglary.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0510/S00207.htm


25: Buchanan: Psyops in US Military Force Projection

The central tenet for war planners in countries with the ability to project force abroad is summarised in four words: stage, thrust, seize, and hold. The US proved remarkable in accomplishing the first three phases of the invasion of Iraq. What ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00335.htm


26: Scoop Audio: PM's Presser October 31, 2005

Topics covered included: - The resignation of TVNZ CEO Ian Fraser; - The status of the investigation into Taito Phillip Field; - Foreign Minister Winston Peters travel plans; - Greenpeace's concerns over NZ's approach to a moratorium on deep sea fishing ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00340.htm


27: Review Concludes Child Abuse a Factor in Psychosis

Review by International Researchers Concludes That Child Abuse is a Causal Factor for Psychosis And Schizophrenia

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0510/S00069.htm


28: A Window Into The White House Cesspool

With Scooter Libby's indictment, the first shoe has been dropped in the Plamegate criminal case. Whether there will be other shoes is problematic.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00317.htm


29: M. Shahid Alam: Israel, Consequences of Uniqueness

Why did the creation of Israel engender such deep but opposing emotions in the Islamic world and the West, leading to Arab wars against Israel and Israeli wars against its Arab neighbors, producing tensions that have poisoned relations be-tween Islam ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00326.htm


30: Kerr: Economic Success And How to Get More of It

From the point of view of business and the economy (which means, in effect, the living standards of all New Zealanders), there are some promising omens arising out of last month’s general election and the formation of the new government.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0510/S00544.htm

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