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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 2 November 2005


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

1: Daniel Patrick Welch: Nothing to Lose

Senator Harry Reid, the minority leader of the upper chamber of the U.S. Government, infuriated the Bush administration and its Republican cronies on Tuesday by forcing the body into closed session. The move is allowed under a little used rule that permits ...

2: The Second Coming of Jesus Christ and Bird Flu

The great thing about a blog site is that you get to make predictions which if you are correct, give you the ability to point everyone to the archived blog saying "told you so".

3: Global Research: Rumsfeld To Profit From Bird Flu

We bring to the attention of Global Research readers this important commentary by Dr.Joseph Mercola. The fundamental issue is who owns the intellectual property rights over Tamiflu. The media reports suggest that the Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche ...

4: Guest Opinion: Why The CIA Reads The Internet

We need to rethink the distinction between open sources and secrets. Too many policymakers and intelligence officers mistake secrecy for intelligence and assume that information covertly acquired is superior to that obtained openly.

5: Greenpeace launches Clean Energy Guide

Whangarei Tuesday 1st November -- Greenpeace today launched New Zealand's first 'Clean Energy Guide' that ranks electricity companies according to their current and future impact on the climate, on a simple thermometer-shaped fridge magnet.

6: Images: Hurricane Wilma - No lives lost in Cuba

Photo Essay: NOT one person died in Cuba in the 10 days that Wilma was in the vicinity of the island, informed the Headquarters for Cases of Disaster attached to the National Defense Council. A preliminary count estimates that 607,542 persons were evacuated ...

7: Winston Peters On Wrong Side in the Middle East

GPJA is deeply disappointed that the New Zealand government is rushing to re-open diplomatic relations with Israel and allowing it to again establish an Embassy in Wellington while the Palestinian people continue to be brutally oppressed under Israeli ...

8: A Strategy for Central Asia - Daniel Fried

Daniel Fried, Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Statement Before the Subcommittee on the Middle East and Central Asia of the House International Relations Committee Washington, DC October 27, 2005

9: Will Pitt: Nothing Shakin' on Shakedown Street?

Mr. Libby is in deep dung. Fitzgerald absolutely nailed his hide to the shed, detailing lie after lie after lie. From what I am given to understand, Libby intends to offer a "faulty memory" defense when he gets dropped into the skillet. Given the incredibly ...

10: Kiwis beat Aussies in battle of physical activity

Minister for Sport and Recreation Trevor Mallard today congratulated Kiwis for winning the ‘Bledisloe Cup of physical activity’ in recent research that compares New Zealand and Australian physical activity levels.

11: Scoop Link: Fortune On Rumsfeld's Tamiflu $$$Mns

NEW YORK (Fortune) - The prospect of a bird flu outbreak may be panicking people around the globe, but it's proving to be very good news for Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other politically connected investors in Gilead Sciences, the California ...

12: Varieties Of Aggression : Andean Trade Treaties

When the UN received the recent Mehlis report on the murder of former Lebanese President Rafik Hariri, one suggested tribunal for a possible prosecution was the International Criminal Court. Rejecting such a proposal, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rica remarked ...

13: William Engdahl: Avian Flu another Pentagon Hoax?

No sooner are indictments being handed down to Scooter Libby, the Chief of Staff of the Vice President of the United States for lies and coverup of information used deliberately to suppress the fact the Bush Administration had no ‘smoking gun’ to ...

14: Chris Ritchie: Power Shifts Rattle Lebanon

"Welcome home,” the Beirut airport official said to me as he stamped the passport that betrays my birthplace. It has been quarter of a century since I was last in Lebanon. Driving into the capital on the smart new highway, my mind finds it difficult ...

15: When is a CEO not a CEO?

National Party Broadcasting spokeswoman Georgina te Heuheu says if Ian Fraser isn't working as Chief Executive, he should not be paid the Chief Executive's salary. Mr Fraser is to remain on the TVNZ payroll for six months, for which he will be paid ...

16: Wilson for Speaker, Simich for Deputy

Leader of the House Michael Cullen announced today that the government would support Margaret Wilson to be returned as Speaker and National list MP Clem Simich as Deputy Speaker.

17: Radical Youth Response to Youth Gang Violence

We’re most disturbed to hear about the recent spate of senseless youth gang violence in Auckland.

18: What’s going on inside the Ngawha Hilton?

National’s Law & Order spokesman, Simon Power, says Corrections Minister Damien O’Connor must urgently sort out the mess in his department.

19: Fire calls go sky-high as Guy Fawkes approaches

Less than a week after fireworks went on sale, firefighters have seen a six-fold increase in vegetation fires and a two-fold increase in minor call-outs.

20: Call For Aid To Central African Republic

With Central African Republic (CAR) "gradually returning to a path of peace, economic recovery, reconstruction and sustainable development," United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan is calling for comprehensive joint assistance from the country's development ...

21: Media Spins 'Success' of Iraqi Troops in Bush War

Media Spins 'Success' of Iraqi Troops in Bush War Plan - Interview with John R. MacArthur, publisher of Harper's magazine, conducted by Scott Harris

22: Want A Memorable OE? - Try Lebanon

"Why take the children to Lebanon?" I was asked before our recent family holiday in the miniature-sized republic which only ever seems to get news coverage when there is some turn for the worse in Middle Eastern politics.

23: Bonus Joules: Holey Leaks!

This blog nearly wasn’t. I just about lost hope, cashed up, bought a passport, jumped on a plane and spent the rest of my days lazing on some (raised, sheltered) Pacific atoll that you see in the travel ads. The flame of hope did flicker low in me for ...

24: Stirling Newberry: Deconstructing the Indictment

For the last two years, Federal Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald has investigated a potential crime, namely the revealing to the general public that Valerie Wilson nee Plame worked for the CIA in counter-proliferation, and was an undercover agent.

25: Cheney, Libby and Rove in "Legal Jeopardy"

Showtime -- Finally, the endgame is near. After a grueling two-year elimination process, three senior Bush administration officials have advanced to the "Indictment Round" of Patrick Fitzgerald's wildly popular judicial version of the hit game show "Jeopardy."

26: Sports Café On the Last Lap

TVNZ would like to announce that this year's season will be the final for the long running and successful Hyundai Sportscafe programme.

27: Uni Advertising Campaign Goes To Extra Lengths

The Wellington Office of integrated advertising, direct marketing and relationship management firm Robbins Brandt Richter has just launched a major new advertising campaign for client Victoria University.

28: Maharey continually flouts OIA

New Education Minister Steve Maharey leads the pack of Labour Ministers dodging the Official Information Act, says National's Education spokesman, Bill English.

29: Public Address 02/11/05 - Let's Do It Again

Folks, it's Great Blend Time again. Public Address stages the fourth Karajoz Great Blend on Sunday November 13 at the Hopetoun Alpha in Auckland. And boy, do we have something for you. Our star guest is Ashley Highfield, the BBC's Director of New ...

30: AUDIO: Meet The Ministers – Clayton Cosgrove

This morning Scoop dropped by Bowen House to have a cup of coffee and a quick chat to Clayton Cosgrove, one of the new crop of Cabinet Minister's in the third term Clark labour Government. Mr Cosgrove entered Parliament in 1999 and was widely touted ...


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