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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 3 November 2005

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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 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00044.htm


2: Tensions Between Ethiopia And Eritrea Escalate

Expressing deep concern about reports of military movements by Ethiopia and Eritrea, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged the two Horn of Africa countries to show maximum restraint and called on the Security Council, as well as individual ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0511/S00068.htm


3: Ethiopia: Escalating violence leaves six dead

Amnesty International expressed serious concern at escalating violence in Ethiopia today, after learning that police reportedly shot dead six people and wounded at least 25.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0511/S00061.htm


4: 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 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00036.htm


5: Eyewitness Account: The Kiwi Who Went To Baxter

We [Australians] know our nice Department of Immigration a little better since Cornelia Rau, and what's also becoming clear is that we kick folks out of Australia who have been in jail for a year or longer, no matter how long they have lived in Australia. ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00060.htm


6: Newman Weekly: The Fatherless Generation

This week, concerns over youth gangs and violence have hit the headlines. It is a problem that can be found to a greater or lesser degree in many towns and cities throughout the country.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0510/S00236.htm


7: 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 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00016.htm


8: Peters names new Ambassador to France

New Zealand’s next Ambassador to France will be career diplomat Sarah Dennis, Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today. “New Zealand’s relations with France are excellent. This year marked 60 years of diplomatic relations.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0511/S00038.htm


9: Gómez: The Reappearance of the Nazis in Bolivia

Gómez: The Reappearance of the Nazis in Bolivia November 2, 2005 Please Distribute Widely

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00064.htm


10: New Mexico Law Suit Delves Inside Voting Machines

New Mexico rarely generates much national news. When it does, as in the Wen Ho Lee nuclear espionage investigation, it can be explosive. Now a little-known lawsuit before New Mexico District Court Judge Eugenio S. Mathis has the potential to alter ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00067.htm


11: NZ passports to contain security chip

Internal Affairs Minister Rick Barker announced today the introduction of a new “e-passport”, which contains an electronic chip for holding information about the passport holder.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0511/S00042.htm


12: Peter Jackson film history at charity auction

Gamers and film fans battle it out tonight (2 November) when a Peter Jackson-autographed Xbox and Halo 2 game go up for grabs at the Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre auction in Auckland.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0511/S00024.htm


13: SSC Reply To Scoop Questions On Higher Salaries

Taking his hands off the tiller of the ship of state (briefly) the State Service Commissioner Mark Prebble answered Scoop's written questions regarding the topical subject of higher salaries for Public Service chief executives.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00057.htm


14: Howard Demands Emergency Anti-Wolf Legislation

My fellow Australians: Today the Government will introduce an urgent amendment to Australia’s counter-wolf legislation.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00069.htm


15: 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".

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00021.htm


16: Blog Watch: The Left, The Right, And The Wrong

Last July 27, the US State Department very thoughtfully posted a resource tool for journalists and media consumers entitled "How to Identify Misinformation." Though "there are no exact rules" to tell whether a story is true or false, the State Department ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00065.htm


17: 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.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00038.htm


18: Arts Festival: Bursting with magic and colour

Be transported into the realms of the extraordinary with the New Zealand International Arts Festival. From Spain to Guinea, France to India and Italy to New Zealand, the 2006 Festival programme features more than 100 events handpicked from the best the ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0511/S00031.htm


19: 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 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00047.htm


20: Bird Flu Is Real – And You’re On Your Own

Several leftish bloggers have published their doubts that the alleged avian flu menace is anything more than another Bushevik distraction. – and just in time to draw our attention away from Plamegate and the "Scooter" Libby indictments. (See, ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00061.htm


21: Public Address 03/11/05 - Premium Mushrooms

The Los Angeles Times column by Lawrence Wilkerson, headed The White House cabal somehow escaped my attention over the past week, but I think it's still worth drawing attention to, because it's extraordinary...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00066.htm


22: Electronic chip not just about passport security

Internal Affairs Minister Rick Barker's claim that the new 'e-passport' is mainly being introduced to enhance the security of the document is being disputed by Green Party Human Rights Spokesperson Keith Locke.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0511/S00043.htm


23: Game publisher predicts bird flu upsurge

Publisher, Matt Taylor, reports that the response to the launch of the board game Breakscore® and it's web site www.breakscore.com has been extremely positive with recent orders from Tahiti, Finland, the UK and the USA. Taylor attributes the increase ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0511/S00046.htm


24: 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 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0511/S00034.htm


25: Melanie Lynskey & Crew Enhance U.S. Horror Movie

Kiwi Star, Crew Enhance American Horror Movie Cassava Films - Although the independent horror/thriller "Serial Slayer," released today, November 3, on DVD in New Zealand, was shot entirely in California, the film boasts a healthy amount of ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0511/S00035.htm


26: TVNZ stars in its own reality show

The latest revelations regarding TVNZ now flowing from Susan Wood’s employment case are deeply worrying, says National Party Broadcasting spokeswoman Georgina te Heuheu.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0511/S00047.htm


27: Maxim Board accepts Bruce Logan’s retirement

The Maxim Institute Board of Trustees, at their last meeting on Wednesday 2 November, accepted Director Bruce Logan’s decision to retire.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0511/S00020.htm


28: Global Warming: The Signs and The Science

m. International recording artist Alanis Morissette hosts and narrates this cautionary and empowering look at the forces of climate change, a co-production of South Carolina ETV and Stonehaven Productions.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0511/S00063.htm


29: Hands Off Donations, Roy Tells Government

The Government had a “cheek” in thinking it could take a capital charge out of donations given by Southlanders to fund Southland Hospital’s new MRI scanner.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0511/S00037.htm


30: Study: Time to Change Bad Fast Food Frying Fats

New research, published this week in the Journal of the New Zealand Dietetic Association, shows that the majority of fast food outlets are still frying in unsuitable fats and oils and are contributing to the risk of heart disease in New Zealand.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0511/S00013.htm

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