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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 14 November 2005


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

1: Energy Experts Ponder End of Oil

Energy Experts Ponder ‘Once Oil’s Gone, Then What’? - Otago University hosts international conference on sustainable energy options-

2: Pringle: Bin Laden Sitting In A Cave Laughing

The war in Iraq is a miserable failure, any way you look at it. Retired General Anthony Zinni, former commander of the US Central Command, had it right when he said that by manufacturing a false rationale for war, abandoning traditional allies, propping ...

3: Neptune Gets More Military Hardware

The cruel sea off Wellington's South Coast acted as the knackers yard for the once mighty and proud HMNZS Wellington. Thousands of Wellingtonians trooped out to see their city's naval namesake make its final downward journey.

4: US Army Article On Fallujah White Phosphorous Use

A March '05 publication by the US Army confirms that US soldiers used white phosphorus offensively in the Battle of Fallujah. This directly contradicts statements made by the U.S. Department of Defense and by the US State Department.

5: Dolphin export from Solomons feared

Forty wild-caught dolphins that have been held captive in the Solomon Islands for up to three years are expected to be exported illegally to the Bahamas this week. Reliable sources say the dolphins could be taken out of the country on two separate ...

6: Inland Revenue seeks owners of forgotten money

More than 5,000 people could be in for a welcome surprise. Inland Revenue has around $4.8 million of forgotten and abandoned money waiting to be distributed to its owners.

7: VIDEO: Ranucci Doco - Fallujah The Hidden Massacre

A video doco by Sigfrido Ranucci entitled "Fallujah: the Hidden Massacre," provides evidence that White Phosphorous - a new form of napalm - was used against Fallujah. WARNING: This video contains graphic and possibly disturbing footage.

8: Cannibalism popular with mussels

Cannibalism, thought to be relatively rare in the animal kingdom, has been found to be prevalent among the green-lipped mussel.

9: UN Commends Peaceful Run-Off Elections In Liberia

The United Nations Security Council today commended Liberians for their commitment to peace during the recent run-off presidential elections and, citing the threat posed by the potential repatriation of former Liberian President Charles Taylor, ...

10: Report blames weak laws for online child violence

New Report blames weak laws and lack of industry action for increasing violence against children in cyberspace

11: Wild ride for navy tanker

The crew onboard Navy tanker HMNZS ENDEAVOUR experienced a wild ride during a recent replenishment at sea with frigate HMNZS TE KAHA in Western Australian waters.

12: Children in police cells - Hone Harawira

“What sort of society are we creating, if we allow our most vulnerable, our children, to be locked up in police cells?” asked Hone Harawira, Mâori Party spokesperson on justice.

13: ACT's The Letter 14 November 2005

Commentators miss the importance of the Speech from the Throne. It is cabinet approved. Departments all bid to get their pet projects in. Any new policy not in the speech needs a cabinet approval. (Many new Ministers fail to realise that if they do not ...

14: Fighter for Low Wage Workers Dies

Piripi Pokaitara-Wikiriwhi, a union organiser of low paid workers died in a motorcycle accident in Grey Lynn Saturday morning.

15: Cuban Foreign Minister's Speech: End the Blockade

Speech Delivered by Felipe Perez Roque, Minister of Foreign Affairs, on the Subject of Number 18 on the Agenda of the U.N.. General Assembly,

16: William Fisher: The Next Judy Miller?

There is an amusing irony in the CIA asking the Justice Department to investigate who leaked to the Washington Post the information that the Agency had set up a covert prison network in Eastern Europe and other countries to hold important terrorism ...

17: Bonus Joules: The Cartoon Perfectimo

Today is the funeral of Rod Donald, co leader of the NZ Green Party, profound patriot and outspoken advocate for the dispossessed and for Fair Trade. I have just heard his coffin will be taken to Christchurch cathedral in a bus. Trees are being planted ...

18: John Carter recuperating after surgery

Northland MP John Carter is on leave from Parliament for the next six weeks, recovering from surgery.

19: Farcical appeal puts power and growth at risk

Labour's flawed resource management laws, which allow anyone to object to anything, anywhere, are putting New Zealand's electricity supply and economic growth at risk, says National's Environment spokesman, Nick Smith.

20: William Rivers Pitt: That Warm Feeling

This may make me a bad person, but I get a warm feeling in the center of my soul when I watch right-wing maniacs freak out in frustration and lose their so-called minds. It just makes me smile.

21: FBI, CIA helped Plan Venezuelan Prosecutors Murder

Caracas, November, 9 2005 – A key witness in the Danilo Anderson murder trial, Giovani Jose Vasquez De Armas, has identified FBI and CIA agents as being involved in the preparations to assassinate the Venezuelan State Prosecutor. Speaking on behalf of ...

22: Tariana Turia Speech: A world without violence

It is always a great pleasure to come to graduation ceremonies. To witness the sheer pleasure that the hard work has been completed, the assignments all handed in and marked, the fast and frenetic panic at the end all suddenly worthwhile. And to celebrate ...

23: ACT To Test Parliament On Tax Cuts

ACT Leader Rodney Hide said today that he would be testing Parliament's commitment to cut the company tax rate to 30 per cent during the coming debate on the Taxation (Annual Rates and Urgent Measures) Bill.

24: Pagani: Embers Of Resentment Burn On In Paris

The odd English word 'curfew' comes from French, 'couvre-feu'. Literally 'smother fire'. Some form of curfew has been introduced in forty small towns and larger suburbs around France since the state of emergency was announced on Wednesday. Mostly the ...

25: Mohan Sharma: Indian Politics & Bhutanese Refugees

Indian Politics and Bhutanese Refugees Mohan Sharma The biggest democracy of the world, India has been emerging as one of the super powers of the world. It has been so powerful that Man Mohan Singh has to either blink or gibe a nod to George Bush ...

26: PM to attend CHOGM and hold EU talks in Brussels

Prime Minister Helen Clark will attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Malta from 25 to 27 November. She will also address the Commonwealth Business Forum on arrival in Malta on 24 November.

27: 'A Victory for the People' says Harawira

“The decision today to disassemble the worksite at Waipuna and Waipapa (Cable Bay), recognises the need to let everyone have a say about developments in their area, and is a triumph for the people of the Far North” stated Hone Harawira, Member of ...

28: Tama Poata another tragic loss for Aotearoa

"The death of Tama Te Kapua Poata this week has been another tragic loss for the nation" stated Dr Pita Sharples, co-leader, Maori Party

29: Jason Miller: A New Declaration Of Independence

In support of the brave and intelligent citizens of Vermont who recently passed a resolution to secede from the union, I decided to update and modify our Declaration of Independence to fit the circumstances we are facing in 2005.

30: Brownlee questions relocation costs

National’s State Services spokesman, Gerry Brownlee, says senior public officials appointed from overseas should be required to reimburse the taxpayer for their high relocation costs if they do not serve their full contracts.


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