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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 16 November 2005

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

1: Russ Wellen: Nuclear Terrorism Goes Prime Time

Is nuclear terrorism finally hot? Not like a potato, but as in what-is/what's-not? If the public's imagination can be captured by a mysterious organization like the Priory of Sion via Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code, why not by an even more secret ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00217.htm


2: New Non-Fiction: "Lawless World" By Philippe Sands

Lawless World - America and the making and breaking of Global Rules from FDR's Atlantic Charter to George Bush's Illegal war -A New Book By Philippe Sands

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00223.htm


3: Questions & Answers for Oral Answer 15 November 05

1. Ministerial Responsibility—Cabinet Manual 2. Housing—Capital Gains Tax 3. Student Loans—Treasury Forecast 4. Employment—Statistics 5. Inflation—Government Policy 6. Air New Zealand—Engineering Outsourcing 7. Television New Zealand—Confidence 8. Air ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0511/S00195.htm


4: Suzan Mazur: The Provenance Of Bob Hecht

We've seen little in the popular press about the secretive 86-year old Robert "Bob" Emmanuel Hecht, Jr., shaman of the antiquities trade, in between news of his trial this week in Rome for trafficking in stolen art and his sale of the Euphronios vase ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00226.htm


5: Energy Experts Ponder End of Oil

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

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0511/S00056.htm


6: Bush May Soon Order Attacks on Bases Inside Syria

President Bush May Soon Order Aerial Attacks on Insurgent Military Bases Inside Syria By IIMCR, http://blog.iimcr.org November 14, 2005

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0511/S00254.htm


7: Scoop Feedback: No Spin

Scoop feedback on voting machines, Aussie workers, winners, colonisation, coverage of Rod Donald's funeral, PNG journalism, Mrs Ces Drilon, and Iraq Intelligence

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00237.htm


8: Passing of Vine Deloria

"The passing of Vine Deloria, Jr. a prominent Native American scholar, whose research, writings, and teaching have encompassed history, law, religious studies, and political science is indeed a sad occasion for the international indigenous community," said ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0511/S00194.htm


9: Questions for Oral Answer, 16 November 2005

1. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Education: Was he briefed before the Acting Chief Executive of the New Zealand Qualifications Authority, Karen Sewell, stated that, "We will be monitoring results so that very early on in the process we can ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0511/S00200.htm


10: Did Israel have Prior Knowledge of the Amman Bombs

Did Israel have prior knowledge of the terror attacks on three hotels in Amman, Jordan, which led to the death of 57 people? According to an official Jordanian statement, the casualties included 33 Jordanians, six Iraqis, two Bahrainis, three Chinese, ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00214.htm


11: 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.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00173.htm


12: Council Seeks Incentives for Energy Efficiency

To a fanfare and parade of “green” vehicles in Aotea Square led by the Mayor of Auckland City Dick Hubbard and business leaders, the New Zealand Business Council for Sustainable Development (the Business Council) will today release a report calling for cash incentives ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0511/S00256.htm


13: UN Peacekeepers Mount Anti-Gang Operation in Haiti

United Nations peacekeepers in Haiti carried out several search and security operations over the weekend against gang members in various districts of the capital, Port-au-Prince, and its surroundings, the UN mission there has reported.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0511/S00297.htm


14: Deforestation Continues At Alarming Rate

Each year about 13 million hectares of the world's forests are lost due to deforestation, but the rate of net forest loss is slowing down, thanks to new planting and natural expansion of existing forests, the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0511/S00248.htm


15: Bosnia and Herzegovina at brink of EU membership

In a final, emotional briefing to the United Nations Security Council today, the chief representative of the European Union EU in Bosnia and Herzegovina said that the Balkan country was primed for EU membership just ten years after the brutal war ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0511/S00300.htm


16: Buzzflash Scott Ritter IV - "Why We're in Iraq"

The foundation of our involvement in Iraq is corrupt. You can't build anything positive from this corrupt foundation. If you want to speak of solving the Iraq problem, we have to go back to how we got into this mess to begin with. … The same people who ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00234.htm


17: Public Address 16/11/05 - Communication Fatigue

"Could you point out Che Tibby for me?" asked the nice woman from State Services. Over there, I said - the tall dude in the blue shirt. And by the way, you're the third person to ask me that in 10 minutes...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00236.htm


18: Auckland mayors win nude swim with Bob Harvey

The winner of the much talked-about naked swim with Waitakere Mayor Bob Harvey has gifted the prize to Auckland’s three other metropolitan mayors and the Minister for Auckland Issues - all in the name of closer regional relationships.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0511/S00092.htm


19: Maiden Speech: Dr Pita Sharples

KEI TE MANU KORERO O TE ATA, MADAME SPEAKER - KEI NGA MANA, KEI NGA REO RAURANGATIRA MA O TE WHARE NEI. TENA KOUTOU KATOA. KA HURI AHAU KI A KOUTOU - KI A KOUTOU KUA HAERE MAI NEI I TENEI RANGI - KOUTOU HOKI E WHAKARONGO MAI ANA

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0511/S00210.htm


20: Review of corporate tax regime on the agenda

“The concerns raised by the Treasury and Inland Revenue regarding company tax will inform the government’s planned review of the business tax regime,” Finance Minister Michael Cullen said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0511/S00219.htm


21: Health Ministry: Maternity Services High Quality

The recent tragic cases of babies dying following breech delivery suggests that the care provided in those instances was inadequate. However, information available to the Ministry does not support the view that there is a systemic failure within ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0511/S00056.htm


22: 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 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00197.htm


23: Link: White Phosphorous Use As Weapon Confirmed

US used white phosphorus in Iraq: Tuesday, 15 November 2005, 23:57 GMT BBC News - The Pentagon has confirmed that US troops used white phosphorus during last year's offensive in the northern Iraqi city of Falluja. "It was used as an incendiary weapon ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00238.htm


24: Peters Pleased with APEC Progress

Winston Peters will leave Busan, Korea tomorrow having completed his first overseas visit as Foreign Minister. He attended this year's APEC Ministerial Meeting on 15-16 November along with Minister of Trade Phil Goff and Minister for Trade Negotiations ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0511/S00222.htm


25: Tariana Turia: Reply Debate 2005 for the 48th Parl

I want to acknowledge the Governor -General, and to congratulate Honorable Margaret Wilson in being appointed Speaker, Clem Simich; Deputy Speaker, Clem Simich and Assistant Speakers Ann Hartley and Ross Robertson.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0511/S00196.htm


26: Condoleezza Rice Presser With Solana & Wolfensohn

Joint Press Availability With European Union High Representative Javier Solana and Quartet Special Envoy Jim Wolfensohn

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0511/S00287.htm


27: 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.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00183.htm


28: Scientists: Sexual Abuse Cause Eating Disorders

London/Vienna -- Scientists from the University of Bristol have found that sexual abuse of children often leads to eating disorders in later life. The researchers examined 10,000 women in their study. The eating disorders occurred in women who ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0511/S00052.htm


29: 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.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00178.htm


30: Daniel Fried Press Roundtable in Berlin

Robert Wood: Welcome this morning. We have of course, as I think many of you know, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Dan Fried. The Assistant Secretary will make some opening remarks and then take your questions. And, if you ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0511/S00292.htm

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