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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 10 January 2006


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

1: State Dept. Daily Press Briefing January 9, 2006

NORTH KOREA North Korean Conditions for Return to Six-Party Talks Treasury Department Actions Regarding North Korea

2: William Pitt: Attack on Iran - A Looming Folly

The wires have been humming since before the New Year with reports that the Bush administration is planning an attack on Iran. "The Bush administration is preparing its NATO allies for a possible military strike against suspected nuclear sites in ...

3: National Pushes Limits Of Campaign Spending

In the battle for the hearts and minds of the New Zealand voter in 2005 National spent more than two million dollars in order to get their message across. According to figures that have just become available at the Electoral Commission National spent ...

4: Jason Leopold: The NSA Spy Engine - Echelon

A clandestine National Security Agency spy program code-named Echelon was likely responsible for tapping into the emails, telephone calls and facsimiles of thousands of average American citizens over the past four years in its effort to identify people ...

5: Border tension between Ethiopia, Eritrea continues

The United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) has reported that the military situation in the Temporary Security Zone (TSZ) separating the two countries continues to be “tense and potentially volatile,” about a month after Eritrea demanded ...

6: Another tax-funded bauble for Peters

National Party Deputy Leader Gerry Brownlee says the Foreign Minister has some more explaining to do over his latest tax-funded bauble, estimated to be worth between $50,000 and $65,000.

7: Scoop Feedback: Christmas Leftovers

The following is a selection of feedback and other unsolicited email received by Scoop recently. The opinions they contain do not necessarily reflect those of Scoop. They do not appear in any particular order.

8: Sea Shepherd Sideswipes Whaling Supply Ship

News Release At 0030 Hours GMT - 09 Jan 2006 (1930 EST Hours - 08 Jan 2006)

9: Mercy Shot

It is an unpleasant oddity, this moment when Greenpeace activists and the whalers want the same thing...the end of a whale's life. We put our boats in the way, we put our safety on the line, we endure freezing cold spray and brutal conditions to ...

10: Axis of Fanatics: Netanyahu and Ahmadinejad

With Ariel Sharon out of the picture, Benjamin Netanyahu has a better chance to become prime minister of Israel. He's media savvy. He knows how to spin on American television. And he's very dangerous.

11: Dahr Jamail: US Propaganda vs. Iraqi Reality

It appears as though the Cheney administration will soon “redeploy” thousands of US troops out of Iraq. While several permanent US military bases are under construction there as I type this, the Capital Hill Cabal, desperate to paint the Iraq disaster ...

12: Michael Hammerschlag: Unpatriotic Spying

The decision by the Bush Administration to go after the New York Times for exposing a portion of their spying- the unauthorized NSA spying on calls to Afghanistan- sets up the central struggle for America’s soul.

13: Ferrari Superamerica At Melbourne Motor Show

Australian deliveries of the astonishing Ferrari Superamerica may now be underway, but with just six destined to find a home in Australia the Melbourne International Motor Show (9-19 February 2006) will probably be most people's one and only opportunity ...

14: 12 Political Insights: A Starter-Kit for 2006

Bush&Co.'s scandals are coming so rapidly and getting so huge that it's hard to lay off talking about them at length, but in this new year, let's step back a bit for some longer-range perspectives.

15: Muslim community joins 'Human Shield' in appeal

Australia's Muslim community has joined forces with former 'human shield' and aid worker in Iraq, Donna Mulhearn, to make a direct appeal on Al Jazeera television to the kidnappers of four members of the Christian Peacemaker Team (CPT) still held ...

16: Public Address 10/01/06 - A Kingly Sum

I was given the sage gift of a copy of Being P?keh? Now for the festive season and took the time out to read it cover to cover. I thought this a wise idea as I've footnoted it several times...

17: What 3 Degrees of Global Warming Really Means

PETER BARRETT [1] puts projected global warming in perspective, comparing it with climate fluctuations in the geological past. Greenhouse gas emission rates from human activity have increased in the last few decades, and CO2 levels will soon be higher ...

18: Robert Fisk on Ariel Sharon

Israel's Prime Minister was a ruthless military commander responsible for one of the most shocking war crimes of the 20th century, argues Robert Fisk. President George Bush acclaims Ariel Sharon as 'a man of peace', yet the blood that was shed at Sabra ...

19: Greed and Gall: Asking Iraq to Pay for Occupation

The minority of Americans who support the war largely do so out of a sense of responsibility to Iraqis. They favor reconstruction and restoration as well as ongoing occupation. And most of the majority who favor ending the war support the financing of reconstruction, ...

20: 2005: Much Warmer

2005: Much Warmer, With More Anticyclones And Less Wind Than Normal Very Low Rainfall In The South Island Catastrophic Floods And Extremely High Rainfall In Bay Of Plenty;Destructive Tornadoes; An Unseasonably Late Snowstorm

21: Make 2006 The "Year Of Impeachment"

"We are honored by the broad support for impeachment from this distinguished group of true American patriots," said Bob Fertik, President of ImpeachPAC. "Impeachment is not a 'fringe' position, as the Bush Administration would like Americans to believe. ...

22: NZ Not Sending Frigate To Watch Whaling Stoush

A spokesman for the NZ Minister of Defence said today that the New Zealand Government is not yet actively considering sending a Royal New Zealand Navy frigate south to watch an increasing level of tension between activists and whalers in the southern ...

23: Put speed cameras in the right places

National's Law & Order spokesman, Simon Power, says he hopes New Zealand's speed cameras were used to encourage people to slow down over the holiday period rather than as merely a tool to fill Labour's ticket quotas.

24: Gruesome whale kill continues...

Southern Ocean Saturday, 07 January, 2006 : Greenpeace activists last night witnessed the slow and bloody death of yet another minke whale, fully documented by photos and video footage.


THE NEW ZEALAND ORDER OF MERIT The Queen has been pleased, on the occasion of the celebration of the New Year, to make the following appointments to The New Zealand Order of Merit: P.C.N.Z.M. To be a Principal Companion of the said Order: Professor ...

26: Where's Waitangi In Treaty Roadshow?

New Zealand First is perplexed that neither Waitangi nor Waitangi Day are to feature significantly in the Treaty 2 U roadshow.

27: New Study Shows GE foods May Harm Unborn Babies

The Ministry of Health must take action to alert pregnant women about the potential risks of GE foods to the wellbeing of their unborn children, in light of yet another study into GE food.

28: Send Your Cards to Tom Instead of George

Our history books tell us that George Washington was the father of the abomination America has become. Many around the world, including some Americans, have written off the possibility that the United States is capable of acting with morality and ...

29: Chavez expands aid to US poor

Venezuela has said it will expand a programme to provide cheap home heating fuel to poor Americans, helping low-income families in Vermont and Rhode Island, as well as four Indian tribes in Maine.

30: Iranian Women Celebrate "Emancipation Law"

Millions of Iranian Women greeted, today, the seventieth anniversary of the "Women's Emancipation Law". This measure, seeking to establish the gender equality, was adopted in 1935 and remained in full force, till its abolishment by the Islamist ...


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