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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 12 January 2006


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

1: Greg Palast: No Child's Behind Left - The Test

New York -- Today and tomorrow every 8-year-old in the state of New York will take a test. It's part of George Bush's No Child Left Behind program. The losers will be left behind to repeat the third grade. Try it yourself. This is from the state's ...

2: 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

3: 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 ...

4: GM: New study shows unborn babies could be harmed

Mortality rate for new-born rats six times higher when mother was fed on a diet of modified soya

5: Bernard Weiner: Fear the Future & the Other F-Word

WASHINGTON (Associated Press) -- President George W. Bush today applauded the decision by the House of Representatives and the Senate to disband. "Everything changed on 9/11," said the President. "The American people join me in thanking Congress for ...

6: William Blum's Anti-Empire Report - January 9 2006

We read about things done and said by the Iraqi president, or the Ministry of this or the Ministry of that, and it's easy to get the impression that Iraq is in the process of becoming a sovereign state, albeit not particularly secular and employing ...

7: Jason Leopold: Fitzgerald Maintains Focus on Rove

Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald is said to have spent the past month preparing evidence he will present to a grand jury alleging that White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove knowingly made false statements to FBI and Justice Department investigators ...

8: Undertaker To Bury New Zealand

World Wrestling Entertainment® and Dainty Consolidated Entertainment today announced that UNDERTAKER® has been added to the list of SmackDown Superstars appearing in New Zealand’s first ever WWE Live Event at Wellington’s Westpac Stadium on Saturday ...

9: Fitrakis: Did The NSA Help Bush Hack The Vote?

What do we make of the President boldly proclaiming that he has “spy powers?” Does he have X-ray vision too? When he and his cronies crawl up into Cheney’s bunker with the sign on the door “He-man Woman-haters Club. No Girls Allowed (except Condi),” ...

10: BTL: Evo Morales' Election as Bolivia's President

Evo Morales' Election as Bolivia's President Stengthens Progressive Political Movements Sweeping South America - Interview with Jeff Vogt, senior associate for rights and development, with the Washington Office on Latin America, conducted by Scott Harris

11: Mazur: Sotheby's Pre-Auction Euphronios Transcript

In the 1970s oil boom years, before Mu-ammar al-Gaddafi nationalized Bunker Hunt's oilfield and the silver market collapsed, he and brother Herbert amassed a quarter-ton of ancient coins and some astonishing pieces of ancient art. These were put up for ...

12: Organ Donor Rates for 2005 Worst Ever

Figures released today show that New Zealand has hit an all time low in the number of organ donors it has. Just 29 people became organ donors in 2005.

13: Hottest jobs in 2006

The January Hays Quarterly Forecast has been released and it reveals the hottest jobs and boom markets for 2006 in a variety of market sectors.

14: TVNZ Appoints Expat Kiwi To Top Marketing Job

TVNZ's Assistant Chief Executive, Stephen Smith, is delighted to announce the appointment of Jason Paris as the broadcaster's new Head of Marketing.

15: 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.

16: Scholarship students benefit from huge changes

National’s Education spokesman, Bill English, says students and teachers should be pleased that NZQA was forced into major changes to scholarship exams after last year’s debacle.

17: 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 ...

18: 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 ...

19: 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.

20: More excuses from Government on whales

The Government's reasons for not sending a frigate to monitor the confrontation between Japanese whaling ships and protestors in Antarctic waters are just lame excuses, the Green Party says.

21: Sea Shepherd Sideswipes Whaling Supply Ship

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

22: Wellington Zoo Keeper recuperating in hospital

Wellington Zoo Keeper, Bob Bennett, is today recuperating in Wellington Hospital from injuries sustained yesterday during routine servicing of the Zoo's juvenile lions, Wellington Zoo CEO Alison Lash said.

23: 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 ...

24: 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 ...

25: The Precautionary Principle

By Dr. Mae- Wan Ho and Prof. Peter Saunders in universities and open forums in Luzon and Mindanao 11-16 December 2005: The Precautionary Principle Prof. Peter Saunders / Making the World Sustainable &GM- Free Dr. Mae-Wan Ho

26: Shepherds Intends to Ram, Disable Pirate Whalers

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society believes it is time to escalate the confrontation with the Japanese whaling fleet and bring an end to the illegal and ruthless slaughter of defenceless whales in the Antarctic Whale Sanctuary.

27: Top 10 Issues for the Health Care Industry in 2006

In a report issued today by PricewaterhouseCoopers Health Research Institute, the rising costs of health care coverage and the implications of the Drug Medicare Plan are among the Top 10 business issues for the Health Industries in 2006.

28: Alito Sounds Death Knell for Individual Rights

Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee began its confirmation hearings on the nomination of Samuel Alito for Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. Alito is no John Roberts. Whereas Roberts had barely been a judge for two years when Bush nominated ...

29: 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

30: Stateside: The Five Most Useful Things of 2005

"Get to hell, God! What are you farting around up here for instead of rolling up your sleeves and getting to work down in the hot place?" Well, judging by the TV news bulletins, he's snarled in the traffic of folks asking to be saved from ominously ...


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