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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 18 January 2006


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

1: Al Gore’s Devastating Indictment of President Bush

Al Gore delivered a devastating indictment of President George Bush today in a major speech before three thousand cheering citizens at Washington DC’s Constitution Hall. (See... Al Gore: America's Constitution is in Grave Danger )

2: Chile Bolivia And The Rightwing Backlash

What do a divorced mother from Chile and a so-called “narco-terrorist” and neo-Che from Bolivia have in common? They’ve both been elected leaders of their respective countries, in keeping with an apparent left-ward trend in South American politics. ...

3: World Record Fuel Efficient Driving Attempt

An Australian couple obessed with breaking records are attempting to set a new Guinness World Record for fuel efficient driving. Their journey will take them along New Zealand's roads next month.

4: Al Gore: America's Constitution is in Grave Danger

Congressman Barr and I have disagreed many times over the years, but we have joined together today with thousands of our fellow citizens-Democrats and Republicans alike-to express our shared concern that America's Constitution is in grave danger.

5: Close Waihopai

"As long as we have Waihopai, we are targets for terrorism and nuclear attacks," said Hone Harawira, MP for Tai Tokerau and Maori Party Spokesman on Disarmament, "and guess what - we're not even allowed to know what goes on in there."

6: Ernest Partridge: The Gulliberal Problem

We’ve got trouble enough from our adversaries – but God save us from our friends! Surely one of the most amazing aspects of the election fraud issue is how so many otherwise smart liberals and progressives fail to see what is right in front of their ...

7: Buzzflash Editorial: Thankyou Al Gore

What Would Happen if an American Politician Told the Truth and No Mainstream Media and Establishment Democrats Listened -- It Happened on Martin Luther King Day. Al Gore Was That Man.

8: Haiti: two UN peacekeepers killed at check point

Two Jordanian peacekeepers with the United Nations mission in Haiti were killed, and another wounded, in the dangerous Cité Soleil neighbourhood of the country’s capital Port-au-Prince this morning.

9: Maori fisheries money must not fund whaling

Te Ohu Kaimoana must guarantee New Zealanders that not one single cent of hard-won Maori fisheries money will be used to support or promote commercial whaling of any kind, the Green Party says.

10: Sam Smith: Getting Reacquainted With Al Gore

SAM SMITH - Al Gore's remarkable speech on Bush's illegal wiretapping - combined with his earlier criticisms of the Iraq war and his longstanding attention to the dangers of climate change - make him the only major Democratic figure, save Russ ...

11: Vehicle exhaust emissions - proposed changes

Proposed changes to the requirements for vehicle exhaust emissions have been released for public comment, including a proposal to introduce a visible smoke check for exhausts as part of regular vehicle inspections.

12: Policy for Maori Cultural Practices Announced

The Department of Corrections today released to staff it’s policy for holding Maori cultural practices on Departmental premises. In releasing the guidelines Chief Executive Barry Matthews praised the sensible and inclusive nature of the policy which he said ...

13: M. Shahid Alam: Real Men Go To Tehran

The United States and Israel have been itching to go to Tehran since the Islamic Revolution of 1979. That Revolution was a strategic setback for both powers. It overthrew the Iranian monarchy, a great friend of the US and Israel, and brought to power the ...

14: New Zealand joins diplomatic protest on whaling

New Zealand has joined 16 other countries in urging Japan's government to stop killing whales in the Southern Ocean in the name of scientific research.

15: Get ready for the Xbox Roadtrip

Auckland, January 17, 2006 - The world’s most powerful next-generation gaming and entertainment experience launches in New Zealand in March with a nationwide Xbox 360 Roadtrip.

16: "Shallow Throat": Do Dems Have a Death-Wish?

"Shallow Throat" joined me at a mostly-deserted park in Virginia, bursting with anger. I didn't even have to ask a question before the rage exploded out: "I can't believe your Democrat friends are blowing it once again! The Bushies are imploding in one ...

17: Standards not comparing apples with apples

If Food Standards Australia New Zealand want people to eat healthier diets implying that fruit is not healthy is crazy, Green Party says.

18: DEA Says It Will Investigate Agents in Colombia

The DEA is already feeling the heat from Bill Conroy’s explosive report published in Narco News this week. Conroy received a leaked internal memo written by attorney Thomas M. Kent, an attorney with the U.S. Justice Department. The memo accused Drug ...

19: Maori Party Delighted at Strong Response

"It is another indication of our determination to take control of our own destiny" stated Te Ururoa Flavell today in response to the collective voice of over 1000 people who have signed a petitition responding to New Zealand's approach to the UN Draft ...

20: Haiti / Dominican Republic: Deaths continue

According to eye-witness accounts provided to Amnesty International, at least one civilian died and another was injured last Thursday in the locality of Ouanaminthe (on the Haitian-Dominican Republic border), after shots were allegedly fired from ...

21: RNZAF Orion Lands On Antarctica

For the first time a Royal New Zealand Air Force Orion has landed on the ice runways of Antarctica.

22: Fiji remains tense after new coup threat

Bitter divisions in ruling circles in the small Pacific island state of Fiji have resurfaced after the country’s military commander, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama, last week threatened to stage a coup if the government proceeded with its planned ...

23: Chavez Summarizes 2005, Accuses US of Interference

Caracas, Venezuela, January 16, 2006—In his annual speech to the nation and to the National Assembly, last Friday, Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez summarized his government’s accomplishments of 2005, outlined plans for the near future, and lambasted ...

24: Chile’s new era - Michelle Bachelet's election

Michelle Bachelet’s election as president of Chile represents a historic shift in the profile of Chilean politics, says Roberto Espíndola.

25: Video: Families And Greenpeace Act Against Whaling

Greenpeace NZ marked an international day of action on whaling today with a family beach dig in Auckland. Children joined Greenpeace members making a giant whale of sand on the beach at Mission Bay, while their parents were invited to “plant a whale ...

26: Using Exercise To Counteract Depression

The potential benefits of regular activity for nearly 200 older people with depression are to be tested in a University of Auckland study that begins this month.

27: TelstraClear and Telecom pricing reviews withdrawn

After announcing on Friday 13 January that they had reached a commercial agreement relating to a range of services, TelstraClear and Telecom have withdrawn all the pricing reviews they had previously lodged with the Commerce Commission.

28: Uninformed Consent: Abortion & Mental Health

Recent research from Norway and New Zealand has reported an association between abortion and subsequent mental health problems. Although the two reports are not the first to suggest such a relationship, they are well-designed studies suggesting that abortion ...

29: New Zealand congratulates new President of Chile

Prime Minister Helen Clark has offered her congratulations to the new President-elect of Chile, Michelle Bachelet.

30: Endangered Leatherback turtle an unusual find

Department of Conservation staff have taken samples to learn more about the biology of the rare and critically endangered leatherback turtle washed up in Golden Bay last week.

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