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Scoop Top 30 Weekend Ratings - 21-22 January 2006


The Weekend's top 30 rating items on Scoop were...

1: Ecologist: Taking The Wind Out Of Nuclear Power

PETER BUNYARD exposes the dangerous and uneconomic reality behind the myths of nuclear energy’s cheapness, safety and low greenhouse gas emissions.

2: Why Won't The Media Touch This Book?

Why Won't The Media Touch This Book? An email from Mark Crispin Miller Regarding his new book Fooled Again

3: Bill Grigsby: Iraq As Prop In ‘Plan For Victory’

The White House is focused on victory. But not in Iraq—that’s been outsourced to the in-house PR professionals, who recently produced a glossy, 35-page, ‘Plan for Victory’ brochure . The naïve observer could be forgiven for thinking this was actually ...

4: Cheryl Seal: Bin Laden Tape Probably Faked by CIA

Back in 2002, the Bush administration was chagrined when the world's foremost voice identification experts, a group in Swizterland called IDIAP analyzed several Bin Laden tapes and concluded that a "CIA-verified" bin Laden tape was NOT Bin Laden, ...

5: And the Crowd Sang Waltzing Matilda

In a quiet West Australian suburban town that I visited shortly before Christmas, residents were appalled by a particularly vicious and shocking incident. A local woman had returned to her home to find her Christmas lights savagely vandalised. ...

6: Spc. Doug Barber: PTSD - A Soldier's Personal War!

In the last month I have been working with Jay Shaft, the editor of Coalition For Free Thought in media regarding my experiences in Iraq and since coming home from the war. We have only touched on some of the struggles of being a soldier, however ...

7: William Rivers Pitt: The New Fascism

Say "fascism" to anyone you meet, and you will conjure images of coal-scuttle helmets, of Nazi boot-heels clicking in terrible unison down Berlin streets during dark days that only a few remaining among the living remember. Each day, members of the generation ...

8: In Memory of Specialist Doug Barber

A Soldier For Truth Has Fallen: In Memory of Specialist Doug Barber In Memory and Mourning of the Tragic Death of Douglas Barber

9: Condoleezza Rice Remarks on Foreign Assistance

SECRETARY RICE: Good morning, everyone, and welcome to the State Department. I would like very much to welcome our good friend and our supporter, Senator Dick Lugar of Indiana. If you would just stand so we can thank you for everything you do. (Applause.)

10: Video Compression Players Should "Compress" Hype

The year 2006 has begun with plenty of excitement in all matters related to digital video: mobile video, IPTV, HDTV, DVR, video-on-demand, and on and on, ad nauseum. It's as if the entire media industry suddenly woke up to the fact that digital and ...

11: Lyndon Hood: News We Missed Because of the Holiday

Whales May Be Developing Nuclear Weapons: Japan - National Party Press Secretaries Chained to Desks Over Holidays, Writing Press Releases for Food - No Unprecedented Natural Disasters in 2006 So Far - Wayne Mapp Accidentally Eradicates Self - Next ...

12: Next Generation Naval Ships Reflect Rich History

The names of Australia's new large amphibious ships and Air Warfare Destroyers will be named after Australian cities with close links with Navy heritage.

13: State Dept. Daily Press Briefing January 20, 2006

IRAN 25th Anniversary of the Release of the Iranian Hostages Iranian Decision to Withdraw Assets from Europe / Iranian Isolation Possible Referral to UN Security Council IAEA Director General's Report

14: The Latest bin Laden Tape - Transcript & Debate

al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden's latest tape recorded message to the West – in Arabic - was released publicly last week. Parts of the tape were first aired on Al-Jazeera television (See… Bin Laden offers Americans truce) .

15: Chile’s Problematic Gift to Haiti General Aldunate

General Eduardo Aldunate: Chile’s Problematic Gift to Haiti who could turn out to be President-elect Bachelet’s First Foreign Policy Challenge

16: US$100 million for software development in NZ

A consortium involving New Zealand and US-based interests is ready to source US$100 million funding for kiwi software development over the next 12-18 months.

17: Sen. John Kerry Comments On New bin Laden Tape

There's something that doesn't sit right with me when, on the day Osama Bin Laden resurfaced in a disturbing audio tape, cable television ends up in a game of name calling as a war protester is compared to Osama Bin Laden.

18: Thailand Seeks Aung San Suu Kyi Release

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Thailand will push Burma "as hard as we can" to free Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest, while also opening a new bridge across a river to link the two Southeast Asian nations.

19: Condoleezza Rice IV With Liberian Star Radio

QUESTION: ForStar Radio we are with Dr. Condoleezza Rice. She is Secretary of State of the United States. Welcome to Star Radio.

20: Are You Ready To Be Bugged And Tortured?

It's not really terrorists George W. Bush wants to bug and torture. It's YOU. It's not really terrorism he wants to fight. It's opposition from people he can't control. It's not really US security he wants to protect. It's the power of his regime.

21: Productivity; a More Skilled Workforce

This year is going to be tough if the current low level of business confidence is a guide to the future. The effect will be that growth might be doing well to reach 1% per annum. This figure barely matches population growth, with the result that ...

22: 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.

23: John Chuckman: God Bless Canada!

I hadn't realized until recently that Stephen Harper was using "God Bless Canada!" as a tagline for his speeches. Some may think this a harmless, or even beneficent, expression for a politician to use, but for those with knowledge of history, nothing ...

24: Cullen: Key out of touch

Finance Minister Michael Cullen said today opposition finance spokesman John Key continues to display his ignorance on fundamental economic issues. The strong Kiwi dollar reflects New Zealand's stellar economic growth over the last six years.

25: Japan trip risks tarnishing NZ’s reputation

Government officials’ attempts to badmouth the New Zealand economy in Japan are not only futile but risk tarnishing the country as an investment destination, says National finance spokesman John Key.

26: Maori Party Commends Kumara Initiative

The Maori Party today congratulated Te Pu Hao Rangi Trust, guardians of the early kumara, for their joint venture with Tahuri Whenua Inc, the National Maori Vegetable Growers Collective, to explore the economic potential of the early kumara.

27: Decent work in Africa key to fight against poverty

Bamako WSF: promoting the agenda for decent work in Africa, the key to success in the fight against poverty

28: News Worthy - 20 Jan 2006

"It's The Economy, Stupid"; The King of Thailand; Minimum apartment floor areas; Alice in Wonderland; Fruit Falls Foul Of Sugar Guidelines; A journalist's lament on indifference to defence

29: Bolton: Remarks on Cote D'Ivoire, Haiti, Iran, UN

Ambassador John R. Bolton, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Remarks at the Security Council Stakeout New York City January 17, 2006

30: Fence Will Create Major New Wildlife Sanctuary at

Two long established coastal New Zealand sheep stations in the Hawkes Bay are about to begin a new role. The owners of Cape Kidnappers and the adjoining Ocean Beach property to the south, have agreed to build a 13.4 kilometre predator proof fence ...

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