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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 23 January 2006

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

1: 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

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00170.htm

2: The Raid On Iraq

American military forces have cut a swath of righteous savagery through Iraq, and guided by MOSSAD agents (the most efficient terrorists in the world), CIA agents have kidnapped, detained, tortured and murdered every Iraqi associated with “the ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00185.htm

3: Osama bin Laden HE’S BACK

After a year of silence, Osama bin Laden has filled the world’s headlines with an audiotape, and the predictable opinions are being heard. Is his offering of a truce a sign of weakness or strength? Is he making such statements because he is harried ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00175.htm

4: Jeanette Fitzsimons State of the Planet Speech

Thank you for coming to the Greens second Picnic for the Planet, where we celebrate this incredibly beautiful, vulnerable, only planet we have and commit ourselves again to taking care of it - both for its own sake, and so that it can take care of us.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0601/S00086.htm

5: Sibel Edmonds Proof "War On Terror" Is A Lie

There are simply too many dots! I’m not kidding around here. I’ve been through a carton of marking pens and a case and a half of extra strength Excedrin following the trail from the Sibel Edmonds case to Plame to Libby to the NSA to the Whistleblowers ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00177.htm

6: 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, ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00167.htm

7: 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.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00165.htm

8: 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) .

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00169.htm

9: Thailand Seeks Aung San Suu Kyi 's 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.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00182.htm

10: Toshiba and Intel duo in business computing

Auckland, 23 January 2006: The New Zealand office of Toshiba (Australia) Pty. Limited Information Systems Division (ISD) today launched three new business notebooks based on Intel’s newly released high performance dual-core processor and chipset, Centrino ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0601/S00028.htm

11: 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 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00181.htm

12: 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 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00164.htm

13: NZ's influenza immunisation rates still too low

As we enter 2006 with the threat of pandemic influenza increasing, the National Influenza Strategy Group (NISG) says it’s vital that more people are immunised against seasonal influenza this season to reduce the spread of this serious and potentially fatal ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0601/S00035.htm

14: Rescue pilot helps brong air accidents down

Rescue Pilot Sue Dinkelacker had to make some fast decisions when, on a night flight, her rescue helicopter hit a tree as it went through hilly terrain en route from Wellington to Masterton Hospital.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0601/S00131.htm

15: 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.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00155.htm

16: 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. ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00145.htm

17: Rockeby Market Update: Avian Bird Flu Test

Singapore and Australia. 23 January 2006: Rockeby Biomed (ASX: RBY) announced today that it has completed further distribution deals for its Avian Flu diagnostics in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0601/S00036.htm

18: Scoop Link: Robert Fisk On bin Laden Tape

SCOOP LINK: Osama bin Laden: Is It Him? Almost Certainly. By Robert Fisk The Independent UK Friday 20 January 2006

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00166.htm

19: 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.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00172.htm

20: Newman Weekly: History in the Making

New Zealand history is full of contradictions. In the very week that the government launched their $1 million road show to educate the public about the “official” history of New Zealand and the importance of the Treaty of Waitangi, a UK based group released ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0601/S00058.htm

21: Exalting Sharon: A Dire Case of Collective Amnesia

The mainstream media’s lionizing and exalting of the fatally ill Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon could only be compared to that of great men and women of past years.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00183.htm

22: Democrats Hold Hearing on Illegal Spying - Conyers

There can be no doubt that today we are in a constitutional crisis that threatens the system of checks and balances that has preserved our fundamental freedoms for more than 200 years. There is no better illustration of that crisis than the fact ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0601/S00284.htm

23: Anderton forgot to talk to Aussies about apple ban

National Party Agriculture spokesman David Carter says Jim Anderton has confirmed he had not even bothered to contact his Australian counterpart about the ban on Kiwi apples until after the Aussies agreed to review it.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0601/S00089.htm

24: 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

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0601/S00285.htm

25: 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 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00173.htm

26: Otago Injects $22m Into Wellington Campus

The University of Otago is investing approximately $22 million in a building programme for the Wellington School of Medicine and Health Sciences, giving the region’s leading health education institution much needed teaching and research space.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0601/S00015.htm

27: School Cert and Bursary used to scale NCEA results

Education Minister Steve Maharey has admitted that old School Certificate and Bursary results have been used to scale this year’s NCEA marks, says National Party Education spokesman Bill English.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0601/S00091.htm

28: Fixed Mortgage Rate Rises Grind To A Halt

The much vaunted rise in mortgage interest rates following the recent Official Cash Rate increases, ground to a halt in January, according to the latest Blue Chip Financial Solutions (NZ) Limited, Mortgage Interest Rate Survey.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0601/S00139.htm

29: NZ Housing Affordability "In Crisis" Says Report

"New Zealand faces a housing affordability crisis," says Libertarianz Environment Deregulation Spokesman Peter Cresswell, commenting on a just-released international survey of housing affordability that finds New Zealand one of several markets facing ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0601/S00059.htm

30: Attitude change prescribed for weedy Auckland

Researchers say responding to the threat of weeds early rather than waiting until plants become weeds is crucial for curbing Auckland’s rampaging weed problem.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0601/S00029.htm

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