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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 14 February 2006

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

1: Prime Minister’s Statement to Parliament 2006

Three months ago the government’s agenda for this three year parliamentary term was set out in the Speech from the Throne delivered by the Governor-General.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00173.htm

2: Nepal: Taliban Tears Down Buddha Statues

In view of the controversy over the free press versus blasphemous cartoon going on in the world press, I would like to present the following facts about what the so-called Taliban Muslims did to Buddha statues while they were in power in Afghanistan in ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00132.htm

3: Who Will Blow the Whistle Before We Attack Iran?

The question looms large against the backdrop of the hearing on whistleblowing scheduled for tomorrow afternoon by Christopher Shays, chair of the House Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats and International Relations.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00136.htm

4: New Zealand Prepared For A ‘Black Gold Rush’

Seismic Survey Conducted by Crown Minerals Group Reveals Untapped Potential for Global Oil Prospectors in New Zealand

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0602/S00092.htm

5: Condoleezza Rice Interview ABC's This Week

MR. STEPHANOPOULOS: Good morning, everyone. It is not hot here in the Northeast. We've got our first big snowstorm of the year, but our headliner made it in. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, welcome back to This Week, Madame Secretary.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0602/S00186.htm

6: Steve Wozniak arrives this week to take on NZ

Its only days away when Steve Wozniak, Co-Founder of Apple Computer, arrives in New Zealand with his Segway HT. Steve is here to put his Segway HT Polo team “the Aftershocks” to challenge the New Zealand “Pole Blacks” in the 1st World Segway HT Tournament.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0602/S00025.htm

7: Bush Recalls The Capture Of Hambali In Thailand

BANGKOK, Thailand -- When CIA and Thai authorities caught Hambali in Thailand in 2003, nothing was said publicly about his involvement in a 9/11-style plot to fly an airplane into a skyscraper in Los Angeles.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00121.htm

8: Video: Unite Mobilises Youth In Minimum Wage Push

Political Movement 2006-Style: Over 1000 fast food workers, mobilised by Unite Union, supported by the CTU and affiliated unions, the Maori Party, Green Party - a burgeoning youth political movement is demanding that the minimum wage be increased to $12 per ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00120.htm

9: Knowing What We Don't Know

The issue of the extent to which US policy in the Middle East is affected by Israel’s interest is perennially controversial. There’s a whole range of views expressed with a disproportionate number of conspiracy theories bubbling around.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00124.htm

10: Conyers Letter To Bush & Cheney Re Libby

February 10, 2006 The President The Vice President The White House Washington, DC 20500 Dear Mr. President and Mr. Vice President: Yesterday, the National Journal and AP reported that the Vice President's former Chief of Staff, I. Lewis (Scooter) ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0602/S00182.htm

11: New Technologies and the Rise of Political Liberty

Ambassador David A. Gross, U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy Remarks at the 2006 Grafstein Lecture in Communications, University of Toronto, Faculty of Law February 7, 2006

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0602/S00187.htm

12: Condoleezza Rice IV CBS's Face the Nation

MR. SCHIEFFER: Good morning again, and with us this morning, the Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. She's in the studio. Joining in the questioning, Elizabeth Bumiller of the New York Times. Madame Secretary, welcome. I want to get right to this controversy ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0602/S00185.htm

13: Surf’s up – Wellington hosts major Net conference

More than 700 people and representatives from 90 governments will be ‘surfing’ in Wellington next month as the city hosts a major international conference on the Internet.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0602/S00081.htm

14: Brash: Notes for debate on PM's statement

I move that this House has no confidence in the Government led by Helen Clark because she leads a political party that has shamelessly ransacked the public purse to fund its election campaigns and has absolutely no coherent programme to lift the living ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00176.htm

15: FULL COVERAGE: Cartoon Caricature Controversy

Audio: Pankhurst Apologises For Offending Muslims + Javed Khan IV - Tim Pankhurst: "They recognise the freedom of speech issues, but we also accept that that does not come without responsibilities. We have agreed to apologise for causing offence ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00100.htm

16: John Pilger: The Next War - Crossing the Rubicon

Has Tony Blair, the minuscule Caesar, finally crossed his Rubicon? Having subverted the laws of the civilized world and brought carnage to a defenseless people and bloodshed to his own, having lied and lied and used the death of a hundredth British soldier ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00131.htm

17: William Fisher: Rising Above Principle

Small government is one of the golden tenets of American conservatism. Small government is more efficient. The smaller the government, the more power will be returned to the people. The smaller the government, the freer our people will be of bureaucratic ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00126.htm

18: John Chuckman: Cartoons And Bombs

I wonder, are waves of angry protest, flag burning, and embassy burning in the name of religion any less rational than waves of B-52s, cluster bombs, and torture in the name of democracy?

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00122.htm

19: Volunteering NZ welcomes ‘Cheers Volunteers’

“Volunteering New Zealand joins with government today in saying ‘cheers volunteers’,” said Tim Burns, Executive Director of Volunteering New Zealand.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0602/S00071.htm

20: Scoop IV: Brownlee On Labour's Election Spending

Last week, in a surprise twist to the ongoing saga of Election 2005, the Electoral Commission referred the New Zealand Labour Party to the police as it believes the party has overspent its election expense limit and committed an offence under the ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00128.htm

21: Darfur: Annan & Pres. Bush agree to work together

After meeting today with United States President George W. Bush and other senior US officials, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said the President had agreed to work together with him and other world governments to help alleviate the ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0602/S00195.htm

22: Public Address - The Bright Side Of Insurgency

The Bright Side of Insurgency | Feb 13, 2006 10:49 Russell Brown's Hard News

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00123.htm

23: Uri Avnery: The Secret of Kadima

ONLY AN earthquake can still prevent an overwhelming victory for Kadima in the coming elections. But don't rule it out. In this election campaign, four earthquakes have already struck.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00125.htm

24: Swanson: How You -- Yes You -- Can End the War

Simple acts and a little courage have worked wonders in the world. Nonviolent people's movements won democratic reforms in Russia, booted the British out of India, resisted the Nazi occupation in Denmark, drove a dictator out of El Salvador and another out ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00142.htm

25: Cindy Sheehan: It's Not Enough to Criticize

I am standing here today to say "enough." It is not enough to "criticize" the President's policies while you are handing him more money to fund his policies. It is like giving an addict more money to purchase drugs when you would like him or her to quit.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0602/S00173.htm

26: "Don't just look to Finland", Greens tell O'Connor

Corrections Minister Damien O'Connor should be congratulated for for adopting overseas models of 'open prisons', but is in danger of ignoring lessons from his own country, according to Green Party Justice Spokesperson Nandor Tanczos.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00166.htm

27: Will Herceptin Media Blitz Help Or Harm Patients?

A powerful media campaign has pushed for a new cancer drug Herceptin be made available. Editorials attacked Pharmac stating 'tight fisted holders of the Pharmac purse' are responsible for sufferers being forced to beg for money. But is the drug safe?

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00144.htm

28: All A Twitter Over Cheney's IItchy Trigger Finger

Of course, most of you already know I’ve never been the Vice President’s biggest fan. I’ve often confused him with Lon Cheney, and yes, I’ve had him in my sights before…er, so to speak. But I find it unconscionable that the left wing punditocracy ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00141.htm

29: Public Address 14/02/06 - Enemy Mine

Something that's been aggravating the hell out of me lately is the subtle difference between an 'online journal' and a 'bulletin board'. For some reasons there is this belief that posting acres of drivel for people to 'discuss' is equivalent to posting ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00137.htm

30: Communication is at the Heart of Valentines Day

Love and romance are healthy elements of happy relationships and they are key to Family Planning work this Valentines Day.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0602/S00085.htm

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