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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 15 February 2006



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

1: Petrodollars and Nuclear Weapons Proliferation

Iran has been in the gun-sights of George W. Bush and his entourage from the moment that he was parachuted into the presidency in November 2000 by his father’s Supreme Court.

2: 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?

3: Evelyn Pringle: ADHD Drugs - Cash Cow For Pharma

“Our society viewed with loathing those who 'pushed' stimulant drugs on children," says child psychiatrist Dr Peter Breggin. "Yet today, there are more children taking Ritalin and amphetamines from doctors than ever received them from illegal ...

4: 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 ...

5: Questions for Oral Answer - 15 February 2006

1. DIANNE YATES to the Minister for Disarmament and Arms Control: Has he received any reports on possible changes to New Zealand's nuclear-free policy?

6: The Mohammed Cartoons Crisis: Conference Report

How can freedom of expression and respect for people's feelings and identity be reconciled? asked Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard when he opened an international conference in Paris on 9 February attended by politicians, religious ...

7: Australian Police To Use Taser Stun-Guns

Australia's police is becoming increasingly militarised, with NSW Police leading the way in trialling Taser stun-guns. Taser are hand-held guns that fire two metal probes attached to copper wires, delivering a 55,000-volt electric shock that lasts ...

8: Berkowitz: The Powerful Koch Boys From Kansas

Patron saints of several right wing think tanks now control the country's largest privately held company

9: 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.

10: 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

11: Scoop Audio: Anderton Bottom Trawling Press Conf.

Scoop Audio: Anderton Bottom Trawling Press Conf. & Followup Questions - How Big Is The Deep Sea Coral Smashing Industry? Nobody Really Knows - Audio and images Alastair Thompson - Images of bottom trawling bycatch (c) Ministry of Fisheries

12: 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 ...

13: 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 ...

14: 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.

15: 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.

16: Torrential rains leave 50,000 in Algeria homeless

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said today it is mounting an emergency operation to assist around 50,000 refugees in Algeria, after their homes and shelters in three refugee camps were washed away by torrential rains.

17: Nepal: Maoists Hide More Than They Reveal

The last two weeks have proved quite hectic for the thinker in Prachanda, the once-reclusive leader of Nepal's Maoist rebels who seems to be enjoying his emergence from the shadows.

18: 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.

19: Come and Sing Opera

Fancy yourself as a new Callas or Pavarotti? Bring your wonderful operatic voice and join with Orpheus Choir in a Come and Sing Opera day at the Ilott Concert Chamber, Wellington Town Hall on Saturday 18 February. Rehearsals go from 9.30-4pm with a ...

20: 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.

21: Multi-million dollar licensing deals signed

Multi-million dollar licensing deals recently signed with international pharmaceutical companies will give a significant boost to Government-owned technology company Industrial Research, chairman Liz Coutts announced today.

22: Clark: Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect

Rt Hon Helen Clark Prime Minister Address at 10th Australasian Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect Michael Fowler Centre Wellington 9.00 am Wednesday 15 February 2006

23: Bradford pleased at Govt support for youth pay Bil

The Green Party has welcomed the announcement today of Labour's support for Sue Bradford's Private Member's Bill which aims to dump youth pay rates.

24: 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.

25: Who benefited from advertising review delay?

National Party Deputy Leader Gerry Brownlee wants to know which party benefited the most out of the Labour-led delay on a review of taxpayer funded advertising rules.

26: Public Address 15/02/06 - Telco Fury

Our 11 year-old is back in school, after several months' complete estrangement from the system, and - fingers crossed - it seems to be going pretty well. Part of the arrangement was that he'd get a mobile phone, and after a frustrating hour of trudging ...

27: William Rivers Pitt: The Wack-Pack

The bar I spend my time in enjoys the patronage of quite a cast of characters. My friends and I refer to this crew as the Wack-Pack. On any given night you might see The Eater, Moleman, Mumbles, Shiny, Suspicious Facial Hair Guy, Earth Pig and The ...

28: Roche Position Statement Regarding Herceptin

Roche Products (NZ) Limited is working proactively and constructively with both Medsafe and Pharmac to ensure the fastest possible access to Herceptin for HER2 positive women with early breast cancer in New Zealand. The regulatory submission to permit ...

29: 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 ...

30: 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 ...

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