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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 16 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: Questions And Answers - 15 February 2006

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

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: Questions for Oral Answer -16 February 2006

1. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Has she received any recent reports regarding the development of policy around the Foreshore and Seabed Act 2004?

5: On the Danish Cartoons: When Speech Offends

On September 30, 2005, the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published twelve cartoon depictions of the Prophet Mohammed that its editors said they solicited as part of an experiment to overcome what they perceived as self-censorship reflected in the ...

6: No Right Turn: Guantanamo Delenda Est

Guantanamo must be closed , and its prisoners either released or given a fair trial in the United States under US law. That is the recommendation of an investigation conducted by the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. Why? Apart from general ...

7: Drought-stricken Ethiopia needs $18.5 million

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) appealed today for $18.5 million to help farmers, herders and others suffering through a drought in south-eastern Ethiopia that has created severe food shortages with pre-famine conditions and widespread ...

8: Heavenly Burlesque: a Fuse Production

Enter the seductive world of Burlesque Circus, Dance and Cabaret, showcasing over 100 artists from New Zealand and overseas. Heavenly Burlesque transforms The Paramount into a world of live original performance and music limited to 3 weekends only.

9: Berkowitz: The Powerful Koch Boys From Kansas

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

10: 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 ...

11: Mis-Informing the public on smacking

Prime Minister Helen Clark yesterday maintained that New Zealanders are well informed about the debate in our country over section 59 of the Crimes Act, which gives parents a defence of reasonable force used by way of correction, provided the force used ...

12: Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 15 February 2006

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

13: Save Happy Valley Members Arrested: Rooftop Demo

The Save Happy Valley Coalition members who were protesting on Solid Energy's rooftop this morning have been removed and arrested by about twelve members of the Team Policing Unit. The Police smashed a hole in a door with a sledgehammer to access the four ...

14: 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 ...

15: NZ MPs Prove Very Quiet On Guantanamo Bay

As far as Scoop can ascertain only two MP's have expressed any great fuss regarding the United States prison at Guantanamo bay – Keith Locke and Matt Robson. This is surprising considering the international opprobrium that has been heaped on the united ...

16: 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 ...

17: Weiner: Pushing Them Off the Precipice of Power

The Bush Administration these days is like a sickly iceberg. The inside structures are weakened by moral rot, and the outside walls are thinning because of the heat they're taking. As the Bush iceberg suffers yet another scandal and embarrassing ...

18: Nats want to buy elections

Labour MP Pete Hodgson said today that National’s rantings about political advertising is little more than an attempt to skew the system in the favour of themselves and their friends in big business and obscure religious sects.

19: 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?

20: Migrants doing well in New Zealand

A survey of new residents in New Zealand shows immigration is working to benefit both migrants and our country, Immigration Minister David Cunliffe says. The Department of Labour survey found 93 per cent of the skilled migrants interviewed were happy ...

21: 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.

22: 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 ...

23: Government introduces ERA Amendment Bill

Legislation designed to protect New Zealand's most vulnerable workers was introduced to Parliament today, Minister of Labour Ruth Dyson said. The Government today introduced legislation to amend Part 6A of the Employment Relations Act to clarify protections ...

24: New professors at University of Canterbury

The University of Canterbury has promoted three academic staff to professorships and 18 to associate professorships.

25: Aucklanders have to be sicker to get operations

People have to be sicker before they can have an operation at Auckland DHB, says National's Health spokesman, Tony Ryall.

26: TVNZ & The Gang Of 31

We thought that the silly season was over, but the lead story in this morning's Herald - wherein 31 prominent New Zealanders are calling for TVNZ to become a fully public-funded broadcaster - suggests otherwise. The group say that television "used to be better" ...

27: Poland: Official Homophobia Threatens Human Rights

(New York) – As a new government in Poland brings to power officials with long records of opposing gay and lesbian rights, it is more important than ever for the country’s leadership to affirm all citizens’ equality, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter ...

28: 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.

29: Tokelau referendum does not produce a 2/3 majority

Tokelau referendum does not produce a two thirds majority in favour of a change of status

30: 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 ...

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