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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 21 February 2006



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

1: Mary Pitt: Talking to Bush Republicans

While sitting in the waiting room of our doctor's clinic, an old friend arrived, accompanied by her daughter, and we began to chat since we had not seen each other for a while. The daughter inquired as to whether we had "signed up" for the new prescription ...

2: NSC, Cheney Aides Conspired to Out CIA Operative

The investigation into the leak of covert CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson is heating up. Evidence is mounting that senior officials in the office of Vice President Dick Cheney and the National Security Council conspired to unmask Plame Wilson's identity ...

3: Satire: President Bush's Next Speech

Ladies and gentleone's. Glad ya could make it. Want ta talk to you about healthcare. It's important. Everyone needs your health. Without it, what can you do. And with it, there are only limitations, which means you can do anything. The sky's the limit, ...

4: Haiti: President-elect René Préval congratulated

Applauding the Haitian people for their patience and continuing commitment to democracy, the United Nations Security Council today congratulated René Préval on his victory in the Caribbean country's recent presidential election.

5: Flashback: Beginning of the Final World War

The optimists, who await an end to the post September 11 crisis, would end up as much disappointed tomorrow as the pacifists are today. Those who exaggerate the fear of "fundamentalist" Islam but underestimate the resistance in the Muslim world would ...

6: Questions And Answers - 21 February 2006

1. SUE BRADFORD (Green) to the Minister of Finance: Does he believe that, as 82 percent shareholder of Air New Zealand, he should have been more proactive in finding a solution that would keep Air New Zealand’s engineering work in New Zealand?

7: Questions for Oral Answer - 21 February 2006

1. SUE BRADFORD to the Minister of Finance: Does he believe that, as 82 percent shareholder of Air New Zealand, he should have been more proactive in finding a solution that would keep Air New Zealand's engineering work in New Zealand?

8: Liberia: UN now encourages refugees to return home

With the return of stability to Liberia, the United Nations refugee agency announced today it is now actively encouraging the return of about 160,000 refugees spread through Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Nigeria and Sierra Leone and elsewhere.

9: Scoop Fringe Images: Excess, Loonesco

The blurb for Excess encourages us to "Enjoy the visual symphony of suitcases as an installation and as a movement of energy through the streets of Wellington". Scoop caught Excess in installation mode above Civic Square on the 18th.

10: Recent Developments In Nepal's Maoist Insurgency

Kathmandu, 19 Feb: This paper focuses on recent developments, vis-à-vis Nepal's Maoist insurgency, especially the past one year, while providing an overview of its genesis, social and political roots and locale.

11: Peters: "Foreign Policy: The Next Five Years"

An address to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Tuesday 21st February 2006 at 10.00am, Rutherford House, Victoria University, Wellington

12: William Rivers Pitt: The Enemy

They called it "Cyber Storm," and it was a war-game exercise run last week by the Department of Homeland Security. The war game had nothing to do with testing the security of our shipping ports, borders, infrastructure or airports. "Cyber Storm" ...

13: Labour Government PM blames workers for job losses

Prime Minister Helen Clark has blamed the workers for refusing to accept the wage cuts and loss of conditions involved in the union-management deal that was negotiated to try and save half the 600 threatened Air New Zealand engineering jobs.

14: Bill Berkowitz: Christian Right Eyes Canada

Paul Weyrich, widely considered one of the founding fathers of the modern conservative movement, is looking North these days with hopes that Prime Minister Stephen Harper's newly elected conservative government will transform the social and political landscape ...

15: Air NZ To Outsource Wide Body Heavy Maintenance

Air New Zealand today announced it will proceed with its plan to outsource wide body aircraft heavy maintenance after union members failed to ratify their own counterproposal.

16: Arts Fest Preview: Les Arts Sauts' Sara Sandqvist

There has been some consternation on the streets of Wellington over the appearance of a gigantic white dome on Waitangi Park.

17: W.D. Jenkins: Monty Python’s “The Meaning of Bush”

Admit it. You laughed and you stood up and clapped or you thrust your fist in the air saying “yes!” while you watched that funeral. One by one, they came to the front of the church and unleashed upon the Boy King a most brutal verbal beating. People ...

18: Supreme Court Judge appointed

Honourable Noel Crossley Anderson has been appointed a Supreme Court Judge, Attorney-General David Parker today announced.

19: Bonus Joules: Heated Ups and Downs

I did find it a strange experience becoming a cartoon; even if it is a cartoon I drew myself some years ago. However there I was, living, being the cartoon. It felt a bit spooky and rather hilarious. The occasion: The NZ Association for Environmental ...

20: 2006 Olympic Gold Medallists on the Big Screen

The Openair Cinema at the Viaduct Harbour shows the newest Snowboard documentary 'First Descent' as a New Zealand Premiere on Friday, 24 February. Starring in this film with other snowboard legends are Shaun White and Hannah Teter. Both Americans ...

21: Cartoon Issue: Is It A Freedom Of Expression?

These days, more than twenty countries, where Muslim population is in Majority, are facing demonstrations organized by the Muslim community. There are some countries where violent demonstrations have become a part of daily routine.

22: Why are Police hosting pro-gun lobbyists?

The New Zealand Police need to explain why they are hosting this country's largest ever gathering of international pro-gun lobbyists, according to Green Party Police Spokesperson Keith Locke.

23: ICFTU: Cartoons Depicting the Prophet Mohammed

Brussels, 20 February 2006 (ICFTU OnLine): The publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed, initially in a Danish newspaper, has caused deep offence to many Muslim people around the world. Freedom of the press is a principle of fundamental ...

24: UN ozone experts to meet in Central Otago

A high-powered scientific panel will be meeting in Alexandra later this week to consider the environmental effects of ozone depletion. The National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research (NIWA) is hosting the meeting of the United Nations Environment Programme ...

25: 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.

26: Liberia: UN troops work to prevent border violence

UN troops in Liberia work to prevent cross-border violence from Côte d'Ivoire

27: Don’t be rash, unions tell Air NZ

Air New Zealand’s apparent determination to go ahead with contracting out engineering work is rash and uncalled for, say the workers’ unions.

28: Dr Jim Sprott On US Cot Death Research

His advice follows news yesterday that in the wake of a US study claiming that use of a dummy reduces cot death risk by more than 90%, New Zealand health officials are considering whether to add dummies to their cot death prevention advice.

29: McCully: NZ Institute of International Affairs

I appreciate the opportunity, at this very early stage of the current parliamentary term, to share with you some thoughts regarding the future direction of New Zealand foreign policy.

30: Investigate Editor Responds To DBP

Investigate magazine editor Ian Wishart has welcomed David Benson-Pope's tacit admission that the schoolgirl nightie allegations are true. The magazine has today published fresh information that had been buried inside a 1,000 page electronic police file ...

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