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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 1 March 2006


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

1: "Reality check" needed on oil use

Finance Minister Michael Cullen's "reality check" on the economy should include a "reality check" on oil use, Green Party Co-Leader Jeanette Fitzsimons says.

2: Questions & Answers for Oral Answer 28 Feb. 2006

1. Social Development and Employment, Minister—Complaints 2. Kamo Intermediate School—Roll Audit 3. Ministers—Confidence 4. KiwiSaver Scheme—Reports 5. Social Development and Employment, Minister—Complaints 6. Burglaries—Reports 7. School Property Consultant, ...

3: Personal Explanation of David Benson-Pope MP

Personal Explanation of David Benson-Pope MP (Note the following was not delivered in the house as there was an objection from the opposition.)

4: BioEthics & Pandora's Box of Genetic Engineering

Few people who have seen David Cronenberg's 1986 classic, The Fly, could ever wish upon themselves the horror and personal tragedy that the genetic disaster in that film ultimately created.

5: Nuclear Proliferation: Challenges and U.S. Respons

Andrew K. Semmel, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Nonproliferation Policy and Negotiations Remarks at Washington and Lee University Lexington, VA February 24, 2006

6: The Disenfranchisement Of Katrina's Survivors

Adding Insult to Injury for Katrina Survivors - Barriers to Voting Due to Inadequate State & Local Efforts - Two Law Suits Fail to Remedy the Situation.

7: Fledgling companies showing high growth potential

Ninety-eight companies so far have graduated from the government's incubator programme, with thirty-nine already showing good high growth potential, Economic Development Minister Trevor Mallard announced today.

8: International Sex Worker Rights Day

The 3rd of March is International Sex Worker Rights Day. The day originated in 2001 when over 25 000 sex workers gathered in India for a sex worker festival. The organisers wanted to celebrate the lives of sex workers as well as highlight sex workers' determination ...

9: Jason Leopold: Enron Trial Avoids the Real Ripoff

More than 400 pages of documents released by federal energy regulators suggest that former Enron chairman Ken Lay and former chief executive Jeff Skilling were aware that the company's west coast traders may have broken the law by using manipulative ...

10: Questions for Oral Answer Wednesday, 1 March 2006

Questions to Ministers 1. Hon PAUL SWAIN to the Minister of Finance: Has he received any reports on the aspirations of New Zealanders that the KiwiSaver scheme will address? 2. Dr DON BRASH to the Prime Minister: Why does she still have confidence in her ...

11: Was NY Met-Italy Deal A Bloomberg-Berlusconi Pact?

It's privately gated - Tucker's Town, Bermuda. Who comes and goes is not public information. But that they've talked antiquities, maybe even had a serious dinner conversation over she-crab soup and mako shark while sketching out possible title transfer of ...

12: Comedic Aural Terrorists Target Society's Fabric

Scoop has obtained an audio recording of what could be called, by many upstanding citizens, comic hooliganism. A small group of comedians going by the name of the The Rock, Frank Martinez, and The Row have been interacting with various Government ...


The IFEX Communiqué is the weekly newsletter of the International Freedom of Expression eXchange (IFEX), a global network of 72 organisations working to defend and promote the right to free expression. IFEX is managed by Canadian Journalists for Free Expression ...

14: Rolling Stones Are Coming To NZ

The most exciting and powerful rock 'n' roll show in the world is coming to Auckland and Wellington this April. The Rolling Stones - A Bigger Bang Tour - will play two shows only in New Zealand at Western Springs in Auckland on Sunday 16 April and Westpac ...

15: Pete McCloskey Talks about GOP Corruption - IV

On February 12, I sat with Pete McCloskey at a public park in Lodi, California, to ask him a few questions about his race against the most anti-environmental congressman in history, Richard Pombo. Mc Closkey is challenging Pombo in the Republican primary, ...

16: Think Global, Act Local: Rinse, Repeat, Die

Think globally, act locally—this has been the mantra of activists worldwide since at least the 1970s, so much so that it has become cliché, coopted, and corporatized as much as any slogan or phrase since “the American people,” or “my good friend.”

17: Questions And Answers 1 March 2006

1. GEORGINA BEYER (Labour) on behalf of the Hon PAUL SWAIN (Labour—Rimutaka) to the Minister of Finance: Has he received any reports on the aspirations of New Zealanders that the KiwiSaver scheme will address?

18: Iraq: UN ready to help rebuild religious sites

The United Nations today confirmed its support for the Iraqi initiative to rebuild the Shiite Shrine of Imam Ali Al-Hadi bombed last week as well as other damaged religious sites in the country.

19: Bill Moyers Speech - Restoring the Public Trust

I will leave to Jon Stewart the rich threads of humor to pluck from the hunting incident in Texas. All of us are relieved that the Vice President's friend has survived. I can accept Dick Cheney's word that the accident was one of the worst moments of ...

20: Benson-Pope must be accountable

National Party Welfare spokeswoman Judith Collins says the Social Development Minister has lost all credibility and “he should do the right thing and resign”.

21: Too Much Hollywood And Bollywood Smoking

Youth, parents and public health leaders around the world seek action re: world¡¦s two most prolific movie industries¡¦ continued promotion of smoking to youth

22: Public Address 01/03/06 - Memory

So I'm stripped to the waist and lying on a gurney and have been for about five hours. I've got a couple of different types of sticky patch electrode things all over my chest, and one on either ankle...

23: Director-General's Statement Under Section 98

Director-General of Health Dr Karen Poutasi is today warning people against taking two herbal products after testing revealed they contained undeclared prescription medicines for weight loss and erectile dysfunction.

24: Refugee Smugglers Claim More Lives In Gulf Of Aden

In the latest grim episode of asylum seekers and migrants dying while trying to cross the Gulf of Aden from Somalia to Yemen, the United Nations refugee agency reported today that smugglers forced 137 men, women and children into deep waters off the ...

25: Hartmann: When Americans No Longer Own America

The Dubai Ports World deal is waking Americans up to a painful reality: So-called "conservatives" and "flat world" globalists have bankrupted our nation for their own bag of silver, and in the process are selling off America.

26: NZ Risks Breaching International Treaty

New Zealand is in danger of breaching its international obligations if it doesn’t pick up the pace on the introduction of larger health warnings on tobacco packets, says Smokefree Coalition Director Mark Peck.

27: Smoking Jumps, Profanity Decreases: Oscar Nominees

LOS ANGELES – In a comparative analysis of this year’s to last year’s Academy Award Best Picture nominees, reported a 313% increase in measurable instances of tobacco use and a 31% drop in overall profanity.

28: PM: Speech at EMA Auckland CEO’s Network Breakfast

My brief is to expand on the government’s policy programme, with particular reference to the economy and issues affecting business.

29: U.S. - Israeli Relations in an Era of Change

Robert M. Danin, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs Remarks to the Annual Herzliya Conference Herzliya, Israel January 22, 2006

30: Buzzflash: Connecting Dubai Ports World Players

Connecting Dubai Ports World, the Carlyle Group, CSX, John Snow, and David Sanborn A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS From: by A BuzzFlash Reader


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