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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 7 March 2006


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

1: Pringle: Psych Drugs Used To Manufacture Insanity

Many experts say the wide-spread epidemic of mental health problems in the US is man-made. The case of Susan Florence is a testament to this theory of man-made insanity.

2: Most Controversial, Most Powerful, Bush The Great

The president of United States of America, George w. Bush (2) may consider himself the most powerful and the best statesman of the world but in reality he stands at the top of the list of controversial leaders.

3: Forestry Alone Could Bridge Kyoto Deficit

Simply restoring new tree plantings to the levels achieved consistently through the 1990s could alone be enough to bridge New Zealand’s worsening Kyoto deficit, the Kyoto Forestry Association (KFA) said today, on the eve of the Forest Industries ...

4: Leopold: CIA Leak Path: Cheney, Libby, Woodward

In mid-June 2003, when former Ambassador Joseph Wilson's criticism against the White House's use of pre-war Iraq intelligence started to make national headlines, Vice President Dick Cheney told his former chief of staff and close confidant I. Lewis ...

5: Mary Pitt: Planned Media Gag May Save America

Senator Pat Roberts, (R-KS), has announced that he is working on a bill that. if passed, will criminalize the publication of any "classified" information by the media.

6: Bush's Illegal Conduct and Impeachable Offenses

Civil Liberties Advocates Maintain Bush's Illegal Conduct Constitutes Impeachable Offenses - Interview with Michael Ratner, president of the Center for Constitutional Rights, conducted by Scott Harris

7: Temodal To Be Funded For Brain Cancer Patients

Auckland: Schering Plough is pleased to announce that its brain cancer treatment Temodal (temozolomide) has reached the final stages of funding negotiations with PHARMAC.

8: CYFS merger welcome, but must benefit children

The merger between Child Youth and Family Services (CYFS) and the Ministry of Social Development announced today is being welcomed by Green Party Social Development Spokesperson Sue Bradford - as long as it results in tangible outcomes for vulnerable children ...

9: Conroy: DEA Corruption Intersects With FBI & CIA

Another piece of the puzzle has fallen into place in Bill Conroy's investigation of alleged massive corruption in the DEA's Bogota, Colombia office. Yet another document in the paper trail has come to light, this one nearly as explosive as the now-famous ...

10: State Dept. Daily Press Briefing March 6, 2006

LEBANON Readout of Secretary's Meeting with Walid Jumblatt / Resolution 1559 / Disarmament of Militias including Hezbollah IRAN IAEA Board of Governors Discuss Report of Director General on Iran's Nuclear Program / IAEA Referral of Iran to the UN Security Council ...

11: 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, ...

12: Australia, Mali, Cuba and Sri Lanka envoys welcome

Ambassadors from Mali, Cuba and Sri Lanka present credentials to Governor-General Dame Silvia Cartwright at Government House tomorrow while Australia’s High Commissioner will be formally welcomed. (8 March, 11am).

13: Wall Street Journal Reports on ImpeachPAC

Today the Wall Street Journal broke the Corporate Media taboo on ImpeachPAC. The article is generally fair, but ignores the main distinction between the impeachments of Clinton and Bush - only a rightwing minority of 26% wanted to impeach Clinton, ...

14: Suspicion Inhibits Journalists In New Zealand

SYDNEY (IFJ-Asia/Pacific Media Watch): The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is deeply concerned about reports that newspaper employers in New Zealand have tried to undermine the working rights of journalists by illegally listening in on ...

15: 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 ...

16: UQ Wire: Port Deal Pales In Comparison To Ptech

While Congress and the media focus on the potential dangers of a UAE-owned company running American port operations, any possible threat is dwarfed by the current insecurity of the US government's computer infrastructure, which has been compromised by a company ...

17: Dipta Shah: US Policy on Nepal

The re-assertion of American policy vis-à-vis Nepal has attracted a barrage of criticism from various quarters. Critics who have fretted and bristled at the American emissary's recent formulations on Nepal will now have to contend with the concise reiteration ...

18: Fire-breather to Incinerate Libz Census Forms

Libertarianz members in Wellington will be incinerating their census forms with the help of a fire-breather on census night, Tuesday 7th March.

19: David Parker - New Zealand's primary fuel options

Good afternoon. As this is my first opportunity to address the petroleum industry as Energy Minister, I would like to welcome you all. In particular, may I extend a warm welcome to the international speakers and delegates. You typify the global ...

20: Prison population forecast released

Justice Minister Mark Burton today released the Prison Population Forecast 2005. The report, which is produced annually by the Justice Ministry, forecasts possible prisoner numbers for a five-year period from the date of publication.

21: Ministerial veto destroys RMA credibility

National's Environment spokesman, Nick Smith, says Chris Carter has made an absolute mockery of the resource consent process by canning the Whangamata Marina project after it was given the green light last October.

22: Chuckman Cartoon: Cheney With A Gun

Cartoon by John Chuckman

23: Suzan Mazur: The Euphronios C Douglas Dillon Nexus

Metropolitan Museum director Philippe de Montebello now refers to it as an "impropriety". He seems to believe that the "grand acquisitors" are off the hook following the Met signing an agreement with Italy regarding title transfer back to Italy of the Euphronios ...

24: Carter declines Whangamata Marina proposal

Conservation Minister Chris Carter has declined an application under the Resource Management Act for permits to construct a marina in Whangamata harbour

25: Depleted Uranium: email to Australian senators

The following email went out today, 6 March 2006, to all Australian Senators with a copy to the ICC and Human Rights Watch, and to Australia's national newspapers.

26: Arts Fest Preview: The Holy Sinner's Mike Mizrahi

This NZ International Arts Festival sees a revival of the acclaimed New Zealand production The Holy Sinner - also a return to theatre for Marie Adams and Mike Mizrahi's Inside Out Productions after more than a decade creating large-scale commercial and public ...

27: Siddhi B. Ranjitkar: Nepal Lawyers' Conference

A four-day-long Tenth National Conference of Legal Practitioners held by the Nepal Bar Association (NBA) on the occasion of its golden jubilee started off at the Birendra International Conference Center (BICC), Kathmandu on Wednesday, March 1, 2006 with ...

28: Bluegreens Slam Minister’s Whangamata Decision

Minister of Conservation Chris Carter’s decision to overturn the Environment Court’s decision to allow for a marina at Whangamata is a constitutional outrage, said Andrew von Dadelszen, the national convenor of Bluegreens, a policy group that advises the ...

29: Greens welcome Whangamata decision

Conservation Minister Chris Carter is to be applauded for his decision to invoke his statutory right as final decision-maker and refuse consent for a controversial plan to develop a marina in Whangamata Harbour, Green Party Co-Leader Jeanette Fitzsimons ...

30: Presentation of HANZ Training Passport

Hon Dr Michael Cullen Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance, Minister for Tertiary Education, Leader of the House


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