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Scoop Top 30 Weekend Ratings - 18-19 March 2006


The Weekend's top 30 rating items on Scoop were...

1: Kevin Phillips' New Book " American Theocracy"

Kevin Phillips, former Republican strategist and bestselling author of American Dynasty and Wealth and Democracy , provides a critical and extensively researched analysis of the current political condition as shaped by the “Republican Majority” and the ...

2: Nuclear Bunker Buster Bombs againt Iran: Madness

The latest information I have had from the followers of Bush is that he has demanded and received permission to use nuclear “bunker busters” in Iran in a preemptive strike. As a nuclear veteran (Operation Redwing, Bikini, 1956) I can affirm that this is ...

3: A Week of It: Paving Paradise + Mapp and Sharples

In an effort to understand whether New Zealand was on the way to becoming a Robert Mugabesque dictatorship - as National's environment spokesperson Nick Smith hinted in the House - A Week of It contacted Mick Kelly of the Whangamata Marina Society ...

4: NYT, Met Sing to Collectors: Elizabeth Stone I/V

Hungry for love after a trouncing on these pages by antiquities whistleblower Oscar Muscarella, New York Times chief art critic Michael Kimmelman and Metropolitan Museum of Art director Philippe de Montebello took their "Who Owns Art" show last week to ...

5: Scoop Links: Guantanamo Images and Abu Ghraib Docs

Salon has presented an archive of 279 photographs and 19 videos gathered in the US Army's internal investigation of the torture and abuse of detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison. Salon notes that " To date no officers have been brought to justice ...

6: Flag of Ireland to fly on Auckland Harbour Bridge

Auckland Harbour Bridge will fly the flag of Ireland on Friday 17 March in recognition of the Irish National Day. The flag will fly from 6:30am until 6:30pm.

7: Questions and Answers for Oral Answer 16 March 200

1. Refugee and Asylum Seekers—General Requirements 2. Te Wânanga o Aotearoa—Audit Reports 3. Early Childhood Education—Quality 4. Small Business Advisory Group—Probationary Employment 5. Special Benefit—Abolition

8: Vince Fong appointed to APN

APN New Zealand National Publishing is pleased to announce the appointment of Vince Fong to the role of Director for the Customer Contact Centre.

9: Raoul Search And Rescue Mission To Be Assessed

The National Rescue and Coordination Centre (NRCC) evacuation flight has reached Raoul Island and will endeavour to search by air for the missing person if conditions allow.

10: Guatemala’s Cursed Armed Force Back in Town

One can be forgiven for arguing that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, who demonstrably is losing the war in Iraq, is now trying to achieve an easy win in Latin America, where he is presiding over the rehabilitation of what he sees as the Latin American ...

11: AIDS scourge in Africa; need for women's agency

Lesotho and Swaziland are “gasping for survival” amidst the HIV/AIDS pandemic, the United Nations special envoy for the disease in Africa said today, repeating his call for setting up an international women’s agency to deal with the discrimination ...

12: Thank U 2 promoters

Judith Tizard is delighted that U2 promoters will fully refund fans who cannot attend the rescheduled concerts.

13: Arts Festival Review: Parsifal

At this Festival, Parsifal has been promoted as the monolithic high art event. It stood head and shoulders above other offerings – circuses, various avant garde theatre productions, DJs and representations of the dangers of lodging our identities on ...

14: Fuel Alternatives an Award Winner for Hyundai

After receiving the Environmental Award at the 2006 AA Motoring Excellence Awards in New Zealand for efforts in bio-fuel advances, Hyundai has also taken honours in the USA for being among the most environmentally friendly automobiles available.

15: Brutal Carjacking In Auckland

Henderson Police are investigating a brutal car jacking in New Lynn, in which a young male driver was hospitalised, with severe facial injuries.

16: 18,000 missing Kiwis found!

In barely a week, Kea New Zealand’s global census Every One Counts ( has tracked down more than 18,000 kiwis living in 148 countries across the world.

17: 17 March 2006

The revelation that the Labour Party had overspent the campaign budget allowed under the Electoral Act was always going to test the authorities charged with enforcement of the law.

18: Accepting Reality: America Lost the War in Iraq

America has lost the war in Iraq. The chance for victory vanished long ago with the hearts, minds, arms, legs and lives of the Iraqi people. The insurgence hasn’t won; rather the American government never obtained the formula to win. America, led by ...

19: Arts Fest Review: DJ Spooky's Rebirth of a Nation

There is a wealth of parallels and reflection to be fond bouncing in and around DJ Spooky's Rebirth of a Nation - Paul Miller's remix of DW Griffiths' 1915 Birth of a Nation - the most famous piece of Klu Klux Klan propaganda ever. Miller pointed ...

20: Scoop Audio: Scoop Interviews Reporter Robert Fisk

UK Independent Newspaper foreign correspondent Robert Fisk is in New Zealand this week for the Wellington International Arts Festival's Writer's & Readers Week . This morning Scoop Co-editor Alastair Thompson caught up with Mr Fisk en route to Wellington ...

21: No, The Iran Oil Bourse Is Not A Casus Belli…

A number of writings have recently appeared with the thesis that the announced plans of the Teheran government to institute a Teheran Oil Bourse, perhaps as early as this month, is the real hidden reason behind the evident march to war on Iran from ...

22: Labour's "Get Out Of Jail Free" Card

ACT Leader Rodney Hide has expressed disappointment, but no surprise, that New Zealanders will not get an explanation from Labour over their taxpayer-funded pledge card.

23: Questions & Answers for Oral Answer 15 March 2006

1. Whangamata Marina—Minister’s Intervention 2. KiwiSaver Scheme—Alternatives 3. Payroll Tax—Employment 4. Pharmac—Subsidies 5. Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology—COOL IT Programme

24: No Prosecutions For Electoral Complaints

Police will not be making any further prosecutions in relation to complaints received from the Electoral Commission and the Chief Electoral Officer arising from the 2005 general election.

25: Pfizer Makes List Of Worst Corporate Evildoers

On January 3, 2006, Global Exchange, the international advocacy group for human rights, released a report naming the top fourteen "Worst Corporate Evildoers" in the world for the year 2005. Pfizer, one of the most profitable drug companies on earth, with ...

26: US-Backed Death Squads Kill Thousands In Iraq

Faik Bakir, the director of the Baghdad morgue, has fled Iraq in fear of his life after reporting that more than 7000 people have been killed by Iraqi interior ministry death squads in recent months, John Pace, the outgoing head of the UN human rights ...

27: ARCHIVES: Scoop Commentary 2005

ARCHIVES: Scoop Commentary 2005 - Beginning 2006 From:

28: Public Address 17/3/06

It's a pity the TVNZ reporter who recorded the biffo on Dixon Street between TVNZ and TV3 journos didn't send the footage in to work so that it went in here and came out there...

29: Raoul Island Evacuation Underway

The Department of Conservation has ordered the evacuation of staff from Raoul Island in the remote Kermadec Island group due to a volcanic eruption that occurred this morning.

30: Decision on overspending 'gutless cop-out'

National Party MP Murray McCully says the decision not to charge the Labour Party with its deliberate and blatant breaches of the Electoral Act is a “gutless cop-out”.


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