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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 20 March 2006


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

1: The Public Sphere in Conflict and Transition State

The public sphere as a concept which has been under development since the days of Socrates and Plato, continues to be the subject of modern debate. Socrates, in the end, was executed not for asserting the way the world should be, but for doubting ...

2: Attorneys Identify CIA Officials in Plame Leak

The identity of intelligence officials who are thought to have passed information about covert CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson to Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, surfaced in a federal court document filed ...

3: US Govt Avian Flu Pandemic Plan Won't Fly

Even before it makes a jump to direct human-to-human transmission, fears of Avian Flu being acquired from poultry and catching it from other infected humans will impact the way American society operates.

4: Rice Town Hall Meeting With University Students

SECRETARY RICE: Well, Chancellor Santow, thank you for that extraordinary and wonderful introduction and for the warmth that you've exhibited. I want to thank the Vice-Chancellor for being here and I know that Ambassador Richardson is here, and also to the director ...

5: Algerian Under A Death Sentence Fights Deportation

Algerian Under A Death Sentence Fights Deportation

6: Elders call on Apology From Queen

Despite Aboriginal Elder, Uncle Max Eulo of the Buddgeti Tribe (West NSW), standing in the hot sun for well over three hours to extend a traditional welcome and invitation to the Queen and Prince Phillip and/or visit Camp Sovereignty in King's Domain; he ...

7: Utah Testing Of Diebold Finds New Problems

Emery County Clerk Bruce Funk has been running elections for 23 years. He was quite content with his optical scan system. The state of Utah thought otherwise: On Dec. 27, Funk took delivery on 40 Diebold TSx touch-screen machines, part of a statewide ...

8: Coca-Cola Challenged at World Water Forum

Coca-Cola Challenged at World Water Forum "Coca-Cola's Sponsorship is Like the Fox Guarding the Chicken House" Mexico City: The India Resource Center is challenging the Coca-Cola company's sponsorship of the World Water Forum, the largest international ...

9: 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 ...

10: NEWSFLASH: David Parker Resigns As Attorney Gen.

David Parker has resigned from the position of Attorney General in the Cabinet. He keeps his other cabinet positions. The resignation was announced around 20 minutes ago at Parliament.

11: Significant Step Announced in Flexible Working

New Zealanders can work from virtually anywhere in the world almost as easily as if they were at their own desks with a new remote access service unveiled today.

12: Bill Berkowitz: Rick Warren And The New Evangelism

You may have seen him interviewed on CNN's Larry King Show; some well-intentioned person may have given you "The Purpose Driven Life," the book that has sold well over 20 million copies; you may have noted that Time magazine named him one of "15 ...

13: 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 ...

14: Kelpie Wilson: From Teapot Dome to Gale Norton

As the Teapot Dome scandal of Warren G. Harding's presidency was one milestone in the history of American resource piracy, the tenure of Gale Norton as Secretary of the Interior is surely another.

15: Attorney-General caught filing false declarations

Attorney-General David Parker could face up to $1.8 million in fines or a five year jail term after filing false statements with the Companies Office during his time as a Labour MP, according to a story in the latest Investigate magazine.

16: Event to Honor the Words & Life of Rachel Corrie

What: Rachel's Words - An Event to Honor the Words and Life of Rachel Corrie

17: Brasch: Compromising Americans’ Civil Liberties

Two weeks before President Bush signed Congressional legislation that made permanent all but two sections of the USA PATRIOT Act, State College, Pennsylvania., became the 397th American community to reaffirm the belief that the Constitution and Bill ...

18: Martin LeFevre: The New Human Rights Council

One hopes that the creation of the new Human Rights Council by the United Nations will reverse the global backsliding on human rights in recent years. But for many reasons, that’s not likely. The Human Rights Council is a band-aid that doesn’t even ...

19: Audio: Christopher Hill – "Nobody Raised Gitmo"

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Christopher Hill held a press conference this afternoon at the US Embassy. Scoop attended and asked the most senior U.S. diplomat to visit New Zealand in recent times whether ...

20: Testimony Regarding the 2005 HR Country Reports

Barry F. Lowenkron, Assistant Secretary Testimony Before the House International Relations Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights and International Operations Washington, DC March 16, 2006

21: The Letter – Monday, 20 March 2006

Police let Labour off again with a warning. The government lost two votes in parliament. Is the KiwiSaver Bill in trouble?

22: Will Pitt: Deranged, Disconnected, and Dangerous

There was an article in the Washington Post ten days ago that was, in no uncertain terms, the most frightening and disturbing report I have seen in months. It wasn't about mass casualties in Iraq, or about a looming civil war there, or about terrorism, ...

23: Pink Slips Abound for Prosecutors and Therapists

Karl Rove, the mastermind of Bush II’s ascension to America’s seat of power, is a man of great distinction. Despite his decidedly porcine features, Mr. Rove’s Machiavellian lust for power, narcissistic lack of empathy, sycophantic devotion to the Bush crime ...

24: UN envoy on Lebanon issues talks with Arab leaders

Beginning a round of meetings with key Arab leaders in the Middle East, a senior United Nations envoy dealing with Lebanon today held what he called “constructive” talks with senior officials in Saudi Arabia.

25: Saint Patrick's Day: Needlessly Missed Opportunity

Another Saint Patrick's Day is here, with its tacky kegs of green beer, leprechauns, lucky charms, fake plastic hats and all imaginable variety of gaudy"charm." But it needn't be so. The holiday offers up an incredible opportunity to expose children ...

26: Condoleezza Rice Interview With ABC's 7:30 Report

QUESTION: Dr. Rice, the third anniversary of the Iraq war is just a few days away. It coincides with several things: Iraq still can't form a government of national unity three months after its election; the country faces the real threat of civil ...

27: PM accepts David Parker’s resignation as AG

Prime Minister Helen Clark today said she had accepted the resignation of David Parker from his position as Attorney-General.

28: Lebanon: Head of Gulf Cooperation Council backs UN

Recent developments in Lebanon and their broader regional context topped the agenda during talks in Riyadh between Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Special envoy and the head of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Abdel Rahman Al-Atiyyeh, a United Nations ...

29: 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 ...

30: Cartagena Protocol meeting exceeds expectations

The outcome of the third meeting of Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety exceeded New Zealand's expectations, say Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Environment Minister David Benson-Pope.


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