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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 21 March 2006

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

1: NEWSFLASH: David Parker Resigns All Portfolios

In a brief announcement at the beginning of caucus today the Prime Minister Helen Clark told media that she had accepted an offer from David Parker to resign from all portfolios. She said Mr Parker had discussed the situation with senior colleagues ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00300.htm


2: 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 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00279.htm


3: 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 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0603/S00296.htm


4: Big prices expected for cars, Hodgkins paintings

Australia’s second biggest auction house Bonhams and Goodman are expected to return record prices at their March auctions in Sydney starting this week.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0603/S00283.htm


5: Greg Palast: Bush Didn't Bungle Iraq, You Fools

Get off it. All the carping, belly-aching and complaining about George Bush's incompetence in Iraq, from both the Left and now the Right, is just dead wrong. On the third anniversary of the tanks rolling over Iraq's border, most of the 59 million Homer Simpsons who ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00293.htm


6: Questions for Oral Answer - 21 March 2006

1. Dr DON BRASH to the Prime Minister: Does she have confidence in the Minister of Energy, Minister of Transport and Minister responsible for Climate Change Issues; if so, why?

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00344.htm


7: 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 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0603/S00365.htm


8: Public Address 21/03/06 - Gone By Lunchtime

David Parker's resignation as Attorney General was appropriate - but his subsequent departure from all Cabinet posts would seem to relate more to a desire for comprehensive damage control than a response to the actual offence in question...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00301.htm


9: 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.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0603/S00159.htm


10: Questions And Answers - Tuesday, 21 March 2006

1. Dr DON BRASH (Leader of the Opposition) to the Prime Minister: Does she have confidence in the Minister of Energy, Minister of Transport, and Minister responsible for Climate Change Issues; if so, why?

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00356.htm


11: Algerian Under A Death Sentence Fights Deportation

Algerian Under A Death Sentence Fights Deportation http://news.independent.co.uk/world/fisk/article351349.ece

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0603/S00380.htm


12: 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 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0603/S00376.htm


13: 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 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00276.htm


14: 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.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0603/S00377.htm


15: William Rivers Pitt: The Silence of the Sheep

As the third anniversary of the invasion of Iraq passed into history, the White House continued to dumb down what defines "victory," Bush administration officials regurgitated their upbeat talking points, and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld wrote an op-ed ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00297.htm


16: 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 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0603/S00353.htm


17: Please explain on Parker's resignation

"Helen Clark must explain why it is acceptable for a Minister who has admitted 'cutting corners' on returns to the Companies Office to retain the critical transport and energy portfolios," says National Party Deputy Leader Gerry Brownlee.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00340.htm


18: 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 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0603/S00366.htm


19: World Heritage sites threatened by Bush ignorance

Paris, 17 March 2006 - "Ignore the Bush Administration's apparent reckless intent to ravage the planet," says Greenpeace today as experts attend an urgently convened meeting on World Heritage and climate change. Greenpeace called on the experts to ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0603/S00349.htm


20: Union protest at Philippines Embassy

“Unionists met with Philippines’ Government diplomats today to express concern at the alarming increase in deaths of union leaders in the Philippines and the arrest of veteran political and union leader Crispin Beltran”

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0603/S00160.htm


21: Marjorie Cohn: Bushies in Wonderland

On May 1, 2003, George W. Bush swaggered across an aircraft carrier deck and declared "Mission Accomplished." Yesterday, his proclamation was a little more understated. He said it marked "the third anniversary of the beginning of the liberation of Iraq," ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00299.htm


22: Fitzgerald Previews Government Case Against Libby

The criminal trial against I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff, may still be nearly a year away, but the special counsel prosecuting the case has already provided a preview into the government's criminal case against ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00298.htm


23: 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.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00287.htm


24: Parker offers resignation as Attorney-General

Cabinet Minister David Parker said today he had offered Prime Minister Helen Clark his resignation as Attorney-General and she had accepted it.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00341.htm


25: 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 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00277.htm


26: Bush On War on Terror and Operation Iraqi Freedom

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you all. (Applause.) Thank you all. Please be seated. Sanjiv, thanks for the introduction. He called me on the phone and said, listen, we believe in free speech, so you're going to come and give us a speech for free. (Laughter.) ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0603/S00385.htm


27: 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 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00246.htm


28: Expert Panel to resolve .nz domain name disputes

Eight people, including three former High Court judges, have been appointed to the Expert Panel which will from June 1 determine disputes over .nz domain name registrations.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0603/S00043.htm


29: 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 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00286.htm


30: Gamers rushing to be first to get Xbox 360

New Zealand gamers keen to be first to get their hands on Xbox 360 – the new generation of electronic gaming that was an instant sell-out in the United States – are heading to Hamilton tomorrow (Weds, March 22).

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0603/S00328.htm

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