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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 23 March 2006


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

1: 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 ...

2: Supercomputer Weather: Cyclone Wati Heads For NZ

A forecast from the NOAA Global weather computer model ( see below ) shows the cyclone grazing the northern tip of Northland early this coming Monday. The tightly bunched isobars indicate gale force winds from Northland to the Waikato initially spreading ...

3: Jason Leopold: Woodward's Plame Leak Deep Throat

He is referred to as "official one" and he is the mysterious senior Bush administration official who unmasked the identity of an undercover CIA operative to Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Bob Woodward in mid-June 2003 and conservative columnist Robert Novak a ...

5: Questions & Answers for Oral Answer 22 March 2006

1. Conservation, Minister—Confidence 2. Working for Families Package—Benefit from Changes 3. Economic Development, Associate Minister—Policy Development 4. Roading—Public-private Partnerships 5. SchoolSmart Website—Use of Data 6. Justice, Minister—UMR Survey, ...

6: 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.

7: 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 ...

8: Robert Parry: Iraq - U.S. News Media's Waterloo

For more than three decades, the U.S. news media has been living off – or living down, depending on your perspective – its Watergate-era reputation of helping to unseat a power-abusing President and exposing a raft of other political scandals.

9: Questions for Oral Answer - 23 March 2006

1. STEVE CHADWICK to the Minister of Local Government: What steps has the Government taken to improve the rates rebates scheme for those on low incomes?

10: 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 ...

11: Someone Should Tell Bush Why We Went to War

After yesterday's presidential news conference, I am beginning to wonder if George W. Bush knows why we went to war with Iraq. He should just come clean and admit that we went to war because Dick, Wolfie, and Rummy told him to.

12: Dunne acclaims billion dollar business tax cuts

Tax cuts for New Zealand business of $1.1 billion over four years. That's Revenue Minister Peter Dunne's analysis of the Taxation (Depreciation, Payment Dates Alignment, FBT and Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill, which was passed without opposition by Parliament ...

13: Peak Oil and NZ’s Flawed Oil Pricing Assumptions

PowerLess NZ Response to NZ’s MED Oil Pricing Assumptions and Scenarios. 23 March 2006

14: Broadcaster Apologises for South Park Offence

C4, which recently broadcast the controversial South Park “Bloody Mary” episode, has had its Standards Committee review the formal complaints received in relation to the programme.

15: Public Address 23/03/06 - Crash!

The arrogance of the Labour government was laid bare last night after it was revealed that the Prime Minister shamelessly allowed her official car to be hit from behind and shunted into another car on Auckland's Ponsonby Road...

16: Auckland’s Traffic and Changes in Travel Behaviour

One of the most important events of the present decade in New Zealand is Auckland’s traffic problem. Auckland is facing a serious traffic problem, which is deteriorating day by day.

17: Rumsfeld’s Harvest: Argentina’s Navy Spy Scandal

• One year after Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld’s visit to Buenos Aires, brutal memories have once again been awakened in Argentina • Rumsfeld’s ill-advised policy of rehabilitating Latin America’s armed forces begins to yield its bitter fruit • Rather than enforcing ...

18: Dover Samuels' goose is cooked

Labour Maori list MP Dover Samuels should at long last apologise to Maoridom for supporting the foreshore and seabed legislation, Greens Maori Affairs Spokesperson Metiria Turei says.

19: The Nuclear Madness Of George Bush

On February 6, US President George Bush confirmed his intention to commit the US to a program of reprocessing nuclear fuel. Touted as a key measure in the ''Advanced Energy Initiative’‘, outlined in Bush’s January State of the Union speech, the plutonium ...

20: Tau Henare slams National's roading failures

National MP Tau Henare today admitted the National government failed to invest sufficiently on Auckland roads during the 1990s.

21: Dahr Jamail: Operation Swarm of Lies

The stated mission of Operation Swarmer, launched late last week in an area just northeast of Samarra, in Iraq, was to "break up a center of insurgent resistance" and to disrupt "terrorist activity," according to the US military.

22: 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?

23: Expeditors Int'l to be based at Auckland Airport

Auckland International Airport Limited (AIAL) today announced the signing of new commercial property deal. A $6 million office/warehouse building will be constructed for US-based logistics company Expeditors International. This building will become ...

24: Peters regrets NZ Herald plumbing new depths

Foreign Minister Winston Peters has described an editorial carried yesterday in the New Zealand Herald as "petty, woefully misinformed, and factually incorrect".

25: Don't sack Canterbury academics - Greens

The University of Canterbury should abandon its proposal to sack eight staff from the University's College of Arts, Green Party Tertiary Education Spokesperson Metiria Turei says.

26: Mark Drolette: America Über Alles

I’ve always loved baseball. I even wanted to be a major leaguer one day. (Only one thing stopped me: a complete lack of talent.) Baseball’s not the same anymore, though, mainly due to agency.

27: US Media Bias: Covering Israel/Palestine

On July 18, 2005 14 year old Ragheb al-Masri sat in the back of a taxi with his parents at the Abo Holi checkpoint. An Israeli bullet penetrated his back and cracked open his chest.

28: Karen HughesAt Conference on Faith and Service

Karen Hughes, Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Omni Shoreham Hotel Washington, DC March 22, 2006

29: Greenpeace challenges Govt's take on Terminator

Greenpeace today questioned the Government's take on what its policy on Terminator technology actually means. The sterile seed technology is the central point in discussions at an international meeting in Brazil today, and New Zealand, with Canada and Australia, ...

30: Scoop Link: Time - US Marines Civilian Massacre?

Last November, U.S. Marines killed 15 Iraqi civilians in their homes. Was it self-defense, an accident or cold-blooded revenge? A Time exclusive


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