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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 5 April 2006


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

1: Bush's Grand Game: A "PNAC Primer" UPDATE

When the Bush Administration keeps hauling out its "we-didn't-know-nothin'" spin -- about Katrina, 9/11, Iraq, torture -- in effect they're using incompetence as their defense. How can you try to censure or impeach us, they're saying, when we ...

2: Questions And Answers - Tuesday, 4 April 2006

1. Prime Minister—Political Integrity of Parliament and Electoral Process 2. Student Loans—Interest-free Policy 3. Ministerial Services—Green Party 4. Air New Zealand / Qantas—Code-share Criteria 5. Crime, Violent—Incidence 6. Marine Farming—Aquaculture ...

3: Fitzgerald Knew Identity of Leaker From Start

The special counsel appointed in late December 2003 to investigate the leak of covert CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson found out the identity of the Bush administration official who disclosed her undercover status to syndicated columnist Robert Novak ...

4: The Week The USA Went Down The 911 Rabbit Hole

We always knew that one good news event exposing the official deception of 9/11 could be the catalyst to unravel the Big Lie. We didn't know there would be several news events in one week! Now we see what it looks like when the truth breaks loose.

5: A Decade for Democracy in Africa - P.J. Dobriansky

Paula J. Dobriansky, Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs Sponsored by Freedom House Washington, DC March 29, 2006

6: State's Role in Combating the Terrorism Financing

E. Anthony Wayne, Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs Testimony Before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Washington, DC April 4, 2006

7: Kerry Calls For Voting Rights for Katrina Victims

WASHINGTON – Today, Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) sent a letter to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and John Tanner, Chief of the Voting Section at the Department of Justice, urging them to immediately reconsider approval of a voting plan that will ...

8: UK Govt. In Secret Talks About Strike Against Iran

The [UK] Government is to hold secret talks with defence chiefs tomorrow to discuss possible military strikes against Iran. A high-level meeting will take place in the Ministry of Defence at which senior defence chiefs and government officials will ...

9: UQ Wire: Mark Morford - The 9/11 Conspiracy!

Here is your must-read for the month. Here is your oh-my-God- I'm-sending-this-piece- to-every-smart-person-I-know hunk of outstanding, distressing, disquieting media bliss.

10: America & Spain: Renewing a Strategic Partnership

Kurt Volker, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Remarks at the CSIS/Real Instituto Elcano Conference on U.S.-Spain Bilateral Relations Washington, DC April 3, 2006

11: Sweeping review of immigration laws unveiled

Immigration Minister David Cunliffe has unveiled the most comprehensive review of immigration laws since the present Immigration Act was passed in 1987.

12: Questions for Oral Answer - 5 April 2006

1. GEORGINA BEYER to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What reports has he received on the uptake of Childcare Assistance under Working for Families?

13: Greg Palast: The New World Oil Order

In an exclusive interview with GREG PALAST, Hugo Chavez declares a new oil order. Venezuela officially demands OPEC recognize his nation's reserves as largest.

14: Marking first mine action day, UN calls for ban

From the front line of the battle against the deadly legacy of landmines in Iraq and Sudan to command offices throughout the world, the United Nations today marked the first International Day dedicated to curbing the scourge with calls for a universal ...

15: Dahr Jamail: How Massacres Become the Norm

US soldiers killing innocent civilians in Iraq is not news. Just as it was not news that US soldiers slaughtered countless innocent civilians in Vietnam. However, when some rare reportage of this non news from Iraq does seep through the cracks of the ...

16: New dryers to boost savings for Fonterra

The two new dryers at Fonterra's Te Awamutu site have produced their first powder.

17: The Myth Of The ‘Honest Broker’: Britain & Israel

Britain’s apparent complicity in Israel’s military assault on Jericho prison should finally demolish an enduring myth about Britain’s foreign policy. Iraq’s supposed possession of weapons of mass destruction was not the only line peddled by the government ...

18: Howard Broad

On Thurs 1 October 1992, Detective Inspector Howard Broad of Christchurch announced to a packed press conference that four women child care workers had been arrested in the Christchurch Civic Creche case [Press, 2 Oct 92]. He named the women and described ...

19: The US Army Is Persecuting & Harassing My Husband

As I go to print with this Army Specialist Christopher Gorman is being charged with Dereliction of Duty, and facing an immediate Article 15 and UCMJ proceedings. Chris has said that if they proceed with the charges he will ask for an immediate court ...

20: Questions And Answers - 5 April 2006

1. GEORGINA BEYER (Labour) to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What reports has he received on the uptake of childcare assistance under Working for Families?

21: U.S.-Turkey Relations - E. Anthony Wayne

E. Anthony Wayne, Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs Remarks to the American Turkish Council Conference Washington, DC March 28, 2006

22: NZ's next Permanent Representative to the UN

Diplomat Jennifer Macmillan will be New Zealand’s next Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Vienna, Foreign Minister Winston Peters said today.

23: Response to UN Special Rapporteur report

Deputy Prime Minister Michael Cullen has described the final report of the UN Special Rapporteur for indigenous issues as disappointing, unbalanced and narrow.

24: Cindy Sheehan Responds to Congressman's Attacks

Congressman Kingston, How dare you psychoanalyze me and call me a "nutcase!" How dare you call me a beatnik and lie about me in your blog!

25: Public Address 05/04/06 - Not Good Enough

Some more on broadband provisioning and contention rates - because I know y'all like that stuff. A couple of reader reports on DSL entrench the impression that broadband users on regional exchanges currently get a much better deal than those in high-uptake ...

26: Apple Provides Volume Limit Setting for iPod

CUPERTINO, California--March 29, 2006--Apple® have announced a software update for the iPod® nano and fifth generation iPod, allowing customers to easily set their own personal maximum volume limit. The software update also gives parents the ability ...

27: Wood praises police appointments

North Shore City Mayor and former police investigator, George Wood, is praising the appointments of Howard Broad as Commissioner of Police and Rob Pope as Deputy Commissioner (operations).

28: UQ Wire: 9/11 - Eliminating The Impossible

I said I'd never do it -- say what I think about that terrible morning of September 11, 2001. I've seen what happens to those who question the elaborate, tangled explanations the Bush administration offers about what happened, how it happened, who did it, ...

29: NZ health system rated among best in the world

New Zealand has one of the world's best health systems according to a report issued by the New York-based Commonwealth Fund today.

30: William Pitt: An Average Joe's Spectacular Lies

Page four of Sunday's Washington Post carried a story titled "The President as Average Joe," which described how George W. Bush is trying once again to cast himself as a regular fella so as to boost his anemic poll numbers. "As he takes to the road ...


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