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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 12 March 2006

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

1: Democracy Be Damned - Republicans Need Another War

George W. Bush is at it again. This time, reports Sy Hersh in The New Yorker , it'll be Iran. (Those of us who guessed it would have been Syria first apparently underestimated his hubris.) And this time he wants to be able to use nukes.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0604/S00144.htm


2: Suzan Mazur: Big Love, Romney, Bush & Mormons

Aside from HBO's Big Love series generating big laughs at the expense of tens of thousand of women and children who languish in polygamy cults up and down the Rocky Mountains as American Justice looks the other way[ Philadelphia Inquirer | 04/02/2006 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0604/S00117.htm


3: Shocking Diebold Conflict Of Interest Revelations

Ohio is reeling with a mixture of outrage and hilarity as Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell has revealed that he has owned stock in the Diebold voting machine company, to which Blackwell tried to award unbid contracts worth millions while allowing its ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0604/S00089.htm


4: BlogWatch: Is Your Entire Country On Crack?

INTRODUCTION & BACKGROUND: This little gem is topping the reddit charts right now.. but its so excellent Scoop.co.nz thought it would cross post. We are pretty sure that people will enjoy this - a new classic.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0604/S00116.htm


5: Remarks to the Commercial Association of Sao Paulo

Assistant Secretary Wayne speaking at the Commercial Association of Sao Paulo on April 6. State Department photo Thank you very much for that warm welcome. It's a great pleasure for me to be back in Brazil. I was last here in 2001 and am honored ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0604/S00193.htm


6: Scoop Blogwatch: Are We Paranoid Enough Yet?

On 26 Jan 2006 I wrote : Particularly scary is that the Patriot act gives the feds the right to basically march up to every ISP in the country and install special 'black boxes' [doing] God only knows what and the ISP's cannot even mention this fact publically ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0604/S00136.htm


7: Dunne: Let Taiwan into the WHA

United Future leader Peter Dunne wants the Government to support Taiwan's admission to the World Health Assembly.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0604/S00227.htm


8: A Leaky President Runs Afoul Of 'Little Rico'

It's a crime. No kidding. But the media has it all wrong. As usual. 'Scooter' Libby finally outed 'Mr. Big,' the perpetrator of the heinous disclosure of the name of secret agent Valerie Plame. It was the President of United States himself -- in conspiracy ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0604/S00114.htm


9: Bush and Cheney Discussed Plame Prior to Leak

In early June 2003, Vice President Dick Cheney met with President Bush and told him that CIA officer Valerie Plame Wilson was the wife of Iraq war critic Joseph Wilson and that she was responsible for sending him on a fact-finding mission to ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0604/S00134.htm


10: E-Voting 2006: The Approaching Train Wreck

Normally this space is taken with my ideas of what are the "Top 5" voting news stories for the week. Today I am going to use this space to talk about what I see as the beginning of a disaster in the making with our elections. This isn't the election ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0604/S00137.htm


11: President Bush Discusses Global War on Terror

And by the way, I read the articles in the newspapers this weekend. It was just wild speculation, by the way. What you're reading is wild speculation, which is -- it's kind of a -- happens quite frequently here in the nation's capital.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0604/S00200.htm


12: Abandoned Wells An Untapped Energy Source

New Zealand could potentially harness up to 160 megawatts of electricity by tapping in to the geothermal properties of abandoned oil and gas wells, a scientist says.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0604/S00027.htm


13: Tobacco Companies – It’s Time To Go

Those who know me already, know that I hate smoking with a passion. At my kura we built a little seat outside the fence for the smokers. When they said “What happens if it rains?”, I said “Go out one at a time and crawl under the seat”.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0604/S00210.htm


14: ReNu MoistureLoc Not Approved For Use In NZ

ReNu MoistureLoc, a Bausch & Lomb product marketed in the United States is not approved for use in New Zealand.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0604/S00050.htm


15: Subject: New Internet domain name “.eu”

As of Friday 7 April, anyone with a residence in the European Union may apply to register a name under the .eu Top Level Domain, on a first-come, first-served basis. Nationality of an EU Member State is not a prerequisite.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0604/S00022.htm


16: $110 mn of investment tax cuts improve fairness

11 April 2006 Media Statement (Includes Q&A) See also... Taxation Of Investment Income - Fact Sheets 1-3

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0604/S00205.htm


17: Rainbow Warrior exposes Papuan forest destruction

Sorong, Papua, Indonesia, Tuesday April 11, 2006: Greenpeace activists today discovered a consignment of plywood from some of the world's most endangered forests in Indonesia where at least 76% of logging is illegal[1].

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0604/S00203.htm


18: NZ can't wait for petrol to hit $4 a litre

New Zealand can't wait for petrol to hit $4 a litre to make climate friendly cars price competitive New Zealand shouldn't have to wait until petrol prices hit $4 a litre before doing something to help motorists buy cars using up to 50% less fuel ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0604/S00230.htm


19: The Unfolding ‘Great Game’ In South Asia

South Asia’s growing geo-strategic profile is being raised several notches by another global player. Japan plans to create a special South Asia department in its Foreign Ministry, designed to coordinate diplomacy with India and monitor China's regional ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0604/S00151.htm


20: Novel process reduces toxic chemical use

A chemical engineer at The University of Auckland has used environmentally-friendly vegetable oils to replace toxic chemical solvents like kerosene in the extraction of a range of biomolecules, such as antibiotics and organic acids.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0603/S00060.htm


21: Maori Party Offers Support for Embattled Maori MPs

Amidst media speculation that the Labour Maori Caucus is worried over being seen as 'old hat'; and is developing strategies to "combat impressions of sluggishness", the Maori Party has admitted they have tried to offer support to their Maori colleagues ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0604/S00218.htm


22: Boucher Presser in Islamabad, Pakistan

AMBASSADOR CROCKER: Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. Thanks for coming today to meet our new Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia. As we expand the Bureau, Ambassador Boucher of course is no stranger to any of you, having served ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0604/S00208.htm


23: Darfur: Call for smooth transition to UN operation

The Security Council today called on “all parties” to ensure a smooth and successful transfer to a United Nations operation in the violence-wracked Darfur region of Sudan, while also commending the African Union’s (AU) mission in the region and endorsing ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0604/S00224.htm


24: Taxation Of Investment Income - Fact Sheets 1-3

From 1 April 2007, New Zealanders investing in New Zealand-based managed funds and other collective investment vehicles will see greater fairness in the taxation of their investment income.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0604/S00206.htm


25: Scoop Link: Seymour M. Hersh - The Iran Plans

The Bush Administration, while publicly advocating diplomacy in order to stop Iran from pursuing a nuclear weapon, has increased clandestine activities inside Iran and intensified planning for a possible major air attack. Current and former American ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0604/S00108.htm


26: Wetlands restoration key to slashing bird flu

Restoring tens of thousands of lost and degraded wetlands around the world could go a long way towards reducing the threat of bird flu pandemics by keeping disease-carrying wild birds away from infecting domestic poultry, according to a United Nations report ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0604/S00216.htm


27: Boucher Interview on Channel 31 Kazakhstan

GRYUNBERG: In February 2006, the Department of State established a new bureau of South and Central Asian affairs, and Richard Boucher was appointed to head it. Today Assistant Secretary of State Richard Boucher decided to personally acquaint us with ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0604/S00209.htm


28: US Election Commissioner (EAC) Martinez Resigns

The current vice chair of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, Ray Martinez submitted his resignation to President George W. Bush this morning. Mr. Martinez' resignation will become effective June 30, 2006. He cited family considerations as his primary ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0604/S00159.htm


29: Saudi Arabia: Al-Qa’ida Critic Arrested

(New York) – Saudi authorities in the northern city of Ha’il should immediately release Rabbah al-Quwai’i, a journalist for Riyadh’s al-Shams newspaper, Human Rights Watch said today. The group also urged Turki al-Sudairy, Saudi Arabia’s minister for human ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0604/S00227.htm


30: Princess of Norway named new UNAIDS Special Rep.

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) today announced that Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway will serve as its new Special Representative, advocating for action to combat the spread of the disease and to ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0604/S00218.htm

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