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Scoop Top 30 Weekend Ratings - 15-16 April 2006


The Easter weekend's top 30 rating items on Scoop were...

1: Greg Palast: Loser Nation

America is a nation of losers. It's the best thing about us. We're the dregs, what the rest of the world barfed up and threw on our shores.

2: About Iraq - Not So Fast Colin Powell

This week I read an article by Rorbert Sheer, that said Colin Powell now says that he and his department’s top experts never believed that Iraq posed an imminent nuclear threat, but that Bush followed misleading advice from Dick Cheney and the CIA in ...

3: Tower Launches 2 New Innovative Funds

TOWER has launched two innovative managed fund products into the New Zealand market, the TOWER Extended Markets Fund and the TOWER Global Commodity Fund.

5: Palast: Why Rumsfeld Should Not Resign

Well, here they come: the wannabe Rommels, the gaggle of generals, safely retired, to lay siege to Donald Rumsfeld. This week, six of them have called for the Secretary of Defense's resignation.

6: Who is to blame for terrorism in Pakistan?

Time and again the people of Pakistan experience the inhuman terrorist activities. In the recent atrocious bomb blast at Nashtar Park located at the heart of the city of Karachi – the largest city of Islamic Republic of Pakistan – on April 12 (2006) ...

7: School Year Timing Boosts Guest Nights

Guest nights in short-term commercial accommodation were 2 percent higher in February 2006 than in February 2005, Statistics New Zealand said today. The later start to the school year contributed to this increase. In 2006 most schools started after ...

8: Complex Derivative Valuations At Your Fingertips

April 11th, 2006 -- Mark to MarketTM Limited have today released their independent online financial instrument valuation solution – “m2m onlineTM”.

9: Karim Sahai: Stones Make A Big Bang In Auckland

Wellington digital photographer and Scoop contributor Karim Sahai was at last night's Rolling Stones concert where he captured these images of Mick, Keith and Ronnie. Sadly this is not a Scoop Audio item. Scoop hopes to have more images of the lads ...

10: Infiltration into Nepal Rallies

"We can kill you but nothing will happen to us" one of the security men infiltrating into the groups of the state-run T.U. Teaching Hospital students' rally said to one of those students injured by the beatings of the security men. The injured student ...

11: Ramzy Baroud: Imminent Decline of Empire?

The miscalculated policies of the US administration in the Middle East are quickly depleting the country’s ability to sustain its once unchallenged global position. Winds of change are blowing everywhere, and there is little that Washington’s ideologues ...

12: William Rivers Pitt: How Crazy Are They?

Things have come to a pretty pass in the United States of America when the first question you have to ask yourself on matters of war and death is, "Just how crazy are these people?"

13: Goff to US for Forum and trade, defence talks

Trade and Defence Minister Phil Goff leaves for the United States on Tuesday to attend the Partnership Forum in Washington, and call on senior trade and defence figures in the Bush Administration.

14: BlogWatch: Is Your Entire Country On Crack?

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

15: Leaker-In-Chief Caught Out In Another WMD Lie

Yesterday the Washington Post broke yet another story apparently catching U.S. President George Bush in a lie. This time in a direct, conscious and often repeated lie over the discovery of WMDs in Iraq in the form of "biolab" biological weapons mobile laboratories.

16: Congo: Life sentences on soldiers for massive rape

Welcoming the first sentencing of army soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for crimes against humanity stemming from massive rape, United Nations officials have called for further investigations to help prosecute other military personnel ...

17: Wgtn’s first Film Festival dedicated to football

The Goethe-Institut and Paramount are proud to present Wellington’s first Film Festival dedicated to football (or soccer if you prefer). With Germany about to host the 2006 World Cup, what better way to get into the mood than to spend the ten days from May ...

18: Accutane - Another Case of Too Little Too Late

Accutane is prescribed to treat a type of severe acne called nodular acne which causes red, swollen, tender lumps to form under the skin. Accutane is supposed to be used only when all other treatments, including antibiotics, have failed.

19: Katya Rivas: The Passion Extracts 21-25

Look with what cruelty these hardened men surround Me. Some pull the Cross and lay it on the ground; others tear off My clothes that adhere to the wounds that open again and blood oozes out.

20: SOS: Palestine - the Holy Land - Is Under Siege

She was finally able to contact him over the internet but their messages were cut short because helicopters were flying over head again. We are all dead men he later admitted to her. The time is NOW, the place is GAZA, i.e. Occupied Palestine.

21: Two New Associates Appointed At Staples Rodway

Staples Rodway New Zealand’s largest independent firm of accountants and business advisors, is pleased to announce the appointment of two associate directors, Geetesh Raniga and Matt Baker in the Auckland office.

22: Catholic Convention Features Remarkable Speakers

A former US Ambassador to the Holy See, parents of a wee baby whose birth defect prompted kiwis to prayerfully "storm heaven", and a trio of overseas priests with remarkable credentials and preaching abilities are set for the 21-23 April Eucharistic ...

23: Tax regime is positive for the Managed Funds

The proposed new tax regime is positive for the Managed Funds industry. The nature of the proposed changes will expose a number of opportunities for industry participants.

24: Vehicle emissions to be tested

Cars’ contribution to air pollution at State Highway 2, near Lower Hutt is about to be tested. A new mobile air quality monitoring station has been set up alongside SH2 at the Melling Intersection, Lower Hutt.

25: Whalers return: Greenpeace demands decommissioning

Tokyo, 14 April 2006 -- The Japanese whaling fleet – centre of a series of dramatic encounters with Greenpeace anti-whaling protestors earlier this year - returns to port today facing a collapse in commercial support, discredited science and too few ...

26: Plunketline decision – impact on children?

The Government needs to think very carefully about both outcomes for children and the engagement of community agencies when it makes decisions such as the recent one to cease funding ‘Plunketline’, says Barnardos New Zealand.

27: PM Howard on Cole Com; asylum seekers; David Hicks

Transcript Of The Prime Minister The Hon John Howard MP Press Conference, Phillip Street, Sydney

28: New Executive Responsibilities At Telecom

Telecom today unveiled some changes to its executive team, reflecting the move to a business model more tightly organised around customers.

29: Personal Credit Histories Reveal Hidden Risks

Almost one in four Australian companies has a director with a bad personal credit history – but the information is often hidden from view, a study by Australia’s leading credit information and business intelligence company Baycorp Advantage has found.

30: Broadband deficit grows bigger

New Zealand's broadband deficit compared to the rest of the world has got worse. The latest OECD statistics have shown that it will be next to impossible for the Government's goal to see New Zealand’s uptake reach that of the OECD's top half by ...


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