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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 18 April 2006


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

1: 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 ...

2: 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.

4: Bush and Cheney Directed Wilson-Plame Hit Squad

Now that we've spent millions of tax dollars on the CIA leak investigation, here’s a new bit of information that adds a whole new twist to the saga.

5: 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 ...

6: Thanks given for good deeds

Rae Poore spends her spare time buying fresh produce, and together with donated goods, packing it into food parcels for grateful people in her area.

7: American Support For Iraq War In Sharp Decline

Only 20 per cent of Americans thinks President George W. Bush's goal of spreading democracy to other countries is "very important". And even among Republicans, only three out of ten favor pursuing this goal "strongly", with most of the erosion in ...

8: Increase in beneficiaries claiming help for cars

National Party Welfare spokeswoman Judith Collins has released figures showing the number of beneficiaries receiving taxpayer-funded assistance for car repayments and running costs have rocketed under Labour.

9: Nicaragua - Why CAFTA Makes Things Worse

"...sometimes we buy an egg, but not very often because we are very poor..." he had walked with his two small children for over two hours in order to see the visiting paediatrician. The children wee underweight, their clothes threadbare.

10: Winners of Great New Zealand Letterbox Competition

A Mangawhai letterbox has taken the title of New Zealand’s top box in the inaugural Great New Zealand Letterbox Competition. Water Wings, by Joy Agar of Mangawhai, was voted number one by visitors to the Royal Easter Show, and announced as overall winner ...

11: Condoleezza Rice Interview With Sean Hannity

MR. HANNITY: All right. As we roll along, this is the Sean Hannity Show. Thanks for checking in, glad you're with us, and on our newsmaker line is the Secretary of State, soon to be head of the NFL, Condoleezza Rice, is back with us.

12: State Dept. Daily Press Briefing April 17, 2006

U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing Sean McCormack, Spokesman Washington, DC April 17, 2006

13: 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?"

14: Clothing company tactics must be stopped

The Government must act quickly to prevent a clothing company from avoiding its obligation to pay its workers the new minimum wage, or risk other businesses following suit, the Green Party says.

15: Public Address 18/4 - The Tyranny Of The Motor Cam

The two-hour Rolling Stones live show has turned into the home straight. First to 'Paint It Black' and then '(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction', the masses on the slopes of Western Springs Stadium get to their feet and sway and clap and sing along...

16: State Dept. Daily Press Briefing April 13, 2006

IRAQ Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRT) / Five Teams Up and Running / Staffing Levels / Total Policy and Logistics Agreement with Department of Defense / Personnel Filling the Positions are Best People for the Job / PRTs Work on the Individual Retail ...

17: 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.

18: Deep regret at possible sale of Upham medals

The sale of Charles Upham's Victoria Cross and bar to a private buyer would be a matter of real public regret, says Defence Minister Phil Goff.

19: Evelyn Pringle: Fosamax Does More Harm Than Good

The osteoporosis drug Fosamax has been on the market for a little over ten years now. Drug maker Merck promoted it heavily by selling women the fear of a disabling hip fracture and the necessity of regular bone-density tests. Merck's initial TV ...

20: 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 ...

21: 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 ...

22: Condoleezza Rice With Canada's FM Peter MacKay

SECRETARY RICE: Good afternoon. I am delighted to welcome Foreign Minister Peter MacKay of Canada to the United States and to the State Department. We have just had an extensive discussion and I think a very nice lunch; I hope you enjoyed it and ...

23: 47th International Clio Awards Announces Juries

NEW YORK, April 13, 2006 — The complete list of 2006 Internet and Radio Juries was announced today for the 47th annual Clio Award advertising competition.

24: 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.

25: The Letter – Monday, 18 April 2006

Parliament is in recess. Thousands have been dropped from hospital waiting lists only we no longer have waiting lists. Yet another treasury proposal for capital gains taxes on overseas earnings. Looks like a soft landing for the economy.

26: 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.

27: US Anti-Immigrant Activists & Racist Hate Groups

Some Anti-Immigrant Activists Have Known Connections with Racist Hate Groups - Interview with Mark Potok, director of the Southern Poverty Law Center's Intelligence Project, onducted by Scott Harris

28: Mark W. Bradley: Donald in Miscalculand

One day, when he was in the third grade, Donald Rumsfeld brought a bomb to school. He put it on the teacher’s desk. “Is it real?” she asked. “Maybe,” he replied.

29: International postal tribute to remarkable monarch

New Zealand Post has joined with the postal service of one of the Commonwealth’s oldest members – the British Channel island of Jersey - to create a special stamp in honour of the Queen’s 80th birthday.

30: 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.


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