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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 20 April 2006


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

1: Celebrate "420 Day"

Today, Thursday April 20, millions of people around the world will celebrate 420, a term synonymous with smoking marijuana, with spontaneous acts of civil disobedience against prohibition.

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.

3: Rolling Stones Reviewed And Viewed

Coming up to the stadium, the usual tell-tale signs were there: over flowing rubbish bins, huge queues at the railway station fast food stands and a busker playing Stones tunes.

4: 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.

5: Cramdown, Stripdown, Lockdown Democracy In The USA

The Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA) was passed on the heels of the Florida 2000 presidential election and its “hanging chad” problem. These ambiguous ballot chads riveted and frustrated the nation for a couple of months in late 2000. However, ...

6: Dahr Jamail: The Ongoing War on Truth in Iraq

On Monday, April 17, my sources in Baghdad reported fierce fighting in the al-Adhamiya neighborhood of the capital city, as well as fighting in the al-Dora neighborhood. One source, who lives in the predominantly Sunni area of Adhamiya, had been telling ...

7: Some Palestinian reactions to the suicide bombing

5. Journalists, medical volunteers and bystanders targeted, Palestinian bystander shot in the neck by Israeli sniper

8: World's first notebook PC with HD DVD-ROM Drive

Auckland, 19 April 2006 - Toshiba Corporation (Toshiba) today continued its roll out of next generation HD DVD products by launching the world’s first notebook PC with an HD DVD-ROM drive, the Qosmio G30.

9: Cindy Sheehan: Welcome Home

"Go home," a Crawford neighbor of Camp Casey, her face deformed with rage, yelled at me as about 50 of us walked the four miles from Camp Casey I to Camp Casey II on Good Friday. We were re-enacting the Stations of the Cross. I was hauling a 12-pound ...

10: Solomon Islands - NZDF Assistance

Two RNZAF aircraft will depart Whenuapai midmorning today, bound for Honiara. An RNZAF Boeing 757 will carry 30 New Zealand Police and travel via Christchurch, where it will uplift 25 infantry soldiers from Burnham Military Camp.

11: NZ delegation to meet Washington heavyweights

Tomorrow night’s opening of the US NZ Partnership Forum in Washington DC will be an unprecedented gathering of business, government and academic leaders from both counties, says NZ US Council Executive Director Stephen Jacobi. (Subs the opening ...

12: Family First PR On Children's Commissioner

The Children's Commissioner is demanding smacking by good parents to be banned, but is guilty herself of the worst kind of bullying and intimidation.

13: China's silence boosts tyrants

NEW YORK U.S.-China summit meetings traditionally include discussion of Beijing's human rights practices. When President Hu Jintao of China visits the White House on Thursday, the Bush administration's own problematic record will make the conversation ...

14: Rasta Rangi Debuts On Maori Television

New Zealand’s newest cartoon character – RASTA RANGI – makes his debut on Maori Television on Monday April 24 at 8.00 PM.

15: Call to Reverse EU Palestine Starvation Policy

The decision by the European Union to suspend aid to the democratically elected Palestinian Authority is an act of gross inhumanity and political provocation. The undersigned organizations believe this action will worsen the current humanitarian, security ...

16: Urgent need to address racism in asthma care

A new report released by the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation, revealing that Maori and Pasifika children with asthma appear to be further disadvantaged when it comes to acceptable asthma care, should be seen as a national disgrace, says Tariana Turia, ...

17: What USD$700Mn Will Not Buy You in Colombia

At a time of severe budgetary constraints in Washington, almost three quarters of a billion dollars is being poured into Colombia by the Bush administration

18: Communications Line Issue 29 - April 20 2006

The surge in audio and video content available online has caught many radio and television stations off guard, reports US media journal New Communications Review. ( ) Suddenly, people are downloading podcasts or video podcasts of the shows they like, ...

19: 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.

20: Has Palestine Been Set Up for Genocide?

Conditions are ripe for genocide in Gaza and parts of Palestine. All funds have been cut off by Israel (tax money owed to Palestine), and by America and the European Union which would normally be routed to the Palestinian Authority (PA).

21: Chad: UN seeks to balance refugees with security

The United Nations refugee agency, which last week flew some of its staff out of Chad during clashes between Government and rebel forces, has no immediate plans for any further evacuation as continues its efforts to help some 200,000 Sudanese who ...

22: PM Talks Palestinian Aid, Health 'N' (Peak) Oil

On a day when allegedly the world's greatest rock'n'roll band was in town it seemed darn near impossible to work up much enthusiasm for intricate world affairs type debates.

23: Public Address 20/04/06 - Special Reports

The police has finally revealed that Wan Biao was the victim of a (obviously blotched) kidnap plot. I'm not quite sure why they were keeping this back, since a post on on the 16th (Sunday) cites Consul Li of the Chinese Consulate-General ...

24: Wellington Expertise On Show In San Francisco

Several of Wellington’s leading earthquake engineers and scientists presented today at the 100th Anniversary Earthquake Conference, in San Francisco.

25: New Zealand Aviation Success Takes to the Air

Alpha Aviation – New Zealand’s newest aircraft manufacturer – has unveiled its first aircraft, fresh off the production line. The Alpha 160A two-seat aerobatic training aircraft took to the skies above Hamilton was put through its paces by veteran Australian ...

26: Hospital laboratory due diligence process suspect

“The due diligence process adopted by the Otago and Southland District Health Boards over their proposal to privatise their hospital laboratories is very suspect,” said Mr Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists, ...

27: Brazil: Eldorado dos Carajás massacre 10 years on

On 17 April 1996, military police began clearing landless protesters from the PA-150 highway at Eldorado dos Carajás in the state of Pará. An hour later 19 people lay dead, many shot at close range; some hacked to death by the protesters’ own farm ...

28: Winston Churchill Fellowships announced

Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector, Luamanuvao Winnie Laban, today announced the nine new fellowships being awarded by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.

29: 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.

30: Call to Action: Australia banishes all boat people

A scandalous and brutal Bill has been proposed by the Howard government to block all access to Australia of all asylum seekers arriving by boat, both for processing their claims and for settlement if these claims prove true. We need a dozen Liberal ...


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