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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 8 May 2006


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

1: May Finance Newsletter

As expected the Reserve Bank didn’t increase the Official Cash Rate on the 27th of April. It remains at 7.25%. They say they can’t see any more rises - but don’t expect any drop this year.

2: The CIA, Cocaine One & Putting Planes in 'Suspense

In the two weeks since an American DC9 airliner was busted by Mexican troops at a small airport in the Yucatan, carrying 5.5 tons of cocaine packed neatly into 128 identical black suitcases (somewhat hilariously marked 'private') the search for ...

3: The FBI Busts Goss, Wilkes & GOP Spy Industry

In his column yesterday, Josh Marshall just hints at this, but a lot more is going to come out about the relationship of private intelligence and defense contractors and how the GOP has used them to carry out covert domestic political spying and all ...

4: Merrin Gallery In Italy's Antiquities Dragnet?

It is not totally surprising that New York antiquities dealer Ed Merrin appears to be caught in the dragnet of Italian prosecutors who are conducting a criminal trial in Rome, having already charged dealer Bob Hecht and former Getty Museum curator ...

5: The Aftermath of Bolivia’s Gas Golpe

• The furor over Bolivia's dramatic nationalization of the country’s natural gas begins subside, but difficulties remain • At an emergency summit, Pink Tide leaders demonstrate their determination to contain the anger and disappointment: Morales ...

6: Images: Dancing With the Stars Part Deux

Once again a brave, and perhaps foolhardy group of celebrities and politicians donned their glad rags and sparkled and shone across the small screen in the second series of TV One's 'Dancing with the Stars' .

7: A Week of It: Climate Coalition and Other Stunts

This week saw the birth of an entirely new lobby group aimed at easing the public's fears about a climate change apocalypse. The New Zealand Climate Science Coalition is a group of scientists who have nobly taken it upon themselves to make certain ...

9: Wrongly Convicted, Almost Executed, Awarded $2.25M

Here's an article about yesterday's jury award of $2.25 million to Earl Washington , whom the state of Virginia came within days of killing for a crime he had been clumsily and obviously framed for. Washington is mentally retarded, poor, and black. ...

10: Larry Johnson: Why Did Goss Resign?

Yesterday's surprise announcement by Porter Goss comes on the heels of press stories that members of Congress received sexual favors from prostitutes allegedly procured by Brent Wilkes, an entrepreneur implicated in the bribery of Congressman Randy "Duke" ...

11: William Rivers Pitt: Going Nukular

OK, I'm freaking out. It's a quiet freak-out, even a mellow one by comparison to ones I've witnessed first-hand and endured personally, but it is happening. I seize up like a poorly-oiled engine several times a day, and my teeth grate together so ...

12: Turner slams National MP's disrespect

United Future's deputy leader, Judy Turner MP, is describing a walkout by two National MP's from a powhiri as disrespectful grandstanding.

13: Corrections fess up - Minister must do the same

"The only thing that would surprise the public about the Department of Corrections now is if they got something right," says National law and order spokesman Simon Power, responding to the latest debacle to hit the troubled department.

14: Public Address 08/05/06 - "Not Being Straight-Up"

Another journalist provided me with a copy of this short, startling clip of Theresa Gattung explaining the incumbent telco business model: using "confusion" as a "marketing tool" to maintain prices and margins...

15: Inquiry Into Disclosure of Telecom Review Info

State Services Commission Inquiry Into Disclosure of Classified Information About the Government's Telecommunications Stocktake Review to Telecom

16: Collins refutes PM's claims over walk-out

National Party MP Judith Collins has refuted claims by Prime Minister Helen Clark’s that she was rude during a haka at the Manurewa CYF facility. “The haka was conducted as social services select committee chair Georgina Beyer and I led the committee ...

17: Nats' powhiri insult deserves apology - Greens

Two National Party MPs who walked out of a powhiri at the Youth Justice facility in Weymouth on Friday should apologise for the embarrassment they caused, the Green Party says.

18: Will Nepal’s King Be Charged With Crimes

Kathmandu, Nepal: In the 15-month Royal reign of terror beginning February 1, 2005, Nepalese King Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah suspended all civil and democratic rights in the Hindu Kingdom and ruled from the Throne.

19: Comment on post-powhiri walk-out

National Party MP Judith Collins is standing by the decision by three National MPs to walk out on a select committee visit to a CYF facility after insults were thrown following a powhiri.

20: Jason Miller: Success is Not An Option

Noam Chomsky recently penned Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy, a book in which he provided a powerfully-constructed and heavily documented argument that the United States is a failed state, like many of the nations it has ...

21: Broadcast-quality science videos now on Web

The Hot Science video-website ( was launched today, providing New Zealanders with access to high-quality popular science television programming from all over the world at no cost and on a delivery schedule that suits them.

22: Letter to Murray McCully re: Terence Arnold

I have just read the piece that you have posted on your website expressing strong and critical views about the performance of Terence Arnold during his tenure as Solicitor General and also his fitness to be appointed as a Judge of the Court of Appeal.

23: The Letter – Monday, 8 May 2006

Labour goes further down the regulatory road. The most serious budget leak in our history. More allegations against David Parker. Rodney dances with the stars.

24: David Swanson: Atheists for Peace

With the exception of Jews and African-Americans, no demographic group in the United States voted more heavily against Bush and for Gore and Kerry than did atheists, who make up 10 percent of the electorate. Atheists tend to be disproportionately ...

25: Poor will feel greatest impact of climate change

Changes in weather patterns and extreme weather events due to climate change will have the greatest impact on the world's poorest people, the head of the of the leading scientific panel on the issue told the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development ...

26: Appointments to Film and Literature Review Board

Internal Affairs Minister Rick Barker has announced appointments to the Film and Literature Board of Review. The Film and Literature Board of Review is a statutory appeal body. It examines publications already classified by the Office of Film and ...

27: Changing the Conversation

Speech to the National Party Canterbury-Westland Regional Conference

28: Auckland Finalist Takes Top Prize In Hair Awards

Auckland, 6 May 2006: An international-based judging team, including David Beckham’s hairdresser, has selected Iain Smith of ME, Auckland, for the most acclaimed hair award in New Zealand.

29: Kids Dying From Off-Label Use Of Antipsychotics

A recent USA Today sponsored review of the FDA database from 2000 to 2004 found at least 45 deaths in children under 18 with atypical antipsychotics listed as the "primary suspect," and 1,328 reports of other serious side effects, some life-threatening.

30: Number of beneficiaries continues to tumble

In the year to March 2006 the total number of beneficiaries in New Zealand fell by a further 8,374 or 2.9 percent, Social Development and Employment Minister David Benson-Pope confirmed today


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