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Scoop Top 30 Weekend Ratings -13-14 May 2006


The Weekend's top 30 rating items on Scoop were...

1: World Competitiveness Yearbook

Finance Minister Michael Cullen today welcomed the endorsement of the government's economic work programme in the latest IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook. The Yearbook lists five challenges to assist New Zealand in improving its competitiveness.

2: Budget 2006: Nat Library to evaluate redevelopment

The National Library will be funded to evaluate options to redevelop the National Library as part of the 2006 Budget the National Library Minister Judith Tizard announced today.

3: 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.

4: World’s First Sample Of Bio-Diesel From Algae

Marlborough Company Produces World’s First Sample Of Bio-Diesel From Algae Extracted From Region’s Sewerage Ponds

5: Weather Advisory

A sou'east rainstorm over Christchurch this morning has pushed up river levels and caused widespread surface street flooding.

6: Karl Rove Indicted on Charges of Perjury, Lying

Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald spent more than half a day Friday at the offices of Patton Boggs, the law firm representing Karl Rove. During the course of that meeting, Fitzgerald served attorneys for former Deputy White House Chief of Staff Karl Rove ...

7: Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan: Troubling developments

Ethiopia is holding opposition figures under laws that may violate its constitution, Somalia urgently needs international attention, and despite assertions by Sudan’s Government, displaced women in that country’s Darfur region are still being raped ...

8: The U.S. and the EU: Arm Wrestling over Cuba

Today’s EU-Latin America Summit will highlight one reality: when it comes to a number of Latin American issues, there is scant unity to be found among members of Europe’s all powerful political and economic bloc. Several forces are currently pulling the ...

9: Poll: 2004 Election Was Stolen ('Cept Fox Viewers)

In the first poll of its kind, , in the second OpEdNews/Zogby People's poll has learned that except for viewers of right wing news show, Fox News, poll respondents believe that the 2004 presidential election was stolen.

10: Of Myth and Reality in Terrorist Threat Assessment

Of Myth and Reality in Terrorist Threat Assessment By Paul G. Buchanan 12-5-06

11: Tanveer Jafri: Time Not Ripe For ‘Bush The Great’

American President George Bush may have made up his mind, personally, to thrust war upon Iran, but it doesn’t seem easy to attack for him. United Nations Security Council’s Resolution regarding sanctions against Iran or domestic politics in America ...

12: Rove Informs White House He Will Be Indicted

Within the last week, Karl Rove told President Bush and Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten, as well as a few other high level administration officials, that he will be indicted in the CIA leak case and will immediately resign his White House job when the special ...

13: Condi Rice Receiving Woman of Valor Award

SECRETARY RICE: Well, thank you very much. I cannot thank you enough for this tremendous honor. I want to thank all involved with it and all of you for coming. That was quite an extraordinary little film. I have to get that and show it to my family. They'll ...

14: Feeding whale meat to schoolchildren not ok

News that a Japanese company is seeking to force whale meat onto Japanese menus by selling it directly to schools and hospitals is being greeted with disgust by Green Party Conservation Spokesperson Metiria Turei. "The fact that whale meat ...

15: Communications Line of 12 May 2006

MPs seek newsletter pickup; Terence and Louise; NBR backs Labour – shock, horror; Not Warne Out; UKTV: sex and violence have changed; What’s wrong with fresh fruit?; Gisborne: a city revived; You want what in the workplace!; Cocktail Science; In the ...

16: Noam Chomsky: Subordinate & Non-Subordinate States

Khatchig Mouradian: In an article entitled "Domestic Constituencies," you say: "It is always enlightening to seek out what is omitted in propaganda campaigns."(1) Can you expand on what is omitted in the US propaganda campaign on Lebanon and Syria ...

17: A Bluegreen Vision for NZ

Speech to the National Party Lower North Island Regional Conference Palmerston North.

18: Whistleblower Mark Livingston Battles Wyeth Pharma

Washington DC Attorney, Jason Zuckerman, says a positive result of the recent corporate scandals is the recognition of the value of whistleblowers in exposing fraud, corruption, and other wrongdoing within a company.

19: Most repressive countries on Human Rights Council

The 9 May 2006 election of 10 of the world's worst violators of free _expression - Algeria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, China, Cuba, Nigeria, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia - to be members of the UN's new Human Rights Council was called ...

20: Lyndon Hood: Brash's Press Conference Prep

After Winston Peter's tabling of leaked emails in Parliament, that question on everyone's lips is - what was Don Brash thinking at that press conference?

21: Bush Lied About Iraq, Has No Right to Attack Iran

A new poll conducted in Pennsylvania by Zogby International and commissioned by asked some of the questions the corporate media has failed to ask. The answers are surprising. One revelation is this: the single greatest predictor of an American's ...

22: The Unanswered Mail Of Insecure Males

SAM SMITH - What drives American foreign policy as much as - if not more than - ideology is male insecurity mitigated occasionally by women secretaries of state trying to prove that they can act just as insecurely as males. It is a foreign policy led by ...

23: Greg Palast's New Book: The Armed Madhouse

On This Page: Cover Art: Online Purchase Links: Table Of Contents: Introduction:

24: Links: NSA's Database of Americans' Phone Calls

The National Security Agency has been secretly collecting the phone call records of tens of millions of Americans, using data provided by AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth, people with direct knowledge of the arrangement told USA TODAY.

25: Scoop: Top Scoops + Just Politics

Satire: Pear Shaped Email Press Conference - Some Theories - QUESTIONS OF THE DAY: - Foreign Affairs: Murray Ditches Rugby – Pens Love Letter To Bush Administration - - Transport: Gas Mask Clad Electric Bus Supporters Brave Stormy Weather - - Mother's ...

26: 12 May 2006

In the early phases of last year’s election campaign, the Labour Party was desperate. Confident that they would have an easy ride to victory, the polls were showing anything but that. So the decision was made to play the anti-American card. Bovver boy Trevor ...

27: Health Minister's Speech to Diabetes NZ conference

Diabetes NZ has had a strong history of effective support for people with diabetes. I understand that during Diabetes Awareness Week last year [2005] your website received so many hits it was ranked fifth in the “hitwise” website awards. Having been around ...

28: Hawaii Legislature Takes Steps to End War

The Hawaii State Senate has passed a resolution "CALLING UPON THE GOVERNOR OF HAWAII TO TAKE STEPS TO WITHDRAW THE HAWAII ARMY AND AIR NATIONAL GUARD TROOPS FROM IRAQ." The resolution is a thing of beauty, has been mailed to the Governor and the President, ...

29: Fiji’s Rabuka charged with inciting mutiny

The former Fiji prime minister, Sitiveni Rabuka, has appeared in the Suva magistrate’s court charged with inciting the November 2000 mutiny.

30: Bonus Joules: Gods of Energy

(In which Chapter Bonus Joules explores how our current image of the nature of energy came to rule human consciousness and who made the rules.) Bonus Joules asks the Minister of Energy the Big Scientific Question


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