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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 15 May 2006


Yesterday'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: "Cannabis use not harmful to brain of adolescents"

"Another marijuana myth has been busted," said NORML NZ president Chris Fowlie

3: 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 ...

4: Suzan Mazur: Most Wanted In Polygamy Coverup

A voice Message from FBI in Idaho to me several weeks after contacting them regarding my front page piece just published in the Weekend Financial Times (10/28/2000), "Seven brides for one brother: Plural marriage is rife in the western United States" , an ...

5: LDS Upset With Media's Reporting Of Mormonism

When Warren Jeffs surprisingly made the FBI's Top Ten Most Wanted list it galvanized a frenzy of national media attention about a man who is the leader of Utah's largest mind control cult. From Warren's point of view, he is merely doing what Mormon polygamist ...

6: 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.

7: Evelyn Pringle: Rove and Fitzgerald Play Monopoly

How many more get-out-of-jail free cards does Karl Rove get? Eat your heart out Martha Stewart. You should have tried playing Monopoly with the G-Men. On October 28 2005, the office of the Special Prosecutor released a press statement which stated in part:

8: John Roughan: Culture Of Impunity!

Why is it that some Big Men are exempt from punishment no matter what their crime? They live charmed lives--rising higher and higher in national political life--no matter how serious the offense.

9: 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 ...

10: Is The NZ Govt's Immigration Review Repressive?

The Immigration Minister's released a discussion paper Immigration law reform. The changes affect global migration, who wants to come to NZ, how NZ desires to respond to potential immigrants. But is it a repressive shift compared to the current law?

11: Solidarity: Remembering Algeria And Fanon

The Algerian war of independence probably provides the starkest archetype for the kind of arguments thrown up around acts of solidarity with victims of imperialism.

12: Bush Uses FDA To Shield Big Pharma From Lawsuits

In January 2006, the FDA announced the Bush administration's latest gift to Big Pharma in a statement that said people who believe they have been injured by drugs approved by the FDA should not be allowed to sue drug companies in state courts.

13: Unisys Up-Skills To Meet The Demands Of Growth

Unisys announces the appointment of two roles this week to drive new business opportunities across the diverse New Zealand market.

14: 3 News TNS Opinion Poll: 4 –10 May2006

Projected number of seats in the House on the basis of the latest poll results Number of seats* Labour 53 National 53 NZ First Green Party 7 Maori Party 4 United Future 2 Progressive 1 ACT 2 Total seats 122

15: Bush Beats Out Nixon: Least Liked President Ever

This day has been long coming. The graphs have shown it would soon be upon us: Now, here we are . With this new Harris poll, available through the Wall Street Journal , President Bush claims the titlelong held by Richard Nixon: Least Liked President ...

16: Dancing With The Stars - The First Elimination

Last week the Prime Minister pointed out that she didn't have time in her busy schedule to sit down and Watch TVNZ's Dancing With the Stars – after Scoop paid a visit to the magical Avalon studios we consider the PM should make the time.

17: A Week of It: Employment and Peachey's Periodical

Once seen as the party that protects the poor and dispossessed Labour has recently come under fire from some new and unlikely champions of the marginalised poor – Business New Zealand, the National Party and Roger Kerr of the Business Roundtable.

18: Photos of nude rest home residents an outrage

Ruth Dyson must say publicly whether she believes the publishing of pictures of naked rest home residents in a nurses’ organisation magazine is acceptable practise, says National’s Senior Citizens spokeswoman, Sandra Goudie.

19: René Préval: Haiti May Get One Last Chance


20: 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

21: 1820 Sheep die grazing GE cotton land

The latest studies on GE Cotton farming have raised grave concerns about the safety of GE cotton which is widely used in food as well as in clothing. A preliminary report released in late April has found that thousands of sheep died after grazing on land ...

22: Cindy Sheehan: Oh No, Canada!

The day that the apparently reformed warmonger President Dwight D. Eisenhower envisioned decades ago has finally come. It is time for governments to get out of our way.

23: Evelyn Pringle: Karl Rove Indictment Long Overdue

On April 28, 2006, Jason Leopold, an investigative journalist who has consistently forecast up-coming events in the CIA leak case far in advance of the mainstream media, is citing "sources knowledgeable about the probe" in reporting that:

24: Coalition-Building In Iraq: Mission Impossible?

More than four months after it was elected on 15 December 2005, the Iraqi Council of Representatives (Parliament) was finally able to nominate a new prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, along with a State President, Jalal al-Talabani (the incumbent), ...

25: Monsanto Statement Regarding BT Cotton Leaves

Our attention has been drawn to some press statements issued by various groups alleging that sheep have died after consuming Bt cotton leaves.

26: Audio: PM Talks Budget, Telecom - Avoiding Mr Hide

The budget was the piping hot topic of debate at today's post-cabinet prime ministerial press conference. Also on the agenda of a shortened smorgasboard of bite size pieces informational chunks was the infamous Telecom leak – and who was responsible - and ...

27: US & EU - A Renewed Partnership Delivering Results

Kurt Volker, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Remarks at the Conference on "New Instruments of International Governance: Transatlantic and Global Perspectives" Diplomatic Academy, Vienna, Austria May 11, 2006

28: Leopold: Fitzgerald to Seek Indictment of Rove

Despite vehement denials by his attorney, who said this week that Karl Rove is neither a "target" nor in danger of being indicted in the CIA leak case, the special counsel leading the investigation has already written up charges against Rove, and a grand ...

29: Greg Palast: The Spies Who Shag Us

I know you're shocked -- SHOCKED! -- that George Bush is listening in on all your phone calls. Without a warrant. That's nothing. And it's not news. This is: the snooping into your phone bill is just the snout of the pig of a strange, lucrative link-up ...

30: Stateside: A Postcard and Flowers for Mothers Day

I have only a cheap internet camera so these pix aren’t all that good, but hopefully you’ll get some idea of how the recent months of rain and the subsequent warm, sunny weather of the last two weeks have brought out the best in the Bay Area.


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