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

Dates: 26/May/2006

1: National Congratulates Inglis

The National Party has congratulated double amputee and mountaineer Mark Inglis and his team for successfully scaling the world's highest peak.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0605/S00345.htm

2: Theatresports

Wellington’s funniest improvisers pit themselves against each other in a battle of wits with the audience as judge, jury and (possibly) executioner. More real than reality TV, this is comedy the way you want it – stand up, sit down, lie about – ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0605/S00179.htm

3: Intensified diplomacy on Iranian nuclear dispute

On the fourth leg of an Asian trip today, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan praised the progress made by his Vietnamese hosts while calling for intensified efforts to reach a diplomatic solution on the Iranian nuclear dispute, indicating that the ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0605/S00527.htm

4: Questions And Answers - Thursday, 25 May 2006

1. Hon MARIAN HOBBS (Labour—Wellington Central) to the Minister for Economic Development: What steps is the Government taking to promote investment in the venture capital market in New Zealand?

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0605/S00617.htm

5: News: Rickards Shipton Schollum Face Rape Charges

Scoop News: Assistant Police Commissioner Clint Rickards, former police officers Brad Shipton and Robert Schollum are facing sexual offence charges alleged to have been committed during the 1980s. In March, the three men were acquitted of raping ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0605/S00380.htm

6: Myanmar: After talks, UN hopes for better ties

Ibrahim Gambari 24 May 2006 – After two years of isolation, the Myanmar Government seems willing to engage in a dialogue with the international community, a senior United Nations official just back from three days of talks with the country’s top ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0605/S00528.htm

7: Lyndon Hood: National's Labour Spin Spin Machine

Following the discovery of a confidential Labour discussion document on communications, National MPs have slammed the Government's approach as "all spin and no substance" for one of the paper's suggestions: that repeating phrases again and again can be ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0605/S00379.htm

8: Will Major Media Finally Cover Election Fraud?

That the presidential elections of 2000 and 2004 were stolen has become an article of faith for millions of mainstream Americans. But there has been barely a whiff of coverage in the major media about any problems with the electronic voting machines ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0605/S00265.htm

9: Kiwi Students Spend Six Days in the DPRK

After months of organisation and belated email exchanges between a North Korean tour company, the New Zealand DPRK friendship society and ourselves (group of three Auckland University Arts students), what begun as a faint idea sometime last year in the Quad ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0604/S00279.htm

10: Amnesty International's Report 2006

Covering 150 countries from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, Amnesty International Report 2006 is a commentary on the state of the world’s human rights. It covers a range of issues and the responsibilities of governments - big and small - armed groups ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0605/S00508.htm

11: Greg Palast: The Al Capone Of Electricity

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 -- Al Capone cut throats, machine-gunned people to build his gang and went to jail -- for not filing his taxes properly. Likewise, Ken Lay, buccaneer of the power industry, will go down -- if the jury doesn't buy his alibi ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0605/S00372.htm

12: Reports Reconfirm Hatch Said He Condones Polygamy

Last week on these pages I cited a polygamy political coverup, which includes US Senator Orrin Hatch (Rep-UT), who is on record as condoning polygamy. With US Senator Patrick Leahy (Dem-VT) several days after the Scoop story appeared taking on Hatch ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0605/S00364.htm

13: Call To Investigate Airport Security And The TSA

May 24, 2004 - Today, Congressman Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, and 14 of his Democratic Homeland Security colleagues, requested an investigation into the current security climate at commerical airports ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0605/S00497.htm

14: American Samoan bishop comments on Da Vinci Code

The leader of the Catholic Church in American Samoa, Bishop John Quinn Weitzel, is confident that Christians in the territory will take the movie the Da Vinci Code for what it is, a film filled with historical and doctrinal errors.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0605/S00519.htm

15: Democracy, Injustice, And Civil Disobedience

Democracy does not automatically ensure justice and equality for all. However, people are certainly freer to correct injustices within a democracy than within any other form of government. Aligning its noble principles with equally noble practices is ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0605/S00371.htm

16: Samoa's Government Censor Bans Da Vinci Code Film

Samoa's Government Censor Bans Da Vinci Code Film http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=24194

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0605/S00532.htm

17: 'Brainwashing' over climate change

The Ministry of Education has been accused of attempting to 'brainwash' primary school students about climate change. The accusation has been made by Roger Dewhurst, of Auckland, in a letter to MPs. Mr Dewhurst, a consultant geologist and hydrogeologist ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0605/S00068.htm

18: High-Profile Names Join Comet Trust

Award-winning journalist Deborah Hill Cone is one of four high-profile people lending their wide-ranging skills to the City of Manukau Education Trust (COMET).

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0605/S00217.htm

19: Eastenders Beats Corro At Awards

PRIME’s EastEnders was the big winner at this year's British Soap Awards, taking seven prizes including best show.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0605/S00232.htm

20: The U.S. and Southeast Asia - Christopher Hill

Christopher Hill, Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Remarks to the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy Singapore May 22, 2006

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0605/S00453.htm

21: Kamala Sarup: Violence Threat to Nepalese Tourism

Early evening yesterday Chandrakala took her usual walk along the Pokhara, which was at high tide, and watched a fisherman who lives down the street from her house pull in croakers left and right. He was a sportsman and just throwing them back in. ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0605/S00351.htm

22: Heat pumps to replace burners and open fires

Heat pumps to replace burners and open fires and reduce Timaru air pollution Environment Canterbury will provide funding for an initiative by Line Trust South Canterbury to run a heat pump project in Timaru this winter. The company has been running a ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0605/S00222.htm

23: David Swanson: So, How WOULD a Patriot Act?

Glenn Greenwald's new book "How Would a PATRIOT ACT? Defending American Values from a President Run Amok," lays out a powerful, concise, and well-researched argument that President Bush is a threat to our government's system of checks and balances ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0605/S00356.htm

24: Natural disasters: Early warning & mitigation - UN

Some 90 experts in early warning systems and natural disaster risk management met at a United Nations symposium in Geneva today to strengthen global mechanisms, especially for less developed countries, that have already helped to reduce the number of fatalities ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0605/S00525.htm

25: Audio: Manning & Pound – Spin Letter + Iraq Govt

Scoop co-editor, Selwyn Manning and Simon Pound discuss on 95bFM respected communicator, Clare Curran's spin-advice to the Labour Party, also, whether the newly sworn in Iraqi government will be successful in holding on. Watch for a Scoop doco on this ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0605/S00378.htm

26: Lyndon Hood: Billboard Jamming 101

National has new billboards. One feels obliged to mash them up, but frankly, they're not all that inspiring. Since their Internet release, the ripfest has not been furious. The campaign itself seems familiar, but diminished.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0605/S00367.htm

27: The Real Deal: The Great "Incompetency" Heist

I never cease to be amazed at the extent to which successful policies are portrayed as failed policies, and the transfer of public resources to private parties are spun as the result of government and bureaucratic “incompetence.”

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0605/S00345.htm

28: Questions And Answers - Tuesday, 23 May 2006

1. Dr DON BRASH (Leader of the Opposition) to the Prime Minister: Does she believe the Hon David Cunliffe was correct to have made the statements he made last week regarding Telecom’s dividend policy; if so, why?

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0605/S00559.htm

29: Condoleezza Rice on New England Cable News

QUESTION: Madame Secretary, Saturday was a very important day in the history of Iraq. The Prime Minister, the Cabinet was sworn in. It's certainly a significant development. A couple of key posts, ministers of Defense and Interior, have yet to be agreed upon, ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0605/S00461.htm

30: Explanation for Axing of Manaaki Tauira

"The responses in the House today from the Minister of Maori Affairs defied all logic" stated Dr Pita Sharples.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0605/S00613.htm

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