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Scoop Top 30 Weekend Ratings - 27-28 May 2006


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

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 – ...

3: 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 ...

4: UQ Wire: Porter Goss Resignation Solved

The “mystery” of Porter Goss’ resignation last month as CIA Director is apparently directly related to the huge seizure in Mexico several weeks earlier of over 5.5 tons of cocaine, according to government documents recently obtained by the The MadCowMorningNews ...

5: Busway traffic bulletin 27 May till 2 June 2006

Transit New Zealand advises motorists of proposed closures for work on State Highway 1 for the construction of the Northern Busway over the next week (weather permitting).

6: Neurontin Deal - Slap On The Hand To Pfizer

The off-label prescribing of drugs has become a serious problem over the past decade. Doctors are adjusting dosage levels and prescribing drugs for medical indications and treatment durations for which the drugs were never approved or intended.

7: Seeking top businesses

Manukau companies taking pride in what they do are sought to enter the prestigious Westpac Manukau Business Excellence Awards.

8: Senator John Mccain Passes The Buck On Polygamy

In the interests of balancing Senatorial responsibility for the absence of law enforcement action against polygamy, while the FLDS, America's largest polygamy cult, is incorporated in Utah -- members live and vote on either side of the Utah-Arizona border. That ...

9: Comments of ARC parks chairman out of line

ARC parks chairman Sandra Coney has added to the gathering storm over the ARC by the use of ratepayer's money to fund a belated objection to a building consent approved by the Environment Court. (A2, NZ Herald, 25/5/2006)

10: Timor Update: Failed Coup Blamed For Timor Unrest

U.S-based security monitors are reporting that a failed coup is to blame for the clashes between East Timorese security forces and former soldiers, Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri said May 25. Stratfor, a leading security consulting intelligence agency, ...

11: Capping Rates Makes Councils Budget Like Families

As the newly-elected MP for Epsom last year, I quickly gained a new appreciation for the problems people have with local government.

12: Cook Islands Police Service Review

New Zealand would be supporting a comprehensive review of policing in the Cook Islands following a request received from the Cook Islands Government, Foreign Minister Winston Peters said today.

13: House Declaration Ends The Shah Dynasty In Nepal

On May 18, 2006, almost after a month from the day the king revived the House of Representatives [2] dissolved on May 22, 2006, the revived House of Representatives made Declaration effectively ending the 237-year old Shah Dynasty.

14: British Anti-Terror Squads Strike in Pre-Dawn Raid

Intelligence-Security Watch: Over 500 British intelligence and security officers have conducted pre-dawn raids on the homes of alleged terrorists throughout England.

15: Ground-breaking Parkinson's Drug Trial Hailed

News that an innovative Parkinson’s disease-fighting compound invented at Otago University will go to Phase II clinical trials is being warmly welcomed by the University’s commercialisation arm, Otago Innovation Limited, (OIL).

16: Who do New Zealanders trust?

If you can't trust your partner, who can you trust? Certainly not your neighbour if the results of the 2006 Reader's Digest "New Zealand's Most Trusted" survey are anything to go by.

17: Property investors in a mood to buy

Close to 90 per cent of property investors intend to increase their holdings in the next five years in spite of indications price increases may be leveling off, the ANZ/NZPIF Property Investment Survey shows.

18: 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 ...

19: Forum on Indigenous Issues Looks to New HRC

As the two week-long meeting of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues nears its end, indigenous leaders today said they wanted a key UN human rights body to consider taking new steps to meet their concerns.

20: 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?

21: John R. Bolton - Pushing Ahead on UN Reform

Challenges and Opportunities in Pushing Ahead on UN Reform Ambassador John R. Bolton, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Washington, DC May 25, 2006

22: William Rivers Pitt: Playing the Impeachment Card

Representative John Conyers Jr. of Michigan is a small and soft-spoken man. One gets the definite sense upon meeting him that here is a man who could probably have made a fortune in Hollywood, had he chosen a different direction in life, playing the ...

23: Health workforce planning 'paralysis by analysis'

Two reports out today on the staffing crisis facing the health workforce amount to "paralysis by analysis", says National's Health spokesman, Tony Ryall. The reports, one from the Ministry of Health and the other from the Health Workforce Advisory ...

24: Baristas Prepare To Battle It Out

Wild Bean Cafe is excited to announce its 12 top baristas in the whole of New Zealand. The announcement has come after six weeks of intense competition across the 61 Wild Bean Cafes throughout the country.

25: Planners are grinding our cities to a halt

Media Release from the Centre for Resource Management Studies. Planners are grinding our cities to a halt.

26: '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 ...

27: Public Address 26/05/06 - Whack-A-Mole

Okay, so now the Google Video copy of the Telecon mash-up has been DMCAd too. The person who uploaded it got the standard letter: "Hi, Google was notified that your video "Telecom commercial spoof" allegedly violates the copyright ...

28: Mapping the Real: A True Thing

There are times when the walls start to close in on me. When that happens, I reach out for a true thing. Something that pushes the walls back out and that makes a way in my spirit.

29: 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.

30: ‘RAMSI Tuesday’ Wasn’t Due To Intelligence Failure

On Tuesday, 18 April 2006, the democratically elected Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands was stoned by an angry mob on the steps of Parliament, tear gas was tossed around, a large chunk of the national capital, Honiara, was burnt to the ground, ...


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