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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings – 1 June 2006


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

1: Norman Solomon: Media Memorial Day

People who are concerned about the state of the US news media in 2006 might pause to consider those who have lost their lives in the midst of journalistic neglect, avoidance and bias.

2: 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.

3: 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 – ...

4: GLW On Climate change: Nuclear Is No Solution!

Despite being seen as a climate change “renegade”, Prime Minister John Howard is currently attempting to gain “greenie” points by pushing for acceptance of “cleaner and greener” nuclear power as the solution to global warming. However, environmentalists, ...

5: Improved farm practices win praise

Dairy farmers are making significant progress in implementing farm practices to improve water quality in New Zealand's freshwater rivers and streams, a new report shows.

6: Psy-Ops Countered By Islamic Digital Propaganda

US dominion over propaganda is no longer unilateral. Islamic insurgents are producing sophisticated digital video. The tech revolution carries a double-edged message of 'glory' for youthful 'martyrs' and vengeance against those of the West.

7: NZ Intel Failure Evident In Timor Leste Crisis

Paul Buchanan writes: Political instability and collective violence in Fiji, the Solomons, East Timor raises questions about NZ’s intelligence and security capabilities in its primary area of geostrategic concern, the southwestern Pacific Rim.

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 ...

9: Latin America - The Path Away from U.S. Domination

Washington rumbles with suppressed outrage over Latin America’s latest demonstrations of its sovereignty - Bolivia’s nationalization of its oil and natural gas reserves. At the same time, newly inaugurated president Evo Morales is a prime candidate to ...

10: Kelpie Wilson: Monkey Business 2008

Is this what the 2008 presidential contest is going to look like? Last week, two media stories made me wonder. On Wednesday we were treated to a jaw-dropping Bill Frist puff piece by Washington Post writer Laura Blumenfield, who followed the politician ...

11: Zimbabwe: Satellite images shocking evidence

Amnesty International today released the first-ever satellite images of the wholesale destruction of a large community in Zimbabwe -- providing the clearest possible evidence to date of the devastating impact of the Zimbabwean government's policy of house ...

12: UN Convention Recognises GM Tree Threat

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) passed a formal declaration at its Eighth Conference of the Parties (COP-8) in Curitiba, Brazil on 31 March 2006 to recognize the threats posed by genetically modified (GM) (same as genetically engineered (GE)) ...

13: Greg Palast's Armed Madhouse Tour Begins Monday

The ARMED MADHOUSE TOUR BEGINS NEXT MONDAY, June 5th. I will be traveling to twenty cities across the US.

14: Tonga: Democracy campaigners warn of more trouble

Pro-democracy campaigners in Tonga have warned that there could be further trouble if their latest petition to the King is ignored.

15: Rough Reckoning: Energy In Latin America

Much attention has focused lately on the Bolivian government's nationalization of the country's hydrocarbon resources. Bolivia's policy change follows up the Venezuelan government's systematic renegotiation of contracts with foreign petroleum companies ...

16: Kamala Sarup: Politics Of Education

We need to wage war for good educational system to improve a peaceful political system. Also, how can we protect a detailed social system so we can work exactly for educational reforms system?. Radical reforms on education needed because that means educational ...

17: R. Wellen: Making the World Safe for Anti-Semitism

Remember when fanatical Islamists burst on the scene and shocked us with the shamelessness of their anti-Semitism? Their blithe disregard for the tolerance and brotherly love intrinsic to all religion would have been liberating in a Nietzschean way. Were it ...

18: NAFTA's Role in Fueling Illegal Immigration to US

Immigration has emerged as one of the most contentious issues in U.S. politics this year. A punitive bill has passed the House of Representatives, which would criminalize undocumented workers and citizens who help them, and fund construction of a wall ...

19: New Zealand Frigate To Visit India

Royal New Zealand Navy frigate HMNZS TE MANA will visit India from 2 to 13 June calling into Cochin and Mumbai.

20: New High Commissioner to Australia

The new High Commissioner to Australia will be senior diplomat John Larkindale, Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today.

21: George Stone: The Plan to Drug US School Children

This paper outlines the deliberate marketing of harmful drugs to children as a direct result of the drug industry take over of the American mental health system. My point of departure is Ivan Illich’s broader assertion that “The medical system has become ...

22: Richard S. Ehrlich: A Letter From Turkey

ISTANBUL, Turkey -- The cylindrical "fez" hat, with its dangling black tassel, provokes feelings of resentment, humiliation and grim memories of repression among many proud, nationalistic Turks.

23: Marjorie Cohn: The Haditha Massacre

On November 19, 2005, Marines from Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division based at Camp Pendleton allegedly killed 24 unarmed civilians in Haditha, Iraq, in a three to five hour rampage. One victim was a 76-year-old amputee ...

24: East Timor: Children traumatised and in shock

40,000 people are believed to have fled Dili as a result of the violence and arson attacks on the city, with many thousand left homeless. ChildFund estimates that 65,000 displaced people, a large number of which are children, are living in several camps ...

25: State Of It: NZ Intel Failure Demands Inquiry

The Timor Leste crisis demonstrates all the social conditions necessary for terror organisations to embed, to grow, to flourish. That NZ's intelligence apparatus was unable to determine what was looming in Timor suggests an inquiry must follow.

26: Dunedin Arts and Cultural Events

June 2006 to July 2006

27: Niueans To Go Without Electricity For Three Weeks

Niueans may have to live rough on their tiny South Pacific island for up to three weeks while waiting for a new power generator. The destruction this week of the island’s main source of electricity has caused chaos, forcing school classrooms to close and ...

28: Bernard Weiner: The Seven Pillars of Misrule

There is so much political chaff swirling around that I find it useful every so often to follow the Buddhist dictum: "Don't just do something, sit there." In other words, meditate on the quiet core, pay less attention to the noisy fringe.

29: Ernest Partridge: Swords Into Plowshares

An analysis of the events that have followed the fall of the Soviet Union fifteen years ago, leads to a tragic conclusion: The United States economy, as currently constituted, cannot maintain itself without an international enemy.

30: Flying visit strengthens sailing and trade ties

Yachting New Zealand chief executive Des Brennan acknowledges the key role played by North Shore City Council in a successful six-day flying visit to China to check out the 2008 Olympic sailing venue at Qingdao.

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