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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings – 13 June 2006


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

1: 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 ...

2: 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 ...

3: Jason Leopold: Sealed vs. Sealed

Four weeks ago, during the time when we reported that White House political adviser Karl Rove was indicted for crimes related to his role in the leak of covert CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson, the grand jury empanelled in the case returned an indictment ...

4: New Images: U.S. Killing Of Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi

US Forces were tipped off as to where Al-Zarqawi was located – shortly after two F16 fighter planes dropped two 500lbs bombs on his 'safe-house'. Scoop has obtained new images including a diagram report resulting from Al Zarqawi's autopsy.

5: Spread of bird flu to humans only “matter of time

An Australian expert on the flu virus has warned that it is only a matter of time that one of the present strains of bird flu will jump species and be spread from human to human.

6: Scoop Image: Southern Snow From Outer Space

An image of the snowbound South Island taken from NASA's Modis Satellite yesterday. Click for big version (very big 1.7 megs)

7: Even dead dogs liable for $100 fine

The NZ Kennel Club says scrapping compulsory microchipping is excellent news.

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 ...

10: Weather Update

Buses are no longer running up Dyer's Pass Road or through to the Sign of the Takahe. These bus services are terminating at Thorington Shops and Princess Margaret hospital respectively.

11: Bush: The Most Defamed President Of US History

The peace loving & humanitarian public of America, while opposing George Bush, & on the falling graph of popularity of Bush, it becomes a common talk, & a question arises, if people weren’t happy over the policies of George Bush, why was he elected ...

12: The Role of NGOs in the Development of Democracy

Barry F. Lowenkron, Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Remarks to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Washington, DC June 8, 2006

13: Richard Perle reveals US War Plans in the Iran

One US carrier task force is already in position in the Persian Gulf. Two more task forces are moving swiftly to take up their positions in the Iranian theatre. The controversial neoconservative American bureaucrat, Richard Perle, visited Britain ...

14: Yellow Pages® Maps now available on internet

From today Kiwis can get maps and directions online at and through

15: Scoop: Sunni Deep-Cover Bods Fingered Al Zarqawi

Images, text and video: Since Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was killed by U.S. forces, much speculation has centred on who or what group fingered him. A Sunni deep-cover network looks most likely repoonsible for fingering Al Zarqawi with Al Qaeda's blessing.

16: Questions And Answers Tuesday, 13 June 2006

Dr Don Brash: Does she have confidence in the security of power supply to the Auckland region; if not, what steps will she take, and when will she take them, so that she can express such confidence?

17: Supercomputer Weather: Hurricane Alberto?

The Atlantic Hurricane season for 2006 is expected to be one of the worst ever. Last year's season was in fact the worst ever to date, and will be hard to beat, however, so far 2006 is shaping up as expected.

18: Jason Miller: Bon Appétit, America

Throughout Bush’s tenure in the White House, our Commander in Chef and his staff of gourmets have prepared a veritable smorgasbord of propagandistic delights for the psyches of those who still cling to the myth of America’s innate superiority.

19: Pandemic Update: Keep your distance

When it comes to avoiding the spread of influenza in New Zealand, pigs and birds are of no concern – it’s people you need to be aware of. “Influenza is highly infectious,” says Bay of Plenty and Lakes Medical Officer of Health Dr Phil Shoemack. “To help ...

20: Dahr Jamail: Ramadi - Fallujah Redux

Fearful residents are now pouring out of Ramadi after the US military has been assaulting the city for months with tactics like cutting water, electricity and medical aid, imposing curfews, and attacking by means of snipers and random air strikes. This ...

21: Stateside With Rosalea: What Can I Say?

So what if the only technical rugby terms I know are "whip" and "arse"? They're all anyone needed to do a commentary for the Barclay's Churchill Cup match on Wednesday evening at Santa Clara University, down in the Silicon Valley. I will spare you the ...

22: Jamail and Pflueger: Propaganda and Haditha

Propaganda is when the Western corporate media tries to influence public opinion in favor of the Iraq War by consistently tampering with truth and distorting reality. It is to be expected. And it is to be recognized for what it is. On occasions when ...

23: Charles Shaw: Biofuel Challenges Big Oil

As oil surpasses $75 a barrel and gas hits $3 a gallon, Americans might find it hard to imagine higher costs. But this auto-centric perspective overlooks the hidden costs of our petroleum addiction.

24: New footage fuels argument of anti-whaling lobby

As pro and anti-whalers meet in St Kitts to debate whale killing methods, new undercover footage is released which proves that there is no humane way to kill a whale at sea - even in optimum weather conditions.

25: Party pill research doesn't justify prohibition

The findings of the first of four research projects into party pill use and its effects are being welcomed by the Green Party, with a note of caution that they should not be used to justify total prohibition.

26: Corn which could cause diabetes could be released

A type of corn due to be approved for use in New Zealand if a draft recommendation by Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is followed could have serious health implications for New Zealanders, the Green Party says.

27: William Fisher: Saudi Arabian Cosmetics?

As human rights organizations expressed skepticism that detainees recently transferred from Guantanamo Bay to Saudi Arabian custody could receive fair trials and escape torture - and a new study charged that the country's textbooks continue to promote ...

28: Greg Palast Interviews The Real Randi Rhodes

Greg Palast interviews the high school troublemaker turned troublemaker in uniform turned troublemaker on the air. An exclusive podcast -- listen to it here

29: Marjorie Cohn: Spinning Suicide

Spinning Suicide By Marjorie Cohn t r u t h o u t | Perspective From: Thursday 21 July 2005

30: Party Pill Promoters Must Face the Facts

Associate Justice Minister and Waimakariri MP Clayton Cosgrove says a new study confirms that party pills are a gateway to illicit drugs, a serious road safety risk and are addictive, for many people.

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