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The Weekend's Top 30 Daily Ratings – 1-2 July 2006


The Weekend's top 30 rating items on Scoop were...

1: Strange New World

Wellington-based artist Martin Basher has created a strange new world: a post-apocalyptic environment where a lone man joyrides his way through a deserted landscape of pine trees, shantytowns and coloured lights; wasteland of billowing smoke. Basher’s ‘Blackwater’, ...

2: Pringle: Risk Of Harm From Motrin Aleve Advil

Complications from non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAID, have been linked to 103,000 hospitalizations and more than 16,000 deaths per year in the US, according to a study published in the American Journal of Therapeutics.

3: On the 4th, Read the Declaration of Impeachment

Veterans for Peace has drafted a Declaration of Impeachment using nothing but excerpts from the Declaration of Independence (plus a few words in parentheses). It reads as follows, and should be read at picnics and protests on the Fourth of July:

4: Migrant level raised to meet skill shortages

More new migrants will be welcomed under the New Zealand Residence Programme during the next 12 months in response to continued skill shortages, Immigration Minister David Cunliffe announced today.

5: New prisoner drug and alcohol addiction programmes

New prisoner drug and alcohol addiction programmes will help reduce re-offending rates – O'Connor

6: Greg Palast IV With Hugo Chavez - The Progressive

You'd think George Bush would get down on his knees and kiss Hugo Chávez's behind. Not only has Chávez delivered cheap oil to the Bronx and other poor communities in the United States. And not only did he offer to bring aid to the victims of Katrina. ...

7: How the US Continues to Manipulate Nicaragua

• “Radical Populism,” the basis for a new post-cold war U.S. national security doctrine, unfolds in region, providing a rationale for a new epoch of U.S. domination

8: Government targets noisy vehicles

Transport Safety Minister Harry Duynhoven today said the first step in the government's drive to target noisy vehicles will come into force in three weeks.

9: Lyndon Hood: Heat Prisons With Power's Rhetoric

The heating of large institutions - schools, hospitals and prisons - has always been a significant cost. Now, I'm no engineer, but I believe I've come up with a novel solution.

10: Greg Palast: Stealing Mexico

Friday, June 30, 2006 -- GEORGE Bush's operatives have plans to jigger with the upcoming elections. I'm not talking about the November '06 vote in the USA (though they have plans for that, too). I'm talking about the election this Sunday in Mexico for their ...

11: William Rivers Pitt: A Moment of Pause

A rolling sense of awe has enveloped the mainstream news media since yesterday's Supreme Court decision on Guantanamo. The specifics of the decision are part of the discussion, to be sure, but the sense of amazement has a more basic root. After all ...

12: John Pilger: Israel's War On Palestinian Children

Arthur Miller wrote, “Few of us can easily surrender our belief that society must somehow make sense. The thought that the state has lost its mind and is punishing so many innocent people is intolerable. And so the evidence has to be internally ...

13: Australia Builds Its Empire

AUCKLAND (GPJA/Pacific Media Watch): Australia builds its empire, by John Pilger - Arriving with a force of 2000, an Australian brigadier flew by helicopter straight to the headquarters of the rebel leader, Major Alfredo Reinado - not to arrest him ...

14: Sustained June Cold Was Rare

MetService meteorologists say that the low-pressure system on Monday 12th June was a major system, bringing severe wind, rain and snow. It was followed by a sustained blast of polar-chilled southwesterly winds that kept some snow on the ground for ...

15: Treason: “Firing Squad” For The New York Times?

The Right Wing has gone hog-ass wild over the New York Times' "shocking" report that the Bush Administration is actually tracking terrorists' money transfers. Oh my!

16: Scoop: Top Scoops + Just Politics

Lyndon Hood: Prison Heating Solution Discovered By Scoop's Satirist - Immigration: Calling Skilled Migrants, New Zealand Wants You - Weather: Think June in NZ Was Particularly Cold? You Were Correct - - Timor: More Kiwi Troops Fly Out This Weekend to Troubled ...

17: The Undeclared War Against Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez

In evaluating the standards used to assess the performance of ideological foes in such areas as human rights observance, narcotics, terrorism, respect for religious freedom, and human trafficking, the State Department’s certifications (compiled annually ...

18: Scoop Launches Audio and Video Podcast Feed

Scoop has launched its audio/video podcast providing Scoopers with the best way to stay ahead of other media. The great thing about the podcast is it allows you to listen and view the media at a time that's convenient to you.

19: 2 Alternate (Aussie) Views Of East Timor Crisis

Three years ago, I wrote a piece talking about attempts to oust Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri in East Timor, then a new struggling independent nation. I wrote that I believed the US and Australia were determined to oust the Timorese leader, due to ...

20: Toni Solo: Sandino - Empire To The Rescue....

A meeting in Miami over the weekend of June 10th and 11th may well seal the outcome one way or the other of the Nicaraguan presidential election scheduled for November 5th this year. The meeting, actively coordinated by current President Enrique Bolaños, ...

21: Dr. Abbas Bakhtiar: Cold War II

Francis Bacon once said that “he that gives good advice, builds with one hand; he that gives good counsel and example, builds with both; but he that gives good admonition and bad example, builds with one hand and pulls down with the other”.

22: Affordable health care for 3 million NZers

Over three million New Zealanders are now eligible for more affordable doctors visits and prescription drugs following today’s extension of the government’s primary health care scheme, Prime Minister Helen Clark and Health Minister Pete Hodgson said today.

23: Tumeke.Blogspot.Com Puts Iti Flag On Own Auction

"Seeing as Trade Me has shut the auction down, we will do one on his behalf and present him with the highest bidder's contact details" - Mr Bradbury & Mr Selwyn.

24: BSA Releases South Park Decision

The Broadcasting Standards Authority today released its decision on 35 complaints received about a South Park episode which screened on C4 in February. The BSA did not uphold the complaints, the largest number about a single programme since the ...

25: Gitmo Injustice Dealt Blow - Clark Govt Silent

From the outset , it was a travesty of justice for the Bush administration to try and create a totally different legal system for the Guantanamo Bay inmates - a system that deliberately denied them the legal protections usually available under civilian ...

26: Wool Industry Network Board Appointments

The Board of Directors of the Canterbury-based Wool Industry Network was announced today. The Network is a major initiative to develop a market-led fresh approach to New Zealand’s $1-billion wool industry.

27: Giordano: And the Winner in Mexico Is...

Mexico's hotly contested presidential election is only two days away. In The Narco News Bulletin today, Al Giordano files some final predictions and analysis on what might be in store for the country after Sunday.

28: Mexico vs Human Rights Council – Nil All?

As the first meeting of the new Human Rights Council begins writing a new chapter of the book, as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbor described at its opening on 19 June, to “promote liberty through democracy, justice, and an ...

29: What About the Russians? Personal Encounters

Along with all Americans, save the generation now in high-school and younger, I grew up and lived under the shadow of the Cold War, and behind it the ever-present threat of nuclear annihilation. We all remember it well.

30: Police Incident: Just to brighten your day.

A Christchurch man who recently had his car stolen and then recovered by Police has called the Southern Police Communications Centre to advise that the offender has put in a new battery, new wheels, new steering column and a new glove box. He says ...

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