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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings – 3 July 2006


Yesterday'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: 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”.

3: Bruce E. Levine: STAR*D Wars

On March 23, 2006, STAR*D results were major news, front page in the Washington Post. STAR*D, the official acronym for Sequenced Treatment Alternatives to Relieve Depression, was a two-step antidepressant treatment study funded by the National Institute of ...

4: 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:

5: Another Bite Of Winter

MetService meteorologists have issued a heavy snow warning for Otago, Canterbury and the Kaikoura Coast areas for Tuesday morning.

6: 'Platinum' games now available for PlayStation PSP

For Immediate Release Press Information 'Platinum' games now available for PlayStation Portable Auckland, 3 July, 2006 - Sony Computer Entertainment New Zealand (SCENZ) today announced the new 'Platinum®' range for PSP® (PlayStation®Portable). The collection ...

7: Welfare Causes Hardworking Media Concern

Today the press gallery seemed deeply concerned by the plight of New Zealand's underclass. Many questions were tossed at the Prime Minister during her regular weekly press conference regarding large numbers of people who happened to be beneficiaries living ...

8: 1500 submissions on Immigration Act review

About 1500 individuals and organisations made submissions on the Labour-led government's Immigration Act Review discussion paper, says Immigration Minister David Cunliffe.

9: 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.

10: Un Casts Spotlight On Sudan's Forgotten Refugee

On the other side of Sudan from the headline-grabbing events of the Darfur conflict, tens of thousands of refugees are living on, as they have for years, in a silent crisis largely ignored by the world but sustained by the United Nations World Food ...

11: Mallard fast and loose with taxpayer money

National Party Economic Development spokeswoman Katherine Rich says worrying comments by Trevor Mallard are more evidence that he is "utterly unsuited" to take over the finance role from Michael Cullen.

12: New prisoner drug and alcohol addiction programmes

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

13: 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. ...

14: 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.

15: Public Address 3/6/6 - Among Blank-Faced Tourists

I spent four long years being forced to study French at school. Unfortunately, the only tangible result of this experience has been a lifelong loathing of the French language and culture. I still can't speak a coherent sentence in French, I have never ...

16: 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.

17: René Báez: The Ambivalent Andean Chessboard

The ascendant nationalist tendency in Latin America in the Andean region, ever more entrenched in the Venezuela of Hugo Chavez and the Bolivia of Evo Morales, has recently faced the impact of important elections.(1) Above all, there were the elections held ...

18: 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.

19: 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 ...

20: Doha Trade Talks Face Crisis

Trade Minister, Phil Goff says that the Doha Round trade talks are at risk of failure with major players unable to reach agreement on key issues.

21: Poverty is not a business opportunity

The proposal that control of welfare payments to Maori should be transferred from individuals to social service providers is being condemned by Green Party Maori Affairs Spokesperson Metiria Turei.

22: Environment Is A Winner At 2006 World Cup

A pioneering initiative to make the 2006 FIFA World Cup not only entertaining but environmentally-friendly is has already emerged as a winner, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said today.

23: 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 ...

24: Building and construction industries join forces

Key players in New Zealand’s building and construction industry today launched a campaign to promote better building practices and improve the quality of the country’s homes and buildings.

25: 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 ...

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

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

27: Heather Roy's Diary

The tragic deaths of twin boys Chris and Cru Kahui has still been very much on the minds of the New Zealand public this week. Radio talkback is still running hot and everwhere I go people express their horror at what must have been a terrible end ...

28: 90 Day Probationary Bill proved redundant - again

Labour Minister Ruth Dyson welcomes the admission by the Employers and Manufacturers Association that Wayne Mapp's Probationary Period Bill is redundant. She is commenting on the statement from the Employers and Manufacturers Association that the proposed ...

29: Reality TV quit smoking campaign

Using a reality TV campaign to help people quit smoking is an inspired move, Associate Health Minister Damien O'Connor said today.

30: Emirates Team NZ wins Louis Vuitton Act 12

Valencia, 2 July, 2006 - Emirates Team New Zealand won a 'winner take all' match over Alinghi on Sunday afternoon on the waters off Valencia to win Louis Vuitton Act 12 and claim the 2006 ACC Season Championship. The ultimate duel was set-up by ...

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