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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings – 4 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: Video: Investigation Into The Death Of David Kelly

Video: British LibDem MP Norman Baker is now two months into a private, year-long investigation into the death of Dr David Kelly, the scientist who found himself under siege after apparently accusing the government of ‘sexing up’ the case for war to ...

3: 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”.

4: 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 ...

5: 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 ...

6: Call for Royal Commission on Global Warming

A Royal Commission to examine the validity of claims about global warming and its effect on New Zealand is to be proposed by the New Zealand Climate Science Coalition. The newly appointed chairman of the coalition, Rear Admiral Jack Welch, said today ...

7: Climate change work programme

Minister Responsible for Climate Change Issues David Parker today released government papers on energy and energy efficiency, and a report looking at the government's direction on climate change policy.

8: '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 ...

9: New Zealand Energy Strategy

Energy Minister David Parker today released the terms of reference for the development of a New Zealand Energy Strategy (NZES).

10: Maori Party buoyed by Maori Option results

"As we have learnt very quickly in the Whare Miere - it's all in the numbers. We believe just 4000 enrolments are needed to gain another seat" said Dr Pita Sharples, Co-leader of the Maori Party.

11: $4.6m campaign to boost Maori seats fails

National’s Maori Affairs spokesman, Gerry Brownlee, says a $4.6 million campaign to increase the number of Maori seats has proven futile. He is responding to the release of figures today by the Electoral Enrolment Centre which show a net gain ...

12: Nominations Now Open For 2006 Roger Award

The Roger Award is for The Worst Transnational Corporation Operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand in 2006 Nominations are now open for the annual Roger Award, which is organised by the Christchurch-based groups Campaign Against Foreign Control of Aotearoa (CAFCA) ...

13: NZ Economy At Long-Term Risk From Climate Change

The New Zealand economy is at greater risk from global climate change than any other economy in the developed world and therefore managing global climate change must be accorded the highest priority for the Government and the primary industries, the ...

14: Snow storm was exceptional south of the Rakaia

The National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research (NIWA) has released a preliminary report into the severity of the 12 June snow storm in Canterbury and North Otago. The report was commissioned by Orion New Zealand Ltd.

15: Climate Change Initiative Positive

New Zealand First energy spokesperson Peter Brown has welcomed the government’s initiative in identifying potential problems and putting up possible solutions on climate change.

16: Another Bite Of Winter

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

17: 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 ...

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: Pascarella, Palast: Stealing Mexico In Plain Sight

Gore vs. Bush. Kerry vs. Bush. Lopez Obrador vs. Calderon. As in Florida in 2000, as in Ohio in 2004, the exit polls show the voters voted for the progressive candidate, but the race is "officially" too close to call.

20: Summit calls for action on climate, marine issues

The continued degradation of our marine and coastal environment and the urgency of climate change were top of the agenda at a summit of 67 of New Zealand's environment and conservation groups this weekend.

21: 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.

22: Input sought on energy efficiency strategy

Energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable energy together form the Government's unified approach to climate change and energy issues, Government Spokesperson on Energy Efficiency Jeanette Fitzsimons said today.

23: Open Letter: ABC Nightline Biased Toward Israel

I found your report on the Palestinian/Israeli situation, for the most part, biased toward Israel. It implicitly blamed Palestine who is the victim - not the oppressor. For example, Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu recently stated ...

24: 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 ...

25: 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:

26: Over 18,000 Maori Change Roll Type

As the Maori Electoral Option enters its final phase, over 18,000 Maori have changed the type of electoral roll they are on, with another 7,286 enrolling for the first time.

27: Wellington Traffic update: extreme caution

NZ Police CommCens Alert 06:00 22-06-2006 Wellington Location of incident: Wellington Incident Type: Traffic update Motorists are advised to exercise extreme caution. Surface flooding has been reported around the region coupled with high winds. The ...

28: 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.

29: Appointment of Judge of the High court

Pamela Jean Andrews has been appointed a Judge of the High Court, Acting Attorney-General Trevor Mallard announced today.

30: Public Address 04/07/06 - Mission Accomplished

It really is not a great feeling sitting glumly watching webcams, wondering if the fog around Wellington airport is ever going to clear and trying to work out what you'll do if the guest star you've spent months building an event around can't fly ...

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