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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 6 July 2006


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

1: 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 ...

2: 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�, ...

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: 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 ...

5: Samoan arrested after taking journalist into RAMSI

A Samoan police officer serving with the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) has been placed under house-arrest.for allowing a Samoan journalist into the military and police compound of the mission, east of Honiara without proper authority.

6: Labour Boss Talks About Debt, Factions and 90ths

As Labour moves toward celebrating its 90th birthday, insiders cite post-election debt, fears of defeat in 2008, and talk of a dwindling membership as three factors that lie at the centre of a pesty mood overhanging many party faithful. President ...

7: NZ Activist Bares All For Bulls' Sake

Yesterday in Pamplona Spain, New Zealander Nadine Frew joined more than 1,000 other people from around the world, most of them wearing nothing but plastic bullhorns and red scarves, for PETA’s fifth annual headline-grabbing, head-turning “Running ...

8: Ehrlich: Aung San Suu Kyi Doomed Says Junta

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Burma's military regime warned the world's most famous political prisoner, Aung San Suu Kyi, that her days "are numbered," and she is "heading for a tragic end."

9: Former President Clinton Raises Cain - Almost

Former President Clinton spoke to the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies on June 17, 2006. He gave the keynote address which covered a number of topics. He even provided his answer to “the fundamental nature of the 21st century” – “interdependence.”

10: Merck Legal Team's Killing Losing Vioxx Strategy

Not much has changed at Merck since Vioxx was pulled off the market. The only difference for shareholders is that instead of spending hundreds of millions of dollars a year to promote Vioxx, the attorney's fees are now costing hundreds of millions of dollars ...

11: Five Intercepted NSA Communiques Revealed

The following memos, emails and phone calls, which allegedly were intercepted by the NSA, have come into our possession. I can't vouch for the absolute authenticity of these communiques, but they seem to pass the smell test. See what you think.

12: Intelligence: NZ's Tomlinson Draws MI6 Wrath Again

New Zealander and former British MI6 operative, Richard Tomlinson, was taken in for questioning by French DST agents on June 29 on suspicions that he was behind further leaks of MI6 agent names. MI6 and Tomlinson have been struggling within a legal-labyrinth ...

13: Unemployment Benefit smashes 40,000 barrier

New Zealand's Unemployment Benefit numbers have broken through the 40,000 barrier for the first time in 24 years.

14: Banned Samoan matai form their own village council

Fifteen Samoan matais and their families who were banished last week have formed their own village council.

15: 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.

16: Minister Refuses to meet Campaign Against Taser

Campaign Against The is deeply concerned at the refusal of Police Minister Annette King to meet with a delegation to discuss widespread community alarm at police plans to introduce the taser stun gun into New Zealand policing from September.

17: RFK Jr Files Fed. Suit Against Voting Machine Cos.

First case to be filed next week, according to attorneys scheduled to meet with US Department of Justice officials this week.

18: Robson-on-Politics July 5 2006

Judging from his accent, the deputy leader of NZ First must have stepped off the aeroplane in the past fortnight. Mr Peter Brown put out a statement "warning" the Lab-Progressive government that any increase in immigration must not be an attempt ...

19: Benson-Pope: "smart jobs, not smart cards"

Social Development Minister David Benson-Pope stated today that the Labour-led Government chooses to focus on "smart jobs, not smart cards".

20: Public Address 05/07/07 - Catching Up

I'm trying to find a way of describing the mother in the Timaru riding crop case - as she is revealed in a HoS profile that isn't insulting or defamatory. Perhaps I'll just settle for saying that she doesn't seem to be of entirely sound mind and ...

21: 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.

22: Traffic road closures: Central and lower N Island

NZ Police CommCens Alert 11:30 22-06-2006 Wellington Location of incident: Central and lower North Island Incident Type: Traffic road closures SH1 north now reopen as far as Taihape. Napier-Taupo Taihape-Napier SH49 Waiouru - Ohakune and Desert ...

23: Wairarapa flood event – update no. 6

Greater Wellington staff continues to closely monitor river levels throughout the Wairarapa following a heavy rain event last night. Local councils are continuously assessing roads. The public are advised to contact their local district council office ...

24: Business urged to work with staff on pandemic plan

More than 40 people from a range of sectors including health, education, retail and banking attended the free Pandemic Influenza “What you need to know” information session last night (Wednesday 5 July).

25: Wairarapa flood event � update no. 2

Heavy rain overnight is causing widespread flooding throughout Wairarapa particularly in south eastern areas. Greater Wellington staff is constantly assessing the situation and monitoring river levels. Civil Defence centres have been activated in South Wairarapa ...

26: What is really happening in Timor? Forum July 6

Recent events in Timor have been unsettling and traumatic for the newly independent nation. The national police force has dissolved, houses and offices have been burnt and looted, thousands of people have been displaced and the government is in the ...

27: Brash doubts welfare policies will change for good

National Party Leader Don Brash says the public will need to be convinced that more than Labour’s language has changed in relation to welfare dependency. “After seven years, Helen Clark expects the public to believe that Labour has had a 'Road ...

28: MySQL AB uses Eventfinder as a reference client

MySQL AB, the world's most popular open source database, has given recognition to Eventfinder by including the New Zealand events calendar as a reference client.

29: Rice With Turkey With Deputy PM Abdullah Gul

SECRETARY RICE: Good morning. I am very pleased to welcome my colleague, the Foreign Minister of Turkey Abdullah Gul, to Washington to the State Department. It was not very long ago that I was in Turkey and he received me there and we continue our discussions ...

30: Netsafe Conference, Westpac Trust Stadium

A note of introduction - as the Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector, I am responsible for an important strand of the Digital Strategy: the Community Partnership Fund. This is an initiative designed to further stir-up ICT action in local communities. ...

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