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Scoop's Top 30 Weekend Ratings 8 + 9 July 2006


The weekend'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: 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: 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�, ...

4: Condolences for Death of Prince Tu'ipelehake

Pacific Island Affairs Minister Phil Goff, joined with Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today in expressing his condolences and those of the Government for the tragic loss of Prince Tu'ipelehake and Princess Kaimana.

5: "Bully Bob" Hecht And The Euphronios Questions

"Bully Bob" Hecht is best known for escorting Italy's priceless Sarpedon Euphronios vase to the US in 1972 and selling it for personal profit to a private museum that gets public funding -- the Metropolitan Museum of Art; his price was $1million. Hecht ...

6: Somalian Goverenment Must Be Fortified: Annan

The Transitional Government in Somalia, which, since establishing itself within the country earlier this year has been besieged by renewed factional fighting and the territorial gains of Islamic militias, must be strengthened so that the painstaking ...

7: Palestine Group Says NZ Government Wrong

The Auckland Palestine Human Rights Campaign says New Zealand’s call for calm in Gaza is both factually wrong and fails to identify the root cause of the conflict.

8: Young And Old Celebrate 90 Years Of Peoples Party

Last evening in the Banquet Hall of the Beehive Labour's 90th birthday celebrations kicked off. All over New Zealand this weekend further celebrations are being held to commemorate New Zealand's longest running political party.

9: Bad taste SPCA Ads Spring Up In South Auckland

Springing up around South Auckland this controversy-courting SPCA ad from Lowe advertising in Auckland.

10: 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 ...

11: End of Tomorrow’s Schools

End of Tomorrow’s Schools Education Minister Steve Maharey’s comments about his review of school funding to the New Zealand School Trustees Association conference signal Labour’s intention to end self-managing schools, says National’s Education ...

12: Kamala Sarup: Stop Further Genocide

I argue, genocide is getting worse, and that not enough is being done to action the causal links between world body and the peace groups, not enough is being done to prevent further genocide, and I think that mankind will be destroyed if genocide ...

13: Where are the young people?

National's Maori Affairs spokesman Gerry Brownlee says young Maori seem to be ignoring the Maori Electoral Option and registering on the general roll but not identifying as Maori.

14: Untimely Death of Prince Tu'ipelehake

Pacific Island Affairs Minister Phil Goff, joined with Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today in expressing his condolences and those of the Government for the tragic loss of Prince Tu'ipelehake and Princess Kaimana.

15: Resignation of NZ On Air CEO

NZ On Air Chairman Don Hunn has today announced the resignation of Jo Tyndall as the agency's Chief Executive. Ms Tyndall has been on secondment to the Ministry for Culture and Heritage for the past year, leading its digital broadcasting strategy. ...

16: The Princess Royal arrives in New Zealand

The Prince Royal commenced her visit to New Zealand today, Sunday 9th July, arriving at Auckland International Airport from Fiji.

17: Te Waka Toi Board appointments announced

Judith Tizard the Associate Arts Culture and Heritage Minister today announced new appointments to the Board of Te Waka Toi, one of two arts boards operating under the Arts Council of Creative New Zealand.

18: Peters deeply saddened by death of Tongan royals

Foreign Minister Winston Peters today expressed his deep personal sadness over the death of Tonga's Prince Tu’ipelehake and his wife Princess Kaimana in a car accident in the United States.

19: Tonga announces that 2 royals killed by car

The Tongan government has officially announced the death of the King’s nephew, Prince Tu’ipelehake, paving the way for the country to go into mourning.

20: A Palestinian Blogger on Life in the Blast Zone

What follows are excerpts from the blog of Mona Elfarra. Mona Elfarra is a Palestinian physician and women's rights activist living in the Jabalia refuge camp in the Gaza Strip. Please visit to view the complete blog.

21: Meeting The Environmental Crisis

AUCKLAND (PIRM/Pacific Media Watch): The latest edition of Pacific Ecologist magazine highlights global and regional environmental issues and strategies in coping with them. The winter edition has 76 pages and is avalable for $10 from the Pacific Ecologist, ...

22: Funding increase raises apprenticeship numbers

The number of modern apprenticeships on offer in New Zealand’s hospitality industry is set to increase dramatically over the coming year - following a major funding injection from the Government.

23: Murder Victim Bashed And Mutilated

Detectives investigating the murder of an as yet unidentified man found at Owhiro Bay on Wellington's south coast today say he was subjected to a severe beating about the head, had his neck partially severed and his hands cut off.

24: Labour writes off record fines & reparations

Helen Clark’s Government is writing off more fines and reparation than any New Zealand Government in recent history, says National’s Law & Order spokesman, Simon Power.

25: Helicopter Rescue Conference opening: Barker

Good morning everyone. I am delighted to be here today to open the 2006 Hoist Operators Conference.

26: Investing in People Best Way to Improve Employment

The Council of Trade Unions says that investing in people is the best way to improve labour market outcomes. "Getting the investment in skills development right is needed to bring down unemployment and build a high wage economy.

27: 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.

28: William Rivers Pitt: Two Stories Tell the Tale

Two different stories boiled over in the last few days, each of which tells us too many sorry things about where we are as a nation. North Korea flopped several missiles into the Sea of Japan, including one that could reportedly reach the West Coast of ...

29: Cindy Sheehan: Bombs Bursting in Air

The star-spangled banner has been in the news quite a lot lately. Some "courageous" senators, including one of my own, Dianne Feinstein, and everyone's favorite left-wing liberal, Hillary Clinton, bravely stuck their necks out to support an amendment that ...

30: Scoop: Top Scoops + Just Politics

Politics: Nonagenarian Political Machine Gets The Party Started - Advertising: Have The SPCA Gone Barking Mad With Their Latest Campaign? - Exploitation: Snazzy Footwear Giant Slammed For Ripping Off Workers - - Foreign Affairs: Two Tongan Royals Die ...

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