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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 12 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: 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: Diving into Aquaculture

Graduates in Diving and Aquaculture, including the new National Certificate in Aquaculture (Diving) Level 4, will be celebrated at the inaugural New Zealand King Salmon Aquaculture Diving Graduation Ceremony in Picton this Wednesday.

4: 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?, ...

5: John Dean Book: Conservatives Without Conscience

John Dean’s last New York Times bestseller, Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush, offered the former White House insider’s unique and telling perspective on George W. Bush’s presidency.

6: Akld Mayor Hosts Service for Tongan Community

On Thursday evening at 7.30pm, the Mayor of Auckland, Dick Hubbard, will host a memorial service at the Town Hall to honour the lives of Tongan Prince Tuipelehake and his wife Princess Kaimana. The royal couple were tragically killed in a car accident ...

7: Who Stimulated Nth Korea To Become A Nuclear Power

The North Korean issue of nuclear weapons trails back to Korean War during 1950 to 1953 when United States threatened North Korea several times to use nuclear weapons. After the war US forces remained in South Korea.

8: Martin LeFevre: Is Nuclear War Inevitable?

Last week North Korea, defying even its only ally in the world, China, launched a series of missiles into the Sea of Japan, including a failed multi-stage rocket that burned for less than a minute. Beyond the games that governments play, how serious ...

9: NEWSFLASH: 7 Blasts Rock Mumbai Commuter Trains

Seven bombs have exploded at various local railway stations in the city of Mumbai, India between 6:24 pm and 6:35 pm IST (GMT+5:30). The first blast ripped through the first-class compartment of a local train from Churchgate to Borivali, near the ...

10: Bush’s Mental Illness Screening Squad On the Move

The tax dollar funded mental health screening programs popping up in every corner of the nation represent an enormous gift to Big Pharma from the Bush administration. After all, drug companies can't push drugs without a lucrative customer base, so ...

11: An insight into Isaan Province, Thailand

Known for its idyllic islands in the south and the hilltribes of the north, Thailand has long been one of south east Asia’s premier travel destinations. There is however, more to Thailand than Bangkok, Ko Samui and Chiang Mai as Intrepid reveals on its ...

12: Mexican Election Far from Over As Plot Thickens

• More than a week after Mexico’s presidential election, there is still no clear winner • Although ruling PAN party candidate Felipe Calderón ostensibly won by the slimmest of margins in last week’s re-tabulation of votes, a long and what ...

13: Nicaragua: The Death of a Good Man

Nicaraguan presidential candidate Herty Lewites died of a heart attack on Sunday, July 2, in a Managua hospital. His death was disclosed by his close political ally, Dora Maria Tellez. The former mayor of Managua, Lewites was the presidential hopeful ...

14: State Dept. Daily Press Briefing July 11, 2006

INDIA US Condemns Attacks in Srinagar and Mumbai / Query on American Citizens Casualties / Investigation Ongoing / Anniversary of London Train Bombings / Status of Secretary Rice's Phone Calls to Government of India Issue of Legislation on US-India Civil ...

15: Algeria Report: Zaoui at high risk of torture

Algeria Report: Persistent torture by the Military Security in secret locations Ahmed Zaoui at high risk of torture if sent back to Algeria

16: Implications of Avian Influenza - Paula Dobriansky

Paula J. Dobriansky, Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs Remarks at the Nixon Center Washington, DC June 26, 2006

17: Robson-On-Politics 12 July 2006

The news item on TV3 on Monday, in which MPs spill the beans on the reason why Mr Brash hasn't been rolled yet, is seriously bad news for National for two reasons. First, the MPs' comments indicate there is no consensus on the next leader and, secondly, ...

18: Lawsuits - Only Weapon Against Big Pharma Pushers

Over the past several years, new studies have shown the new generation of psychiatric drugs to be not only extremely dangerous but also ineffective, and the majority of these medications in fact now carry black box warnings about a number of life-threatening ...

19: Harold Pinter: Israel Central to World Unrest

When Israel held Mordechai Vanunu in captivity (much of it in solitary confinement) for 18 years as a nuclear whistleblower, Britain’s renowned playwright Harold Pinter served as a trustee for the Campaign to Free Vanunu and for a Free Middle East.

20: Rayed Ali still in Saudi jail

Green MP Keith Locke has written to the Saudi government expressing his concern over the ongoing imprisonment of Rayed Ali, six weeks after he was deported from New Zealand on May 30 for formerly being associated with a September 11 terrorist.

21: Reclaiming The Issues "Why Is Bush Spying On Dems"

Every time Democrats and progressives speak out about George W. Bush's spying on Americans without mentioning that he may also be spying on Democrats, they're playing into Karl Rove's "National Security Frame" and actually strengthening Republican ...

22: Feedback: Think Tanks, Columnists and Journalism

The following is a selction of feedback and other unsolicited email received by Scoop recently. They do not appear in any precise order.

23: Air NZ announces international route changes

Air New Zealand today announced significant changes to its international network. The Airline is suspending operations to Singapore, introducing the Boeing 777-200ER on flights via Los Angeles to London and will not recommence twice weekly summer ...

24: 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 ...

25: Minister Fires Statutory Board

The members of the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board (“the Board”) have hit back at the findings of a ministerial review into relationships between the Board and its Industry Training Organisation (ITO).

26: Bolivia: The Wished-For Technical Draw

The recent elections for the Constituent Assembly mark the end of the political transition in Bolivia. The developing scenario, despite the solid victory of the Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS) of President Evo Morales, looks much more like a stand off than ...

27: Aust: Protect Falun Gong from "organ harvesting"

Govt, Ministers, should intervene to protect Falun Gong from "organ harvesting" "The Australian government should publicly attack China over "organ harvesting" of its Falun Gong political prisoners, while at the same time through the Immigration ...

28: "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 ...

29: Royal funeral in Tonga set for Friday next week

The funerals of the late Tongan Prince Tu’ipelehake and the late Princess Kaimana will be held in Tonga on Friday of next week.

30: UQ Wire: The Homeland Security Rackets

On April 10th an American-registered DC9 was caught carrying 5.5 tons of cocaine destined for the U.S., the Mexican military announced, at an airport in Ciudad del Carmen. In the more than two months since, the incident has slipped into a black ...


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