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Scoop Top 30 Weekend Ratings August 5 - 6 2006


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

1: Outstanding Contribution awards

Two Cantabrians this week received outstanding contribution awards from Environment Canterbury, in recognition of their work spent managing Canterbury water resources.

2: Business Briefs

The impact of housing loans; High ranking for business research; International leadership in small business

3: 11 Questions Avoided by the Media On NORAD Tapes

Eleven (11) Questions Avoided by the Media in Recent Reporting of Department of Defense Violations of Law Kyle F. Hence Executive Director 9/11 CitizensWatch Co-Founder

4: Improving mental health

Jim Anderton Associate Minister of Health and Progressive Leader opened the 4th International Conference, hosted by the Phobic Trust of New Zealand, promoting awareness of anxiety disorders in Auckland today.

5: Near-meltdown incident at Swedish nuclear reactor

Sweden's nuclear regulator SKI will meet in emergency session tomorrow (3 August) to decide on a possible immediate shut-down of all but one of the country's nuclear power stations supplying up to 50% of Sweden's electricity. Greenpeace has called ...

6: Education appointment applauded

The appointment of Karen Sewell to the position of chief executive of the Ministry of Education is good news for New Zealand education, PPTA president Debbie Te Whaiti said today.

7: NZ magazine speaks

In what is believed to be a “first”, independently published, New Zealand-based Destinations magazine has the pages literally talking.

8: Dangerous Pesticides in Coca-Cola, Pepsi in India

Coca-Cola and Pepsico carbonated drinks in India contain dangerously high levels of pesticides, according to a new study released yesterday by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), a leading public interest research and advocacy group in India.

9: Bernard Weiner Book Review: Fast Lane To Fascism

"How does the Bush Administration get away with it?" And: "How come, no matter what scandal or embarrassment or disaster Bush&Co. get enmeshed in, one third of the population still supports them?"


11: Colombia's Integration Into Plan Puebla Panama

From July onwards, Colombia will form part of the one-sided geopolitical mega-project that seeks to consolidate the neoliberal model in the western Latin America with the aim of privatizing highway infrastructure, public services and natural resources.

12: Protest Against Israel's Actions In The Mid-East

Green MP Keith Locke told an enthusiastic and vocal crowd of protestors that Israel's actions in bombing Lebanon were war crimes. To loud cheers outside the Ministry of Foreigh Affairs and Trade (MFAT) HQ in Wellington Mr Locke said that one day the ...

13: David Swanson: The Shame of Not Being Mexican

I'll grant you that in the United States our two big political parties never nominate a candidate of, by, or for poor people. Nonetheless, we have now established a pattern of stolen elections, and we have NOT taken over our nation's capital to demand justice. ...

14: Efforts With Mexico to Address Immigration Issues

U.S. Government's Efforts With Mexico to Address Immigration Issues Elizabeth A. Whitaker, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Western Hemisphere Affairs Testimony before the House International Relations Committee, Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere ...

15: 04 August 2006

A Weekly Report from the Keyboard of Murray McCully MP for East Coast Bays

16: Full Coverage: Israel Attacks Lebanon IV

Lebanon War: Bombing Suspension Just The First Step To Peace - PM New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark said today that Israel's suspension of air raids over southern Lebanon is a first step towards peace but both sides must immediately move to a complete ...

17: Blogwatch: 2 Israeli Soldiers Captured Where?

According to the official story Israel attacked Lebanon on July 12th because Hizbullah kidnapped two of its soldiers from inside Israel. However the first AP report about the incident – archived for posterity below – reported that the Israeli soldiers ...

18: SPC/WHO: Fight against TB in Pacific to step up

The Third Pacific STOP TB meeting ended in Noumea today with representatives of Health Ministries from 20 Pacific Island countries and territories (PICS) calling for further strengthening of measures to control tuberculosis (TB) in the region.

19: UQ Wire: WashPost Reports Pentagon Lied About 9/11

Some staff members and commissioners of the Sept. 11 panel concluded that the Pentagon's initial story of how it reacted to the 2001 terrorist attacks may have been part of a deliberate effort to mislead the commission and the public rather than a reflection ...

20: More Flee Unrest Near Colombia-Panama Border

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) has said that increasing numbers of families are fleeing unrest near Colombia’s border with Panama. Citing the example of one victim of stepped up violence in northern Colombia, the agency profiled “Maria,” ...

21: TeenScreen - Normal Kids Labeled Mentally Ill

Despite years of public outcry, based on recommendations by President Bush's New Freedom Commission to screen all school children for mental illness, TeenScreen is now being administered in the nation's public school system and children are being ...

22: Richard S. Ehrlich: Aung San Suu Kyi On MySpace

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Aung San Suu Kyi, the word's most famous political prisoner, now has a Web page, created by a Washington DC organization which hopes Internet activists will help free her from house arrest in Rangoon and donate money.

23: Scoop Link: ABC - "Kill All Military-Age Males"

Pfc. Corey Clagett believed that the matter had been resolved. After two internal inquiries evaluating a mission that had taken place in northern Iraq on May 9, the 22-year-old and three other soldiers from the 3rd Battalion of the 101st Airborne ...

24: Russ Wellen: Painting a Target on Ourselves

Imagine that you live in a nation whose armed forces kill the civilians of other nations -- too many to maintain the illusion it's "collateral damage." Yet you're untroubled. Why?

25: Beehive Bulletin - 4 August 2006

Kiwi families are taking up their Working for Families entitlements. The latest figures show that in the month of June 2006 there were 70,500 more families receiving Working for Families tax relief than a year ago. Over that month the Government paid out ...

26: Cindy Sheehan: Won't You Please Come to Camp Casey

This song was written almost 40 years ago when it also seemed that our world was in flames and dying. Thousands of people heeded the call to head to Chicago to demonstrate at the DNC. I can remember, even as an 11-year-old, watching the TV in horror as ...

27: Musician Pink's Video Copies Kiwi Artist - We’re wondering just how much cash rock video production designers and stylists are paid to come up with original ideas. You see, the latest video from American pop singer Pink borrows heavily from the work of well-known New Zealand ...

28: Sarup: Elimination Of Landmine Production Needed

Because of ubiquitous war goals landmine production is increasing. Because of incompetence, noncooperation and corrupted governments all over the world war is increasing and landmine causing more deaths. This is the reason, there is war and terrorism.

29: Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 3 August 2006

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

30: Police report is no defense for tasers

Campaign Against The Taser.Com finds no justification whatever for tasers from the police “Lincoln” report released today. (The taser stun gun fires two barbed metal darts at the victim and delivers a 50,000volt electric shock. It is excruciatingly ...

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