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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 6 September 2006


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

1: Steve Irwin

Australian Government

I was saddened and shocked to learn today of the death of Steve Irwin. Steve was a great Australian and a great Australian tourism icon who contributed enormously to our nation.

2: Steve Irwin's death a loss to environment movement

Green Party

Green Party Conservation Spokesperson Metiria Turei expressed her shock and dismay at the accidental death yesterday of Australian wildlife champion Steve Irwin.

3: Iraqis Who Sweated Hussein Are Leaving Under Bush

Sherwood Ross

It’s not easy to create a situation where life is better under a dictatorship than in a democracy, but George Bush has succeeded in achieving the impossible by invading Iraq.

4: Steve Irwin

Australia Zoo

At 11am today, 4 September 2006, Steve Irwin was fatally wounded by a stingray barb to his heart while filming a sequence on Batt Reef off Port Douglas for a new TV series.

5: Oil Seen As Reason For U.S. Middle East Invasions

Sherwood Ross

If you think President Bush’s invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq are not about oil, read bestseller “The Sorrows of Empire” by Chalmers Johnson(Owl Books).

6: Anti-bus campaign remarkably shortsighted - Greens

Green Party

News that residents of two upmarket Christchurch suburbs are campaigning against a proposed bus service through the area has disgusted Green Party Co-Leader Jeanette Fitzsimons.

7: Psychologist who talks with the angels

Doreen Virtue

She’s a glamorous blonde American psychologist whose dramatic career change came as the result of a violent car-jacking incident in 1996.

8: Mea Alofa can be declined

TV One

The Samoan custom of mea alofa or "lafo" may support the giving of money to chiefs but this can still be turned down without causing offence, according to a Pacific community spokesman.

9: Jason Leopold: Plame Leak(s)

Jason Leopold

Richard Armitage, the former deputy Secretary of State, may be syndicated columnist Robert Novak's primary source who told him on July 8, 2003, that Ambassador Joseph Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame, worked for the CIA. But that doesn't change the fact ...

10: Zero Waste and BioFuels

Zero Waste New Zealand

The Zero Waste New Zealand Trust views with some alarm the indication that government is to proceed with its plans to use whey and tallow for the production of biodiesel and ethanol. The Zero Waste Trust believes that the inefficient use of these valuable ...

11: John Bolton: Burma, IAEA Report & Other Matters

US State Department

Ambassador John R. Bolton, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Remarks to the media following a Security Council Stakeout New York City September 1, 2006

12: Bush vs. Ahmadinejad: A TV Debate We'll Never See

Norman Solomon

When Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, invited President Bush to engage in a "direct television debate" a few days ago, the White House predictably responded by calling the offer "a diversion." But even though this debate will never happen, ...

13: Official NZ Music Chart & Chartbitz - Sept. 6 2006

Official New Zealand Music Chart

Bob Dylan debuts atop the Albums Chart this week with Modern Times, the third time the 65-year-old has scored a New Zealand #1 set. Dylan had the very first #1 album on the Official New Zealand Music Chart when it was launched back in May 1975 - thirty-one ...

14: Questions And Answers - Tuesday, 5 September 2006

Office of the Clerk

1. Savings—Support Mechanisms 2. Speech from the Throne—Political Integrity of Parliament and Electoral Process 3. Transport Network—Government Policy 4. Immigration Intelligence Unit—Ministerial Briefings 5. Members of Parliament—Payment for ...

15: Brash lies continue

New Zealand Labour Party

16: Nepal: Secretariat of His Majesty the King

The attention of this Secretariat has been drawn to various reports in sections of the media that arms were purchased during the official visit of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Paras Bir Bikram Shah Dev to the Republic of Austria last March

17: Protest At Funds Block In Sri Lanka

Humanitarian Appeal

The humanitarian organization TRO protested the freezing of its accounts in Sri Lanka Sunday, saying the Colombo government had made no communication with the NGO, which has been registered as a charity there since 1985. Warning that “the current humanitarian ...

18: Stateside: Disappearing Croc Doc Google Mystery

Rosalea Barker

It’s Labor Day holiday here today, and it happens that in the early hours of this morning I was answering email and chanced to look over at Google News, where I learned that Steve Irwin, the crocodile hunter, had died. The Age news story at the top of ...

19: Condoleezza Rice Interview with Essence Magazine

US State Department

QUESTION: Thank you for doing this for Essence. SECRETARY RICE: Oh, glad to do it. QUESTION: We're so excited. We're just so excited. So, you've talked to so many different people so we decided to also ask just regular readers, you know, some questions.

20: Response to Meningococcal Gold Rush III Claims

Ministry of Health

Ministry of Health responds to claims made by Ron Law and Barbara Sumner Burstyn in Meningococcal Gold Rush III:post-MeNZB Vaccine Update

21: Auditor General asked to investigate National

New Zealand Labour Party

Labour strategist Pete Hodgson has today referred to the Auditor General a National Party pledge pamphlet from the 2002 election which was paid for from Parliamentary Services funding.

22: Bush & Rumsfeld: They’ve Lost the 'War of Ideas'

Martin LeFevre - Meditations

President Bush made an extraordinary statement at his unexpected news conference on August 21st. He said: “the consequence of leaving Iraq before the job is done…[is that] we will have lost our soul as a nation.” The Nazis used that kind of rhetorical ...

23: Aucklanders urge DHBs to review lab contract

Nurses, GPs, pathologists and other medical professionals want Aucklanders to help them present a petition to the Auckland DHBs this Thursday 7th September outside Auckland Hospital, Park Road at 8:30am.

24: Possible New Nuclear Reactor is Threat to Georgia

Atlanta Progressive News

(APN) ATLANTA – A possible new nuclear reactor at the plant in Vogtle, Georgia, being plotted by big business and the Republican-controlled State Senate, is posing serious dangerous threats to the people, animals, and environment of Georgia and ...

25: US Officials Guilty Of Violating Anti-Torture Laws

Sherwood Ross

At least a score of high Bush Administration officials authorized, and hundreds of U.S. military and other government employees committed, crimes involving the torture of prisoners captured in the Middle East, published reports and legal documents indicate.

26: 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) ...

27: Scoop Link: Israel Plans For War With Iran & Syria

Scoop Link

Threatened by a potentially nuclear-armed Tehran, Israel is preparing for a possible war with both Iran and Syria, according to Israeli political and military sources.

28: Email shows Brethren sought to get around rules

New Zealand Labour Party

The National Party needs to come clean on their role in encouraging the Exclusive Brethren to pull out all the stops to ensure their $1.2 million pro-Brash campaign could be counted as separate from National's 2005 election spend up, Labour strategist ...

29: Kiwi Herald: Brash Announces Alternative Govt

The Kiwi Herald

News too good to be true from the chronicle of Moenui - proud holder of the 'Northern Region Best Kept Grass Verge Award'

30: Jason Miller: It’s the American Way or the Highway

Jason Miller

Persistently ticking off the precious seconds in humanity’s “Countdown to Extinction”, the Doomsday Clock of the Bulletin for Atomic Scientists has advanced to seven minutes of midnight. Yet despite nuclear terror unleashed on Japan, an arms race of monumental ...


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