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Scoop Top 30 Weekend Ratings September 9-10 2006


The weekend'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: 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.

4: 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 ...

5: 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.

6: 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.

7: 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'

8: 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 ...

9: 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 ...

10: 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 ...

11: National And Private Insurers Attacked In House

Kevin List

This afternoon National and their alleged links with the private insurance industry were the targets of Government attacks. During the election campaign a document entitled 'Workplace Safety Wins Under National' was circulated by the Insurance Council of ...

12: 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).

13: 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, ...

14: 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.

15: 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.

16: Boycott of Progressive Enterprises urged

Green Party

Shoppers are being urged by the Green Party to boycott Progressive Enterprises supermarkets where possible until locked-out employees are allowed to negotiate a national collective agreement.

17: Auckland Zoo expresses sorrow

Auckland City Council

Auckland Zoo expresses their sorrow and shock over the death of Steve Irwin. Auckland Zoo curator, Brooke Noonan states, “Steve Irwin’s death has left us all shocked. He was a passionate ambassador for wildlife conservation and set a benchmark for ...

18: Fisher: No Planet Left Behind - Well, Maybe One

William Fisher

I was serving in the Kennedy administration on May 25, 1961, when, just like millions of other Americans, I heard JFK tell the world, "I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man ...

19: Bolton: Iran The 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 August 31, 2006

20: 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

21: 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.

22: 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 ...

23: Brash lies continue

New Zealand Labour Party

24: 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 ...

25: Condoleezza Rice Interview With Reader's Digest

US State Department

MR. BEAMAN: Well, Madame Secretary, as you know, we're coming up on the fifth anniversary of 9/11. And for so many people, it was a trauma not only in the sense of what happened to the nation and how it engulfed us in a global war on terror, but there was a personal ...

26: 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.

27: 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 ...

28: 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) ...

29: 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 ...

30: IFEX Communiqué 5 September 2006


1. Australia: Anti-Terrorism Laws Threaten to Muzzle Press 2. Bahrain: Rights Groups Criticise Anti-Terrorism Law 3. The Gambia: Media Repression Means Elections Won't be Fair 4. Indonesia: Majority of Journalists Vastly Underpaid: AJI Survey 5. MFWA ...


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