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Scoop Top 25 Daily Ratings 20 September 2006

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Yesterday's top 25 rating items on Scoop were...

1: Thai Counter-Insurgency Officials Coup Plotters?

Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- After surviving an alleged car bomb assassination plot, Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra now faces about 10 military counter-insurgency officials charged with attempting to murder him, including a sergeant who confessed to planning ...

http://www.scoop.co.nzhttp://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0609/S00116.htm

2: Brace yourself for this year's hottest secret toy

Fisher-Price

If you thought Tickle Me Elmo was huge, then prepare yourself! On 20 September 2006, around the globe, Elmo returns and he is more hysterical, gorgeous and collectable than ever before!

http://www.scoop.co.nzhttp://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0607/S00393.htm

3: Al Gore: Global Warming Is the Immediate Crisis

Al Gore

A few days ago, scientists announced alarming new evidence of the rapid melting of the perennial ice of the north polar cap, continuing a trend of the past several years that now confronts us with the prospect that human activities, if unchecked ...

http://www.scoop.co.nzhttp://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0609/S00269.htm

4: How USA Reversed Its Policy on Bombing Civilians

Sherwood Ross

When Adolph Hitler's Luftwaffe destroyed the Spanish town of Guernica on April 26, 1937, the slaughter of civilians was broadly condemned in Great Britain and the United States. Winston Churchill, England's wartime Prime Minister, wrote in "The Gathering ...

http://www.scoop.co.nzhttp://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0609/S00270.htm

5: Vegan Challenges Professor to Triathlon

NZ Vegetarian Society

Christchurch vegan Ella Soryl (11) has challenged Professor Robert Pickard to prove his claims that her diet is lacking.

http://www.scoop.co.nzhttp://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0609/S00236.htm

6: Preview of the 61st UN General Assembly

US State Department

Kristen Silverberg, Assistant Secretary for International Organizations Affairs The New York Foreign Press Center Briefing New York City September 18, 2006

http://www.scoop.co.nzhttp://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0609/S00362.htm

7: Rice IV With Matt Lauer of NBC's Today Show

US State Department

QUESTION: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will be inside the chamber when the President makes his speech at the UN this morning. Madame Secretary, it's always good to have you here in our studio.

http://www.scoop.co.nzhttp://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0609/S00354.htm

8: Scoop Video: Tonga - An Island On The Brink

Scoop Video

Video: NZ's PM Helen Clark said this week: "There's been enormous division in Tonga and I think there's an opportunity to move ahead… There's a new prime minister. There's a will for change, I believe, and we will support that however we can."

http://www.scoop.co.nzhttp://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0609/S00282.htm

9: Thailand US Trained Military Mount Bloodless Coup

Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Troops from Thailand's U.S.-trained military, backed by tanks and armored personnel carriers, seized the prime minister's office on Tuesday (September 19) night and filled TV screens with propaganda, in a bloodless coup led by a "revolutionary ...

http://www.scoop.co.nzhttp://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0609/S00259.htm

10: Ancient Art Italy Wants Back From Boston's MFA

Suzan Mazur

With Boston's Museum of Fine Arts nearing an accord with Italy over its collection of classical art acquired primarily from Italy both before and after the1983 UNESCO curb on antiquities trafficking - I thought it might be interesting to revisit a ...

http://www.scoop.co.nzhttp://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0609/S00210.htm

11: Dutch Queen's visit inspires ongoing exchange

Victoria University of Wellington

The visit to New Zealand in 1992 by Dutch Queen Beatrix inspired a relationship between Victoria University of Wellington and the University of Groningen that is still going strong. Having encouraged a number of Victoria University students to spend a semester ...

http://www.scoop.co.nzhttp://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0609/S00081.htm

12: IFEX Communiqué Vol 15 No 37

IFEX

1. Civil Society Urges More Transparency for IMF, World Bank 2. Turkmenistan: International Outcry Over Journalist's Death 3. Iraq: Three Journalists Killed in a Week; Pulitzer-Winning Photographer Detained 4. Turkey: International PEN Supports Writers Facing Trials ...

http://www.scoop.co.nzhttp://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0609/S00366.htm

13: MOTORNET: Still Got It - Mini Cooper S

Karl Ferguson

The girl at the drive through window was about 16. I hadn't paid her a great deal of attention to be honest, most likely trying to decide between a Big Mac or a Chicken Royale, when just as I was about to order she gushed, 'Your car is really cool. I ...

http://www.scoop.co.nzhttp://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00147.htm

14: Scoop Images: Snowy Mountains High

Alastair Thompson

Some new pictures (taken on Scoop's new S7000 Fuji Finepix camera) from Mt Ruapehu which is presently experiencing one of its best ski-seasons for several years. Both Turoa and Whakapapa skifields are operating from top to bottom with huge snow bases ...

http://www.scoop.co.nzhttp://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0408/S00323.htm

15: AUS Tertiary Update

Association of University Staff

Jobs to be axed from tertiary-education sector Following recent revelations that a number of polytechnics are facing their worst-ever year financially, a number of tertiary-education institutions, including universities, are set to axe staff numbers ...

http://www.scoop.co.nzhttp://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0609/S00084.htm

16: Public Address 20/09/06 - Thai Coup Update

HARD NEWS from Russell Brown

Yeah yeah, I know, like we haven't already thrown several thosuands words at you today ... But Tze Ming has just posted some good stuff on what's up with the Thai coup and what it means - which isn't necessarily what you'd think:

http://www.scoop.co.nzhttp://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0609/S00281.htm

17: 'Stormy seas’ forecast for transfer pricing

Ernst and Young

Survey shows tax authorities converging on principles, diverging on implementation

http://www.scoop.co.nzhttp://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0609/S00346.htm

18: Collins gets desperate in attempt to mislead

New Zealand Government

Judith Collins has once again misled the New Zealand public with her recent comments on the serious issue of stress related illness, Social Development Minister David Benson-Pope said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nzhttp://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0609/S00459.htm

19: MOTORNET: Diesel Delights - Peugeot 407 & 307

Karl Ferguson

There are plenty of reasons why punters are attracted to French vehicles, and in particular, the offerings of Peugeot. Flair, original design, plush interiors and an almost guaranteed comfortable ride are some. Now there’s a couple more.

http://www.scoop.co.nzhttp://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0506/S00020.htm

20: Keith Olbermann: Bush Owes Us an Apology

Scoop Blogwatch

The President of the United States owes this country an apology. It will not be offered, of course. He does not realize its necessity. There are now none around him who would tell him or could. The last of them, it appears, was the very man whose letter provoked ...

http://www.scoop.co.nzhttp://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0609/S00274.htm

21: Cover Up of GM Rice Contamination a Scandal

GE Free NZ

The UK Independent newspaper's report of an official cover-up of contamination of rice by an illegal GE variant has serious implications for maintaining the integrity of the food supply in New Zealand and overseas.

http://www.scoop.co.nzhttp://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0609/S00037.htm

22: Burma Boasts At UN Of Big Northern Friends

Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Dragged by the U.S. into the United Nations Security Council for critical examination, Burma responded on Tuesday (September 19) by boasting that China, Russia and other "friendly nations" will protect Burma's military ...

http://www.scoop.co.nzhttp://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0609/S00276.htm

23: MOH Fabricated WHO Meningococcal Meeting

Ron Law

Documents received under the Official Information Act and from the World Health Organization reveal that the Ministry of Health fabricated a WHO meningococcal vaccine strategy workshop.

http://www.scoop.co.nzhttp://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0609/S00080.htm

24: Rice IV With Harry Smith of CBS's Early Show

US State Department

QUESTION: Earlier I talked to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and asked her about ongoing negotiations with Iran concerning its nuclear activities.

http://www.scoop.co.nzhttp://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0609/S00353.htm

25 Dr Brash Offers Love Advice (2005)

Scoop Audio

Scoop has obtained a mashed up audio of currently embattled National leader Dr Don Brash offering love advice to the population of Christchurch. Currently Dr Brash has faced caucus dissension regarding allegations of an affair with the vice chair ...

http://www.scoop.co.nzhttp://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0609/S00262.htm

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