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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 8 October 2006

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

1: The US Occupation of Iraq: Casualties Not Counted

Dahr Jamail

In all past wars the United States has been involved in, including the two World Wars, Vietnam and the first Gulf War, the military was self reliant and took care of its basic support functions like cooking, cleaning and other services.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00080.htm


2: Appeal Filed in Bilbray Election Challenge
Michael Collins

Attorneys Paul Lehto and Kenneth Simpkins just entered an appeal to a California Superior Court decision that prematurely ended an election contest in California’s 50th Congressional District. Just seven days after the election, Speaker Dennis Hastert ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00083.htm


3: Our commitment to action on climate change
New Zealand Government

Climate Change minister David Parker today reinforced the need for New Zealand-wide action on climate change during a keynote speech in Wellington outlining the government's strategic direction on the issue.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00096.htm


4: Justice Delayed…
Tumeke

Mathematics was never my strong suit, but isn’t that only about five and a half weeks before I’m going to be getting out anyway?! (Does Terence Arnold set the fixtures dates?). Can I appeal the appeal date?
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00086.htm


5: Parker: The way forward on climate change
New Zealand Government

Speech notes The way forward on climate change Address to the Climate Change Policy Symposium 8.55am, Wellington Convention Centre
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00078.htm


6: UQ Wire: Condi Rice, 9/11 and Another Nest of Lies
www.UnansweredQuestions.org

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice may have committed perjury in her testimony before the 9/11 Commission in May of 2004. At a minimum, her testimony was a convenient mishmash of half-truths and omissions which served to paint the White House as innocent ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00045.htm


7: Brash: Opening of ICANZ Tax Conference
New Zealand National Party

I’d like to talk about three areas of tax this morning - first about the recent Business Tax Review; then about the taxation of overseas share investments; and finally about National’s position on tax more generally.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00076.htm


8: The "F" Word and How To Escape From Its Clutches
Bernard Weiner

So we're here. No more shilly-shallying about whether America is beginning to resemble a fascist society. We're now plopped right down into it.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00056.htm


9: Steve's memory lives on
Australia Zoo

Plans have been announced at Australia Zoo for the release of a special edition DVD featuring the Steve Irwin memorial tribute service "He Changed Our World". This DVD will be released through EMI Music New Zealand on October 23rd.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0610/S00139.htm


10: Hezbollah Needs to Answer
Human Rights Watch

When 800,000 pro-Hezbollah demonstrators gathered in downtown Beirut on Sunday, they made it clear to the world that even after its war with Israel, Hezbollah is still a formidable military and political force. As such, it has become a model for armed ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0610/S00165.htm


11: National's environmental policy - hollow
Greenpeace New Zealand

Greenpeace says the National Party's goal of solving all of New Zealand's domestic environmental problems in a single generation is bold, but it unfortunately hasn't followed through with the policies to achieve it.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0610/S00060.htm


12: Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 6 October 2006
Scoop Daily Ratings

Yesterday's top 30 rating items on Scoop were...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00087.htm


13: National puts emphasis on environment with paper
New Zealand National Party

National is putting the environment at the forefront of its policy development with the release of its 30-page discussion paper, says National Party Leader Don Brash.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00091.htm


14: Today's Top Scoop Stories - News Summary
Selwyn Manning - Scoop Auckland

Environment News: Govt Outlines A New Plan For Climate Change - Politics News: Brash Attempts To Douse Tax-Cut Expectations - Conservation News: Good Cat Saves Lucky Skinks - Politics News: Bolger Calls For Middle-East Action - Palestine Human Rights ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00084.htm


15: State Dept. Daily Press Briefing October 5, 2006
US State Department

NORTH KOREA Assistant Secretary Chris Hill's Message to North Koreans Through New York Channel / U.S. Working Bilaterally and Multilaterally on Issue / U.S. Open to Consider a Full Range of Diplomatic Actions Possible Presidential Statement / Issue ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0610/S00154.htm


16: Cambodia: Time for Progress, Not Empty Promises
Human Rights Watch

(London) – Cambodia’s international donors must hold the country’s government to its commitments to protect human rights, fight corruption, and ensure the protection of land and natural resources, a group of five leading international organizations ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0610/S00123.htm


17: Today's Scoop Just Politics News Summary
The Scoop Team

Environment News: Climate Change Policy Hot - Govt, Nats Release Plans; Politics News: Brash Attempts To Douse Tax-Cut Expectations; Politics News: Bolger Calls For Middle-East Action - Palestine Human Rights Group Claims ; Weapons Conference: Protestors ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00085.htm


18: Niue withdraws Forum hosting bid for 2007
Radio New Zealand International

The island had earlier sought backing to hold it after losing the hosting rights in 2004 when Cyclone Heta wrecked much of its infrastructure, including accommodation facilities.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0610/S00180.htm


19: Bluegreen approach key to clean environment
New Zealand National Party

A clean environment and a strong economy can and must go together, National's Environment Spokesman Nick Smith said in releasing the discussion paper "A Bluegreen Vision for New Zealand" with National Leader Don Brash at Karori Wildlife Sanctuary today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00092.htm


20: PM: Metro Project Action Plan Launch
New Zealand Government

Thank you for the invitation to me to be present at the launch of the Metro Project Action Plan. This is a significant occasion for all of us who share a vision for the development of Auckland as a world class city.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00095.htm


21: Government welcomes National's change of heart
New Zealand Government

National's change of heart on climate change is better late than never, climate change minister David Parker said today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00093.htm


22: India: Child Labor Law Welcomed, Needs Enforcing
Human Rights Watch

(New York) – The Indian government has taken a step forward by enacting a law to ban domestic work and some other forms of labor by children under age 14, Human Rights Watch said today. The law goes into effect on October 10, but to be effective, the ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0610/S00166.htm


23: Labour adds more cost but no value
New Zealand National Party

The Government is continuing to bump up compliance costs and red tape unnecessarily, says National's Commerce spokeswoman, Pansy Wong.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00094.htm


24: Jason Leopold: Ashcroft Warned Pre-9/11
Jason Leopold

In an interview with the New York Times Monday, former Attorney General John Ashcroft said he was never briefed in early July 2001 by then-CIA Director George Tenet about a purported terrorist threat against the United States by al-Qaeda the spy agency ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00073.htm


25: Time Travel Is Source Of World Religions

News Advice Public Release due June 1st 2004 Time Travel Is Source Of World Religions: Major implications
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0405/S00024.htm


26: Alex Shea: Small Arms In The Wrong Hands
Alex Shea

In the time it will take you to read this article, five people will have been shot dead. It seems if nothing else, humans have perfected the efficiency of killing; one can now eradicate life with a slight movement of the finger. As Ronald Reagan's ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00079.htm


27: Fiji Methodist Church hits at qoliqoli bill critic
Radio New Zealand International

Fiji’s powerful Methodist Church has strongly championed the government’s controversial Qoliqoli Bill and hit out at its critics.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0610/S00184.htm


28: 3,500 People Risk Somalia-Yemen Smuggling Trip
United Nations

3,500 People Risk Somalia-Yemen Trip In First Month Of New Smuggling ‘Season’ - UN
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0610/S00193.htm


29: Brash slithers on tax
New Zealand Government

Don Brash's tax u-turn today proves that last year's big election tax cut bribe was nothing more than a hollow promise, designed to mislead voters, said Finance Minister Michael Cullen.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00083.htm


30: Steady Progress On Nigeria/Camaroon Border
United Nations

The situation remains calm on the border between Nigeria and Cameroon as steady progress is made in demarcating their common boundary, Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in his latest update on the work of the commission charged with overseeing the peaceful ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0610/S00192.htm

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