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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 31 October 2006

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

1: Toni Solo: Nicaragua's Election, Things Turn Nasty

Toni Solo

Critical comment on the Nicaraguan election campaign has tended to neglect the nitty gritty of life for the country's impoverished majority. The closer the November 5th election looms the nastier the campaign becomes.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00458.htm


2: The Letter – Monday, 30 October 2006
The Letter Limited

The Haps; A party of professional politicians; The corruption of the list; Don has gone; How would we have handled it?; Don wanted to resign; Leadership qualities?; It is Key; That Auditor General's ruling; Bulk Fund; Hard Landing; Wisdom of Crowds; ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00464.htm


3: Robert Parry: The Original October Surprise (2)
Robert Parry

Consortium News Editor's Note: Part 2 of our series about the "Original October Surprise" of 1980 focuses on the role of banker David Rockefeller and his collaboration with Republicans during the Iranian hostage crisis, which doomed Jimmy Carter's presidency ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00449.htm


4: Robert Parry: The Original October Surprise (3)
Robert Parry

Part 3 of our series about the "Original October Surprise" of 1980 addresses the troubling question of whether disgruntled CIA officers collaborated with their former boss, George H.W. Bush, to sabotage President Jimmy Carter's Iran-hostage negotiations ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00479.htm


5: Greens show ignorance of nuclear technology
New Zealand Climate Science Coalition

The Green Party's call for the New Zealand Super Fund to end its investments in uranium mining demonstrates, more than anything, their ignorance of nuclear technology, according to Bryan Leyland, chairman of the economic panel of the New Zealand Climate Science ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0610/S00360.htm


6: Julie Webb-Pullman: The Mad Hatter’s PRI Party
Julie Webb-Pullman

If memorial events for murdered Mexican human rights lawyer Digna Ochoa last weekend marked a melding of Mexico’s past and present, the future was forged this week, as Oaxaca unravelled in events of unrivalled insanity.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00461.htm


7: "Stay The Course" A Victory For Iran & Nth. Korea
Guest Opinion

Leaving right after toppling Saddam Hussein would have preserved the United States' role as liberator and left the destiny of the Iraqis in their own hands. Saddam Hussein could not retake power because his heavy armament was destroyed, his army was dismantled ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00440.htm


8: Letter from Elsewhere: Death Of A Teenager
Anne Else

On 22 October nineteen years ago, my younger son Patrick died. He was eighteen, and he thought he was indestructible. But he made one mistake, and he fell to his death.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00462.htm


9: Will Interest in Sustainability Be Sustainable?
Scoop Audio

This afternoon the Prime Minister sustained a barrage of questions on sustainability and other ecologically associated issues.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00467.htm


10: Photo Exhibition - Eyes to Cambodia
Thistle Hall

There will be a photographic exhibition at Thistle Hall from 9-14th November. It opens from 10:00am - 4:00pm daily. The exhibition is called "Eyes to Cambodia" by Sotheany Ream. Sotheany is an emerging documentary photographer. Her work explores ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0610/S00258.htm


11: A Plan To Save America From Fascism For a While
Mark Bradley

Pssst. Don’t tell Karl Rove, but I’ve just come up with a fool-proof plan guaranteeing a national Democratic Party sweep in 2008. And the best thing about it is, it works no matter whom the Dems throw up as their presidential candidate: Barack Edwards, ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00481.htm


12: Queen to attend unveiling of New Zealand Memorial
New Zealand Government

Prime Minister Helen Clark welcomed today’s announcement that the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will participate in the official dedication ceremony for the New Zealand Memorial in London on Armistice Day, 11 November.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00591.htm


13: Brad Will Indy. Reporter Assassinated in Oaxaca
narconews.com

Today, pro-government forces attacked barricades manned by the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO). Brad Will, a documentary filmmaker and reporter for Indymedia in New York, Bolivia and Brazil, was shot and killed while reporting on ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00460.htm


14: Admin Officials Bill $1.5Mn For Private Air Travel
Jason Leopold

On the campaign trail, Bush administration officials often boast that Republicans are more savvy than their Democratic colleagues when it comes to issues like taxes and the economy in general. But behind the scenes, dozens of cabinet members and ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00441.htm


15: Where are the sinking PI evacuees, Mr Gore?
New Zealand Climate Science Coalition

The New Zealand Super Fund has been challenged to ask Al Gore, when he visits the country next month, for the whereabouts of the Pacific Islanders that Gore says in his film have been evacuated to New Zealand because their islands are drowning.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0610/S00066.htm


16: Mystery Of Israel's Secret Uranium Bomb
Middle East News Service

This story has already created some interest in the Israeli media but just how serious it has been taken is yet to be seen with today being the start of the working week and with today’s edition of some of the dailies available in a few hours.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00452.htm


17: Cullen: NZ's strategy for climbing the OECD ladder
New Zealand Government

You have invited me to talk about New Zealand’s strategy for climbing the O.E.C.D. economic ladder. Lifting New Zealand’s relative economic and social performance over time will succeed on the foundation of thousands of successful individual business ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00579.htm


18: PM wrong to listen to coal man on climate change
Greenpeace New Zealand

Greenpeace is utterly flabbergasted that the Labour Party got advice at the weekend from one of Australia's pariahs of climate policy: the Queensland premier and coal man Peter Beattie. Queensland is the biggest coal exporting state in the world's ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0610/S00353.htm


19: Chamber Music NZ Present Understated Virtuosity
Chamber Music New Zealand

Esteemed soloists Julian Rachlin (Violin and Viola) and Richard Hyung-ki Joo (Piano) play two concerts only for Chamber Music New Zealand in Auckland and Wellington on the 21 and 22 November 2006.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0610/S00270.htm


20: Stern Review on the Economics of Climate change
UK Government

The most comprehensive review ever carried out on the economics of climate change was published today. The Review, which reports to the Prime Minister and Chancellor, was commissioned by the Chancellor in July last year.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0610/S00579.htm


21: Brash still dithering on climate change
New Zealand Government

National won't truly commit to policies to combat climate change as long as Don Brash is their leader, Climate Change Minister David Parker said today. "On Morning Report this morning, we heard Don Brash still equivocating about whether climate change ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00587.htm


22: Meridian launches discussion doc on energy future
Meridian Energy

New Zealand could have an energy supply that is the envy of the world if it makes good decisions about which of its many options it chooses, says state-owned power company Meridian Energy.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0610/S00573.htm


23: Cullen: Research and economic transformation
New Zealand Government

Speech notes to Research Provider Workshop, Sky City Convention Centre, Auckland. I’m delighted to be here today with people who play a crucial role in bringing the creative and imaginative ideas of our scientists and researchers to the commercial ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00580.htm


24: Labour “utterly fails” on climate change policy
New Zealand National Party

National Party Environment spokesman Nick Smith says Labour has “utterly failed” to deliver a coherent climate change policy and the public will be “justifiably dubious” about Helen Clark’s ability to deliver.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00547.htm


25: Elam student recognised in internat'l photo comp
University of Auckland

Thanks to the wonders of the World Wide Web Adam Obradovic, a first-year student at the Elam School of Fine Arts, is one of only seven photographers recognised in an international photography competition. The Microsoft Future Pro Photographer Contest ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0610/S00106.htm


26: More misinformation in campaign against NZ food
New Zealand Government

Claims that New Zealand kiwifruit exports place a heavy burden on the climate has been rubbished by Agriculture Minister Jim Anderton today. He was responding to a statement in the Guardian and New Zealand Herald newspapers that “one kilo of kiwifruit ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00568.htm


27: Food Miles Claims Miss the Target
New Zealand Government

Calls by former United Kingdom cabinet minister Stephen Byers for a tax based on miles travelled by agricultural products to their market are utterly inconsistent with claims that this is the way to reduce global emissions, says Trade Minister ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00571.htm


28: Report leaves Labour/National no room to hide
Green Party

The Green Party has applauded the release in the United Kingdom of a major report on the economic costs of climate change by the former World Bank economist Sir Nicholas Stern, and has welcomed it as a call to action for political parties here in New ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00572.htm


29: Maharey - Capitalising on Research
New Zealand Government

This is an important event. It is the first time leaders from our research organisations and businesses have met in the same room to focus on such a crucial issue - the role of R&D in creating more globally competitive firms and transforming our country's ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0610/S00578.htm


30: Climate Change Has Dire Health Implications
Public Health Association

Increases in illness and death from malaria, dengue fever, injuries, and heat stress are some of the implications of climate change, warns the Public Health Association (PHA).
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0610/S00114.htm

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