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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 29 November 2006

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

1: Cheney Fitted for New Halliburton Striped Jumpsuit

Evelyn Pringle

The US Securities and Exchange Commission is conducting a formal investigation into whether Halliburton made improper payments to government officials in Nigeria in connection with the construction and expansion by TSKJ of a natural gas liquefaction ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0611/S00037.htm

2: Video: Hated & Loathed Scoop IV's Clive Edwards

Scoop Video

Tonga's pro-democracy leader, Clive Edwards, is one of the nation's most controversial figures. He's hated by Nobles, loathed by many, his views banned by Tongan authorities. Scoop here publishes an extended interview with the Tongan people's representative.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0611/S00429.htm

3: NATO Debates "War And Peace" Behind Closed Doors

Michel Chossudovsky

On the 29th of November, heads of State and heads of government from the 26 States together with Ministers of Defense and senior military brass of the "enlarged" Atlantic Alliance (NATO) will be meeting in Riga, Latvia.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0611/S00474.htm

4: 2005 Vs 2006: Key And Climate Change

Kevin List

"I firmly believe in climate change and always have," was new National Party Leader John Key's answer to nine-till-noon interviewer Kathryn Ryan earlier this week when asked whether the climate was being affected by Greenhouse gas emissions.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0611/S00487.htm

5: Uri Avnery: An Evening in Jounieh

Uri Avnery

DURING THE first Lebanon war, I visited Jounieh, a town some 20 km north of Beirut. At the time, it served as a port for the Christian forces. It was an exciting evening.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0611/S00459.htm

6: R. Nicholas Burns - U.S. Policy in South Asia

US State Department

R. Nicholas Burns, Under Secretary for Political Affairs Remarks to the Asia Society Washington, DC November 27, 2006
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0611/S00439.htm

7: Bond And The Return Of The Evil Empire

Scoop Blogwatch

We are living in a prime-time Bond film: we have dashing spies, poisoning, espionage, allegations of undercover assassinations. Murdered journalists are involved, as are billionaire 'tycoons'. What is going on? A former KGB spy, Alexander Litvinenko, ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0611/S00464.htm

8: MOTORNET: Ford FPV - Comic Book Capers

Karl Ferguson

Toxic terror yellow, caped crusader blue – is it possible that Ford’s FPV colour palette has in some way been influenced by comic book super heroes – or anti-heroes for that matter? Judging by the sheer luridness of the test GT and Typhoon vehicles ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0611/S00484.htm

9: Decision: Hell Pizza

Advertising Standards Complaints Board

Hell Pizza used a small cardboard wallet containing a single sealed condom to promote its Lust pizza. The outside of the wallet contained the Hell Pizza logo on one side and the phrase “Our pizza for meat lovers!” on the other side along with a contact ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0611/S00429.htm

10: Bond Girls in Bloom at Casino Royale Premiere

Bloom

The NZ premiere of the latest Bond flick, a Variety fundraiser, will be themed around the Casino plot-line of the film, and will feature 'Bond Girls in Bloom'. A fashion show is planned in advance of the film screening, featuring 'Bond Girl in Bloom' ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0611/S00321.htm

11: Official NZ Music Chart & Chartbitz - Nov. 29 2006

Official New Zealand Music Chart

You may have noticed that U2 have just been in New Zealand. Hard to miss really. And in the wake of their two rescheduled sell-out shows at Mt Smart, they score their 12th #1 album, meaning the Irish super group further increase their lead as the act ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0611/S00325.htm

12: Customs seizes cocaine at Auckland Airport

Ministry Of Customs

Customs officers at Auckland International Airport have intercepted approximately 3.5 kilograms of cocaine, on its way to Rarotonga in the Cook Islands.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0611/S00417.htm

13: The Letter – Wednesday, 29 November 2006

The Letter Limited

Talks to avert another Fiji coup. New National Party leader. Right stadium - wrong plan. Are Iraq and Afghanistan heading for civil war? Nicky Hager’s book is a fraud. Out of the Red is a better book.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0611/S00490.htm

14: ID Dunedin 07– a winter wonderland of fashion

Vodafone id Dunedin Fashion Week

Dunedin is preparing for a fashion blizzard of winter wonderland collections at the seventh annual Vodafone ID Dunedin Fashion Show to be held on Saturday 10 March 2007.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0611/S00306.htm

15: Congratulations over Fiji talks

New Zealand National Party

Fiji Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase and Commodore Frank Bainimarama are to be congratulated for taking up New Zealand’s invitation to meet for talks in Wellington today, says National’s Associate Foreign Affairs and Trade spokesman, John Hayes.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0611/S00563.htm

16: Public Address 29/11/6 - Aspirations Going Forward

HARD NEWS from Russell Brown

If the least expectation you have of a politician is that he or she not speak about him or herself in the third person, then look away for a moment as I relate the words of John Key delivering his inaugural speech today as leader of the National Party...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0611/S00501.htm

17: Litvinenko Victim of Weapons Grade Polonium?

Scoop Blogwatch

While it sounds like a plot for a not very good who-done-it, Russian ex-spy Alexander Litvinenko, an ex-pat in London, was poisoned with polonium 210 in a sushi restaurant, and dies three weeks later ( The radioactive spy ). Litvinenko accused Putin on his ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0611/S00463.htm

18: NZer Trapped In Oaxaca - Crackdown Underway

Julie Webb-Pullman

NZer Trapped In Oaxaca As Violent Crackdown Underway Trapped In Autonomous University Of Oaxaca Surrounded By Federal Forces From Julie Webb-Pullman
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0611/S00437.htm

19: Chestnuts Roasting in an Iraqi Fire (A Fantasia)

Bernard Weiner

The following pre-war transcript of a conversation between Bush, Cheney, Rove and Rumsfeld cannot be verified. But it passes the smell test; see what you think.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0611/S00499.htm

20: New National Leadership Brash And Confident

Kevin List

At a press conference introducing the new National Party Leader (John Key) and Deputy Leader (Bill English) Mr Key was asked about attacks on his wealth ($40 million +) by Labour's Finance Minister Dr Michael Cullen.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0611/S00438.htm

21: Don’t Impeach Bush - Impeach The President

W. David Jenkins III

The recently empowered Democrats have begun their sprint by running in the wrong direction. The above statement by Feingold coupled with the pre and post election statements by Nancy Pelosi show that the Democrats, whether they are in the minority ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0611/S00458.htm

22: Labour Should Clean up their own backyard first

The Maori Party

Repeated Labour lines from Shane Jones about Maori Party alliances with this or that party, are becoming tired and boring, said Tariana Turia today, Co-leader of the Maori Party.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0611/S00550.htm

23: Key: New Zealand Society of Actuaries

New Zealand National Party

When I was asked to speak at this conference some months ago, I accepted in my position as National Party finance spokesman. Well, I am extremely proud to be in Queenstown today in my new position as National Party leader.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0611/S00551.htm

24: Sam Smith: San Francisco

Sam Smith

I long avoided San Francisco because I considered earthquakes one hazard I could easily eliminate. That was before both my sons took up periodic residence there and gave me the courage and purpose that I lacked. Now, my 17-year affair with the Bay ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0611/S00476.htm

25: Armenians Could Haunt Turkey’s Chances To Join EU

Sherwood Ross

Turkey’s bid to join the European Union could suffer by its refusal to admit the genocide of its Armenian Christian population nearly a century ago.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0611/S00475.htm

26: Key offers nothing new on climate change

New Zealand Government

Climate change minister David Parker says National's new leader is getting his ideas muddled, in his attempt to talk up his environmental credentials.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0611/S00562.htm

27: Mexico: The Good, The Bad, And The Hopeful

Julie Webb-Pullman

Mexican Attorney General Daniel Cabeza de Vaca on Monday backed down from his refusal to accept the recommendations of the National Commission on Human Rights in relation to the torture of Jesús Zúniga Velázquez, following criticism from the Geneva ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0611/S00433.htm

28: Qarase/Bainimarama Summit Meeting Ends

Selwyn Manning - Scoop Auckland

A meeting between Fiji's prime minister and the island nation's military commander, Commodore Frank Bainimarama has concluded in Wellington – but news of the outcome remains secret. It is expected New Zealand foreign minister, Winston Peters, will ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0611/S00492.htm

29: Cindy Sheehan: Siege and Seizure in Korea

Cindy Sheehan

Traveling around the world these past months has given me an education about American history that majoring in the subject at UCLA never did. I have witnessed first hand what US imperialism and militarism can do to countries and societies. I sat with ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0611/S00479.htm

30: Contractors and funding to televise Parliament

Office of the Speaker

Gencom Technology Ltd and Kordia™, formerly Broadcast Communications Ltd (BCL), have been selected to televise Parliament, the Speaker, Hon Margaret Wilson, said today. The announcement follows Cabinet’s approval of funding to set up and operate ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0611/S00560.htm


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