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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 6 December 2006

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

1: Protest in support of Gun shop shooting

Sensible Sentencing Trust

Greg Carvell did what any citizen in the same circumstances should legally be able to do when faced with an intruder yelling “Give me the guns or I’ll kill you”. He shot him! But Greg will appear in the Auckland District Court on Wednesday facing ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0612/S00037.htm


2: William Fisher: Bush's Second-Biggest Mistake
William Fisher

The Washington Post Sunday ran a series of articles by prominent historians who endeavored to answer the question, "Is Bush our worst president?" In the interest of balance, there was a "yes" piece, a "no" piece, and a "we don't know yet" piece.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00077.htm


3: Don Brash Writes: Nicky Hager's book
New Zealand National Party

As most of you know, some weeks before last year's election some emails sent to me were leaked to the media, allegedly from a National Party source. This was irritating, and even a bit embarrassing, but I took no serious action to find the source of this ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00108.htm


4: Questions And Answers Tuesday, 5 December 2006
Office of the Clerk

1. Carbon Neutrality—New Zealand 2. Taxation—Business Tax Review 3. Carbon Neutrality—Energy Strategy Document 4. Climate Change—Conservation Management 5. GE Contamination—Sweet Corn 6. Elective Surgery—Laboratory Workers’ Strike 7. Positive Ageing Strategy—Goals ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00088.htm


5: No Right Turn: Tonga - What We Supported
No Right Turn

Last month, the New Zealand government sent soldiers and police to Tonga "to help maintain law and order". At the time I was deeply uneasy about this move, as it smacked of propping up a corrupt feudal regime against its own people . But I didn't know ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00114.htm


6: Bainimarama Appoints Himself President Of Fiji
Selwyn Manning - Scoop Auckland

Fiji's army commander, Commodore Frank Bainimarama has appointed himself as Fiji's president and has sacked elected prime minister Laisenia Qarase and president Ratu Josefa Iloilo. Bainimarama has appointed a 77 year-old army doctor, Dr Jona Senilagakali, ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00089.htm


7: LOOPdigital Distributes in iTunes New Zealand
LOOP Recordings Aotearoa

LOOPdigital is pleased to announce it has expanded its worldwide distribution within iTunes Music Store territories to include New Zealand as the result of a meeting with the Manager of Music Programming and Label Relations for iTunes Australia. LOOPdigital ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0612/S00013.htm


8: Harawira: Avian flu - Can we Hongi?
The Maori Party

Three weeks ago the warning bells rang, when Professor Paul Zimmet said that left unchecked, diabetes could make all Polynesian races "extinct" before the end of the century.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00093.htm


9: Questions For Oral Answer - 6 December 2006
Office of the Clerk

1. GORDON COPELAND to the Minister of Immigration: Why is the Government proceeding with the decision to “collect and use limited biometric information”, namely fingerprints, iris scans and facial recognition, from migrants and Kiwis returning ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00102.htm


10: Census Shows Accelerating Growth Across Country
Statistics New Zealand

06 Census Shows Accelerating Growth Across the Country Results from the 2006 Census show that New Zealand's usually resident population grew faster between 2001 and 2006 than in any five-year period between censuses in the last 30 years, Statistics ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0612/S00069.htm


11: Scoop Blogwatch: Fiji - Blogging the Coup
Scoop Blogwatch

Bloggers in Fiji, and Fijian bloggers in the world, comment on recent events in the country.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00095.htm


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

Yesterday's top 30 rating items on Scoop were...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00090.htm


13: Found: Saddam's Weapon of Mass Destruction
Greg Palast

This photo of condemned Iraqi ex-strongman Saddam Hussein amid exotic weapons of mass destruction, taken just before the liberation of Iraq, was released Saturday by the White House.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00085.htm


14: National wants bi-partisan Electoral Law Reform
New Zealand National Party

The National Party will support moves announced by Helen Clark yesterday to reform electoral law, and it wants to take the plans further, says National’s Deputy Leader, Bill English.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00098.htm


15: Colombia: President Uribe Dupes U.S.A.
Jose Maria Rodriguez Gonzalez

The U. S. has been swept by fearful thinking since the end of the last century. Based on Murphy’s law, in which everything that could go wrong goes wrong, the U.S. has produced a chain of catastrophic suppositions of great consequences. Now, here comes ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00082.htm


16: Bernard Weiner: Who Brought Us to the Iraq Abyss?
Bernard Weiner

For most Americans, as the recent midterm elections made clear, the issue is how do we get our young men and women out of Iraq as quickly and safely as possible. For the Administration, it would appear that the issue is how to avoid blame for ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00111.htm


17: 'Door To Door' Camping Gear Now For Hire Online
NZ Camp Site

Kiwi holidaymakers and overseas visitors can now hire quality outdoor gear online for an intrepid journey on the home turf.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0612/S00105.htm


18: Time For Change: Evidence of 2006 Election Fraud
Scoop Blogwatch

Though Democrats, the American people, and the world won a great victory last month, we must not let that lull us into a false sense of security about our election system. Democrats took over the U.S. House and Senate because of a popular mandate so large ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00112.htm


19: iTunes launch opens digital frontier for NZ music
Jiggy.co.nz

The launch of a New Zealand iTunes store has significant benefits for local artists and consumers, believed online digital music distributor Jiggy.co.nz today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0612/S00103.htm


20: The New Crime Of Refusing To Shake GW Bush’s Hand
Sherwood Ross

Columnist George Will has found senator-elect Jim Webb (D-Va.) guilty of “careless and absurd assertions,” for writing the wealth gap between rich and poor is “the least debated issue” in American politics. But if you think, (and I don’t) what ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00109.htm


21: Public Address 06/12/06 - Where You Heard It First
HARD NEWS from Russell Brown

Righto. The New Zealand iTunes Store is now available as an option in the iTunes app. I had to fiddle about a bit to see it - see advice in the discussion thread for this post - suggesting there's a cacheing issue or something, but it's there, ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00115.htm


22: Immigration decisions positive, work still needed
Business New Zealand

Business NZ welcomed the broad thrust of the Immigration Act review decisions announced today. Chief Executive Phil O’Reilly said they had the potential to streamline processes and improve efficiency.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0612/S00087.htm


23: Bolton Leaves UN: Hated By Some, Admired By Others
Andreas von Warburg

UNITED NATIONS – Ambassador John Bolton is one of President Bush’s most fiercely opposed appointments. Despised by many when he took office at the United Nations in 2005; praised somewhat like a star now that he’s resigning… so much so that ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00091.htm


24: State Dept. Daily Press Briefing December 4, 2006
US State Department

VENEZUELA Elections Results / U.S Commends Venezuelan People for Conduct of Elections Reports From International Monitors Not Yet In U.S. Hopes for Positive Constructive Relations with Venezuela / U.S. Has Positive Agenda for Hemisphere / U.S. Ready to ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0612/S00139.htm


25: Official NZ Music Chart & Chartbitz Dec. 6 2006
Official New Zealand Music Chart

It’s December and that means Christmas. Two festive hits join the Singles Chart just to freshen up the caroling this week. However, both are remakes and very definitely aimed at the younger market.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0612/S00045.htm


26: NPR Ditches Heartland Pleasure For Homeland Sec.
Sam Smith

It occurred to me recently that Nominally Public Radio has its red and blue states, too. Car Talk and Whadya Know? are among the red states, Diane Rehm and Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me among the blue.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00104.htm


27: Why Hezbollah's Al-Manar TV Broadcasts Sunday Mass
Sophie McNeill

BEIRUT: A truck laden with yellow Hezbollah flags drives past the Christian neighbourhood of Gemayzeh early Sunday morning in downtown Beirut. There's a picture of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah on the windscreen, but it's not his name that the young men ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00097.htm


28: William Fisher: Unbending Bush
William Fisher

As the new Democratic Party majority in Congress considers whether to re-visit the Military Commissions Act of 2006 (MCA), the administration of President George W. Bush is proposing still more restrictions on detainees in American custody.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00113.htm


29: Audio: PM, Foreign Minister on Fiji Sanctions
Scoop Audio

In response to events in Fiji, Helen Clark and Winston Peters announced a range of sanctions against Fiji and those associated with the coup. The Prime Minister has described the actions of Fiji's Commodore Bainimarama and the Fiji military as disgraceful ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00116.htm


30: Immigration Consultants Cautious Nod fpr Proposals
NZ Association for Migration and Investment

Migration consultants have given a cautious welcome to the package of proposals approved by cabinet for inclusion in a new Immigration Act. “The proposals seem to be pointing in the right direction but are still sketchy in detail, perhaps inevitably so at ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0612/S00088.htm

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