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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 12 December 2006

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

1: M.G. Levey: The History of Dirty-Tricks (Part III)

Mark G. Levey

The Bush Dynasty has reached the end of the line. The family name may go down in history along with the Romanovs as the embodiment of Imperial squander and ill-advised military bungling. George W. Bush is America's Nicholas the Last.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00194.htm


2: Questions And Answers - Tuesday, 12 December 2006
Office of the Clerk

1. DARIEN FENTON (Labour) to the Minister of Labour: Has she received any reports relating to proposed changes to the Employment Relations Act 2000?
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00247.htm


3: Sanity, Competence, & The Latest Crock About Iraq
Lawrence R. Velvel

To my surprise, the recent post raising the issue of George Bush's sanity received a reasonable amount of response. The posting questioned his sanity on the ground that he is in denial about Iraq -- that he is living in an Iraqian dreamworld that ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00191.htm


4: Brash: Notes for Valedictory Speech
New Zealand National Party

Today I come to the end of my Parliamentary career, just four and a half years after it began. I well remember telling my then press secretary at the Reserve Bank, Paul Jackman, that I was resigning from the Bank to seek election in the 2002 election. ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00238.htm


5: Animated Open Season to Play in IMAX 3D
Skycity Cinemas

Audiences will be in for a wild IMAX® 3D adventure through the wilderness as Columbia Pictures’ animated family adventure Open Season debuts at IMAX Theatre, Queen St, on 11 January 2007. The film will be released in IMAX 3D simultaneously with the ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0612/S00089.htm


6: Further links to the Exclusive Brethren revealed
New Zealand Government

Minister of Labour Ruth Dyson disclosed further National Party links to the Exclusive Brethren, when she noted in Parliament today reports revealing National's unsuccesful Waimakariri candidate and recently approinted Industrial Relations spokesperson, ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00245.htm


7: Robert Parry: Gary Webb's Death - American Tragedy
Robert Parry

When Americans ask me what happened to the vaunted U.S. press corps over the past three decades - in the decline from its heyday of the Watergate scandal and the Pentagon Papers to its failure to challenge the Iraq WMD lies or to hold George W. Bush accountable ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00178.htm


8: Durex On Lookout For Suitable Condom Testers
Durex

Kiwis wanting to indulge in some extra curricular activity this summer can apply to be a Durex condom tester.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0612/S00166.htm


9: Oral health the issue? Let's talk fluoridation
New Zealand Government

New Zealanders voicing genuinely held concerns about diet drinks and tooth decay should join the Labour-led government's call for the expansion of fluoridated water supplies, Health Minister Pete Hodgson said today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00226.htm


10: Kiwis will suffer from ban on Chinese Medicine
Association of Chinese Medical Herbalists

Today the ANZTPA bill will have it's first reading in parliament. These new laws aim to regulate the natural health products industry. Instead they favour the commercial interests of the establishment and aim to restrict and outlaw much of the flourishing ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0612/S00152.htm


11: Happy Feet New Zealand Premiere
Roadshow Film Distributors

WHAT: HAPPY FEET, the latest animated blockbuster movie, premieres in New Zealand at Sky City Cinemas Newmarket Auckland on Saturday December 16. The cinemas are being transformed into an “Antarctic Boogie Wonderland” in a special event for children ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0612/S00090.htm


12: PeopleSoft: Lawson Appoints Moore as Vice Pres
PeopleSoft

Australia/New Zealand – December 11, 2006 – Lawson Software, a global provider of enterprise software applications, has appointed Stephen Moore as the new Vice President of its Australia and New Zealand operations. Mr. Moore formally joined ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0612/S00186.htm


13: Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 11 December 2006
Scoop Daily Ratings

Yesterday's top 30 rating items on Scoop were...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00175.htm


14: Questions For Oral Answer- Tuesday, 12 Dec 2006
Office of the Clerk

1. DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Labour: Has she received any reports relating to proposed changes to the Employment Relations Act 2000?
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00229.htm


15: Burns With India's Foreign Sec. Shiv Shanker Menon
US State Department

NAVTEJ SARNA: Good evening to you, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to this joint press interaction by the Foreign Secretary, Mr. Shrivshakkar Menon, and Under Secretary for Political Affairs of the United States, Mr. Nicholas Burns. I will first request ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0612/S00218.htm


16: Full sugar fizzy drinks out of schools by 2009
New Zealand Government

Full sugar fizzy and energy drinks will be removed from secondary schools by 2009 under a world-leading agreement between the Labour-led government and two of New Zealand's biggest beverage companies, Education Minister Steve Maharey and Health ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00215.htm


17: Diet drinks should be expelled from schools too
Green Party

Children will still be exposed to nutritionless, enamel-destroying soft drinks with addictive and controversial additives in them despite a voluntary industry agreement with Government announced today, the Green Party says.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00216.htm


18: ihug application for bitstream reconsideration
Commerce Commission

The Commerce Commission has received an application from ihug for reconsideration of Decision 582 on the price of the regulated bitstream service supplied by Telecom to ihug and CallPlus.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0612/S00212.htm


19: GE Vegetable trial won't benefit New Zealand
GE free NZ in Food Environment Inc

Proposed GE vegetable trials are "off strategy" for New Zealand and claims by Crop and Food that their research is of national benefit are ill-founded. 70% of New Zealanders would almost certainly lose out if these particular crops were released.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0612/S00027.htm


20: Bolton Statement on the UNSC Resolution on Somalia
US State Department

Statement on the Security Council Resolution on Somalia Ambassador John R. Bolton, U.S. Representative to the United Nations Remarks in the Security Council New York City December 7, 2006
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0612/S00191.htm


21: New Zealand Inches Towards A Review of Pharmac
Kevin List

As part of the Government's confidence and supply agreement with United Future a review of New Zealand's medicines strategy was implemented.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00195.htm


22: Shockace: the Next Generation of Online Trading
Shockace

A YOUNG Auckland entrepreneur has designed a revolutionary way for people clear the way for all those new Christmas presents. Households will undoubtedly be bursting at the seams again this year after the annual influx of festive gifts.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0612/S00211.htm


23: Air NZ art online auction closes noon Thursday
Word of Mouth Media

An online auction of 85 Air New Zealand owned paintings closes at noon on Thursday this week. The collection is being sold by Fishers Online – a fine art auction website - after Air New Zealand asked them to appraise its art collection.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0612/S00088.htm


24: Greens Peddling Snake Oil
New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters has accused the Green party of peddling snake oil and says their deliberate misinformation about the Therapeutic Products and Medicines Bill has failed to put the safety of New Zealanders ahead of the interests of the ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00239.htm


25: PM On Carbon Neutrality, Liam Ashley Report
Kevin List

The Government's draft energy strategy, which proposes that as much new electricity generation as possible should be renewable was released today. Keeping with the green flavour that has infested Parliament in the last few months the PM's regular post ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00174.htm


26: Tinker Bell, Pinochet And The Miracle Of Chile
Greg Palast

Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother, Tinker Bell and General Augusto Pinochet had much in common. All three performed magical good deeds. In the case of Pinochet, he was universally credited with the Miracle of Chile, the wildly successful experiment ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00188.htm


27: Winston looses the plot at Natural Health Protest
NZ Health Trust

There were dramatic scenes outside Parliament today as NZ First leader Winston Peters was verbally attacked and shouted down by a group of enraged people at a protest rally.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0612/S00162.htm


28: World first agreement on soft drinks in schools
Coca Cola Amatil

Coca Cola Amatil (NZ) Limited (CCANZ) and Frucor Beverages Group Limited (Frucor), the New Zealand distributor of Pepsi beverages, have signed the world’s first agreement to stop directly selling all full sugar soft drinks and full sugar energy drinks ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0612/S00180.htm


29: Exporters cautious about doing business with China
DHL

A survey by DHL, the world's leading express and logistics company, has found that 75 per cent of companies surveyed see China as the key market for developing economic relationships, although there are widespread concerns about the barriers faced by ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0612/S00207.htm


30: CNN Host - Muslims Headed For Concentration Camps
FAIR

The New York Times ( 12/4/06 ), profiling new CNN Headline News host Glenn Beck, called him "brash" and "opinionated," with an "unfiltered approach." The conservative talk-radio host-turned-cable news announcer, the paper reported, "take[s] credit ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00169.htm

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