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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 13 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: Paul G. Buchanan: On Markets and Murderers
Paul G. Buchanan

The death of Agusto Pinochet Ugarte has reopened old wounds in Chile and rekindled debate about the relative merits of his rule versus that of socialist authoritarians like Fidel Castro. A majority in and out of Chile considers him to be a poster boy ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00209.htm


4: ASIA:NZ December Media e-Newsletter
Asia New Zealand Foundation

Asian Angst: It’s time to stay - Kiwi students get Korea scholarships - State visit for South Korean leader - Covering Pakistan and India - Arabic network broadcasting from KL - Al Jazeera on Triangle Television - Young leaders key to revitalising Asian ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0612/S00169.htm


5: Peters: Security responses to a challenging world
New Zealand Government

Security policy responses to a challenging world Address to the Centre for Strategic Studies conference 'The Asia Pacific: Future Strategic Perspectives' Victoria University, Wellington
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00251.htm


6: Robert Parry: Pinochet's Death Spares Bush Family
Robert Parry

Gen. Augusto Pinochet's death on Dec. 10 means the Bush Family can breathe a little bit easier, knowing that criminal proceedings against Chile's notorious dictator can no longer implicate his longtime friend and protector, former President George ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00202.htm


7: 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


8: 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


9: 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


10: Fondation de France Prize for 2006 Nominees
Reporters sans frontieres

The Reporters Without Borders - Fondation de France Prize for 2006 will be awarded in Paris on 12 December. This prize is given to: - A journalist who has demonstrated a commitment to press freedom in his or her work, in the views he or she has expressed ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0612/S00241.htm


11: Public Address 13/12/06 - John Campbell's Bedroom
HARD NEWS from Russell Brown

GUEST: John Campbell on the Flying Nun years - When I was seventeen, just about every boy I knew who did not dream of being an All Black dreamt of being in a band. I dreamt of both. And whilst the All Black dream was comically outlandish, at least the All ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00208.htm


12: BOC purchases Shell LPG business in New Zealand
BOC

BOC, the leading supplier of gases, industrial and safety products in New Zealand, today signed an agreement with Shell to purchase Shell New Zealand’s (Shell NZ) commercial LPG business, including its shareholding in Liquigas. The purchase is ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0612/S00241.htm


13: Landmark broadband bill passed
New Zealand Government

History has been made with the passing of the Labour-led government's bill to bring New Zealanders faster, better broadband, says Communications Minister David Cunliffe.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00261.htm


14: Carter - Truth about Palestine, Lies about Israel
Genevieve Cora Fraser

Jimmy Carter tells the truth about the impact of the Israeli Occupation on Palestine in "Palestine: Peace not Apartheid." In Gaza, Israel is practicing a slow form of genocide where the people are sealed off from the world and encounter non-stop military ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00180.htm


15: Dahr Jamail: "Today Is Better Than Tomorrow"
Dahr Jamail

The situation in Iraq has reached such a point of degradation and danger that I've been unable to return to report - as I did from 2003 to 2005 - from the front lines of daily life. Instead, in these last months, I have found myself in a supportive ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00186.htm


16: 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


17: Yahoo!7 and Telecom Unveil Online Joint Venture
Telecom New Zealand

Telecom New Zealand has partnered with Yahoo!7 to form a joint venture, which will be called Yahoo! Xtra, and will provide an enhanced suite of online content and application services for New Zealanders.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0612/S00227.htm


18: 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


19: What to do if Santa comes a cropper this Xmas
St John

Santa loves to eat, drink and be merry, but we all know that too much Christmas cheer can lead to stomach aches or, worse, a sleigh accident. To keep your loved ones and Santa safe this summer, St John has a few festive first aid tips.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0612/S00060.htm


20: ‘Plug-in’ electric cars initiative "Impractical"
The Clean Green Car Co

‘Plug-in’ electric cars initiative in Government’s draft energy strategy impractical says The Clean Green Car Company
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0612/S00172.htm


21: Thomas Yadegary case in High Court this morning
Global Peace And Justice Auckland

Thomas Yadegary’s case comes to the Auckland High Court this morning for the first time as his lawyers argue for an early habeas corpus hearing and bail application. Supporters hope Thomas will not have to spend his third Xmas in jail – without ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0612/S00164.htm


22: Cullen: Economic outlook 2007
New Zealand Government

12 December 2006 Speech Notes Economic outlook 2007 Speech notes for address to The Property Group Christmas drinks, Copthorne Hotel, Wellington
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00250.htm


23: Official NZ Music Chart & Chartbitz Dec. 13 2006
Official New Zealand Music Chart

It’s been hard to avoid Brooke Fraser in recent weeks - and who’d want to? She hits paydirt out of the box for the second time as her sophomore release Albertine follows in the footsteps of her seven-times platinum debut What To Do With Daylight. ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0612/S00103.htm


24: Two Air New Zealand pilots tackle man drought
Air New Zealand

Captain Duncan Beck and Captain Guy McWilliams, both Boeing 767 pilots have offered to take two ladies on a date at a top Auckland restaurant, as part of Air New Zealand's Christmas Charity Auction which aims to raise funds for Starship Foundation, Make-A-Wish ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0612/S00262.htm


25: Get mo' Jiggy: Myspace music stores open
Jiggy.co.nz

The digital music frontier was further opened up today by New Zealand online music store Jiggy.co.nz, with the announcement that it had secured a merchant arrangement with the enormously popular Myspace website.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0612/S00094.htm


26: 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


27: Final Acts Announced for 2007 Event
Big Day Out

Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines! The BIG DAY OUT is almost upon us and we are very excited to announce the third round of touring and local additions to the 2007 summer series! THE VINES have come a long way since the early days of belting ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0612/S00091.htm


28: Book: The Palestine Conspiracy by Robert Spirko
Error: Couldn't get author

MEDINA, OHIO – The Palestine Conspiracy, a genre spy-thriller by Robert Spirko, was fourth on the September best-seller list from Atlasbooks, Inc., a national book distributor.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0612/S00246.htm


29: 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


30: Refurbished Area At Airport
Auckland International Airport

Today sees the opening of a fully refurbished area dedicated to regional airlines at Auckland Airport. The extensive upgrade and expansion marks the partial completion of a $42 million project to upgrade the domestic terminal facilities and is part ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0612/S00219.htm

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