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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 20 December 2006


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

1: Parliament's worst behaved MPs for 2006

United Future NZ Party

Ohariu-Belmont MP, Peter Dunne, today released his annual list of Parliament's worst-behaved MPs for the current year. "The winner by a country mile this year is National's Nelson MP, Dr Nick Smith, who is consistently among the worst-behaved MP's," he said. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00411.htm

2: Video: Kiwi Doco Squeegee Bandit Releases Feb 1st
Scoop Video

Scoop Video: This fantastic Kiwi doco, Squeegee Bandit, releases at Academy in Auckland and Paramount in Wellington on Feb 1. SQUEEGEE BANDIT follows Starfish's struggles (at pace, with a kick-ass sound track) through nine months, three cars, two women, ... http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00274.htm

3: Giesen Wines – expanding to meet demand
Giesen Wines

Giesen Wines, one of New Zealand’s biggest producers of internationally renowned Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, has invested $3.5M expanding and upgrading its winery and tank capacity in Blenheim and established a new bottling and packaging plant ... http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0612/S00361.htm

4: Scoop Blogwatch: Is Bassett A Fifth Columnist?
Scoop Blogwatch

Historian, acolyte of Roger Douglas and occasional speechwriter for Dr Don Brash, according to Nicky Hager, Dr Michael Bassett was kind enough to publish on his own website some recent correspondence between himself and Dominion Post editor Tim Pankhurst. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00286.htm

5: The Warehouse ‘Light Up Your Home’ Winner
The Warehouse Group

The winners of The Warehouse Light Up Your Home competition have got the Christmas decorating bug and are already designing improvements and additions for next year’s display. Graham and Evelyn Leighton of Upper Hutt were today named overall winners ... http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0612/S00139.htm

6: William Fisher: The Cost Of Islamophobia
William Fisher

Five years after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, "Islamophobia" -- intensified by the war in Iraq and U.S. government actions at home - has left millions of American Muslims fearful of harassment, discrimination, and questionable prosecutions, and ... http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00292.htm

7: William Fisher: Winning by Losing?
William Fisher

Daniel Sutherland, head of the civil-rights division of the Department of Homeland Security, says the government needs the help of American Muslims and Arab-Americans to fight terrorism at home. "Homeland security isn't going to be won by people sitting ... http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00288.htm

8: Developing Illegal Offensive Use Bioterror Weapons
Sherwood Ross

In violation of the U.S. Code and international law, the Bush administration is spending more money (in inflation-adjusted dollars) to develop illegal, offensive germ warfare than the $2-billion spent in World War II on the Manhattan Project to make the atomic ... http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00294.htm

9: Anderton releases advice on BZP to warn consumers
New Zealand Government

The Expert Advisory Committee on Drugs (EACD) has recommended the Government make benzylpiperazine (BZP), phenylpiperazines and related piperazines, common ingredients in 'party pills', illegal because of the risk of harm. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00406.htm

10: Party pills: few serious short term outcomes found
University of Auckland

Young people did not report many serious harmful adverse effects related to their use of legal party pills (LPPs) in a qualitative study undertaken by The University of Auckland. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0612/S00098.htm

11: Hope shines through
AIDS Foundation

At the end of 2006, this courageous Samoan woman can look around her and see the gifts that faith, hope and a great deal of support from family, friends and community have brought to her life. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0612/S00337.htm

12: State Dept. Daily Press Briefing December 19, 2006
US State Department

PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY Failure of Hamas Government / Hamas Should Respect Quartet Principles President Abbas's Call for Elections / Palestinians Must Decide Political Future http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0612/S00377.htm

13: Official NZ Music Chart & Chartbitz Dec. 20 2006
Official New Zealand Music Chart

Ka-ching, Christmas is here and music sales start to reach their yearly yuletide peak. Singles Chart aside, it’s steady as she goes on most of the charts with very little change in position - but the unit numbers have shown the expected seasonal ... http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0612/S00154.htm

14: Air NZ raises more than $260,000 for Kiwi children
Air New Zealand

It may be the week before Christmas but that hasn’t deterred Kiwis and Aussies from generously spending a total of $264,347.84 in Air New Zealand’s first online charity auction to raise funds for three childrens’ charities. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0612/S00249.htm

15: Public Address 20/12/06 - And The Word Of The Year
HARD NEWS from Russell Brown

The word of the year for 2006 is "unbundled", according to the readers of the popular New Zealand blog website Public Address. The keyword of telecommunications reform trumped all others in an online vote at Public Address' community site, Public Address ... http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00297.htm

16: Len Brown's Christmas Wishes List
Len Brown - Mayoral Candidate

I would like to wish the people of our city a peaceful Christmas and relaxing break over the summer holidays.Like most family's within our community the pressure of finishing the working year, attending the kids school prizegivings and battling the ... http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0612/S00231.htm

17: Rice Interview With Lukman Ahmed of Al Arabiya
US State Department

QUESTION: -- to Al Arabiya. Thank you so much for this opportunity. I'd like us to start right now with what's happening in the Palestine. The situation is so -- or the tension is very high between Hamas and how do you feel about it? http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0612/S00374.htm

18: Burns Interview, CNN Correspondent Satinder Bindra
US State Department

R. Nicholas Burns, Under Secretary for Political Affairs Roosevelt House New Delhi, India December 8, 2006 http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0612/S00370.htm

19: Martin LeFevre: Jesus Was a Man
Martin LeFevre - Meditations

The silly season is upon us. Silly not because of the celebrations of Jesus’ birth, as anachronistic as that seems in a world devoid of innocence and peace, but because ‘X-mas’ has become synonymous with the mindlessness of consumerism. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00295.htm

20: Disney Down Under
Crocs

Crocs™ Inc, manufacturer of a new breed of funky comfortable shoes, has brought the wonderful world of Disney down under to New Zealand. The ‘Disney by Crocs’™ line, made its official debut in New Zealand today with an exclusive special-edition ... http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0612/S00357.htm

21: Ship will stop in Auckland en route to save whales
Greenpeace New Zealand

The Greenpeace ship Esperanza is en route to the Southern Ocean as part of a massive global campaign to stop whaling in the Sanctuary. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0612/S00255.htm

22: United Future releases climate change policies
United Future NZ Party

United Future leader Peter Dunne and energy spokesman Gordon Copeland today released the party's detailed policy for coping with climate change. "We are primarily concerned with indicating to ordinary people that they can make a definite and positive contribution ... http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00407.htm

23: $120 m New Lynn transport upgrade
New Zealand Government

Government funding has been confirmed for a multi-million dollar revamp for New Lynn rail station and full trenching of a twin-tracked rail line through central New Lynn. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00375.htm

24: Mark Sainsbury to host Close Up
Television New Zealand

Mark was support host for the top rating Current Affairs programme with Susan Wood until her resignation on December 4th. Paul Henry will be the new support host for Close Up. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0612/S00394.htm

25: NZ Media on Climate Change Criticised in US Senate
New Zealand Climate Science Coalition

The New Zealand media, and leading commentators, have been recently sharply criticised before a hearing of the US Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0612/S00235.htm

26: Key – Treasury poodle?
New Zealand Government

Finance Minister Michael Cullen said Mr Key's statement today on how a government should action its priorities shows how inexperienced and dangerous a National-led government would be. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00410.htm

27: Nuclear Bomb-Grade Fuel Removed From Germany
United Nations

Nearly 270 kilos of fresh highly enriched uranium fuel (HEU) that could be used by terrorists to make nuclear explosives have been returned from a German research reactor to Russia in a secret airlift jointly monitored by the United Nations atomic watchdog ... http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0612/S00348.htm

28: Audio: Manning on Radio Adelaide Tax, Todd, Lights
Scoop Audio

Scoop Audio: Selwyn Manning talks to Radio Adelaide's Peter Godfrey about tax cuts for Kiwi businesses; Brent Todd faces pokie charges; and 50,000 bulbs turn spotlight on Kiwi Christmas winners. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00277.htm

29: Cabinet paper on student loan bill released
United Future NZ Party

Revenue Minister Peter Dunne today released a Cabinet paper on proposals that led to the introduction in November of the Student Loan Scheme Amendment Bill. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00428.htm

30: Weiner: Santa, Please Grant Us These Wishes
Bernard Weiner

Dear Santa: First I want to thank you for granting our main wish for 2006: the humiliating defeat of the RoveBushCheney cabal in the midterm election. And for removing the robes of war-power from Donald Rumsfeld. (On the other hand, Bush replaced him with ... http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00289.htm

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