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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 21 December 2006

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

1: Lobbying: Self-Interest or National Interest?

New Zealand Business Roundtable

Nicky Hager’s recent re-heating of the vast right wing conspiracy theory raises a significant question in relation to business lobbying, which his book makes no attempt to explore. That is: what was the motivation and purpose of those in business ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0612/S00406.htm


2: 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


3: Condoleezza Rice Roundtable With Press 12/19/2006
US State Department

QUESTION: The Pentagon yesterday put out a report identifying the Saddamists as the single greatest security threat in Iraq and I'm wondering, has the U.S. decided that now is the time to bring this confrontation with the Saddamists to a head?
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0612/S00387.htm


4: More Kiwi firefighters to be deployed to Victoria
New Zealand Government

The Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment today made its second formal request for New Zealand firefighters, Internal Affairs Minister Rick Barker and National Rural Fire Officer Murray Dudfield said today from Melbourne.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00436.htm


5: Law Society On Anti Smacking Bill
New Zealand Law Society

Media Release On The Crimes (Abolition Of Force As A Justification For Child Discipline) Amendment Bill
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0612/S00267.htm


6: MetService critics should stick to science
New Zealand Climate Science Coalition

New Zealand Climate Science Coalition scientists have come to the defence of their colleague, Professor Augie Auer, former chief meteorologist of MetService, in response to criticisms posted on Scoop by the present management of MetService.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0612/S00059.htm


7: APFA Bhutan: Rizal Admitted To Hospital
APFA-Bhutan

Kathmandu, December 19: Senior Bhutanese human rights leader Tek Nath Rizal has been admitted to Manamohan Memorial Hospital in Kathmandu on Monday evening for treatment of his ailments of nasal problem, loss of appetite and fever.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0612/S00373.htm


8: UQ Wire: Peter Dale Scott - JFK and 9/11
www.UnansweredQuestions.org

When I first imagined doing this talk I thought well I probably knew more at this stage about 9/11 than most people here, who are professionally concerned with JFK.1 But in preparing this talk, which I only began last Monday, has been a real learning ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00301.htm


9: 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


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11: HIV medicine funding positive start to New Year
GlaxoSmithKline

A new agreement between GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and drug funding agency PHARMAC will lighten the pill load for HIV patients. A new once-daily HIV medication Kivexa™ (abacavir/lamivudine), which combines two antiretrovirals in one tablet, will be ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0612/S00103.htm


12: Les Yeux on France: The French CNN
Yasmine Ryan - Les Yeux on France

After nearly a twenty year wait, President Jacques Chirac finally saw his vision of an international French televised news channel, France 24 , launched on 6 December...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00310.htm


13: New Political Editor For 3 News
TV3

Duncan Garner has been appointed as 3 News’ new Political Editor, effective from early January.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0612/S00432.htm


14: Australia’s biggest nudie addict revealed!
Nudie

After 3 months, more than 3,500 entries, 80,000 sms’s, countless nudie juices, 2 very tired nudie cows, and a search across Australia, the biggest nudie addict in the nation has been revealed!
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0612/S00399.htm


15: Health Risks Threaten Millions In Floods
United Nations

With increased risks of cholera, dysentery, measles and malaria threatening millions of people in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia due to severe drought followed by the worst floods in recent memory, the United Nations health agency has called for concerted ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0612/S00382.htm


16: 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


17: Sharp's new 46" Aquos LCD TV coming to NZ
Sharp

The latest Sharp Aquos LCD TV, the new 46" LC46G7, will offer world-leading technology right across the board. The first LCD screen in New Zealand to feature Sharp's 8th generation glass, the 46" features a "Full-Spec" High Definition LCD panel from Sharp's ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0612/S00431.htm


18: Hill Evening Walkthrough on Six-Party Talks
US State Department

Evening Walkthrough on Six-Party Talks Christopher Hill, Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs St. Regis Hotel Beijing, China December 20, 2006
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0612/S00389.htm


19: State Dept. Daily Press Briefing December 20, 2006
US State Department

NORTH KOREA Six Party Talks / Hill Meetings / Good Exchange / Consensus to Continue Meetings Treasury Delegation’s Meetings with DPRK / Useful Discussions / Illicit Activities Possible Future Meeting in New York on Illicit Activities U.S. Briefing ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0612/S00386.htm


20: Giant Silver Fern To Be Built On LA Beach
Made From New Zealand

December 20, 2006, Auckland: Waitangi Day is set to go global in 2007 when a giant sand sculpture of a Silver Fern will be created on Santa Monica beach in Los Angeles.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0612/S00419.htm


21: Appointments to NZTE board announced
New Zealand Government

Three members of the New Zealand Trade and Enterprise board have had their terms renewed and a new member has been appointed, Economic Development Minister Trevor Mallard and Acting Trade Minister Annette King announced today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00455.htm


22: New Chief Executive For EECA
Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority

New Chief Executive for the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) has today announced the appointment of Mike Underhill as Chief Executive.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0612/S00058.htm


23: Rice With Envoy for Sudan Andrew S. Natsios
US State Department

SECRETARY RICE: Good morning. I have just had an opportunity to meet with the President's Special Envoy for Sudan Andrew Natsios who has just returned from a trip to Sudan. I've met with Andrew and with members of our Africa team and our team on the Middle ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0612/S00388.htm


24: A world leader to be available in NZ
Sharp

Sharp's new 46" Aquos LCD TV - a world leader to be available in NZ
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0612/S00434.htm


25: Chuckman Cartoons: Xmas '06 At The Whitehouse
John Chuckman

Two cartoon comments from John Chuckman… ENDS
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00308.htm


26: Sanctions against the Zimbabwe should continue
International Trade Union Federation

Brussels, 20 December 2006 (ITUC Online): The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) have written to the European Commissioners for External Relations and for Development and Humanitarian Aid, urging ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0612/S00378.htm


27: Snakehead mystery solved
Biosecurity NZ

Further details of the snakehead found in a gutter in a Napier street on Monday night have come to light today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0612/S00057.htm


28: My Congressman Makes Me Prouder Than Ever
David Swanson

This article helps explain why I spend so much time trying to lobby other people's Congress Members, hoping that perhaps I share the same century with them. If you can return the favor and are inspired by this article to give Virgil Goode a call, ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00306.htm


29: Haitian Kidnappings Sparks Alarm from UN Mission
United Nations

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti today expressed alarm at the sudden spate of kidnappings, especially of children, across the impoverished Caribbean country, and vowed to maintain its operations against the gangs responsible for the crimes.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0612/S00392.htm


30: 65,000+ say no to Caribbean commercial whaling
International Fund For Animal Welfare

More than 65,000 emails and faxes urging Caribbean leaders not to consider commercial whaling were sent to Ministers of Tourism there, after the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW – www.ifaw.og) called on supporters worldwide to encourage ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0612/S00361.htm

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