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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 12 December 2007

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

1: Politicians should heed gambling survey

Problem Gambling Foundation

New research commissioned by the Health Sponsorship Council provides hard evidence of the harm being done by gambling says the Problem Gambling Foundation.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0712/S00107.htm

2: P.S. Financial Fraud vs. Financial Coup d’etat

Catherine Austin Fitts

There is a fundamental difference between financial fraud and warfare implemented by financial means – a financial coup d’etat, if you will. For citizens and investors trying to navigate current events and markets, it is well worth pausing to gain perspective ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0712/S00153.htm

3: TVNZ's Christmas Present To Shortland Street Fans

Television New Zealand

TVNZ and South Pacific Pictures are giving Shortland Street fans a present this Christmas – the biggest week in Shortland Street history free of charge on TVNZ ondemand.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0712/S00140.htm

4: Kucinich Preparing 50-Page Articles of Impeachment

David Swanson

Kucinich Says He's Preparing 50-Page Bush Articles of Impeachment By David Swanson http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/29305 Touching on issues ranging from Yucca Mountain to the Patriot Act and the war in Iraq, presidential hopeful Dennis Kucinich ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0712/S00156.htm

5: A Bad Case of “Terrorism” Hysteria

Anti-Bases Campaign

I have a confession to make (so pay attention, spies, and have those black ninjas on full alert). I’ve spent a week in the Ureweras with gun toting Maori. From memory they also sported bullet belts, camouflage gear and cowboy hats. It was in 1981 (if ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0712/S00130.htm

6: Greenpeace challenged to prove need for carbon tax

New Zealand Climate Science Coalition

Before Greenpeace or anyone else criticises the Government for its failure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, it should cite the valid verified scientific proof that carbon dioxide causes warming of the earth to an extent that would involve New Zealanders ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0704/S00277.htm

7: Google Announces Google Maps New Zealand

Google

AUCKLAND, New Zealand – 12 December 2007 - Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today launched the Google Maps™ New Zealand service at maps.google.co.nz , enabling users in New Zealand to find the local information they want more easily. In addition to map and ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0712/S00217.htm

8: Nun Briefs Parliamentarians On Timor-Leste Crisis

Spike Mountjoy

Security is still the most pressing problem for Timor-Leste according to nun and refugee camp organiser Sister Guilhermina Marcal currently visiting New Zealand.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0712/S00175.htm

9: "Buyer enquiry over" should not mislead

Commerce Commission

The Commerce Commission says real estate agents need to heed the warning contained in a recent court case relating to pricing practices to avoid breaching the Fair Trading Act.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0712/S00155.htm

10: Questions And Answers - Tuesday, 11 December 2007

Office of the Clerk

1. RUSSELL FAIRBROTHER (Labour) to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What reports has she received regarding the number of New Zealanders receiving an unemployment benefit?
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0712/S00221.htm

11: Greens call on Government to admit spray campaign

Green Party

The Ombudsman's report on Complaints Arising from Aerial Spraying is a damning indictment of the Government's handling of the painted apple moth aerial spraying campaign, the Green Party says.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0712/S00220.htm

12: Minismising Risks Of Online Social Networking

Unisys

New Zealanders need to act on new research which shows most feel uncomfortable posting personal information online
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0712/S00122.htm

13: The Widening Chasm on Energy

Kelpie Wilson

Last Thursday, the US House of Representatives passed, by a 235-181 vote, the Energy Independence and Security Act. This new energy bill includes measures that would increase car fuel mileage, restore taxes on Big Oil to pay for investments in solar, ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0712/S00173.htm

14: Bush's Nuclear-Boogeyman Scam

Bernard Weiner

The Cheneyists wanted to bomb Iran based on the same fear-scam Americans fell for when CheneyBush were pushing the invasion of Iraq: nuclear weapons. Here's how their scheme fell apart -- or did it?
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0712/S00165.htm

15: Cunliffe reiterates his call for Roy to apologise

New Zealand Government

Minister of Health David Cunliffe has today reiterated his call for Heather Roy to either provide information to support the allegation she made in Parliament last week or apologise to the staff at Capital and Coast DHB.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0712/S00217.htm

16: Health effects of spraying carefully considered

New Zealand Government

"Biosecurity is just as much about health and community outcomes as it is about economic and environmental matters, and this was always an important consideration during the moth eradication operations carried out by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0712/S00239.htm

17: Welcome To My Nightmare!

Capital C Concerts

Capital C: Concerts grows the ROCK2WGTN brand by adding legendary ALICE COOPER to the opening night programme. Promoter Phil Sprey announced the artist at midnight last night after promising that another major name would precede the VISA CARD Pre ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0712/S00145.htm

18: Sec. Rice At The Women's Foreign Policy Luncheon

US State Department

The international system today is experiencing a degree of transformation that defies precedent: The rise of China and India, the growth of truly global labor and capital markets, the spread of technology, massive new migrations of people.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S00704.htm

19: Auckland mayor a disgrace over affordable housing

Green Party

The Green Party is shocked that the Auckland City Council plans to break an affordable housing contract at a council meeting tomorrow.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0712/S00231.htm

20: Voice Activated Desk A Big Winner For Gore Student

Criterion

Fourteen year old Leighton Terry hopes his voice-activated desk leads to more success after winning a nationwide competition for budding inventors.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0712/S00030.htm

21: NZ First Makes Starship Donation

New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First has donated a cheque for $158,000 to the Starship Children's Hospital in Auckland.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0712/S00243.htm

22: AI calls for moratorium on Taser decision

Amnesty International

Amnesty International is calling on the Police Commissioner and the Minister of Police not to make a decision on the introduction of Taser stun guns or similar electro-shock weapons, until results of comprehensive, independent studies into their use and effects ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0712/S00125.htm

23: Charges Against Sri Lanka Honey Collectors Dropped

Survival International

The four men were collecting honey for presentation at the Tooth Temple in the town of Kandy during Sri Lanka's annual Esala Perahera - the country's major Buddhist festival.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S00643.htm

24: NZ extends Zimbabwe travel sanctions

New Zealand Government

New Zealand has extended its travel ban on associates of the Mugabe regime in Zimbabwe by denying student visas and permits to their adult children, Foreign Minister Winston Peters and Immigration Minister Clayton Cosgrove announced today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0712/S00238.htm

25: Departures Of Burma Refugees From Thailand Top 20K

UNHCR

The number of people who have been resettled in third countries from Thailand since the programme started in 2005 now stands at 20,878, the UN refugee agency said Tuesday.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S00750.htm

26: Volvos Are Top Safety Picks

Motorcorp Distributors

The all new C70 carries safety engineering from the preceding C70 by increasing use of Ultra High Strength Steel for side and rear energy absorption protection. Also featured is the world's first side impact air bag from convertibles. Also standard ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0712/S00031.htm

27: No chance of Clark achieving her OECD promise

New Zealand National Party

National Party Finance spokesman Bill English says the Government’s economic indicators report out today shows Helen Clark has no chance of delivering on her promise to get New Zealand back into the top half of the OECD within a decade.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0712/S00245.htm

28: Lisbon Strategy For Growth And Jobs: 2007 Report

European Union

Lisbon Strategy for Growth and Jobs: 2007 Strategic Report Country - Assessment of the National Reform Programmes... the Commission's assessment of progress made to implement key structural reforms and based on the Integrated Guidelines for Growth ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S00770.htm

29: Ban on thermal energy risks electricity security

NZ Council for Infrastructure Development

The New Zealand Council for infrastructure Development is concerned that proposed legislation to place a 10 year ban on thermal energy may risk security of electricity supply, prolong dependence on Huntly coal fired generation and potentially mean more ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0712/S00153.htm

30: Taser Opponents Lack New Zealand Perspective

Police Association

Opponents to New Zealand Police being issued with Taser devices are ignoring the realities of modern policing in New Zealand, Police Association President Greg O'Connor said today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0712/S00149.htm

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