Yesterday's top 30 rating items on Scoop were...
Only an Obama victory will be a victory for America for only Barack Obama offers the possibility of real change in a jaded party and democracy which has lost touch with its base ~ the people.
2: Ramzy Baroud: Media Language And War
Mindlessly repeating official discourses may be easier and more profitable, but it will make no helpful contribution to the field of journalism, and to any possibility of truth and justice.
3: Ninety Five Journalists Killed Worldwide In 2007
World Association Of Newspapers
Ninety-five journalists and other media workers were killed world-wide because of their professional activities in 2007, with Iraq and other conflict zones accounting for more than two-thirds of the deaths.
4: David Swanson: Taibbi Gets It Halfway Right
Taibbi correctly condemns the Democrats' past year of not really trying to end the occupation of Iraq. But he fails to acknowledge that they still have almost another whole year left in which they could quite easily act if they wanted to.
5: Catholic Church Crisis Could Have Been Avoided
Massachusetts School Of Law
The Roman Catholic Church is facing an unnecessary crisis "that could have been averted if the overriding priority in recent years had been the welfare of the church's children rather than the welfare of its priests and its assets."
6: Obama, Clinton Split Delegates On Super Tuesday
Atlanta Progressive News
Obama picked up 14 victories all across the country, including Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, and Utah.
7: US State Dept Daily Press Briefing: Feb 7, 2008
US State Department
On February 5th, we -- actually on Tuesday we delivered eight letters -- our Embassy in Nairobi delivered eight letters that were signed by the Ambassador to a number of Kenyan politicians and businessmen suspected of supporting or inciting violence.
8: AWPA Calls Rudd To Raise W. Papua Issue With Indo
Australia West Papua Association
We all want to have good relations with our neighbours but good relations with Jakarta should not be at the expense of the West Papuan people who are struggling for their right to self-determination.
9: Brazil's Bolsa Família: Extension Over Extinction
Council on Hemispheric Affairs
With over 36 million Brazilians suffering from poverty and malnutrition - whose daily caloric intake falls under the minimum 2,200 daily figure- Bolsa Família is meant to be a mainstay of the government's anti-poverty program, Fome Zero.
10: Daily Voting News For February 07, 2008
Besides the growing number of voting machine problems, none of which would have been helped by adding a vvpat printer to a DRE but most of which would have been helped by banning the DREs outright, we’ve also got the leaking of the GAO report.
11: HMAS Voyager Disaster: 44 Years Too Long To Wait
Australian Defence Force
On the 44th anniversary of the HMAS Voyager disaster, the Minister for Defence said, "82 lives were lost that night on the 10th of February, in our nation's worst peacetime military tragedy, and Labor is committed to seeing justice done."
12: Health Risks To Patea Residents Low
Taranaki District Health Board
The risk of Patea residents developing an asbestos related disease from the fire at the town’s freezing works is extremely low, says Taranaki’s Medical Officer of Health.
13: Amena Yauvoli To Head SPC Nth Pacific Office
Secretariat of the Pacific Community
'There is no better opportunity for SPC to contribute and provide real, meaningful and sustainable solutions to the ongoing development challenges that the countries and territories of the Northern Pacific are facing.'
14: 'Islam Vs. West' A False Divide, Says Ban Ki-moon
"People should really try to understand more the cultures and traditions of others. There is a perception that the West is on one side and the Muslim world is on the other. We must try to cut off this misperceived linkage."
15: NZ Police Alert: Body Part Located, Christchurch
New Zealand Police
At approximately 14.10hrs on Sunday the 10th of February 2008 a member of the public walking with his family located a partially decomposed left leg of a human in the surf near the estuary at The Spit, South Shore, Christchurch.
16: States Not Doing Enough To Prevent Smoking Deaths
Only 5 per cent of the world's population reside in countries fully protecting residents with any one of the crucial measures to reduce smoking rates. Virtually every country needs to do more," said Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General.
17: Lyndon Hood: Sevens Cut & Play Paper Dolls
Missing the fun of the Sevens? Then we have the playtime activity for you! Cut them out! Dress them up! Make them fight! Or, y'know, whatever!
18: U.S. Tycoons Urged To Support 'Green' Economics
"As businesspeople, you will appreciate the power of markets and innovation to change the world. In this, the UN is your partner," UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said in an address Thursday evening to the Economic Club of Chicago.
19: Austrian Diplomat Tapped For Sr UN Economic Post
Thomas Stelzer, 53, will replace Patrizio Civili as the new Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs. Since 2001, Mr. Stelzer has been his country's Permanent Representative in Vienna to the IAEA.
20: Being A Parent Is The Most Important Job
Jigsaw CEO Strategic Relationships wants parents to know that being a parent is the most important job anyone can ever have.
21: Consumer Test Shows Cancer Society Sunscreen Fails
Consumer NZ announced today that tests it had done of the Cancer Society sunscreen SPF 30+ Trigger Spray showed it significantly failed to meet the SPF claim. The Cancer Society has agreed to urgently recall the sunscreen.
22: Polio Eradication Within Reach - Ban Ki-moon
"Rotary International has led a $600 million worldwide campaign to wipe out polio. Sometime this year, their work will be done. Polio will be history, like smallpox," said Mr. Ban in an address to the Economic Club of Chicago.
23: Robert Half launches IT division
Robert Half International
Employers and job seekers in the highly competitive IT sector have a new recruitment option, with global specialist recruitment firm Robert Half opening a technology division in Auckland.
24: Cambodia: Tribunal Handles 500+ Victims Complaints
The United Nations-backed tribunal trying Khmer Rouge leaders accused of mass killings and other crimes is currently processing and responding to more than 500 complaints submitted by Cambodians on crimes which took place three decades ago.
25: Researcher to Attend Gambling Conference
Problem Gambling Foundation
One of the world's leading researchers and clinicians in the problem gambling field will be a keynote speaker at an Auckland conference.
26: Queenstown’s largest hotel officially launches
Following a $13 million makeover, Novotel Gardens Queenstown today officially re-launches as both Queenstown’s largest hotel and New Zealand’s largest Accor-owned property.
27: NZBR: 2008 Budget Personal Tax Package
New Zealand Business Roundtable
Economic growth is a priority objective of the government. Growth requires improvements in productivity and workforce participation. Both would be assisted by lower taxes.
28: One Millionth Barrel Of Oil Sold
NZ Oil And Gas
New Zealand Oil and Gas Ltd (NZOG) has sold its one millionth barrel of oil from the Tui Area Oil Fields off the Taranaki coast.
29: Cote D'ivoire: UN Dismantling Observation Posts
Four posts are currently being taken apart and, security conditions permitting, the next dismantling will take place at the end of March, UNOCI Military Spokesperson Colonel Mustapha Dafir announced yesterday in Abidjan.
30: Supply of euthanasia drug professional suicide
New Zealand Veterinary Association
Dr Philip Nitschke's suggestion that a person could obtain a dangerous narcotic for human euthanasia from a veterinarian is a slur on the integrity and professionalism of veterinarians, says Veterinary Association president John Maclachlan.