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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 12 February 2008


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

1: Disaster warning: Crime tsunami about to hit


New Zealand is about to be hit with the biggest disaster ever recorded in history, and it is not an earthquake.

2: GE Brassica: Resistant Insects in a Few Years?
GE free NZ in Food Environment Inc

Scientists could spend 10 years developing GE Brassica vegetables that could create resistance in insects in just half that time, making them worse than useless.

3: Swanson: Kucinich - "The Incident Did Not Happen"
David Swanson

"...Dennis was visited by representatives of Nancy Pelosi and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee - AIPAC. They told Dennis that if he would drop his campaigns to impeach Cheney and Bush, they would guarantee his re-election."

4: Shared equity rolled out yet again
New Zealand National Party

National Party Housing spokesman Phil Heatley says Labour’s shared equity idea to combat record housing unaffordability has been announced at least a dozen times before.

5: E. Pringle: End Profit Driven Vaccination Racket
Evelyn Pringle

The push to keep adding more vaccines to the mandatory schedules comes directly from a purely profit motivated industry and a recent investor report estimates that the world-wide market will quadruple from about $4.3 billion in 2006.

6: Investing in sustainable community services
New Zealand Government

The Labour-led Government is significantly boosting and guaranteeing funding for community organisations providing essential services to families, children, and young people, Social Development Minister Ruth Dyson said today.

7: Speight’s Coast to Coast Longest Day 2008
Speight's Coast to Coast

Richard Ussher has taken out the top spot in the Speight’s Coast to Coast ‘Longest Day’ one-day competition with a time of 11hr:03min:54sec. Ussher finished with a convincing lead over last year’s winner, Gordon Walker who came in at second ...

8: Labour’s 14-year-old idea insults victims of crime
New Zealand National Party

Helen Clark today insults all victims of crime by waiting till the election year of her bid for a fourth term in office to re-cook policies she first announced 14 years ago, says National Justice spokesman, Simon Power.

9: Scoop Link: Seymour M Hersh - A Strike in the Dark
Scoop Link

Sometime after midnight on September 6, 2007, at least four low-flying Israeli Air Force fighters crossed into Syrian airspace and carried out a secret bombing mission on the banks of the Euphrates River.

10: National flavour to ‘new’ NGO policy
New Zealand National Party

Labour should be ashamed of itself for lifting, virtually word-for-word, yet another National Party policy, says National’s Community Programmes spokeswoman, Paula Bennett.

11: Link: Flight of the Conchords win Comedy Grammy
Scoop Link

NZ folk-parody duo Flight of the Conchords have won the Grammy for best comedy album - the first NZ Grammy since Kiri Te Kanawa's in 1984.

12: PM's Statement to Parliament 2008
New Zealand Government

Tuesday 12 February 2008 It's a privilege for me as Prime Minister to present this annual statement to Parliament on our government's priorities for the year ahead.

13: Address in reply speech - 2008
Green Party

The oldest trick in politics is to spend election year appealing to greed and fear. And that's how the year has started. Greed for tax cuts, and fear of violent youth. It's an old recipe.

14: Landowners should tremble at Clark's new policy
Libertarianz Party

Responding to Helen Clark's plan to combat housing unaffordability, Libertarianz Housing spokesman Peter Cresswell is encouraged at the Clark Govenment's belated recognition that the core of the problem is over-regulation and under-supply, but ...

15: Response to PM's Statement to Parliament
The Maori Party

Tena tatau katoa. I pose the question as to how it is, that State of the Nation addresses somehow leave references to our founding document, Te Tiriti o Waitangi – to the very end of the speech; or refer to the special characteristics of tangata ...

16: Elections underway for two new Anglican bishops
Anglican Church in Aotearoa

The Anglican Church in New Zealand is in the process of choosing two key leaders – new bishops for the Dioceses of Waiapu and Christchurch.

17: Campaign for the Repeal of Electoral Finance Act
John Boscawen

On its last day of sitting of 2007 Parliament passed the Electoral Finance Act. Today, the first day of the 2008 session is an appropriate day to protest in parliament the passing of the Act and to announce plans for a nationwide programme of protest ...

18: Harawira: The time has come. A fact’s a fact…
The Maori Party

Maori Party MP Hone Harawira is to join thousands of Aboriginals in Canberra where the Australian Prime Minister is expected to make an apology to indigenous Australians.

19: The Honourable Brian Donnelly Resigns
New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has announced the resignation of Brian Donnelly from Parliament.

20: Action plan to increase affordable housing
New Zealand Government

The government is working on a comprehensive plan of action to help families into home ownership by boosting the supply of affordable houses, Housing Minister Maryan Street said today.

21: Good on ya Trev, now adopt the recommendations
Green Party

The Green Party congratulates the Government for changing its mind and releasing the previously unpublished thirteenth chapter of the ‘State of the Environment’ report. But it is calling on the Government to take the next step and adopt the recommendations ...

22: Significant Increase in No. of Homes for Sale

Statistics released by the real estate industry’s official website show record numbers of houses for sale across the country indicating there may be more homes on the market now than ever before in NZ’s history.

23: Labour kisses goodbye to single core benefit
New Zealand National Party

The Prime Minister has finally kissed goodbye to Labour’s much-trumpeted single core benefit, says National’s Welfare spokeswoman, Judith Collins.

24: An Occasional Note on the 2008 Campaigns, No. 3
Rosalea Barker

Clinton has a new campaign manager. I hope her first words of advice to the candidate are that she stops using the H word. Repeating over and over that this is an "historic" election is inviting ridicule.

25: Judgment: Greenpeace vs Genesis Power
NZ Supreme Court

Leave to appeal against the decision of the Court of Appeal [2007] NZCA 569 is granted.

26: Third and final line-up for Bluesfest

The final line-up has now been confirmed. With the addition of five more New Zealand artists, Bluesfest NZ now completes an outstanding and musically diverse Easter weekend music festival, comprising 18 bands over two stages. From the traditional blues master ...

27: Greens release secret enviro report 13th chapter
Green Party

Greens release secret 13th chapter of enviro report; call for independent oversight of future reports

28: Sherwood Ross: Obama Perceived As One Cool Dude
Sherwood Ross

Young voters see Obama as one cool dude, an attractive politician with charisma and star power. Obama's energy mirrors their energy. He literally sprints to the podium. They may not know it, but Obama's platform is not that far removed from Eisenhower's.

29: Government Responds to Call for NGO Funds
Family First

Family First NZ is welcoming the government’s promise of increased funding for NGO’s working with at-risk families in the community.

30: Cookie Time turns 25
Cookie Time

It has been 25 years since Michael Mayell worked from his one bedroom in Christchurch smashing blocks of chocolate up for a new business idea he had in the oven.

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