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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 5 March 2008


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

1: Mazur: Altenberg! The Woodstock of Evolution?

Suzan Mazur

It's not Yasgur's Farm, but what happens at the Konrad Lorenz Institute Konrad Lorenz Institute in Altenberg, Austria this July promises to be far more transforming for the world than Woodstock.

2: Sludge Report #182: Bigger Than Watergate III
C.D. Sludge

Usually when covering elections its important to wait till the votes are counted before you write your election analysis. However when it comes to US elections in the 21st century this rubric no longer applies.

3: Collins: Obama’s "Lost" NYC Votes No Surprise
Michael Collins

The reports of voting problems in New York City should come as no surprise. Anyone who has examined the diminished state of urban elections administration and reporting in the modern political era knows that the urban centers have shoddy voting equipment, ...

4: Hillary Most Qualified for the Job - Part II
Evelyn Pringle

This election cannot be based on personal likeability. It matters not whether Barack Obama is a better speaker than Hillary Clinton or visa versa. Now is not the time or place for a popularity contest - the stakes are too high.

5: Questions And Answers – Tuesday, 4 March 2008
Office of the Clerk

John Key: What does it say about the state of health care in this country when 13 members of the senior medical advisory committee at Waitemata District Health Board feel compelled to issue a public statement complaining about, amongst other things, ...

6: What's your position, Dr Cullen?
New Zealand National Party

National Party Finance spokesman Bill English says Finance Minister Michael Cullen has sown more doubt over his own policy to ban foreign investment in New Zealand.

7: Brattleboro Vermont Votes on Indicting President
Michael Collins

Super Tuesday for Bush in New England Brattleboro, Vermont, site of Tuesday’s vote to indict George W. Bush. Image CC

8: NZ shamed in international tourism report
Green Party

A 'dead last' ranking in the World Economic Forum's Travel and Tourism Report released today highlights the Government's shameful lack of attention to our threatened species' recovery.

9: NZ crime rates drop

The crime rate in New Zealand has steadily decreased over the past decade, contrary to media reports, show the results of a new study. "This is contrary to popular perception," says Julia Tolmie, co-editor of Criminal Justice in New Zealand (published by Lexis ...

10: World Environment Day guests confirmed
New Zealand Government

Environment Minister Trevor Mallard today announced that Dr Rajendra Pachauri (UN Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change Nobel laureate), President Tong of Kiribati and Achim Steiner (United Nations Environment Programme Executive Director) will ...

11: Questions For Oral Answer - Wednesday, 5 March 08
Office of the Clerk

1. Hon TONY RYALL to the Minister of Health: Does he expect the health sector to follow the Auditor-General’s procurement guidelines that advise that a public entity should “ensure that any information given to one tenderer that could significantly ...

12: Young “upstart” wins top cheese award
NZ Champions Of Cheese

A young three-month aged goat’s cheese whose name means “upstart” was tonight named New Zealand’s top artisan cheese.

13: National makes major u-turn on Treaty settlements
New Zealand Government

John Key’s abandonment of National’s commitment to a firm deadline on resolving historic Treaty claims is a major policy u-turn, Treaty Negotiations Minister Michael Cullen said today.

14: The delayed introduction of unleaded petrol
University of Otago

Unleaded petrol became mandatory in New Zealand in 1996, but a newly published study led by the University of Otago, Wellington reveals there was a 20 year delay as a result of deliberate lobbying by the lead additives industry, poorly informed and ...

15: Coming Soon - The Carbon Economy
Kelpie Wilson

By refusing to sign on to the Kyoto climate treaty, Americans have insulated ourselves from the complexities of the carbon market the European Union has been trading in for the last three years. But that state of ignorance, while not exactly blissful, ...

16: David Swanson: Will Police Arrest Bush and Cheney?
David Swanson

"Shall the Selectboard instruct the Town Attorney to draft indictments against President Bush and Vice President Cheney for crimes against our Constitution and publish said indictments for consideration by other authorities"

17: Hillary Most Qualified for the Job
Evelyn Pringle

This election cannot be based on personal likeability. It matters not whether Barack Obama is a better speaker than Hillary Clinton or visa versa. Now is not the time or place for a popularity contest - the stakes are too high.

18: TelstraClear purchase calling card platform

TelstraClear has purchased the Express pre-paid calling platform from previous outsourced supplier Argent Networks.

19: New Zealand needs to speed up emissions reduction
The New Zealand Institute

The report argues that more needs to be done to reduce New Zealand’s emissions in order to position New Zealand to operate successfully in what will likely be a low emissions global economy.

20: Transport Workers To Lobby For Iranian Driver
International Transport Workers' Federation

New Zealand transport workers will be demonstrating outside the Iranian Embassy, 151 Te Anua Road, Hataitai, Wellington at 12 noon, Thursday 6 March 2008.

21: Clinton Campaign: "Obama Must Win All States"
Scott Galindez

Austin, Texas - Huh? That's what Clinton's campaign is saying, talk about lowering expectations. For almost a month, the Clinton campaign has been pointing to March 4 as its "firewall." It pretty much wrote off its chances of winning any of the last ...

22: Fidel Denounces Imperialism's Crime In Ecuador
Prensa Latina

"Absolutely no one has the right to kill in cold blood. If we accept that imperial method of warfare and barbarism, Yankee bombs directed by satellites could fall on any group of Latin American men and women, in the territory of any country".

23: Response to O’Connor statement
DB Group Ltd

DB Breweries is bemused by the strength of feeling expressed by the Hon. Damien O’Connor, Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Health in calling DB “deceitful bastards” because of a small sponsorship of a Christchurch bar owner’s promotion to match ...

24: Kosovo: The Balkans' Moment Of Truth?
US State Department

Kosovo's declaration of independence ends one chapter but begins another. We must deal with short-term challenges of security and longer-term challenges of Kosovo's development. These are serious. Many things can go wrong and some will.

25: NZ Parliament refuses Hindu leader's request
Rajan Zed

New Zealand Parliament has refused to consider prominent religious leader Rajan Zed's request to amend its prayer procedure/structure for making it more inclusive and universal.

26: Arts Festival Review: Trial of the Cannibal Dog
Richard Thomson

The Trial of the Cannibal Dog Composed by Matthew Suttor Libretto by John Downie Directed by Christian Penny

27: Martin LeFevre: Bleeding From Flag Pins
Martin LeFevre - Meditations

To the cry, ‘we want our country back!’ thousands flock and dozens faint at Obama rallies, which resemble those huge gatherings of evangelical Christians in football stadiums.

28: Union welcomes release of 1951 lockout spy papers
Maritime Union of New Zealand

The Maritime Union of New Zealand has welcomed the release of secret SIS papers on the 1951 waterfront lockout to Archives New Zealand.

29: US Primary Election: Clinton Wins Ohio, Texas Tied
Alastair Thompson

The TV networks have just called the primary election in Ohio to Senator Hillary Clinton.

30: McCain Will Finally Be The Republican Nominee
Kevin List

According to CNN John McCain will win Rhode Island primary, giving him enough delegates to finally secure the Republican presidential candidate. Senator McCain had been the leading Republican Party frontrunner for some time but evangelical Christian ...

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