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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 11 March 2008

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

1: Another Worldwide Protest Against Scientology

Anonymous

As Project Chanology continues, thousands of people worldwide will stage a protest on March 15th against the Church of Scientology's corruption, and abuse of its members and critics. The group Anonymous, will picket at local Church of Scientology centers ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0803/S00099.htm


2: Maori Party Reports on Ikaroa Rawhiti Meeting
The Maori Party

“A very constructive meeting was held with members of the Maori Party in Ikaroa Rawhiti tonight” said Professor Winiata.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00167.htm


3: 60,000+ Iraq, Afghanistan Vets Diagnosed With PTSD
Jason Leopold

Jonathan Schulze was awarded two Purple Hearts in 2005 after a lengthy tour of duty in Iraq. But the Marine veteran couldn't escape the war inside his head. Drugs and alcohol temporarily numbed his pain. Yet the guilt he carried around with him having ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00119.htm


4: Has “no mates” National found a friend at last?
The Kiwi Party

As the 2008 General Election approaches, for many commentators, the contest is all over bar the shouting. Repeated polls show that the lead the National Party currently holds over the incumbent Labour Party is now so large, the word is that National ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00099.htm


5: A Little "PR" Advice For Senator Obama
Sherwood Ross

If Senator Obama spends his time between now and the Pennsylvania primary April 22 attacking Senator Clinton he will have focused on the wrong target. Public Enemy No. 1 in America today is George Bush, not Hillary Clinton. When there's a Mafioso ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00152.htm


6: Clark: Launch of New Zealand Fast Forward
New Zealand Government

Address at Launch of New Zealand Fast Forward A Plan for the Future of New Zealand's Pastoral & Food Industries
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00173.htm


7: Syed Akbar Kamal: Rates Revolt in Auckland
Syed Akbar Kamal

A rates revolt campaign has been launched by a section of Auckland City Council residents spearheaded by Penny Bright. The dispute centres on the continuation of ‘charitable payments’ by the Council owned Metrowater and her inability to elicit a disclosure ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00173.htm


8: Questions For Oral Answer - Tuesday, 11 March 2008
Office of the Clerk

1. JOHN KEY to the Prime Minister: Does she have confidence in the Minister of Finance; if so, why?
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00170.htm


9: Slips continue from National Party
New Zealand Government

Less than a week after John Key forgot that he had set a deadline for Treaty of Waitangi settlements, Bill English has now been caught forgetting that his leader has set a Crown debt target of 25 per cent of GDP.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00162.htm


10: Major plan for innovation in pastoral, food
New Zealand Government

Prime Minister Helen Clark today announced that the Labour-Progressive Government is committing $700 million to a new research, development, and innovation plan for the future in New Zealand's pastoral and food industries.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00172.htm


11: Multimedia: PM's Post Cabinet Presser 10 Mar. 2008
The Scoop Team

... covering a wide ranging variety of subjects including making NZ more innovative, electricity, Auckland airport, strategic assets in general, railway nationalisation, sustainability and the selection of Derek Fox as a Maori Party candidate.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00158.htm


12: R & D fund a 'gimmick' says National
New Zealand National Party

National Party Leader John Key says National will make a significant increase in funding for agricultural research and development, but it does not support the model announced by Labour today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00183.htm


13: McDonald’s to be number one seller of chicken
mcdonalds

McDonald’s is taking on the chicken market and says as the country's number one destination for burgers, there is no reason why it shouldn't be the destination of choice for chicken as well.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0803/S00172.htm


14: NZ MetService Takes Stake in UK Forecasting
MetService

New Zealand’s public weather forecaster, MetService, has taken a 50% stake in a private UK forecasting company Weather Commerce with a view to a complete buy-out in three years.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0803/S00021.htm


15: The Texas Zero Vote Counts - An Explanation
Kathy Dopp

The TX vote counts seem to be correct in most counties because not all counties in TX hold primary elections for both political parties.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00151.htm


16: New Instruments of Surveillance and Social Control
Global Research

Increasingly there are indications that the uses of wireless technologies have been developed to target an individual’s biological body, with specific focus upon the neuronal functioning of the brain. In this paper I examine how some of these uses ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00171.htm


17: National Climate Summary – Summer 2007/08
NIWA

Warm; extremely cloudy and wet in the far north, extremely dry in the Waikato and record sunshine in the south
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0803/S00020.htm


18: Daylight saving ends later this year
New Zealand Government

There is still three weeks of daylight saving left Internal Affairs Minister, Rick Barker said today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00178.htm


19: Cartoon: A Phone Call That No One Wants To Answer
John Chuckman

John Chuckman Cartoon: The Call On The Red Phone That No One Wants To Answer
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00163.htm


20: Workman for Sensible Sentencing Trust Conference
Rethinking Crime and Punishment

The Rethinking Crime and Punishment Project Leader, Kim Workman will headline the Sensible Sentencing Trusts Victim’s Conference in Wellington, in April.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00098.htm


21: Arts Festival Review: Book of Longing
Robbie Ellis

Book of Longing Philip Glass (music), Leonard Cohen (lyrics and images) Sunday 9 March 2008 Michael Fowler Centre
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00169.htm


22: Research funding partnership congratulated
Business New Zealand

The $700 million Government funding announced for the pastoral and food industries has enormous potential, says Business NZ Chief Executive Phil O’Reilly.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0803/S00184.htm


23: ‘Research Fund’ Must Boost Science Salaries
Public Service Association

“It’s vital that money from the new $700 million fund,* for research and innovation in our pastoral and food industries, is used to increase the pay of the Government’s science staff,” says PSA National Secretary Richard Wagstaff.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00101.htm


24: Goff: Speech to New Zealand Meat Board AGM
New Zealand Government

I have been asked to outline some of the trade challenges facing the industry, outline progress being made in our current bilateral trade negotiations and provide an update on the World Trade Organisation Doha Round.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00188.htm


25: Bomb Threat Inland Revenue Christchurch
New Zealand Police

The Building has been searched by the bomb dog and Police specialist search teams. No suspicious items were located. Police cordons have been stood down.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0803/S00123.htm


26: NZ Fast Forward in Pastoral and Food Industries
New Zealand Government

Pete Hodgson speaks after the announcement of the $700 million sustainable food and pastoral investment initiative. This is a significant day for New Zealand innovation and for New Zealand's economic transformation agenda. It is a day when we take the ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00175.htm


27: Top Scoop Stories - 11 March 2008 News Summary
The Scoop Editor

PM Post Cabinet / Questions & Answers /SST Conference / Rates Revolt Auckland / Fox / Solomon Islands / Cullen & Scoop / Bunnings & Easter Bunny / Hugo Buddy / Plane Crash Survivor / Feltex Plants / Greener Commonwealth / Burma / Scientology / Turks.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00174.htm


28: Calls for Govt to Scrap Forcing Aspartame on Kids
Phoenix Organics

Phoenix Organics’ CEO Stefan Lepionka has called on Food Safety Minister Lianne Dalziel and Health Minister David Cunliffe to scrap the Voluntary Schools Beverage Statement in light of new research from Purdue University that artificial sweeteners ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0803/S00151.htm


29: Did Republicans give Hillary her victory in Ohio?
freepress.org

Hilary Clinton's larger-than-expected victory in Ohio may have been won with votes from Republicans, and from independents who usually vote Republican.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00160.htm


30: Dr Cullen is 'borrowing' for tax cuts
New Zealand National Party

National Party Finance spokesman Bill English says Michael Cullen has already broken one of his so-called four tests by 'borrowing' for tax cuts.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00187.htm

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