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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 8 April 2008

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

1: Nuclear Attack on Iran appears imminent!

Zahir Ebrahim

Project Humanbeingsfirst cannot humbly emphasize enough the first order most crucial question that must concern all conscionable 'United States persons' today, including courageous genuinely patriotic whistleblowers. The impending nuclear attack on Iran, ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00105.htm


2: Barack Obama - Operation Board Games For Slumlords
Evelyn Pringle

Barack Obama has a long history of working with Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and governors of Illinois, including the current Governor Rod Blagojevich, in doling government funding for housing development in Chicago. His history is hardly a model of success, ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00064.htm


3: China FTA Not Enough - NZ First
New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First has described the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with China as “not enough” and will vote against the legislation in Parliament. Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters said there was simply not enough in the deal for this country for New Zealand ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00225.htm


4: Wine serving: Get the best out of your bottle
Alpha Domus

Open bottle, pour wine, drink. When it comes to serving wine, there are a few additional steps which can enhance the tasting experience.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0804/S00141.htm


5: Scoop Full Coverage: New Zealand-China FTA
Scoop Full Coverage

Prime Minister Helen Clark and Chinese counterpart, Premier Wen Jiabao, today witnessed the signing of the historic Free Trade Agreement between NZ and China in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People. NZ and China have also agreed to establish a working holiday ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00096.htm


6: Glaxo Fights Against Public Paxil Trials
Evelyn Pringle

Government attorneys appointed by the Bush Administration have been supporting GlaxoSmithKline in a number of courts across the country in an effort to convince the courts that lawsuits filed by victims of Paxil-induced injuries should be dismissed before ever ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00107.htm


7: Historic first as New Zealand-China FTA signed
New Zealand Government

Prime Minister Helen Clark and Chinese counterpart, Premier Wen Jiabao, today witnessed the signing of the historic Free Trade Agreement between New Zealand and China in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00200.htm


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

1. JOHN KEY to the Prime Minister: Does she agree with the Minister of Finance that “tax cuts are not self-funding. If unaccompanied by expenditure cuts they simply lead to burgeoning deficits and debt”; if not, why not?
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00213.htm


9: Greenpeace reveal Dairy expansion out of control
Greenpeace New Zealand

Greenpeace has today revealed the extent of climate-damaging dairy conversion in New Zealand with an activity in the central North Island in which 30 volunteers are currently replanting over 1000 trees on land cleared for dairy farming.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0804/S00128.htm


10: Questions And Answers - Tuesday, April 9 2008
Office of the Clerk

1. H V ROSS ROBERTSON (Labour—Manukau East) to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology: What reports has he received on improvements for telecommunications in New Zealand?
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00229.htm


11: Peters Takes Aim At Alleged Benefits of FTA
Kevin List

NZ First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters told reporters at a press conference this afternoon there was not enough gains for New Zealand in a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with China for NZ First MPs to support it. Mr Peters went on to debate what he would say as ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00116.htm


12: New Hampshire Legislature to Vote on Impeachment
Rosalea Barker

On April 16, the New Hampshire legislature will consider House Resolution 24, a resolution petitioning Congress to commence impeachment procedures. Introduced by veteran legislator Betty Hall , 87, its successful passage would create U.S. history.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00115.htm


13: Government services satisfy New Zealanders
State Services Commission

The State Services Commissioner, Mark Prebble, today released the results of the first national survey of New Zealanders' experience of government services. Public Satisfaction with Service Quality 2007: The Kiwis Count Survey asked 6,500 New Zealanders ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0804/S00127.htm


14: Stuart Newman, The New Master Of Evolution?
Suzan Mazur

On his recent PBS television show One On One , John McLaughlin quizzed two religion authors about whether the idea of the Virgin birth in the oral accounts of the Bible had a reference in biology, with someone mentioning parthenogenesis – asexual reproduction. ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00103.htm


15: Parker: Wind energy in a sustainable New Zealand
New Zealand Government

Wind energy in a sustainable New Zealand Address to the New Zealand Wind Energy Association conference 9am, 8 April 2008, Soundings Theatre, Te Papa Wellington
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00219.htm


16: Britons flock to Opportunities New Zealand Expo
Working In Ltd

Thousands of potential British migrants flocked to the Opportunities New Zealand Expo in London over the weekend.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0804/S00125.htm


17: Historic Mesopotamia land protected for the future
New Zealand Government

“Renowned author and farmer Samuel Butler established the station in 1860, and made its magnificent high country landscape famous in his novel Erewhon. More recently, it has been given international exposure by the Lord of the Rings films. This landscape ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00198.htm


18: Keith Rankin: The FTA and the Economic Good
Keith Rankin

Helen Clark (eg TV1 News, morning of 31 March) claims that the benefits of the forthcoming free trade agreement with China will be a $200m "injection". Many will interpret this as meaning a $200m improvement in the balance of payments through increased ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00079.htm


19: Human Rights Film Festival
Human Rights Film Fertival

Human Rights Film Festival 2008 Wellington: 8-16 May | Paramount Theatre | www.paramount.co.nz Auckland: 15- 23 May | Newmarket Rialto Cinema | www.rialto.co.nz Christchurch: 22-30 May | Regent Theatre | www.hoyts.co.nz Dunedin: 29 May - 6 June | Rialto Cinema | ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0804/S00071.htm


20: SCOOP.CO.NZ: Introducing the Scoop Review of Books
Alastair Thompson

Scoop is delighted and very proud today to launch The Scoop Review of Books edited by Jeremy Rose.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00108.htm


21: Clark: New Zealand – China FTA Dinner
New Zealand Government

Rt Hon Helen Clark Prime Minister Address at dinner to celebrate the signing of the New Zealand – China FTA
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00206.htm


22: MAF stuff-up over equine flu unacceptable
New Zealand National Party

National's Biosecurity spokesman, Shane Ardern, says MAF Biosecurity's error over its equine influenza testing regime is unacceptable.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00215.htm


23: Sharples: Copyright Amendment Bill
The Maori Party

The definition of a generation gap is when one accidentally refers to a CD as a 45’ or asks if a particular track is available in LP form. With this Bill, I wonder if that gap is widening even further with realization that over the last five years, ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00223.htm


24: Bush Military Spending Recalls Stalin And Hitler
Sherwood Ross

The relentless increases in Pentagon spending President Bush has pushed through since taking office recall the actions of Hitler and Stalin prior to the outbreak of World War Two.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00092.htm


25: Hospitals Prepare For Junior Doctors' Strike
District Health Boards

The doctors have given notice of a 48 hour strike on the Tuesday and Wednesday before ANZAC Day (0700 on Tues 22 April – 0700 Thurs 24 April) which would reduce hospitals to emergency services only and force the deferment of all non urgent surgery and ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0804/S00050.htm


26: The New Dowse Celebrates Gender Diversity
New Dowse

Transsexual, intersex, pan-sexual – when you enter TheNewDowse’s latest exhibition Assume Nothing, you will be greeted by a series of intimate portraits and a long list of terms that illustrate the diversity of gender identity.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0804/S00057.htm


27: Breathless Attack Journalism or the Real Issues
Michael Collins

Breathless Attack Journalism or the Real Issues "If he becomes the nominee, all the Democrats in America will be viewed by the rest of the world as either utterly stupid, or totally corrupt." Barack Obama - Operation Board Games For Slumlords ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00106.htm


28: King says one copy of ‘illegal’ brochure in cap
New Zealand National Party

National Party Deputy Leader Bill English says Annette King has told Parliament that Labour will include the 20 cent cost of one Labour Party brochure in its election spending after the Electoral Commission ruled it was an election ad.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00224.htm


29: Ensuring the sustainability of New Zealand forests
Scion research

Ensuring the sustainability of forestry production in New Zealand is now possible thanks to productivity indicators identified by Crown Research Institute, Scion.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0804/S00018.htm


30: 2008 James Dyson Awards
Dyson Product Design Awards

Health-conscious toilets take on eco-friendly computers - who will take the 2008 James Dyson Award title?
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0804/S00019.htm

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