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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 18 April 2008

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

1: Iran should be "Set Up for an Attack"

Global Research

When Gen. David Petraeus along with U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker gave their testimony to the Senate on April 9, they did nothing more than to confirm in spades what had been being mooted and duly leaked by the Washington-based press: that the ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00259.htm


2: Press Council finds fault with Herald EFA Campaign
Coalition for Open Government

The Coalition for Open Government is delighted that the Press Council has upheld its complaint against the NZ Herald's Electoral Finance Bill campaign. The Press Council found that the Herald's front-page editorial last year contained a "mis-statement ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0804/S00282.htm


3: Undernews For April 16, 2008
Undernews

The men the American people admire most extravagantly are the most daring liars; the men they detest most violently are those who try to tell them the truth. -- H. L. Mencken
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00261.htm


4: Turia’s Remarks Offensive - Mark
New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First law and order spokesman Ron Mark says the Maori Party should apologise for Tariana Turia’s remarks likening legislation banning gang patches in Wanganui to the targeting of Jews in Nazi Germany.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00447.htm


5: Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards 2008
Nickelodeon

Johnny Depp, Jessica Alba, Eddie Murphy, Miley Cyrus, The Jonas Brothers, Drake Bell, Chris Brown, Tony Hawk, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Cameron Diaz (Wannabe Award) – and many more scored at Nickelodeon's 2008 Kids' Choice Awards this year. Catch ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0804/S00201.htm


6: Robson: FTA with China - Disaster or Opportunity
Matt Robson

In a NZ Herald Opinion Piece John Minto of the organization Global Peace and Justice argues that the recently completed New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with China will only benefit China and bring “nothing but more pain and suffering for New ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0804/S00291.htm


7: Speaking bluntly in the US presidential campaign
Paul G. Buchanan

Once again Barack Obama is in the news for the wrong reasons. This time it is the speech he gave to a closed group of well-heeled Californians, at least one of whom was not as supportive of his cause as Mr. Obama may have hoped. In that speech the ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00248.htm


8: Questions And Answers – Thursday, 17 April 2008
Office of the Clerk

1. Hon BILL ENGLISH (Deputy Leader—National) to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement regarding Government spending and this year’s Budget that “We’ll be trying to keep ... that very much under control because otherwise it ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00463.htm


9: 95bFM: Jose & Nicky Hager on Brash Email Case
Scoop Audio

95bFM Audio : The Police have wrapped up their investigation into the theft of Don Brash's emails which formed the basis of Nicky Hagar's book the Hollow Men. Here Jose talks to the author about this latest chapter in the saga.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00270.htm


10: www.mccully.co.nz - 18 April 2008
New Zealand National Party

For several weeks now all Government guns have been trained on John Key. Forgotten, apparently, is the fact that a majority of the Labour caucus have ministerial warrants, small empires of flunkies, chauffeur- driven limos and handsome ministerial houses ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00466.htm


11: Wind Power For Scott Base
Joint Media Statement

Antarctica New Zealand and Meridian Energy are about to embark on a project to build the southernmost wind farm in the world. The project will be part of Antarctica New Zealand¹s contribution to the joint logistics pool with the United States Antarctic ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0804/S00046.htm


12: Mega-Merger Viable – Current Structure Flawed
PPCS

Eoin Garden, Chairman of PPCS Limited, believes industry consolidation along the lines of the proposed Alliance Group’s mega-merger concept still represents the ultimate solution for the long term sustainability and profitability of the New Zealand ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0804/S00360.htm


13: Political Agendas Put Economy At Risk
NZ Centre For Political Debate

By Dr Muriel Newman of the New Zealand Centre for Political Research - www.nzcpr.com.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0804/S00300.htm


14: Strong demand pushes up wool prices
New Zealand Wool Services

New Zealand Wool Services International Ltd reports today's wool sale in Christchurch was strongly contested, with price gains for most sectors.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0804/S00355.htm


15: ANZ National needs to prove its commitment to NZ
Finsec

Bank workers union Finsec is calling on ANZ National to put its money where its mouth is and make a series of broad commitments to staff, customers and communities affected by its proposal to offshore up to 500 jobs to Bangalore, India.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0804/S00347.htm


16: Air New Zealand Welcomes Report
Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand today welcomed the Department of Labour's report on the employment of Shanghai-based cabin crew.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0804/S00358.htm


17: Brash and Foreman front up to The Hollow Men
The Hollow Men play

Amid the release of the police investigations into how author Nicky Hager obtained secret emails from Don Brash’s office. Dr Brash found time to watch himself on stage last night!
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0804/S00186.htm


18: In response to “A Science Manifesto”
New Zealand Association of Scientists

The New Zealand Association of Scientists (NZAS) applauds the rationale and recommendations put forward by the Royal Society’s National Science Panel in their just released “Science Manifesto”.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0804/S00047.htm


19: Labour’s credibility on climate change dies
New Zealand National Party

Today’s figures showing yet another increase in New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions are a fatal blow to the credibility of Labour’s climate change record, says National’s Climate Change spokesperson, Nick Smith.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00485.htm


20: Burma: Junta Detain 20 Pro-Democracy Activists
Terry Evans

Burma's brutal junta has detained more than 20 political activists as they marched through the northwestern city of Sittwe earlier this week in a peaceful rally against the military proposed constitution. Also arrested was Myo Nyunt.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0804/S00189.htm


21: Is a Ten Commandments Weekend in your future?
Bill Berkowitz

Is there a Ten Commandments Weekend in your future? By Bill Berkowitz , Talk2Action , April 17, 2008
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00275.htm


22: Turpitude of the Maori Party Must Be Challenged
SOLO - Sense of Life Objectivists

Tariana Turia's comment that Wanganui's proposed ban on gang patches is akin to what the Jews went through in Nazi Germany should spark outrage and calls for resignation from all who have any sense of perspective and morality. This is not because I support ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0804/S00304.htm


23: Supreme Vero Excellence in Business Support Awards
Vero Excellence in Business Support Awards

Supporting business has become big business for many companies and it’s paid off for MYOB New Zealand Limited (MYOB), the supreme winner of the 2008 Vero Excellence in Business Support Awards. MYOB was a finalist in the Large Business over $10m turnover ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0804/S00330.htm


24: No proposal for congestion charging in Wellington
Greater Wellington Regional Council

Greater Wellington Regional Council has absolutely no proposal for congestion charging, Chair Fran Wilde said today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0804/S00206.htm


25: As Australia dries, the world suffers
Scoop Link

DENILIQUIN, Australia: Lindsay Renwick, the mayor of this dusty southern Australian town, remembers the constant whir of the rice mill. "It was our little heartbeat out there, tickety-tick-tickety," he said, imitating the giant fans that dried the ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00279.htm


26: Peters to start European trip at Gallipoli
New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Winston Peters heads to Europe on Monday to represent the government at Gallipoli on Anzac Day, and to visit a number of countries.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00481.htm


27: Fisher & Paykel ditches NZ for cheap labour
Engineering Printing and Manufacturing Union

Fisher & Paykel is closing its plant in Dunedin because it wants cheap labour, says the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0804/S00267.htm


28: Figures for 2006 greenhouse gas emissions released
New Zealand Government

The latest annual greenhouse gas inventory report shows New Zealand’s emissions rose less than one per cent between 2005 and 2006.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00478.htm


29: Heather Roy's Diary – April 18, 2008
Heather Roy's Diary

AThe Electoral Finance Act is confusing and has made an MP's job of communicating with the public extremely frustrating.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0804/S00303.htm


30: Barack Obama: Cultural anthropologist
Warren Throckmorton

Barack Obama has a way with words. They trip lightly from his tongue; in fact, some onlookers have swooned during his oratory. No one doubts his speechmaking ability. When opining off-the-cuff, however, he can get into trouble. Case in point: At a ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00254.htm

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