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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 17 May 2008 (Saturday)

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

1: Undernews For May 15, 2008

Undernews

Now that the canonization of Barack Obama, aided by his media acolytes, has slowed a bit, it may be considered less than blasphemy to examine what this circus hath wrought. After all, at some point, even in a mythological age, reality raises its ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0805/S00216.htm


2: Tensions in India Endanger Pakistan's Experiment
J. Sri Raman

A 12-hour encounter between a group of militants and security forces left eight persons dead in the Samba sector of the India-administered State of Jammu and Kashmir on May 11. Earlier, heavy firing across the India-Pakistan Line of Control had been ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0805/S00223.htm


3: Curtain Time for Barack Obama - Part III
Evelyn Pringle

Three days after the Chicago Sun-Times reported that Aiham Alsammarae, the former electricity minister convicted of corruption in Iraq, put up $2.7 million in property to help raise $8.5 million to free Tony Rezko from jail in Chicago, the Times reported ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0805/S00213.htm


4: Obama: the Jackie Robinson of the US Presidency?
Harvey Wasserman

Sixty-one years ago, a truly great athlete broke the color line in America’s "National Pastime," which still resides near the core of our culture.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0805/S00226.htm


5: www.mccully.co.nz - 15 May 2008
New Zealand National Party

Day after day over the past week, New Zealanders have been forcibly reminded of the appalling destruction wreaked by Cyclone Nargis at the top of each media bulletin, and on the front pages of most newspapers. And we have also been reminded of the ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00297.htm


6: The Only Solution to Avoid Total War
Project Humanbeingsfirst

The following is an update to Project Humanbeingsfirst's original warning of March 29, 2008: Heads-up warning to the American Peoples – Nuclear attack on Iran appears imminent!
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0805/S00227.htm


7: Did Hezbollah thwart a planned attack on Lebanon?
Franklin P Lamb

This week Israel's Military Intelligence Chief Major General Amos Yadlin complained to the Israeli daily Haaretz that "Hezbollah proved that it was the strongest power in Lebanon… stronger than the Lebanese and it had wanted to take the government ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0805/S00228.htm


8: Air New Zealand to establish Aviation Academy
Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand is to establish an aviation academy to develop and nurture home-grown pilots, cabin crew, engineers and specialist airline management staff.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0805/S00326.htm


9: ‘Prank call’ is real deal for Wellington winner
ASB Bank

When Wellingtonian, Jan Compton received a call from her bank regarding her home loan she didn’t expect it to be from ASB’s Managing Director to tell her she had won her a $675,000 home.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0805/S00340.htm


10: Green Party Release Controversial Video
Green Party

To Launch their new campaign “Some things are bigger than politics” the Green Party of New Zealand have released a humorous viral video through Youtube and their Green Party website.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0805/S00261.htm


11: Family Party stakes claim to South Auckland
The Family Party

PRESS STATEMENT FOR RELEASE Family Party stakes claim to South Auckland Saturday 17th May, Mangere
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0805/S00260.htm


12: Chinese Earthquake Victims Fear Second Disaster Lo
Jon Stephenson

Foreign correspondent Jon Stephenson is in Dujiangyan, China, which is about 100 kilometres from Wenchuan, the epicentre of Monday's 7.9-magnitude quake. He filed the following images taken at the Juyuan Middle School in Juyuan Township where 900 ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0805/S00211.htm


13: Missing Israeli Tourist, Liat Okin
New Zealand Police

Police have flown into the Routeburn Track area this morning after the discovery of items belonging to missing Israeli tourist, Liat Okin, in dense bush near the track.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0805/S00160.htm


14: PHA applauds budget announcement on warm housing
Public Health Association

The Public Health Association (PHA) is delighted that the budget will include $53 million dollars to ensure every state housing tenant will be living in a warm, dry home within five years.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0805/S00262.htm


15: National stuffs up... again
New Zealand Government

A statement from National’s Agriculture Spokesman that the Government has done a u-turn to support a meat industry 'mega-merger' shows how little work National has done in Opposition, agriculture minister Jim Anderton says.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00307.htm


16: A new benchmark for political advertising
The Family Party

PRESS STATEMENT FOR RELEASE The gamble: A new benchmark for political advertising Saturday 17th May, Mangere 17 May 2008. The Family Party will be releasing a new DVD advertisement at its conference in Mangere today that is sure to set a ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0805/S00259.htm


17: ACT & NZF donation returns
Electoral Commission

Duly completed donation returns and accompanying auditors reports were received today from ACT New Zealand (One anon donation of $16,000) and New Zealand First (Nil).
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0805/S00237.htm


18: Culture Review Report Risks Loss of Democracy
City Vision

Media Release City Vision-Labour Councillors - Auckland City Council For Immediate Release Friday 16 May 2008
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0805/S00166.htm


19: BNZ Weekly By Chief Economist Tony Alexander
BNZ Weekly

It has been another good week for exporters with the NZD falling to 77.6 cents following weaker than expected retailing numbers this morning. All the evidence shows that after four and a half years of raising then maintaining high interest rates the Reserve ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0805/S00315.htm


20: Sheila Samples: Everybody Knows...
Sheila Samples

The fate of millions was sealed the moment Dick Cheney selected himself as The Destroyer whose charge to keep for the next eight years would be -- as Capitol Hill Blue's Doug Thompson so succinctly described George W. Bush -- a "criminally insane, pill-popping ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0805/S00225.htm


21: Zimbabwe: General Secretary of PTUZ arrested
ITUC

Brussels, 16 May 2008 (ITUC OnLine): Pressure is high for trade unionists in Zimbabwe. Raymond Majongwe, the General Secretary of the Progressive Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) and a member of the General Council of the ZCTU, has been arrested while ZCTU ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0805/S00222.htm


22: Finance minister invited to debate GST on food
Residents Action Movement

"Labour finance minister Michael Cullen's announcement that he won't remove GST from food reveals a fixed mindset totally out of touch with most New Zealanders," said Grant Morgan, chair of RAM (Residents Action Movement).
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0805/S00167.htm


23: web one - A Carbon Neutral Business
Web One

The team at @web one are pleased to announce that this year we are operating and driving on a carbon neutral basis. We have undertaken a three step process in order to achieve this status; measurement of our emissions, strategies for the reduction ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0805/S00339.htm


24: War Funding "Victory," Bizarro-Style
Maya Schenwar

Democratic leadership had a fail-safe plan to dole out all of Bush's funding requests for Iraq and Afghanistan, postponing any debate on the occupation until after Bush leaves office. At the last minute, it was thwarted - by Republicans.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0805/S00221.htm


25: UN In China Reaches Out To Offer Help After Quake
United Nations

More than 50,000 people may have died as a result of the quake, according to reports in Chinese state media, which measured about 7.9 on the Richter scale when it struck Sichuan province in the southwest of the country on Monday afternoon.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0805/S00220.htm


26: Tibetan protests suspended due to Earthquake
Friends of Tibet

The Tibetan Government-in exile has requested that in light of the recent earthquake in China, all protests by Tibetans and Tibet supporters against the Chinese government be suspended until the end of May.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0805/S00258.htm


27: Minister Playing Down Emissions Trading Cost
Greenhouse Policy Coalition

Catherine Beard, executive director of the Greenhouse Policy Coalition, says the introduction of the emissions trading Bill could have far reaching economic consequences and the public deserve some clarity around the predicted costs of the scheme.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0805/S00335.htm


28: Curtain Time for Barack Obama - Part IV
Evelyn Pringle

The solution to the problems arising from the unsuccessful attempts to shut down Operation Board Games would be for Barack Obama to become president and issue a bipartisan pardon to all members of the “Combine” who funded his seat in the US Senate. ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0805/S00222.htm


29: Goff: Speech at Japan – NZ Partnership Forum
New Zealand Government

Firstly, let me congratulate the International Business Forum for its initiative in convening this forum, our co-Chairs Mr Miyauchi and Philip Burdon, for leading discussions, the Japan – New Zealand Business Council, the Japan Chamber of Commerce, ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00303.htm


30: POLITICS-US: Same-Sex Marriage Making a Comeback?
Bill Berkowitz

OAKLAND, California, May 16 (IPS) - Still not fully embraced by the religious right, Sen. John McCain, the Republican Party's presumptive presidential nominee, has been handed an opportunity to prove his loyalty to the party's most influential and powerful ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0805/S00224.htm

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