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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 27 May 2008


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

1: Obama's Secret War Profiteering Tax

Greg Palast

In a hotel room in Brussels, the chief executives of the world’s top oil companies unrolled a huge map of the Middle East, drew a fat, red line around Iraq and signed their names to it.

2: Suu Kyi Amid Burma's Cyclone
Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- The world's most famous political prisoner, Aung San Suu Kyi, was due to be freed from house arrest this weekend, but the international community and Burma's military junta have been focusing on aid for cyclone victims instead ...

3: New website gives consumers up to date power info

The power industry today launched a new website to provide easy access to the latest information on the electricity supply situation this winter. Winterpower Watch or, will be updated daily and features the latest data on hydro ...

4: New climate change projections released for NZ

The National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research (NIWA) has produced new climate change projections for New Zealand. The new projections represent the most up-to-date scientific knowledge about likely effects of climate change in New Zealand, including ...

5: PM's Post Cabinet Presser - Monday, 26 May 2008
Kevin List

The Prime Minister talked at some length at her regular post-cabinet press conference about being plunged into darkness after a transformer went AWOL in Wellington. The back-up power generators at the nation's hub also went AWOL and it was to paraphrase ...

6: US Regulators Reject New Merck Drug
Martha Rosenberg

Even as Merck seeks closure on its Vioxx nightmare by paying $4.85 billion to tens of thousands of plaintiffs who took the painkiller--not that it did anything wrong--the bad ink continues.

7: Suncorp Selects Symantec to Secure its Information

Suncorp partners with Symantec to help improve its security infrastructure, reduce storage costs and simplify its data center management systems

8: Fishery Officers smash major paua poaching ring
Ministry of Fisheries

In the early hours of this morning more than 130 Fishery Officers supported by around 70 Police began simultaneous enforcement actions in Auckland, Wellington, Opotiki and Hastings as the final phase of Operation PAID. With regard to paua poaching this ...

9: NZ Lotteries Launches Online Sales -
NZ Lotteries

NZ Lotteries has today launched its new online sales channel,, that will enable lottery players to purchase tickets through the Internet. NZ Lotteries’ Chief Executive Todd McLeay says the introduction of MyLotto is in response to strong ...

10: Top Scoop Stories - 26 May 2008 News Summary
The Scoop Editor

Mars Landing / Budget 2008 Resource / Viet Nam Vets & Apology / Child Discipline / John Key Speech / Trade & Shanghai / Peters Speech / Taxi Driver To The Rescue / NZ Police & Bushmaster Rifles Vs. Glocks / Carbon Trading / Burma / Google.

11: KiwiFM: Wallace n Manning – Analysing Brand-Labour
Scoop Audio

KiwiFM Audio: Wallace Chapman talks to Scoop's Selwyn Manning who says the Budget08 offers observers an insight into what strategy Labour has embarked on. Wallace n Manning analyse brand-Labour.

12: Mars Craft Reports Good Health After Landing

NASA PASADENA, Calif. -- A NASA spacecraft today sent pictures showing itself in good condition after making the first successful landing in a polar region of Mars.

13: Manukau mayor congratulates local Scott Dixon
Manukau City Council

Manukau mayor Len Brown says Scott Dixon’s triumph in the Indianapolis 500 shows yet again how world champions can come out of Manukau.

14: Questions For Oral Answer - Tuesday, 27 May 2008
Office of the Clerk

1. RON MARK to the Minister of Police: Can she say when the Commissioner of Police will release his decision on whether to issue Tasers to frontline police; if not, why not?

15: Internet Lotto Sales A Recipe For New Addictions
NZ Coalition for Gambling Reform

Today’s announcement by the New Zealand Lotteries Commission of the introduction of internet Lotto ticket sales has been slammed as “a recipe for more hidden gambling addiction problems”, by a gambling issues advocacy group.

16: 94 bureaucrats get two days at luxury resort
New Zealand National Party

National Party Housing spokesman Phil Heatley has revealed 94 Housing New Zealand managers spent two days at a conference at the luxury Tongariro Lodge.

17: WTF: Gordon Campbell on Obama’s Speech
Gordon Campbell

If you haven’t yet read Barack Obama’s speech a couple of months ago on race, it can be accessed here.

18: PPCS To Close Oringi And Burnside Plants

PPCS today confirmed that both its Oringi and Burnside processing facilities would close. PPCS Chief Executive Keith Cooper said that the decision was finalised following the conclusion of consultation processes with employees and their representatives ...

19: Hide: ACT's 20-Point Plan To Beat Australia
ACT New Zealand

ACT's 20-Point Plan To Beat Australia Rodney Hide MP Sunday, May 25 2008

20: Energy Mad offers carbon credits on Trade Me
Energy Mad

For the first time ever, voluntary carbon credits created by demand side energy efficiency projects are being offered to all New Zealanders. This provides the opportunity for individuals, families and businesses to go “carbon neutral”.

21: NZ’s best bacon named
NZ Pork Industry

Kiwis know nothing beats a rasher of 100% New Zealand Bacon on a Sunday morning – and now they know the best to be had is from Heller in Christchurch. Heller’s Tasty Danish bacon took out the national prize at the inaugural Lesnies 100% New Zealand ...

22: SPCA calls on owners to keep dogs warm

With winter drawing near, the Royal New Zealand SPCA is appealing to dog owners to make sure their best friends stay warm through the cold months ahead.

23: Putting John Edwards on the Supreme Court
Harvey Wasserman

As the end game for the Democratic nomination takes shape, the historic union of the feminist and civil rights movements has never been more in evidence. Nor has the next upcoming appointment to the US Supreme Court ever been more pivotal.

24: LJ Hooker ‘business as usual’
L J Hooker

Recent comments from other real estate companies suggesting that LJ Hooker is being taken over are false, LJ Hooker GM, Paul Slatin said today.

25: Viet Nam veterans and families to receive apology
New Zealand Government

Prime Minister Helen Clark and Veterans' Affairs Minister Rick Barker said today that the Crown apology to Viet Nam veterans and their families will be made in Parliament next week.

26: TVNZ loses to NZ On Air
Paul Norris

TVNZ is about to lose control over the $15m or so of Charter funding that it has been receiving from the Government since 2003. The Broadcasting Minister has decided to accept NZ On Air's argument that it knows best how to allocate public funding ...

27: Carbon Footprint Labels Could Have Major Impact
Business Council for Sustainable Development

An overnight move by the European Parliament to adopt a report which calls for .carbon footprint labels on all goods and services could have major implications for New Zealand's traders.

28: IAEA Chief Circulates Latest Report On Iran
United Nations

Iranian authorities have stated that its nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes, but some other countries contend that it is driven by military ambitions. Iran had concealed its nuclear activities for 18 years

29: Poll shows positive shift in child discipline
Green Party

A Family First survey released today that shows 48 percent of parents still smack their children actually highlights a massive improvement in attitudes over the past year, Green Party MP Sue Bradford says.

30: Dark clouds forming over New Zealand's economy
J P Morgan

RBNZ to embark on monetary easing cycle in 4Q * Growth will slow as inflation remains above target * GDP growth to slump to 1.4% in 2008 before recovering in 2009

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