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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 29 May 2008


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

1: Bush Claims More Powers Than King George III

Massachusetts School Of Law

The Bush administration has arrogated powers to itself that the British people even refused to grant King George III at the time of the Revolutionary War, an eminent political scientist says.

2: NZ Consumer Confidence Falls To Record Low
The Nielsen Company

New Zealand consumer confidence in the economy plunged 18 points from the second half of 2007 to the first half of 2008, according to a global online survey by The Nielsen Company.

3: Undernews For May 27, 2008

Everything great in the world comes from neurotics. They alone have founded our religions, and composed our masterpieces. Never will the world know all it owes to them, nor all they have suffered to enrich us - Marcel Proust

4: HNZ boss has pay docked – Minister escapes
New Zealand National Party

“How fair is it that the chief executive of Housing New Zealand is likely to have her pay docked for hosting a conference at a venue which the Minister endorsed?”

5: Wii Fit - Fitness and Fun for Everyone

Turn your living room into your own private gym with Wii Fit™, available 29 May 2008.

6: NIWA scientists have become propagandists
New Zealand Climate Science Coalition

The State Services Commission should investigate whether scientists of NIWA have crossed the boundary into politics with their sudden flurry of advocacy for action on so-called global warming at a time when the Government is struggling to gain support ...

7: Govt funding for Kaipara harbour tidal energy
New Zealand Government

A project to generate electricity from the tides in Kaipara Harbour is to receive a grant of $1.85 million from the Marine Energy Deployment Fund.

8: List of past Property Improvement Conferences
Housing New Zealand

Housing New Zealand today published details of conferences held by its Property Improvement Team since 2002.

9: Ron Mark's allegations defy reason
The Maori Party

Ron Mark’s fantabulous allegations about the police inquiry into the murder of the Kahui twins are a perfect example of why politicians should check their facts before they speak, says Dr Pita Sharples.

10: Questions And Answers – Wednesday, May 28 2008
Office of the Clerk

1. JOHN KEY (Leader of the Opposition) to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by her statement that her Government wanted a culture of “moderation, thrift, and service to the public”; if so, is she confident that that is understood by all ...

11: Ernest Partridge: GOTCHA!
Ernest Partridge

A Democrat campaigning for the White House must feel like a soldier advancing through a mine field. At any moment, he or she is one step away from being blown out of the contest. And the poor wretch is surrounded by a ravenous mob of media hounds, each ...

12: Gordon Campbell on the Vietnam vets apology
Gordon Campbell

On compassionate grounds, the apology extended to the troops who fought in Vietnam was justified – so long as it was not extended or regarded as a re-appraisal of the morality of the conflict, which the Government has been careful not to do. For ...

13: 95bFM: Mikey & John Key's Week of Politics
Scoop Audio

95bFM Audio : Mikey Havoc talks to National Party leader John Key about wars, Kiwisaver, loose lips, defense, Vietnam apology, the Kahui trial and slip n slides…

14: Questions For Oral Answer - Thursday, 29 May 2008
Office of the Clerk

1. JEANETTE FITZSIMONS to the Prime Minister: Does she still aspire for New Zealand to be carbon neutral and "the first nation to be truly sustainable", as she said in her Statement to the House in February last year?

15: Amnesty International Report 2008: Govts Must Act
Amnesty International

Amnesty International's Report 2008, shows that sixty years after the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the UN, people in many countries are still tortured or ill-treated, face unfair trials, and are not allowed to speak freely.

16: Trucks to trial heavier loads
New Zealand Government

A project trialling a controlled permit system allowing trucks to carry heavier loads was launched in Canterbury today.

17: Questions And Answers – Thursday, 29 May 2008
Office of the Clerk

1. JEANETTE FITZSIMONS (Co-Leader—Green) to the Prime Minister: Does she still aspire for New Zealand to be carbon neutral and “the first nation to be truly sustainable”, as she said in her statement to the House in February last year?

18: Bush Distorts World War II History In Speech
Sherwood Ross

George W. Bush may not be much of a president but his latest comments comparing his Iraq war to World War II indicate he is even less of a historian.

19: Nats’ Kiwisaver policy could cost worker $190k
Engineering Printing and Manufacturing Union

Policy that allowed business to take Kiwisaver contributions from wages could cost the average worker $190,000 in wages and lost interest over their working life says the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union.

20: Radio Adelaide: Vietnam Vets + Budget Fallout
Scoop Audio

Scoop Audio: Scoop's Selwyn Manning & Radio Adelaide's Peter Godfrey discuss: How the New Zealand Government has formerly apologised to Viet Nam war veterans and their families for how they were treated officially on return from combat. Also, ...

21: Platform for New Digital Future Launched
New Zealand Government

Communications and Information Technology Minister David Cunliffe today launched the structure that will become an important contributor to New Zealand’s digital future.

22: $1 Million Plus Costs Against Law Firm

In a judgment today from Justice Rhys Harrison, a rare award of indemnity costs in the amount of $1.057,691.25 was made in respect of an action that arose from Clive Bradbury's "deep-seated sense of grievance" over the Bank's ending of a solicitor-client ...

23: MPs Bust Hoodie Styles On Parliament Steps
Kevin List

Click for big version A man accustomed to chucking on the odd Hoodie – Green MP Nandor Tanczos

24: SCOOP FULL COVERAGE: Govt Apology To Viet Nam Vets
Scoop Full Coverage

Scoop's FULL COVERAGE of the New Zealand Government's apology to Viet Nam veterans, to the men and women who supported them and their families, includes: Gordon Campbell analysis - full raw news resource of statements from the NZ Govt, political parties, ...

25: Fomenting inflation to pay for war
Toni Solo

Western Bloc central banks and financial and investment corporations are locked into an inflationary dynamic in order to sustain their system's militarist imperialism. The Bloc's European and Pacific components offer supportive economic collaboration. ...

26: Mitchell And Dyer - We are liars
Mitchell And Dyer

We lied to family, friends, co-workers, colleagues, future employers and future employees.

27: UN Urges Donors To Fund Burma Relief Efforts ASAP
United Nations

The UN estimates that about 40 per cent of the 2.4 million people affected by Cyclone Nargis have been reached with some form of aid from local, national or international agencies. Most of those reached are in the Yangon Division in the south of Myanmar.

28: Bush Compares Afghanistan, Iraq Situation To WW II
The White House

"To win the first war of the 21st century, we need to prevail not just in the battle of arms, but also in the battle of wills. And we need to recognize that the only way America can lose the war on terror is if we defeat ourselves." - George Bush.

29: Inquiry into Taser-related deaths before decision
Amnesty International

Amnesty International continues to oppose any introduction of Tasers by the New Zealand Police before a thorough and independent inquiry into their uses and effects occurs.

30: Burma: UN Call For Release Of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi
United Nations

Top UN officials today expressed their disappointment over the decision by the Government of Myanmar to extend the house arrest of pro-democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. ""Her release will be critical in facilitating national reconciliation".

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