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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 30 May 2008 (Friday)


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

1: Mark Brown takes Supreme Award

Sport Wellington

The $2.5 million dollar Johnnie Walker Classic Champion Mark Brown is the Dominion Post Wellington Sportsperson of the Year for 2008. For Brown the 2007/2008 season has been one that most golfers can only dream of. Brown also has taken out the Tui ...

2: Gordon Campbell on Stone, McClellan and Mike Ward
Gordon Campbell

1. In the wake of Sharon Stone’s comments at the Cannes Film Festival about Tibet and the Dalai Lama, China’s official state news agency has branded her “the public enemy of all mankind” - an even harsher review than those she got for Basic Instinct ...

3: Burma Blames Suu Kyi & Fake Donors For Riots
Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- After extending Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi's house arrest for one year, Burma's military junta on Thursday (May 29) blamed her political party members, and fake donors, for inciting Cyclone Nargis survivors to ...

4: 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

5: 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.

6: 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

7: Truthout Interview With Congressman Ron Paul
William Rivers Pitt

Despite what the mainstream news media choose to report, Senator John McCain of Arizona is not the last remaining Republican candidate for president today. Congressman Ron Paul of Texas never abandoned his run for the GOP nomination, and he fully intends ...

8: National's 2008 Tax Reform
Keith Rankin

John Key, in his recent statements, talks not merely of tax cuts, but of more widespread changes to the structure of personal income tax. Thus, he is (or at least he says he is) planning tax reform, and not merely a lowering of average tax rates under ...

9: 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 ...

10: Referendum needed on Maori Seats - Dunne
United Future NZ Party

UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne has reaffirmed his call for a referendum on the future of the Maori seats in light of a report released today.

11: Hard-Hitting Knife Crime Adverts Launched In UK
UK Government

"Many young people carry a knife because they are fearful; these ads tell powerful stories about the dangers. People have got to get the message that if they carry a knife, there's more chance of it being used against them." - UK Home Office Minister.

12: Burma: Junta Attacks Internet Freedom
Terry Evans

According to a recent announcement by Myanmar Teleport, technical changes are being made to prevent the use of proxy servers in Burma. Myanmar Teleport, one of the country’s two Internet Service Providers, states that the new measures are to improve service ...

13: 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?

14: 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.

15: 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?”

16: Sub-40 Nanometer NAND Flash Memory Device

New 34 Nanometer 32 Gigabit NAND Chip is Industry’s Most Advanced NAND Process Technology Available Enabling Increased Storage Capacity in Small Form-Factor Applications

17: Smaller and Smarter Wind Energy

A smarter way to achieve sustainable electricity in New Zealand was presented to the Energy Trusts of NZ conference in Wellington today by Windflow Technology Chief Executive and Director Geoff Henderson.

18: 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.

19: Communications Line Issue Number 64 of 30 May 2008
John Bishop

Criminal investigations going wrong, politicians making blunders and plenty of bad language in this issue. Oh did anyone mention a budget: tax cuts seem to be overwhelmed by other events. And there’s some thoughts on the PR benefits of natural disasters ...

20: Bush at Center of Intelligence Leak?
Jason Leopold

Editor’s Note: In light of explosive revelations made Thursday morning by former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan claiming that President Bush ordered the leak of classified information in the CIA leak case, The Public Record is republishing ...

21: Ground-breaking Treaty at cluster munitions conf.
New Zealand Government

Agreement on a ground-breaking new treaty banning cluster munitions in Dublin yesterday has been warmly welcomed by Disarmament Minister Phil Goff. “This new Convention will save lives and help prevent the unacceptable civilian casualties caused by cluster ...

22: Award prompts further donations to NZ artists
Arts Foundation of New Zealand

Long-time supporters of the arts, Roderick and Gillian Deane, have been honoured for their substantial and sustained generosity to the arts with the annual Arts Foundation of New Zealand Award for Patronage, presented by Perpetual Trust.

23: Online Memories of New Zealand and the Vietnam War

A new era in New Zealand’s digital history begins today with the launch of, asking people to share their stories, experiences and memorabilia of the Vietnam War.

24: Telecom NZ Makes Transformational Appointments
Telecom New Zealand

Telecom New Zealand today announced two key appointments to its executive team. Alan Gourdie has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer Retail, and Frank Mount has been appointed as Telecom’s Group Chief Transformation Officer.

25: Work & Income insider confirms sickness rort
New Zealand National Party

National Party Welfare spokeswoman Judith Collins says for the first time a person claiming to be a Work and Income insider has confirmed widespread abuse of sickness benefits by those seeking to avoid work.

26: New Zealand smokefree rate at record low
New Zealand Government

New Zealand’s smoking rate has fallen to its lowest level since monitoring of tobacco use began more than thirty years ago, Prime Minister Helen Clark and Associate Health Minister Damien O’Connor announced today.

27: Americans Favor Bush Less after McClellan I/V
HCD Research

A national study among 309 self-reported Republicans, Democrats and independents indicated that Americans were less favorable of President Bush after viewing the Scott McClellan interview on the Today Show

28: Prime minister challenges NZ media in latest PJR
Pacific Journalism Review

Media: Three thought-provoking commentators challenge the media as it faces digital decisions for the future in the latest edition of Pacific Journalism Review . Including, Prime Minister Helen Clark who finds much to fault in New Zealand journalism in her ...

29: $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 ...

30: Today In Parliament With Tom Frewen (Thursday)
Scoop Audio

Audio: Today in Parliament for Thursday 29 May, 2008: ... Tom Frewen presents the day's big political issues raised during Parliament's question time and general debate..

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