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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 15 July 2008

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

1: Michael Collins: Election Fraud & Tyranny: Part 1

Michael Collins

Mark Crispin Miller's new book, "Loser Take All," identifies and analyzes election fraud, the foundation of extremist power in the United States since 2000. Manipulated elections have enabled everything we've experienced from the Iraq war to the current ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00133.htm


2: Newmarket bans Rodney's canary coloured jacket
Newmarket Business Association

The heart of the Epsom electorate, Newmarket, has banned its local MP from wearing a bright yellow jacket which it describes as "ghastly beyond belief".
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00242.htm


3: $1/litre petrol drives NZ's roading programme
Green Party

A Green Party analysis of Land Transport New Zealand economic evaluations shows that the Government systematically discriminates against public transport projects, including pricing petrol at $1 dollar a litre.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00272.htm


4: UAE blocks social networking websites
Ron Callari

The network StumbleUpon has become the latest casualty of the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) web blocking lottery. It is a sad commentary when social networking and content sharing sites get auto-blocked by Etisalat , one of the UAE’s largest telecommunications ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00144.htm


5: Letter from Elsewhere: The appalling Veitch story
Anne Else

I can find only three small rays of hope in the appalling story of Tony Veitch’s serious assault on his former partner, and its aftermath. None of them have anything to do with his behaviour after the story broke, let alone with how the media (including ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00142.htm


6: KiwiFM: Wallace & Manning – Has Labour Gone Loco?
Scoop Audio

KiwiFM Audio: Wallace Chapman talks to Scoop's Selwyn Manning who analyses Labour minister Trevor Mallard's idea of New Zealand manufacturing its own locomotives. Is Labour attempting to create a decisive difference between it and National? Is ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00135.htm


7: Globalization and terror - Western Bloc barbarism
Toni Solo

It has not always been so hard to map the frontiers of North Atlantic Treaty Organization country foreign policy beyond which US imperialism goes it alone. Nor, until now, have NATO countries' relations with Israel encroached so blatantly on the enduring ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00143.htm


8: Developments on free trade negotiations
New Zealand Government

Can I welcome you to Parliament and thank Export New Zealand for organising this lunch. I have been asked today to provide you with an update on the status of free trade negotiations.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00275.htm


9: Record research investment to benefit New Zealand
Ministry of Research Science and Technology

The Foundation for Research, Science and Technology has approved a record $785 million in contracts with more than two dozen research organisations in its main 2008 investment round.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0807/S00025.htm


10: Cathay Pacific Increases Flights To NZ
Cathay Pacific

15 July 2008 Cathay Pacific Increases Flights To Middle East And New Zealand Cathay Pacific Airways has announced the first stage of its redeployment of services driven by the continuing rise in fuel prices. In terms of its flight operations, the airline ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00262.htm


11: Affordable food prices an absolute necessity
Green Party

The Government needs to step in and help struggling New Zealanders, by increasing benefit levels and extending the $60 a week in work payment, in light of today's announcement of record high food prices, the Green Party says.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00276.htm


12: Ancestry visa access to UK safe for Kiwis
New Zealand Government

Prime Minister Helen Clark is welcoming today’s announcement from the British Government that New Zealanders who have grandparents born in the United Kingdom will continue to be able to live and work in the UK for up to five years using ancestry visas.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00268.htm


13: Telecom To Build Sustainable Offices
Telecom New Zealand

Telecom announced today it has signed an agreement with The Wellington Company to develop new purpose-built environmentally rated premises at 52 Willis St, Wellington.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00265.htm


14: Mallard's train-building idea daft
New Zealand National Party

A plan by the Government to build its own locomotives for the railways is daft, says National's SOE spokesman, Gerry Brownlee.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00244.htm


15: Military lawyer selected for Geneva training cours
Massey University

Centre for Defence Studies lecturer Captain Jane Derbyshire has been chosen to attend an advanced training course in international humanitarian law in Geneva, Switzerland.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0807/S00043.htm


16: Uproar In Britain After Court Ruling 20 Years Ago
LawFuel

A New Zealand Court of Appeal decision on anonymous evidence from undercover policemen has created legal mayhem in the United Kingdom, with rushed legislation being used to preserve several hundred trials at risk from a House of Lords decision. The House ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0807/S00198.htm


17: Response To Royal Society's Climate Report
New Zealand Climate Science Coalition

The Royal Society of New Zealand (RSNZ) has been accused of forsaking its tradition of scientific integrity, in the field of climate science at least, to follow a political agenda, and of misleading its members by giving them an unbalanced view of public ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0807/S00027.htm


18: Tamahere fire inquiry update
Department Of Labour

The Department of Labour today issued information on the safe use of flammable hydrocarbon refrigerants and an update on its investigation into the fire at the Icepak coolstore at Tamahere.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0807/S00200.htm


19: EA Unveils New Games, Relationships at E3
Electronic Arts

Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:ERTS) today announced a powerful slate of new initiatives during a special media briefing before the start of the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3).
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0807/S00032.htm


20: Uri Avnery: Why Not?
Uri Avnery

IF YOU want to understand the policy of a country, look at the map - as Napoleon recommended.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00121.htm


21: Aviation inclusion in EU's ETS - the facts
Delegation of the European Commission to NZ

Last Thursday the European Parliament voted to include aviation in the EU's Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). This press release gives further clarification of what this may mean for New Zealand.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00257.htm


22: National to maintain arts funding
New Zealand National Party

The National Party's Arts, Culture and Heritage policy, announced today, confirms that National will maintain current levels of arts funding, should it be in the position to form a government following the 2008 election.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00277.htm


23: U.S. to Support Mortgage Giants; IndyMac To Reopen
VOA News

The United States Treasury and Federal Reserve have announced measures aimed at supporting two huge U.S. mortgage giants whose shares have fallen sharply during the ongoing housing crisis. Separately, IndyMac, is set to reopen Monday.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00385.htm


24: Annual food price increase reaches 18 year high
Statistics New Zealand

For the year to June 2008, food prices rose 8.2 percent. This is the highest annual increase since June 1990, Statistics New Zealand said today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00253.htm


25: Ward’s Rain Of The Children premieres
NZ International Film Festival

Vincent Ward’s Rain Of The Children premieres in spectacular fashion at the 40th Auckland International Film Festival.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0807/S00128.htm


26: Beehaven Rest Home - Closure Notices Issued
Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health’s quality and safety manager, Rose Wall, last night served Cessation and Closure Orders on Belhaven Rest Home, and a Cessation Order on the nurse manager of Belhaven Rest Home.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0807/S00072.htm


27: Survey a Tribute to Exporters
New Zealand Government

Economic Development Minister Pete Hodgson today welcomed the positive expectations of exporters as reported in the latest Export Barometer, commenting that the survey was both a tribute to the 350 exporters who participated in it and a vote of support ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00270.htm


28: New aquaculture initiatives announced
New Zealand Government

Environment Minister Trevor Mallard today announced funding for aquaculture projects in Tasman, Northland and Marlborough aimed at progressing aquaculture planning and the sustainable development of the aquaculture industry in New Zealand.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00278.htm


29: Indonesia meat ban lifted
New Zealand Government

Trade Minister Phil Goff announced today that Indonesia has lifted a temporary suspension of New Zealand meat imports which was put in place last week due to Indonesia concerns over labelling and halal certification.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00261.htm


30: Bush Looks to His (Secret) Legacy
Jason Leopold

On Wednesday, just as the Senate passed sweeping new legislation to modernize a 30 year old federal surveillance law, President Bush signaled that he would swiftly veto a bill approved by the House earlier in the day that would overhaul the Presidential ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00120.htm

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