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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 20 July 2008


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

1: Undernews For July 17, 2008


Michael Niebauer of the DC Examiner called the other day with a question that had been wandering aimlessly around in my head for some time: what did Barack Obama and DC Mayor Adrian Fenty have in common?

2: Michael Collins: Election Fraud and Tyranny (2)
Michael Collins

How did we reach our current state of decline in just eight excruciating years? Aren't we working hard enough? Was there some millennial shift in consciousness and morality? How could we elect leaders like Bush and Cheney and their minions on Capitol Hill?

3: National Security: By Dr Muriel Newman
NZ Centre For Political Research

National Security: By Dr Muriel Newman - New Zealand Centre for Political Research

4: South Asia Awaits Another Secret War
J. Sri Raman

The Kabul blast of July 7, which targeted India's embassy and took a heavy toll of human lives, may trigger yet another secret South Asian war.

5: Crossing collision risk increases in southern NZ

The statistical risk of being involved in a level crossing collision increases in the southern half of the South Island, analysis prepared by railway infrastructure agency ONTRACK shows.

6: Owen Glenn: Helen Clark has explaining to do
New Zealand National Party

The revelation that Labour donor Owen Glenn gave $100,000 to help pay Winston Peters’ legal bills for his battle with Bob Clarkson leaves Helen Clark with a lot of explaining to do, says National Party Deputy Leader Bill English.

7: Did Mike Williams broker Glenn donation to Peters?
New Zealand National Party

Helen Clark must explain what involvement Labour Party President Mike Williams had in the $100,000 donation by Labour donor Owen Glenn to Winston Peters’ legal costs, says National Deputy Leader Bill English.

8: THE UNIONIST: ACC, More on ANZ National Report

In The Unionist this week: National releases their ACC policy, and more on the comments from ANZ National on the public service. Story summaries are below, and visit this page for the full newsletter:

9: Auckland students slam Vice-Chancellor’s remarks


10: Pope Benedict XVI visits retired Cardinal Clancy
World Youth Day

His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI has this evening paid a visit to retired Cardinal Edward Bede Clancy, a former Archbishop of Sydney.

11: Poroporoaki: Joe Topia
The Maori Party

“Ka mimiti te puna matauranga i te matenga o Joe Topia, ka toto te puna aroha, ka waipuke mai nga roimata o te iwi kia makuku tonu te whenua.

12: Statement By Rt Hon Winston Peters
New Zealand First Party

My lawyer Brian Henry came to see me at 5 o’clock tonight which is the first time we have managed to meet since my trip to Fiji.

13: Bush Blocks DOJ From Releasing CIA Leak Documents
Jason Leopold

In the latest twist in the “Plame-gate” scandal, President George W. Bush has asserted executive privilege to block release of Vice President Dick Cheney’s interview with a special prosecutor about possible criminal violations in the leaking of a ...

14: First Division Win Brings Joy to Taupo
New Zealand Lotteries Commission

A Lotto First Division win in Taupo will bring a welcome windfall to a lucky player this weekend, says NZ Lotteries' Chief Executive, Todd McLeay.

15: Six NZ GPs honoured by their peers
Royal NZ College of General Practitioners

Media release from the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners. Six New Zealand GPs have been honoured by their peers for or exemplary and exceptional service to general practice. The award of Distinguished Fellowship was conferred ...

16: Breaking the Cycle of Violence
New Zealand Government

Youth Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta said the Global Youth Encounter Conference in Ohope, is a step in the right direction in breaking the cycle of family violence.

17: SOEs to be retained under National
New Zealand National Party

National Party Leader John Key says National wants to build New Zealand’s asset base, and so will not sell all or part of any state-owned enterprises or Crown company.

18: Op Corricvale - Xin Xin Is Found - Xin Xin Safe
New Zealand Police

Police on the North Shore are elated that the five year old girl who was abducted by a masked man outside her home in Harrowglen, Albany last Monday is again safe and in the care of her family.

19: US Policy on Arms Sales to Taiwan (Taken Question)
US State Department

Question (Phoenix TV Of Hong Kong): My question is regarding Taiwan. What is the current position of U.S., you know, regarding on arms sales to Taiwan? Has it changed, the position? Answer (Mr. McCormack, State Department): The short answer is no.

20: Jo Goodhew Address To College Of General Practice
New Zealand National Party

Good morning. Today I am going to talk particularly on how you in primary care will play a pivotal role in the future of the health system, and ideas to deal with the health workforce crisis. I am also going to touch on why we need a new approach ...

21: Pope Benedict leads 235,000 in spectacular Vigil
World Youth Day

Around 235,000 people have enjoyed a candle-lit Evening Vigil with His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI at Randwick Racecourse this evening. The Holy Father presided over a spectacular two-hour presentation of liturgy and music, setting the stage for tomorrow’s ...

22: Stop the Stadium holds first public meeting
Stop the Stadium

Stop the Stadium, the campaign group and incorporated society working to stop the proposed public funding of the Awatea Street Stadium, is holding its first public meeting at Burns Hall, First Church, Dunedin on Tuesday 22 July at 7.30pm.

23: Scullers continue impressive form
Rowing New Zealand

Graham Oberlin-Brown and reigning champion Joseph Sullivan continued their rich run of form with impressive victories in the semi finals of the lightweight and heavyweight single sculls in Brandenburg at the World Under 23 Rowing Championships overnight.

24: Uri Avnery: Different Planets
Uri Avnery

It was an eerie experience: in a fraction of a second I could switch between two worlds, but all the channels reported on exactly the same occasion. In one section of the breaking news, the events happened at a distance of a few dozen meters from ...

25: CIA Network of "Stay Behind" Secret Armies
Global Research

Through NATO, working with various Western European intelligence agencies, the CIA set up a network of stay behind “secret armies” which were responsible for dozens of terrorist atrocities across Western Europe over decades. This report will focus ...

26: How They'll Try to Bury Impeachment and Fail
David Swanson

In response to public demand for impeachment hearings and pressure from Congressman Dennis Kucinich, Congressman Robert Wexler, and others, as well as electoral challenges by pro-impeachment candidates, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi finally caved and proposed ...

27: 'BiPartisan' Pelosi Opposes Impeachment
David Swanson

Saturday morning, July 19. Sitting here at the Netroots Nation conference in Austin, Texas with several thousand other online activists. Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Party Speaker of the House, the third most powerful politician in the United States, is ...

28: Al Gore inches toward Solartopia
Harvey Wasserman

Bit by bit, Al Gore seems to be inching toward a Solartopian view of a future that must be completely sustainable in green energy. This week he advocated getting to an electric power system that is "carbon free" within ten years.

29: Pope apologises for clerical sexual abuse
World Youth Day

His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI today delivered a heartfelt apology to the victims of sexual abuse by clergy in Australia.

30: Democratic Trends Favoring Women's Rights Movement
Sherwood Ross

When a country shifts from authoritarian rule to democracy it provides a window of opportunity for women to secure wider rights and economic gains, a prominent Brazilian sociologist says.

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