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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 28 July 2008

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1: Undernews For 26 July, 2008

Undernews

In a remarkable essay in Counterpunch, an anonymous political consultant gets to the heart of what's happening in this election campaign: we're not choosing a politician but a product, one that makes us feel good about ourselves - and Obama is the iPod ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00298.htm


2: John Key flip flops yet again
New Zealand Government

John Key’s complete reversal on Working for Families – a programme he has consistently attacked as middle class welfare – makes it increasingly clear he cannot be trusted to stand by his own beliefs, Finance Minister Michael Cullen said today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00485.htm


3: Proliferation Paths: Weak States, Rogues & Actors
US State Department

The principal objective of this conference is to examine the different "proliferation pathways" available to state- and non-state actors on both the supply and demand side of today's proliferation market, with a view to identifying so-called "gaps".
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00789.htm


4: National announces list-only candidates
New Zealand National Party

National Party President Judy Kirk today announced that Melissa Lee and Steven Joyce will be standing for the National Party at the up-coming General Election.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0807/S00343.htm


5: New Zealand Businesses Cautious of Web 2.0
Symantec

Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced the findings of its survey into the Internet security and storage behaviours of small and medium businesses (SMBs) in New Zealand. The survey, commissioned by Symantec and conducted by the Employers ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0807/S00061.htm


6: No Freedom, Please, We're British
SOLO - Sense of Life Objectivists

Contrary to Rule Britannia, Britons ever ever ever shall be slaves, if today's news from Aberystwyth is any indication, says SOLO Principal Lindsay Perigo.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0807/S00336.htm


7: Stateside: Convention watch
Rosalea Barker

In just four weeks’ time, the world’s media will be lining up in Denver, Colorado, to receive their press credentials to cover the Democratic national convention; a week later, ditto in St. Paul, Minnesota, for the Republican convention. But already, ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00304.htm


8: Buick: Follow The H2O Or Energy, Not Selection
Suzan Mazur

Roger Buick, a native Australian, not only looks like a "rock star" with his long dark hair swept to one side and has the name to match, he actually is one. That is, he studies rocks and evidence of sulfur eating bacteria and pre-Snowball ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00300.htm


9: Bailey Kurariki Holding Up Against Huge Odds
Rethinking Crime and Punishment

"Bailey Kurariki Jnr has held up until now, against huge odds", said Kim Workman, former National Director of Prison Fellowship, on hearing that Bailey had been arrested on suspicion of using illicit drugs. "We should now wait to hear ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0807/S00328.htm


10: Protesters Brave Storm To Get Message Heard
Scoop Photo-Essay

Photo Essay: Protesters braved a one-in-ten-year storm and pressed the line with Police to drive their message home on the weekend while New Zealand's PM Helen Clark met with US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00309.htm


11: Winners and Losers In The Winston Peters saga
Gordon Campbell

At half time in the Winston Peters latest scandal – which seems to involve several money trails complex enough to merit inclusion in the Winebox - likely winners are beginning to emerge. And the main beneficiary is undoubtedly….the much reviled ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00307.htm


12: Impeachment: Bush Accused of Tyranny and Murder
Michael Collins

Today's hearing on the abuse of presidential powers before the House Committee on the Judiciary turned into a devastating political ambush by Chairman John Conyers (D-MI), committee Democrats, and the extraordinary panel of witnesses.. At least ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00285.htm


13: Nepal: Tibetans Protesting Over China/Tibet Abused
Human Rights Watch

"Nepal's government is turning the screws on peaceful Tibetan protesters at the behest of China," said Brad Adams, Asia director at HRW. "How can a government that came to power on a wave of public protests justify crushing peaceful protests by Tibetans?"
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00787.htm


14: Medical License Breached
Ron Law

"The Minister of Health needs to explain to the public why the Ministry of Health deliberately withheld information from parents that was a condition of the license of the experimental drug, MeNZB," says risk & policy analyst Ron Law.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0807/S00141.htm


15: National to keep Working for Families unchanged
New Zealand National Party

An incoming National government would make no changes to the Working for Families tax credit system, says National Party Leader John Key.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00486.htm


16: Key: Speech to Local Government NZ Conference
New Zealand National Party

It’s a great pleasure to be speaking to you today. Let me first acknowledge the fine work that Basil Morrison has done as your president over the past 7½ years, not only with the Government but across all parties.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00504.htm


17: Press Statement Update On San Cuvier Accident
Sanford Limited

Tragically lost in the grounding of the San Cuvier was the skipper, Rick Josephs, 38 years old from Matapuri, Northland. Rick was an experienced skipper of longline vessels and had been working with Sanford since 2004; he was known as a very steady ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00495.htm


18: Aurora Borealis Mystery Solved By UCLA Scientists
UCLA

UCLA space scientists & colleagues have identified the mechanism that triggers substorms in space; wreaks havoc on satellites, power grids & communications systems; leads to the explosive release of energy that causes the aurora borealis (northern lights).
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00782.htm


19: Aucklanders asked to watch weather forecasts
Auckland Civil Defence Emergency Management Group

The Auckland Emergency Management Office reminds Aucklanders to stay up-to-date with weather forecasts over the next two days. Today the MetService issued Severe Weather Warnings for heavy rain in Northland, Coromandel, Bay of Plenty, Rotorua and Gisborne.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0807/S00256.htm


20: Stop discouraging free speech for athletes
Green Party

Green Party MP Keith Locke has criticised the chef de mission of New Zealand's Olympic team Dave Currie for discouraging our athletes from speaking out on human rights issues while in Beijing.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00496.htm


21: Wallace & Manning Analyse US/NZ Bilateral Meetings
Scoop Audio

KiwiFM: Wallace & Manning analyse the detail that emerged from the weekend talks between the US & NZ. We are now considered an ally and Condoleezza Rice said: "On proliferation matters like Iran, like North Korea, we can always count on New Zealand..."
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00312.htm


22: Sad loss to New Zealand
Green Party

New Zealand has lost one of its strongest Maori guardians of this country's indigenous flora and fauna.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00505.htm


23: Finalists named for Gen-i NZ Incubator Awards
Incubators New Zealand

Ten of New Zealand’s most dynamic start-up companies, including companies developing GPS tracking systems and utilising robotic technologies, have today been named as finalists in the 2008 Gen-i New Zealand Incubator Awards.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00503.htm


24: Audio + Images: Condoleezza Rice Says NZ An Ally
Scoop Audio

Scoop Report: US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice said Saturday that New Zealand is now a friend and an ally. That's one step up from the 'New Zealand is a very very close friend of the United States' that its President Bush referred to in 2007.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00286.htm


25: Ministry of Health Breastfeeding Campaign Launched
Ministry of Health

Families and whānau are being encouraged to support mums to breastfeed, in a campaign launched by the Ministry of Health today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0807/S00140.htm


26: TelstraClear Launches Game Changing IP Telephony
TelstraClear

TelstraClear is launching a ‘game changing’ advanced IP solution that can transform the efficiency and effectiveness of small-medium size businesses.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00484.htm


27: Geo Beach: A Swamp Yankee in the Last Frontier
Walter Brasch

When Geo Beach looks you in the eye and says that “Tougher in Alaska,” his 13 week series on the History Channel, isn’t Reality TV, you believe him.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00306.htm


28: Libz Marvel At Key's Digestive Gymnastics
Libertarianz Party

Libertarianz Welfare Spokesman Peter Osborne said today Labour's legacy of big government, welfare dependency and the sacrifice of the productive to the unproductive will be safe in John Key's hands when Helen Clark's reign of terror comes to an end in November.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0807/S00349.htm


29: CPPIB claim relating to expenses
Auckland International Airport

Auckland Airport has received notice of a claim from Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and its subsidiary,
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00493.htm


30: Harawira: Politics Bloody Politics …
The Maori Party

I’m sitting in the House listening to some of the petty questions and inane answers which pass for Question Time here in parliament, and an email pops up telling me that a guy I went to school with has just passed away.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00500.htm

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