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Top Scoop Stories - 05 August 2008 News Summary

Today's Top Scoops - 05 August 2008

LEAD STORY:

Gordon Campbell: The PM's Presser 4 August 2008 Reviewed

NZ POLITICS:

Questions For Oral Answer - Tuesday, 5 August 2008
Conference Tape: English Misspoke
Defence: RNZAF Iroquois To Tackle Mountains
Gordon Campbell: National's Economic Vision For NZ
EFA: PPTA Makes Light Of 'Dense' Complaint

BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH:

Pest Management: Rentokil Keeping Games Free Of Troublesome Critters

WORLD:

Sports Cheats: Online Anti-Doping Cartoon Launched By UNESCO
Glowing Report: Plutonium Contamination Contained In UN Atomic Laboratory
US State Department: Zimbabwe Continues to Suffer After Sham Election
Get Together: UN Calls For Somalis To Unite & Overcome Political Crisis
AIDS Conference: In Mexico, Ban Calls For Scaled-up Efforts To Combat HIV/AIDS

COMMENT:

Binoy Kampmark: Occupant of the First Circle - the Death of Alexander Solzhenitsyn
Brad Friedman: Article Casting Doubt on 'Anthrax Killer' Scrubbed
Dean Baker: The Compromise "Drill Anywhere" Plan
Walter Brasch: Mining Racism in a Northeastern Pennsylvania Town
Ramzy Baroud: Obama Joins the Club
Prof. Rodrigue Tremblay: The U.S. Economy and Bad Government Policies
Uri Avnery: Hollow Time
Sherwood Ross: How The US Reversed Its Policy On Civilian Bombing

LIFESTYLE:

Cocky Tales: Whisky Wizzardry Provides Wellington Winner
Sport: Anti-Doping Message Now In Form Of Cartoon With Enormous File Size
Comedy: Improvised Crime To Be Fought Wednesdays

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LEAD STORY

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Gordon Campbell: The PM's Presser 4 August 2008 Reviewed - Yesterday at the Prime Minister's press conference the gallery was treating the taping of English as being THE ethical issue - and not what English actually said on the tape, which was ignored. Initially at least, Clark struggled with the media's line of questioning.Well, was she surprised by the tape? Not at all. "Privatization is in the National Party's DNA," she maintained. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://election08.scoop.co.nz/gordon-campbell-reviews-the-pms-presser-4-august-2008/
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00044.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00055.htm


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NZ POLITICS

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QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWER:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00054.htm


Conference Tape: English Misspoke - "Statements of mine secretly recorded at a social function last Friday and published over the weekend have caused confusion and concern about National's policy on Kiwibank and Working for Families," says National Party Finance spokesman Bill English. "I did not choose my words well." More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00052.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00008.htm
[3] - http://08wire.org/2008/08/04/bill-englishs-gaffe-in-all-its-glory/
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/business/11328.html
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00037.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00031.htm


Defence: RNZAF Iroquois To Tackle Mountains - The skies around Marlborough, Molesworth, St Arnaud and Dip Flat will be humming with the sound of Royal New Zealand Air Force Iroquois helicopters taking part in Exercise Blackbird. More >> [1] <

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0808/S00022.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0808/S00010.htm


Gordon Campbell: National's Economic Vision For NZ - If someone said they were planning to raid their children's piggy banks in order to pay the rent we wouldn't be applauding them, and we certainly wouldn't be lining up to let them run the country. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://election08.scoop.co.nz/gordon-campbell-on-national%e2%80%99s-economic-vision/
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00031.htm


EFA: PPTA Makes Light Of 'Dense' Complaint - As the election campaign starts heating up the Electoral Finance Act complaints come rolling in... The good news is the electoral commission has had the common sense to throw out a trivial complaint about the PPTA's "How dense do you want them?" billboard. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0808/S00005.htm


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BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH

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Pest Management: Rentokil Keeping Games Free Of Troublesome Critters - Rentokil (www.rentokil.com) announced that it has been appointed by the Beijing Government to support the pest control strategy for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0808/S00057.htm


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WORLD

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Sports Cheats: Online Anti-Doping Cartoon Launched By UNESCO - The latest adventures of Rattus Holmes and Felis Watson - a tale of sport and athletes who cheat by taking banned drugs - can be found on a website run by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, starting today. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0808/S00044.htm


Glowing Report: Plutonium Contamination Contained In UN Atomic Laboratory - A storage room at the IAEA Laboratory in Seibersdorf - 35 kilometres from Vienna - was contaminated with plutonium due to a pressure build-up in a small sealed bottle kept in a storage room. Radioactivity was also detected in two other rooms. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0808/S00071.htm


US State Department: Zimbabwe Continues to Suffer After Sham Election - Targeted attacks by the Mugabe regime against MDC officials and their families continue, and pockets of violence still exist in northern and eastern provinces, despite the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Mugabe and the MDC. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0808/S00072.htm


Get Together: UN Calls For Somalis To Unite & Overcome Political Crisis - Voicing concern over the current problems regarding the administration of Mogadishu, the Special Rep urged all Somalis to remain united in the quest for peace and reconciliation in the country, which has not had a functioning govt since 1991. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0808/S00061.htm


AIDS Conference: In Mexico, Ban Calls For Scaled-up Efforts To Combat HIV/AIDS - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for bolstered global efforts to tackle HIV/AIDS, stressing at the world's largest forum on the pandemic that the virus impedes economic development and that discrimination against people living with HIV remains widespread. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0808/S00043.htm


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COMMENT

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Binoy Kampmark: Occupant of the First Circle - the Death of Alexander Solzhenitsyn - In A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich , a microstudy of Russia's penal system is delivered to the reader with unrelenting power. The subject is accused of espionage and sentenced to rot in the Soviet gulag. The author, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, who ... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00053.htm


Brad Friedman: Article Casting Doubt on 'Anthrax Killer' Scrubbed - We're glad it's the Washington Post , and not just us "bloggers," asking questions about this anthrax case. Had we been the ones pointing to the questions that WaPo is now pointing to, we'd have been accused of forwarding "just another conspiracy ... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00051.htm


Dean Baker: The Compromise "Drill Anywhere" Plan - Senator McCain and the Republicans in Congress are calling Senator Obama and the Democrats environmental wimps for refusing to allow the oil industry to drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, environmentally sensitive offshore areas and ... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00048.htm


Walter Brasch: Mining Racism in a Northeastern Pennsylvania Town - On a street in Shenandoah, Pa., deep in the heart of the anthracite coal region, six White teens took their racial hatred to a higher level. They confronted 25-year-old Luis Ramirez, an undocumented worker, and beat him to death. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00026.htm


Ramzy Baroud: Obama Joins the Club - The exit of Bush from the White House is already anticipated in the Arab region with sighs of relief. But what is ahead under the next US president; more of the same, regardless of who wins, or change? More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00028.htm


Prof. Rodrigue Tremblay: The U.S. Economy and Bad Government Policies - "The first panacea for a mismanaged nation is inflation of the currency; the second is war. Both bring a temporary prosperity; both bring a permanent ruin. But both are the refuge of political and economic opportunists." Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00039.htm


Uri Avnery: Hollow Time - We were protesting the death of Ahmad Moussa, aged 10, who was murdered during a demonstration against the Separation Fence at Na'ilin village - the fence that robs the village of most of its land in order to give it to the nearby settlement. A soldier ... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00029.htm


Sherwood Ross: How The US Reversed Its Policy On Civilian Bombing - When Adolf Hitler's Luftwaffe destroyed the Spanish town of Guernica on April 26, 1937, more than 1,650 people were killed and nearly 900 wounded. This slaughter of civilians was broadly condemned in the United States and Great Britain. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00038.htm


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LIFESTYLE

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Cocky Tales: Whisky Wizzardry Provides Wellington Winner - Glenfiddich is excited to announce winner of the inaugural Glenfiddich Untouchables bartender competition - Riki Carter from Matterhorn in Wellington. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0808/S00062.htm


Sport: Anti-Doping Message Now In Form Of Cartoon With Enormous File Size - The latest adventures of Rattus Holmes and Felis Watson - a tale of sport and athletes who cheat by taking banned drugs - can be found on a website run by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, starting today. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0808/S00044.htm
[2] - http://portal.unesco.org/shs/en/ev.php-URL_ID=9681&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html


Comedy: Improvised Crime To Be Fought Wednesdays - For the last 8 weeks WIT has been entertaining scores of people with their critically acclaimed improvised soap opera 'The Young & The Witless' - but knowing that Wellington's improv craving is still not satisfied WIT is bringing back a four week season of Improv Angels! More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0808/S00016.htm


And those were the Top Scoops on this day, 05 August 2008

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