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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings August 5 2008

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

1: Undernews For August 3, 2008

Undernews

It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it. - Upton Sinclair
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00027.htm


2: How The US Reversed Its Policy On Civilian Bombing
Sherwood Ross

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.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00038.htm


3: Questions For Oral Answer - Tuesday, 5 August 2008
Office of the Clerk

1. R DOUG WOOLERTON to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Has he been involved in discussions on electoral systems in the Pacific?
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00054.htm


4: Statement on secret recording
New Zealand National Party

“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.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00052.htm


5: Activists Protest for Olympic Human Rights
I Steadman

In Wellington today a group of human rights activists held a protest in front of parliament against the repressions in China and Tibet, and against the increasingly severe crackdowns and large-scale home evictions taking place in the run up to the ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00055.htm


6: Taxpayers fund Labour's campaign
New Zealand National Party

National Party Deputy Leader Bill English says that for the first time Labour has confirmed it is indeed campaigning on the public purse in the 2008 election.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00060.htm


7: Peters Welcomes Committee Inquiry
New Zealand First Party

Rt Hon Winston Peters has welcomed the opportunity to meet Parliament’s privileges committee to discuss matters laid before the Speaker.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00064.htm


8: Full Coverage: National's Vision For New Zealand
Scoop Full Coverage

On the weekend National Party leader John Key rolled out a vision for New Zealand. The vision included Corrections reform and a building infrastructure plan... This Full Coverage item includes Gordon Campbell's analysis and raw news reaction.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00031.htm


9: U.S. Relations With Sri Lanka: "We See Friends"
US State Department

"We look at Sri Lanka and we see friends. We see ourselves as the friends of Sri Lanka and friends of the people of Sri Lanka. We try to make sure that we make a positive contribution here. We stand with the people of Sri Lanka."
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0808/S00066.htm


10: Audio: PM's Presser 4 August 2008
Scoop Audio

Raw audio of the Prime Minister's press conference 4 August 2008. For a detailed Scoop analysis of what was said go here:
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00044.htm


11: More murk at Immigration Service
New Zealand National Party

Confidence in Immigration New Zealand has been damaged further with more allegations of murk, says National's Immigration spokesman, Lockwood Smith.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00062.htm


12: Resource Consents For Wairau Scheme
TrustPower

The Marlborough District Council has advised TrustPower that it has been granted the resource consents required to build its proposed 72MW hydro scheme in the Wairau Valley in Marlborough.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0808/S00068.htm


13: PM wrong – No education spend cuts under National
New Zealand National Party

Helen Clark is making mischief by suggesting National will cut education spending to fund tax cuts says National’s Education spokeswoman, Anne Tolley. “Even the Prime Minister admits she was just guessing when she made the comment.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00055.htm


14: Hi-5 Circus Stage Show
Hi-5

Roll up, roll up! Come one, come all, and be part of Hi-5 Circus, the most spectacular Hi-5 stage show yet!
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0808/S00034.htm


15: Martin LeFevre: Human Evolution
Martin LeFevre - Meditations

The physicist Richard Feynman, who famously dunked a little O-ring in ice water and broke it to demonstrate why the Space Shuttle Challenger blew up in 1986, was fond of saying, “Don’t fool yourself; and you are the easiest person to fool.”
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00017.htm


16: Dairy underpins agriculture’s economic importance
Ministry Of Agriculture And Forestry

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) is predicting the strength of the dairy sector will reinforce agriculture’s cornerstone position in the New Zealand economy over the next five years.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0808/S00073.htm


17: KiwiFM: Wallace & Manning Analyse Nat's PPP Policy
Scoop Audio

Text & Audio: Scoop co-editor Selwyn Manning raises the question: If a National govt builds the infrastructure, will it also pay for the service? Or are we seeing a policy that will have the user pay a private provider for essential services?
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00040.htm


18: Hongi hypocrisy hilarious
New Zealand National Party

The hongi between Michael Cullen and Tame Iti is the height of hypocrisy and cannot go unchallenged, says National's Shadow Leader of the House, Gerry Brownlee.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00061.htm


19: AA warns motorists to be sceptical of fuel devices
AA Media Centre

The AA is warning motorists to be wary of buying fuel saving devices that may not deliver the promised results. Jack Biddle, AA Technical Advice Manager, says people should be sceptical of the savings offered by fuel catalysts or other devices and ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0808/S00055.htm


20: Robert Fisk to guest as Amnesty's keynote speaker
Amnesty International Aotearoa New Zealand

Amnesty International Aotearoa New Zealand (AIANZ) is delighted to host one of the world's most famous journalists as its keynote speaker during its 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of the Human Rights (UDHR) celebrations.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0808/S00045.htm


21: Auckland hairdresser crowned NZ’s best
L'Oreal Colour Trophy Awards

Caleb Alex from Servilles in Newmarket has been crowned New Zealand Hairdresser of the Year after taking out the Supreme Award at the prestigious L’Oréal Colour Trophy Awards last night (August 2).
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0808/S00015.htm


22: Asset Cuts to fund Tax Cuts
New Zealand Labour Party

Labour candidate for Te Tai Tokerau and former school Principal Kelvin Davis says he’s seen more imagination in a Year 5 essay competition than National’s policy for New Zealand’s future.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0808/S00043.htm


23: Sports participation can improve mental health
Mental Health Foundation

(Upper Hutt, New Zealand) Sports and art programmes should be first-line methods for improving mental health among New Zealand’s disadvantaged, says the head of one of Australia’s largest recreational charities, RecLink.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0808/S00021.htm


24: Is it Kiwi bank? Is it Working for Families?
New Zealand Government

Bill English needs to clarify exactly what he was saying would 'eventually' go under a John Key government, Social Development Minister Ruth Dyson and SOEs Minister Trevor Mallard said today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00059.htm


25: Keep Talking to Strangers, Mr. English!
SOLO - Sense of Life Objectivists

Neville Key certainly will have by now - more's the pity, observes SOLO Principal Lindsay Perigo. This after the release by TV3 of a secretly taped conversation in which National's deputy-leader let slip that a National Government would privatise ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0808/S00039.htm


26: 95bFM: Joe & Bill English On Nat Policy & KiwiBank
Scoop Audio

95bFM Audio : Joe Nunweek talks to Bill English, National's number two man, about the policy released by the part at their annual conference and his supposed gaff about Kiwibank.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00037.htm


27: Audio: Bill English Talks On KiwiBank Being Sold
Scoop Audio

Audio: At the National Party conference on Friday night National Party deputy leader Bill English was overheard talking to a couple of delegates about how he would sell KiwiBank and make changes to Working For Families once elected.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00008.htm


28: Minister in denial over environmental report
The Maori Party

Maori Party MP for Te Tai Hauauru, Tariana Turia, described the Environment Minister's answers to her questions in Parliament today as 'another load of the same old rubbish'.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00065.htm


29: Tauranga Centre Takes Next Step In Sustainablity
Bayfair Shopping Centre

Retail isn’t famous for its eco-friendliness, but one regional shopping centre is changing all that by showing that turning a profit and caring for the environment don’t have to be mutually exclusive – that in fact, a green retail ethos is better ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0808/S00071.htm


30: Dating, sex and the over 40s
Family Planning

Upd@teMe – sexual health and relationship information for the over 40s looking for, or already in, a new relationship – is the newest resource produced by Family Planning.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0808/S00018.htm

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