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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings August 8 2008


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

1: Beijing Olympics “Live Site” opens this Friday

Northcote Shopping Centre

A special “live site” for the Beijing Olympics gets underway on Friday night at the Northcote Shopping Centre with an opening night of entertainment from 6pm.

2: Undernews For August 6, 2008

As I've often told Ginsberg, you can't blame the President for the state of the country, it's always the poets' fault. You can't expect politicians to come up with a vision, they don't have it in them. Poets have to come up with the vision and they ...

3: Recordings + Rumour + Innuendo = Historian's Rant
STATE OF IT by Selwyn Manning

Selwyn Manning writes: Much energy has been directed to identify who secretly recorded National Party MPs. That's their prerogative. However, the ridicule directed at Scoop Media and two of its reporters by historian Dr Michael Bassett, is in need of reply.

4: Botox, manicures, pet grooming for ACC staff
New Zealand National Party

National’s ACC spokeswoman Pansy Wong is incredulous that ACC has shelled out $750,000 for staff to indulge in day spas, manicures, and botox to enhance and improve their personal wellbeing.

5: Robson-on-politics: 8 August 2008
Progressive Party

NOW DID I REALLY SAY THAT ABOUT KIWIBANK? I am afraid that you did Bill. I know that as a close student of the Hollow Men , in fact you feature in it, you realise that such policies are supposed to be undeclared otherwise people won’t vote for you ...

6: An Interview with Vincent Bugliosi - Part 1
Michael Collins

In his new book, The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder , Vincent Bugliosi makes a devastating, well documented case that President George W. Bush is guilty of murder as a result of the lies he told to justify the invasion of Iraq.

7: Sixteen Arrested - World's Largest Ecstasy Seizure

An intense 12-month investigation by law enforcement agencies has smashed an international drug syndicate with 16 arrested across Australia following the world’s single largest seizure of 4.4 tonnes of ecstasy.

8: Job recruiters urge Kiwis to Go West
Go West Now

The Western Australian Government's "Go West Now" team is back in New Zealand to attract skilled workers to fill WA's massive job vacancies.

9: US President George Bush Visits Bangkok, Thailand
The White House

"America looks to Thailand as a leader in the region and a partner around the world. I was proud to designate Thailand a major non-NATO ally of the United States. I salute the Thai people on the restoration of democracy." - George Bush.

10: Olympics: Men of Conscience should Raise HR Issue
Prof. Kanbawza Win

The original purpose of the Olympic Games, both ancient and modern, is to foster the ideal of, “A sound mind in a sound body,” and to promote friendship among the nations. The Official Olympic Anthem runs “Immortal spirit of Antiquity, Father ...

11: Revolutionary Technology For Wind Energy Now In NZ
E Sime Group

The Honourable Trevor Mallard will be launching the first Proven Energy Wind Turbine by throwing the switch on a 6kw unit installed at the premises of E Sime Group Ltd in Seaview, Lower Hutt on Friday afternoon, 8 August 2008.

12: Peters Pays Tribute To Ken Going
New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters says he is saddened at the passing of former All Black and New Zealand Maori player Ken Going. "Ken was well known, and highly respected, by all those who follow rugby; not just in Northland, but throughout New ...

13: Is Africa a Cold War Battleground?
Black Agenda Report

A new cold war looms over Africa, fueled by "dwindling primary natural resources, oil and gas" elsewhere on the planet. The continent has never recovered from centuries of European and American exploitation of her land and people, while "the human, social ...

14: New Rules For Raw Milk Products Considered
New Zealand Food Safety Authority

The New Zealand Food Safety Authority is proposing a framework that would allow a wider variety of raw milk products to be sold and produced in New Zealand.

15: Islam Awareness Week launched
Syed Akbar Kamal

In an increasingly multi-cultural and diverse ethnic landscape of Aotearoa Gov-Gen Anand Satyanand underscored the need to channel efforts in realizing religious understanding while launching the 5th annual Islam Awareness Week organized by Federation of Islamic ...

16: Questions And Answers – Thursday, 7 August 2008
Office of the Clerk

1. SU’A WILLIAM SIO (Labour) to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on alternative ways of promoting domestic savings?

17: National Electioneers over Herceptin
New Zealand Government

National is ignoring the scientific evidence for the 9-week Herceptin treatment and is cynically making an empty promise to New Zealand women and playing on the fears of women suffering from breast cancer.

18: FULL COVERAGE: National Conf + Secret Recordings
Scoop Full Coverage

Full Coverage of the National Party conference and secret recordings of Bill English, Lockwood Smith, and Nick Smith, including audio, statements, fallout and analysis. Ethical? Justified? In the public interest? You be the judge.

19: Sec Rice w/ Mike Allen (The Politico, Yahoo! News)
US State Department

"I think there is a lot of ferment in Iran right now. You read in the newspapers, even in - even in their newspapers, as controlled as they are, a lot of questioning of the policies of Pres. Ahmadinejad. After all, inflation is running wild in Iran."

20: Bush In Bangkok Blasts Burma & China
Richard S. Ehrlich

A billboard, advertising English language lessons, hopes to attract customers who want to understand Americans.

21: Matt Renner: Playing Politics With Iraqi Oil Money
Matt Renner

Washington, DC - Republicans and Democrats have been in an uproar over a new report that examines the amount of money the government of Iraq has been taking in and where they have been spending it. However, according to a leading Iraq economy scholar, ...

22: International Day of the World's Indigenous People
Peace Movement Aotearoa

Saturday, 9 August, is the International Day of the World's Indigenous People (IDWIP). IDWIP is observed every year on 9 August by the international community, in recognition of the first meeting of the United Nations Working Group on Indigenous Populations ...

23: Poverty Report: Not a word on marriage
The Family Party

Yesterday a report was released on child poverty commissioned by the Children's Commissioner and Barnardos called, “A Fair Go For Children - Actions to Address Child Poverty in New Zealand.”

24: Myspace Offers NZ Marketers A New Way To Connect

Nielsen and internal figures show us almost 400,000 New Zealanders spent 156,000 hours viewing 14 million pages on in the month of June 2008.

25: ACC should be congratulated
Mental Health Foundation

Mentally unhealthy workplaces are costing New Zealand businesses far more than the $250 spent by ACC for staff on its employee wellbeing programme, says the Mental Health Foundation.

26: The Games They Play in Burma
J. Sri Raman

On August 8, a small team of six athletes from Burma is scheduled to participate in the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Beijing. Very few back home, however, may be wondering on this occasion about the team's fortunes in the field, track, ...

27: - 8 August 2008
New Zealand National Party

Revelations this week that NZAid has provided $121,500 of taxpayers’ tsunami relief cash for the Tamil Rehabilitation Organisation (TRO) raise serious questions about both the aid and security policies of the Clark Government. The TRO has for some ...

28: Regular petrol, better environment, better price
Gull Petroleum

Gull New Zealand announced today the launch of Gull Regular Plus, a new 91 octane biofuel with 10 per cent ethanol content. Gull Regular Plus, the next generation in petrol, extends Gull’s biofuel range beyond the very successful Gull Force 10, ...

29: Taxpayers want disciplined spending
New Zealand National Party

"Labour must seriously be questioning its own priorities when it can't fund Herceptin, but can afford to give ACC staff publicly funded manicures and botox treatments," says National Party State Services spokesman Gerry Brownlee.

30: Key leaves constituents to the dogs
New Zealand Labour Party

Labour MP Darien Fenton says she is seriously concerned about the security of constituent information at John Key’s Helensville electorate office after Mr Key’s claims that papers were “stolen” from his rubbish.

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