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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings August 10 2008


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

1: Response to "US Naval Armada Heads For Iran"

Zahir Ebrahim

This is Project Humanbeingsfirst's comment for the alarming article " Massive US Naval Armada Heads For Iran "submitted to the website today, August 08, 2008. Pakistan will not escape either and us Pakistanis need to " wakeup to this grotesque reality ...

2: South Ossetia: The War has Begun!
Global Research

The night of August 7, Georgian forces launched an attack on Tskhinvali, which Tbilisi cynically described as an effort to restore the constitutional order. Just hours earlier, Saakashvili declared a ceasefire in the conflict zone, but the move was ...

3: Understanding Housing Bubbles

The Press (Christchurch, New Zealand) article Leaky homes and the housing bubble - New Zealand news on (Saturday, August 9) provides an excellent example of how too many economists and property commentators appear unfamiliar with the "Law ...

4: ACT's Education Pledge - And Winston's Money
ACT New Zealand

Speech to ACT Auckland Regional Conference; Raye Freedman Arts Centre, Epsom Girls' Grammar; Sunday, August 10 2008.

5: The Olympics and Totalitarian Regimes
Christopher Adams

As the Beijing Olympics begin, the world waits curiously to see how the games will pan out. Activists have already attempted to disrupt the games, and done something the Chinese government is terrified of, like the unravelling of a banner that read ...

6: Barrier To Life: West Bank Pregnant Women At Risk

Between January and early June 2007, 33 babies were born to mothers from Azzun 'Atme. Twenty were delivered outside the enclave; of the home deliveries, none was attended by a trained midwife or doctor. This year, 24 babies have been born so far.

7: Naturist Park wins Tourism Industry Award
Katikati Naturist Park

Hi, We think your readers may be interested in the following news. Our contact details are at the bottom of the item. Attached is a photograph of us withe the Minister of Tourism after the presentation. Kevin & Joan Sampson Katikati Naturist ...

8: Cheney Likely Behind Letter Linking Iraq, Al-Qaeda
Jason Leopold

In a new book published this week, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Ron Suskind wrote that the Bush administration committed an impeachable offense by ordering the CIA to create a forged document showing a link between Saddam Hussein and the terrorist ...

9: 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.

10: Sherwood Ross: Is America Fascist?
Sherwood Ross

If it hasn’t gone the way of Mussolini’s Italy and Hitler’s Germany, it’s sure teetering on the brink. America is a nation in deepening crisis, a nation whose leaders repeatedly plunge their citizens into, and make them pay for, serial wars ...

11: Breaking the spell of impunity
Indonesia Human Rights Committee

There is strong support for bringing to justice the Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic for crimes against humanity, but Indonesia's grave Timor-Leste crimes have a lower priority.

12: Mental Health Media Grant recipients
Mental Health Foundation

Like Minds, Like Mine and the Mental Health Foundation are pleased to announce the 2008 New Zealand Mental Health Media Grant recipients.

13: Repeal Of The Electoral Finance Act
John Boscawen

The Freedom of Speech Trust today placed a full page advertisement in The Sunday Star Times and The Herald on Sunday highlighting key issues associated with the Electoral Finance Act and again calling for the repeal of the Act.

14: TB associated with household crowding in NZ
University of Otago

Research using census data and notified tuberculosis (TB) cases over a five year period shows that the risk of this disease is significantly associated with household crowding in New Zealand.

15: ‘No ifs, no buts, no maybes’ – yeah right
New Zealand Government

Bill English has deployed an interesting choice of words for his embarrassing declaration that he will never challenge John Key for the leadership of the National Party, Deputy Prime Minister Michael Cullen said today.

16: World Suicide Prevention Day
Suicide Prevention Information New Zealand

World Suicide Prevention Day (Sept. 10) is an annual event sponsored by the International Association for Suicide Prevention in collaboration with the World Health Organisation. The theme this year is: Think Globally, Plan Nationally, Act Locally

17: BNZ Weekly Overview
Bank of New Zealand

The August 7 2008 editions of the BNZ Weekly Overview and Offshore Overview. BNZ WeeklyOverview BNZ offshore overview ENDS

18: Threat of sewage discharge into Lake Horowhenua
Green Party

Horowhenua District Council needs to rethink its priorities, with a new threat to discharge sewage into Lake Horowhenua, the Green Party says.

19: Story Removed
Sherwood Ross

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20: RCCNZ Launches Long Range Rescue
Maritime New Zealand

The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) has launched one of its longest range search and rescue missions to help an injured crewman on board a Spanish vessel hundreds of kilometres off the New Zealand Coast.

21: UK Tourist Killed Near Te Anga
New Zealand Police

Waikato Police are working with Interpol to formally identify an overseas tourist killed in a quad-bike crash near Te Anga earlier today and to notify her family of the tragedy.

22: Christchurch Ensemble wins National Contest
Bedrich Quartet

Christchurch’s Bedrich Quartet has taken the title as the country’s top student chamber music ensemble at the New Zealand Community Trust Chamber Music Contest National Final in Auckland last night (SUBS: 9 August).

23: Ecotourism growth industry for Maori

When it comes to promoting our country to the world, a lot of emphasis goes on our scenery and clean green image. But what about our history and culture - the stuff that makes us unique?

24: Is the DHB sick or not?

I’ve begun reading the monthly reports prepared by CEO Chris Clarke at the District Health Board for his new minders … Sir John Anderson & fellow Commissioners.

25: EPMU Wage Drive heads to North Island

The Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union has completed the South Island leg of its Work Rights Wage Drive with a 400-strong turnout in Nelson and Blenheim today.

26: Kiwi Freediver claims new WORLD RECORD

Kiwi Freediver claims new WORLD RECORD for immediate release 09 August 2008 1.45pm Wellington Freediver Kathryn McPhee broke a womens freediving world records during a national competition today at Porirua's aquatic centre.

27: Second Chance At Hawaii Ironman For Nurse Educator
Waikato DHB

In 1988, nineteen year old, Sarah Walker was not only the youngest competitor but was the fourth female to cross the finish line at the Cape Cod Ironman in USA - a result that earned her an automatic qualification for the famous Kona World Ironman ...

28: Power Grid Still in 'Dire Straits'
Jason Leopold

Five years ago this month, a devastating blackout rippled through the Northeastern United States. The blackout plunged more than 50 million people into darkness for nearly three days and left a gaping $10 billion hole in the nation’s economy.

29: Carpentry apprentices to compete for top honour
Apprentice of the Year Competition

Young carpentry apprentices all over the country are preparing to nail another challenge as they compete in the Registered Master Builders Apprentice of the Year competition, in association with Carters.

30: Aaron Kereopa At Toi O Tahuna Gallery
Toi O Tahuna

Toi o Tahuna fine art gallery will be holding an exhibition in their Church Lane gallery showcasing new work by Aaron Kereopa.

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