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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings August 12 2008


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

1: Obit: Stephen Mackendrick Thompson, 1939 - 2008

Alastair Thompson

"And the sun came out to dry me." Stephen Mackendrick Thompson - 1939 - 2008 Husband, Father, Grandfather, Mathematician, Engineer, Musician, Mountaineer & Co-Founder of - Died 27 July 2008, Aged 69 years 2 days.

2: FBI Charges Two Wextrust Execs With Alleged Fraud

Steven Byers and Joseph Shereshevsky of WexTrust Capital, LLC ("WexTrust") were arrested today and charged in a criminal Complaint with defrauding investors by diverting funds that they raised through private placement offerings.

3: Paperless Newspaper Launched By Ian Wishart
Ian Wishart

Newspaper publishing has taken a new direction with the launch this weekend of TGIF Edition, a 20 page “paperless” newspaper being emailed to thousands of readers…

4: Undernews For August 11, 2008

Driving jobholders out of office is like the old discredited policy of driving prostitutes out of town. Their places are immediately taken by others who are precisely like them. - Albert Jay Nock

5: An Interview with Vincent Bugliosi - Part 2
Michael Collins

If a man carefully plans and executes the killing of another, we call him a murderer, arrest and try him, then send him off to the nearest death chamber. In many states, individuals convicted of three felonies are subject to an automatic life sentence ...

6: Lyndon Hood: Sanctions On Russia, Beneficiaries
Lyndon Hood

In the face of ongoing occupation of New Zealand by uncooperative beneficiary forces, John Key has heroically called for the imposition of sanctions - the method that lead to such happy endings in, say, Cuba. Or Iraq.

7: Syed Akbar Kamal: Lockwood Smith Interview
Syed Akbar Kamal

Do you think public interest lies at the core of the secret tapes fiasco?

8: Listener Article "Garbage" - Peters
New Zealand First Party

An article in the Listener this week about New Zealand First Incorporated is “total garbage”, says Rt Hon Winston Peters. Mr Peters says New Zealand First Incorporated was set up well before the political party with the sole purpose to preserve the ...

9: Hostilities and loss of life in South Ossetia - PM
New Zealand Government

Prime Minister Helen Clark said today that New Zealand is deeply concerned about the hostilities and loss of life in South Ossetia and the ramifications for regional stability in the Caucasus.

10: The FDA Guerillas of Wonky DrugWonks - Part II
Evelyn Pringle

The tribe of Guerillas operating a Big Pharma public relations firm under cover of the Center for Public Integrity in Medicine may soon be on the path to extinction and the blogs on DrugWonks by the two out-of-control top bananas will likely be cause.

11: National continues to get its facts wrong
Public Service Association

National’s welfare spokesperson Judith Collins is wrong when she claims that only a third of the staff at the Ministry of Social Development work in the front line.

12: Russian Attack on Georgia Unacceptable, Says Bush

"This situation can be resolved peacefully. We've been in contact with leaders in both Georgia and Russia at all levels of government," Bush said on the sidelines of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. "The U.S. is working with our European partners."

13: NZ’s top video gamers named best in Asia
World Cyber Games

New Zealand’s computer gaming team the ‘eblacks’ has been named the best in Asia. The eblacks took out a gold and silver medal at the World Cyber Games Asian Championship in Singapore – which earned them the grand prize, the Asian Championship ...

14: The Future is Now - the end of cheap oil
Jim Miles

This is one of the more difficult articles/reviews I have worked on. I have been well aware of Peak Oil for a while, but never did I gather so much information in one sitting that simply spelled out doom and gloom.

15: New Bird Flu Strain Detected In Nigeria, Says FAO
United Nations

Tests conducted by Nigeria and by the FAO show that the new virus strain - which is similar to strains identified last year in Italy, Afghanistan and Iran - is genetically distinct from other forms detected in Nigerian outbreaks in 2006 and 2007.

16: UnitedFuture pushing to reform family law
United Future NZ Party

UnitedFuture has announced plans to reform New Zealand family law, in a three-pronged approach designed to keep both parents closely involved in the day-to-day lives of their children following family breakdown.

17: The Age of the Warrior - An Hour with Robert Fisk
Business School

Venue: The University of Auckland Business School, Fisher & Paykel Appliances Auditorium, Owen G Glenn Building, 12 Grafton Road, Auckland

18: NZ science book ruins Cambridge prof’s weekend
Awa Press

A new book that tells the stories of breakthrough discoveries by New Zealand scientists has received high praise from Professor Gerry Gilmore of Cambridge University’s Institute of Astronomy.

19: Newsletter: Forum Thurs With Polisario Rep
Global Peace And Justice Auckland

POLISARIO FRONT REPRESENTATIVE URGENT - late notice - GPJA August Forum this Thursday - Hear Mohamed Yeslem Beissat from the Polisario Front talk about the struggle of the Saharawi people of Western Sahara for self determination and freedom from Moroccan ...

20: RDU: Spanky Vs Ruth Dyson's Week of Politics
Scoop Audio

RDU Audio: Spanky interviews Ruth Dyson who let's us know Labour is carrying on business as usual, their young Labour people aren't attending cocktail parties and she touches on any potential future left hand related policies.

21: Wallace & Manning Analyse Natl's Welfare Policy
Scoop Audio

KiwiFM Audio: Wallace Chapman and Scoop's Selwyn Manning analyse National's welfare policy. What is the benefit of taking a microscope to those on the DPB, and triple-checking those on the sickness and invalids benefits? What lies behind the curtains of this ...

22: Creation Of A Kiwi Icon
Paper Plus

In 1983, some important things happened in little old New Zealand. Princess Diana, already on her way to becoming a pop-culture megastar, visited New Zealand with Prince Charles and baby Prince William, who obligingly played with a Buzzy Bee in front ...

23: Problem Gambling Service User Statistics 2007
Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health is releasing the Problem Gambling Intervention Services in New Zealand: 2007 Service-user statistics report. The report, released annually, presents and summarises the data collected by problem gambling service providers ...

24: Dear Mr Key…Please Think Again

After reading the headlines that National has plans to make parents on the Domestic Purposes Benefit head back to work when the children reach the age of six years,. Catherine Lawson from Jigsaw Family Services invites Mr Key to think again and see ...

25: Minister of Police Asked Opinion of Boobs on Bikes
Family First Lobby.

Family First NZ has written to the Minister of Police Annette King asking whether she supports the refusal by the police to take action against the Boobs on Bikes parade.

26: Hone Harawira - Saving The Treaty
The Maori Party

Readers will know that over the past couple of years, I have been highly critical of the Labour Maori MPs’ lack of support for the Treaty of Waitangi, and the fact that they’d actually voted against the Treaty of Waitangi twice in the last three ...

27: Launch of non-profit sector research welcomed
New Zealand Government

New research revealing that volunteers make up an impressive two-thirds of the workforce in the non-profit sector has been welcomed by the Minister for Community and Voluntary Sector, the Hon Ruth Dyson.

28: Child advocates say work-for-dole a failed policy
Child Poverty Action Group

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) NZ has expressed disappointment at the National party's plans to resurrect work-for-the-dole requirements for domestic purposes beneficiaries.

29: Big Conservation Group Suppresses Criticism Of GM
Robert Mann

The Royal NZ Forest & Bird Protection Society is (last time I checked) the world's largest conservation group, as a proportion of the host nation population. Here is evidence that this group is using wrongful methods to suppress informed discussion ...

30: New member appointed to Tairawhiti DHB
New Zealand Government

Associate Health Minister Steve Chadwick today announced the appointment of Bevan Turnpenny to the Tairawhiti District Health Board (DHB).

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