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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings August 13 2008


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

1: 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.

2: Warrior John McCain: Far More Dangerous Than Bush
Steve Weissman

During the hottest days of the Cold War, Gen. Thomas Power headed the Strategic Air Command, whose nuclear-armed B-52s were meant to deter the Soviet Union. General Power, like many of the Air Force brass at the time, believed that nuclear war with ...

3: Letter from Elsewhere: Closing the door to hope
Anne Else

No wonder John Key could honestly say, announcing his party’s welfare policy, that the widow’s benefit “gave my mother enough security to keep us together and keep us focused on a time when things would improve. By having our most basic needs covered ...

4: HRH Princess Birgitta Patron of Swedish Style NZ
Swedish Style New Zealand

HRH Princess Birgitta of Sweden, sister of H M King Carl XVI Gustaf, will be visiting New Zealand from Saturday, October 18 to Saturday, October 25 2008, as Patron of Swedish Style New Zealand.

5: 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.

6: Back Benches – Steve Maharey Special
Back Benches

Our panel on Back Benches tonight is … Steve Maharey from Labour, Russel Norman from the Greens, Heather Roy from Act and Judy Turner from United Future.

7: The Caucasus — Washington Risks nuclear war
William Engdahl The dramatic military attack by the military of the Republic of Georgia on South Ossetia in the last days has brought the world one major step closer to the ultimate horror of the Cold War era—a thermonuclear war between Russia and ...

8: Cullen: Back on track - Infrastructure for NZ
New Zealand Government

Finance Minister Michael Cullen’s opening address to the New Zealand Council for Infrastructure Development’s ‘Building Nations’ Symposium, Eden Park, Auckland

9: 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 ...

10: 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

11: Fire Service Defends Parliament From White Powder
Kevin List

It was a bad day in Wellington for your house to have caught fire or ones cat to have got stuck in a drainpipe. A large number of fire crew turned up to investigate some white powder which had mysteriously arrived at parliament.

12: 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.

13: Rural Photography Award 2008
Federated Farmers

Applications have now opened for the Federated Farmers of New Zealand Rural Photography Award 2008, organised in conjunction with the New Zealand Guild of Agricultural Journalists and Communicators.

14: Finalists For Qantas Film And Television Awards
Screen Directors Guild of NZ

Finalists in 58 film, television, documentary, news and current affairs categories have been announced for the inaugural Qantas Film and Television Awards.

15: Greenpeace launch Red Fish List for New Zealand
Greenpeace New Zealand

Greenpeace launched a major new consumer seafood campaign at Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World in Auckland yesterday, and released a 'Red Fish' guide listing the 12 most at-risk oceans species.

16: Auckland top entrepreneurial city in survey

An International study has named Auckland the most entrepreneurial city of 27 OECD cities surveyed.

17: Wammo & John Key – Claims He Knows The Taper
Scoop Audio

KiwiFM Audio: Wammo talks to John Key who says he knows who the secret-taper is and alleges it was a Young Labour member. Where’s the charisma in N.Z politics? The likely election date and National’s Social Policy.

18: The Russo-Georgian War and the Balance of Power

The Russian invasion of Georgia has not changed the balance of power in Eurasia. It simply announced that the balance of power had already shifted. The United States has been absorbed in its wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as potential conflict ...

19: Wammo & Vernon Andrews – Obama Loves HipHop
Scoop Audio

KiwiFM Audio: Wammo talks to Vernon Andrews from Canterbury uni about the implications of Obama’s love of hiphop.

20: 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.

21: Pelosi Clashes With Protesters Over Impeachment
The Public Record

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's appearance Monday at a West Los Angeles college to discuss her recently published book was marred by dozens of protestors and several angry outbursts by audience members who demanded Pelosi immediately authorize a House ...

22: Olympic Targeted Attacks Hidden in PDFs

MessageLabs has uncovered evidence of targeted malware being distributed in legitimate looking International Olympic Committee (IOC) emails, that have been sent to participating nation’s national sporting organisations and athlete representatives.

23: TVNZ Apologises For Switching Failure
Television New Zealand

TVNZ apologises to viewers who missed the end of the Men's 200metre Butterfly final in which Kiwi swimmer Moss Burmester was placed fourth.

24: Initiate, Solnet Agree to Jointly Market Software
Initiate Systems

Initiate Systems Australia Pty Ltd, a leader in master data management (MDM) solutions for creating complete, real-time views of data about people, places and things, and Solnet Solutions Limited provider of IT solutions and support, today announced a ...

25: A Play of Villains: Conflict in Georgia
Binoy Kampmark

A play of villains, where the only victims (as always) are civilians. The Russian president Dmitry Medvedev has announced a halt to military operations of Russian forces in Georgia, but skirmishes continue. Fears that the entire Georgian state ...

26: Humour and positive psychology shift negativity
Humour In Business Awards

Media statemenAugust 11, 2008 What do you get when you bring together pirates, blind taxi drivers, gorillas and rabbits and send amazing mail and contribute to society? You get the 2008 Humour in Business Awards and you get fun and productivity!! Winners ...

27: Bursting The Skyhawk Bubble Heather Roy MP
ACT New Zealand

ACT Deputy Leader and National Security Spokesman Heather Roy today called on Defence Minister Phil Goff to launch an independent inquiry into the series of lost sale opportunities and questionable decisions by his Government around the maintenance ...

28: Possible merger of HortRersearch and Crop and Food
Public Service Association

The Public Service Association is pleased that staff at HortResearch and Crop and Food Research are being consulted on a possible merger of the two crown research institutes.

29: Witchcraft paper casts a spell over students
Massey University

Charms and curses have been flooding into the office of Dr Gina Salapata, but the senior classics lecturer is happy to have them, along with the odd “voodoo” doll.

30: Olympic Sailing Daily Wrap 12 August 2008
Yachting New Nealand

Day four of the Olympic Sailing Regatta saw kiwis compete in the Laser, Laser Radial, RS:X Men and Women, and the Men’s 470 classes. While light winds meant some delays to the start of racing all fleets were able to complete two races as planned.

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