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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings August 14 2008

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

1: Thomas D. Williams: The Depleted Uranium Threat

Thomas D. Williams

"The DoD, the nation's biggest polluter, is now cleaning up 29,500 currently or formerly contaminated sites in every state and territory. California alone has 3,912 contaminated sites on 441 current and former DoD installations. Many of DoD's facilities ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00179.htm


2: The Russo-Georgian War and the Balance of Power
STRATFOR.COM

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 ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00170.htm


3: National: Going for growth
New Zealand National Party

National Party Leader John Key says a Government he leads will focus on security of electricity supply, while upholding New Zealand's environmental responsibilities.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00229.htm


4: Undernews For August 13, 2008
Undernews

Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times - Utility shut-offs for customers behind on their energy bills are increasing around the country. . . as the effects of rising prices and a sagging economy are beginning to drag down more vulnerable consumers. . .
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00181.htm


5: New Maori Party to be launched
Hapu Party

A new Maori-based political party – established to challenge the Maori Party – has been launched this week, and intends to have candidates in all Maori seats within the next eight weeks.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0808/S00174.htm


6: Visa takes more than 2100 fans to Beijing for less
Visa

Australian, New Zealand, Korean and Japanese Visa cardholders are among the first of an expected 6000 Visa guests at the Games
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0808/S00215.htm


7: 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 ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00162.htm


8: Bush Sends Army, Navy, Rice to Georgia
Scoop Link

Moscow - With the fragile truce in Georgia on the brink of collapse Wednesday, President Bush announced that the United States had begun a humanitarian aid mission there and said Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice would go to the region to work for a ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00177.htm


9: 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 ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00159.htm


10: Nat's energy policy is financial madness
Green Party

The National Party's new energy policy is a tribute to cronyism and makes no economic sense, Green Party Co-Leader Jeanette Fitzsimons says.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00243.htm


11: Ernest Partridge:The Fix is In – Again!
Ernest Partridge

Better get used to the idea: John McCain will probably be the next President of the United States.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00176.htm


12: Clinic knows from experience how to treat addicts
Serenity Clinic

head of New Zealand’s newest rehabilitation clinic for drug, alcohol, eating and gambling addictions knows exactly how to treat people crying out for help.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0808/S00077.htm


13: Nats object to DOC engaging ad agency
New Zealand National Party

Plans to employ an advertising agency to rebrand the Department of Conservation show how out of touch the Government is over spending taxpayers' money, says National's Conservation spokesman Nick Smith.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00228.htm


14: John Key: Going For Growth Speech
New Zealand National Party

Let me start by acknowledging the important work done by the New Zealand Council for Infrastructure Development Your advocacy, research, and collective voice play an important role in promoting world-class infrastructure development in New Zealand.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00230.htm


15: Radio Active: Scoop's Kevin List Gives Nats A Plug
Scoop Audio

Radio Active Audio: Scoop's Kevin List delivers his week of politics round up on Radio Active and gives National a thumbs up (kind of) for its arts policy.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00171.htm


16: NZ Maternity Lingerie Co Causes Hump Over Bump
HOTmilk

A stockist of New Zealand maternity and nursing lingerie company HOTmilk in the United Kingdom was forced to remove a pregnant mannequin wearing a set of their lingerie from a store window after negative feedback from shoppers and passers-by.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0808/S00217.htm


17: Celebrating 30 years of fantastic music
ASB Queenstown Jazzfest

Celebrate with ASB Queenstown JazzFest as it reaches its milestone 30th anniversary! It’s Queenstown’s major springtime event, a 10-day programme of live music from October 18 to 27 showcasing a breadth of jazz styles from around New Zealand and ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0808/S00124.htm


18: No damage to Skyhawks, sales process sped up
New Zealand Government

The outer protective coating on three of the 17 Royal New Zealand Air Force Skyhawks kept at Woodburn Air Base was torn during the recent storm, but there was no damage to the aircraft, Defence Minister Phil Goff said today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00223.htm


19: The US and Venezuela: More Than Just A Gun Show
Council on Hemispheric Affairs

Hugo Chávez’s presidency has prompted a growing concern over a country to which little attention was previously paid. Nevertheless, as Chairman Eliot L. Engel of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere described it, “There ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00178.htm


20: Nats propose higher emissions, higher prices
New Zealand Government

John Key has once again shown his lack of commitment to take action against climate change by unveiling an energy policy that would see greenhouse gas emissions rise further and increase costs to consumers.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00238.htm


21: The World's Economy Is Now An Internet Economy
US State Department

The extent to which the Internet itself mirrors the economy as a whole conjures an image that will not diminish but will become richer as the future unfolds. At the core of the U.S. vision of Internet governance is stability, competition, dialogue.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0808/S00233.htm


22: Greenpeace PR: Earth to National
Greenpeace New Zealand

Auckland 14 August 2008 – Greenpeace is accusing the National Party of living in an alternate reality in which there's no such thing as climate change.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0808/S00179.htm


23: Daily Voting News For August 12, 2008
John Gideon

In a letter to the editor of the New York Times, Sen. Diane Feinstein tries to defend her “Bipartisan Electronic Voting Reform Act” against the editorial accusation that her bill is just “A Bad Electronic Voting Bill”. The Senator tries to make ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00165.htm


24: NZ High Commissioner to Cooks resigns
New Zealand Government

New Zealand's High Commissioner to the Cook Islands, Brian Donnelly, has resigned due to ill health, Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00231.htm


25: Shell drops petrol back under $2 per litre
Shell New Zealand

Petrol is back under $2 per litre after Shell decreased Ultra 91 by 3 cents per litre (cpl) at 5pm tonight. Shell has also decreased diesel by 8 cpl making it 171.9 cpl.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0808/S00220.htm


26: Brazil’s Nuclear Ambitions: Worrisome?
Council on Hemispheric Affairs

On Thursday, July 31, Brazilian authorities gave the final go ahead to the civilian nuclear power company, Electronuclear, to continue construction of the country’s third nuclear power plant. Though the decision to revitalize the 22-year-old nuclear ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00180.htm


27: Wellington Drive Technologies opens facility
Wellington Drive Technologies

14 August 2008 – Wellington Drive Technologies (NZX: WDT), the world’s leading supplier of energy-saving EC motors and fans, has opened its first major international facility, with a manufacturing and logistics plant in Singapore.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0808/S00218.htm


28: Peters Launches Website
New Zealand First Party

“The site has been set up so we can speak directly to New Zealanders about the big issues facing this country and what we can do about them,” said Mr Peters.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00241.htm


29: BBC To Show Doco On India's Preference For Sons
United Nations

Prenatal son selection is likely to have severe social consequences in coming years. "No country for young girls" explores issues such as illegal sex determination and consequent elimination, and its consequences in the years to come.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0808/S00239.htm


30: Olympic Sailing Daily Wrap 13 August 2008
Yachting New Nealand

Light winds meant delays, some cancelled racing and tough conditions for the kiwis in action at the Olympic sailing regatta today. Men’s 470 sailed two races, while the lack of breeze dictated that the Finns, Radials and Lasers only managed one race ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0808/S00127.htm

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