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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings August 21 2008


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

1: A Word From Afar: Much ado about Russians

Paul G. Buchanan - A Word From Afar

Paul G. Buchanan writes that the Russian counter-offensive in Georgia has revealed three fundamental facts that the US and its allies are powerless to reverse, and which they may have unwittingly facilitated. The first is that Russia is back...

2: Lyndon Hood: Satirists Urge Winston Not To Resign
Lyndon Hood

The risks could not be more grave. There has been talk of the end of your political career. We urge you not to let this happen. If it does, what in the name of all that's holy will we write about?

3: Intel Developer Forum Day 1 News Disclosures

Intel Corporation is holding its Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco from August 19-21. Below are brief summaries of each executive’s keynote speech and news highlights for Day 1.

4: Adverse Effects from GE Thyroid Treatment
GE Free NZ

The Health Department must immediately act on reports by patients with severe adverse effects after taking their newly formulated (GE) thyroid medication.

5: Aussie exodus reaches city-like proportions
New Zealand National Party

The number of people leaving to live in Australia in the past 12 months would have almost enough numbers to start an entire city of their own, says National’s Immigration spokesman, Lockwood Smith.

6: Boobs on Bikes potentially economic sabotage
Newmarket Business Association

Just when Queen Street’s image was getting back on track, Boobs on Bikes is single handedly dragging it down which will ultimately cost the CBD and benefit only its competitors, claims Queen Street’s number one rival Newmarket.

7: Boobs Bring Auckland To Stand-still
Emily Kernot

Lunchtime shopping was not the usual business of the day as thousands packed out Queen Street to watch the topical Boobs on Bikes parade.

8: Olympic Gold for Tom Ashley
Yachting New Nealand

Today in Qingdao, China, Tom Ashley has won a gold medal – the first Olympic sailing gold for New Zealand since 1992 when Barbara Kendall won windsurfing gold 16 years ago in Barcelona.

9: Greens seek opinions from kiwis on ETS
Green Party

The Green Party is facing a difficult decision over whether to lend its support to the Emissions Trading Scheme.

10: English: Climate Change and Business Conference
New Zealand National Party

It’s good to be here today. I’m impressed to see how many sector leaders and businesses from both sides of the Tasman are represented at this conference. I’m going to take this opportunity to outline National’s climate change policies, and ...

11: Intel Developer Forum Day 2 News Disclosures

Intel Corporation is holding its Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco from Aug. 19-21. Below are brief summaries of each executive’s keynote speech and news highlights for Day 2.

12: They Work For The Devil And Call Him Jesus
Martin LeFevre - Meditations

Pause and reflect for a moment on this astounding fact: a suicide bomber in a flatbed truck blew up the United Nations headquarters in Iraq and killed Kofi Annan’s special representative, perhaps the most respected and loved man in the UN community.

13: Undernews for August 20, 2008

Bob Herbert, NY Times - Around the same time that the McCain campaign was pocketing its oil industry windfall, the historian Douglas Brinkley was poring over letters in which Roosevelt, running for his first full term as president in 1904, was indignantly ...

14: FULL COVERAGE: Pacific Islands Forum - Niue
Scoop Full Coverage

The Pacific Islands Forum in Niue is underway with Australia's new PM Kevin Rudd meeting many of the region's leaders for the first time. The agenda at the PIF will concentrate on climate change, and what the PIF can do about breakaway state Fiji.

15: Cadbury's job losses indicate a failing system
New Zealand Alliance Party

Alliance Party Dunedin North candidate and trade spokeperson Victor Billot says the loss of around 145 jobs at Cadbury's in Dunedin was an indicator of the serious problems faced by working people in New Zealand.

16: Gordon Campbell: Clark briefing paper, Obama VP
Gordon Campbell

Like most peeks behind the diplomatic curtain, the gaffe about the Australian briefing paper on Helen Clark was amusing, but instructive.

17: Goff: modified Air Force Boeing 757 welcome
New Zealand Government

CDF, Lieutenant General Jerry Mateparae, CAF, Air Vice Marshal Graham Lintott, ladies and gentlemen, it is my pleasure to formally welcome the first of our modified B757s home.

18: Peters: A Conspiracy Of Conspiracies
New Zealand First Party

Rt Hon Winston Peters address to Far North GreyPower, Far North Community Centre, cnr Matthews Ave and South Rd Kaitaia Thursday 21 August 2008, 12.30pm

19: Vintage 07: Bigger Is Better For Kiwi Winegrowers

If you are considering establishing a vineyard in New Zealand, achieving scale is better for your bottom line according to Vintage 2007, the second annual New Zealand wine industry benchmarking survey released today by Deloitte and New Zealand Winegrowers.

20: Georgia’s Folly & The Rage Of The Bear
Michael Hammerschlag

Kiev: Mikheil Saakashvili’s reckless invasion of South Ossetia was an act of a politically embattled leader seeking to rally his nation in a military adventure to regain a long separated ethnic enclave. Instead the predictable, even inevitable, ...

21: Funding Shows Confused Priorities
Family First Lobby.

Family First is labeling a decision by Pharmac to add flavoured condoms to the range of contraceptives that it subsidises as morally bankrupt and an insult to the many NZ’ers with breast cancer, high blood pressure and heart disease.

22: Peters: A Generation At Risk
New Zealand First Party

This privileges committee should have been on national television. It was more like the Spanish Inquisition or the Salem Witch trials than a reasoned hearing by the so-called highest court in the land.

23: Wellington 'local' picked as NZ's best restaurant
Cuisine Magazine

A Wellington institution that left judges "begging for more" has taken the title of New Zealand's best restaurant in the Cuisine NZ Restaurant of the Year Awards 2008, in association with Mercedes-Benz.

24: Silent protest at Boobs on Bikes
Body Beautiful Coalition

The Body Beautiful Coalition opposes the Boobs on Bikes parade because they believe that the human body is meant for far greater things than the porn industry.

25: Amend Law to Define Topless Parade as Offensive
Family First Lobby.

Family First NZ is calling on the politicians to amend the Summary Offences Act and the Crimes Act so that topless public parades are deemed offensive and indecent, and thereby illegal.

26: iPhone Boosts Tomizone Wi-Fi Hotspot Numbers 40%

Tomizone, the global company offering innovative services for high-speed wireless Internet access, today announced that demand for its independent Australasian Wi-Fi service with Apple iPhone and iPod Touch support – launched 6 weeks ago – has ...

27: How to really lose weight without a crash diet
University of Otago

Going against the modern trend of promoting frantic, quick-fix pseudo-solutions to being overweight, Doug Sellman, Professor of Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine at the University of Otago Christchurch has written a practical and personal approach ...

28: NZDF personnel cleared of ‘double-dipping’
New Zealand Defence Force

A Court of Inquiry has cleared four New Zealand Defence Force personnel of ‘double-dipping’ over United Nations’ housing allowances. However, the inquiry has revealed that the New Zealand Defence Force failed to address inconsistencies between UN rules ...

29: Annette King Called Upon to Resign Immediately
Health Freedom

In 2003 the then Health Minister Annette King ordered a class 1 recall (death eminent) of all Pan Pharmaceuticals natural products in alignment with the Australian TGA recall. This recall, instantly recognised as illegal by industry, has now been confirmed ...

30: Staged Tidal Power Generation Recommended
Northland Regional Council

A local authority panel is recommending the Minister of Conservation allow staged development of a network of up to 200 underwater turbines – capable of generating enough power for up to 250,000 homes – in the Northern Kaipara Harbour.

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