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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings August 22 2008


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

1: 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.

2: 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...

3: SAP Empowers Midsize Companies to Deliver Value

SAP New Zealand today announced the local availability of CRM functionality in the SAP® Business All-in-One solution addressing the needs of midsize companies to better manage every aspect of their customer relationships. Based on the latest innovations ...

4: The US Housing Bill 2008: Parts V - VI
Catherine Austin Fitts

Any government official asked to come up with a workout plan for troubled financial institutions, large portfolios of financial assets and liabilities, and/or places that are financially challenged first must consider all the constituencies involved. ...

5: Landslide response to Greens' call for ETS input
Green Party

The Green Party is facing a busy weekend at the computer as views from the public on their ETS decision flood in.

6: 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.

7: PIF: Suspension Looms For Fiji Unless It Complies
John Andrews - Pacific Insights

John Andrews reports from Niue that Fiji faces suspension from the Pacific Islands Forum unless its military leader Frank Bainimarama complies with Forum leaders' dictates. A meeting will Occur in PNG in three month's time to consider Fiji's compliance.

8: Waikato River settlement win for a sustainable NZ
New Zealand Government

The clean up of the Waikato River to follow today’s Deed of Settlement with Waikato-Tainui will be one of the most important environmental undertakings in New Zealand’s history, Treaty Negotiations Minister Michael Cullen said today.

9: 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 ...

10: Open letter to Jeanette Fitzsimons
Harvey Bell

There is almost unanimous agreement that there needs to be a mechanism to reduce GHG emissions however the cost of any framework implemented to achieve this must be equitable.

11: Burma: Saffron Revolution Leader Disrobed
Terry Evans

The leader of the All Burma Monks' Alliance (ABMA), Ashin Gambira, has been disrobed and charged with multiple criminal offences by Burma's military junta.

12: Trade Me Complaint Upheld By Advertising Board
Trade Me Limited

Trade Me has welcomed the decision of the Advertising Standards Complaints Board (ASCB) Panel to uphold its complaint against website for claims that it had over 110,000 visitors per month.

13: Kiwis take action to keep their finances sorted

Kiwis are increasingly turning to New Zealand’s free independent money guide, run by the Retirement Commission. It’s full of calculators and information to help manage personal finances throughout life.

14: NZ’ers Deliver Strong Message on Anti-Smacking Law
Family First

Family First NZ is welcoming the success of the petition demanding a Referendum on the flawed anti-smacking law.

15: Leaders Agonized For Hours Over 'Suspension' Word
John Andrews - Pacific Insights

Exclusive: Pacific Island leaders agonized for hours over the use of the word 'suspension' while debating their response to Fiji's boycott of their forum summit in Niue - John Andrews reports from Niue...

16: Niue: Corpse Held in Substitute Fish Chiller
John Andrews - Pacific Insights

Relatives of an elderly man who died on Niue Island are upset his body had to be held in a chiller used for storing fish. They believe the body of their patriarch, 91-year-old Tuhipa Niutama, does not deserve the indignity of having to lie in a ...

17: Infrastructure leadership critical success factor
NZ Council for Infrastructure Development

The New Zealand Council for Infrastructure Development has identified six priorities to lift infrastructure delivery in New Zealand following its Building Nations Symposium in Auckland last week:

18: Gap Between Humans, Machines Will Close By 2050
Intel Corporation

Intel Corporation’s chief technology officer took a fascinating look at how technology will bring man and machine much closer together by 2050.

19: HRT improves sleep, sexuality, pain in older women
University of Otago

One of the world's longest and largest trials of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) has found that post-menopausal women on HRT gain significant improvements in quality of life.

20: Hone Harawiras' Column 22 August: Taiharuru
The Maori Party

A couple weeks ago I attended a resource consent hearing in Whangarei for whanau wanting to build a marae out at Taiharuru. Chantez Connor led their case, and although she began rather tentatively, she presented a good case for the whanau to be able ...

21: Maori Party Thrilled at Labour's Treaty Commitment
The Maori Party

Tariana Turia says the Maori Party is absolutely thrilled at reports that a Labour Minister is going to introduce a Bill to Parliament to entrench the Treaty of Waitangi in the constitution of New Zealand.

22: Jeremiah Wright is the gift that keeps on giving
Bill Berkowitz

In 1962, two years after losing the presidency to John F. Kennedy, Richard M. Nixon ran and lost the governor's race in California. At a post-election press conference, Nixon famously told reporters that they wouldn't "have Richard Nixon to kick around ...

23: Hostel Students to Protest “Slumlord

300 students’ are protesting against Unicomm Hostel owners ING Group tomorrow, after having a year from Hell.

24: - 22 August 2008
New Zealand National Party

There is something very very untidy at large amongst the senior ranks of our defence forces. This week a Court of Enquiry has released its report into the UN Housing Allowance rort fiasco.

25: Smacking petition must be held this Election
The Family Party

Family Party leader Richard Lewis says he is elated that the smacking petition has achieved the required number of signatures to force a referendum.

26: Planning underway for postal referendum
New Zealand Government

Justice Minister Annette King has confirmed that planning has begun to hold a postal referendum related to Section 59 of the Crimes Amendment Act.

27: 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, ...

28: Wellington Zoo zebra dies
Wellington Zoo

One of Wellington Zoo’s zebras was found dead in her enclosure this morning, Team Leader Ben Pocock announced today.

29: RDU: Spanky vs John Key – What Would National Do?
Scoop Audio

RDU Audio: Spank Dawg grilled National leader John Key about the Fiji situation and what action National would take if elected. We found out what John thinks about Boobs on Bikes and boobs in general as well as why National is being so soft on Winston ...

30: $30 Million Surplus All About Timing
Waikato District Health Board

Waikato District Health Board's $30 million surplus for the financial year ended June 30 is a timing issue and not a case of the board withholding services to produce surpluses.

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