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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings August 25 2008


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

1: Stuart Newman Video Interview: Evolution Politics

Suzan Mazur

It’s not surprising that Stuart Newman was one of the "Altenberg 16" scientists who kicked off a reformulation of the theory of evolution, the "extended evolutionary synthesis," this July at Konrad Lorenz Institute . While I’ve been writing about ...

2: What did Maurice really want to say?
New Zealand Government

Embedded formatting left in an email sent out by National to 'clarify' its $50-road tolls policy has deepened the mystery. Progressive leader Jim Anderton says the email formatting shows an earlier draft of the statement was heavily edited to remove Mr ...

3: Speculators could shut out first home buyers
Green Party

The Greens are calling on the Government to take action after a report that overseas buyers are swooping on the New Zealand property market, keeping out first time home buyers. "We believe land should be owned by New Zealand citizens and residents ...

4: Burma: 2092 Political Prisioners In Prison
Terry Evans

On the late night and early morning of 21st-22nd August 2007, one year ago, after leading peaceful protests against the sudden hike in fuel and commodity prices, 13 leading members of the 88 Generation Student's Group were arrested by the Burmese ...

5: Iraq PR Written Months Before Intel Report Arrived
Michael Collins

The National Security Archive released a report Friday Aug. 22, 2008 that sheds even more light on the premeditated lying and deception that took the United States to war in Iraq. The findings are based on new evidence compiled by Dr. John Prados and ...

6: Over 2500 emails in Greens' ETS inbox
Green Party

The Green Party has received over 2500 emails on its forthcoming ETS decision in the four days since it asked for public input, and they are still flooding in at a rate of about 2 a minute.

7: Nats must clarify extent of user-pays policies
New Zealand Government

The National Party needs to clarify the extent to which it would introduce user-pays policies across transport, health and education, if ever elected, Finance Minister Michael Cullen said today.

8: Time for Auckland Action on a Transport Smart Card
New Zealand National Party

Auckland, 24 August 2008 - "Time to lay the cards on the table!" said Nikki Kaye, National Candidate for Auckland Central at her campaign launch today. "A transport smart card would be a high priority for me as the MP for Auckland Central."

9: Green Party should retain Values - reject ETS
Dave McArthur

Dear Green Party Thank you for inviting public feedback re. the Emissions Trading Strategy (ETS). The Green Party should not touch the ETS with a barge pole. It should reject the ETS because at best it is an extremely inefficient and high-risk strategy ...

10: Electricity hikes reaffirm role for gas power
Gas Association

Many energy consumers could have avoided record electricity price hikes this winter if more effort was made to encourage fuel switching to gas.

11: Statement on roading
New Zealand National Party

National Party Transport spokesman Maurice Williamson is moving to clarify statements he made about the party’s infrastructure policy at the weekend.

12: Wild food safety DVD helps hunters and gatherers
New Zealand Government

Food Safety Minister Lianne Dalziel and the New Zealand Food Safety Authority today teamed up with Wellington wild foodie restaurant Logan Brown to launch a new DVD and two booklets aimed at advising hunters and gatherers how to ensure the food they ...

13: Housing: The Disaster Zone Of California

The California Building industry Association (CBIA) within its Report California Building Industry Association - California Housing Production Continues Decline in July, CBIA Announces issued 22 August for the month of July - reports further declines ...

14: Retailers Strike Gold Courtesy Of Olympic Coverage
Electronic Transaction Services

Electronic transaction figures for the two weeks prior to the 2008 Olympics show that there was a 13% increase in the total sales of appliances throughout the country relative to the fortnight prior, according to data from Paymark, New Zealand’s ...

15: Williamson Out Of Touch Again
New Zealand Labour Party

“It is outrageous that anyone would dream up the idea of giving voters $50 in tax cuts and then charge them $50 a week in road tolls” said Brian Kelly, Labour Party candidate for Pakuranga.

16: Expert repeats challenge to National over tolls
Dog And Lemon guide

The National Party still needs to answer the hard questions on toll roads, says the car buyers’ Dog & Lemon Guide.

17: Wallace & Manning – User Pays The Impact of PPPs?
Scoop Audio

KiwiFM: Wallace Chapman and Scoop's Selwyn Manning analyse National's plan to go into partnership with the private sector developing infrastructure, ICT, power generation, education, health. Are we seeing the return of the great user-pays debate?

18: Learning a language brings positive benefits
Jehovah's Witnesses

More New Zealanders may be speaking another language in the years to come, thanks to an upcoming initiative that will require a second language to be offered to all students in Years 7-10. The new curriculum, which comes into effect in 2010 in New ...

19: Learning Difficulty Especially Hard For Kiwi Boys
Dore NZ

Daniel Radcliffe, the actor who plays Harry Potter has revealed he suffers from Dyspraxia (also called Developmental Coordination Disorder), a little known but relatively common learning difficulty that is particularly hard for boys to cope with.

20: Public schools should be publicly owned

Public education in New Zealand should be owned, operated and funded by the government, the education union NZEI Te Riu Roa says.

21: Sunbed Industry Fights Back

The New Zealand indoor tanning industry has responded sharply to research released by Otago University last week. INTANZ (Indoor Tanning Association New Zealand Inc) has labelled the study `misleading’, challenging the method used to draw conclusions ...

22: Williamson being less than economical with truth
New Zealand Government

Transport Minister Annette King says National Party transport spokesman Maurice Williamson is not telling the truth when he says National would not consider a toll of up to $50 a week for commuters on certain new roads

23: KiwiFM Audio: Wammo & Helen Clark's Political Week
Scoop Audio

KiwiFM Audio: Wammo talks to Helen Clark about the latest TV3 poll, National’s road-toll plan, Fiji & floral shirts, her ‘controlling’ leadership style, and New Zealand’s potential to stage a huge sporting event.

24: No money left for cheese if Nats have their way
Progressive Party

Aucklanders won't have any money left over from promised tax cuts to buy cheese or anything else because of the National Party's plan to impose user-pays toll charges on commuters, Progressive Party leader Jim Anderton said today.

25: ETS too important to rush says Federated Farmers
Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers president Don Nicolson said today, “Our simple message to those MPs considering their options on the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) is, don’t rush. As a nation we have more to lose than to gain by getting this wrong.

26: Nats endorsement of DHB system welcomed
Manukau City Council

Minister of Health David Cunliffe said he was pleased that after criticising the DHB system for so many years National had now moved to defend the system. Mr Cunliffe today dismissed National Party claims of District Health Board amalgamation, but ...

27: Uri Avnery: The Devil's Hoof
Uri Avnery

I WAS shocked when I read the headline in Haaretz. It quoted Sari Nusseibeh as saying "There is no Room for Two", meaning two states between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan.

28: Kawakawa Bay access restored
Manukau City Council

Southern access to Kawakawa Bay has been restored following a slip on Kawakawa-Orere Road last night.

29: Same old, same old from National on transport
New Zealand Government

Transport Minister Annette King says the National Party has produced nothing new so far in its transport policy for the future.

30: Gordon Campbell on National’s plans for roads
Gordon Campbell

Interesting that the National Party is seriously regarding the Australian experience with public private partnerships (PPPs) as providing a precedent for using PPPs to fund schools and hospitals in this country.

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