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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings August 29 (Friday) 2008

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1: SFO Investigation “Ridiculous” – Peters

New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters has described the Serious Fraud Office announcement of an investigation as “ridiculous in the extreme”.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00477.htm


2: Mike Moore - The Labour Party And Winston Peters
Mike Moore - Former PM

August 29, 2008 The next 48 hours could be a game-changer for Labour. Three big and hard decisions need to be made and they will put Labour back in the game, and the public will reward Labour if they are made.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00384.htm


3: Peters offers to stand aside
New Zealand Government

Prime Minister Helen Clark said today that the Rt Hon Winston Peters has offered to stand aside from his portfolios while the Serious Fraud Office makes its investigations.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00516.htm


4: Free trade including Myanmar dictatorship
New Zealand Alliance Party

The Alliance Party says the news that New Zealand has negotiated a free trade deal with ASEAN nations that include the fascist dictatorship of Myanmar is a disgrace of historical proportions and is a slow motion disaster for workers in New Zealand ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0808/S00397.htm


5: Undernews For August 27, 2008
Undernews

Denver Post - An ABC News producer was arrested outside the Brown Palace Hotel as he attempted to chronicle attendees at a private breakfast held by a Democratic Party campaign committee. ABC said in a statement that Asa Eslocker and a camera crew were ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00365.htm


6: Statement on Winston Peters Inquiry
Serious Fraud Office

The director of the Serious Fraud Office, Grant Liddell, announced yesterday that he had decided that the SFO will inquire into the issue of donations made to the New Zealand First Party, in particular the allegations that funds donated to the ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0808/S00384.htm


7: Copeland: Privileges Committee and Winston Peters
Gordon Copeland

I attach hereto the letter which I forwarded to the Speaker of the House dated 21 July 2008 which raised the above matter as a potential breach of privilege. In light of recent events, I think it is important that this letter be publicly released; ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00503.htm


8: Excerpts: Obama's DNC Speech, 'American Promise'
Jason Leopold

“Four years ago, I stood before you and told you my story – of the brief union between a young man from Kenya and a young woman from Kansas who weren’t well-off or well-known, but shared a belief that in America, their son could achieve whatever ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00376.htm


9: The US Housing Bill 2008: Part VIII
Catherine Austin Fitts

Where is all the missing money and how do we get it back? How big is the missing collateral black hole and how will it be resolved? These two mysteries are essentially part of one mystery at the heart of the matter: Who is in charge of—and what are—the ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00344.htm


10: Copeland: Winston Peters PR Part 2
Gordon Copeland

I have just been advised by the Clerk of the Privileges Committee that my letter was not forwarded by the Speaker of the House to the Committee! The same is true for Rodney Hide's letter to the Speaker which, as far as I know, followed mine but ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00514.htm


11: War With Russia Is On The Agenda
Global Research

Thinking about the massive failure of the US media to report truthfully is sobering. The United States, bristling with nuclear weapons and pursuing a policy of world hegemony, has a population that is kept in the dark--indeed brainwashed--about the ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00360.htm


12: Questions And Answers - Thursday, 28 August 2008
Office of the Clerk

1. Hon BILL ENGLISH (Deputy Leader—National) to the Prime Minister: Does she have confidence in the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister for Racing; if so, why?
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00479.htm


13: So who is running the show?
New Zealand National Party

Headlines throughout the country today show that the public health system is lurching from crisis to crisis, while the government is nowhere to be seen, says National Party Health spokesman Tony Ryall
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00515.htm


14: Stateside: Democratic Convention Day 3, Part Two
Rosalea Barker

As I headed towards the security perimeter of the Pepsi Center, I was surprised to see a phalange of riot police controlling the gap in the security fence that functioned as an exit. “If you want to leave this way, you’d better be quick,” one said. ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00367.htm


15: Conclusion of ASEAN FTA negotiations
New Zealand Government

Trade Minister Phil Goff today welcomed the conclusion of the ASEAN – Australia – New Zealand free trade agreement (AANZFTA). Mr Goff has been participating in the annual ASEAN-CER Ministerial meeting in Singapore.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00500.htm


16: Manning on Radio Adelaide: Nats Taser Peters
Scoop Audio

Selwyn Manning & Radio Adelaide's Peter Godfrey discuss how the National Party has effectively tasered Winston Peters from taking part in a Nat-led John Key government (albeit with a smudge of wiggle room). Also, Tasers!
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00355.htm


17: Public Address 29/08/08 - The Spiral of Events
Public Address

I'm stuck for a metaphor for Sean Plunket's extraordinary, impromptu interview with Winston Peters this morning. I'm also very little the wiser as to the true nature of Peters' Byzantine financial affairs after hearing it. But I do feel secure in ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00377.htm


18: Master Teaches How Tai Chi Can Help Diabetes
ACC

New Zealand tai chi instructors are gathering in Wellington this weekend to learn from a leading Tai Chi exponent how the ancient Chinese martial art form can help Type 2 diabetes sufferers.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0808/S00133.htm


19: NYT does it again: More 'Judy Miller' tapdancing
Luke Ryland

A front page article " In Nuclear Net’s Undoing, a Web of Shadowy Deals " in Monday's New York Times by William Sanger and David Broad details the destruction of evidence by the US government in a case involving the nuclear black market.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00369.htm


20: Turia: Climate Change (Emissions Trading) Bill
The Maori Party

First of all the Maori Party would like to thank the Hon David Parker for the briefings which he has provided to us and while we are not supporting the bill today, we look forward to learning more about this matter.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00474.htm


21: www.mccully.co.nz - 29 August 2008
New Zealand National Party

They say that a week is a long time in politics. Well, that expression simply doesn’t come close to encapsulating the scale of the seismic events that have occurred this week. The tectonic plates of New Zealand politics have shuddered in realignment. ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00506.htm


22: Union criticizes Myanmar connection in trade deal
Maritime Union of New Zealand

The Maritime Union of New Zealand says a free trade deal signed with ASEAN nations including the military dictatorship of Myanmar is bad for workers.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0808/S00400.htm


23: Beijing Olympics Take Gold As Most Watched NZ
Television New Zealand

TVNZ's multi-platform coverage of the Beijing Olympic Games – one of the most ambitious single projects in the broadcaster's history – has been its most successful.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0808/S00301.htm


24: French Navy Ship Arrives In Auckland For Refit
New Zealand Defence Force

The French Navy’s Light Transport Ship Jacques Cartier arrived in Auckland on Friday 29 August in preparation for a refit program to be carried out by VT Fitzroy Ltd at Devonport Dockyard, Auckland.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0808/S00396.htm


25: Scoop Full Coverage: The Peters Proceedings
Scoop Full Coverage

* NZ First - Put Up Or Shut Up SFO - Peters * National - Peters unacceptable in a National-led Government * National - Clark must explain donation bombshell * Scoop Report - Glenn Drops Letter Bombshell On Peters + Images * (KiwiFM): Wammo & John ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00359.htm


26: Militarism and a Uni-polar World
Global Research

The Trilateral Commission was founded in 1973 by David Rockefeller as an off-shoot of the Council of Foreign Relations (CFR). David Rockefeller was chairman of the CFR in 1970 and subsequently became the founding chairman of the Trilateral Commission. ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00358.htm


27: Kylie To Tour Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland
Touring Musicians

After wowing audiences and critics across the UK and Europe in what has been hailed as her most flamboyant show yet! (Manchester Evening News), Kylie's confirmed tour dates in Sydney and Melbourne...and for the first time ever Auckland!
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0808/S00311.htm


28: Democratic Convention Day 2, Part Two
Rosalea Barker

The proceedings at the Pepsi Center began at 3pm, and the first speaker to the podium was Ted Sorenson , Special Counsel, advisor and speechwriter to President John F. Kennedy. In the first line of his speech he very politely calls the Bush Administration ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00348.htm


29: Review Puts Forests Ahead Of Food Crops
Scion research

A scientific review of options for the production of bioenergy in New Zealand, their economic viability and sustainability, provides further weight to the argument that energy from forests is one of New Zealand's best option for producing its own biofuels.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0808/S00079.htm


30: Cairns Gets LAV Boost
New Zealand Defence Force

Chris Cairns was able to give his feet brief respite when he was given a lift in a New Zealand Army Light Armoured Vehicle (NZ LAVIII) into Waiouru Military Camp yesterday.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0808/S00392.htm

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