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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings September 12 2008


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

1: Palin's Office Scrubs Docs From Governor's Website

Jason Leopold

On July 18, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin made the unusual decision of posting two documents on her website, accompanied by a harshly worded statement, denying reports that her husband, Todd Palin, and officials in her office illegally accessed her ex-brother-in-law’s ...

2: How to Hack a Sequoia Touch-Screen Voting Machine

Experts from CA's 'Top-to-Bottom Review' of E-Voting Systems Demonstrate How to Insert Virus, Access Machines Without Disturbing 'Security Seals' in Hack Which Would Not Be Discovered Even in 100% Audit of 'Paper Trails'

3: PM’s announcement on the 2008 General Election
New Zealand Government

I have advised the Administrator of the Government today that the date for the dissolution of Parliament will be 3 October. Writ day will follow on 8th October and nomination day will be on 14th October. The general election will be held on 8th November.

4: NBR v Robert Fisk – Will The Real Leak Stand Up?
Jamie Melbourne-Hayward

After Robert Fisk spoke at AUT this Tuesday, he did not go to a Glen Innes Marae to meet Tuhoe “terror-raid” defendants, or afford Tama Iti the greatest honour of his life. So what was behind the NBR's claims? Jamie Melbourne-Hayward investigates.

5: How India's Nuclear "Waiver" Was Won
J. Sri Raman

According to India's National Security Adviser, M. K. Narayanan, the country won a waiver of the normal, non-proliferation conditions of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) over the weekend - believe it or not - because of "divine support."

6: Robert Fisk - Sticks n Stones & Balanced Tragedies
Katie Llanos-Small

PMC Profile: Why is Robert Fisk so hacked off with the way much of the Western media portrays the Middle East conflicts? Katie Llanos-Small interviews an author who has reported three decades of horror and injustice to find some answers.

7: PGB: A Tale of Two Conventions - And Two Americas
Paul G. Buchanan - A Word From Afar

In this A Word From Afar column, Paul G. Buchanan writes that the contrast between the Democratic and Republican conventions was so stark, the themes so opposite, that one might think that they were speaking of two Americas. Perhaps they are.

8: Questions And Answers – 11 September 2008
Office of the Clerk

1. Hon BILL ENGLISH (Deputy Leader—National) to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by her statement today that she has “no basis” to remove the Rt Hon Winston Peters’ ministerial warrant; if so, why?

9: PM Announces 2008 Election Date: Audio And Images
Kevin List

As if the Prime Minister calling the Election for November 8 wasn't enough excitement for one day – Scoop encountered a giant Elmo type mascot parading down Lambton Quay – truly a news overload

10: Peters' sacking chances plummet on prediction site

Stocks in Winston Peters' sacking fell sharply in record trading on iPredict following Helen Clark's decision not to sack Mr Peters this morning.

11: Release of the Coles Review
New Zealand Government

In December last year, I ordered an independent expert review into the acquisition and introduction into service of the Navy’s multi-role vessel Canterbury.

12: Confirmation HMNZS Canterbury procurement flawed
New Zealand National Party

National’s Defence spokesman Wayne Mapp says the Coles Report into the acquisition of HMNZS Canterbury is a damning indictment of the Labour Government’s defence procurement processes.

13: Peters Welcomes Election Announcement
New Zealand First Party

Rt Hon Winston Peters says New Zealand First welcomes the election announcement today and is ready to fight for its policies the length and breadth of the country.

14: Undernews For September 11, 2008

Anchorage Daily News - Back in 1996, when she first became mayor, Sarah Palin asked the city librarian if she would be all right with censoring library books should she be asked to do so.

15: Sludge Report #184: When Money Bites
C.D. Sludge

Ouch. Today's monetary policy announcement from the Reserve Bank makes for some somber reflection. Ugly graphs. Positive outlook. Very difficult decision.

16: Cunliffe: Primary Care Implementation: Next Steps
New Zealand Government

It’s a great pleasure to join this distinguished audience today for what I believe will be an important opportunity to discuss future of primary healthcare. I want to recognise up front that many of you were passionate advocates for primary care, ...

17: - 12 September 2008
New Zealand National Party

So November 8th it is. Finally, after waiting till the point where earlier options were no longer logistically feasible, Helen Clark has announced a date. According to Clark, the election will be “all about trust”. Such has been the declaration ...

18: Ten ways the GOP is now stealing the Ohio vote
Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman

The McCain/Palin GOP is already in the process of stealing the Ohio vote, as was done in 2004. Among those at the center of the GOP strategy is Bush Family computer operative Michael Connell, who programmed the key vote counting mechanisms that were ...

19: Students look forward to spirited campaign
Auckland University Students Association

Students at New Zealand’s largest university are looking forward to a spirited election campaign of policies and promises, one of the most contested in recent times.

20: Unisys Appoints Paul Allen

Industry specialist returns to Unisys to lead trans-Tasman industry practice Unisys has appointed Paul Allen as sales manager, Australia and New Zealand, Financial Services.

21: Election date - the change we need is Green
Green Party

Green Party Co-Leaders Jeanette Fitzsimons and Russel Norman welcome the Prime Minister's election date announcement of November 8. "I hope it will be an election that's based on policy not personal attacks," Dr Norman says.

22: Waste Bill first step to zero-waste NZ
Green Party

The Green Party welcomes the passing of the Waste Minimisation Bill into law and calls on Ministers, businesses and the community to use the tools it provides to achieve a zero-waste New Zealand.

23: ETS passed: did science get enough of a look in?
Science Media Centre

The emissions trading scheme (ETS) legislation, which passed on a 63-57 vote after its third reading in Parliament on Wednesday night, sets limits on the amount of greenhouse gas sectors of the economy can emit.

24: Announcement: Chief Electoral Office In Top Gear
Chief Electoral Office

The Chief Electoral Office will now swing in to full gear to make voting as easy and accessible as possible for voters for the 2008 general election on Saturday 8 November 2008.

25: Prison Diary from Accused Iraqi Agent S. Lindauer
Susan Lindauer

It comes down to the old cliche that courage is not the absence of fear, but fighting through fear. Thinking back on it, I was terrified beyond words-- and the odds of my victory were stunningly low. The prison staff on the Texas military base had no ...

26: The Brazilian Military Is Back
A Council on Hemispheric Affairs

In recent years, the Brazilian military has embarked on a mission to re-invent itself by means of a combination of purchases of new military equipment, grandiose plans for constructing a nuclear submarine, and the leadership offered by a pronouncedly ...

27: Did Justice Order Forced Psych Medication?
Michael Collins

(Wash. DC) On 9/11 Susan Lindauer will have the second of three hearings to prove her competence to stand trial as an accused "unregistered foreign agent" for Iraq prior to the 2003 U.S. invasion. She was indicted in April 2004 and has consistently ...

28: National welcomes election date
New Zealand National Party

“I welcome the Prime Minister’s announcement of the election date today. “November 8 2008 represents a big opportunity for this country. It is the chance for voters to choose a brighter future for New Zealand in this 21st century world.

29: ETS: Thank god that's over; now to the climate...
Greenpeace New Zealand

Auckland 10 September 2008 – Greenpeace is calling on political parties to outline their future plans for tackling climate change, now the emissions trading scheme (ETS) has been passed into law.

30: Sharples: Public Transport Management Bill
The Maori Party

Well, to be more precise, tension spread through the Metlink buses, trains and ferries as commuters came to grips with a price increase of between fifty cents to a dollar per trip.

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