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Top Scoop Stories - 15 September 2008 News Summary

LEAD STORY
Environment: Fisheries Lawsuit "Shows Contempt For Public"

NZ POLITICS
Oddspot: Political Parties Do Keep Promises After All
Election Date:November 8
The Pinstriped Columnist: McCully On Election Date And Defence
Urgency: MPs Legislating Like Rabbits
Peters Soap Opera: Gordon Campbell On Peters’ Latest Performance
Medicines: No Alternative Eltroxin Yet
Police Shooting: Men Being Interviewed

BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH
Quality Control: Fonterra Knew Of Contaminated Milk In August
Woolly Business: Iain Abercrombie appointed CEO Of Wool Partners International
Melting: Glaciers Continue To Show Significant Ice Loss
Sad Animal News: Kelly the Dolphin's Demise Pinpointed
Legislation: "Fishermen" [Sic] Fight Regulation In Court
Employment: Unisys Appoints Sales Whizz
Science: Kiwi Physicist Looking Forward To Particle Demolition Derby

COMMENT
Suzan Mazur: Why Obama's K-12 Sex Ed Initiative Makes Sense
Michael Collins: Palin's Dominance Dooms McCain
Media/Conflicts: Robert Fisk - Sticks N Stones & Balanced Tragedies
Did Justice Order Forced Psych Medication? New Evidence Obtained in Lindauer Case
Brad Friedman: Computer Scientists Release Video on How to Hack a Sequoia Touch-Screen Voting Machine
Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman: Ten Ways The GOP Is Now Stealing The Ohio Vote
Suzan Mazur: Astrobiologist David Deamer - Line Arbitrary Twixt Life & Non-Life

LIFESTYLE
Kiwi Pride: NZ Comes Second At World Schools Debating Champs
Ballet: A Quixotic Production To Entertain Everyone
Punk Joy: Class Of 79 Reforms To Pogo With Or Without Zimmer Frames
Wildlife Televisual Action: Animal Planet Launches New Look

WORLD
Venezuela: Chavez Expels US Ambassador
Hurricane Season: Caribbean Nations Hit Hard By Severe Weather
300,000 Children Affected by Hurricanes in Haiti
Rangoon: Senior Buddhist Monk Arrested
UN Reports: 3M Affected By Floods In India
Rangoon: Conference For Burmese Bloggers Banned By Military


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LEAD STORY

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Environment: Fisheries Lawsuit "Shows Contempt For Public"
The commercial fishing industry is showing contempt for New Zealanders’ wishes by filing a lawsuit against measures to protect endangered Hector’s dolphins, conservation organisation WWF said today.
More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0809/S00205.htm

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NZ POLITICS

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Oddspot: Political Parties Do Keep Promises After All
The major New Zealand political parties that were in Government between 1972 and 2005 honoured at least half of their pre-election manifesto pledges, with some administrations nearly 90 percent true to their word. These are the findings of a six-year study... which reviewed 33 years spanning 11 terms from 1972-2005. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0809/S00207.htm

Election Date:November 8
Helen Clark: 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. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0809/S00288.htm

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The Pinstriped Columnist: McCully On Election Date And Defence
According to Clark, the election will be “all about trust”. Such has been the declaration of virtually every other leader of an unpopular long term government, bereft of any new ideas, and attempting to set the scene for unrelenting attacks on their opponents. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0809/S00304.htm

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Urgency: MPs Legislating Like Rabbits
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. "Seeing this important bill passed has been a long journey for the Green Party. It has been more than two years since it was drawn from ballot." More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0809/S00276.htm

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Peters Soap Opera: Gordon Campbell On Peters’ Latest Performance
Winston Peters goal last night was simple survival. And if the rules of natural justice rules still apply, he did manage to shake Owen Glenn’s testimony just enough to avoid summary execution. More »[1]

[1] - http://election08.scoop.co.nz/gordon-campbell-winston-peters-rebuttal-of-glenn/

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Medicines: No Alternative Eltroxin Yet
The Ministry of Health's drug regulatory arm Medsafe and Government drug-funding agency PHARMAC are well advanced in their efforts to source an alternative brand to the funded thyroid medicine Eltroxin. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0809/S00073.htm

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Police Shooting: Men Being Interviewed
Police are interviewing two men at the centre of this morning's double shooting of Police Officers in Mangere. One officer was killed and another received several shots and was assaulted. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0809/S00124.htm

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BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH

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Quality Control: Fonterra Knew Of Contaminated Milk In August
New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra knew in August that a Chinese company it owns almost half of was selling contaminated baby milk. One child has died, and hundreds of others are sick after drinking the baby formula made by the Sanlu company, and there has been a huge backlash online. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/world/12960.html

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Woolly Business: Iain Abercrombie appointed CEO Of Wool Partners International
The Chair of Wool Partners International, Theresa Gattung, has today announced the appointment of Iain Abercrombie as Chief Executive Officer. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0809/S00307.htm

Melting: Glaciers Continue To Show Significant Ice Loss
New Zealand’s glaciers are showing the lowest total ice mass on record and most are continuing to shrink at a rapid rate. Research released by NIWA shows the Southern Alps glaciers have lost 2.5 km³ of permanent ice from April 2007 to March 2008, the fourth highest annual loss since monitoring started. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0809/S00047.htm

Sad Animal News: Kelly the Dolphin's Demise Pinpointed
A team from the University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital completed a post-mortem examination of the 38-year-old dolphin this afternoon. Kelly had been unwell for several days and died on Wednesday. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0809/S00046.htm

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Legislation: "Fishermen" [Sic] Fight Regulation In Court
Interim relief from new fishing restrictions to protect the livelihoods of fishermen whose businesses will otherwise be destroyed has been sought today in the High Court... “We’re absolutely not asking for interim orders that will threaten our Maui’s and Hector’s dolphin populations.” More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0809/S00285.htm

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Employment: Unisys Appoints Sales Whizz
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. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0809/S00283.htm

Science: Kiwi Physicist Looking Forward To Particle Demolition Derby
Professor of physics Tony Signal is on the international team working to replicate the “big bang” that created the Universe. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0809/S00043.htm


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COMMENT

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Suzan Mazur: Why Obama's K-12 Sex Ed Initiative Makes Sense
In the quest for a more positive dialogue between women and men, it's worth revisiting George Lucas' classic scifi film THX-1138 set in an underground city of tomorrow where sex is forbidden and drug sedation laws are to be obeyed. In the film LUH tells... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0809/S00183.htm

Michael Collins: Palin's Dominance Dooms McCain
(Wash. DC) Senator John McCain can't live without Sarah Palin but he can't live with her either, at least not much longer. McCain is much like Professor Rath in "The Blue Angel." He's infatuated with someone... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0809/S00189.htm

Media/Conflicts: Robert Fisk - Sticks N Stones & Balanced Tragedies
Katie Llanos-Small writes: 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. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0809/S00161.htm

Did Justice Order Forced Psych Medication? New Evidence Obtained in Lindauer Case
(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 ... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0809/S00157.htm

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Brad Friedman: Computer Scientists Release Video on 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' More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0809/S00147.htm

Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman: Ten Ways The GOP Is Now Stealing The Ohio Vote
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 ... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0809/S00150.htm

Suzan Mazur: Astrobiologist David Deamer - Line Arbitrary Twixt Life & Non-Life
When I reached origins of life investigator David Deamer by phone at his lab at the University of California, Santa Cruz, he told me the NASA Astrobiology program he's part of encourages public... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0809/S00127.htm


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LIFESTYLE

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Kiwi Pride: NZ Comes Second At World Schools Debating Champs
The New Zealand Schools' Debating Team, sponsored by Russell McVeagh, has finished as runners-up at the World Schools Debating Champs, after losing this morning (NZ time) to England in the Grand Final at the Reagan Centre in Washington D.C. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0809/S00092.htm

Ballet: A Quixotic Production To Entertain Everyone
Sir Jon Trimmer is thrilled to be playing the lead role in the Royal New Zealand Ballet's vibrant, new production of Don Quixote. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0809/S00177.htm

Punk Joy: Class Of 79 Reforms To Pogo With Or Without Zimmer Frames
Three decades have surged by since the release of the superlative AK 79 album; and on Saturday 22nd November at the Monte Cristo Room, five bands from that culturally-important release are re-forming to take part in AK 79 live. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0809/S00158.htm

Wildlife Televisual Action: Animal Planet Launches New Look
Animal Planet, the world’s only entertainment brand dedicated to the unique relationship between people and animals, will officially launch a bold new look in October 2008 in New Zealand. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0809/S00144.htm


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WORLD

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Venezuela: Chavez Expels US Ambassador
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez yesterday gave the US ambassador to Venezuela, Patrick Duddy, 72 hours to leave Venezuelan soil, and has withdrawn Venezuela's Ambassador to the US, Bernardo Álvarez. Announcing the measures in Puerto Cabello yesterday, ... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0809/S00169.htm

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Hurricane Season: Caribbean Nations Hit Hard By Severe Weather
The United Nations is providing assistance to a number of countries in the Caribbean that have been badly affected by recent severe weather, particularly Haiti which has been the worst hit, the world body’s top humanitarian official said today. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0809/S00100.htm

300,000 Children Affected by Hurricanes in Haiti
TV3 Video - More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0809/S00105.htm

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Rangoon: Senior Buddhist Monk Arrested
A senior Buddhist monk was arrested in Rangoon on Friday after security forces raided his monastery, according to the Thailand-based Assistance Association for Political Prisoners—Burma (AAPP). Military intelligence officers raided the monastery in ... More »[1]

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UN Reports: 3M Affected By Floods In India
More than 3 million people have been uprooted and 60 people killed by the worst flooding to hit north-east India in five decades, the United Nations World Health Organization WHO reported today. More »[1]

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Rangoon: Conference For Burmese Bloggers Banned By Military
A technical conference for Burmese bloggers, scheduled to take place in Rangoon, has been banned by Burma's paranoid military junta. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0809/S00035.htm

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