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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings September 17 2008

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

1: Tiger cubs make public debut

Auckland Zoo

Auckland Zoo's three 14-week-old Sumatran tiger cubs make their much-anticipated public debut today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0809/S00053.htm


2: NASA Humanist Chris Mckay: Where Darwinism Fails
Suzan Mazur

Over the phone I detect a touch of William Shatner's Kirk in the voice of NASA astrobiologist Christopher P. McKay . McKay admits he was inspired by the television series Star Trek 30 years ago and the "great voyages of discovery". But while most of his professional ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0809/S00204.htm


3: A Word From Afar: Palin Frames the Race
Paul G. Buchanan - A Word From Afar

Paul G. Buchanan writes: The introduction of Sarah Palin into the US presidential race has simplified the equation for victory. She has acquitted herself in her first mainstream media interviews, and she looks to be committed to the long haul.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0809/S00213.htm


4: Kiwis Queue Up To Become 'Cranial Billboards'
Air New Zealand

Hundreds of people flocked to Victoria Square in Christchurch today to watch daring Kiwis get their heads shaved and 'tattooed' for Air New Zealand's Cranial Billboards campaign.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0809/S00336.htm


5: Undernews For September 16, 2008
Undernews

Stop talking like them. As Harry Truman said, "Give the people a choice between a Republican and a Democrat who talks like a Republican and they'll choose the Republican every time." Ever since closet conservative Bill Clinton conned his party into thinking ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0809/S00216.htm


6: Bhutan Refugees Straining US Resettlement Agencies
bhootan.org

Catholic Charities' Refugee Resettlement Program is scrambling to find homes, beds, furnishings and jobs for 450 refugees, majority of them Nepalese-speaking Bhutanese who were expelled from their home in Bhutan in the late 1990s.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0809/S00293.htm


7: White Privilege & Entitlement, & the 2008 Election
Tim Wise

For those who still can’t grasp the concept of white privilege, or who are constantly looking for some easy-to-understand examples of it, perhaps this list will help.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0809/S00199.htm


8: Law Society: Election laws breach free speech
New Zealand National Party

“A paper from the New Zealand Law Society describes Labour’s Electoral Finance as an ‘unwarranted intrusion on the right to freedom of political expression’,” says National Party Deputy Leader Bill English.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0809/S00378.htm


9: The dismal science becomes gloomier
Jim Miles

Economics as the “dismal science” was greatly emphasized in a recent Scientific American article concerned about the “unscientific assumptions in economic theory…undermining efforts to solve environmental problems.”[1] Economists are great at using wonderful ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0809/S00205.htm


10: Bird-brains smarter than your average ape
University of Auckland

Scientists are studying whether animals look at the physical world in the same way as humans, and have discovered some birds are better at physical reasoning than apes.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0809/S00052.htm


11: Duynhoven: Leading the way in powering New Zealand
New Zealand Government

I have been asked to talk about the challenges the energy industry faces moving forward, and how the government is working to meet them. I will start by talking about the government’s goals for the energy sector and the programmes we are putting in place ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0809/S00376.htm


12: Air NZ installs dryers to cut aircraft emissions
Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand is reinforcing its claim to the title of the world’s most environmentally responsible airline by installing new equipment that will reduce the carbon emissions from its international jet fleet.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0809/S00325.htm


13: National – bad medicine for freedom of speech
New Zealand Government

National leader John Key should get his health spokesman Tony Ryall to apologise for his blatant attempt to bully district health boards, Health Minister David Cunliffe said today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0809/S00345.htm


14: Verge Breakthrough Designers vote winner
Verge

Air New Zealand Fashion Week’s elite select Michelle Wilson as the inaugural winner of Verge’s $10,000 Business Development Grant
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0809/S00244.htm


15: Back Benches – Wednesday 17 September 2008
Back Benches

Tonight on Back Benches our panel is Jeanette Fitzsimons co-leader of the Greens, Peter Dunne United Future leader and Charles Chauvell from Labour.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0809/S00229.htm


16: NOM*d Autumn Winter 2009: Welcome To "Bedlam."
Nom D

"Bedlam" is another in the series of experiments in form and construction which have become the hallmark of the label. Margi Robertson and her team have long been aware that fresh new ideas are often born from the chaos of creativity.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0809/S00240.htm


17: Poll Find Against Peters
LawFuel

A LawFuel poll showed only two percent of respondents believed Winston Peters in the ongoing saga over New Zealand First donations and Peters' contempt hearing before the Privileges Committee.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0809/S00228.htm


18: Agreement in Principle with Ngati Kahu
New Zealand Government

Te Runanga-ä-iwi Ngäti Kahu, today signed an Agreement in Principle with the Crown, Treaty Negotiations Minister Dr Michael Cullen said.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0809/S00358.htm


19: Ae Marika: Defending Maori Rights
The Maori Party

Well, we finally got a date. On November 8, New Zealanders go to the polls and I’m glad all of the posturing is over.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0809/S00380.htm


20: Grieving Family Request For Privacy
New Zealand Police

The grandfather of a young Matamata boy killed in a tragic accident on Sunday has asked for privacy as his family carry out his grandson's funeral and grieve.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0809/S00244.htm


21: Recession Proof Yourself in a Falling Economy
Soul PR

It's the cheapest and most effective way to protect yourself or your business in a faltering economy - it's free, simple and has been a proven winner down through time.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0809/S00338.htm


22: Skeptics Give Police Thumbs Down
Skeptics

The NZ Skeptics Bent Spoon for the most irresponsibly gullible statement in the media in the past year goes to Detective Senior Sergeant Ross Levy of the New Zealand Police Force for promoting psychics as "just another tool" in the investigative policing ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0809/S00246.htm


23: Death Becomes Her: Let’s Make Her Our President
Jason Miller

Savage animal slaughterer that she is, it’s apt that Sarah Palin has now brutally plunged a razor-sharp knife into the very heart of the seemingly invincible doubts concerning her capacity to be Vice-President of the United States. Wielding her chutzpah ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0809/S00220.htm


24: Cracking down on organised crime gangs
New Zealand Government

Crime is not just an issue that should be resurrected once every three years and addressed by simplistic slogans in election year campaigns. It is a serious issue, because it hits at a fundamental human right and need to feel safe in your home, ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0809/S00375.htm


25: NZDF-Can't Fight, Float or Fly!
SOLO - Sense of Life Objectivists

Recently, the Chief of the New Zealand Defence Force, Lieutenant General Jerry Mateparae wrote, 'Those who doubt the courage, commitment, comradeship or integrity of the men and women of New Zealand Defence Force are misinformed.'
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0809/S00247.htm


26: Fonterra has responsibility to assist sick babies
Green Party

Fonterra has a responsibility to ensure that the families and children affected by their Chinese partner's contaminated products are getting the medical attention they desperately need, Green Party MP Sue Kedgley says.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0809/S00370.htm


27: Suzuki Captures Record Share Of NZ New Car Market
Suzuki

Suzuki has continued on its record-breaking way in the New Zealand new car market, with the best-selling Swift making further in-roads.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0809/S00352.htm


28: Post-DNC: Election Protection
Rosalea Barker

The most important event I went to during either convention was the press conference held at the Denver Press Club to discuss “threats to our electoral infrastructure”. Included in the materials I picked up at the press conference was a DVD of Stealing ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0809/S00206.htm


29: Consultation sought on draft UNCROC report
New Zealand Government

Hon Nanaia Mahuta Minister of Youth Affairs Hon Ruth Dyson Minister of Social Development and Employment
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0809/S00383.htm


30: House prices drive affordability improvement
Joint Media Statement

Housing affordability improved by a record amount in August to its best level since January last year after house prices fell sharply and fixed mortgage rates fell below 9%, the Wizard Home Loans Affordability report shows.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0809/S00328.htm

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