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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings September 18 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: Asia: The Role of the CIA-ISI Terror Network
Global Research

Recent terror attacks in New Delhi on September 13, 2008, raise the questions of who was responsible and for what reason these attacks occurred. Terror attacks in India are not a new phenomenon, however, in their recent past, they can be largely ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0809/S00233.htm


3: 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


4: Morally Bankrupt PM Hits New Low In Politics
ACT New Zealand

Prime Minister Helen Clark's comparison of hypothetical body counts between a Labour and National Government's decision to deploy troops to Iraq represents an all-time low in politics, and in the personal standards of her worn-out and bitter remnant ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0809/S00387.htm


5: Undernews For September 17, 2008
Undernews

When a man has so far corrupted and prostituted the chastity of his mind as to subscribe his professional belief to things he does not believe, he has prepared himself for the commission of every other crime. He takes up the trade of priest for the sake ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0809/S00238.htm


6: Ernest Partridge: Should We Believe the Polls?
Ernest Partridge

If we are to believe the most recent public opinion polls, this has been a very bad week for the Obama/Biden ticket. According to Gallup, the Democrats’ consistent eleven to fifteen point advantage since January dropped to three points this week. ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0809/S00232.htm


7: Photography Has No Limitations with New EOS 5D II
Canon

Photography Has No Limitations with Canon’s New EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR Camera Unrivalled image quality and Live View movies (in Full HD) will exceed photographers’ expectations of the new EOS 5D Mark II digital SLR camera.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0809/S00056.htm


8: Canon Introduces a New Image Processor, DiG!C 4
Canon

Canon recently introduced its newly developed DiG!C 4 Image Processor into some of its new digital SLRs and high-end digital compact cameras. This new processor will allow photographers of all levels to achieve higher image quality, experience faster ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0809/S00057.htm


9: Dr Brash's comments on fiscal management welcome
New Zealand Government

Finance Minister Michael Cullen has welcomed the strong words of support from former National leader Don Brash for the government's strong management of the Crown accounts in these challenging times for global credit markets.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0809/S00384.htm


10: Antarctic visit to study sea ice
NIWA

Scientists flew to New Zealand’s Scott Base, on the first post-winter Antarctica New Zealand flight last week, to study the growth and thickness of winter coastal sea ice in McMurdo Sound.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0809/S00055.htm


11: 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


12: Nothing to fear from gang treaty claims - Greens
Green Party

The Treaty of Waitangi claims lodged by two gangs will air the impacts of 1940s and 50s government policy shifting Maori from rural areas as a cheap urban workforce, the Green Party says.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0809/S00388.htm


13: 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


14: National’s tax chaos shows it can’t be trusted
New Zealand Government

For the third consecutive day John Key and Bill English are all over the place on tax cuts with simultaneous promises to borrow big for tax cuts and to embrace fiscal conservatism, Finance Minister Michael Cullen said.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0809/S00355.htm


15: Oral sex. Some simple truths.
NZ Herpes Foundation

News that oral sex has become the 'new black' in Australian bedrooms (and no doubt New Zealand ones too) means that it is increasingly important that people understand the risks associated with it.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0809/S00105.htm


16: Hanover Shareholders Update On Debt Restructure
Hanover Shareholders

Mark Hotchin and Eric Watson, the shareholders of Hanover Finance Limited, United Finance Limited and Hanover Capital Limited today confirmed that, after working closely with company management, the trustees and advisors, a detailed debt restructure proposal ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0809/S00378.htm


17: New policing powers right over the top
The Maori Party

The Maori Party is concerned at reports of new powers for the police to intercept communications, enter and search premises and detain suspects – as part of core policing.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0809/S00409.htm


18: Rawiri Paratene stands as Green candidate
Green Party

Rawiri Paratene, the actor known for his role as “Koro” in the iconic Kiwi film Whale Rider, is set to run as the Green Party candidate for Maungakiekie. His stage and screen career spans 35 years, from a children's presenter on Play School. ,to ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0809/S00414.htm


19: NZFSA mandate confirms consumer safety comes first
New Zealand Government

A new mandate agreed by Cabinet for the New Zealand Food Safety Authority gives unambiguous confirmation that consumer protection is the organisation's number one priority.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0809/S00408.htm


20: 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


21: The Last Global Housing Bubbles
Hugh Pavletich

Artificially created urban housing bubbles are very popular with the wider public and politicians. The reason for this is because for most people, bubble or fake wealth is the closest they will ever get to creating significant (in reality - "fake") wealth ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0809/S00258.htm


22: Summer Set To Start Early With Dazzler Special
Maui Motorhome and Car Rentals

Maui Motorhomes announces a 20% discount for holidays taken between October to December.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0809/S00372.htm


23: Time to hunker down, says fashion industry banker
Westpac

Cashflow management is the key thing keeping New Zealand fashion designers awake at night, not surprising in the current economic climate, says Westpac’s Business Manager, Ray Searle.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0809/S00367.htm


24: Gordon Campbell on the US Financial Meltdown
New Zealand Government

So, what impact is the world’s biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression having on the New Zealand election campaign ? Of course, this is nowhere near as crucial as what happens to Winston Peters but…. hello ? Apart from a few cracks ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0809/S00229.htm


25: Coast suffers while council dithers over sewage
Green Party

It is ridiculous for Far North District Council to blame "greenies" for the council's lack of long-term planning and for sewage problems created by the council, Greens Co-Leader Russel Norman says.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0809/S00411.htm


26: Local Bus Companies Axed by Government
New Zealand National Party

Three local bus companies have been axed by the government as part of a nationwide shake-up of school bus routes.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0809/S00265.htm


27: Government reforms search and surveillance powers
New Zealand Government

Justice Minister Annette King tabled the Search and Surveillance Powers Bill in Parliament today to promote the Government's fight against serious and organised crime.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0809/S00369.htm


28: Austerity chic emerges as credit crunch bites
Westpac

The current credit crunch is having a real impact on the fashion industry, but it’s not dire, said international experts at the Westpac Workroom at Air New Zealand Fashion Week today. And they emphasised the strengths of the New Zealand fashion industry ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0809/S00368.htm


29: Pacific Entertainment presents Kraftwerk
Touring Musicians

The Godfathers and pioneers of electronic music will perform their one and only New Zealand concert since their triumphant headline appearance at 2003’s Big Day Out.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0809/S00262.htm


30: Trade in Endangered Species Act fee changes
Department of Conservation

An increase in fees for permits under the Trade in Endangered Species Act 1989 (TIES Act) has been announced today by the Department of Conservation (DOC). The TIES Act is New Zealand’s primary legislation to implement its obligations under the Convention ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0809/S00410.htm

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