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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings September 29 2008

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

1: Pre-election Militarization of the North America

Michel Chossudovsky

The Army Times reports that the 3rd Infantry’s 1st Brigade Combat Team is returning from Iraq to defend the Homeland, as "an on-call federal response force for natural or manmade emergencies and disasters, including terrorist attacks." The BCT unit ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0809/S00352.htm


2: Campbell on Palin’s bad week and the bailout plan
Gordon Campbell

Luckily for Sarah Palin, the focus on the presidential debates and the $700 million bailout plan helped to bury a horrific series of news events for her last week. First, Palin kept stonewalling her way through the investigation into her role in the attempted ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0809/S00368.htm


3: Sooden Files Complaint Against Israel Deportation
International Solidarity Movement

Former Iraq Hostage, Assaulted, Unlawfully Deported by Israel for Human Rights Work, Files Official Complaint
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0809/S00415.htm


4: DOJ to Release Awaited Report on Attorney Firings
Jason Leopold

A long-awaited Justice Department report probing the firings of nine U.S. Attorneys in 2006 is expected to be released Monday morning, according to David Iglesias, the former New Mexico federal prosecutor who was one of those caught up in the purge.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0809/S00356.htm


5: TV3 News Political Poll 28 September 2008
TV3

Opinion Poll Results (survey date) September 18th – 24th, 2008
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0809/S00420.htm


6: A ground-level view of a bank takeover
Rosalea Barker

The bank I wrote about last week was the victim of a takeover robbery on Thursday night. Not by masked gunmen demanding the money out of customers’ wallets, but by barefaced Feds demanding customers’ deposits: Washington Mutual was taken over ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0809/S00365.htm


7: Varieties of imperial decline: crash inventory
Toni Solo

China and Venezuela have agreed plans for Venezuela to increase its oil exports to China to one million barrels a day. They will build at least one refinery to increase China's refining capacity and also one in Venezuela. Together the two countries will ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0809/S00359.htm


8: The Pussycat Dolls to launch Xbox Sounds in Sydney
Xbox

Xbox Australia and Universal Music Australia today announced an exclusive live event with The Pussycat Dolls on the northern broadwalk of the Sydney Opera House. The event is the first in a series entitled Xbox Sounds, which will see music artists ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0809/S00398.htm


9: Maori Party welcomes TV3 cancellation of debate
The Maori Party

The Maori Party congratulates TV3 on its principled decision to cancel the planned Political Party Leaders’ Debate, following the refusal of Labour’s Helen Clark and National’s John Key to participate.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0809/S00636.htm


10: Scoop Analysis: World Economy On The Brink
Vincent Murwira

How bad is the American financial crisis and stock market turbulence going to affect the rest of the world? Vincent Murwira focuses on Tuvalu - a tiny Pacific nation – as a symbol of how the world markets impact on small and developing nations.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0809/S00333.htm


11: Maori Party asks: Do Clark and Key run TV3?
The Maori Party

The Maori Party is astounded at TV3’s apparent cave-in to the demands of Labour’s Helen Clark and National’s John Key over the organisation of the political parties’ leaders debates.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0809/S00643.htm


12: Maori Affairs, Treaty & Electoral Law policies
New Zealand National Party

Realising Maori aspiration is the aim of National's Maori Affairs and Treaty Negotiations policies released today by National Party Leader John Key.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0809/S00610.htm


13: Gold plated building standards gone, says Jones
New Zealand Government

Building and Construction Minister Shane Jones has responded to the criticisms of the Building Act and removed its "gold plated building standards".
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0809/S00630.htm


14: Australia and NZ - Weekly Prospects 29/09/08
J P Morgan

The highlight of the Antipodean economic calendar last week was New Zealand's gloomy 2Q GDP data.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0809/S00576.htm


15: The Way To Santiago Compostella - Part 4
Alastair Thompson

The fourth and final part of a series chronicling the pilgrimage of Scoop's Wendy Cooper and Alastair Thompson across Northern Spain to Santiago Compostella.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0809/S00336.htm


16: Prostate cancer resources will help men choose
New Zealand Government

New resources going out to GPs and medical practices will provide better information to help men decide if they want to be tested for prostate cancer, said Associate Minister of Health Damien O'Connor.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0809/S00639.htm


17: Two Bank Robberies In Christchurch
New Zealand Police

At 1.45pm this afternoon a male Caucasian entered the ANZ bank on Cathedral Square/ Hereford Street and gave a note to a teller demanding money. A sum of money was handed over.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0809/S00326.htm


18: NZ Super Fund invests $100m in nukes etc
Green Party

The Green Party is challenging the New Zealand Super Fund's statement today that they no longer invest in ethically compromised companies such as those engaged in nuclear weapons manufacture.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0809/S00638.htm


19: 95bFM: Sooden Lodges Complaint Against Israel
Scoop Audio

95bFM Audio : Joe Nunweek interviews Harmet Sooden - the infamous student who was held hostage in Iraq for four months is back in the headlines. He's filed an official complaint to the governments of Canada and New Zealand and the United Nations for ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0809/S00367.htm


20: H. Rights Accompanier Raped and Murdered in Oaxaca
Julie Webb-Pullman

The body of United States citizen Marcella "Sali" Grace was found on September 24 in a deserted cabin 20 minutes from the village of San José del Pacífico, in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. She had been raped, brutally beaten, and killed. A villager ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0809/S00340.htm


21: TVNZ Commits To A Multi Party Leaders Debate
Television New Zealand

Despite Prime Minister Helen Clark and Opposition Leader John Key refusing to appear in an ELECTION '08 All Leaders Debate, TVNZ is committed to allowing New Zealanders to hear campaign details from the leaders of the other parties.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0809/S00432.htm


22: Bishop links financial crisis to NZ election
Anglican Church in Aotearoa

An Anglican Bishop believes the global financial crisis has thrown up principles that ought to guide New Zealand voters at the November election.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0809/S00427.htm


23: Family First shows legal ignorance
Green Party

Green Party MP Sue Bradford has responded strongly to a statement by pro-violence lobby Family First saying Bob McCoskrie appears confused about what the amendment of Section 59 is actually about.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0809/S00644.htm


24: Clark/Key Shut Down Democratic Debate
ACT New Zealand

ACT Leader Rodney Hide today said that he was shocked to learn that TV3 had cancelled the all-Leaders' debate following National Leader John Key agreeing with Prime Minister Helen Clark to boycott the debate.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0809/S00637.htm


25: Labour Wellington Central Campaign Kicks Off
New Zealand Labour Party

The Labour Candidate for Wellington Central, Grant Robertson, officially launched his campaign at The San Francisco Bathhouse in Cuba St yesterday afternoon together with around 100 volunteers and supporters.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0809/S00428.htm


26: Fly Buys goes into business
Fly Buys

New Zealand’s iconic loyalty programme, Fly Buys, is extending its offer to businesses. After 12 years and more than half a billion dollars in rewards, Fly Buys is launching Fly Buys for Business, a programme designed for the often overlooked small to medium ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0809/S00575.htm


27: Bully-boy tactics attempt to gag MMP parties
Green Party

The Green Party is disappointed that TV3 has allowed itself to be bullied by Helen Clark and John Key, and effectively gagged the MMP parties.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0809/S00629.htm


28: China: Consumer protection more vital than trade
Green Party

In the wake of the European Union's ban on imports of all Chinese milk-related products for children over the weekend, the New Zealand Government must put consumers before trade deals in its handling of the melamine scandal, Green Party MP Sue Kedgley says.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0809/S00631.htm


29: Enhancing U.S. Trade and Export Opportunities
US State Department

Thank you. It is great to be back at the NAM, one of the premier organizations in Washington. I am delighted to be with you again to discuss our efforts to expand free and fair trade during this Administration and to look to the future as we continue ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0809/S00661.htm


30: Recommendation to ban tobacco retail displays
Action On Smoking And Health

Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) welcomes the recommendation to ban tobacco retail displays published today by the health select committee. The committee recommended “Government introduce legislation to require tobacco and cigarette displays in ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0809/S00168.htm

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