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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings September 30 2008


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

1: Big Day Out 2009 First Announcement

Big Day Out

With the global economy on the brink of collapse, what better time to ask people to hand over their hard earned money to escape the world for a day.

2: The Rich Are Staging a Coup This Morning
Michael Moore

Let me cut to the chase. The biggest robbery in the history of this country is taking place as you read this. Though no guns are being used, 300 million hostages are being taken. Make no mistake about it: After stealing a half trillion dollars to line the ...

3: Undernews For September 29, 2008

In Washington, for officials and media alike, numbers are treated like adjectives - created, inflated or diminished to serve the purpose of the moment. So instead of saying "awesome," one declares "$700 billion," as confirmed by the Treasury official ...

4: 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 ...

5: Grid buyback essential if foreign owners go under
Green Party

The Green Party is calling on the New Zealand Superannuation Fund to buy back the South Island electricity grid if Wachovia Bank - which effectively owns the grid - collapses as expected.

6: Cullen puts any future Labour tax cuts in doubt
New Zealand National Party

National Party Finance spokesman Bill English says Helen Clark’s promise of a ‘pay jolt’ in education coupled with Michael Cullen’s comments that he is beyond his comfort zone, clearly mean Labour’s future tax cuts are in doubt.

7: 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 ...

8: The Pussycat Dolls to launch Xbox Sounds in Sydney

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 ...

9: TV3 Leader’s Debate Coverage

TV3 has cancelled its proposed Campbell Live Leader’s Debate scheduled for Thursday, October 9.

10: Clarification re nudity on Wellington beaches
Wellington City Council

Today's Dominion Post story, headed 'Capital's beaches open to nudists', is somewhat misleading. Wellington's beaches aren't 'open to nudists' despite the fact the City Council has removed and replaced an old bylaw relating to the requirement to wear ...

11: Tempo Hotting Up for the Ecoshow

The Ecoshow is shaping up to be a very popular event with bus loads will be arriving from as far afield as Kaitaia.

12: Bailout Bill Defies Will of the People
Michael Collins

(Wash. DC) The White House and Congressional leaders from both parties announced a tentative bill to bailout failed financial institutions. The bill is a response to the $700 billion initially request by the White House last week. The bill allocates ...

13: “Housing: Taking A Bubble Bath To Reality”
Hugh Pavletich

“Housing: Taking A Bubble Bath To Reality” Hugh Pavletich Co author Annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey DEMOGRAPHIA Christchurch New Zealand September 29, 2008 The major reason for initiating the Annual Demographia International Housing ...

14: Key says NZ will weather economic storm
New Zealand National Party

National Party Leader John Key says New Zealand will weather the global credit storm and National has a carefully balanced economic package that will help get the country growing again.

15: Financial Turmoil: Market Failure or Govt Failure
New Zealand Business Roundtable

Scholars today widely agree that the Great Depression of the 1930s was largely ‘made by government’ – via excessively tight monetary policy by the US Federal Reserve, ‘beggar thy neighbour’ protectionist trade policies and other errors.

16: Goff: Global Food Challenge - NZ opportunities
New Zealand Government

Thank you for the invitation to speak this afternoon at the first session of the PECC Roundtable discussions.

17: President’s Speech to Annual Conference

I extend a very warm welcome to our annual conference, the occasion where we gather every year to talk about issues of concern for us as secondary teachers. I am particularly pleased to welcome you at this time because we have more members than ever before. ...

18: Wellington Council Sneaky, Undemocratic on Nudity
Family First

Family First NZ is accusing the Wellington City Council of being sneaky, undemocratic, and ignorant to the concerns of families after they admitted that they ‘quietly got rid of’ a bylaw restricting nudity on public beaches.

19: Write a winning CV
Robert Half Finance and Accounting

Now specialist recruiter Robert Half has released a podcast with winning tips for great CVs aimed not just at new entrants to the job market, but also more senior candidates who need to refresh their resumes.

20: Dems Voting Yes On Bailout Got 2x More From Banks

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives today voted against a $700 billion financial system bailout. has found that, over the past five years, banks and securities firms gave an average of $231,877 in campaign contributions to each Representative ...

21: PM's Presser: Monday, 29 September 2008
Kevin List

The cabinet readout - including discussion of electoral enrolment - was followed by Q&A concentrated the decision by Labour and National not to participate in full leaders debates with minor party leaders.

22: 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 ...

23: Kiwi Party Announces First Ten List Candidates
The Kiwi Party

On behalf of the Kiwi Party, leader Larry Baldock is pleased to announce the choice of top ten list candidates for this years election.

24: Big Day Out 2008 Map And Line-Up
Big Day Out

Promoters have today unveiled two of the most essential pieces in the Big Day Out puzzle for 2008 – the site map and stage times for the one day music festival in Auckland on Friday 18 January. Students at Auckland Orienteering College welcomed ...

25: Online current affairs and culture magazine launch

Pundit, New Zealand’s first online current affairs and culture magazine, launches today. The site,, offers in-depth analysis of events in New Zealand and abroad, commentary from the most insightful political writers, polls, blogs, ...

26: Wellington Energy Consumers Have Cheaper Choice
Nova Gas

Nova Gas said today that in the wake of price rise announcements, Wellington energy consumers needed to know that they still had a cheaper choice. Cressida Gates, Nova Gas Spokesperson, said that in contrast to price rise announcements by other energy ...

27: A special Anika Moa performance
Southern PR

Music lovers will have the chance to see Kiwi favourite Anika Moa live in concert on 24 October in a very special ‘one night only’ ASB JazzFest Queenstown performance at Queenstown Memorial Hall.

28: Govt slams South Island power price hikes
New Zealand Government

The 'alarming' power price rises announced by Contact Energy for South Island customers will be put under the microscope by government, Commerce Minister Lianne Dalziel and Energy Minister David Parker said today.

29: Poker Greats To Teach Skills To Become Champions

SKYCITY, in conjunction with World Poker Seminars, is proud to announce two of the biggest names in professional poker will hold a Poker Academy when in town for the SKYCITY Festival of Poker next month.

30: ‘From Tooth to Claw’ celebrates animals and art
Auckland City Council

On October 17, Aucklanders have the rare opportunity to see Auckland Zoo elephants Kashin and Burma paint, then hear a thought-provoking lecture on animals in art by Auckland Art Gallery art expert, Mary Kisler.

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