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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings October 12 2008

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

1: BBC-TV: "Set up to steal it again." Is 2008 alread

Greg Palast

"A lot of Europeans wonder: Why are Americans so crazy, they keep reelecting this guy?" Well the answer is, we don't! They keep stealing these elections! And they stole it in 2000, they stole it in 2004,and they’re all set up to steal it again!" ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0810/S00168.htm


2: Gun Lobby's Alarmism Fails
Martha Rosenberg

You'd think the National Rifle Association (NRA) would be taking bows. In June, the Supreme Court put its Gun Confiscation Phobia (GCP) to rest by finding the District of Columbia's gun ban unconstitutional and affirming the Second Amendment.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0810/S00167.htm


3: The Palin Mob Mentality: Racism, Willful Ignorance
Scoop Link

It’s no wonder that the slightest incitement from Sarah Palin or John McCain will turn one of their rallies into a lynch mob. Just talk to the folks who attend.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0810/S00152.htm


4: 500 $1 return airfares for inspirational Kiwis
Air New Zealand

As New Zealand’s only truly Kiwi airline, Air New Zealand is always being told by our Australian competitors how inferior us Kiwis are. Well, we want to show our Aussie friends what makes us Kiwis special by giving away 500 $1 return fares to ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0810/S00122.htm


5: National would widen gap between rich and poor
New Zealand Government

Finance Minister Michael Cullen today released data that shows the gap between rich and poor would widen significantly under the National Party's tax policy.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0810/S00254.htm


6: Criticism of NZFSA 'tired and unfounded'
New Zealand Government

Criticisms by a lobbyist of the New Zealand Food Safety Authority's (NZFSA's) risk management processes are tired and unfounded, Food Safety Minister Lianne Dalziel said today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0810/S00255.htm


7: Health Targets – making a difference
New Zealand Government

The first annual National Health Targets report shows that action to date has made a significant impact on peoples’ health and challenges the health sector to continue improving services.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0810/S00257.htm


8: Public Own New Zealand Brand, Not AgResearch
GE Free NZ

AgResearch must withdraw their applications to ERMA to commercialise GE animals, out of respect for widespread public opposition to the plans.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0810/S00163.htm


9: NZ Election Tightens: National drops 7% to 40.5%
Roy Morgan Research

In early October 2008 the New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll shows National Party support at 40.5% (down 7%), a tight lead over the Labour Party 37.5% (up 1%). If the Election were this weekend there would be a hung Parliament in New Zealand with either major ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0810/S00158.htm


10: New Australian Abortion Law Sets Example for NZ
Abortion Law Reform Association NZ

"The decriminalisation of abortion in the Australian state of Victoria is a big step forward for women that should prompt our own politicians to rethink New Zealand's out-dated abortion laws," ALRANZ president Dr. Margaret Sparrow said ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0810/S00162.htm


11: First supermarket strike in 14 years
National Distribution Union

Glen Innes Pak 'n Save checkout operators will strike at 12 o'clock today, 182 Apirana Ave Glen Innes.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0810/S00239.htm


12: Hard market requires disciplined decisions,
First National

Disciplined decisions have enabled First National Bethlehem to expand its marketing capacity in a move to meet current conditions head on.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0810/S00237.htm


13: U.S.-India Civilian Nuclear Cooperation Agreement
US State Department

MODERATOR: Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. My name is Raymond Martinez. I am the U.S. Deputy Chief of Protocol. The United States Secretary of State and the External Affairs Minister of the Republic of India will be signing the Agreement for Cooperation ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0810/S00238.htm


14: ACT Party Campaign Launch Speech: Rodney Hide
ACT New Zealand

ACT Party Campaign Launch Speech Rodney Hide MP Sunday, October 12 2008 Embargoed until 11 am Sunday 12 October 2008
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0810/S00256.htm


15: D-Smart Rake Didymo Management Tool On Show
D-Smart Rake

At a time when water has become a precious commodity across the country a new innovation in keeping water intake screens clear of debris is likely to benefit many. D-Smart Rake (NZ) Ltd., will be showcasing their innovative technology at the NZ Irrigation ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0810/S00240.htm


16: University buys budgeting help
Massey University

Massey University staff figuring out what to do with their tax cut cash or how to afford Christmas have a new tool to help them – the University has just signed a contract with award-winning online budgeting program www.whostolemymoney.com and ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0810/S00241.htm


17: Cullen refuses to confirm super rates
New Zealand National Party

National Party Finance spokesman Bill English says older New Zealanders will be disappointed that Michael Cullen has today failed to rule out cuts to superannuation under Labour.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0810/S00253.htm


18: Universities lose ground in world rankings
THE-QS World University Rankings

(Top 200 rankings published in print on 9th October 2008 in Times Higher Education and Top 400 rankings will be published online at 00.01 GMT on Monday 13th October at topuniversities.com)
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0810/S00036.htm


19: Haiti In Desperate Need Of-Economic Development
United Nations

The recovery and humanitarian relief efforts in Haiti – an impoverished country devastated recently by four successive storms in as many weeks – will not succeed unless the international community addresses the nation’s social and economic crisis, ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0810/S00237.htm


20: Lyndon Hood's Pics of the Weeks: August 2008
Lyndon Hood

Scoop editorial images by Lyndon Hood, for stories from August 2008. For previous images see Pics of the Weeks: July 2008
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0810/S00165.htm


21: Nat’s health policy doesn’t add up.
New Zealand Government

The National Party policy on waiting lists shows they either have no new ideas about health or they aren’t telling New Zealanders the whole story.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0810/S00252.htm


22: Working To Ensure Security For Darfur’s Displaced
United Nations

The United Nations is working hard to ensure the safety of civilians and to protect the camps housing those displaced by the five-year-old Darfur conflict, the world body’s top peacekeeping official said during a visit to the strife-torn Sudanese ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0810/S00236.htm


23: Chance for the Vindication of Human Rights?
Council on Hemispheric Affairs

In 2000, Peruvian leader Alberto Fujimori sought exile in Japan following the exposure of corruption within his administration and the subsequent breakdown of lawful government. Fujimori, the son of Japanese immigrants to Peru, was quickly granted Japanese citizenship ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0810/S00242.htm


24: "Land of Smiles" Mutates Into a Painful Grimace
Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Bloody political street fighting, and ominous demands for another military coup, have split this usually mellow Buddhist country, mutating its "Land of Smiles" logo into a painful grimace.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0810/S00169.htm


25: Monte Ohia; Miriama Kahu and Maketu John Simpson
The Maori Party

It is my honour tonight to speak of our mighty cause champions; our personal heroes; our loved friends, Monte and Miriama.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0810/S00251.htm


26: Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings October 11 2008
Scoop Daily Ratings

Yesterday's top 30 rating items on Scoop were...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0810/S00172.htm


27: Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings October 10 2008 (Friday
Scoop Daily Ratings

Yesterday's top 30 rating items on Scoop were...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0810/S00171.htm


28: ABC Lying About National Security Whistleblowers
David Swanson

On Thursday, ABC News reported a big new break in the story of illegal and unconstitutional spying that our government has engaged in for years now, except that there was nothing new in the story and the important parts were left out.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0810/S00170.htm


29: Leading shopping area recommends CCTV
Newmarket Business Association

“Business communities in greater Auckland that have shopkeepers fearing for their lives should seriously consider banding together and funding a comprehensive CCTV system, particularly now that such technology is more affordable and is proving to ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0810/S00144.htm


30: The ICEHOUSE calls all budding entrepreneurs
The Icehouse

Business growth centre The Icehouse and the University of Auckland’s commercialisation arm UniServices are looking for entrepreneurs to compete in a real life ‘Dragon’s Den’ business pitch competition with over $45,000 of prizes up for grabs.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0810/S00236.htm

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