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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings November 1 2008


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

1: Election 08: Stealing The US Election

Gordon Campbell

Judging by the polls, the Republicans’ best chance of victory looks like it will require them to screw around with the machinery of voting. They’re very good at it. Given the near certainty of record turnouts in next week’s election, will there ...

2: Date Announced For 2009 Mission Concert
Professional Public Relations NZ Ltd

The date for the much anticipated, annual Mission Estate Winery Concert has been confirmed as Saturday, 28th February 2009.

3: Road closures across city for Targa Rally tomorrow
Wellington City Council

NEWS RELEASE 31 October 2008 Road closures across city for Targa Rally tomorrow The spectacular Targa New Zealand Road Rally is coming to town tomorrow (Saturday 1 November) and high-powered cars, hundreds of participants and support crew are ...

4: A South Asian Pitfall for the New President
J. Sri Raman

Far from Barack Obama's battleground, a second-tier city in India's deep south witnessed, on October 26, a fervently devout mass prayer for the Democratic candidate's victory in the presidential election of November 4. The man behind the event, a P. R. Krishnakumar, ...

5: ‘Living fossil’ nesting on the mainland
Karori Wildlife Sanctuary

Conservation staff at Wellington’s world-first Karori Sanctuary have found what is almost certainly the first confirmed tuatara nest on mainland New Zealand in over 200 years. The discovery came during routine maintenance work near the Sanctuary’s ...

6: Iconic 'Vote For Me' Billboard goes viral
Green Party

The iconic Green Party 'Vote for me' election campaign has gone viral and opened to the public to create their own billboards online.

7: ‘Ordinary’ people faces of new billboard
Waitakere City

Just days after her birthday, Waitakere teenager Christine Finlay is giving a gift back to the city with her involvement in the latest anti family violence billboard campaign.

8: Research shows s59 law having positive impact
Green Party

New research out today shows that few parents believe physical discipline is the most effective way of bringing up children.

9: Cullen: Wholesale funding guarantee facility
New Zealand Government

Finance Minister Michael Cullen today announced that the Crown will offer a wholesale funding guarantee facility to investment-grade financial institutions in New Zealand.

10: Have American Elections Really Been Stolen?
Mark Adams

Well, let’s see. With trillions of dollars up for grabs, someone might want seize power, but they’d get caught, right? With the 'news' media and the Dept. of 'Justice' concentrating on voter fraud, there’s really just no way that anyone could get ...

11: Boobs on Bikes Targeted at ‘Impotent" politicians
Family First Lobby.

Family First NZ says that the Boobs on Bikes parade planned for Wellington next Friday and finishing on the steps of Parliament will be a symbol of the failure of politicians to act to protect families from the harmful effects of pornography.

12: Logitech Launches Series Of High-Tech Gadgets
Jamie Melbourne-Hayward

Jamie Melbourne-Hayward checked out Logitech's new gadget launch and found technology normally reserved for stage musicians is now being released to Joe-Blow. Logitech's new earphones promise not to leave your ears ringing.

13: Story Removed
L'Oreal New Zealand Fashion Week

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14: Winner of Newmarket’s Young Fashion Designer
Newmarket Business Association

Westlake Girl’ High School student Paris Kirby, aged 17, was announced the winner of the inaugural Newmarket Young Designer Award during a full blown fashion show at the Raye Freedman Centre at Epsom Girl’s Grammar attended by 250 people.

15: Facebook threat uses video clips to harm users

Our client Fortinet (, the worldwide #1 vendor of unified threat management appliances, has discovered a major new threat to Facebook users.

16: A Third Palestinian Intifada in the Making
Ramzy Baroud

At a recent conference I was repeatedly asked about the prospects for a third Palestinian uprising, or Intifada. The question, although seemingly uncomplicated, is both loaded and important, and cannot be answered in a mere two minutes or less.

17: NZ Wholesale Funding Guarantee Facility
Reserve Bank

Facilitate access to international financial markets by New Zealand financial institutions, in a global environment where international investors remain highly risk averse and where many other governments have offered guarantees on their banks’ wholesale ...

18: Running Against the Republicans AND the Democrats
Ann Wright

I am in San Francisco this week before the election, campaigning for Cindy Sheehan. She is running against both the Republican and Democratic establishments, but more specifically against Democratic Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi.

19: Havana Club Cuban rum experts to share knowledge
Pernod Ricard NZ

Havana Club is bringing a team of top rum experts from Cuba to share their knowledge with New Zealanders.

20: Fact File of Economic Statistics Released
New Zealand Business Roundtable

The New Zealand Business Roundtable has compiled the attached file of key statistics for economic journalists and others interested in the New Zealand economy.

21: A settled summer on the cards

The NIWA National Climate Centre says that much of this coming summer is likely to be relatively warm, settled, with rainfalls near normal or below normal overall.

22: National’s foreign policy lacks depth - Goff
New Zealand Government

“If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then superficially, Labour should be flattered by National’s policy release on foreign affairs and trade,” Trade Minister Phil Goff said today.

23: Details of justice delivery programme announced
New Zealand Government

This week Minister for Courts Rick Barker announced details on the Ministry of Justice’s Auckland Service Delivery Programme, and the Auckland District Court Upgrade Project.

24: Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings October 31 2008
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Yesterday's top 30 rating items on Scoop were...

25: Paul Heard to attempt world motorbike record
Paul Heard

On Sunday 9 November Paul Heard will start his year-long assault on the world 1000cc production motorbike speed record.

26: Early & Absentee Voting Scandals in D.C. & L.A.

We've got two shameful situations with early and absentee voting. Well, there are many more, no doubt, but for purposes of this article, we'll focus on the outrage in D.C. where thousands of voters are not receiving their absentee ballots.

27: Test Results Clear Fonterra Product In Bangladesh
Fonterra Co-operative Group Ltd

Independent tests have today confirmed earlier results showing Fonterra's Anlene milk powder in Bangladesh is free from melamine.

28: Anti-Empire Report, October 30, 2008
William Blum

The Republican presidential campaign has tried to make a big issue of Barack Obama at one time associating with Bill Ayers, a member of the 1960s Weathermen who engaged in political bombings. Governor Palin has accused Obama of “palling around with ...

29: Letter from Elsewhere: What I heard John Key Say
Anne Else

In February 2003 I heard John Key say "After 18 years in the international currency, bond and derivative markets, I hung up my banking boots for New Zealand politics."

30: Roger Hall’s Red Riding Hood - The Pantomime
Circa Theatre

Circa’s fabulous Christmas panto is back! The team that brought you Cinderella, Aladdin, and Jack & the Beanstalk returns with one of those great stories that everybody knows and loves. Roger Hall’s RED Riding Hood – The Pantomime, opens in CIRCA ...

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