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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings November 12 2008


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

1: Undernews For November 10, 2008


Patricia Cohen, NY Times - Three sets of researchers recently concluded that professors have virtually no impact on the political views and ideology of their students. If there has been a conspiracy among liberal faculty members to influence students, ...

2: ACT Congratulates Labour Leadership

ACT New Zealand

ACT Leader Rodney Hide today congratulated the Hon Phil Goff on his appointment as Leader of the Labour Party, and the Hon Annette King as Deputy Leader.

3: Three Strikes Proposal Would Cost Billions

Rethinking Crime and Punishment

ACT's proposal to sentence offenders to 25 years after a third violent offence, is unaffordable, said Kim Workman, Director, Rethinking Crime and Punishment. "It would cost between $3.5 - $4.5 billion"

4: NZ’s top-quality wines recognised

Air New Zealand Wine Awards

- Pinot Noir awarded most gold medals for the first time - 14 varietals awarded gold medals - diversity and quality of New Zealand wine demonstrated - Riesling awarded 11 gold medals

5: US Gives $44 Million To Campaign To Fight Bird Flu

United Nations

The United States will provide more than $44 million in additional funding to the United Nations’ campaign to combat the global outbreak of bird flu, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization announced today.

6: Pets increasingly diagnosed with Diabetes

About Hill's Pet Nutrition

Diabetes affects more cats and dogs each year especially overweight animals and certain breeds. And just like human diabetes, if left untreated the condition may become life threatening.

7: Marriage has reached its sell by date

Roland Michel Tremblay

Let’s start a real debate about marriage, not just a question of if gay marriage is acceptable or not. Marriage is certainly an interesting concept, mostly a religious one. Religions, great at making official for the record these unions, a task eventually ...

8: Documents linking Iran may have been fabricated

Scoop Link

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has obtained evidence suggesting that documents which have been described as technical studies for a secret Iranian nuclear weapons-related research program may have been fabricated.

9: In Final Days, Bush Pushes for Iraq's Oil

Maya Schenwar

As the Bush administration rumbles to an end, it is pushing with increasing urgency for a commitment to a long-term US presence in Iraq. Though the military aspect of this "commitment" has garnered substantial publicity, the administration is equally ...

10: National Realising the Value of Women

National Council of Women

The decision by the National Party to put women candidates in contention for crucial electorate seats for their party paid off says the National Council of Women of New Zealand (NCWNZ).

11: President of the World?

Martin LeFevre - Meditations

President-de facto Obama hit the ground walking on his first news conference three days after his stunning victory. Surrounded by a dazzling array of economic advisors representing the business elite, he said, “I’m going to confront this crisis ...

12: Labour Promotes Rejected MPs

Libertarianz Party

Libertarianz deputy leader Richard McGrath today reiterated a major failing of the MMP electoral system, reminding the voters of Otaki and Rotorua that the sitting MPs they tried to boot out last Saturday are not only in through the back door, they ...

13: UN Warns Of Damage From Legal Rave Drug Special K

United Nations

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has warned that ketamine, a legal substance used to tranquilize horses, has taken the world’s dance scene by storm, despite the risk it poses to the brain, kidneys and other internal organs.

14: World expert on youth resilience in New Zealand


The Canadian academic, social worker and marriage and family therapist, Professor Michael Ungar[1], is in New Zealand to give a series of presentations on youth resilience for policy makers, social workers and researchers.

15: Voter Turnout in Maori Electorates of Huge Concern

The Maori Party

Preliminary electorate results indicating a 55% voter turnout in the Maori seats should concern every New Zealander says the Maori Party.

16: Gordon Campbell on the new Labour leadership

Gordon Campbell

Not unexpectedly, Phil Goff’s first press conference as Labour leader did include a mea culpa of sorts for the “disconnect’ that had occurred in Labour’s relations with the New Zealand public - although the who, how and why of this inexplicable ...

17: Supreme Sausage Made In Canterbury


It’s official – New Zealand’s best sausage is made on the outskirts of Christchurch.

18: NZ First To Keep Up The Good Fight

New Zealand First Party

The New Zealand First caucus has resolved to regroup and prepare to get back into Parliament at the next election.

19: Search Suspended for Missing Diver

National Rescue Coordination Centre

The search for a diver missing off the Timaru coast since Monday afternoon (November 10) has been suspended, after intensive search efforts over the last two days have failed to find him.

20: Ban: Economic Summit Should Tackle Global Warming

United Nations

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for this weekend’s Washington summit on the global financial crisis to seize the opportunity to tackle global warming as well.

21: Voters Deliver Verdict on Anti-Smacking Law

Family First

Family First NZ says that John Key and the National government should respond to the concerns of voters now rather than later, and amend the anti-smacking law to protect good parents.

22: ‘Performance Urban Planning’ Website Launched

Hugh Pavletich

The urban markets / cities are the growth engines of a modern economy – that attract people to them for the higher standards of living and greater opportunities they offer. It is clearly in the wider national interest to ensure that this natural and ...

23: Multimedia: Labour Party Leader Phil Goff Presser

The Scoop Team

Video on on demand of today's post caucus press conference in the Beehive Theatrette, outgoing Trade and Defence Minister Phil Goff has been appointed leader of the Labour Party. In the Q&A he discusses a wide range of subjects including economic policy, ...

24: Send A Christmas Message To Kiwi Defence Personnel

New Zealand Defence Force

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) is encouraging the public to send a message to the Kiwi forces who will be overseas on Christmas Day.

25: UN Gaza Food Aid To Be Cut Unless Supplies Let In

United Nations

Food distributions to 750,000 people in the Gaza Strip will end on Thursday unless critical supplies, including wheat, powdered milk and oil, are allowed into the area.

26: Privacy: Biometrics & ‘Enhanced’ Drivers Licenses

Guest Opinion

Privacy advocates across Canada have been struggling to prevent the Ontario provincial government from passing legislation that will see radio identifiers and biometric data inserted into future Ontarian drivers licenses. In spite of their efforts to ...

27: Jobs and housing top priority for Maori

Green Party

Green Party Maori Issues Spokesperson Metiria Turei has reminded Maori leaders that job and housing security for Maori are on a razor-edge and can be either undermined or further advanced, depending on National-Act economic policy.

28: Greenpeace Prevents Palm Oil Shipment

Greenpeace Australia Pacific

Dumai/Jakarta, Indonesia, 10 November 2008 - Greenpeace activists today prevented a palm oil shipment from departing for Europe from Dumai, Indonesia's main palm oil export port, to protest against the ongoing destruction of Indonesia's forests.

29: Bruce Wills address to Meat & Fibre Council

Federated Farmers

Dramatic change is all around us. Who would have guessed just six months that ago a charismatic young man would become the 44th President of the USA, or that the world would face its worst financial crisis since the depression of the 1930’s.

30: Like Leaves On A Vine – Saint Clair Family Grows

Saint Clair Family Estate

Due to substantial success and growth, Saint Clair Family Estate has welcomed seven new appointments into the Marlborough based winery.


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