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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings November 18 2008

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

1: Was Prop 8 Fixed by Religious Zealots?

Mark Crispin Miller

Well, well, well. First we find out, happily, that We the People may not be so fiercely racist after all, as Election '08 has debunked the (feeble) theory of "the Bradley effect." And now it turns out that Americans--at least those in gay-friendly California ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0811/S00217.htm


2: Lyndon Hood: A Victory Parade For John Key
Lyndon Hood

The Victor leads the parade. He is portrayed here with Eyes, to indicate that he has a Vision For New Zealand. Holding his master's Laurels is the traditional Slave, to whisper to him as they go among the worshipful masses: "You, too, are mortal."
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0811/S00219.htm


3: National’s Ministry focused on growth, prosperity
New Zealand National Party

The National-led Government’s Ministry will be focused on growth to deliver prosperity for all New Zealanders, says National Party Leader John Key.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0811/S00184.htm


4: Multimedia: John Key Cabinet Lineup Presser 17/11
The Scoop Team

Video on Demand of Prime Minister Elect John Key's press conference 17 November 2008 held to announce his incoming cabinet lineup. The 28 ministers, eight of whom are outside cabinet and five of whom are from support parties will be sworn in on Wednesday ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0811/S00235.htm


5: Intel Launches Fastest Processor on the Planet
Intel

Intel Corporation introduced its most advanced desktop processor ever, the Intel® Core™ i7 processor. The Core i7 processor is the first member of a new family of Nehalem processor designs and is the most sophisticated ever built, with new technologies ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0811/S00320.htm


6: Justice finally comes for Nia Glassie
Office of the Children's Commissioner

Justice finally comes for Nia Glassie, Children’s Commissioner While it in no way compensates for the loss of Nia Glassie’s life, today’s guilty verdicts mean that in this case at least, some justice has occurred, Children’s Commissioner ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0811/S00244.htm


7: Stateside: Parlor games
Rosalea Barker

On Face the Nation this morning, host Bob Schieffer’s commentary began “Let the parlor games begin!” He was referring to the guessing games that go on during a transition: “that time of high hopes and great speculations about who is going ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0811/S00238.htm


8: 2008 Roger Award Finalists Named
Roger Awards

The eight finalists for the 2008 Roger Award for the Worst Transnational Corporation Operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand are (in alphabetical order): ANZ, BAT (British American Tobacco NZ), Contact Energy, GlaxoSmithKline, Infratil, McDonalds, Rio Tinto ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0811/S00249.htm


9: Undernews For November 15, 2008
Undernews

Looking over the seven page questionnaire that the Obama organization has for prospective appointees, several thoughts occurred:
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0811/S00233.htm


10: Carbon market dead after emissions deal
Carbon News

New Zealand has immediately lost a $125 million forestry investment, a major international carbon market players has postponed plans to invest here and the entire emissions trading market has come to a halt.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0811/S00234.htm


11: Prime Minister-Elect backs farmers to save economy
Federated Farmers

“New Zealand farmers are global champions at food production and are at the top of the list for economic development,” said Prime Minister-Elect, John Key, to Federated Farmers National Council today in Wellington.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0811/S00243.htm


12: Emissions In Industrialized Countries On The Rise
UNFCCC

Bonn, 17 November 2008 – Two weeks ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference in Poznan, Poland, the UN Climate Change Secretariat in Bonn has reported that greenhouse gas emissions in industrialized countries continue to rise.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0811/S00259.htm


13: Media In A Destabilised World Discussed In Jakarta
Selwyn Manning

Audio-Text-Images: Scoop co-editor Selwyn Manning has returned from Jakarta having attended a forum discussing how media plays a part, both positively and negatively, in shaping our region's history - especially when reproting conflict & crisis.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0811/S00250.htm


14: Thai Councillor Sulak Sivaraksa Arrested
World Future Council

“Sulak Sivaraksa is one of Thailand’s most respected spiritual leaders. Arresting him on account of lese majesty is just another attempt to silence an inconvenient thinker and social critic," World Future Council founder Jakob von Uexkuell said.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0811/S00262.htm


15: Helen Clark still smiles
The Kiwi Party

While we can rejoice in the change of Government that has occurred in NZ we should all realise that defeated Prime Minister Helen Clark will still be wearing a big smile after reading the supply and confidence agreements signed yesterday by ACT, ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0811/S00240.htm


16: Tasks Ignored During the Bush Reign of Horror
Michael Collins

The last eight years can best be described as the illegitimate rule of deviant forces bent on enriching the few at the expense of the many. Poverty is up, real income is flat for the majority of citizens while the elite have " super sized " their holdings ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0811/S00237.htm


17: Statement on Mayor Graeme Weld - John Key
New Zealand National Party

National Party Leader John Key today offered his condolences to the family and friends of the Mayor of Western Bay of Plenty District, the late Graeme Weld, who passed away at the weekend.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0811/S00186.htm


18: Dietitians complain about TV weight-loss series
Science Media Centre

TV3's weight-loss series, Downsize Me ended recently amid controversy over the accuracy of some of the nutritional information, and the approach taken by the presenters in promoting the weight loss. The New Zealand Dietetic Association, who recently ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0811/S00057.htm


19: National confirms whips
New Zealand National Party

"Nathan Guy is to be the Government's senior whip, and Chris Tremain will be the junior whip."
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0811/S00187.htm


20: John Spritzler: A New Path For Israel?
John Spritzler

Hours after resigning as prime minister of Israel on September 21, 2008, Ehud Olmert gave an interview to the Israeli newspaper, Yedioth Ahronoth ( excerpted in the New York Review of Books), in which he seems to have made a 180 degree turnaround from ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0811/S00242.htm


21: Name announced for New Crown Research Institute
Media Statement

The CEO-designate of the new Crown Research Institute that will be formed on 1 December through the merger of HortResearch and Crop & Food Research, Peter Landon-Lane, today announced a name for the new CRI.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0811/S00027.htm


22: Tribute to Mayor Graeme Weld
New Zealand Government

Helen Clark today paid tribute to the late Graeme Weld, Mayor of Western Bay of Plenty District Council, who passed away at the weekend.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0811/S00185.htm


23: DR Congo: UN Attack Helicopters Ready To Respond
United Nations

nited Nations attack helicopters have mounted reconnaissance flights and “are poised to respond to any and all eventualities” in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo after rebel forces violated a ceasefire.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0811/S00263.htm


24: Paris: Activists Dump 5 Tons Of Bluefin Tuna Heads
Greenpeace

Greenpeace activists have today dumped some 5 tonnes of dead bluefin tuna heads in front of the French Fisheries Ministry in Paris to protest the continued mismanagement of the Eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean bluefin tuna fishery.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0811/S00260.htm


25: PlayStation Makes History With NZ's First HD TV Ad
Sony Computer Entertainment New Zealand

Blockbuster title, MotorStorm® Pacific Rift, set to usher in new era of HD quality commercials in New Zealand broadcasting environment
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0811/S00025.htm


26: Top Scoop Stories - 18 November 2008 News Summary
The Scoop Editor

LEAD STORY Scoop Satire:A Victory Parade For John Key NZ POLITICS Multimedia: John Key Announces Cabinet Lineup Elections: Yet More Financing Vindication Gordon Campbell: Key's Deals With ACT And The Maori Party Gordon Campbell: The New Breed Of Conservatives ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0811/S00252.htm


27: Leading home builder disappointed in announcement
Jennian Homes

Jennian Homes, one of New Zealand’s leading new home builders, is deeply disappointed that the building and construction portfolio has been given to a Minister outside cabinet.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0811/S00242.htm


28: Tomorrow is World COPD Day and Kiwis can do better
Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

The Asthma and Respiratory Foundation said today that the new Government has an opportunity to do much better for New Zealanders’ respiratory health through a few simple changes that would also save taxpayers a huge amount of money.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0811/S00247.htm


29: Kakapo Sarah recovers from unfortunate injury
Auckland City Council

An important breeding kakapo who had the misfortune of injuring her “private parts” when she unintentionally sat on a sharp stick, has been successfully rehabilitated at Auckland Zoo, and is to return to her home on Codfish Island.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0811/S00156.htm


30: While you were sleeping: BusinessWire 18 Nov. 2008
Content.net

Nov. 18 – Citigroup Inc. plans to slash 50,000 jobs, adding to 23,000 it has already eliminated to reduce costs after four quarters of losses. Its shares fell about 3%, bringing its slide in the past week to 19%.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0811/S00248.htm

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