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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings December 22 2008


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

1: Gilchrist sent naked photos of teenager to police

Rochelle Rees

Further in the emails sent by Rob Gilchrist to the police counter-terrorism units, was an email sent on 30/07/2005, containing naked photographs of a female and then teenage activist, sent with the subject line “needs a shave....”.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0812/S00278.htm


2: Election Fraud Witness Killed In Solo Plane Crash
Bradblog.Com

The Akron Beacon Journal is reporting that the private plane of the GOP's highly-placed "IT guru" Mike Connell's went down in Lake Township, Ohio on Friday evening. Connell was killed in the crash and is reported to have been the only person on board. There ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00375.htm


3: Bhutan's 'Nelson Mandela' Released after 17 yrs
Steve Allen

Bhutanese democratic fighter Dhan Kumar Rai, who was slapped life sentence by the Bhutanese regime on charges of treason, has finally been released after 17 years imprisonment inside Chemgang jail in Bhutan, reports Kantipur Daily.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00492.htm


4: New spirit in the fighting Left of Auckland
Socialist Aotearoa

Faced with a barrage of attacks from the new National led government, in particular the 90 Day Fire at Will Law (which now comes into effect on March 1st, thanks to pressure from ACT), socialists, unionists and left Greens have got their act together ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0812/S00282.htm


5: Campbell: 2008, and a holiday beyond politics
Gordon Campbell

Over the next fortnight or so, the mainstream media will be providing Year in Review space fillers aplenty, so enough already for the Barack Obama/John Key recaps, and lets all try to forget that Sarah Palin and Owen Glenn ever existed…
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00403.htm


6: Mixed messages at a time of economic stress
Lindsay Shelton

Click to enlarge Wellingtonians bask in the sun next under the Christmas tree placed in Midland Park by the WCC
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00402.htm


7: Background Note: Malawi
US Department of State - Background Note

Geography Area: 118,484 sq. km. (45,747 sq. mi.); land the size of Pennsylvania, with a lake the size of Vermont. Cities: Capital --Lilongwe. Other cities --Blantyre (the commercial capital), Zomba, Mzuzu. Terrain: Plateaus, highlands, and valleys. ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00491.htm


8: Story Removed
anaxarchos

Error: Couldn't get title
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00377.htm


9: No Christmas for Hmong, Laos Refugees
centerforpublicpolicyanalysis.org

Elements of the Royal Thai military’s 3rd Army and Ministry of Interior are secretly mobilizing to deport Hmong refugee families back to Laos in the coming days prior to Christmas and the New Year. Increased coercive measures, psychological abuse and ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00496.htm


10: Undercover agent fiasco strengthens inquiry call
Green Party

Green MP Keith Locke says a police infiltrator's disruption of an anti-GE protester's court case against the Police reinforces the case for an independent Commission of Inquiry into the activities of the Police Special Investigation Group.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00251.htm


11: Action Alert from Organic Consumers Association
Organic Consumer Association

Go to http://www.stopvilsack.org to oppose Vilsack's Senate confirmation through an online petition
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00495.htm


12: Elitist Govt leaves Kiwis in the poo
Green Party

Ordinary Kiwis who like to swim in a river, surf at a beach, catch a fish or collect shellfish have been left drowning in cow effluent while the Government has exclusive meetings with industrial agriculture companies over the future of water in our country, ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00256.htm


13: One Leg Raised on the Bush–Cheney Legacy
Walter Brasch

The chairman of the Republican National Committee may have begun an irreversible descent into a future as a fear-bound paranoid victim of functional amnesia, possibly caused by a hysterical post-traumatic event such as the overwhelming victory of Democrats ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00391.htm


14: Rick Warren - The New National Preacher
Michael Collins

Rick Warren's selection to open the upcoming inauguration created a well justified scandal given his appallingly bigoted views on gay marriage. Equating that institution with both incest and pedophilia shows a total lack of judgment and compassion. This ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00376.htm


15: NBC’s Meet the Press with David Gregory
US State Department

QUESTION: But first, we welcome back the Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for her 20th appearance on this program over the past eight years. Thank you for being willing to come on the program and explain your views all these times.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00479.htm


16: Spammer to pay $100,000 penalty
Department Of Internal Affairs

One of three New Zealand citizens has admitted his part in a major international spamming operation and will pay a financial penalty of $100,000 plus costs of $7666.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0812/S00291.htm


17: Communist League leader protests harassment
Communist League

A leader of the Communist League, Annalucia Vermunt, has issued an open letter to government officials protesting at how she was treated by customs officers at Auckland International Airport after they detained her on November 17. Vermunt, a meat worker, ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0812/S00289.htm


18: Interview With Tavis Smiley (NPR)
US State Department

QUESTION: Madame Secretary, always nice to have you back on this program.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00490.htm


19: Auckland International Boat Show 2009
Center for Public Policy Analysis

A brand new year and a brand new look go hand in hand for the upcoming Auckland International Boat Show which takes place in early March. Show lovers can expect all the usual boating highlights, plus a number of new features and attractions that make for a ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0812/S00451.htm


20: Voices Of Dissent: Activism & American Democracy
Karil Daniels

I'm writing to invite you to watch my film, Voices Of Dissent: Activism & American Democracy, on KTEH, Public Television of San Jose, Channel 54 (Comcast 10) this coming Monday 12/22, at 11 pm. There will also be an encore showing very early morning on ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00493.htm


21: Catholic Church closes its communications office
Catholic Communications

From 31 December, Catholic Communications, the national media office of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops’ Conference, will be disestablished and its staff made redundant as a result of a restructuring of the Conference operation.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0812/S00286.htm


22: Interview With Robert McMahon
US State Department

QUESTION: Okay. So, Secretary Rice, the town is pretty much abuzz over inauguration planning, and I’d like to go back to the last inauguration, where the President issued a pretty bold statement and a bold program about democracy promotion, especially ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00485.htm


23: Environment Court Confirms Mahinerangi Windfarm
TrustPower

The Environment Court has confirmed the resource consent conditions for TrustPower's proposed Mahinerangi Windfarm.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0812/S00450.htm


24: NZ Oil & Gas lifts stake in Pan Pacific to 14.9%
Content.net

Dec. 22 – New Zealand Oil & Gas Ltd., whose shares have gained 10% this year while the NZX 50 Index tumbled, has lifted its holding in Pan Pacific Petroleum to 14.9% after announcing plans to buy a strategic stake in its drilling partner.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00401.htm


25: Gonzales, Rice Lied to Congress About Niger Intel
Jason Leopold

A high-ranking CIA official warned Condoleezza Rice in September 2002 that allegations about Iraq seeking yellowcake uranium from Niger were untrue and that she, as national security adviser, should stop President George W. Bush from citing the claim in making ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00395.htm


26: Police Investigate Case Of Injred Toddler
New Zealand Police

Kerikeri Police continue their investigation into the injuries sustained by a 15 month old boy on Friday evening.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0812/S00296.htm


27: Israeli forces demolish Sheikh Jarrah protest camp
ISM Media

Israeli forces have again demolished the protest tent established in Sheikh Jarrah, Occupied East Jerusalem, built on Palestinian private property in support of the evicted al-Kurd family and the 18 Palestinian families who currently face eviction ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00494.htm


28: $92 Million To Ease Plight Of Somalis
United Nations

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today appealed for $92 million to ease the plight of some 250,000 Somalis living in one of the world’s oldest and most congested camps in Kenya and to meet the needs of new arrivals from ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00474.htm


29: Environmental footprinting expertise funded
New Zealand Government

Proposals are being sought to establish New Zealand's first professorship for the study of the environmental footprint of our primary products, the Minister of Agriculture & Forestry Hon David Carter announced today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00257.htm


30: 2008 A Big News Year
UMR Research Ltd

Sixteen of the fifty most closely followed news stories since 2003 all happened in the past 12 months – more than any other year.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0812/S00447.htm

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