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Yesterday's top 20 rating items on Scoop were...

1: Not Hard News: City Litter From Mark Cubey

It's one of those extraordinary sun-drenched Fridays that we love in the capital. We did meeting in the sun on the waterfront. We completed projects. We received lots of nice feedback about our latest issue.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0010/S00121.htm


2: On The Right: The Purple Antelope Test

All right, a quick quiz. Hands up those of you who think this Government is a firm believer in democracy and the right to free speech, no matter what your beliefs.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0010/S00086.htm


3: GIMMIE GIMMIE!

McDonald's Political Cartoon from http://www.political-cartoons.co.nz

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0010/S00084.htm


4: Guy’s World: Lessons From The Valley

UPPER HUTT, FRI 13: I’m out for some stripped down, no bullshit, high octane fun and I know I’m not gonna get it in muffin eating, latte slurping, Karen Walker wearing Wellington. That’s why I’m in the Hutt, heading for the Lazy Lizard bar, where rock ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0010/S00120.htm


5: LIONS MUNCH LAMBS

NPC Rugby Final, Jade Stadium, CHCH, Saturday, OCtober 21, 2000 Wellington Lions v Canterbury Lambs Article: Mathew Loh

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0010/S00122.htm


6: Helen Clark Presentation to Business Forum

Thank you for accepting the government’s invitation to come to today’s forum. Thank you also to Buddle Findlay for being our host and to Ernst & Young for hosting the dinner this evening.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00449.htm


7: Howard's End: A Secret National Treasure

Australia has its precious gems like opal, sapphire and diamonds but New Zealand hasn't been similarly blessed - right? Wrong! Imagine a rare gemrock with precious red ruby, blue sapphire and crystal all encased in emerald green - and it's unique ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0010/S00115.htm


8: Howard’s End: Europe’s Russian “Energy Bridge”

The effects of turmoil in the Middle East on oil supplies are likely to be a thing of the past for European Union countries when Russian president, Vladimir Putin, signs a series of contracts in Paris at the end of this month. John Howard writes.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0010/S00123.htm


9: David Miller: Why Peace Eludes the Middle East

The numerous diplomatic attempts to bring a halt to the latest outbreak of violence in the Middle East have, not surprisingly, proved elusive. Writes David Miller.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0010/S00126.htm


10: US Elections: Baiting With Weighted Breath

Bore and Gush (oil, that is) duked it out for the final time in a TV debate on Tuesday night. All I saw of it was the glimpse I got through a stretch limo's tinted windows of Gush shaking his fist and Bore pacing. The limo was disgorging its passengers ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0010/S00125.htm


11: US Campaign Funding A “Protection Racket”

Three hundred of America's top executives from major companies have spoken out in a CBS news-poll over US politicians shaking them down for big campaign bucks. In some quarters it's being described as a well-oiled protection racket. John Howard ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0010/S00124.htm


12: Sludge Report #36 – Hypocrisy In The Middle East

IN THIS EDITION: Hikers Under Fire At Nablus - Hypocrisy In The Middle East

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0010/S00114.htm


13: Prebble's Letter from Wellington - 24th October

The coalition hopes this week's business meeting in Auckland will enable the government to re-launch itself. Ministers intend to grab the initiative and silence their critics by outlining pro-business initiatives like compliance cost reform, export assistance ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00446.htm


14: Rawiri Waru - World Champ Environmental Researcher

Rawiri Waru (18) from Ngongohaha Rotorua, New Zealand is one of the seven very best young environmental scientists in the world.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0010/S00047.htm


15: Massive Unemployment Looming

"Massive growth in unemployment," is the prediction of Libertarianz Welfare Deregulation Spokesman Sally O'Brien, "whatever the outcome of today's govt-business talkfest. While current economic indicators decline rapidly," she observes, ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0010/S00087.htm


16: NZ Absention on UN Middle East Resolution - Locke

Green MP Keith Locke has criticised the government for abstaining on yesterday's UN resolution on the Middle East crisis.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00441.htm


17: The Public Stake In Private Business

John Carr, a disillusioned neoliberal American kiwiphile, has published in the Herald two full-page open letters on the state of the New Zealand economy. The second was on Monday, 16 October (see www.ilovenz.co.nz/letter2.htm). One interesting statement ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0010/S00108.htm


18: Commercial Link On IRD Website

National's Revenue spokesperson Annabel Young says she is "astonished" that the Inland Revenue Department is effectively endorsing a commercial body set up by private tax consultants.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00455.htm


19: Business-Government Forum: the format

Prime Minister Helen Clark today outlined the programme for the Business-Government Forum in Auckland on Tuesday .

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00435.htm


20: National Radio Midday Report

ACC – Middle East – Business Forum – Indonesia – Mir Dumped – Tourist Crushed – Fiji TV – Kursk Recovery – Baby Found – Hostage Compensation – Blind Technology – Rat Eradication – Harry Potter

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/NM0010/S00123.htm


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