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

1: Interview With A Philosopher

Associate editor of the UK's 'Philosophy Now' magazine Bryn Williams has been in this country on perhaps the first world tour of pub philosophy.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0012/S00021.htm


2: On The Right: Reasons For Leaving

It's one of those days, when you'd rather be out enjoying the Auckland sun listening to 'Take No Prisonerz' on CD than being stuck behind a computer. But stuck here I am, at least for a couple more weeks. You see, I have decided that December 19 will ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0012/S00016.htm


3: Questions For Oral Answer - Questions to Ministers

1. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Finance: What is the purpose of clause 73(3) of the New Zealand Superannuation Bill?

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00053.htm


4: Sludge Report #45 – The Next President

In this edition: Why Colin Powell Will Be President

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0012/S00013.htm


5: David Miller : What's Happened To Northern Ireland

With the violence in the Middle East approaching its third month and the United States Presidential election going through its inevitable court battles, the situation in Northern Ireland has faded from the spotlight. With the ongoing courtroom battle ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0012/S00019.htm


6: Sludgegate Update: Websites in the Dock

Websites were in the dock today, with a demand from Auckland City Council barrister David Heaney that "something be done" about websites that are causing him problems. He produced documents that he had downloaded from three websites, claiming ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0012/S00014.htm


7: SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day – 5 December

Today’s Questions concerned the subjects of: The Winston Clause – CYFS Care Funding – Ruddick Comments On Immigration - European Meat Imports and BSE – Housing Poverty Trap – Overseas Doctors – Foodbank Demand And Students – Indian and Nepalese Trade ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0012/S00023.htm


8: Search For Freeman's Bay Snake Over

The hunt for the elusive snake in Freeman's Bay in Auckland has been called off after a member of the public came forward claiming to have lost a snakeskin in the vicinity of the area where the Freeman's Bay snakeskin was found.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0012/S00016.htm


9: Surprise Appointment To Commissioner's Job

The appointment of a 4th tier Australian to the IRD Commissioner's job is a bit of a surprise. Our new Commissioner comes to us from his position as a First Assistant Commissioner at the Australian Tax Office (ATO).

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00049.htm


10: Scoop Images: Ruth Dyson About The House

Photographs by Mark Graham

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0012/S00022.htm


11: Keeping The Bastards Honest

Richard Walsh, co-founder of Oz in the 60's, editor of the Nation Review in the 70's and now a trusted alternative media advisor to the City Hub, forwarded the latest edition of the media industry newsletter, Media Flash to my attention.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0012/S00007.htm


12: Cullen On IRD Commissioner Appointment

Revenue Minister Michael Cullen today welcomed the State Services Commission appointment of David Butler as the new Commissioner of Inland Revenue.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00048.htm


13: “Reality Based” Sex And Drug Education Supported

Drug policy reformers are welcoming the Minister of Education’s announcement that sex education is to be integrated into the New Zealand school curriculum - but say there is a more pressing need for a reality-based approach to drugs.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00055.htm


14: Internet Expert Criticises French Court Ruling

The French court decision ordering the American based Internet search engine Yahoo to block French web users from its auction sites which sell Nazi memorabilia is a real worry according to a New Zealand internet expert.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0012/S00018.htm


15: Communist Revolutionary Action: Mad Cow Disease

We, the glorious Communist Revolutionary Action Party, the New Zealand branch of the Fifth International (Marxist-Leninist-Harpo Thought, Retrenched), wish to comment on the Mad Cow Disease currently sweeping the Imperialist heartlands of Western Europe!!!

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0012/S00018.htm


16: Scoop Images: Lake Hobbitton - Another View

Scoop's Hobbit strikes again. Yet another - never seen before - shot of Hobbiton in the the Waikato. Showing the other side of the millhouse pictured in an earlier shot, in the sun, before it was burned down. Hobbit houses can be seen across the ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0011/S00068.htm


17: Newsletter Shows Waterfront Workers True Colours

Claims by the New Zealand Waterfront Workers Union (NZWWU) that they are protesting to protect local jobs is nothing but media spin, said ACT leader Hon Richard Prebble.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00052.htm


18: National Radio Midday Report

Florida Vote – Skyhawks – Southern Cross Premiums – Sealord Sale – Rat Infestation – IRD Commissioner – Health And Safety – GM Commission – Te Papa Funding – Cole Bombing – Baby Dies In Car

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/NM0012/S00018.htm


19: Accountable Government Delivers On Its Promises

Prime Minister Helen Clark and Deputy Prime Minister Jim Anderton today released a solid list of achievements in a review of the Labour-Alliance government's first 12 months in office.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0012/S00044.htm


20: Black Day In NZ Prison History

The 3rd of December 2000 will be remembered as one of the worst days in New Zealand's prison history, with one prisoner dying in custody, and another walking out of a private remand facility during visiting hours.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0012/S00016.htm


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