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Yesterday's top 20 rating items on Scoop (Hobbits excluded) were...

3: Supercomputer Weather: Storm Warning For Dubya

The title image above is generated from the NOAA Weather supercomputer aviation weather model’s forecast for January 20th. It shows a broad band of rain headed directly for Washington DC which is marked with the big dot. (For links to more images of ...

4: Sack Hobbs And Bunkle

Young Nationals' Chair Daniel Gordon today joined the chorus of calls for the sacking of Phillida Bunkle and Marion Hobbs over the recent out-of-town expenses debacle.

5: Helicopter Upside Down On Mt Vic Summit

A pilot is dead and his helicopter lying upside down just metres from the Mt Victoria lookout, after crashing this morning.

6: More Bumbling from Minister Hobbs - Or Is It?

The Minister of the Environment, Marion Hobbs, has once again demonstrated her capacity for sensational public comments, making extraordinary remarks about the Resource Management Act and one of the country’s unitary authorities, ACT Environment Spokesman ...

7: Highland Letter: Politics Without The Celebrities

Harry Potter has yet to graduate from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, yet he may be about to make his political debut.

8: Scoop Feedback: Sanctions Kill Children!

It concerns me very deeply to hear that a nice country like NZ has bleeding hearts that would protest the U.S. Embassy rather than the Iraqi Embassy over the sanctions affair. There is only one person responsible for those sanctions, and that is Saddam ...

9: Kiwi Music Goes Global Via The Internet

Thanks to the Internet, Kiwi music legend Neil Finn has discovered you don’t have to go on tour to perform live to fans around the world.

10: David Miller: Is This the Start of a New Cold War?

Even though the Cold War ended over a decade ago, the issues of ballistic missiles and weapons proliferation have continued to gather momentum. The United States government has frequently expressed its concern at such issues and has made no secret that it ...

11: Hon Richard Prebble’s State Of The Nation Address

A state of the nation speech is a time for a politician to reflect on a year past, the successes, the failures and the shared experiences that bond us together as a nation

12: Howard's End: Drug Hysteria Misguided

The illicit drugs trade is conservatively estimated to bring in around $700 billion in profits to the global criminal fraternity each year with many of our young adults falling victim to drugs and alcohol. But I lived through the turbulent 60's and we ...

13: Rankin: Out of Eden; a Multi-Millennial Story

While the millennium year didn't exactly feature a surfeit of historical reflection or futurist speculation, history is nevertheless making a bit of a comeback, in particular through biographies that are as much about past times as they are about their subjects. ...

14: Govt approves Sealord deal

Finance Minister Michael Cullen and Fisheries Minister Pete Hodgson have approved the sale of BIL's 50 percent shareholding in Sealord to the Treaty of Waitangi Fisheries Commission [Te Ohu Kai Moana] and Japanese seafood company Nissui.

15: Drug-Science Committee Nominations Closing Friday

Cannabis law reformers are drawing attention to official advisory positions becoming available under recent amendments to the Misuse of Drugs Act. The new drugs advisory committee has the potential to progress NZ. beyond the insanity of blanket illicit-drug ...

16: World’s volcano experts head to Auckland

More than 250 of the world’s top volcanic experts representing 20 countries will be in Auckland from February 12-14 for the Cities on Volcanoes 2 conference at SkyCity.

17: THEONERING.NET: LOTR Wrap Party Report

Report from the Wrap Party! From: Finarfin First published by Scoop’s content partner

18: Howard's End: Millennium Genetic Advances

Just as year 2000 ended there was amazing news reported in the Chinese People's Daily newspaper, that their scientists have successfully genetically altered plants, including wheat, rice and oil crops, so they will grow using saltwater and in saline soil. ...

19: Regime And Police Are Undermining Treason Case

The military backed interim regime is sabotaging the process of arguing charges against the country's coup plotters, states veteran Pacific region journalist Michael Field. The 15 January AFP article states that legal sources claim that the treason case ...

20: MOTORNET: The Comeback Cat

Only a few short years ago, the rarefied Jaguar brand was looking like it might not survive to see the new millennium. Thanks to a much needed cash injection from new owner Ford the day was saved. Luckily, the latest S-Type shows why it was such ...

21: SHARP MEDIA: Where TV Reporters Are Coming From

Sharp Stories has received the following description of a recent encounter with a television reporter from Phil of .

22: Hypocritical Ryall Forgets His Past

National MP Tony Ryall should explain why quarter million dollar special Y2K payments were made to Housing New Zealand staff while he was housing minister before muck raking over recent decisions by the management of Housing New Zealand, Duty Minister ...

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