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Yesterday’s top 27 rating items on Scoop were…

1: Howard's End: A Rat Is Detected In U.S. Policy

If there's one thing that is fast becoming evident from the standoff between China and the U.S. over the spy plane incident, it's that diplomats and strategists in the West have little understanding of China's ancient culture. John Howard writes.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0104/S00059.htm


2: Scoop Images: 'Struan's War'

The World War II images and experiences of New Zealand Division gunner Struan MacGibbon will be revealed during April, in a new book and photo exhibition.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0104/S00027.htm


3: Sludge #57 Feedback: Allegory Oversimplification

Sludge's allegory whilst entertaining is somewhat of an over simplification of international relations, particularly between large powers. As such the truth behind its message is more than a little blurred.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0104/S00064.htm


4: Tranz Rail Wins Roger Award

By now, you will have realised by elimination that the winner must be Tranz Rail, the first TNC to have the ignominy of winning this award twice. It was selected because it scored badly on so many criteria.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0104/S00018.htm


5: Sack Harre For Role In Waterfront Dispute

ACT Leader Hon Richard Prebble said today that Associate Labour Minister Laila Harre should be sacked for her role in the waterfront dispute.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00145.htm


6: Action Of Nick Smith Immature And Illegal

"The actions of one of the parties to the dispute currently surrounding the waterfront industries in various south island ports, in leaking a copy of the mediators draft report to Nick Smith can be only be interpreted as an act of bad faith on their ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00171.htm


7: Labour party pressure in waterfront mediation

Labour Party political pressure is evident in the government-appointed mediator's handling of the waterfront mediation, National's Industrial Relations Spokesperson Lockwood Smith said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00156.htm


8: Scoop Images: Phillida Bunkle

Alliance MP Phillida Bunkle today finds out whether she will regain her ministerial portfolios, after an inconclusive report by the Registrar of Electors into the validity of her enrolment in Wellington Central left it to The Prime Minister and her deputy ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0104/S00014.htm


9: Govt Dodges Rankin In Social Services Merger

The Government is today expected today to announce the merger of Work and Income New Zealand the Ministry of Social Policy into a new agency called the Ministry of Social Development, National's State Services spokesman Roger Sowry said today. "This ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00191.htm

11: Scoop Images: Johnston's Hill Panorama

Panoramic shots of Wellington from the summit of Johnston's Hill in Karori. Today is another beautiful day in Wellington, but the calm is expected to be broken shortly by the arrival of Cyclone Sose.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0104/S00073.htm


12: Sludge Report #58 – Moving On From WWII

The most interesting thing about the current Defence debate is that, despite the rhetoric, there has been no real Defence strategy in New Zealnd since the end of WWII.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0104/S00075.htm


13: Stateside With Rosalea: Clumsy Rhino, Hidden Mynah

Ess Eff's patron saint of journos, Herb Caen, once wrote: "A true Californian is someone who knows that the hills are naturally a golden brown which is interrupted briefly in winter by the appearance of a greenish scum, which soon disappears, returning ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0104/S00049.htm


14: We're The Only Game In Town, Says PM

Prime minister Helen Clark said National’s lack of direction or clear policies is behind their poor showing in recent polls.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0104/S00058.htm


15: Big News: Arguing Whether God is Still Dead

Theologian still argues whether God is still dead but still won’t confirm either way

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0104/S00072.htm


16: Sludge Report #57 – Why Dubya Should Say Sorry

Imagine for a moment that China is not a country, but rather is just an ordinary suburban house somewhere.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0104/S00053.htm


17: Sludge #57 Feedback: Good analogy, but John is...

A complete fascist swine who routinely takes people out into his backyard and puts a bullet through their brain and has a cellar full of people with politics he doesn't like chained to the foundations making cheap tools to provide the finance for him ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0104/S00063.htm


18: NOT SHARP: Falling Out Of a Lift

Scoop has received its first un-sharp, real life, confession….

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0104/S00074.htm


19: Global Co Is A Massively Expensive Mistake

* The Government has followed seriously bad process. Without question, Global Co should go to the Commerce Commission. Jim Sutton and Helen Clark are completely wrong when they say the merger is “outside the Commission’s core business”. Even their ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0104/S00083.htm


20: 'Highly Appreciative' Of Tiananmen Square Murders?

Libertarianz Leader and Coromandel Candidate Peter Cresswell demanded that the Prime Minister explain whether the outrageous comments in the Communist Chinese Government controlled paper "People's Daily" about improving defence relations with ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0104/S00037.htm


21: Three Judges To Do The Job Of One

National's Justice spokesman Wayne Mapp says he supports the independent profile of the Police Complaints Authority but there is a risk of it becoming overly bureaucratic.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00204.htm


22: Top Scoops (With Sharp Stories)

CANCER INQUIRY: Dr Bottrill Says Findings Fair - CANCER INQUIRY: King Says Cervical Screening Recommendations Will Be Implemented - Howard’s End: US Spyplane Had Options, Why Did It Touch Down In China? - Sludge Feedback: Saying Sorry’s Kind Of Complicated ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0104/S00067.htm


23: Supercomputer Weather: Cyclone Sose Approaches

The above image from the NOAA supercomputer Aviation (short range) weather model shows what appears to be a weakening Cyclone Sose hitting the North Island on Good Friday April 13th around midday.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0104/S00077.htm


24: 'Newbank' Papers Released

"Official papers released today on the 'Newbank' initiative show the Government received strongly competing advice requiring it to exercise an especially high level of care in deciding to allow New Zealand Post Limited to proceed," Finance Minister ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00203.htm

26: Cabinet decision on Ministry of Social Development

The Department of Work and Income and the Ministry of Social Policy will form the basis of a new Ministry of Social Development, State Services Minister Trevor Mallard said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00193.htm


27: Process all wrong for new super ministry

Green Party Social Services Spokesperson Sue Bradford today said the process the Government had used to establish a new 'super ministry' of social development was all wrong.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00202.htm


28: Letter From Elsewhere: Unfinished Business

In 1993, in a book called, prophetically, Unfinished Business, Sandra Coney wrote: “The National Cervical Screening Programme is one of the few tangible outcomes of the Cervical Cancer Inquiry.”

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0104/S00071.htm


29: A Return To "Carless Days"?

The Education Review Office has gone beyond satire with its pathetic politically correct advice on 'trikeless days' at a Lower Hutt kindy," says disgusted Libertarianz leader Peter Cresswell, who is his party's spokesman to deregulate early childhood ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0104/S00033.htm


30: Supercomputer Weather: Easter Holiday Cyclone!

The above image produced from the NOAA supercomputer medium range weather model today appears to confirm the Easter storm forecast published on Scoop last week (See… Supercomputer Weather: When The Rain Comes ).

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0104/S00054.htm

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