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Yesterday’s top 30 rating items on Scoop were…

1: Big News: Atheists And Sceptics Get Crucified

The evidence for the resurrection of Jesus is stronger than the evidence that he is dead. Tell that to a sceptic. A sceptic is a person who forms his beliefs in accordance with evidence – as opposed to a cynic who denies the goodness of human motives, and ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0104/S00097.htm


2: '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


3: 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


4: Restructuring not the answer, says PSA

The PSA is disappointed with the announcement to re-merge the Ministry of Social Policy and the Department of Work and Income. "The decision has been rushed through without consultation or adequate thought", says PSA national secretary ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0104/S00042.htm


5: 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


6: No Fears About Safety! What Are They - Nuts?

“The revelation that Auckland Airport air traffic control tower was unmanned for a period of time yesterday comes as no surprise, said New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00283.htm


7: 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


8: Maharey’s Future Is In Rankin’s Hands

Minister of Social Services and Employment Steve Maharey’s future hangs on the legal action instigated by WINZ Chief Executive Christine Rankin, ACT Employment and Social Welfare Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00217.htm


9: Lindsay Perigo: No Dancing!

Every day I receive by e-mail a digest of news compiled by an organisation called the Freedom Foundation. This digest has links to freedom-related stories from all over the globe.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0104/S00100.htm


10: Clark and Maharey Will Rue Public Vilification

Ill-judged private comments made to Christine Rankin are likely to form an important part of her employment case, ACT Welfare Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman said today. “We know members of this Government made injudicious public comments about Ms Rankin ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00278.htm


11: Scoop Images: Big News Rocks Small Town

There’s big news in the rock scene of one of New Zealand’s small towns. Hard Rock Cafe, the global entertainment company and original theme restaurant chain, has today taken its first public step to open a restaurant in Queenstown – the first in New ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0104/S00046.htm


12: Christine Rankin Saga Just Goes On And On

The latest instalment in the Christine Rankin saga may well have fascinating legal connotations and provide an interesting feeding frenzy for media and fellow politicians, but in the end the long suffering taxpayer will foot the bill whatever the outcome, ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00289.htm


13: Govt caught out over rush-job merger

"Trevor Mallard's admission today that he ignored his officials' advice to consult several agencies on a merger of state services further indicates the whole thing is designed around getting rid of Christine Rankin," National's State ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00286.htm


14: MAYDAY2K+1: Preparation Day This Saturday

This is taking place above the Blue Note on the corner of Vivian St and Cuba Mall. (Wellington) This Saturday 21st April from noon onwards

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0104/S00057.htm


15: Weak Minister Should Step Aside

The Minister of Social Services has been treated with contempt by his colleagues and should now resign.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00279.htm


16: Launch of University of Auckland North Shore

Good morning and thank you for the invitation, I'm pleased to be here to open the new campus. I am very impressed with this new facility and especially in the new double major degree being taught here – the Bachelor of Business and Information ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00285.htm


17: How many pots of honey does it take to paint roof?

It's time the Green Party came clean over the extent of the 'Green Market' activities they actively promote, National's Revenue spokesperson Annabel Young said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00233.htm


18: Newman Seeks Breach of Privilege Ruling on Mallard

ACT Social Welfare spokesman Dr Muriel Newman is writing to the Speaker of the House to seek a ruling on whether Trevor Mallard breached Parliamentary privilege with his answer to a parliamentary question she recently asked.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00291.htm


19: How Many MPs does it take to make a dollar?

"Annabel Young's scandalous attack on the "Green Dollars" scheme demonstrates that the National Party is simply another party of grasping socialists, spurning anyone keeping the rewards of their own labour", says Libertarianz Leader and ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0104/S00053.htm


20: IRD Commissioner should attend Green Conference

The Commissioner of Inland Revenue should be attending the Green Dollar conference in Christchurch tomorrow - in fact he should be talking to the conference about tax issues and the Green Market, National's Revenue spokesperson Annabel Young said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00295.htm


21: Reserve Bank cuts OCR to 6 per cent

Reserve Bank Governor Don Brash today cut the Official Cash Rate from 6.25 per cent to 6 per cent, but in doing so he indicated that there were strong grounds for being cautious about further cuts.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0104/S00116.htm


22: Government contemptuous of advisors

The announcement that the Ministry of Social Policy is to be absorbed into DWI, and that CYFS is likely to follow, is one more example of this Government's 'we know best' approach, National's Social Services spokesperson Bob Simcock said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00234.htm


23: Scoop Images: 10 Hens Rescued By Animal Activists

A battery hen a few hours after the rescue. In all, ten hens were rescued during the protest.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0104/S00046.htm


24: Welfare and tertiary education reform - Maharey

In 1989 Roger Douglas gave a speech in Sydney to a group called the Mt. Pelerin Society.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00277.htm


25: National Radio Midday Report

Interest Rate Cut – US Interest Rate – Welfare Reshuffle – Middle East Conflict – Spy Plane Talks – PM IN China – Burundi Coup – Bus Driver Guilty – Jet Boat Safety – Aus Air Safety – Fire Fighters – Cervical Cancer – Student Loans – Drought Effects

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/NM0104/S00068.htm


26: Government Should Have Heeded ACT Warnings

ACT warned the Government nearly a year ago that it was risking a taxpayer-funded payout of around a million dollars to Department of Work and Income Chief Christine Rankin, but the Government chose to ignore the warnings, ACT Social Welfare Spokesman ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00254.htm


27: Correctives: Capon Traumatises Battered Hens!!!

"The Corrective Party is aghast that a certain badly feathered example of Christian Haemorrhoid Poultry, an aesthetically challenged Capon, somehow took advantage of the plight of the battered hens rescued by Wellington Animal Action!!!" droned ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0104/S00051.htm


28: Howard's End: Language Skills Needed For Apologies

There are fundamental cultural differences between ourselves and our Asian neighbours, language translation difficulties being the most obvious, so if the Government and business is serious about our exporting future into Asia they had better lift their ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0104/S00096.htm


29: Nats' Tony Advocates More Theft

National's Tony Ryall is about to introduce his private members bill to revamp the the Proceeds of Crimes Act 1991. He says, "We want to make convicted drug dealers and gangs show ALL their property has been acquired through legal means, or we'll ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0104/S00054.htm


30: Interest rate cut shows growing concern

Today's interest rate cut by the Reserve Bank shows the growing concern about the slowdown in growth in our major trading partners and it's implication for New Zealand, National's Finance spokesperson Bill English said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0104/S00284.htm

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