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1: The Hijackers Of Harvard: A Name And Address

The earth is not dying. It is being killed, and the people killing it have names and addresses. -- Utah Phillips

2: Letter From Elsewhere: Bang, Bang, You’re Dead

I’ve just heard a Pentagon spokeswoman say something extraordinary. She was talking about a US missile strike on what was initially claimed to be a group of Al-Qaeda members in the pile of rubble formerly known as Afghanistan.

3: Sludge Report #124: Peace Rain In The Holy Land

Given the state of the atmosphere in the Occupied Territories of Palestine and Israel at present it is in Sludge’s view highly appropriate that NOAA supercomputer forecasts for the Holy Land for Ash Wednesday are the best evidence yet of intentional weather ...

4: Guest Opinion: NZ Army Not Soldiers For Jesus

Using the words of Jesus, the Prince of Peace, to recruit soldiers is bad enough, but when one looks closer at the source text and context it becomes downright sinister. Writes Richard Davis

5: Howard's End: Inventors Don’t Sit On Committees

The Prime Minister has announced an "innovation strategy" for the country which will see taskforces appointed and there is also to be an Innovate Conference in Christchurch in March. But can we handle innovation? Maree Howard writes.

6: Questions For Oral Answer - Wednesday, 13 February

1. Hon KEN SHIRLEY to the Minister of Health: How many people are waiting for heart surgery at Capital Coast Health, and how many have been waiting longer than the six months recommended maximum time?

7: Nominations For The 74th Academy Awards

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is nominated in 13 categories:

8: Deny The Brain Drain Now, Prime Minister

The Prime Minister must explain why she has denied the brain drain for two years, only to have it confirmed by her overseas consultancy firm, ACT Immigration Spokesman MP Penny Webster said today.

9: SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day – 13 February

Today's questions of the day concerned: CCH Heart Surgery – Apology To Chinese – Growth, Kyoto and GE – Treaty Of Waitangi – Meeting The Queen – Decile Funding – Starship Hospital – Kiwibank – Gisborne Freighter Stranding – Radiotherapists – Singapore ...

10: NBColympics.Com Takes ‘Gold’

NBColympics.Com Takes ‘Gold’ To Become Most Popular Global Web Site In Inaugural ‘Internet Olympics’

11: Stateside With Rosalea: Snapshots

Looking south down Highway 1, which will take you to Montara where there is an AYH hostel in a lighthouse. Denny's is a family restaurant chain currently running a promotion called "Re-ignite the Dream" to raise a million dollars for a civil rights ...

12: $271 A Word. Did Tuku Write The PM's Speech?

New Zealand First has employed an army of clerks to work out the statistics of the Prime Minister’s speech.

13: Rod Donald Speech In Response To PM's Statement

On Sunday I rode south on the last Southerner passenger train to ever leave Christchurch. It was a sad day but I was also left feeling extremely angry.

14: Prime Minister's Statement To Parliament

Just over two years ago, the Labour-Alliance Government set out its programme for this three year parliamentary term in the Speech from the Throne delivered by the Governor-General.

15: Scoop Images: Helms Deep Press Conference (1)

The following pictures show film director Peter Jackson with members of the cast and crew of the Lord of the Rings trilogy of films, the filming of which is now drawing to a close in the Wellington region.

16: National Reneges On Social Equity Goals

In late 1994, the then Minister of Education, Hon Dr Lockwood Smith, announced that a new system of school equity funding called targeted funding for educational achievement would be introduced from 1995.

17: Jim Anderton Misleads House

"In his wild desperation to find friends to support State-led science, Jim Anderton has misled Parliament," ACT Deputy Leader Ken Shirley said today.

18: Growing an innovative New Zealand

This document sets out the framework government is following to create the innovative New Zealand we need to achieve our economic and social goals.

19: Herbert S. “Pug” Winokur Biography…

HERBERT S. ("PUG") WINOKUR Capricorn Investors, L.P., 30 East Elm Street, Greenwich, Connecticut 06830

20: A Sacking Offence - Education In 2002

Speech by Donna Awatere Huata - Response to the Prime Minister's Statement, February 12 2002.

21: Scoop Archive: Scoop Images: Liv Meets Some Smokin' Ringwraiths

The following pictures - supplied to Scoop anonymously - show actress Liv Tyler in action during the shooting of some scenes for the Lord Of The Rings trilogy. The pictures were taken in the South Island near Wanaka.

22: Richard Prebble's Letter from Wellington - 11/2

It's Carr's Law of politics - accuse your opponent of your own worst fault. Helen Clark has been accusing the Opposition of having no fresh ideas when she doesn't have any herself. There's been no response to a request from the ninth floor for ...

23: Labour Sinks Ship Pollution Bill

National Environment spokesperson Nick Smith is furious that Labour today killed legislation that would provide better protection from shipwrecks spilling oil in New Zealand waters.

24: Consumers Angered At More Hidden GE Foods

Approval by ANZFA of more GE foods may result in boycotts of companies using hidden GE-ingredients and legal challenges under the fair trading act. Reports from Australia (see below) show ANZFA have ignored consumer concerns and the growing scientific ...

25: Bill English's Speech To Debate - PM's Statement

Hon. BILL ENGLISH (Leader of the Opposition): I move, That this House has no confidence in the Labour-Alliance minority Government because it has no ambitions for New Zealand, but expects New Zealanders to put up with poor public health services, low education ...

26: Government Sets Greenhouse Policy Principles

Cabinet has adopted a set of key principles to guide the development of New Zealand’s climate change policies.

27: Rodney Comes Clean!

Jim Anderton, Alliance leader and Deputy Prime Minister has welcomed news that Rodney Hide is opening an account with the Kiwibank.

28: Sludge Report #123 – You Can’t Touch Pug Winokur

In This Edition: Catherine Fitts Response to SEC CIO re SEC's Relationship With DynCorp and Arthur Andersen/Conflicts of Interest - Scoop Correspondence with Dyncorp Vice President, Corporate & Marketing Communications Charlene A. Wheeless

29: Muriel Newman: School Choice Fundamental

Over the summer, major concerns have been raised about the school zoning regulations introduced by this Government. Families with one child at a school can't now send their other children to the same school if they live outside the school zone. Families ...

30: Tech Newspaper Goes Online

Otago Polytechnic’s student newspaper – gYRo – has become the first from a New Zealand ‘tech’ to be published online. Issue one for 2002 was released today in both print form and online on student portal -

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