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Yesterday’s top 30 rating items on Scoop were...

1: Planets Align – Doomsday Or Astronomy Delight?

Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, Venus, Mercury, Uranus, Neptune are all lining up from east to west in a celestial curve in our daytime sky – unfortunately for New Zealanders they all except for Jupiter sneak over the western horizon as night falls. The celestial ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00107.htm


2: Perigo: The Conspiracy of Blandness

I have joined the ranks of the conspiracy theorists. Evidence of the conspiracy of which I speak is incontrovertible & irresistible. It is the conspiracy of the bland, the touchy-feely & the shades of gray.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00104.htm


3: What was so special about 1974?

A rose by any other name is still a rose. A syndicate, by any other name, may just be a consortium.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00105.htm


4: Questions For Oral Answer Thursday, 18 April 2002

1. RODNEY HIDE to the Minister of Defence: Did selling the 4.03 hectares of land at Hobsonville Airbase for $465,000 plus GST maximise the return to the taxpayer and can he assure us that the current owner of this land has not profited to the ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00260.htm


5: ACTing Against Business

Economic development minister Jim Anderton is concerned that ACT Party MP Rodney Hide is attacking business and investment for political gain.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00255.htm


6: Young Nats Unearth Helen's Portfolio

Young Nationals today released another chapter in the "Paintergate" saga having unearthed more "Helen Clark pictures."

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0204/S00120.htm


7: Restoring Testosterone

What’s it like to be a man? No really, what is it like? Short of putting one into therapy for 10 years and extracting marrow from bone we may never know. Not because we don’t want to or because men are aliens but because men don’t seem to know themselves.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00102.htm


8: INVESTIGATION: Sept 11th - Unanswered Questions

Within a few months, the events of Sept. 11th, 2001 became but an echo of the events that followed. War in Afghanistan, anthrax, unprecedented powers of detention: the public mind moves from one shock to another, appearing to accept the government’s ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0202/S00079.htm


9: Terrorism As A Way Of Life

My heart bleeds when I read the newspapers and articles on the internet nowadays. All over the world people are accusing Israel, the country I live in currently, of being “the most vile, terrorist-laden, diabolical and fascist state ever created ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00101.htm


10: Greens' Criticism Of NZ Initiative "Astounds

Conservation Minister Sandra Lee, commenting from an international conservation conference at The Hague, said she was "astounded" at Green MP Ian Ewen-Street's attack on New Zealand's launch of an Island Alien Species Initiative.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00257.htm


11: SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day –17 April

Today’s questions concerned: Coalition Stability – Income Tax Cuts – PM’s Art Controversy (1)- Local Govt Bill And The Treaty – Zimbabwe - – PM’s Art Controversy (2) – Internet Support For Principals - Electoral (Integrity) Amendment Bill - Overseas Investment ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00099.htm


12: SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day –18 April

Today’s questions concerned: Sovereign Yachts (1) – Middle East - Sovereign Yachts (2) - Tourism Strategy 2010 – Teachers’ Strike - Maori Land Court – Waka Jumping – US Free Trade Deal – Prisoners Understanding Of The Law - Resource Management Act ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00108.htm


13: Record Lineup Of Young Candidates For Labour

Welcoming a high water mark of selections of young candidates for the 2002 General Election, Young Labour President Jordan Carter today firmly rejected suggestions by Paul Foster (National's Dunedin South candidate) that Labour has, in his words, ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0204/S00123.htm


14: Bush & The Jihad Schoolbook Scandal

Or perhaps I should say, "Have you heard about the Afghan Jihad schoolbook scandal that's waiting to happen?" Because it has been almost unreported in the Western media that the US government shipped - and continues to ship - millions of Islamist (that's ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0204/S00074.htm


15: Waiau Fandango: Away From The Quiet Pockets Of Joy

"Monotony" is the name of the new designer drug that is sweeping through New Zealand. We were able to interview a former addict, on the condition we did not identify him- we told DR Don Brash that this was fine by us.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00103.htm


16: Electoral Boundaries Favour Labour

"This is because the Electoral Commission has used the constituency quota to the limit, to keep electoral boundaries unchanged," Mr Prebble said.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00267.htm


17: Encouragement In Keeping On Fitness Programmes

The “loneliness of the long distance runner” syndrome is a prescription for an early drop-off of involvement in fitness programmes, according to Lincoln University doctoral researcher Kim Sinclair.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0204/S00031.htm


18: Scoop Feedback: The Big "I AM"

The Prime Minister, in response to a question in the House (16 April) asking "Why does she think that accusing every other MP of art forgery will make her own less deceitful than it was?" responded with "I am making no such allegation ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00096.htm


19: The Truth About ‘The Occupation’

When trying to analyze the middle-east conflict one encounters the same pictures and words over and over again. "Terrorism" cry the frustrated and frightened Israelis, "occupation" say angry Palestinians raising their clenched fists. ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00090.htm


20: Tube Talk: Tally Ho, Old Trout

Like any good Catholic boy, I love funerals. The hats, the flowers, the clenched jaws, and the creeping realisation you’ll eventually die yourself ­ it’s all good. Add the fabulously dysfunctional Royal Family farewelling their gin-swilling queen ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00098.htm


21: East Timor To Become Millennium's First New Nation

Peaceful Elections Favour Gusmao - East Timor is set to become the first country to come into existence in the new millennium when the UN's transitional authority hands over power on 20 May to a democratically elected government. With virtually ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00097.htm


22: Scoop Archive: Should The Chief Censor Be Sacked?

Monday 8 April 11.30 pm The Chief Censor, Bill Hastings, recently endorsed a Japanese film called Visitor Q on Auckland University student radio - Radio 95 bFM. It contains graphic depictions of necrophilia (sex with a female corpse) in association with ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/archive/scoop/stories/ae/0e/200204091217.ec345e1a.html


23: New Zealand Battalion Farewells Irish Comrade

A funeral service was held at the New Zealand Battalion headquarters in Suai yesterday afternoon to farewell Private Peadar Flaherty, an Irish soldier serving with the Battalion in East Timor.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0204/S00078.htm


24: Rising Number Of Strikes Causes Concern

The doubling of the number of work stoppages last year, is a matter of concern, ACT leader Richard Prebble says.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00256.htm


25: New Waitakere Seat Positive For The Alliance

Following today’s announcement of the final electorate boundaries for this year’s general election, Laila Harré has confirmed that she will be seeking the Alliance nomination for the new West Auckland electorate of Waitakere.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00268.htm


26: Scoop Archive: Open Letter To The World By Ariel Ben Attar

I understand that you are upset by us, here in Israel. Indeed, it appears that you are quite upset, even angry. (Outraged?) Indeed, every few years you seem to become upset by us. Today, it is the "brutal repression of the Palestinians"; ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/archive/scoop/stories/c9/67/200204110955.2454681f.html


27: MARIA by Guido Dettoni della Grazia

MARIA is an exhibition of the sculptural sacred artwork of Italian artist Guido Dettoni della Grazia. After visiting several cathedrals and churches in Europe, since January 2002 it has been permanently installed in the 16th Century Church of Santa Maria ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0204/S00042.htm


28: Lower Taxes Are Good For Growth

"Claims in Parliament yesterday by the Finance Minister that tax reductions are not good for growth are blatantly wrong," says National Finance spokesman David Carter.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00258.htm


29: Scoop Archive: Big News: You're Just Sick

Break open your piggy banks because it is nearly film festival time, when the incredibly strange, wonderfully weird and R-rated sex films are shown to film buffs. But this year is a little different. Public standards watchdog, the Society for the Promotion ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/archive/scoop/stories/eb/df/200204090948.644647cc.html


30: NZ Man Completes London Marathon, With Parkinson's

A Waikato man with Parkinson’s disease who completed the Flora London Marathon on Sunday says it was a dream come true and hopes it will raise awareness of Parkinson’s in New Zealand. ‘It was the best yet, I couldn’t believe it, it was sad to finish’ ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00106.htm


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