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

1: Tube Talk: Is The West Wing Losing Its Sheen?

Praise the Lord and pass the broccoli, "The West Wing" has returned! Grandiose, witty and slightly pretentious, "West Wing" follows the workings of the staff of the Oval Office, home of the American President.

2: Car imports take new safety rules in their stride

Fears that used car importers would be forced out of business by new frontal impact rules have proved to be completely groundless, based on a near-record 11,929 used cars imported in April, the first month that the new standard came into operation.

3: Film Festival Censorship Simply Fascist

"The banning of the films Visitor Q, Baise Moi, and Bully is a jackbooted attempt by book-burning busybodies to control free speech" announced Libertarianz Spokesman on Free Speech Scott Wilson today.

4: Babylon Express: Comforting With Intent

A Petone man with no sporting ability was arrested this morning after entering the Starship Troopers Children’s Hospital in Wellington and attempting to comfort children in the Leukaemia ward.

5: Questions For Oral Answer - Thursday, 16 May 2002

1. DONNA AWATERE HUATA to the Minister of Education: What evidence, if any, does he have that the compulsory health curriculum is deterring children from taking drugs?

6: Scoop Link: - Crude Oil Now Declining

This paper is about Peak Oil. It truly is a turning point for Mankind, which will affect everyone, although some more than others. Those countries, which plan and prepare, will survive better than those that do not. It is a large and difficult ...

7: Procedural Duplicity

"The Government's duplicitous procedures were exposed today in Parliament by my question to the Minister of Police," said ACT's Police Spokesman Ken Shirley.

8: SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day –16 May

Today’s questions concerned: Drug Education – Corrections Emergency Response Unit – Jim’s New Party – Youth Offending – Party Hopping Bill – Venture Investment Fund – Local Body Election Donations - MidCentral Health Cancer Treatment – Petrol And ...

9: Spectator E-Book Gets 5-Star Recommended Review

E-Book: Hands Across The Desert by New Zealand journalist Selwyn Manning has received a Five Star ‘Highly Recommended” review from USA based e-book site Hands Across The Desert details the build-up of Israeli forces against the Palestinian ...

10: Major Hollywood Movie To Shoot In New Zealand

New Zealand’s burgeoning screen production industry will receive a significant boost with confirmation that The Last Samurai, a major Hollywood movie starring Tom Cruise and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, will commence filming later this year in ...

11: Me Thinks They Doth Protest Too Much

“Something obviously is rotten in the state of party funding when National protests so much about an inquiry into anonymous donations and, at the same time, Labour protests too little,” New Zealand First leader Winston Peters said today.

12: Report conclusions warrant defence purchase review

"The release of the Carruthers Report and the strong conclusions drawn by the Chief of Defence Force Air Marshal Ferguson can only call into question the decisions made by the Government in 2000 to disband the air combat force and order 105 LAVs", ...

13: te Heuheu says reports will be a whitewash

Reports due to be released tomorrow into the appointment of the recently sacked Chief Executive of Maori Television will be nothing more than a whitewash, says National's Maori Affairs Spokesperson Georgina te Heuheu.

14: SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day –15 May

Today’s questions concerned: Who Is The Alliance Leader? – Caregiver Support – PM’s Art Works – Jailing Truant Parents – Australian Relationships – Student Allowance Campaign – Sacking MPs – Teacher Screening – PMs Art Work Police Investigation – ...

15: Queen’s Counsel Appointments

The Attorney-General Hon Margaret Wilson today announced the appointment of nine new Queen’s Counsel.

16: Howard's End: Raising Revenue From Boy Racers

In a typical knee-jerk reaction to the problem of street racers, both local and central government politicians are all jumping on the bandwagon wanting to introduce yet another law, this time to be called the Land Transport (Street and Illegal Drag ...

17: Sludge Report #136 – Serfs In Our Own Land

New Zealanders might be forgiven for thinking they are subject to a central banking conspiracy of sorts.

18: Stupidity Rules O.K.

The new law to curb so-called boy racers is "stupid, unnecessary, and fascist," says Libertarianz Transport Deregulation Spokesman Michael Murphy. "It is a typical knee-jerk reaction made by people who are not very bright."

19: Killer Almost Certainly A Repeat Offender

ACT leader Richard Prebble said today, from his experience as a former Minister of Police, that the South Auckland killer is almost certainly a previously-convicted offender.

20: Big News: David Lane V Ant Timpson

The Becks Incredible Film Festival, formerly the Incredibly Strange Film Festival, used to be about bringing off-beat, niche market films into the country for limited screenings. These days the “strange” tag is missing but the festival now has a reputation ...

21: PPTA And Ministry Of Education Reach Agreement

An agreement between the Post Primary Teachers’ Association and the government was reached today on the Secondary Teachers’ Collective Agreement.

22: Mallard Helps Schools Break The Law

The Education Minister is deliberately allowing schools to break the law and mislead parents, ACT Education Spokesman MP Donna Awatere Huata said today.

23: 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 ...

24: Peters Wants To Be New Zealand's Pim Fortuyn

United Future leader, Hon Peter Dunne, says Winston Peters' attack on Muslim immigration shows he wants to be New Zealand's Pim Fortuyn.

25: Immigration In Perspective

In these times the issue of immigration is no longer simply an issue of economics, although it has deep economic consequences. It is no longer simply an issue of social cohesion, although there are also very grave problems with immigration on that count.

26: US 2001 Govt Deficit US$515 Billion – Paul O’Neill

In a relative backwater of the US Treasury Website US Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill makes a startling admission concerning the size of the US Government’s fiscal deficit for the year 2001.

27: Minister Welcomes Settlement

“While the agreement still needs to be ratified, it is a significant milestone and will allow teachers and the government to focus more clearly on a positive future for teaching and learning at a secondary level,” Trevor Mallard said.

28: Relevant, Reliable School Qualifications

A robust system of school qualifications is needed to raise the educational standards that every young New Zealander deserves, says National Party Leader Bill English.

29: The 'United Nations', United Against Whom?

Last week, when the UN Human Rights Commission condoned " all available means, including armed struggle " to establish a Palestinian state no-one was really surprised. No-one. The world's Authoritative Human Rights Commission is saying that ...

30: Firas Al-Atraqchi: Cry Me A River, Why Don't You!

In recent weeks, the United Nations, the Presidency of the United States, the Arab nations and anyone who has the gall to call on Israel to end its brutal occupation of an entire people, have come under fire from several pro-Israeli apologists. Just ...

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