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

1: Scoop Editorial: George Bush’s Denouement

This morning's press conference by U.S. President George Bush signalled an interesting new phase in the ongoing battle on the liberal left to hold the White House accountable.

2: UQ Wire: Harken Energy - Bush’s No Good Trade

One key trade just a few weeks before Iraq invaded Kuwait -- but reported some eight months late after the Gulf War was over -- netted Bush close to $1 million in profit as he sold stock in Harken Energy, an oil company doing business in the Middle East ...

3: Book Tells The Story of GE Contamination Coverup

Prime Minister Helen Clark and a few key Ministers of the Labour-Alliance Government kept a large accidental release of genetically engineered (GE) sweet corn plants secret and allowed them to be grown, harvested and sold to New Zealanders and export ...

4: Some Facts About Alleged GM Contamination Of Maize

a.. The entire saga was presented to the Royal Commission on GM at its hearings on 1 March 2001 by the Deputy Chairman of ERMA, Dr Oliver Sutherland (pages 59-62).

5: Investigator Who Cleared Bush Gets WorldCom Job

A former Securities and Exchange Commission chairman appointed court monitor of WorldCom Inc. on Wednesday was previously responsible for clearing U.S. President George W. Bush of insider trading concerning his involvement in Harken Energy during the lead ...

6: Helen Clark Must Front Up On GM Cover-Up

"Helen Clark must front-up to New Zealanders over her role in the alleged GM cover-up," says National Leader Bill English.

7: Bernard Weiner: The Tarantula Tango

Rather than rant at length about the daily Bush&Co. outrage or scandal -- they come so fast, it's hard to keep up -- let's take a step back for some longer-range perspective.

8: Fitzsimons Suffers Memory Loss Over GM Maize

Jeanette Fitzsimons appears to have forgotten that she sat through evidence on the alleged GM contamination of maize presented by Dr Oliver Sutherland, of the Environmental Risk Management Authority at the Royal Commission on GM, says Federated Farmers President ...

9: Government Upfront On Corn Seed

10 July 2002 Environment Minister Marian Hobbs today totally rejected allegations that the government had covered up a release of genetically modified corn seeds in 2000.

10: Lies, Damn Lies

Wednesday 10 July, 2002, Auckland: The cover-up exposed today in Seeds of Distrust is an outrage. This illegal, dishonest and unacceptable series of events resulted in the contamination of our sweetcorn and environment, Greenpeace said today.

11: Background Notes On Seeds of Distrust

This is not a book for or against genetic engineering. It is about issues of accountability and open government, in the context of the controversial GE issue. The main theme is that decisionmaking about a contentious new technology like genetic engineering ...

12: Who can you trust on GE?

Green Party co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons said today she is stunned by revelations that the Prime Minister and other key Ministers might have been involved in a cover up of a large release of GE sweet corn.

13: No Creditable Evidence Of GE Material

Heinz Wattie’s stands by its policy of providing products that do not contain GE materials, and says claims of contaminated sweet corn crops being grown and harvested are incorrect.

14: Not Important? Think Again - July 10th 2002

An investment boom is on the way in renewable energy sources. Wind farms are back in fashion after a long hiatus. What is interesting about this article is the complete lack of focus on what is driving this investment – the impending peak in global oil ...

15: Image: Seeds Of Distrust Book Cover

Researcher Nicky Hager’s Book Seeds of Distrust can be purchased from the publisher’s website:

16: Letter from Elsewhere: And I Am Marie Of Romania

This week I was able to add some fine new items to my small but growing collection of Breathtaking Idiocies of Our Time. I get them all from the local papers, and my husband knows when I’ve found another one, because I start to shout and wave it about.

17: Satire: Bovine Capitalism Around The World

A JAPANESE CORPORATION You redesign them so they are one-tenth the size of an ordinary cow and produce twenty times the milk. You then create clever cow cartoon images called Cowkimon and market them World-Wide.

18: GE Business Influence on Government Deplored

THE INFLUENCE of environmentally damaging business interests on government policy and actions needs to be scrutinized more closely, and public servants need to be reminded not to lend themselves to cover-ups, says the Environment and Conservation ...

19: Demand For Inquiry Into GE Maize Planting

The decision by the government to allow GE-contaminated maize to planted in New Zealand shows an alarming level of duplicity and further undermines public confidence in the government policy on GM bio-security.

20: Is This Really The Way You Want It? - Peters

Extracts from a speech given by Rt Hon Winston Peters Capitaine Bouganville Theatre Forum North, Whangarei 12.30pm Wednesday, 10 July, 2002

21: Bush Faces Harken Accusers – I Am Not A Crook

U.S. President George Bush held a press conference this morning NZT (5pm July 8th EST) and faced intense questioning from the White House press corps on allegations of insider trading in relation to Harken Energy in 1990.

22: Satire: The Cow In Political Science

Understanding economics, government, and other things in life via observations of the ownership of two cows.

23: Dumb And Desperate: Pay To Stay

“National had 9 years to introduce its “You Stay, We Pay” tertiary policy and didn’t do so for a simple reason – it is stupid,” says NZ First education spokesperson, Brian Donnelly.

24: Rik Mayall Defends Nazi Use In Anti-Euro Film

British actor Rik Mayall has defended himself against accusations of insensitivity towards victims of the Nazis.

25: All Blacks Squad To Play Australia

The All Blacks’ selectors have made 10 personnel changes and one positional change to their side for Saturday’s opening match in the Bledisloe Cup and Philips Tri-Nations Series, from the side that beat Fiji.

26: Maori Upfront On GM Moratorium

Miss Chris Webster, seeking to become the independent electorate candidate is today dismissing Minister Marian Hobbs response to allegations that the government had covered up a release of genetically modified corn seeds in 2000.

27: Howard's End: New Research Reveals HRT Risks

Women taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT) are being advised to stop the treatment because of new research which shows life-threatening risks outweigh the benefits. Maree Howard writes.

28: Scientist Upset At Being Misrepresented By Greens

Australian Scientist Upset At Being Misrepresented By Greens Green Party co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons has misunderstood the content and relevance of a recent Australian study on canola to New Zealand, says one of the study's co-authors.

29: The GW Bush - Osama Bin Laden Connection

EDITORS NOTE: The following is a transcript of a link submitted to Scoop by a Scoop reader. Clearly questions are raised in this material about the nature of the relationship between the Bush family and the family of Osama Bin Laden.

30: The New Write 8/7/2002

It is no secret that Helen Clark is better at manipulating the media (or communicating depending on your point of view) but recently the State News Provider has caused more than the odd eyebrow to raise.

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