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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: 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.

3: Keith Rankin: The Campaign We Didn't Need

I find it deeply frustrating that this election campaign is being dominated by the mainstream media relentlessly pushing two non-issues: cover-ups relating to inappropriately autographed artwork and the limited release of genetically modified organisms. We ...

4: 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 ...

5: Hager’s Facts Fine – Environment Ministry CEO

The information presented in Nicky Hager’s Seeds of Distrust is largely factually accurate, Ministry for the Environment Chief Executive Barry Carbon said today.

6: Seeds Of Distrust - (Extract) Media Manipulation

Seeds Of Distrust - Chapter 8 - Media Manipulation By Nicky Hager - Published July 10th 2002 BUY THE BOOK -

7: Seeds Of Distrust Author Replies To Government

‘Seeds of Distrust’ author, Nicky Hager, says that the Government seems to be trying to create confusion over the contaminated sweet corn story instead of actually refuting the evidence in the book.

8: Poll Watch: Herald DigiPoll, Minor Parties Advance

Labour Down 3.2 to 48% - National Down 0.1 to 24.5% - Green Up 0.5 to 10.1% - NZ First Up 2 to 6.4% - NZ First Up 2 to 6.4% - Jim Anderton’s Progressive Coalition Up 0.1 to 1.5% - Christian Heritage Up 0.3 to 1.2%

9: In Search Of Truth Or Power?

New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters has repeated his call for an urgent independent inquiry to ascertain the truth about the corn controversy.

10: GM-Corn? Key Scientific Evidence Absent

Allegations by author Nicky Hager that a shipment of Idaho sweetcorn imported in October 2000 contained GM seeds appears to have no sound scientific basis. “If this allegation is without substance, then Hagar’s book, Seeds of Distrust, with its accusations ...

11: 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 ...

12: The Marlborough Corn-Field War

"What's all the fuss about?" asked Libertarianz Whangarei candidate Helen Hughes after watching a trembling Helen Clark defend her government's tacit approval of a genetically diverse maize crop to TV interviewer John-Boy Campbell.

13: GE Tactics Based On Untruths And Prejudice

“Dirty tactics employed by the Greens and Nicky Hager, show this election is in grave danger of being decided by misrepresentation of the truth and prejudice,” says Progressive Coalition leader Jim Anderton.

14: Clark, Hobbs, Federated Farmers And LSN Deceit

Auckland, 10 July 2002: Statements made today by Prime Minister Helen Clark and Environment Minister Marian Hobbs and supported by the Life Sciences Network and Federated Farmers are incorrect, according to the Seeds of Distrust by Nicky Hager.

15: PSRG Distressed At Reports Of GE Contaminated Corn

Physicians and Scientists for Responsible Genetics are distressed at reports of 178 hectares of Hawkes Bay being planted with contaminated Novartis Bt-11 corn seed. This is a frightening breach of New Zealand's bio-security.

16: Greens GE indignation vs Cannabis advocacy

The sheer hypocrisy and cynicism of the Greens and their supporters is underlined by their righteous indignation over the Gisborne GE Maize claims, while at the same time they advocate the legalisation of Cannabis, according to Inky Tulloch, President ...

17: 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 ...

18: 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 ...

19: 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.



21: Tube Talk: Ozzy And Ruby Serve Up The Trash

Election coverage is undoubtedly the most boring point of the TV year. To compensate, TVNZ have served up a symphony of entertaining trash. And with Sex and the City and starved meerkat Ally McBeal’s now gone, the trash-fest couldn’t be more welcome.

22: 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).

23: 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.

24: 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 ...

25: 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.

26: Teachers Get What They Ask For

"You get what you ask for," says Peter Osborne, Libertarianz Associate Spokesman for Education Deregulation, reacting to the PPTA's announcement that they had rejected the latest short-term pay settlement from Mr Mallard. Teachers have ...

27: 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.

28: 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.

29: Cannabis Effectively Decriminalised In Blighty

The possession of cannabis for personal use is to be effectively decriminalised in the UK.

30: 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.

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