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The weekend’s top 30 rating items on Scoop were...


1: U.S and British warplanes launch a new aggression

The U.S. and British warplanes violated Iraq’s airspace in a desperate bid to impair solid will of Iraqis and undermine their sovereignty and territorial integrity.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00206.htm


2: HARD NEWS 20/09/02 - The Last Post

GOOD DAY MEDIAPHILES … this is the last Hard News in its current form. Most Friday mornings for the past 11 years, day job or not, I have got up early on Friday mornings, bashed out a script - on a good week, I would have made some notes - driven to 95bFM ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0209/S00117.htm


3: What’s THAT in your coffee?

What’s THAT in your coffee? “It is a great danger for us… our children do not have clothes to go to school. We don’t even have food to eat. We appeal to the world for food, support and assistance.” Hajib Mohamed Amin - Coffee farmer, Kafa province, ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00192.htm


4: UQ Wire: 911 - They Let It Happen On Purpose!

Imagine you wake up from a coma and you learn that 11 months ago, an "Attack on America" destroyed some significant buildings, killed 3,000 people and forced a war against terrorism. You switch on the news and see pictures of Afghanistan, Iraq, Israel, ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0208/S00068.htm


5: Scoop Feedback: Bullying Is The Domain Of Cowards

In This Edition: Bullying Is The Domain Of Cowards - The Green Party: Thou Shalt Buy Local - Teen Killer Sentences - Honorary Truck Drivers License

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0209/S00118.htm


6: NITA: Blowback From The Blowhards

Robert Fisk has the right take on the Bush administration. With Saddam Hussein having unconditionally agreed to allow in the weapons inspectors, the US is all dressed up with no war to go to. This is highly embarrassing, at least if you are in the ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0209/S00115.htm


7: UQ Wire: Musings On Courage & The Forces For Truth

Last Monday night on C-SPAN I was greatly heartened and encouraged by the words of former weapons inspector and ex-Marine, Scott Ritter who said that the "politics of fear must be defeated by the forces of truth." He was of course speaking ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0209/S00116.htm


8: Incremental versus Excremental Economics

Orthodox neoclassical economics is incremental in its nature. Economic analysis is done by considering small changes at the 'margin' to such things as cost, utility (ie happiness), revenue or whatever. And neoclassical economists prefer to interpret ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0209/S00113.htm


9: Springtime in "The Bay" area

One of the strangest parts of trans-hemispheric migration is doing the season slip. Having moved to New Zealand (NZ) last December, the last time I experienced Springtime was back in March/April 2001, distant memories of a year and a half ago. Springtime ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0209/S00114.htm


10: Questions Of The Day Transcript - 19 September

1. PITA PARAONE (NZ First) to the Minister of Health: Since she became Minister of Health, how many individuals have been financially assisted to obtain treatment or operations overseas and what has been the total cost?

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00339.htm


11: Personal Grievance lodged on behalf of tv reporter

The PSA has lodged with the Employment Relations Authority a personal grievance claim against Television New Zealand on behalf of television reporter Kim Webby, PSA spokesperson Jo Quatermass said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0209/S00063.htm


12: President Discusses Iraq with Congress Leaders

President Discusses Iraq, Domestic Agenda with Congressional Leaders Remarks by the President in Meeting with Congressional Leaders The Oval Office

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00185.htm


13: Destruction Of The Al-Shifa Pharmaceutical Company

On the evening of August 20, 1998, the Clinton administration conducted simultaneous missile strikes against two suspected terrorist facilities supposedly connected with the heralded, Saudi terrorist "mastermind" Osama bin Laden.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0209/S00110.htm


14: About the Coffee Crisis… - Fact Sheet

- 25 million coffee producers are facing a crisis in Central And South America, Africa and Asia – in total, 100 million poor people dependent on the coffee chain are affected. - The price of coffee has almost halved in the past three years to a 30-year low. ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00190.htm


15: Firas Al-Atraqchi: Who is Khidhir Hamza?

This week Khidhir Hamza, a former Iraqi nuclear scientist who defected to the U.S. in 1994, testified before a U.S. Senate panel investigating Iraq's nuclear armaments. Hamza told U.S. Senators that Iraq was three years away from creating up to three ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0208/S00013.htm


16: Animal Rights Activists Target Insurance Broker

Animal rights activists to target Wellington insurance company as part of an international campaign against animal testing.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0209/S00107.htm


17: Sludge Report #142: Richard Butler Is A CIA Asset

In This Edition: Senate Hearing On Iraq “Blitzkrieg” Now On - Richard Butler Is A U.S. Spy – A CIA Asset

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0208/S00006.htm


18: 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


19: Green Party double standards

Cannabis sativa seed imported into New Zealand for industrial hemp trials was not tested for the presence of genetic modification, says National’s Agriculture spokesman David Carter.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00358.htm


20: UQ Wire: Secret Bush Iraq Regime Change Blueprint

A SECRET blueprint for US global domination reveals that President Bush and his cabinet were planning a premeditated attack on Iraq to secure 'regime change' even before he took power in January 2001.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0209/S00101.htm


21: Select Committee Business

The Criminal Investigations (Bodily Samples) Amendment Bill was referred to the Law and Order Committee, with a reporting date of 17 March 2003.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00347.htm


22: DPB mothers destined to dabble

The government, with support from an unconvinced and unconvincing United Future, has just passed legislation scrapping work testing of the DPB . "This action is reprehensible," says Lindsay Mitchell, spokesperson for a growing group of New Zealanders who want ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0209/S00105.htm


23: Very Very Very Good Friends For A Very Short Time

The Labour Government is trying to have it both ways on Iraq, says National Party Leader Bill English.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00332.htm


24: Kiwibank critics should apologise

The Progressive leader and Minister for Economic Development opened a new branch of the publicly-owned bank in Nelson today and was presented a waistcoat made from the Nelson flag.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00350.htm


25: Anderton Should Give Answers, Not Silence Critics

Jim Anderton should front up with answers on Kiwibank instead of attacking those seeking accountability for the waste of taxpayers' money on a bank that's not needed, ACT Finance spokesman Rodney Hide says.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00359.htm


26: Hemp Could Spoil Illegal Cannabis Industry

A lack of environmental-impact planning with hemp trials could have some interesting consequences for the illegal cannabis industry, ACT Agriculture spokesman Gerry Eckhoff says.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00342.htm


27: Libz Congratulate Fitzsimons

Libertarianz spokesman Peter Cresswell today congratulated Jeanette Fitzsimons for her stunning performance in the internationally coveted ‘Bonehead Awards'.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0209/S00095.htm


28: Greens push to have leader of opposition abolished

Green co-leader Rod Donald today made a submission to the Standing Orders Committee arguing that the position of 'Leader of the Opposition' be abolished.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00335.htm


29: 9/11 Wicked But A Work Of Art, Says Damien Hirst

One year after the tragic event one of the leading and most famous postmodern artists, Damien Hirst, of dissected cow fame, has said 9/11 was art:

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0209/S00053.htm


30: Nats can't tell between jeans and a joint

Green MP Nandor Tanczos today flatly rejected comments by National MP Phil Heatley that hemp growing was a cover for cannabis law reform.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00329.htm

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