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

1: Wellstone Plane Was Out Of Control – Media Survey

The following is a summary of the facts available at this time via the media, surrounding Senator Paul Wellstone's airplane crash of 10-25-02. Judge for yourself, was this more likely an assassination or an accident?

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0210/S00206.htm


2: The Dirty And Deadly Secrets Of Khamisiyah

In Khamisiyah, southern Iraq, 1991, a man made plague was unleashed. Some of the world’s deadliest chemical and biological warfare agents were housed in Khamisiyah, a sprawling desert bunker complex – and then released into the atmosphere.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0210/S00217.htm

4: UQ Wire: Jeb Bush Flies High With Terror Airways

Terror Flight School Owner’s Plane Seized For Heroin Trafficking & Jeb Bush And Katherine Harris Fly With Drug Running Airways

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0210/S00214.htm


5: UQ Wire: Gore Vidal‘s The Enemy Within

Gore Vidal is America’s most controversial writer and a ferocious, often isolated, critic of the Bush administration. Here, against a backdrop of spreading unease about America’s response to the events of 11 September 2001 and their aftermath, we publish ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0210/S00205.htm


6: Poll Watch: TV1 And TV3 Final Election 2002 Polls

TV1’s Colmar Brunton Poll and TV3’s NFO Poll have recorded remarkably similar results on the night before the final day of the election campaign. Today will not be recorded among National Party Leader Bill English's finest moments.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0207/S00194.htm


7: Scoop Images: Mt Etna Eruption As Seen From Space

The following images come from NASA’s MODIS satellite imagery system and show the ash cloud currently being produced by Mt Etna in Sicily. The picture was taken yesterday, October 30th.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0210/S00212.htm


8: Bring SAS back down under

National leader Bill English is calling on the Government to bring back our S.A.S troops now serving in Afghanistan.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00008.htm


9: NITA: The Wrong War For The Wrong Reasons

It is becoming clear that America’s War on Terror is not an enthusiasm shared by many other countries. France and Russia have manoeuvred effectively so far in the United Nations to short circuit American demands for a free hand to deal with Iraq. ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00004.htm


10: Anti-War Protest This Saturday - QE2 at Noon

Saturday 26th October is another day of international action to oppose American plans to attack Iraq. Big gatherings are planned in many centres around the world - including Washington - and here in New Zealand marches are planned in several centres. The ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0210/S00167.htm


11: US Election 2002: Senate Races - A Runner Stumbles

The sudden departure of Robert "The Torch" Torricelli from the New Jersey Senate race evokes no end of sports metaphors. He fumbled. He choked. He dropped the baton. He hit the wall. The Torch is passed. It looks bad for the Dem team.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0210/S00010.htm


12: Naked In Nuhaka 7: The Art Of The Urban Hike

One of the things I have been obstinately pursuing in my new life back in Aotearoa is the Art of the Urban Hike. In San Francisco, you can walk for miles in the city, constantly intrigued by street life and stirring vistas at every turn. San Francisco ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00001.htm


13: Howard’s End – Is A Commissioner of Truth Needed?

What is happening to my country? Allegations of unfairness, incompetence and corruption at the Ministry of Fisheries, District Health Boards using dedicated mental health dollars for other purposes, doctors being advised to take legal advice before taking ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00003.htm


14: Good Dad jailed under Clark's family values policy

The Mild Greens are disgusted that a Christchurch District Court Judge has sentenced a solo father to eight months jail for possession of several ounces of low grade cannabis, presumed to be for supply.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0210/S00201.htm


15: UQ Wire: Investment Espionage And The White House

There is growing evidence that the FBI and other government intelligence entities are more closely linked to the documented accumulation of pre-9/11 insider trading profits than was originally thought.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0207/S00119.htm


16: Medium Rare: Usually Reliable Sources?

Reviewing the Beltway Sniper Case retrospectively, the media (collectively) has egg on its face, and for once it's not their fault. As the "sniper" Task Force gave less and less hard information, the media published stories based on information ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00008.htm


17: US Army Secretary Helped Cook Enron's Books

Three months before he was nominated as secretary of the Army by President Bush, Thomas White faced what surely was the most difficult task in his 10-year career as an Enron executive: Helping hide the hundreds of millions of dollars in losses ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0210/S00052.htm


18: Can NZ deal with terrorist attacks

National Party Leader Bill English wants an assurance from the Government that New Zealand is well placed to deal with any threats or attacks from terrorists.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00017.htm


19: Dunne on National’s puzzling foreign policy

United Future New Zealand leader, Peter Dunne, admitted today he was puzzled by the National Party’s inconsistent foreign policy declarations.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00018.htm


20: Guest Opinion: Stopping The War Before It Begins

I have come here to urge you all, individually and collectively, to do everything in your power to oppose a US war against Iraq a war that can have no good end. I believe that we have within our reach the ability to stop this war before it begins.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00007.htm


21: Data Shows Massive Delayed Gulf War I Casualties

U.S. V.A .Data Confirms Massive Delayed Gulf War I Casualties by Denise Nichols - Gulf War Veteran and Retired U.S. Air Force Reserve Major, Vice Chairman of the National Vietnam Veteran and Gulf War Veterans Coalition

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0210/S00176.htm


22: English loses the plot

Prime Minister Helen Clark said today that the Leader of the Opposition’s bizarre and irresponsible statements about the SAS and New Zealand security further demonstrate his unfitness for public office.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00023.htm


23: Pay fines before you leave the country!

“Fines defaulters should now think twice about trying to leave the country without paying their fines”, Courts Minister Margaret Wilson said today, announcing Cabinet approval of an initiative to enforce fines at New Zealand international airports.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0211/S00006.htm


24: 1994 DoD Q&A On Bio/Chem Weapons In Gulf War

The following set of questions and answers was provided to U.S. Senator Riegle by in the early stages of an inquiry into Gulf War Syndrome. In it the Defence Intelligence Agency concludes:

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0211/S00005.htm


25: 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


26: Of Croaking Toads, Liars And Ratbags

Fourth Estate column by a University of the South Pacific journalism lecturer, SHAILENDRA SINGH, who is a former editor of The Review news magazine and currently supervising editor-in-chief of USP's Wansolwara regional training newspaper.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0211/S00001.htm


27: Osama bin Laden: Why We Are Attacking America

Here we outline our reply to two questions addressing the Americans: Q1) Why are we waging Jihad against you? Q2) What advice do we have for you and what do we want from you?

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0210/S00223.htm


28: Scoop Ratings: Greatest Hits For October 2002

The top 30 rating items on Scoop for the month of October were...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/NM0211/S00002.htm


29: Clampdown On Illegal Street Racing

More streets are to be restricted to non-residential traffic on weekends and public holidays in order to tackle the scourge of illegal street racing in Manukau. This will include a large stretch of Te Irirangi Drive between Dawson Road in Otara and ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0209/S00105.htm


30: John Chuckman: Condi's Nonsense About Democracy

( YellowTimes.org ) – Condoleezza Rice wants to bring democracy to the Middle East. Ms. Rice, an expert on what is now an obsolete subject, the Soviet Union, believes this can be done the way the United States brought democracy to Chile or Iran or ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0210/S00213.htm


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