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

1: Bernard Weiner: Ten Cracks in the Bush Facade

Through a Glass Lightly: 10 Hopeful Cracks in the Bush Facade By Bernard Weiner The Crisis Papers

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0212/S00041.htm


2: Rule Of The Pirates: The $200 Billion Payday

The figure had been bouncing around think tanks and Capitol Hill for months, and on December 1 made the front page of the Washington Post: Bush's invasion and occupation of Iraq will cost the American taxpayer between $100 and $200 billion.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0212/S00048.htm


3: Solo Parent Figures Send Disturbing Message

Statistics New Zealand today released information showing that, during the last decade, there has been a dramatic increase in sole parent families with children. From being 26 percent of all families with children in 1991, sole parent families ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00182.htm


4: Scoop Images: Henry Kissinger Digs Deep

The photographs of Kissinger [taken by Adriana Lorete], seen pondering affairs at a trade conference in Brazil, originally appeared on the front page of Jornal do Brasil, a major Rio de Janeiro daily, on November 13, 1992.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0212/S00045.htm


5: BBC Transcript Of Osama Bin Laden Statement

Transcript Of Message From Shaykh Usaamah Ibn Laadin (Osama bin Laden) broadcast November 3rd by Al-Jazeera satellite television channel

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0111/S00049.htm


6: Scoop Video Link: George W. Bush’s Big Pick

While we are addressing the subject of fingers, noses and so-called world leaders . Scoop’s editors would be remiss not to notify readers of perhaps the most famous nose pick in Internet history. A quick search of Google will show you just how much ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0212/S00046.htm


7: The New Write (Featuring Hot Goss From Parlt.)

“Fighting a religious war is like fighting over who has the best imaginary friend.” -Anonymous

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0212/S00058.htm


8: Richard Prebble’s Letter from Wellington

Helen Clark is flying off this week to New York to promote the Discovery Channel documentary on NZ! Miss Clark has managed to get an interview with Kofi Annan. While the PM’s office has hinted that this trip will also assist in promoting NZ’s case ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00202.htm


9: TVNZ Makes Million Dollar Mistake

ACT Finance Spokesman Rodney Hide said today he's angry that state broadcaster TVNZ got its facts wrong yet again, this time when alleging corruption at the Ministry of Fisheries.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00198.htm


10: Supreme Court Bill introduced to House

A Supreme Court of New Zealand Bill has been introduced to the House in line with the key policy decisions announced by the government in April, Attorney-General Margaret Wilson said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00193.htm


11: Briefing by Ari Fleischer - Economic Resignations

President's daily schedule Statement by the President O'Neill/Lindsey resignations/Economy Reference B Reference C Reference D Reference E Reference F Iraq Reference B Reference C Islam War on terrorism Putin phone call Reference B Mexico PTech Strom Thurmond ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0212/S00046.htm


12: Scoop Images: Merry Christmas From Tree Beard

Image from Theonering.net .

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0212/S00044.htm


13: New Court A Constitutional Outrage Says NZ First

New Zealand First has warned the Government that it will commit a constitutional outrage if it abandons the Privy Council and establishes a local supreme court as the final court for New Zealanders.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00195.htm


14: Open Debate On Maori Privilege

The Whangarei District Council's move to establish `special' relationships with local Maori sets a disturbing precedent, ACT New Zealand Whangarei-based MP Dr Muriel Newman said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00187.htm


15: New OSH Powers Smack of Envy

Farmers are rightly concerned about Government proposals to give individual OSH inspectors the right to fine employers and employees on the basis of their financial situation, says Charlie Pedersen, Federated Farmers Vice President.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0212/S00060.htm


16: Labour’s Treaty Mullahs Creating Mistrust

“Labour’s Treaty Mullahs are breaking down New Zealand’s most important asset - the trust we have in one another,” Opposition leader Bill English said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00196.htm


17: Greens seek to reduce TV violence

Green MP Sue Kedgley today said she was delighted that a Green Party initiative to review and monitor levels of violence on television gets under way today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00188.htm


18: Child poverty test case

Green Party Children's Issues Spokesperson Sue Bradford said today she fully supported the Child Poverty Action Group's complaint to the Human Rights Commission over the Child Tax Credit.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00184.htm


19: 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


20: When is a symphony orchestra not an orchestra

The announcement by the PM today that the government is introducing legislation to clarify the role of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra is a clear indication that the PM’s much vaunted intellect has already gone into holiday mode said Katherine ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00209.htm


21: Supreme Court Will Hurt Nz Trade

New Zealand First Trade spokesperson Dail Jones has pointed out that the cost of doing business globally is likely to increase if appeals to the Privy Council are abolished.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00201.htm


22: IMF appointment

Michael Reddell has been appointed an Alternate Executive Director of the International Monetary Fund, Finance Minister Michael Cullen announced today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00191.htm


23: The Fathers Berrigan & Man's Inhumanity to Man

The Fathers Berrigan: Man's Inhumanity To Man, Dastardly Beyond Conscience Or Reasoning. By Judith Moriarty

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0212/S00042.htm


24: Once Were Lecturers

Qantas wants to create a monopoly to extract more money from New Zealand travellers, importers and exporters by becoming a cornerstone shareholder in Air New Zealand. Somewhat surprisingly, the government of New Zealand nurtured this plan while barefacedly ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0212/S00060.htm


25: Scoop: Top Scoops + Just Politics

TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS Howard’s End: Resolving The ACC Injustices Will It Be Deflation Or Inflation – The Jury Is Out The Young And The Write-shuss (With The Latest Hot Goss!) The Photos Kissinger Doesn't Want You to See More Kissinger Outrage Scoop ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0212/S00047.htm


26: Statement On Resignation Of Paul O'Neill

As he told the senior staff this morning, there are lots of other important things to do in life. Back in December of 2000, he was planning to retire and devote himself to improving health care and education in Pittsburgh. I'm sure he will return to ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0212/S00057.htm


27: Katya Rivas: Come Close To Me

From Advent 2002 through to Lent 2003 Scoop will be publishing selected extracts from Katya Rivas’s writings, extracts will be taken from each of the four books so far translated into English.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0212/S00049.htm


28: Sludge Report #145 - The Awakening

In This Edition.... This Mad, Bad World - A New News Environment - But Does It Scan? - The Zeitgeist Is In Motion - The “Flooding” Of Global Consciousness

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0212/S00030.htm


29: 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


30: 2 UN workers among 10 killed in Israeli raid

6 December – Ten people were killed, including two staff of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), during an Israeli military assault today which drew immediate condemnation from UN officials.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0212/S00053.htm

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