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

1: Images: Flying Frodo Air

Air NZ's chief operating officer Andrew Miller launches Air NZ's bold worldwide promotion of Lord of the Rings - Unveiling a special Boeing 747-400 emblazoned with Frodo imagery. For more information see… Air NZ Unlocks The Secrets Of Middle Earth.... . Pics: ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0212/S00113.htm


2: Sweden Offers Free-speech Refuge To U.S. Officials

STOCKHOLM - Blaine Williams hasn't stopped grinning since he arrived in Sweden two weeks ago. Several times a day he'll approach a complete stranger, offer a handshake and a smile, introduce himself as a former CIA analyst from America, and proceed ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0212/S00082.htm


3: Scoop Links: Rape Accusations Against George Bush

Margie Schoedinger of Missouri City, Texas has filed a lawsuit against George W. Bush in Fort Bend County Court. In her suit she is alleging "race based harassment and individual sex crimes committed against her and her husband." The suit lists ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0212/S00085.htm


4: "I Was Raped By The Agents Of Bush-Whacko"

Today, December 10, 2002 at approximately 1:00 pm EST, at my residence 1651 Goldston Carbonton Road, Goldston, NC, I noticed 2 then 3 then 4 cars enter my driveway. I went out to greet them and asked if I could help them with something.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0212/S00092.htm


5: Scoop Cartoons: Trent Lott & US Strategic Policy

Cartoons by John Chuckman...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0212/S00097.htm


6: Air NZ Unlocks The Secrets Of Middle Earth....

The Lord of the Rings fans can enjoy a birds eye view of some of the most famous locations in the movie trilogy thanks to the extensive flight network of Air New Zealand - “Airline to Middle-earth.”

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0212/S00112.htm


7: Scoop Archive: Images: Flying Frodo Air

Air NZ's chief operating officer Andrew Miller launches Air NZ's bold worldwide promotion of Lord of the Rings - Unveiling a special Boeing 747-400 emblazoned with Frodo imagery. For more information see... Air NZ Unlocks The Secrets Of Middle Earth.... . Pics: ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/archive/scoop/stories/a1/8a/200212141707.21075897.html


8: Questions For Oral Answer - Tuesday, 17 December

1. RODNEY HIDE to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises: Did New Zealand Post Limited chief executive Elmar Toime seek a reference from former ECNZ chief executive Dr Roderick Deane before employing Mr Drew Stein; if so, did Dr Roderick Deane comment ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00387.htm


9: White House Venezuela Error Backfires

Friday’s desperate maneuver by U.S. President George W. Bush – his cynical call for early elections in Venezuela, a country that has had six national elections in the past four years – has backfired after it was revealed as unconstitutional.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0212/S00098.htm


10: John Kaminski: The New Resistance

Fingers of frost creep across our December windows as we fire up our computers long before dawn to check the latest atrocity from Washington, the latest affront to the honesty and dignity of the human race. I imagine that me and my circle of Internet ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0212/S00099.htm


11: Scoop Feedback: Much Ado About Scoop

In This Edition: Objectivity - Waahi-Tapu - Whether The Bible Is Mythology - Decriminalisation Of Prostitution - It Is Not "Feminist" To Oppose Prostitution Law Reform - Cannabis And Mental Health - Air New Zealand / Qantas - Don't Legalise Prostitution ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0212/S00095.htm


12: Wong snubbed by Government Again

National Party Leader Bill English says the Labour Government has snubbed the country’s only Chinese-born MP - again.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00385.htm


13: Behind the Veil: Saudis Aren't As Bad As Painted

Having lived and worked with my husband in Jeddah Saudi Arabia for the last 18 years, maybe I can shed a little light on the subject of recent revelations concerning the alleged funding of 911 terrorists by members of the Saudi royal family.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0212/S00091.htm


14: David Miller: Spinning the Wrong Way At No. 10

For a government that is based upon spin as much as anything else, it is ironic that Tony Blair’s team at Downing Street has failed to handle the controversy surrounding his wife with more skill. And now, as more revelations and allegations come forward, ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0212/S00100.htm


15: Images: PM Promotes Invest NZ With Frodo And Bilbo

A private screening in New York of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers for influential US investors may stimulate new investment in key New Zealand industry sectors, and attract more film production to the country.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0212/S00123.htm


16: We Like Ike (This Time)

"The Libertarianz support Ike Finau's erecting of signs on his own property," says Libertarianz spokesman Stephen Berry today. "The Auckland City Council's prohibition of signs on Ike's private property - because those signs are critical of the Auckland ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0212/S00143.htm


17: Its feast or fast this Christmas

Low income families face a Christmas of fast, not feast said Green Social Services Spokesperson Sue Bradford.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00386.htm


18: Reeves joins United Future

The former National MP, Graeme Reeves, is the new secretary-treasurer of United Future New Zealand.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00380.htm


19: 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


20: 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


21: Homeland Security - A Discussion Paper

Labour’s response to increased threats to security that New Zealanders face following the Bali bombings have been piecemeal and have totally ignored critical areas of preparedness.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00368.htm


22: ACC bullies claimants before Christmas

ACC Case Managers and staff at ACC subsidiary Catalyst are sending illegal rehabilitation plans to claimants asking for them to be signed and returned by Christmas. If they are not signed the implication is that entitlements could be cut. One claimant received ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0212/S00087.htm


23: Kissinger Steps Down From 911 National Commission

It is with regret that I accept Dr. Kissinger's decision to step down as Chairman of the National Commission to investigate the events of Sept 11, 2001 and the years that led up to that event.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0212/S00085.htm


24: Commission recognises vital role of parenting

The Families Commission announced today recognises the vital role of parenting to the future of New Zealand, says Social Services and Employment Minister Steve Maharey.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00401.htm


25: NZD Finally Gets Comfortable Over 50 Cents

News of the week has to be the rise in the NZD to over US 51 cents and almost 91 cents against the Australian dollar. First, why has the NZD been rising since early this year and second, why this most recent push upward?

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0212/S00137.htm


26: Images: Lord Of The Rings Game Screenshots

Screenshots from the new Lord of the Rings video game. See… EA Ships The Lord Of The Rings, The Two Towers for more background.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0211/S00057.htm


27: BTL: Call for Anti-War Groups to Make Their Case

U.N.-Iraq Weapons Inspection Process Provides an Opportunity for Anti-War Groups to Make Their Case to the U.S. Public

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0212/S00096.htm


28: A Christmas feast fit for ... prison inmates

The irony of prisoners sitting down to a Christmas Day feast while many families are queuing for food bank parcels won't be lost on hardworking taxpayers, says National's Corrections spokesman, Tony Ryall.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00379.htm


29: Recovered History: When Donald Met Saddam

As diplomats and weapons inspectors in New York, Washington, London, Paris, Moscow, and Beijing pour over the 12,000 pages of Iraq’s weapons declaration it is a good time to resurrect a key part of un-told story of Iraq’s relationship with weapons ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0212/S00074.htm


30: Burton and Toime Can’t Duck Responsibility

National MP Murray McCully and Act’s Rodney Hide are making a joint call for the resignations of NZ Post CEO Elmar Toime along with SOE Minister Mark Burton following the release of the Auditor-General’s report into Transend.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00377.htm

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