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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: Image & Link: Webcam LOTR Two Towers Premiere

Scoop Images & Link: Webcam For LOTR Two Towers Launch Click On Image To Link To Live Webcam

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0212/S00109.htm


4: 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


5: The Day The Empire Died - OAS Rejects U.S. Policy

RESOLVED: To fully back the democratic and constitutional legitimacy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, whose government is led by Hugo Chávez Frías, and to reject, categorically, any coup attempt or alteration of constitutional order that seriously ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0212/S00102.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 Cartoons: Trent Lott & US Strategic Policy

Cartoons by John Chuckman...

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


8: Cabinet Business Committee Minute - Qantas Deal

On 18 December 2002 the Cabinet Business Committee, having been authorised by Cabinet with Power to Act [CAB Min (02) 34/23]:

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00452.htm


9: 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


10: HARD NEWS 18/12/02 - New Things!

The stories of his surpassing patience and dedication are legion. He shepherded home one of the great movie projects with barely a cross word. So I suppose it's logical that there should be one issue on which Peter Jackson well and truly vents: and that ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0212/S00107.htm


11: One American Speaks to the Rest of the World

As a United States citizen, I wish to apologize for the disrespect my country¹s leadership has shown you. I want to assure you that George W. Bush does not represent everyone in America, possibly not even a majority. He has disregarded our needs just as he ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0212/S00104.htm


12: UQ Wire: Bush's Gulag

Bush's determination to designate two American citizens as - unlawful enemy combatants - looks like another step towards an American gulag.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0212/S00105.htm


13: 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


14: "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


15: 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


16: Questions Of The Day Transcript - 17 December

1. RODNEY HIDE (ACT NZ) 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 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00430.htm


17: Govt approves Air NZ Qantas proposal proceeding

The government today agreed to Qantas taking a 4.99 per cent stake in Air New Zealand and gave conditional support to a strategic alliance between the two airlines. It has reserved final approval until the completion of inquiries by competition authorities ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00450.htm


18: LOOP Select 004 out now!

Just in time for Christmas, here's another simmering LOOP Select-ion to provide the soundtrack to your summer season. Following up on our landmark LOOP Select 003 double disc set released mid-year (a great Chrissy gift for NZ music fans here and abroad!), ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0212/S00101.htm


19: Lucid Feature: Meth-head or Madness

Wellington has weed. Wellington has E. Wellington has L.S.D. Sweet poetry to some maybe, but not all. A veritable drug cornucopia awaits today’s youth for experimentation and enjoyment. Look around you. Have lots of girls you know suddenly lost weight ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0205/S00172.htm


20: Stateside With Rosalea - Mickey vs Mouse

I really do wonder what I used to do to amuse myself before the Internet. Last week, curious about an icon with a large E inside a square, I clicked through to find myself squarely back in the eighteenth century. Article 1 Section 8 of the US Consititution, ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0212/S00103.htm


21: Those Were Helen Clark's People Tonight

The Government's decision to carve up TVNZ into a crown company and a state-owned enterprise will put the broadcasting arm into an invidious position, ACT New Zealand Commerce Spokesman Deborah Coddington said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00466.htm


22: Black day for NZ air travel

"All New Zealanders should remember today as the day Labour gave our airline to Qantas," says National Party leader Bill English.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00458.htm


23: Dunne corrects National’s errors

United Future leader Peter Dunne said today he was fascinated to learn that the National Party is eager to bring about a new general election, just four months after the last one, over the proposed Qantas takeover of Air New Zealand.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00434.htm


24: 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


25: Air NZ too frightened to fly solo

Green co-leader Rod Donald today accused the Government of being panicked into selling a key stake in Air New Zealand to Qantas.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00454.htm


26: 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


27: 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


28: 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


29: 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


30: Letter To Air New Zealand From Govt. Re: Qantas

I am advising you, in my role as principal shareholder, of my in-principle decision to support Air NZ’s proposal for a strategic Alliance with Qantas. As you will be aware, this in-principle decision means that if the proposal in its current form ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00451.htm


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