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

1: 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


2: 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


3: 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


4: 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


5: Scoop Images: LOTR Street Party 2002 – Panorama

Scoop takes you virtually to yesterday’s street party in Wellington’s Courtenay Place for the Australasian Premiere of ”Lord of The Rings – The Two Towers” . Photos by David McLellan.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0212/S00112.htm


6: The Story Behind The Damning Enron Videotape

The 1997 videotape that surfaced this week in which former Enron President Jeffrey Skilling jokes about the company using accounting sleight of hand so Enron could earn “a kazillion dollars” in earnings could prove to be more significant than the ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0212/S00113.htm


7: Scoop Images: LOTR Street Party 2002 – Crowd Shots

Scoop takes you virtually to yesterday’s street party in Wellington’s Courtenay Place for the Australasian Premiere of ”Lord of The Rings – The Two Towers” . Photos by David McLellan.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0212/S00111.htm


8: Guilty Until Proven Innocent: The New American Way

Guilty until proven innocent. This is the new American way. And no evidence is necessary to order someone killed. Just the say-so of the man with the gun.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0212/S00115.htm


9: Bernard Weiner: '02 Politics Summed Up For Dummies

This past year has been such a tumultuous, confusing one. I needed help in trying to make sense of it all. So back I went again to that publishing franchise for easy-to-understand assistance for dummies like me.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0212/S00119.htm


10: 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


11: 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


12: 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


13: 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


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: History catches up with Peter Dunne

You’ve got to question United Future’s continued opposition to the Air New Zealand deal, when Peter Dunne’s holding the trump card, says National Party leader Bill English.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00497.htm


16: AP's One-Sided Venezuela Coverage – Gift Wrapped

Has the news from Venezuela in your local newspaper, radio or TV newscasts left you with any better understanding of the conflict there today than you had 16 days ago? If the answer is "no," the blame squarely lies with AP - the Associated Press. And ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0212/S00114.htm


17: Finding Voice: Telling Our Own Stories

We need more people who write for social movements in struggle, are actively engaged in organising in those movements, and who take the same political risks as others. We also need more quality research explicitly directed by and accountable to people ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0212/S00110.htm


18: 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


19: 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


20: UQ Wire: Tom Kean Is Not A Household Name

Tom Kean is not a household name in most of the U.S., but he is well known in New Jersey and the New York metropolitan area. He's a genial, patrician man who served ably as governor of New Jersey a decade ago. Kean has a scandal-free reputation, ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0212/S00118.htm


21: ACC Minister Ignores Call For ACC Inquiry

Howard's End - While the Government has approved an increase in petrol duty to fund ACC, public and political calls for an inquiry into ACC continue to go unheeded by Government. It is time for the Minister to listen.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0212/S00116.htm


22: Scoop Graphic: It Makes You Think!

Graphic by bluebear

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0212/S00121.htm


23: No wonder business is down in the dumps

National’s Finance spokesman, Don Brash, says it’s no surprise business confidence is plummeting as the Government hammers the sector with layer upon layer of anti-business legislation.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00476.htm


24: 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


25: J.P.Morgan Chase Illegal Gold Market Manipulation

NEW ORLEANS, La. -- An anti-trust lawsuit filed today accuses Barrick Gold Corp., Toronto, and J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., New York City, of "unlawfully combining to actively manipulate the price of gold" and making (US)$2 billion in short-selling ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0212/S00170.htm


26: More, more... give me more!

Green co-leader Rod Donald said today's announcements of worsening current account and net debt levels confirms that the Labour Government is a glutton for punishment.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00496.htm


27: Sean Penn - On the Occasion of His Visit to Iraq

The actor and director Sean Penn made the following statement at a news conference in Baghdad on Sunday afternoon:

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0212/S00112.htm


28: Boost for low-paid workers and youth

Low paid workers will receive a 6.25 per cent boost in income following changes to minimum wage rates announced today by Labour Minister Margaret Wilson.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0212/S00478.htm


29: Guy’s World: Premiere Night In Middle Earth

It’s 12.01am, I’m in geek heaven and I’m loving it. It’s the first Australasian public screening of the Fellowship of the Ring. The hardcore fans are kitted out in their pointy ears and armour. All in the theatre sense several years of anticipation about ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0112/S00112.htm


30: 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

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