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


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: ...

2: US Readies Invasion Armada For Jan-Feb 2003

Removing the Iraqi government and installing a US military regime that would control the country's oil fields, is at least as important as eliminating weapons of mass destruction. That makes war with Iraq guaranteed around the end of January to mid-February. ...

3: Scoop Graphic: It Makes You Think!

Graphic by bluebear

4: Tube Talk: ‘Tis the Season to be Brain Dead’

If Christmas is the celebration of the birth of the Son of God, then Christmas television is proof that the Apocalypse is nigh.

5: 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 ...

6: Christmas - Starting With the Man in the Mirror

Oh little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie, Above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by, Yet in thy dark streets shineth, the everlasting light, The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.

7: John Chuckman: America's Pathetic Liberals

( ) – You might think from the way the progressive press laments Al Gore's decision not to run for President again that there had been a genuine loss to liberalism in America.

8: The Companies That Armed Iraq With WMDs

Hewlett Packard, Dupont, Honeywell and other major U.S. corporations, as well as governmental agencies including the Department of Defense and the nation’s nuclear labs, all illegally helped Iraq to build its biological, chemical and nuclear weapons ...

9: Scoop Images: Helms Deep Press Conference (1)

The following pictures show film director Peter Jackson with members of the cast and crew of the Lord of the Rings trilogy of films, the filming of which is now drawing to a close in the Wellington region.

10: Putting ACC under the spotlight

National is welcoming the decision by the Auditor General’s office to investigate case management by the Accident Compensation Corporation.

11: John Kaminski: Ghost dance

One hundred twelve years later, the human species sits frightened, wrapped in its security blankets, hunched by its hearthfires, awaiting the same inexorable, unstoppable technological doom that erased Sitting Bull and his Sioux family from the face of ...

12: John Kaminski: Am I Getting Through?

Back when the music was good, it seemed that public issues were more widely understood. Nixon didn't get away with his crap. Today he would. Bush is getting away with his crap. I blame it on the music, on corporate control of creative options, mostly manifested ...

13: Queen Not Amused - Internetnz Delighted

The decision by the World Intellectual Property Organisation's Arbitration and Mediation Center that the domain name "" not be handed to complainant TradeNZ has been hailed by InternetNZ as a decision which upholds the rights of domain name ...

14: Bush Nominates Himself to Chair 9/11 Investigation

George W. Bush has tapped Thomas Kean to chair the independent investigation into the attacks of September 11th. This nomination comes in the wake of the choice of Henry Kissinger for that post, and his sudden departure.

15: Investigator Who Cleared Bush Gets WorldCom Job

A former Securities and Exchange Commission chairman appointed court monitor of WorldCom Inc. on Wednesday was previously responsible for clearing U.S. President George W. Bush of insider trading concerning his involvement in Harken Energy during the lead ...

16: Supercomputer Weather: Christmas Rain In Bethlehem

The following images show NOAA’s Supercomputer Forecast (aviation model) for rainfall in the Holy Land over a 30 hour period beginning at 9am on Christmas Eve (Israel time). Each image shows rainfall over a six hour period.

17: General Skills passmark cut

Immigration Minister Lianne Dalziel today confirmed that the General Skills category passmark had decreased from 30 to 29 points.

18: Raft Of ACC Claims Beaches At High Court

Scoop can reveal that the first of what looks set to become a raft of claims against ACC and current and former case managers is to be lodged in the High Court shortly claiming $300,000 in exemplary damages, $300,000 in general damages for distress, ...

19: Tariana Turia's Beehive Chat 23 December 2002

Our old people passed down many stories, which are interesting for what they tell us about our cultural values, beliefs and customs.

20: UQ Wire: U.S. Balks At Iraqi Invasion

Over the last three months the world has successfully demonstrated that it can delay and obstruct U.S. plans to occupy the oil fields of Iraq and Saudi Arabia. This is both good news and bad news. Today's UN developments regarding Iraq's statement on ...

21: Scoop: Top Scoops + Just Politics (Merry Xmas)

Breakthrough: David Bain’s Case Referred to Appeal Court - Howard’s End: ACC Faces First Damages Law Suit - Donna Awatere Huata Responds To DomPost’s Scoop - Dak Complaint Highlights Law-change Needed - Hi-Ho, Hi-Ho, Its Off To Armageddon We Go - UQ Wire: ...

22: Twin Towers Conquers NZ Box Office

The central film in the trilogy, THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS, has broken New Zealand’s opening day record with a staggering $757,887. This record was previously held by THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING, which took $720,933 in ...

23: Firas Al-Atraqchi: When the Rats Come Out

Sixty-five thousand U.S. military men and women are poised around Iraq for an impending invasion; 50,000 more are likely to be called up after Christmas. Arab politicians are screaming till they are blue in the face that a war on Iraq would plunge the ...

24: 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 ...

25: TVNZ Allegations Denied

National Party Broadcasting spokesperson Katherine Rich said today that the Prime Minister's lawyer, Hugh Rennie QC had responded to her statement released yesterday criticising his involvement in the Corngate case before the Broadcasting Standards ...

26: Goodwill towards Turkeys

Green Animal Welfare Spokesperson Sue Kedgley today said the Christmas season was a good time to show compassion and goodwill to animals as well as humans - particularly animals like turkeys and pigs that many New Zealanders eat on Christmas day.

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.

28: Airlines cooperating to provide passenger info

The New Zealand Customs Service will be receiving advance electronic information about passengers on all flights arriving in New Zealand by the end of this month.

29: Nandor vindicated over energy supplements

Green MP Nandor Tanczos today called for an apology from National leader Bill English and Act leader Richard Prebble after the Expert Advisory Committee on Drugs dismissed a complaint over the safety of some herbal energy supplements sold by the Hempstore.

30: F. Al-Atraqchi: Mourning the Loss of Objectivity

As the world becomes an increasingly more dangerous place with divisions being drawn along cultural, ethnic and religious lines, the role of journalism becomes crucial.

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