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Scoop: Weekend Ratings


The weekend’s top 30 rating items on Scoop were...

1: Bush Is Racking Up "Frequent Liar Miles"

Lyndon Johnson is remembered for lying about Vietnam, Richard Nixon for lying about Watergate, Bill Clinton for lying about adultery. George W. Bush is known as a straight shooter. What’s wrong with that picture?

2: NZ Weapons Inspectors Set Ultimatum To USA

Chief Inspector demands co-operation by US Ambassador during upcoming inspection of facilities. Today the Citizen Weapon Inspectors of New Zealand sent an open letter [see below] to the US Ambassador to New Zealand demanding access to all US facilities ...

3: Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix - June 21

J K Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix to be published on 21st June, 2003 in Britain, the USA, Canada and Australia

4: Israel, Wants Palestine Without Palestinians

This is Genocide! As an Indian, experienced with British Occupation and British imposed partition and son of a refugee from then East Bengal (now Bangladesh), I always wondered why Israel doesn’t either Annex Palestine or give them freedom? I found the answer ...

5: Jan. 18 March On Washington To Demand No War


6: The Persecution of Ike

“The freedom of every New Zealander is at this moment, being put to the test. How a number of people and agencies play this one out will leave us all with a clear understanding as to our direction in regards to individual freedom,” said Libertarianz ...

7: Jason Leopold : Bush Sticks Closely To His Script

Here's a history lesson. Go back to December 1999 when President Bush was still governor of Texas and wasn't even the Republican candidate for President yet. Back then, Bush Jr. had said that if elected President of the United States he would use ...

8: Green Left Weekly: Bush Plans Bloodbath In Iraq

For a year now, US President George Bush's administration's top foreign policy goal has been violent “regime change” in Iraq. On October 22, on the basis of a leak from the White House, the New York Times reported that the Bush administration plans to ...

9: UQ Wire: John le Carré - USA Has Gone Mad

America has entered one of its periods of historical madness, but this is the worst I can remember: worse than McCarthyism, worse than the Bay of Pigs and in the long term potentially more disastrous than the Vietnam War.

10: 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 ...

11: 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.

12: 'Big Brother' is No Longer a Fiction ACLU Warns

SAN FRANCISCO — The United States has now reached the point where a total “surveillance society” has become a realistic possibility, the American Civil Liberties Union warned in a report being released today.

13: Smallpox in America: Into the Garden of Delights

We are told that there is new grave threat to our welfare. Smallpox. If we are indeed in danger of a smallpox outbreak (which is contradicted by medical testimony), the threat appears to be inflated.

14: 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, ...

15: Annan, President Chávez discuss Venezuela crisis

16 January – With Venezuela handing over chairmanship of the Group of 77 developing countries today at United Nations Headquarters in New York, Secretary-General Kofi Annan took the occasion to meet with President Hugo Chávez to discuss several issues ...

16: Images: Lord Of The Rings Exhibition At Te Papa

In anticipation of the release of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, the central instalment in writer/director/producer Peter Jackson's epic trilogy based on the J.R.R. Tolkien masterpiece, Te Papa proudly announces a world exclusive and a bold ...

17: 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 ...

18: Scoop: Top Scoops + Just Politics

Mass Mobilisation Against War Stateside This Weekend - Big Brother Comes To The Land Of The Free - Flying On Deceit - Is the Smallpox Threat Hot Air? - Questionable Motives: In 1999 Bush Said He’d “Take Out!” Hussein - New Oil Shock Could Be Just ...

19: Bernard Weiner: Inside Saddam Hussein's War Diary

Dear Diary: This is a tough one. If I hang in there, I may just survive to carry out my plans. But if I make a wrong move, or misinterpret the wide variety of signals coming my way, I'm vaporized toast.

20: Check Your Till Receipts! - Kachingo!

With only two days to go before their first $250,000 draw, the organisers of the new rewards programme Kachingo! are reminding shoppers to check their Kachingo! tickets.

21: Stop Playing James Bond Brown Advises Minister

New Zealand First believes the Transport Minister should stop believing he is some sort of secret service agent in his dealings with Tranzrail and be more transparent.

22: Scoop Images: Amazing New Two Towers Screen Shots

A selection of an astonishing new set of images published today by Scoop’s online content partner - CLICK HERE FOR FULL SET OF IMAGES . See also the Scoop LOTR feature page

23: John Kaminski: The System Can't Be Fixed

Our president is a criminal, if not surely guilty, at least chargeable for the following offenses: Military desertion, cocaine smuggling, conspiracy to destroy American landmarks, conspiracy to commit mass murder in New York, Washington, Pennsylvania and Afghanistan. ...

24: Muriel Newman: "Have We Gone Too Far?"

New Zealand has formed a reputation as a great country to make movies. This lucrative standing is being placed at serious risk. While most New Zealanders greeted the news that The Last Samurai was to be filmed on the slopes of Mt Taranaki with enthusiasm ...

25: UQ Wire: The Essence Of GWB's Inner War-Child

Please look at this face. Tell me. What do you see? Do you know who this man is talking to? He's making a speech in front of a group of soldiers in Texas, on January 3, 2003. He's talking to the television.

26: Scoop Images: Washington D.C’s 3/500,000 Finest

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27: US Armed Saddam Hussein With Chemical Weapons

On August 18, the New York Times carried a front-page story headlined, ``Officers say U.S. aided Iraq despite the use of gas''. Quoting anonymous US ``senior military officers'', the NYT ``revealed'' that in the 1980s, the administration of US President ...

28: 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: ...

29: National Party backs Auckland mayors

The National Party's giving its whole hearted support to Auckland mayors who now agree the Land Transport Management Bill isn't going to deliver the funding the city needs to get moving again.

30: Stateside With Rosalea: What would Mary do?

"George Bush, get a clue! The people of the world are not with you. George Bush, get a clue! The people of the world are not with you." The chant is swallowed up by a kind of Mexican-wave cheer that is passing from the back of the march up to ...

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