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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings

Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings


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

Dates: 28/May/2003

1: Scoop Feature: A NZ-US Free Trade Agreement?

Every few days, opposition parties tell us that Prime Minister Helen Clark’s policies and comments have taken us another step away from the holy grail of a free trade agreement (FTA) with the US.

2: Lagos Humiliates Chile Over Iraq Vote

· By crucifying his UN ambassador, Juan Gabriel Valdés, Chilean President Lagos impales the legendary Chilean diplomat on a Cross of Free Trade

3: Chuckman: An Interpretation of Bush's Character

While I find those images on the Internet of a blunt little mustache digitally-scribbled onto President Bush's upper lip feeble and unhelpful, still, there are parts of Bush's character and behavior that strikingly resemble at least one major biographer's interpretation ...

4: $300,000 Raised For Breast Cancer Research Trust

The Glassons Breast Cancer Research Trust t-shirt campaign has now topped the $300,000 mark.

5: CIA Assassination Operation In Vietnam Revealed

Created by the CIA in Saigon in 1967, Phoenix was a program aimed at "neutralizing"--through assassination, kidnapping, and systematic torture--the civilian infrastructure that supported the Viet Cong insurgency in South Vietnam. It was a terrifying "final solution" ...

6: Post Headline on 9/11 Inquiry May Prove Prophetic

Washington Post Headline on 9/11 Inquiry May Prove Prophetic Says Watchdog Group - Witnesses not under oath raises doubts about Commission process

7: 4 Disarm Ship in New York City During Fleet Week

On Sunday, May 25, at about 4 pm, four Catholic Workers, calling themselves the Riverside Ploughshares, went aboard the USS PhilippineSea during the 16th Annual Fleet Week hosted by the Intrepid Museum in New York City.

8: No-Bid Telecomms Contract Makes US Look Like Fools

The contract is for a small, temporary network. Its price tag is $45 million for 5,000 to 10,000 phones, if there are no cost overruns. That works out to $4,500 to $9,000 per phone. Since many people carry two or three phones, the cost per user ...

9: PNAC Primer: How We Got Into This Imperial Pickle

Recently, I was the guest on a radio talk-show hosted by a thoroughly decent far-right Republician. I got verbally battered, but returned fire and, I think, held my own.

10: Appalled West Auckland Resident

MINISTER SUTTON ANNOUNCES WINTER CAMPAIGN Minister Sutton announced today that Targeted Winter Aerial Operations will take place over a drastically reduced area through the winter months. Weather permitting; Wednesday 11 June will be the first planned ...

11: Stateside: Forget 2004, Here's Someone For 2008

I guess I spoke too soon when I said a couple of weeks ago that the folks hoping to be the Democratic candidate for President in 2004 were ignoring California. Heck, even one Republican hopeful - GW Bush - will be in San Francisco soon for a fundraiser, ...

12: Wella Trend Vision Awards Categories Pictured

(Categories Pictured) Local hairstylists are invited to find their own vision by capturing and developing one of these three international trends into their individual Trend Vision look for 2003.

13: Hard News 28/05/03 - Foreign Affairs

We've heard the familiar chorus of whingeing this week about Phil Goff's decision to meet with the Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, but the fact is we're not the only country whose foreign policy Israel is attempting to dictate at the moment.

14: U.S.'s Missing $Trillions Make Mainstream At Last

Scoop readers will be well aware of the tale of the missing trillions of dollars from the US Department of Defense. The story of the missing trillions that the world's biggest military organisation has been unable to properly account for has till now ...

15: Dog Farming For Table Meat Warning Unheeded

Rt Hon Winston Peters says it is outrageous that the Government failed to heed his warnings three years ago that dogs were being farmed for meat in New Zealand.

16: Doco - USA's Afghan Massacre: The Convoy of Death

This film provides eyewitness testimony that U.S. troops massacred of thousands of Taliban prisoners during the Afghan War. It's an account of thousands of prisoners who surrendered to the U.S., were herded into trucks and suffocated...

17: Jim Anderton Is Right!

As an American, I am so ashamed of my government's behavior in just about every way. Since 1971, I have considered New Zealand to be my "home away from home", and have valued the integrity of the people and the sovereignty of the country. You ...

18: Russia Raises Terrorism and Nukes With Iran

Deputy Foreign Minister and Russian Political Director at the G-8 Georgy Mamedov Meets Iranian Ambassador to Moscow Gholamreza Shafei

19: Bill Introduced to Counter Voting Machine Fraud

New Jersey Congressman Rush Holt introduced a bill to require a mandatory paper trail for the voting process. Voting machines with secret workings do not satisfy the minimal requirements of transparency and verifiability of a democratic process.

20: How's Your Sex Life?

From choosing their favourite turn-on to preferred sexual position, Kiwis have the chance to do it for New Zealand and be a part of the online 2003 Durex Global Sex Survey at

21: War On Terror, USA's Unfair Trade Pratices...

Background On New Zealand Contribution To War On Terror, The United States' Record Of Unfair Trade Practices & America's Proposed Bilateral Trade Deals No Substitute For Doha Round

22: Unreality & Sustainable Development

Finnish academic Janne Hukkinen puts it this way: in order to live with themselves, resource managers must learn to deny reality.

23: Big News: Steve Maharey Misleads Parliament

Social Services Minister Steve Maharey is either “bullshitting” again or is ignorant of aspects of his portfolio, especially regarding the increase in the number of sickness and invalids beneficiaries. I’m sure John Tamihere is not surprised.

24: National will stop growing welfare dependency

There will always be a welfare safety net in New Zealand. National believes in this and I want to emphasise that at the very outset, National Social Welfare spokesperson Katherine Rich said today in releasing her discussion paper Saving the next generation ...

25: Rumsfeld Column: Core Principles for a Free Iraq

(This column by Donald H. Rumsfeld, who is the U.S. Secretary of Defense, was first published May 27 in The Wall Street Journal. The column is in the public domain. No republication restrictions.)

26: Kiwis Rack Up Huge Traffic Fines

New Zealand First has revealed that nearly 200,000 people have overdue traffic fines of up to $5,000 and 26 people have overdue fines of more than $30,000.

27: SBN Breakfast: Stress in the Workplace and more...

Registered Psychologist Hillary Bennett, The Mental Health Foundation Working Well team, and The Bell Gully Employment Law team will discuss managing stress in relation to the changes to The Health and Safety in Employment Amendment Bill (effective May ...

28: Howard's End: Milky Booze May Target Kiwi Kids

Following Scoop's story that US soft-drink giant, Coca Cola, is to launch a milk-based drink in July, comes news that a 5.3 per cent alcoholic milk drink aimed at underage drinkers is to be launched on the South Australian market within two months and it ...

29: Convicts, Crooks, and Racists = Maori T.V.

"The corrupt, racist, and criminal-rich Maori T.V. channel must be abolished before it begins," demands Libertarianz Spokesman Russell Watkins.

30: Robert Byrd:A Smarter, More Efficient Defense Plan

Just weeks ago, our armed forces once again demonstrated the overwhelming might of the United States military. Due to the sustained commitment of our country to invest a substantial proportion of our national wealth into our national defense, our military ...

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