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

1: Dennis Hans: Lily Gilder Or Liar?

Here’s the problem with all the euphemisms mainstream commentators use in their strenuous efforts not to brand President George W. Bush a liar: He’s not entitled to a single one.

2: US Govt. To Cut Military Aid to ICC Supporters

(New York, June 30, 2003) - A deadline set out in the "American Servicemembers Protection Act" (ASPA) that threatens U.S. military assistance to countries supporting the International Criminal Court (ICC) will pass tomorrow, the NGO Coalition ...

3: Dunne: Gov-Gen's Tongan visit regrettable

United Future leader Peter Dunne today said that is was a matter of some regret that the Governor-General, Dame Silvia Cartwright, is to travel to Tonga tomorrow for the 85th birthday celebrations of King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV.

4: Images: The Project Aqua Design Difference

Meridian Energy’s proposed Project Aqua hydro-electric scheme completes nearly 40 years of investigations into the hydro potential of the lower Waitaki, and represents a remarkable design achievement. See... The Project Aqua Design Difference for background.

5: Howard's End: Why Not Train NZ Tradepeople?

The Government's new 'skilled migrant' policy will tackle skill shortages and should be a major improvement according to Business New Zealand. Is this policy nothing more than a subsidy to New Zealand business too lousy to spend a dollar training ...

6: New Zealand is the Saudi Arabia of Wind

Auckland, Wednesday 2 July 2003: Greenpeace today launched a groundbreaking new report Winds of Change11 The Greenpeace report, Winds of Change: Exploring New Zealand’s phenomenal wind resource and options to drive renewable energy development is available ...

7: Making the Military a Stage Prop for Politics

In my 50 years as a member of Congress, I have had the privilege to witness the defining rhetorical moments of a number of American presidents. I have listened spellbound to the soaring oratory of John Kennedy and Ronald Reagan. I have listened grimly ...

8: Like Iraq, CIA Exaggerated Soviet Nuclear Threat

Two years ago the Central Intelligence Agency released reams of intelligence documents on the former Soviet Union that had been classified for nearly 30 years. The findings were damning: the CIA for more than 10 years greatly exaggerated the nuclear threat ...

9: Questions Of The Day Transcript - July 1st 2003

Questions to Ministers: 1. Transport Strategy—Land Transport Funding 2. Mâori Affairs, Associate Minister—Confidence 3. Transport Strategy—Land Transport Funding 4. Solomon Islands—Police 5. Solomon Islands—Pacific Forum 6. Te Mângai Pâho—Reviews 7. Primary ...

10: Link: Justice's Final Transmission From Baghdad

'Gag' order contradicts U.S. value Iraqis like Judge Gilbert S. Merritt By GILBERT S. MERRITT For The Tennessean

11: Dunne: Can Winston fix it? No!

Winston Peters' opposition to the new rules for skilled migrants reeks of hypocrisy, United Future leader Peter Dunne said today.

12: ACT/National: What does it take to get fired?

Both National and Act are crying foul after the deal struck for embattled TMP boss Trevor Moeke to stay at the scandal plagued Maori broadcasting funding agency.

13: Dennis Hans: Of Mice and (Con) Men

The buildup to the invasion of Iraq revealed most of our national-security bureaucrats and journalists to be mice, no match for the men who marshaled all manner of questionable, false or even forged evidence to make their case. The men led — make that “misled” ...

14: NZ dirty diesel precludes cleanest diesel engines

NZ’s dirty diesel fuel continues to preclude availability of the world’s cleanest diesel engines

15: Exposing Bush and His "Techniques of Deceit"

President George W. Bush and his foreign-policy team have systematically and knowingly deceived the American people in order to gain support for an unprovoked attack on Iraq.

16: Biotech lobby "don't look - don't find" strategy

Biotech lobby wants "don't look - don't find" strategy backed by ERMA so public and scientists are left in the dark. Responding to the challenge to present evidence that New Zealand's longest-running trial of GE sheep and other transgenic ...

17: John Chuckman Cartoon: Sen. Thurmond Declared Dead

Senator Thurmond Declared Dead 27 Years After The Fact - Cartoon By John Chuckman

18: Immigration Announcement: Fact Sheets

The NZ Immigration Programme 2003/04 remains unchanged from the 2002/03 Programme, with 45,000 places (with scope for a further 5000 places) allocated as follows:

19: Peace Movement: National Days of Action 3,4,5 July

The National Days of Action Against US Economic and Military Dominance now run from 3, 4 and 5 July 2003. The web page at has been updated with details of events in Auckland (4 July), Lower Hutt (4 July), ...

20: New Skills category to drive immigration programme

Changes to skilled immigration policy were announced by the government today, following a comprehensive review of the General Skills component of the Skilled/Business stream of the New Zealand Immigration Programme.

21: Kidd Millenniun Cartoon: Men Are From...

Cartoon by Kidd Millennium...

22: Customs opinion on hemp 'bizarre'

Green MP Nandor Tanczos has urged the Primary Production Select Committee to progress his Misuse of Drugs (Industrial Hemp) Amendment Bill to stop New Zealand's promising hemp industry being threatened by a customs opinion that claimed "all hemp is ...

23: Law change opens path to corruption discrimination

An immigration bill before the House will open the Immigration Service to claims of corruption and discrimination, Green MP Metiria Turei said today.

24: Dopey Kyoto Tax Angers Farmers

A meeting held in Hamilton yesterday shows that the Government is out of step with farmer’s views as opposition against the proposed ‘flatulence tax’ increases, said New Zealand First agriculture spokesperson Doug Woolerton.

25: ERMA's capability endorsed by review

A review of the Environmental Risk Management Authority (ERMA) has found the Authority does have the core competencies and capability to carry out its role, Environment Minister Marian Hobbs said today. ERMA is the independent decision-making body that ...

26: Health and safety appointments

Labour Minister Margaret Wilson today announced the make-up of the new National Occupational Health and Safety Advisory Committee who will provide expert independent advice on major occupational safety and health issues direct to government.

27: Security Response: W32.Bugbear.B@mm - SEVERE

W32.Bugbear.B@mm is a variant of W32.Bugbear@mm (originally discovered and named in the Sydney Symantec Security Response Centre in October 2002) and appears to be spreading quickly.

28: Bogotá Court Rules to End Aerial Fumigation

· A Bogotá court has ruled to end the harmful U.S. sponsored aerial fumigation occurring in Colombia until a study of the herbicide has been conducted.

29: Copyright Change Shows Property Rights Hypocris

ACT New Zealand Associate Commerce Spokesman Stephen Franks today accused the Government of trading property rights for votes, by planning to change copyright law to allow more copying without compensation.

30: Stateside With Rosalea: Cinquobossy

Last week's triple digit temperatures gave way to a balmy Sunday for the Pride Parade in San Francisco. It's one of the largest transgender, gay, bisexual, lesbian parades in the country, but to watch the TV news you'd think there was only one theme this ...

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