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Scoop: Weekend Ratings


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

1: PM Strikes First 'The Lord Of The Rings' Coin

Prime Minister Rt Hon Helen Clark struck the first 'The Lord of The Rings' coin, which will be released by New Zealand Post later this year, during a visit to the Royal Mint in Wales last week.

2: Sludge Report #154 – Bigger Than Watergate!

In This Edition: Bigger Than Watergate! - How To Rig An Election In The United States - Fantasy vs Reality - How We Discovered The Backdoor - Evidence Of Motive - Evidence Of Opportunity - Evidence Of Method - Evidence Of Prior Conduct - Consistent Unexplained ...

3: Inside A U.S. Election Vote Counting Program

Publication of this story marks a watershed in American political history. It is offered freely for publication in full or part on any and all internet forums, blogs and noticeboards. All other media are also encouraged to utilise material. Readers ...

4: Cheney Task Force Docs: Maps Of Iraqi Oilfields

Cheney Energy task force documents... contain a map of Iraqi oilfields, pipelines, refineries and terminals, as well as 2 charts detailing Iraqi oil and gas projects, and ''Foreign Suitors for Iraqi Oilfield Contracts.'' The documents, which are dated ...

5: Shallow Throat Advises Democrats to Bring It On

With the Bush Administration in imploding disarray, frantically scrambling for ways out of its WMD scandal, I set the code for alerting "Shallow Throat" that I wanted to talk.

6: William Moloney: I Feel A Change Is A Comin’

I feel a change is a comin’. The Peace is going to topple both Bush and Blair. How pissed off will the Bush family be with Saddam that they won two wars against him and lost two elections!

7: Bald-Faced Lies About Black Box Voting Machines

Diebold voting machines are used in 37 states. The entire state of Ohio is considering dumping its old system to buy Diebold. Georgia already did. The Diebold files, supposedly secret voting machine files left on an unprotected web site for nearly six years ...

8: Ian Gurney: Next Stop Iran?

On July 14 Reuters newsagency reported that Abolasan Khamoushi, general director of Iran’s Oil Development and Engineering Company had announced that Iran had made a major new oil find in the south of the country, containing estimated reserves of ...

9: Offshore Company Captures Online Military Vote

Last year, while President Bush marshaled U.S. forces for the invasion of Iraq, the patriots at the Department of Defense awarded the contract for a new online voting system for the military... to an offshore company.

10: Tenet - Wolfowitz Ctte. Gave Dubious Intelligence

When George Tenet, the director of the CIA, testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee last week about dubious intelligence data on the Iraqi threat that made it into President Bush’s State of the Union address in January, he said an ad-hoc ...

11: Jay Shaft: Bush’s Use Of God to Justify War

By making statements about God Blessing America in the war on Iraq, did U.S. President George Bush inadvertently make it a Holy War?

12: Dennis Hans: Mama Mia, What a Con!

How the Italians — perhaps with U.S. neocon help — suckered the Brits into believing and promoting the African-uranium fable.

13: U.S. Election Integrity Flaw Discovered At Diebold

Recently, technicians and programmers for Diebold Election Systems, the company that supplied every single voting machine for the surprising 2002 results in the state of Georgia, the company that is preparing to convert the state of Maryland to its ...

14: Enron-Style Management, Dangerously Complex World

At least North Korea won't have Bush droning about fake documents for the sale of uranium from Niger. He's already played that role, and it wasn't well received.

15: How George Bush Won the 2004 Presidential Election

Purging voter lists is just the beginning: the U.S. has embraced a form of electronic voting that is unreliable, unverifiable and funded by the radical Christian right.

16: Poll Demands Bush Be Held Accountable for Lies

A major news poll shows that 56% of Americans now stand with The Not In Our Name Project (NION) in believing that Bush administration officials were “hiding important elements of what they knew” or were “mostly lying” (CBS News, July 10th, 2003).

17: Security Council: Ethiopia, Eritrea Must Cooperate

The United Nations Security Council today welcomed Ethiopia's and Eritrea's acceptance as final and binding an agreement on the delimitation of the border between the two countries, and urged them to cooperation fully with the commission responsible for ...

18: Time to End the Dodginess - Intelligence Unglued

The glue that holds the Intelligence Community together is melting under the hot lights of an awakened press. If you do not act quickly, your intelligence capability will fall apart--with grave consequences for the nation.

19: Brian Cloughey: Bring 'Em On? No, Bring 'Em Back

Even for him it was an astonishingly crass statement. On July 2 when Bush was speaking about the shambles that he, Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz have created in Iraq, he went on the political offensive.

20: Iran: Inquiry needed into death of Zahra Kazemi

Amnesty International added its voice today to the calls made by Iran's Islamic Human Rights Commission and other international human rights organizations in calling for an independent and thorough investigation into the death in custody of 54-year-old ...

21: Wolfowitz Cttee. Advised Use Of Niger Uranium Ref.

Pentagon committee led by Paul Wolfowitz, the Deputy Secretary of Defense, advised President Bush to include a reference in his January State of the Union address about Iraq trying to purchase 500 tons of uranium from Niger to bolster the case for war ...

22: Efrain Rios Montt's Bid for Guatemalan Presidency

One of the cruelest dictators in Guatemalan history wins court assent to run for reelection in spite of constitutional provision banning him from doing so.

23: High Level Chinese Visitor Gets The Softly Softly

Scoop followers will no doubt be pleased to know that New Zealand’s views on Pacific Island administrative instability and the developing situation on the Korean Peninsula have drawn an extremely high level Chinese response.

24: Media Silent on Gen. Wesley Clark's 911 Comments

Sunday morning talk shows like ABC's This Week or Fox News Sunday often make news for days afterward. Since prominent government officials dominate the guest lists of the programs, it is not unusual for the Monday editions of major newspapers to ...

25: Guest Opinion: Monsanto Sues And Sues And…

Monsanto and President George Bush have one thing in common. Both have a liking for the "walk softly and carry a big stick" form of public relations. Bush uses his big economic stick to gain the support of various nations in his quest to make the world ...

26: Early deployment of troops essential in Liberia

With beleaguered Monrovia "simply not safe enough for relief agencies to save the lives that need to be saved," the newly-appointed United Nations envoy for Liberia stressed today that the early deployment of West African troops to the capital ...

27: Press Briefing by Scott McClellan

First, President Bush will welcome Palestinian Prime Minister Abbas to Washington for a meeting and working lunch on July 25th. This will be the President's first meeting with the Prime Minister in Washington. The President is committed to his ...

28: UQ Wire: Who's Who on the 9/11 Commission

Several citizens' organizations as well as the families of the victims of the September 11 attacks have expressed hope that the 9/11 Commission will ultimately reveal the truth. Their hopes may be a little overblown.

29: Scoop: Top Scoops + Just Politics

Processing Power And Propaganda - Dennis Hans: Inside The Niger Deception - Chuckman: Corporadoes In The Whitehouse - Bush Appeases Blair After Dropping Him In It - Bring 'Em On? No, Bring 'Em Back - Softly Softly Visit From Chinese Top Brass - Will Iran ...

30: World’s biggest woodpecker species feared extinct

Cambridge, 11th July 2003 – BirdLife International researchers have expressed their fear that the stunning Imperial Woodpecker, Campephilus imperialis, may now be extinct after an expedition to the last area reporting sightings of the bird found no evidence ...


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