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

1: NZGIRL Flies In The Face Of Big Day Outers

Big Day Outers in Auckland were left scratching their heads this afternoon as a light plane flew above Ericsson Stadium towing a straight talking banner that would cause any red blooded kiwi bloke to cringe.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0401/S00037.htm


2: Wesley Clark On Defensive On School Of Americas

From June 1996 to July 1997, General Clark served as Commander of the US Southern Command, where he was responsible for US military activities concerning Latin America, including the School of the Americas (SOA), now known as the Western Hemisphere Institute ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0401/S00141.htm


3: Haiti: Political Will To End The Cycle Of Violence

It is imperative that the Haitian authorities show clearly to the Haitian and the international community that they will no longer tolerate human rights abuses, said Amnesty International in a letter addressed to the president, Jean Bertrand Aristide, ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0401/S00139.htm


4: House prices to start falling by the end of year

Real estate agents and potential property buyers are in danger of overestimating the ongoing strength of New Zealand’s housing market, according to Infometrics.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0401/S00075.htm


5: Philip J. Rappa: High Noon in America

Cast in the Gary Cooper role in this western drama is the American citizen, all of whom just wish to live the simple life. Unfortunately and unforgivingly, that myth is a bust. Yet, we are all living in a time when frontier- justice rules the day.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0401/S00067.htm


6: Ticking Time Bomb For Iranians In Detention

Please note that in the next few weeks, injunctions lodged in various courts for many Iranians held in the BAXTER and PORT HEDLAND detention centres are due to expire.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0401/S00136.htm


7: Yet another embarrassing Air Force break-down

National Party Defence spokesman Simon Power says the resourcing of our Air Force is being called into question again, with yet another high profile failure.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00135.htm


8: Public Address 20/01/03 - Interpretations

When Muldoon was still Prime Minister, I became a suit in an advertising agency. I would call it an accident, and I'd rate it as one of my more regrettable ones. I had a part-time job in a pub in Wellington and I was getting towards the end of ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0401/S00070.htm


9: Tyre Kicker Burton Must Go

New Zealand First has called for Defence Minister Mark Burton to be sacked because of problems with the Army’s dysfunctional new $7.5 million LAVIII’s, which have serious maintenance problems.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00144.htm


10: My, How Those Dam Cracks Have Grown!

So then, when we last checked in with our fearless leaders they were still wiping the slime from their paws after successfully putting the Valerie Plame ''situation'' back in the Pandora Box --- for now.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0401/S00065.htm


11: Dan Spillane: ''Black Hole'' Found in US Economy

In a troubling sign that accounting problems have grown beyond corporate balance sheets, two of the main economic gauges used by Wall Street, banks, and in the calculation of Social Security payments have been found to contain serious problems.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0401/S00076.htm


12: Cannabis must not be decriminalized unless safe

News today that a Welsh coroner recorded the cause of death as cannabis poisoning in the tragic case of a 36-year-old man, serves as a reminder that dope should never be decriminalized until or unless independent scientific evidence emerges that the ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00146.htm


13: Bush Counters Parade Of Bad News With Naps

Bush counters parade of bad news on Iraq with midday naps President said to sleep best when the shit hits the fan Satire from… freepressed.com

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0401/S00061.htm


14: Scoop Link: NYT Editorial - Fixing Democracy

The morning after the 2000 election, Americans woke up to a disturbing realization: our electoral system was too flawed to say with certainty who had won. Three years later, things may actually be worse. If this year's presidential election is at all ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0401/S00079.htm


15: Rising Energy Costs Could Cripple New Zealand

ACT New Zealand Deputy Leader and Energy Spokesman Ken Shirley today slammed the Labour Government for its incompetent handling of the energy sector.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00139.htm


16: Pentagon Unit Churned Out Dubious Intelligence

Secret Pentagon Unit Churned Out Dubious 'Intelligence' to Justify Iraq War - Interview with journalist Robert Dreyfuss, conducted by Scott Harris

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0401/S00068.htm


17: The US Defense Budget Is Bigger Than You Think

When President Bush signed the defense authorization bill for fiscal year 2004 on November 24, 2003, the event received considerable attention in the news media.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0401/S00066.htm


18: 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 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0210/S00234.htm


19: Thailand/Cambodia: Sok Yoeun Will Be Released

Amnesty International today welcomed news from the Thai Foreign Ministry that prisoner of conscience Sok Yoeun will be released and permitted to rejoin his family in Finland.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0401/S00130.htm


20: Journalist Mark Worth's Sudden Death Shocks

SENTANI (RW/Pacific Media Watch): The death of Australian print, radio and film journalist Mark Worth has shocked Papuans and all those involved in the campaign to free West Papua from brutal repression by the Indonesian military.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0401/S00133.htm


21: President Bush's 2004 State of the Union Address

President George W. Bush delivers his State of the Union Address to the nation and a joint session of Congress in the House Chamber of the U.S. Capitol Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2004. "We have not come all this way – through tragedy, and trial, and war ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0401/S00145.htm


22: Greens ask for power-price explanation

The Green Party is calling on the Government to fully explain to the public the reasons behind recent power-price hikes of up to 15 per cent.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00142.htm


23: Libraries unite to strike digital gold for NZers

All New Zealanders will now have an enormous range of electronic resources at their fingertips, thanks to the innovative thinking of libraries around the country. In a move that is the first of its kind in New Zealand, public, education, research ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0401/S00014.htm


24: New CEO for FRST

The government agency that funds most of New Zealand's research, science and technology has a new Chief Executive. He's Murray Bain who is currently Assistant Governor at the Reserve Bank.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0401/S00032.htm


25: Electricity Price and Hydro Summary

Attached below is the Electricity Price Index for the past week (to Sunday 18) and the hydro summary to Sunday 18 January.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0401/S00071.htm


26: 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.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0011/S00121.htm


27: This is 'The Opposition'?

''Attacks by National's Roger Sowry on amendments to the Employment Relations Act are weak and meaningless,'' says Libertarianz Deputy Stephen Berry, after Sowry called for the government to extend the closing date for submissions on amendments to the ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0401/S00044.htm


28: Guest Opinion: Arab Community Has Much At Stake

Truthfully, I was surprised by the poll results reported by James J. Zogby in his article, ''How Arab Americans will vote in 2004.''

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0401/S00075.htm


29: South Asia Makes A Big Noise To Make Trade Fair

Over 1.5 million people in India and 1.2 million people in Bangladesh have protested against the international trade system and are calling on world leaders and governments to make trade fair.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0401/S00144.htm


30: Internet gives access to NCEA results

Online access to this year’s internally assessed NCEA results has been made available for the first time, Education Minister Trevor Mallard said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0311/S00484.htm

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