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

1: Free Apple Software for Schools

Free operating system upgrades and additional Apple Macintosh software will be available to all state and state-integrated schools using Macintosh systems in mid- February, the Ministry of Education announced today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0402/S00003.htm


2: Why Not Just Genetically Engineer Women For Milk?

MAdGE (Mothers Against Genetic Engineering in Food and the Environment) today launched a highly controversial billboard campaign in Auckland and Wellington to provoke public debate about the social and cultural ethics of genetic engineering in New Zealand.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0310/S00003.htm


3: 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


4: Public Address 03/02/04 - Whoopsies

Remember the Act Party's holiday horror story about how much more tax money those freeloading Maori receive than they pay? In this week's issue of The Listener Brian Easton forgoes a trip to the beach to stay home and check the Act parliamentary research ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00022.htm


5: How Global Warming May Cause the Next Ice Age...

While global warming is being officially ignored by the political arm of the Bush administration, and Al Gore's recent conference on the topic during one of the coldest days of recent years provided joke fodder for conservative talk show hosts, the citizens ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00003.htm


6: Chuckman Cartoon: Reviewing Bush's Intelligence

George Bush Cartoon by John Chuckman

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00018.htm


7: Don Brash appoints new Maori Affairs spokesman

National Party Leader Don Brash has moved today to replace his Maori Affairs spokesperson Georgina te Heuheu.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00037.htm


8: No Maoris Please – We ’Re Nats!

Rt Hon Winston Peters has described the sacking of Georgina te Heuheu as a return to the politics of 1949 when Maori were not selected for the All Blacks for political reasons.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00040.htm


9: Who is Lord Hutton? - Ireland, Pinochet, M15...

Upon his resignation as BBC chairman Gavyn Davies commented on the irreconcilable contradictions between Hutton's ''bald conclusions'' and the balance of evidence presented to the actual Inquiry.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0401/S00155.htm


10: Coke with Yet Another New Twist: Toxic Cola

The Indian parliament has banned the sale of Coke and Pepsi products in its cafeteria. Indian parliamentarians should take the logical next step, and ban the sale of Coke and Pepsi products in the entire country.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0401/S00170.htm


11: Worldwide Solution to Global Warming

First to Solve Green House Gases from Combustion of Fossil Fuels; Global Economic Impact Projected

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0401/S00065.htm


12: No Maori in Brash's brave new world

Green MP Metiria Turei said today that National's dumped Maori Affairs spokesperson, Georgina te Heuheu had been unfairly treated by her caucus.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00036.htm


13: 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 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0307/S00064.htm


14: Nightmare Bird Flu Scenario Comes True In Vietnam

BANGKOK, Thailand -- The first nightmare scenario cases of human-to-human infection of fatal bird flu may have killed two sisters in Vietnam, but the odds are still against an epidemic among people, according to the U.N.'s World Health Organization ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00019.htm


15: Genuine nationhood requires free speech

You can't successfully foster a sense of meaningful nationhood by undermining both the rule of law and freedom of speech, Progressive MP Matt Robson says.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00038.htm


16: Skull & Bones & John Kerry & President Bush

A little-known fact unites Democratic frontrunner John Kerry and President Bush: they are both members of Yale's secret society Skull and Bones. We speak with the author of "Secrets of the Tomb: Skull and Bones, the Ivy League, and the Hidden Paths ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0401/S00143.htm


17: Is The Wall A Roadmap To Palestinian Annihilation?

As the Apartheid Wall continues to snake and squeeze its way through the occupied Palestinian landscape, like a giant Israeli boa-constrictor killing and devouring along its path, is the ultimate purpose to annihilate Palestinians?

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00016.htm


18: Somalia:UN Urges Release of Kidnapped Staff Member

The top United Nations official in Somalia today strongly condemned the abduction of a UN staff member in the Horn of African country, calling for his immediate and unconditional release.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0402/S00010.htm


19: Who Rules, PM, Parliament Or Unelected Judges?

ACT New Zealand Justice Spokesman Stephen Franks today urged journalists to probe Prime Minister Helen Clark's plot to usurp our constitution, after she told State radio today that the courts would block a National/ACT Government from abolishing ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00022.htm


20: Wang Attends Caucus Retreat

As we prepare to hold our three-day retreat in Wallingford, Hastings, the ACT caucus is in very good spirits, ACT New Zealand Leader Richard Prebble said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00032.htm


21: Support for Georgina Te Heuheu

Associate Maori Affairs Minister Tariana Turia says tangata whenua will always regard Georgina Te Heuheu as the National Party's Maori Affairs expert, and today's decision to sideline her will hinder the party's ability to represent Maori interests.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00041.htm


22: Richard Prebble: State of the Nation 2004

In 2004 the US election will dominate world politics and its outcome will have a significant impact on New Zealand. I visited America in November. Then Howard Dean had such a lead in the opinion polls he looked unstoppable to be the Democrat party’s ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00017.htm


23: ‘NO!’ ‘NO!’ ‘NO!’ Auckland Port Company

New Zealand First says if ownership responsibilities and the operation of the Auckland marinas are not acceptable core business to the Ports of Auckland, it must give them back to the public, no fee involved.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00028.htm


24: Seven Months Before 9/11 Said Iraq Posed No Threat

CIA Intelligence Reports Seven Months Before 9/11 Said Iraq Posed No Threat To U.S., Containment Was Working By Jason Leopold

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0306/S00211.htm


25: Trashed by Brash

National Party leader Don Brash's decision to replace Georgina Te Heuheu with Gerry Brownlee as Maori Affairs spokesman was a sad day which ended a long and honourable relationship between the Te Heuheu family and National, Associate Maori Affairs Minister ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00042.htm


26: No more troops to support the US Iraq occupation

Anti-war activists will be outside of the beehive on Tuesday morning from 7:30-10:30am as Cabinet Ministers arrive. The message to the Labour Government: 'No more troops to support the US occupation of Iraq.'

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0402/S00016.htm


27: Dunning Dean - Did The Doctor Get Gored?

From the beginning of Howard Dean's insurgent rise to the top of the Dem pack in the summer the lurking question was: was the media going to destroy Howard Dean like they destroyed Al Gore.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00010.htm


28: You Damn Well Voted For It

Bill English makes an interesting point when he says that Labour's 'revamp of the school network review has left thousands of parents angry,' but when he notes parents' 'sullen acceptance' of these closures he says more about the electorate than he does ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0402/S00027.htm


29: UN Meets Colombian Asylum Seekers In Ecuador

A senior official of the United Nations refugee agency is in Ecuador today continuing the second part of a weeklong mission that began in Colombia, which has sent large numbers of asylum seekers to its South American neighbour.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0402/S00014.htm


30: When Will We Stop Dying Senselessly? – US Soldiers

Over the Christmas holidays I managed to find two US soldiers who were back from Iraq. They were both somewhat willing to be interviewed and describe their time in Iraq in their own words.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00006.htm

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