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

1: 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


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: Oil Spill Reinforces Need For Ban On Big Ships

Sunday's oil spill in Milford Sound is proof that a recent decision to ban large ships from Doubtful Sound was necessary according to conservationists.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0402/S00059.htm


5: Questions for Oral Answer - Wednesday, 11 February

1. STEVE CHADWICK to the Minister of Health: Has she received any reports comparing New Zealand's health system internationally?

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00161.htm


6: Sam Smith: Why Skull & Bones Matters

As we learn more of the strange little society called Skull & Bones, it is useful to remember that what we know already is enough:

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00084.htm


7: Public Address 11/02/04 - Flushed

Oh great. The first day back in Parliament and the National Party's new Maori Affairs spokesperson asks if he can call a Maori MP a "bl*ck fella". Ever get the feeling your country is being flushed down the t*ilet?

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00081.htm


8: PM's Statement to Parliament 10 February 2004

Under Parliament’s Standing Orders, I have the opportunity through this formal Prime Minister’s statement to review public affairs and set out the government’s key policy and legislative intentions for the year. I welcome this because there is a very positive ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00137.htm


9: Molesworth & Featherston - Back in the game

Parliament is back in business this week, with the Prime Minister’s statement opening the action for the year. With political and economic news beginning to pick up again, Molesworth & Featherston is back in business, with exclusive and informed analysis.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00073.htm


10: Nigeria: The death penalty and women

The death penalty as applied in Nigeria violates fundamental human rights and is sometimes used in a discriminatory way against women, Amnesty International said today in a new and its first report on women and the death penalty entitled: "Nigeria: ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0402/S00080.htm


11: Clampdown On Illegal Street Racing

More streets are to be restricted to non-residential traffic on weekends and public holidays in order to tackle the scourge of illegal street racing in Manukau. This will include a large stretch of Te Irirangi Drive between Dawson Road in Otara and ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0209/S00105.htm


12: Haiti: Rule of law must be protected

The precarious rule of law in Haiti and the Haitian institutions meant to be responsible for protecting human rights were further weakened this weekend, said Amnesty International after armed gangs attacked police stations, prisons and court houses in a number ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0402/S00081.htm


13: The secret (not glamorous) life of garment workers

Big brand companies and retailers in the fashion industry are driving down employment conditions for millions of women workers around the world, according to a new study by international agency Oxfam.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0402/S00055.htm


14: President Bush Appears On NBC's Meet The Press

TIM RUSSERT: And we are in the Oval Office this morning with the President of the United States. Mr. President, welcome back to Meet The Press.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0402/S00078.htm


16: Scoop Feedback: Headscarves, The Treaty & Jesus

In this edition of Scoop Feedback: French Ban on headscarves - Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" Set in 1st Century Palestine - Grenades or WMD's? - Biting The Hand That Feeds- Maori Version Of The Treaty

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00083.htm


17: Ivan Eland: U.S. Iraq Policy Uncovered

Only in the U.S. can the halftime show at the Super Bowl cause more public outrage than a president’s floundering attempts to justify getting more than 500 American soldiers killed and more than 3,000 wounded in an unnecessary invasion and occupation ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00080.htm


18: Intelligence Crisis And Bush Admin’s Immorality

I watched President Bush’s hour-long interview with Tim Russet on NBC (02.07.04), with great patience. You have to be patient while the President processes questions and occasionally tries to answer one, after the interviewer has asked the same question ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00065.htm


19: Clark Insults High Country

Prime Minister Helen Clark has delivered a low blow to high country farmers in her opening statement to Parliament, said Tom Lambie, President of Federated Farmers of New Zealand (Inc).

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0402/S00106.htm


20: 'Heinous' Assassination Of Colombian Journalist

The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today condemned the "heinous" assassination of an outspoken Colombian journalist and called for the punishment of those responsible.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0402/S00085.htm


21: Attempt To Cover Up NZ's Failure In Trade Talks

"Michael Cullen's either lost the plot or he's starting to believe his own spin as he attempts to cover up the Labour Government's failure to initiate free trade negotiations with the US," according to National Party Foreign Affairs and Trade ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00163.htm


22: Address In Reply Speech - Jeanette Fitzsimons

10 February, 2004 Speech by Green Party Co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons in reply to the PM's statement to Parliament

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00141.htm


23: A Chance To Meet Mary-Kate And Ashley In LA

The ZM radio network in association with the mary-kateandashley brand is searching for New Zealand's biggest Mary-Kate and Ashley fan! The winner and two companions will get to meet the most famous teenagers on the planet in their home city, Los ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0310/S00118.htm


24: 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 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0307/S00065.htm


25: Climate: New Pictures Of Disappearing Glaciers

Buenos Aires, 10 February 2004: New visual evidence of the impacts of climate change was released by Greenpeace in Patagonia today. Dramatic new photos of Patagonian glaciers taken by the research team on board the Greenpeace vessel Arctic Sunrise ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0402/S00028.htm


26: Australian Fed Cocaine Bust - NZer (19) Arrested

Australian Federal Police (AFP) agents in Melbourne recently arrested three men in connection with the detection by Customs of just under 800 grams of cocaine imported into Australia inside children's books.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0402/S00094.htm


27: Shallow Throat to Dems: One Chance, Don't Blow It

I'd been trying to reach ''Shallow Throat'' for several months, but had never received a response. ''I apologize, Bernie, for not answering your coded messages,'' said ST, as we sat opposite each other in a dimly-lit Virginia tavern, ''because you wouldn't ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0402/S00070.htm


28: Venezuela Grants Colombians Refugee Status

The United Nations refugee agency today hailed Venezuela's granting of refugee status to the first group of Colombian asylum seekers to pass through its new application process.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0402/S00084.htm


29: Education Minister loses closest ally

Trevor Mallard today lost the support of his closest ally in his battle to close hundreds of schools across New Zealand, said National education spokesman Bill English.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00173.htm


30: Are Beneficiaries Above The Law?

New information on Labour's benefit debt write-offs highlights the Government's soft-on-welfare approach, and willingness to allow benefit fraudsters to break the law with impunity, ACT New Zealand Social Welfare Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman said ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0402/S00153.htm

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