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

1: Patricia Johnson: If Saddam's Hole Was Bad

The US may never be able to prove the claim of WMD in Iraq, but it is definitely attempting to prove that Iraq was a danger by inventorying each and every weapon found. On March 1, the Department of Defense released the article "Iraqi Police Foil ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00093.htm


2: Martin LeFevre: Demystifying Mystical Experience

I dislike the term 'mystical experience.' What happens in the brain during states of meditation is neither mystical, nor an experience. To my mind it's an event, a phenomenon that is new each time.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00108.htm


3: Laos: Summary Executions of Hmong Rebels

WASHINGTON, March 8 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The following statement was jointly released today by the Center for Public Policy Analysis, the Lao Veterans of America Inc., the Laos and Hmong Emergency Crisis Task Force and the United Lao-Hmong Congress ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0403/S00113.htm


4: 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


5: Cheney Covered-Up Pakistani Nuclear Proliferation

When news of Pakistan’s clandestine program involving its top nuclear scientist selling rogue nations, such as Iran and North Korea, blueprints for building an atomic bomb was uncovered last month, the world’s leaders waited, with baited breath, to see ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00102.htm


6: 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


7: Admiral Vishnu Bhagwat: The Intelligence Business

Had ‘Operation Iraqi Freedom’ not gone sour, had the oil begun to flow to expectations for the ‘oil majors’ and Afghanistan not in disarray and near anarchy, it is doubtful if the kind of uncomfortable and noisy debate that is reflected in the media, would ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00098.htm


8: Raelian Women March Topless Against 'Myth Of God'

Raelian Women Will Commemorate Women's Day By Marching With Their Breasts Exposed To Protest Against The Repressive Myth Of God

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0403/S00042.htm


9: Full Text Of Human Rights Record Of The US In 2003

China issued the Human Rights Record of the United States in 2003 Monday, March 1, in response to the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2003 issued by the US on Feb. 25. The Human Rights Record is the fifth Chinese report in response to ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0403/S00108.htm


10: Chuckman Cartoons: Bush & 9/11

Two cartoons from John Chuckman reflecting on Bush's actions on September 11th 2001 and subsequently.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00114.htm


12: Funny-Man Billy Connolly Leaps Off Sky Tower

International comedian and star of his popular self-titled World Tour TV series, Billy Connolly, experienced New Zealand’s highest adventure jump - Sky Jump - off Sky Tower.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0403/S00058.htm


13: The Brash Report: Wednesday March 10th

The Treaty issues that I raised earlier in the year had for too long been a subject we were not allowed to express a view about. I have challenged that, and as a community we have started a long overdue review of where we have got to, and where we are headed. ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00230.htm


14: Brash tries to wriggle off his own hook

Prime Minister Helen Clark said today that Don Brash’s attempts to wriggle off the hook of the debate he wanted on Treaty-related issues are laughable.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00227.htm


15: Afghanistan: Human Rights Abuses by U.S. Forces

(New York, March 8, 2004) – U.S. forces operating in Afghanistan have arbitrarily detained civilians, used excessive force during arrests of non-combatants, and mistreated detainees, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0403/S00110.htm


16: Waitangi Tribunal's focus on human rights welcomed

The Waitangi Tribunal report on the foreshore and seabed raises important questions about the human rights of Maori and of all New Zealanders, says the Human Rights Commission.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0403/S00079.htm


17: Matthew Reid: Old Kerry Quotes Unearthed

"Where's the backbone of France?" No, that's not the name of the new Toby Keith CD. It's not some ill-timed remark from President Bush or even the title of a new book from Ann Coulter. That is but one of the provocative questions asked by Sen. ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00076.htm


18: Sexual violence depiction causes audience collapse

Chief Censor Bill Hastings and his censors from the Office of Film and Literature Classification Office have granted so many general R18 classifications to films containing gratuitous sexual violence combined with explicit sex, that one wonders what’s next ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0303/S00182.htm


19: Public Address 09/03/04 - Very Wellington

We emerge from Wellington Airport into a southerly scooting up from Lyall Bay. The sky is blue and clear above, but the sharp, chill wind is a shock after Auckland's muckier atmosphere. Wellingtonians have been worn down by their weather this summer, ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00120.htm


20: Mcdonald's Bans Speaking Arabic In Its Restaurants

McDonald's Corporation today confirmed that it has a policy banning its employees from speaking Arabic in its restaurants in Israel, despite the fact that Palestinian citizens of Israel form 20% of its workforce.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0403/S00102.htm


21: Concern over GE link to fever and vomiting

The latest findings in the Philippines stand to confirm long-held fears that GE crops could result in dire health problems. Early research shows GE corn pollen is associated with serious illness in local villagers who are showing high antibody reactions to ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0403/S00038.htm


22: ‘Civil war’ comments inflammatory nonsense

United Future leader Peter Dunne today denounced remarks by Associate Maori Affairs Minister John Tamihere that the election of a National Government could lead to civil war.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00219.htm


23: Manuel Valenzuela: Of The Evil Empire

Let us for a few moments put aside our lavish lifestyles of fortuitous endowment and providence that have made us blind to the realities of billions of our fellow humans.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00115.htm


24: Govt Caught Out On Crime Stats Blunder

The Government has been forced into a humiliating backdown over crime statistics released this week, says National's Law and Order spokesperson Tony Ryall.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00225.htm


25: Dennis Hans: Powell, Star Of Bush's Facade Corps

The most successful department in the Bush administration is, without question, the Façade Corps. This little-known operation is headquartered in the White House basement, but its personnel are scattered throughout the bureaucracies.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00119.htm


26: White House Press Briefing 9/3/4 - 9/11 Backdown

Q Has the President agreed to take as much time as is necessary to answer the questions of the 9/11 Commission?

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0403/S00142.htm


27: Public Address 10/03/04 - We May Have A Fact

I find it a little difficult to consider the proposed $4 billion Eastern Transport Corridor for Auckland without wondering what's in it for me, as an Auckland City ratepayer. The project seems likely to deliver vastly increased traffic volumes to ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00133.htm


28: Wotz language goin 2 B in da future?

Youth culture and text message technology are combining to send the English language and youth relationships in new and unexpected directions, says a Victoria University researcher.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0403/S00040.htm


29: Clark abdicates responsibility for Maori policy

National Party Leader Don Brash says the next National Government would have to reconsider the terms of any inquiry launched by Labour into the state of New Zealand's race relations.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00221.htm


30: Myanmar: UN Ends Reconciliation Trip

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Envoy has http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2004/sgsm9183.doc.htm concluded a visit this week to Myanmar, where he continued efforts to facilitate national reconciliation and democratization based on the participation of all parties ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0403/S00097.htm


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