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

1: 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


2: 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


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: 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


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http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0403/S00078.htm


6: 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


7: 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


8: 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


9: Two U.S. Banks SWIFT to Skirt Burma Sanctions

After the US stengthens its sanctions against Burma, SWIFT, a cooperative of banks with two US banks on its board, admits four Burmese banks, significantly facilitating Burma's ability to trade internationally.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00137.htm


10: 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


11: Race Relations Case Concluded

The proceedings between National MP Murray McCully and Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres over the Commissioner's speech on the United Nations Day for Cultural Heritage in 2002 have been concluded.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00249.htm


12: Angelina Jolie Urges Aid To Sudanese Refugees

Actress Angelina Jolie, a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), has urged individuals and corporations around the world to donate money to help Sudanese refugees in Chad.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0403/S00131.htm


13: Taxi industry under attack by Auckland City Cl.

Auckland City Council is mounting a sustained attack on the taxi industry, and thousands of taxi users and professional drivers will suffer, the Taxi Federation said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0403/S00083.htm


14: Need For Urgent Commission Of Inquiry

ACT New Zealand Police Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman today called on the Government to set up a wide-ranging Commission of Inquiry into the police, in light of the emergence of new concerns regarding the operation of the police force.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00252.htm


15: Give Inland Revenue the shirt off your back

MEN’S CONVOY 2004 departs Auckland 28 March 2004, and arrives Wellington 31 March2004 and will carry a petition calling on the Government to radically reform the current Child Support Regime. The Convoy will collect shirts from parents throughout the ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0403/S00084.htm


16: Thank goodness Brash isn't governor

National and ACT's ideological opposition to giving rational consideration to foreign currency intervention is a good reminder of why it is so good that Don Brash is no longer in control of monetary policy, Progressive MP Matt Robson says.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00256.htm


17: Dunne slates ‘gutless’ Transit NZ

United Future leader and Ohariu-Belmont MP, Peter Dunne, today slammed the board and officials of Transit New Zealand for their gutlessness in refusing to front up for a debate on progress, or the lack of it, on the Transmission Gully project.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00248.htm


18: Reserve Bank Proposal Madness

ACT New Zealand Finance Spokesman Rodney Hide today slammed Reserve Bank Governor Alan Bollard for wanting the power to intervene in the foreign exchange market when he considered the dollar "exceptionally and unjustifiably high" or "exceptionally ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00246.htm


19: 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


20: Upton-on-line Diaspora Edition - 11th Feb. 2004

After a sustained dose of Michael King , upton-on-line renews his call for a reappraisal of the way history is taught in New Zealand; and a note on whether France's system of Appellations Controllées is a blow for quality, tradition and ecological sanctity ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00145.htm


21: Mamma Mia: A Show Worth Travelling To See

Over 10 million people worldwide have seen this superb show and now it’s New Zealand’s chance to sample the fabulous Mamma Mia – the hit musical based on hit after hit of the 1970s super-group, ABBA.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00135.htm


22: 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


23: Currency Intervention - not enough bang for buck

Currency intervention, which is on the launch pad awaiting its final sign-off from Cabinet, will prove to be about as effective as a pop gun in a bank robbery, says National Party Associate Finance Spokesman John Key.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0403/S00241.htm


24: Public Address 11/03/04 - Just Thoughts

It has gone curiously unremarked in the media that the Business Roundtable has warmly praised the submission from the Treaty Tribes Coalition on the foreshore and seabed issue. To its credit, the BRT is being consistent...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00144.htm


25: 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


26: 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


27: Haiti: Aristide Loyalists Kill Spanish Journalist

Deploring the killing of a Spanish television reporter covering a demonstration in Haiti, the head of the United Nations cultural organization has called on the authorities to punish those responsible for the shooting death.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0403/S00146.htm


28: 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


29: 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


30: Democracy Now Interviews Haiti Pres. Aristide

At approximately 7:20 am EST Monday, Democracy Now! managed to reach exiled Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide by cell phone in the Central African Republic. His comments represent the most extensive English-language interview Aristide has given ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0403/S00131.htm

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