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Scoop: Weekend Ratings


The weekend’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.

2: 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 ...

3: New Zealander First To Explain UFOs

For centuries unexplained lights have appeared in the night sky with no suitable theory though many have been advanced. A New Zealander is claiming he was the first to successfully explain the mystery lights commonly called "UFOs" with ...

4: 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 ...

5 & 14: Judgement In The People Vs George Walker Bush

The Defendant is a convicted war criminal consequently unfit to hold public office ; citizens ,soldiers and all civil personnel of the United States would be constitutionally and otherwise , justified in withdrawing all co-operation from the Defendant and ...

6: Did the US unload WMD's in Iraq last week?

The article below in the Tehran Times (13 March) leaves me wondering whether any of the Australian media organisations has 1) spotted it, 2) reported this and/or 3) conducted further investigations into this matter. Tehran Times claims that shipments ...

7: Death Of A Patriot: No More 'Blind Faith Voting'

The subject line on yesterday’s email read: ''Another mysterious accident solves a Bush problem. Athan Gibbs dead, Diebold lives.'' The attached news story briefly described the untimely Friday, March 12th death of perhaps America’s most influential ...

8: Unions Back Workers in Burma Facing Death Sentence

The Council of Trade Unions has written to political and military leaders in Burma to protest against the death sentence being passed on nine workers on trumped-up charges of treason, CTU president Ross Wilson said today.

9: Demands Made For NZ Military To Withdraw From Iraq

Around 300 people took to Auckland’s Queen St Saturday as part of a global march for world peace. Calls were made for New Zealand to withdraw military support for the ongoing U.S-led occupation of Iraq. Others cried for peace in the Middle East

10: John Chuckman Cartoon: Laura & An Idiot

Cartoon by John Chuckman

11: 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 ...

12: Sierra Leone: amnesty rejected for horrific crimes

Amnesty International welcomes the historic decision by the Special Court for Sierra Leone dated 13 March 2004 to refuse to recognize the applicability of a national amnesty for crimes against humanity and war crimes.

13: Thrills And Spills… Crusty Demons Crazy Antics

Motocross insanity took over Auckland's Viaduct Harbour today when American FMX Crusty Demon legend "Mad" Mike Jones jumped on to his bike and thrilled the crowds with high-flying antics.

15: Final Anzac Ship Launched

Australia's $7 billion (current prices) investment in the 17-year ANZAC class frigate project will reach a significant milestone tomorrow with the launch of the 10th and final ship, Defence Minister Robert Hill said today.

16: Judges Show Concern Over Greig’s Competency

Two High Court judges today expressed concerns that the Inspector General of Intelligence and Security had agreed to media interviews and had answered questions involving Algerian refugee Ahmed Zaoui.

17: New Drug Effective In Lung Cancer Treatment

Thirty-five percent of lung cancer patients with advanced disease and a poor prognosis who were treated in a trial with a new drug showed an improvement in symptoms and were still alive one year after starting treatment, says Australian lung cancer specialist ...

18: Via Haiti US megaphones Venezuela: Will you comply

Open or covert illegal aggression has always been a principal tool of US foreign policy. The energy needs of the US and its allies will dictate the next likely savage intervention - in Venezuela.

19: Ex-Liberia Leader Charles Taylor's Assets Frozen

The United Nations Security Council today ordered all governments to freeze the assets of former Liberian leader Charles Taylor and his immediate family and barred them from using "misappropriated funds and property" to obstruct the restoration ...

20: 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 ...

21: Translation Of Newsweek Article On Bush Nazi Ties

NOTE: The following is a translation of the Polish Newsweek article linked to by Scoop last week. A big thankyou to Scoop reader Luke for providing the translation. – The Scoop Editor

22: 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. ...

23: Anniversary of shame

One year on from the disastrous US-led invasion of Iraq, the Green Party is calling on the New Zealand Government to withdraw its soldiers from the occupation force.

24: Crazy ants found at Port of Wellington

The National Invasive Ant Surveillance Programme has once again proved to be successful when a Crazy ant (Paratrechina longicornis) nest was found during a routine inspection at the Port of Wellington.

25: 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 ...

26: Richard Ehrlich: The Pimp Who Would Be Governor

Thailand's biggest and most notorious massage parlor tycoon said he employed 20,000 women during the past decade and compiled a blacklist naming police who allegedly accepted his pay-offs.

27: 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 ...

28: John Chuckman: Zapatero!

There are a few special moments now and then in world affairs that lift your spirit.

29: Public Address 19/03/04 - Petrolheads

There are many ironies to the Auckland City Council's mad-headed bid to stage the V8 Supercar Championship Series around Victoria Park: not the least of them that a council that has aggressively pursued any kind of noise made in pursuit of culture ...

30: War Pictures Cause Yellowtimes.Org To Be Shut Down

Somebody doesn't like hearing the truth. Okay, for a second, lets scratch that and choose a slightly less politically charged term. Someone doesn't like to be disputed with alternative views, counterclaims, research and fact. Someone wants you, the ...

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