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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: Sludge Report #162 - Sequoia Voting Code Released

Earlier today Scoop published a report from 's Bev Harris about holes in the Sequoia vote tabulation software. Arguably this is the biggest new development in the black box voting saga since this column announced the release into the wild ...

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: The Hobbit Begin Principal Photography In NZ 2005

The Hobbit will begin principal photography in Wellington, New Zealand, in 2005, under the direction sci-fi/fantasy director Paul Andersson, it was jointly announced today by Robert Shay, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of New Line Cinema; Michael ...

6: Censor Uses Listener Column To Slur The Passion

In an article in the Listener (27 Mar. – 2 Apr., 204 p. 12) entitled “What I’m Reading”, Bill Hastings, the Chief Censor of Film and Literature, made comments that raise serious questions about his suitability to hold this statutory appointment. He wrote:

7: Public Address 05/04/04 - Commonsense And Soul

Gilbert Wong's feature story on Don Brash in the new Metro is very good. Unlike most of the Brash profiles so far, it seeks to determine who actually wrote the Orewa speech and from what sources, and how faithful it is to those sources...

8: Robert Brenner: The Trajectory of the US Economy

In early 2002 Alan Greenspan declared that the American recession which had begun a year earlier was at an end. By the fall the Fed was obliged to backtrack, admitting that the economy was still in difficulties and deflation a threat.

9: Are The Gobs Of Jobs Here Or There?

WOW! U.S. non-farm employment rose by 308,000 for March while January and February 2004 figures were revised (click here) by 159,000 and 46,000, respectively. Now that we’ve heard the oohs and aahs, let’s get down to the looking at the real numbers.

10: Letter To Arafat About "The Passion Of The Christ"

In the weekly Palestinian paper, The Jerusalem Times, there appeared on March 26 a short item reporting that you have viewed the controversial film of Mel Gibson, ''The Passion of the Christ''.

11: Big Brother is watching...and fingerprinting

Green MP Keith Locke is warning that US plans to fingerprint and photograph everyone visiting that country could lead to a universal ID system, with huge ramifications for individual freedoms and human rights.

12: Ibuprofen to be available from supermarkets

The over-the-counter pain reliever medicine ibuprofen will be able to be sold from both supermarkets and pharmacies from May, the Ministry of Health announced today.

13: Bev Harris: Inside Sequoia's Vote Counting Program

On election night, March 2nd 2004, two people who do not work for the County, Sequoia employees Michael Frontera and Eddie Campbell were observed to access the WinEds central tabulator during the middle of the count.

14: Causes of death in New Zealand

A report identifying the top 20 causes of death in New Zealand, classified by risk factor as well as by health condition (disease or injury), has been released today by the Ministry of Health.

15: Chuckman Cartoons: Iraqi Atrocities & Airplanes

Two current events cartoons by John Chuckman Comparing Iraqi Atrocities Airplane? What Airplane?

16: Rice Never Spoke About Al-Qaeda Before 9/11

Richard Clarke was right. So was Paul O’Neill. During the six months before the 9/11 terrorist attacks the Bush administration paid little attention to the threat from al-Qaeda and instead set the stage for a war with Iraq.

17: Act's The Letter - 5 April 2004

The Act Party's weekly look at curent events and their political implications

18: Professor Jane Kelsey: Big Brothers Behaving Badly

Big Brothers Behaving Badly The Implications for the Pacific Islands of the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations (PACER) Professor Jane Kelsey Commissioned by the Pacific Network on Globalisation (PANG)

19: US Elections: ‘Lesser of Two Evils’ No More

Since I obtained my right to vote in the US presidential elections years ago, I was frequently reminded to vote for the ''lesser of two evils.'' Thus I never cast a vote.

20: Holy, Holy, Holy Exhibition At St. Pauls Cathedral

On the 13th of April "Holy, holy, holy", a series of new paintings by Wellington-based artist Kathy Bartlett will appear at the Wellington Cathedral in Molesworth Street.

21: UQ Wire: 911 - They Let It Happen On Purpose!

Imagine you wake up from a coma and you learn that 11 months ago, an "Attack on America" destroyed some significant buildings, killed 3,000 people and forced a war against terrorism. You switch on the news and see pictures of Afghanistan, Iraq, Israel, ...

22: Phone ban will have little impact on accident rate

Transport Minister Peter Hodgson, in the nanny tone that is typical of this government, recently said that the government is going to regulate cell phone use while driving. 'That action is coming' he promised.

23: Alexander's 'stunning resolution' to Zaoui debacle

United Future MP, Marc Alexander, today announced what he modestly described as a 'brilliantly stunning' solution to the drawn-out and expensive Ahmed Zaoui saga.

24: Indigenous People From Western Colombia Displaced

More than 1,200 Colombians from indigenous communities recently fled their ancestral homelands near the border with Panama because of heavy fighting between left-wing and right-wing forces, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) ...

25: Warning – Direct Buy Investment Scheme

The Securities Commission warns people about committing money to the Direct Buy investment scheme. The scheme is part of arrangements for buying and selling residential property.

26: Council’s Holiday Programme Cuts A Disgrace

It is a disgrace that community centres around Auckland are being force d to put up their holiday programme prices because the Auckland City Council has abruptly stopped their funding, says the Child Poverty Action Group.

27: No more secret negotiations - PANG

Pacific governments must draw back their veil of secrecy and engage in open, informed, and participatory debate and discussions with their people on the trade and political negotiations they are drawn into, says the Pacific Network on Globalisation (PANG).

28: 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 ...

29: Memorial service: Michael King & Maria Jungowska

The families of Michael King and Maria Jungowska wish to advise that a public memorial service to celebrate their lives will be held on Saturday 17 April at midday at Te Papa in Wellington.

30: Report Accuses Australia & NZ Of Bullying Pacific

A report that is highly critical of Australia and New Zealand’s behaviour towards the Pacific Islands, Big Brothers Behaving Badly – The Implications of the PACER Agreement for the Pacific Islands, ( ) prepared by Auckland ...

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