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

1: Full Coverage: Nicolas Berg Beheading

Firas Al-Atraqchi: Zarqawi Be Damned - Nicholas Berg screamed. He screamed when he saw the sword brandished in the hands of one of his captors. He screamed when he was pushed down on the ground and his held pulled back, ready for the slaughter. ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00151.htm


2: UQ Wire: 9/11 Disaster Could Have Been Prevented

(Washington, DC) 9/11 CitizensWatch, a public group working to monitor the national 9/11 Commission and demand transparency, accountability and a thorough investigation agrees with Commission Chair Gov. Thomas Kean that 9/11 ''was not something that ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0405/S00185.htm


3: 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


4: Firas Al-Atraqchi: Zarqawi Be Damned

Nicholas Berg screamed. He screamed when he saw the sword brandished in the hands of one of his captors. He screamed when he was pushed down on the ground and his held pulled back, ready for the slaughter.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00124.htm


5: Iraq: Beheading Of Civilian Condemned

Amnesty International condemns in the strongest terms the abduction and beheading of an American civilian by an armed group, Muntada al-Ansar, in Iraq - a video of which was released yesterday. The organization is appalled by the public display ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0405/S00145.htm


6: Images: U.S.Troops In Iraq Sexual Abuse Photos

*** WARNING: This page contains graphic images of sexual abuse seemingly being committed by US Troops against Iraqi civilians and POWs. While images have been edited to remove sexually explicit details, many of the images remain highly offensive. Please view ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00001.htm


7: 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


8: 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


9: Burma Rewrites Its Constitution In A Unique Manner

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Burma's military regime has told delegates creating the country's new constitution they must bathe correctly, avoid junk food and live in a self-contained camp where they can enjoy karaoke, movies and golf.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00205.htm


10: President Bush Speaks To AIPAC In Washington

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you all very much. Finally, AIPAC elected a President I can kiss. (Laughter and applause.)

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0405/S00199.htm


11: Questions & Answers for Oral Answer 19 May 2004

1 Budget 2004—Future Directions Package 2 Cannabis—Legal Status 3 Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology—Community Education 4 Jury System—Review Question No. 5 to Minister 5 Australia New Zealand Leadership Forum—Common Border

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00416.htm


12: Satire: A New Version Of MS-Office For Presidents

The following satirical image was circulating today by email, it's origin is unknown.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00195.htm


13: Public Address 20/05/04 - Not Unbundling

It didn't take a genius to predict that Paul Swain wasn't going to impose local loop unbundling on Telecom. Even if the Telecommunications Commissioner's recommendation had been to unbundle, it might not have happened. But the funny thing is that the ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00207.htm


14: Scoop Link: ABC News - 'Definitely a Cover-Up'

Dozens of soldiers - other than the seven military police reservists who have been charged - were involved in the abuse at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison, and there is an effort under way in the Army to hide it, a key witness in the investigation told ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00198.htm


15: John Chuckman: Sex, Lies, And Videotapes

Among the hoard of pictures from Iraq viewed by members of America's Senate in a top-secret, eavesdrop-proof room - a rather grandiose version of one of those smelly little, stained booths for which patrons of Times Square shops used to pay to watch ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00161.htm


16: Scoop Link: Seymour M. Hersh - The Gray Zone

The roots of the Abu Ghraib prison scandal lie not in the criminal inclinations of a few Army reservists but in a decision, approved last year by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, to expand a highly secret operation, which had been focussed on ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00155.htm


17: Questions for Oral Answer - Thursday, 20 May 2004

1. DARREN HUGHES to the Minister of Justice: What changes are being proposed to the rule of double jeopardy and why? 2. Hon RICHARD PREBBLE to the Minister of Finance: Does he recall telling the Asia Society in Hong Kong that the Government would reduce ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00428.htm


18: Labour's Last Train To Clarksville

I suspect that every Opposition MP would give their right arm to listen in on a Labour caucus that is tearing itself to pieces. Gone is the unity that used to be, and gone is the confidence of that party. I must say that one thing still remains: ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00426.htm


19: The Abortion Bonus

In a similar way to the economic upside that is now being attached to divorce – that it doubles the market – researchers are now redefining the economic and social consequences of abortion. Abortion used to be a purely moral issue with the debate surrounding ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0205/S00015.htm


20: Mac Deford: Don Rumsfeld and Al Capone

Should Rumsfeld be fired over the prisoner abuse scandal? Frankly, at this point, we're talking barn doors and escaped cows.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00165.htm


21: Telecom Asked To Reveal Donations

Rt Hon Winston Peters has called on Telecom to reveal whether it has made donations to the Labour and National parties to help maintain its monopolistic position in the New Zealand telecommunications market.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00429.htm


22: Symantec To Acquire Brightmail

Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC), the global leader in information security, today announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Brightmail, the worldwide leader in anti-spam technology, in a cash transaction valued at approximately $370 million. Brightmail’s ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0405/S00048.htm


23: Images: Pyjama Protest At US Embassy In Wellington

Today Stephanie Mills staged a protest against the torture of Iraqi prisoners by marching, along with her 5 month old son and 4 year old daughter, to the US Embassy dressed in nothing but their pajamas. She was inspired by 10 year old Shane Ellis, ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00194.htm


24: Bush Condemns Brutal Execution of Nicholas Berg

THE PRESIDENT: I want to express my condolences to the family and friends of Nicholas Berg. Nicholas Berg was an innocent civilian who was in Iraq to help build a free Iraq. There is no justification for the brutal execution of Nicholas Berg -- no justification ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0405/S00126.htm


25: Aussie bullying of Timor over oil will fail

All reasonable New Zealanders side with the people of East Timor against the bullying tactics of the Australian government over Timor Gap oil, Progressive MP Matt Robson said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0405/S00427.htm


26: McDonalds seek non-GE feed

Greenpeace New Zealand has today announced that it will end its public campaign against McDonalds New Zealand following a statement from the fast food giant that they are seeking a non-GE feed supply for their chicken products

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0405/S00201.htm


27: UQ Wire: A Guide to The 9/11 Cover-up (2)

Condoleeza Rice is a household name. But most Americans still have never heard of the man who wrote a book with her, Philip Zelikow.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00213.htm


28: Full Coverage: Abu Ghraib Torture Scandal (4)

Listening to Diane Rehm the other morning as she and her panelists turned the horrors of Abu Ghraib into just another matter of politics, policy, and process brought to mind the question: what if the prisoners had been Jewish and the time 70 years ago ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00209.htm


29: Scoop Archive: UQ Wire: 9/11 Visibility Project - Action Alert

A number of AMAZING breakthroughs are taking place right now within the 9/11 Truth movement. There are so many, in fact, that we decided to compile them together into this single ACTION newsletter, rather than send them out one at a time.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/archive/scoop/stories/37/e7/200405141149.61e7bd7f.html


30: NZ Prime Minister Arrives In Malta

New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark has laid a wreath honouring the sacrifice of New Zealand World War I soldiers buried at a war graves cemetery in Malta.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0405/S00201.htm

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