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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: Departing LOTR Stars Meet Their Planes

The Lord of the Ring's stars come face to face with themselves on the side of Air NZ planes as they bid New Zealand goodbye at Wellington Airport before boarding the Air New Zealand 767 emblazoned with giant images of the characters Aragorn and Arwen.

3: Chuckman Cartoon: The Peace President

Cartoon by John Chuckman

4: Scoop Archive: 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.

5: The Fifty-Nine Deceits Of Fahrenheit 9/11

''Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 is a twisted, dishonest, paranoid and hateful fantasy - it's fiction, not fact - and Libertarianz is supporting robust debate on the propaganda spread by the film'' revealed Libertarianz Leader Bernard Darnton today.

6: Cartoon: Poisoned Weed From The Police Crime Labs

Image Courtesy of Wired in Wairoa -

7: Blunder Of Potentially Epic Proportions

ACT New Zealand Foreign Affairs Spokesman Ken Shirley today noted with dismay Cabinet Minister Marian Hobbs' hosting of a special screening of Michael Moore's film `Fahrenheit 9/11' next Wednesday.

8: Diebold Memos Disclose Florida 2000 E-Voting Fraud

Something very strange happened in Volusia County on election night November 2000, the night that first Gore won Florida, then Bush, and then as everybody can so well remember there was a tie.

9: An Advance Peek at Kerry's Acceptance Speech

What follows are excerpts from a supposed draft copy of Senator John Kerry's upcoming acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention. We cannot vouch for its authenticity, or whether Kerry actually will deliver anything close to this purported ...

10: Greg Palast: Johnnie Been Good?

[Boston] The millionaires are dancing now. The balloons are falling on John Kerry, John Edwards and their nuclear families.

11: Australia Bowls Underarm To East Timor

Oil, it is a small word that causes big things. Not enough oil and you find petrol prices go up. Too much oil, especially when it is spilling into the ocean after a tanker has crashed and you have an environmental disaster.

12: Cambodia: Opposition party activists under threat

(New York and London, July 28, 2004) - Cambodia's Prime Minister, Hun Sen, is trying to silence his political opponents by accusing them of forming an illegal rebel force, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said today. Following the allegations, ...

13: Guyana: Born a Broken Nation

• A country riddled with racial conflicts rooted deep in its history struggles to establish a working democracy.

14: PeopleSoft Reports Second Quarter 2004 Results

PeopleSoft, Inc. (Nasdaq: PSFT) today announced its second quarter 2004 financial results. For the quarter ended June 30, 2004, the Company reported licence revenue of $130 million and total revenue of $647 million.

15: 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 ...

16: Scoop: We Want You To Go To The Zaoui Concert!

Today Scoop's Kevin List took a bunch of flyers for this weekend's benefit concert to the home of the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service (who issued the security risk certificate under which Mr Zaoui has been kept in prison for the past 20 months) ...

17: Scoop Video Link: George W. Bush’s Big Pick

While we are addressing the subject of fingers, noses and so-called world leaders . Scoop’s editors would be remiss not to notify readers of perhaps the most famous nose pick in Internet history. A quick search of Google will show you just how much ...

18: Annan Sounds Alarm On Darfur Rapes

Citing reports of rapes and other attacks by militiamen against villagers in Sudan's Darfur region, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called on the Government to protect civilians, while the Security Council prepared to vote tomorrow on a resolution threatening ...

19: UQ Wire: Bush Jumps on the 9/11 Band-Aid Wagon

The families of the people killed in the September 11 attacks had to fight tooth and nail for a commission to investigate why their loved ones died. George W. Bush opposed an investigation, but finally relented in the face of public pressure. He ...

20: American Coup: Mid-Term Election Polls vs Actuals

Scoop’s analysis found shows that - according to the polls - the Republican Party experienced a pronounced last minute swing in its favour of between 4 and 16 points. Remarkably this last minute swing appears to have been concentrated in its effects ...

21: 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 ...

22: Turia Places Proxy Vote With Greens

The Co-leader of the Maori Party, Tariana Turia, is pleased that the Green Party has agreed to cast her vote in Parliament when she is unable to be present in the House.

23: HIPAA And Other Assaults Upon Our Civil Liberties

If you or a loved one has been in the hospital or to your doctor lately, undoubtedly, you have become familiar with the new HIPAA regulations. Apparently, we have become so paranoid, so protective of our privacy, that we have legislated secrecy gone amuck.

24: Mexican Truck Saga Indicative of the Power

• As Democrats and Republicans vie for U.S. political power the implementation of NAFTA provisions is aggressively manipulated to fit opposing ideological agendas.

25: John Tamihere comes out …

Kia ora and good evening, and thank you for joining us here tonight. St Peter's College is a place that had a very strong influence on providing me with the right values and views in my formative years. The fact that I did not always live up to ...

26: Pot clock strikes 100,000 convictions under Labour

Green MP Nandor Tanczos said today that the impending 100,000th conviction for cannabis offences under Labour is the price ordinary New Zealanders are paying for the Government's dependence on United Future.

27: Tamihere: Making Young Men Count

There is one issue above all others that has caused me, as Minister for Youth Affairs, growing concern over the last couple of years. That issue is the identity, role and wellbeing of men – and in particular young men – in our society.

28: Liberty Belle: Poor New Zealand

If I could paint a picture it would be of me eating humble pie. Grovelling in the dirt. Begging forgiveness for the two unforgivable errors in last week's LB.

29: New Zealand 'Big Brother' Awards

New Zealand’s first “Big Brother Awards” were announced at an awards ceremony at Auckland Art Gallery this evening. The awards, for outstanding contributions to the abuse of privacy in New Zealand, are modelled on Big Brother Awards held annually ...

30: Identity (Citizenship And Travel Documents) Bill:

New Zealand’s citizenship and passport legislation has been reviewed to ensure there are no preventable risks to national security. This Bill, amends the Citizenship Act 1977 and the Passports Act 1992. The Bill is not inconsistent with the Bill of ...


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