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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: Questions & Answers for Oral Answer 10 August 2004

1. Mayors Task Force for Jobs—Government Initiatives 2. Mâori Party—Public Service Resources 3. Economic Growth—Labour Constraints Question No. 4 to Minister 4. Resignation—Community Employment Group Northern Regional Manager 5. Packaging Accord—Effectiveness 6. Powerco—Sale

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00192.htm


3: 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.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0312/S00024.htm


4: Scoop Archive: UQ Wire: The Writing on the Latrine Walls

I sat with a photographer from Reuters who had just returned from a six-month tour of Iraq. He had been tagging along with the Kellogg Brown & Root operation, subsidiary of Halliburton, and saw everything there was to see.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/archive/scoop/stories/55/7d/200408091451.f40d50a7.html


5: Not Scared Yet? Try Connecting These Dots

''Pre-election period...pre-election plot...pre-election threats:'' These rolled off National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice's lips no less than seven times yesterday on CNN's Late Edition as she discussed the likely timing of a terrorist attack. She ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00101.htm


6: Questions for Oral Answer - 11 Aug 2004

1. RODNEY HIDE to the Minister of Maori Affairs: What message, if any, has he sent to officials in Te Puni Kokiri about their potential involvement in the Maori Party; if none, what involvement are they allowed?

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00206.htm


7: Public Address 11/08/04 - Going Boom

Once again, the economic indicators continue to confound widespread predictions of gloom: this time, with some fairly outstanding employment figures. Unemployment, down to 4%, is the lowest it's been in 17 years, and the second lowest in the OECD...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00109.htm


8: National's Climate Policy: by George W Bush?

The National Party's anti-climate change policy is an embarrassment to New Zealanders, who would be excused for confusing National's policies with those of George Bush. In a world where climate change is already impacting real people in real ways and ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0408/S00111.htm


9: UQ Wire: Timeline of Terror Alerts (Updated)

Note how the terror alerts relate to the news headlines of the days immediately prior to that very alert. I think it's very easy to see a pattern recurring.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00110.htm


10: The Defence Of New Zealand

Speech to Australian Defence College - Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies; Intercontinental Hotel; Wellington; Wednesday August 11, 2004.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00205.htm


11: ASB Bank Grows At Twice The Market Rate

ASB Bank grew its business at twice the average being achieved by other banks during the 12 months ended 30 June 2004, and in the process lifted audited after tax operating profit by 14% to $317 million.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0408/S00147.htm


12: Minister to seek change to citizenship proposals

Ethnic Affairs Minister Chris Carter is working to exclude existing permanent residents from tough new citizenship requirements proposed in the Identity (Citizenship and Travel Documents) Bill.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00194.htm


13: U.S. Backs NZ's Indonesia Truth Commission Push

The United States of America is backing New Zealand in a push to have a UN-backed international ‘truth commission’ established to investigate an Indonesian massacre committed in East Timor in 1999.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00103.htm


14: Million Dollar Church vs. ‘The Sinners’

Against Conservative Fundamentalism is organising a protest march to oppose the conservative agenda of Destiny Church’s ‘Enough is Enough’ rally. Previously the march was advertised as beginning in Civic Square at 11:30 am.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0408/S00093.htm


15: Tony Ellis an Embarrassment to Liberty

Libertarianz leader Bernard Darnton is appalled by the weasel-worded backsliding of Council for Civil Liberties President Tony Ellis. Ellis suggested that holocaust-denier David Irving should be allowed to come to New Zealand but that he shouldn't "indulge ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0408/S00112.htm


16: Photo Essay: Samoa And About The Pacific Forum

Photo Essay: The Pacific Islands Forum has concluded in Samoa and post forum dialogue meetings are churning through business. But out and about the island of Upolu a timeless Pacific rolls along. Scoop captures the contrasts.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00104.htm


17: Obvious flaw identified in Citizenship Bill

Minister of Ethnic Affairs Chris Carter has identified a flaw on the Identity (Citizenship and Travel Documents) Bill which was obvious from the beginning.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00209.htm


18: New boy’s policy is to axe Four Weeks Leave

Today's ANZ Bank Job Ads report highlights how social gains like four weeks annual leave for workers also benefit the economy as a whole, says Progressive MP Matt Robson.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00203.htm


19: Labour's PC Agenda Weakening Families

Most New Zealanders would believe that a government should be focused on making the country a better place to live. That is why it is so disappointing to realise that that is not the goal of this Labour Government. Instead we have a government ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00199.htm


20: UQ Wire: Atta & The Disappearing Helicopters

FIFTEEN MONTHS before the 9/11 attack a 26-year old Moroccan man whose name and multiple aliases appear on numerous terrorist watch lists started a company in Florida a man who is today the Chief Military Attaché for the Moroccan Embassy in Washington, DC.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00112.htm


21: Maori Students’ Stance Bizarre Says Jones

New Zealand First MP Dail Jones is trying to work out how Maori student leaders can reject the sovereignty of Parliament yet make submissions to the select committee dealing with the foreshore and seabed legislation.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00213.htm


22: WashPost's Jackson Diehl Strikes Out on Venezuela

Isn’t it fitting that Jackson Diehl uses a baseball metaphor in his August 2 ''A Missile from the South,'' which savages Venezuela’s President Chávez with surprising immoderacy.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0408/S00068.htm


23: Bernard Weiner: Bush's AWOL Scandal

For its own political purposes last year, the Bush Administration compromised a covert CIA agent, Valerie Plame, by revealing her name and job; outing a covert agent is a felony.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00096.htm


24: Blogwatch: What Is Boulder County Trying To Hide?

There must be something terribly wrong with their new election system, and Boulder County election officials are doing everything in their power to keep it hidden from the public.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00107.htm


25: Scoop Archive: UQ Wire: Timeline of Terror Alerts

Note how the terror alerts relate to the news headlines of the days immediately prior to that very alert. I think it's very easy to see a pattern recurring.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/archive/scoop/stories/90/95/200408050050.f8538940.html


26: UQ Wire: Sibel Edmonds Letter To Thomas Kean

It has been almost three years since the terrorist attacks on September 11; during which time we, the people, have been placed under a constant threat of terror and asked to exercise vigilance in our daily lives.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00012.htm


27: Haiti: Team Plans To Open Routes To Rebel Areas

A United Nations team has visited Hinche, a now-isolated town northeast of the capital, to assess the security and humanitarian situations in an area controlled by discharged Haitian military forces along the border with the Dominican Republic, the country ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0408/S00084.htm


28: 'Anyone But Bush' - A Look At Anyone

"When John is president, we will listen to the wisdom of the September 11th Commission. We will build and lead strong alliances and safeguard and secure weapons of mass destruction. We will strengthen our homeland security and protect our ports, ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00093.htm


29: Free Expression: How Free Should Speech Be?

We are separated from other species of animal by one thing. We are not the biggest, the fastest or the strongest. We have the ability to think. Each of us has the ability to consider, to ponder, to imagine, the ability to reflect, to believe, to judge. ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0408/S00110.htm


30: The skills issue: silver linings and grey clouds

"The lack of investment in skills training must be fixed", said Darel Hall Executive Director of the Industry Training Federation.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0408/S00145.htm

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