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

1: Ernest Partridge: Suckers For Jesus

The Republican party, once the home of liberals, conservationists, internationalists, and moderate Christians, is now dominated by an improbable alliance of libertarians, free market absolutists, greedy plutocrats, and Christian fundamentalists.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00173.htm


2: Tamil MP Speaks Against Sri Lankan Killings

"The Sri Lankan state and military are using armed groups to divide and rule Tamil society in Batticaloa. They did it in the past. My people will never fall prey to the machinations of divisive forces because they have made immense sacrifices ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0408/S00152.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: Martin LeFevre: The Crisis of Consciousness

In my last column, I inquired into the existence of a sacredness beyond thought, and proposed that if a person is self-knowing, and really does the work of passively observing thought into stillness, there is an awareness of energies which words like ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00177.htm


5: Meditations: An Inquiry Into God, Nature, Religion

One of the most difficult questions for me as a contemplative is this: Can the gap between nature-loving religiosity and church-going faith be bridged?

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00121.htm


6: Scoop Images: Big Blow At Wellington Airport

Three images and brief MPEG videos of yesterday's storm taken near the Wellington Airport. The Airport was closed for the entire day due to high winds.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00185.htm


7: Civil Unions Campaign to Boycott Destiny Rally

The Campaign for Civil Unions will not attend the Destiny Church rally taking place next Monday (August 23) at Parliament, says the campaign spokesperson Jeremy Lambert.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0408/S00175.htm


8: American Bounty Hunter Jonathan ''Jack'' Idema

BANGKOK, Thailand -- American bounty hunter Jonathan "Jack" Idema, who was put on trial in Kabul for allegedly torturing Afghans, arrived in Afghanistan alongside U.S. invasion forces in 2001 and enjoyed threatening to kill journalists.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00178.htm


9: Olympic Sailing Results - 18 August

Conditions were light and racing was frustrating on day four of Olympic sailing in Athens. 5 New Zealand sailors competed with mixed results.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0408/S00128.htm


10: Scoop Images: Snow Falls In Christchurch

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00183.htm


11: 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


12: Terror Alerts: Genuine Threats Or Political Ploy?

Terrorist Alerts: Genuine Threats or Political Ploy? - Interview with Craig Eisendrath, senior fellow with the Center for International Policy, conducted by Scott Harris

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00175.htm


13: Greece Poisoned 50000 Stray Dogs Prior To Olympics

IDA Condemns Cruel Poisoning of 50,000 Stray Dogs Prior To Olympic Games Calls for Olympic Athletes To Speak Out Against Mass Poisoning

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0408/S00163.htm


14: Brazil Continues to Emerge, has not Quite Arrived

• Despite internal discord and a reputation as Latin America’s reluctant giant, recent actions in the international arena reveal a Brazil which is rapidly maturing into a significant independent world player after having achieved the status of a ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0408/S00165.htm


15: Coal-powered Marsden B not the answer

Green Co-Leader Jeanette Fitzsimons says Mighty River Power's proposal to convert the Marsden B power station to coal is a quick and dirty fix that will make clean and sustainable energy solutions harder to develop.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00322.htm


16: Positive Growth Forecasts for New Zealand Tourism

''The tourism sector remains set for continued strong growth over the period to 2010,'' the Minister of Tourism, Mark Burton, said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00338.htm


17: Public Address 19/08/04 - Crumbs!

Well, that does change things. The best thing John Banks has had going for him in his campaign to be re-elected as Mayor of Auckland has been his rivals. Whatever their legitimate claims on the job, neither Christine Fletcher or Bruce Hucker - ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00193.htm


18: NZ Made Hair Remover To Strip China's Hairy Man

New Zealand's First Locally Made Men's Hair Remover Offers Hope To China's Hairiest Man

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0408/S00237.htm


19: China the catalyst for New Zealand’s future?

The Government is seeking views from business on what a Free Trade Agreement with China should address. MICHAEL BARNETT sees some positive opportunities to build a strong trading relationship with China that learns from our history of using advanced ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0408/S00240.htm


20: Peters Warns Of New Flood Of Unsuitable Migrants

Rt Hon Winston Peters has warned that the Government is “cynically manipulating” the immigration points system to bring in an extra 20,000 immigrants who will be given residency without having confirmed jobs to go to.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00336.htm


21: New Zealand Olympic Sailing Results – August 19th

The entire New Zealand Olympic sailing team raced overnight last night. Our board sailors brought in the best results in light to moderate breeze of 8-14 knots.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0408/S00135.htm


22: How Cheney Left With $35M Before Halliburton Probe

It's obvious that no mainstream news reporter has the gumption to seriously question Vice President Dick Cheney's ethics when he was chief executive of Halliburton, the oil-field services company that is currently embroiled in a scandal with the Pentagon ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00192.htm


23: AU: Urge Nigeria to surrender Charles Taylor

African Union: Member states should urge Nigeria to surrender Charles Taylor to the Special Court on Sierra Leone

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0408/S00109.htm


24: Toni Solo: After the Venezuela Referendum

For the Venezuelan government the result of the recall referendum last Sunday was a triumphant validation of its legitimacy, its policies and its President, Hugo Chavez.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00189.htm


25: Rare weka relative discovered on Philippine Island

Ornithologists on an expedition to the Calayan Island in the Babuyan Islands in the Philippines have discovered a rare near-flightless rail, related to New Zealand’s weka. It is thought that only 2000 of the Calayan rail (Gallirallus calayanensis) ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0408/S00064.htm


26: Brash Shows Lack Of Leadership Skills

Rt Hon Winston Peters says Don Brash’s comments in an Australian newspaper reflect his inexperience and lack of political leadership skills.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00342.htm


27: Simon Pound: Cancerous Performance

This originally appeared in the Herald here . I reproduce it in full because it is so short. Yet so rewarding.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00174.htm


28: Iraq: Girls Face Kidnapp Threat But Get To School

NEW YORK/BAGHDAD – In the last year, hundreds of children have been killed in Iraq and thousands more injured. Continued fighting and landmines pose a daily danger, made worse by lawlessness in parts of the country.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0408/S00174.htm


29: Mallard Speech Int. Education Budget 04

International education is a key component of the social and economic development of this country. New Zealanders gain exposure to global connections and experience. Students from other countries gain New Zealand qualifications and an impression of ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0408/S00334.htm


30: GLW: Michael Moore: War Is For The Rich!

Michael Moore's blockbuster documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 isn't just an assault on the Bush regime and the “war on terror” — it indicts the corporate vultures who rushed to cash-in on the warmongers' post-9/11 crusade.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0408/S00197.htm

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