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

1: Jeanette Fitzsimons: “Picnic for the Planet 2005”

It’s good to be here on Waiheke with you, sharing what is at last a traditional New Zealand summer: sun, sea, families, home-grown music, fun and general goodwill. It’s also good to be back in Green heartland. Waiheke residents gave the Greens 21 percent ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0501/S00108.htm


2: 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


3: NASA: Composite of Titan's Surface During Descent

This composite was produced from images returned yesterday, January 14, 2005, by the European Space Agency's Huygens probe during its successful descent to land on Titan. It shows a full 360-degree view around Huygens. The left-hand side, behind ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0501/S00022.htm


4: Tsunami Report: Thai Shops Selling Gruesome Photos

PHUKET, Thailand -- Shops are selling high-quality, color photographs of bloated, blackened corpses of foreign tourists and Thais who perished in the tsunami, and video compact disks showing waves battering and flooding Thailand's tiny islands.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0501/S00082.htm


5: Evelyn Pringle: Iraq -- Bush Family $$$ Signs

After Dick Cheney's tenure at the Pentagon ended, in 1993, he spent much of the next two years deciding whether to run for President. He formed a political-action committee, and crossed the country making speeches and raising money, according to ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0501/S00106.htm


6: Will Washington tolerate Chinese-Venezuelan Pact?

• Venezuela is quickly emerging as a major player in the global energy game due to China’s skyrocketing energy demands and the escalating instability of oil sources in the Middle East and West Africa.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0501/S00148.htm


7: NASA Image: First Color View of Titan's Surface

This image was returned yesterday, January 14, 2005, by the European Space Agency's Huygens probe during its successful descent to land on Titan. This is the colored view, following processing to add reflection spectra data, and gives a better indication ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0501/S00019.htm


8: New Energy Sec. Was One of Texas' Worst Polluters

In the bizarro world that President Bush lives in, it pays 'literally' to be a miserable failure, a criminal and a corporate con man. Those are just some of the characteristics of the dastardly men and women who were tapped recently to fill the vacancies in ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0501/S00115.htm


9: Bush Controls FTC While Amway Rips Off Millions

Every year, Amway rips of millions of people all over the world through a secret pyramid scheme that will no doubt continue for as long as Bush is in office and controls the Federal Trade Commission.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0501/S00125.htm


10: 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


11: Students rack up huge debts

The highest loan balance for a single student is $230,810, ACT Education spokesman Deborah Coddington revealed today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0501/S00104.htm


12: Public Address 17/01/05 - Back From The Rock

It's one of the curiousities of living in Auckland Central that it's possible to take a get-away-from-it-all family holiday in your own electorate. So, secure in the knowledge that Judith Tizard would still be our MP, we headed for Waiheke Island...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0501/S00127.htm


13: UQ Wire: The Role Of The U.S. Government On 9-11

For 50 minutes, from 8:15 a.m. until 9:05 a.m. on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Department of Defense were aware that four domestic U.S. passenger airplanes had been hijacked.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0501/S00116.htm


14: Mom & Pop War Profiteering Team - Woolseys

The Defense Policy Board (DPB) is a hand-picked group of 30 people that advises Bush administration officials on matters such as whether and when to go to war, or not.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0501/S00107.htm


15: Export education collapse cuts teacher shortage

National’s Education spokesman Bill English says the collapse of the international student market is the reason for the decline in teacher vacancies.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0501/S00114.htm


16: Tsunami Corpse Turf Wars Break Out In Phuket

An embarrassing turf war has erupted between Thailand's respected, forensic expert and angry police about the thousands of corpses of foreigners and Thais being examined for identification, where they are kept, and who is issuing death certificates.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0501/S00110.htm


17: Risk Of Disaster From Ruapehu Lake - NZ First

New Zealand First is calling on the Ministers of Internal Affairs and Conservation to explain exactly how they have addressed concerns for human safety and infrastructural risk in the Ruapehu district, because of the dangerously high level of the crater ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0501/S00116.htm


18: Miriam Does Big Brother!

Prime TV is excited to announce that the rumours are true! Miriam, the star of the controversial show “THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT MIRIAM”, is headed for Big Brother to stir the pot.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0406/S00081.htm


19: William Fisher: The Moral High Ground?

Here is a sure-fire nomination for the most outrageous quote of the week: '' Accusations that we are torturing people tend to be mythology.''

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0501/S00118.htm


20: NASA: Slow-Motion Collision Near McMurdo Imminent

Get Ready for the Largest Demolition Derby on the Planet Scientists say Slow-Motion Collision Near Antarctic Research Station Imminent

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0501/S00011.htm


21: Mary Pitt: Who Knew?!?

How could we ever have been so stupid? There we were, looking optimistically forward to the twenty-first century, enjoying peace and prosperity, educating our children, cherishing our handicapped and elderly relatives, and going through our lives without ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0501/S00122.htm


22: FARC Commander Kidnapped In Venezuela

Venezuelan authorities last week confirmed allegations made by Colombia’s main guerrilla organisation FARC, that said that Venezuelan police officers, together with Colombian intelligence forces, captured a high-ranking rebel commander in downtown Caracas, ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0501/S00157.htm


23: State Dept. Daily Press Briefing for January 14

NORTH KOREA Congressional Travel to North Korea and Meetings Status of Six-Party Talks IRAQ National Intelligence Council Report Regarding Terrorists in Iraq Syrian Cooperation/Efforts to Control Border with Iraq Voting Sites in US for Out-of-Country ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0501/S00152.htm


24: Sri Lanka: Close to 18,500 vessels lost or damaged

January 14, Colombo -- Sri Lanka’s fishing industry could take years to recover after the devastation of the Boxing Day tsunami says the United Nations.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0501/S00139.htm


25: $130 Billion Windfall For Bush Health Care Cronies

On July 6, 2004, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Inspector General (IG) released a report stating that former Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Thomas Scully pressured the agency’s chief ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0501/S00112.htm


26: Ehrlich: Body Identification Ruckus In Phuket

PHUKET, Thailand -- Egotistical squabbles among international embassies, recovery and forensics teams in which "everybody wanted to be the boss," caused problems while identifying the tsunami's dead at the main morgue in a Buddhist temple, according ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0501/S00117.htm


27: 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


28: Tamihere should give back his wheels

“Labour MP John Tamihere should do the right thing and return the Toyota Landcruiser that was paid for by the disadvantaged constituents he claims to represent,” says National Party Deputy Leader Gerry Brownlee.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0501/S00115.htm


29: Stateside With Rosalea: 2004 Kaleidoscope

**Most effective weight-loss diet** Airline water. Coming back from DC in the middle of the year, I drank a tiny paper cup of the water on tap in the plane, spent the next eight weeks running to the bathroom, and lost ten pounds.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0501/S00126.htm


30: Newman Floats Fresh Ideas For Welfare Reform

As we look ahead to the election, we are reminded that politics is a contest of ideas. Once every three years - with their party vote - New Zealanders have the chance to support the political party that best champions their views and addresses their ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0501/S00117.htm


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