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

1: Kidd Millennium: It’s All About Harry…

While the trial for abuses at Abu Ghraib was in full swing, more important news hit the airwaves. Once again, pop culture took precedence over substance. But really…in a society mesmerized by celebrity, what more could one ask for?

2: Whatever Happened to Personal Responsibility?

As most of you know, I came into politics after a career in business and central banking. I did so because it is clear that this country will not provide future generations the opportunities which my generation has enjoyed unless we confront some fundamental ...

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.

4: Ghost Stories Haunting Thailand's Tsunami Zones

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Many Thais believe ghosts are wandering tsunami-hit beaches, spooking taxi drivers, making the Andaman Sea hungry for more victims, and jinxing an economic recovery for devastated resorts.

5: Maoism In India And Its Appearance In Nepal

India being a big neighbour, it is nothing wrong having co-operation in terms of military supplies and sharing of defence intelligence information. Although India, the U.S. and Britain have given the Royal Nepal Army weapons and training, the army ...

6: Brash On Track - Starving Will Soon Find Jobs

Once starvation began to set in, the beneficiary would have to find work to support himself and his family. The Bible says of the unemployed “if anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat, either” (2Th. 3:10).

7: 2005: The Year of Global Oil Production Peak?

By now anyone that listens to the news or reads a paper ought to know what Peak Oil means. The Green Party, primed by Jeanette Fitzsimons ''Picnic for the Planet Speech'' intends making it an election issue.

8: Changes to New Zealand's 'Silver' coins?

The Reserve Bank today reminded the public, that the close off date for feedback on the Bank's proposals to modernise New Zealand's 'silver' coloured coins is 4 February 2005.

9: Burma and multinational companies: who profits

The International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) today released a new report on business with Burma. The 28-page document, entitled “Doing Business with Burma”, concentrates on investment in and trade with Burma and shows how foreign ...


With air pollution contributing to some 12,000 deaths each year in Mexico City, the United Nations atomic watchdog agency, better known for its efforts to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons, is using nuclear technology to help the citizens ...

11: Rice's Confirmation Bad News for Latin America

Rice's outdated Cold War credo suggests her term at the helm of the State Department will witness no new diplomacy, let alone innovative ideas.

12: Jordan Carter: Reflections On Orewa II

So now we have the speech, and the media coverage, and it is as it was expected to be - a speech about the welfare system.

13: Post-Inaugural Crimes & The Progressive Posse

OK, so there were no electoral ''anomalies'' in Ohio that the public would accept as smoking-guns, no last-minute miracle that was going to block the coronation.

14: Newman on Brash speech

ACT Deputy Leader and Social Welfare spokesman Dr Muriel Newman today labelled Don Brash's Orewa speech on welfare reform as a step in the right direction, but said more needed to be done to lift the aspirations of those dependent on welfare.

15: Public Address 26/01/05 - Brashing

''Gosh,'' said Susan Wood, always keen to interpret a phone-in poll for the masses. ''Perhaps Don Brash has got it right again.'' Or perhaps not. Certainly, 88% of the people who called in on Close Up's poll last night declared that he was ''on the ...

16: No Right Turn: F**k Iraq, Part III

Remember our hopes for Iraq? That by getting rid of Saddam, Bush's crusade would lead to a democratic ''beacon of freedom'' which would inspire change throughout the Middle East?

17: Lackluster US-Latin American Relations To Continue

Yesterday George W. Bush officially began his second term in office and those familiar with U.S.-Latin American relations have little hope for improved ties between Washington and its traditional ''backyard.''

18: 'Enough is Enough' - Get Your Facts Right

Pastor Brian Tamaki, the Senior Minister of Destiny Churches New Zealand, says an NZ Herald claim that Destiny Church is flouting a Transit veto to march over the Auckland Harbour Bridge is unfactual.

19: Brash Right - Maharey Denies Reality

Minister of Social Development and Employment, Steve Maharey, says Don Brash's claim that people keep adding to their families while on a benefit is wrong because the majority had only recently signed onto the DPB when they gave birth.

20: 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.

21: Brash promises policies of the past

Dr Brash rolled out his Orewa speech today to reveal the same policies the National Party made use of in the 1990s, Social Development and Employment Minister Steve Maharey said today.

22: FIGHTING TALK – A January Blockbuster

A lapse in Fighting Talk arriving last week has lead to an absolute blockbuster - sit back and enjoy!

23: Labour’s Deficit-Driven Policy Strikes Again

“The welfare of a nation can not be measured in the running down of critical numbers of our population” said Tariana Turia today at Ratana Pa.

24: FICA World XI Collapse Spectacularly

The New Zealand cricket team was busy chasing white leather for most of the first hour of play until old hand Chris Cairns, and new - but still oldish - hand Jeff Wilson took it upon themselves to send the fans home early.

25: Who is the best beneficiary basher of them all?

Green MP Sue Bradford says National and Labour are engaged in a bidding war to be the biggest and best beneficiary basher.

26: Global Warming May Have Exacerbated Tidal Wave

Rising Ocean Levels Tied to Global Warming May Have Exacerbated Tidal Waves' Destructive Power - Interview with Ross Gelbspan, journalist and author, conducted by Scott Harris

27: Public Address - Redefining Worthless Opinion

Deborah Coddington's Herald on Sunday column continues to redefine the concept of worthless opinion. Last weekend's was particularly woeful. It opens with her usual hyberbolic flourish:

28: Brash Denies Right to Secure Employment

National Party leader Don Brash has revealed that he is more interested in attacking those on low incomes than in looking at opportunities to move people into decent, secure work, Council of Trade Unions secretary Carol Beaumont said today.

29: Brash's argument drives wedge between families

The Chief Commissioner of the Families Commission says the impact of Don Brash's Orewa speech is to place New Zealand families in two camps.

30: Students Now Learning With Broadband

More than 435,000 students will begin the new term next week with broadband technology.


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