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

1: Bush Pays Halliburton For Services Never Rendered

As of June 2004, the Government Accounting Office estimated that more than $1 billion in taxpayer money had been wasted due to illegal overcharges by contractors in Iraq, since the onset of the war. Furthermore, experts say that once the total is calculated ...

2: Why Gun Registration Fails

"With Gary Mauser attending the ANZSOC conference in Wellington this week, politicians, justice officials and police will be able to receive first-hand information as to why gun registration is the ultimate in political folly," claims Peter Linton, Libertarianz ...

3: Hans Blix - Iran Has Legal Right To Enrich Uranium

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Iran has ''a legal right'' to enrich uranium for peaceful purposes, but an attack by the U.S. or Israel would probably push the Iranians to build a nuclear bomb, former top U.N. weapons inspector Dr. Hans Blix said.

4: Investigation: The Meningococcal Gold Rush

New Zealand's meningococcal disease story, as unravelled through analysis of previously secret documents obtained under the Official Information Act, reveals that the New Zealand government, media and public have been mislead and manipulated by officials, ...

5: Dipta Shah: Making Sense out of Non-sense

With the Royal proclamation of February 1, 2005, Nepal has once again been thrust onto the international arena, grabbing headlines and courting controversy. The image portrayed has all the elements of international disapproval, dissention, and emotionally ...

6: Immunisation Critics Confused

The Meningococcal Gold Rush article published on the website shows a poor understanding of the rigorous processes and procedures used in New Zealand and overseas to develop, license and administer vaccines.

7: Photo Essay: A Glorious Day At The Sevens

Photo Essay: A Day At The Sevens Photos by ABOVE Ground Level courtesy of Wellington Rugby

8: Opening Of Stonehenge Aotearoa - E=mc² Launched


9: Questions & Answers for Oral Answer - 8 Feb 2005

1. 111 Emergencies—Highway Patrol Units 2. 111 Emergencies—Rural Communities 3. Working for Families Package—Results 4. National Certificate of Educational Achievement—Inconsistency 5. Sentencing—Serious and Recidivist Offenders Question No. 4 to Minister 6. Land—Public ...

10: Unknown Warrior May Be In Hell

The Principal Defence Chaplain Julian Wagg admits that the Unknown Warrior may not have gone to heaven. In a telephone interview on Feb. 8, the principal defence chaplain Julian Wagg reluctantly admitted that the Unknown Soldier may not have gone to heaven ...

11: Questions for Oral Answer - 9 February 2005

1. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Associate Minister of Education: Does he still believe that he has moved into the compulsory education sector at a time when all the big issues are "off the table", and does he stand by his statement yesterday ...

12: Bush Puppets Push For New Law To Protect Drug Cos.

Autism rates across the country have grown over 1000% since 1990, according to the National Autism Association. Autism was first diagnosed as a disorder in the 1950s. The symptoms described then are essentially the same as those used to diagnose autism ...

13: Drug Company Knew Dangers - Secret Memo Proves It

It time for the media to inform the public of the reasons why Merck and other drug companies have been trying to hide the damage caused by mercury in childhood vaccines.

14: Egypt: arrests amidst talks of political reform

Amnesty International is concerned about the recent arrests and detention of political activists in Egypt, as the ruling party and opposition parties enter into a "national dialogue" on political reform ahead of the presidential and parliamentary elections ...

15: A NZ Volunteer Reports On Aid Effort In Sri-Lanka

I arrived in Sri Lanka on 21 January and will arrive home on 16 February. As I considered coming over, firstly aid agencies, then the NZ-Sri Lanka friendship societies I spoke to, were lukewarm about an enthusiastic volunteer coming over.

16: The 2005 Bafta Awards On Prime

Prime Television will be the exclusive free-to–air broadcaster of this weekend’s BAFTA Awards ceremony.

17: NZ Farmers Warned Over Loss of Access to Seed

New Zealand farmers urgently need to work together to protect their long-term access to seeds and the right to save seeds for planting each year.

18: 'Clean Coal' A Myth Say Greens

The Government is destroying New Zealand's clean, green reputation on the world stage, says Green Co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons.

19: Public Address 09/02/05 - Just A Location

I was obliged to swot up on the brief visit to these shores of Cherie Blair for my Breakfast slot this morning. I quite quickly realised that New Zealand has been no more than a fleeting location for a story that wasn't really about us at all...

20: It's not your ordinary atlas

Rather than an atlas of the world, University of Auckland student Daniel Wichmann has created an atlas with a bit of a difference.

21: Tempelsman's Man In Kinshasa Emends Lumumba Story

"Meet me under the 59th Street bridge," Mark Garsin said after reading my interview with him about the murder of Patrice Lumumba, the Congo's first democratically elected leader. At the edge of New York on the East River?

22: UN - $3 Million Flash Appeal For Floods In Guyana

The United Nations today launched a $3 million flash appeal to meet the immediate needs of over 300,000 Guyanese – nearly half the South American country’s total population – affected by recent floods, including provision of safe water, adequate sanitation ...

23: Dipta Shah: The Choice Nepalese Must Make

The time has come for all Nepalese to make a fundamental choice, a choice that cannot be permitted to be made on Nepal's behalf. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and each Nepali must set priorities and make the best choices with the information ...

24: Burton Welcomes LAV Report

Hon Mark Burton welcomes Controller and Auditor General's report on the Light Armoured Vehicles

25: Images: Alanis Morissette "Exposes" US Censorship

In a pre-planned, live sketch last night at The 2004 JUNO Awards, Canada's music awards, host Alanis Morissette made light of the recent Super Bowl controversy in the United States when she ''exposed'' herself on Canadian television.

26: National votes against $2 billion for transport

National's Finance Spokesman, John Key, last night led the National party in voting against more than $2 billion in transport funding for the regions.

27: ‘Prima ballerina’ among graduating police officers

A former principal dancer with The Royal New Zealand Ballet is among 56 new police officers to graduate from The Royal New Zealand Police College this week.

28: Joint Communiqué on Laos:

Drafted and Resolved By the Laos National Federation, the Center for Public Policy Analysis, the Lao Veterans of America, Inc., the United League for Democracy in Laos, Inc., the Lao Association of Washington, D.C., Lao Huam Phao Association, Free Laos ...

29: Public Address 8/2/5: Talkback Radio With Pictures

I confess, I briefly wondered whether I had chanced upon a stray episode of Eating Media Lunch during the first item of the debut airing of Prime TV's Paul Holmes vehicle, Paul Homes. The eponymous host linked live to reporter Solina Theron for a report ...

30: UN- Violence Against Women Persists In Afghanistan

Despite some human rights improvements in Afghanistan such as the release of hundreds of prisoners, matters of concern still persist, including domestic violence against women, a deficient justice system, the deleterious impact of drugs and the dire conditions ...


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