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Scoop Top 30 Ratings - 2 June 2005


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

1: Culture Jamming: Nat's New Billboards Amended

A Scoop reader writes... "I think the Nats have done graffiti artists a great service with their cutting edge series of billboards. This is my take on the 'real' messages underneath all the c**p."

2: National Party Releases Eight Billboards

The National Party Election 2005 Campaign yesterday released the following eight billboards. ENDS

3: Macpherson Intimates Presents “Intimate” Evolution

Elle Macpherson Intimates continues to challenge perceptions of the word “intimate” with a third evocative and leading-edge advertising campaign shot in New York in late April.

4: Osama bin Laden & 9.11 Souvenirs In S.E. Asia

BANGKOK, Thailand -- The Osama bin Laden cigarette lighter is adorned with his raised, chrome portrait, an embossed "9.11", sketches of the World Trade Center, an approaching airplane, and a big red splotch.

5: Cullen Backdown Unleashes Storm of Retractions

The recent experience of Dr Michael Cullen seems to have given his colleagues ideas. For years they have struggled with the burden of it being inadvisable - and in some cases expensive - to declare obvious and demonstrable falsehoods. Or at any rate, ...

6: Diebold Optical Scan Voting System Hacked (3 Ways)

Tallahassee, FL: "Are we having fun yet?" This is the message that appeared in the window of a county optical scan machine, startling Leon County Information Systems Officer Thomas James. Visibly shaken, he immediately turned the machine off.

7: Questions for Oral Answer - Thursday, 2 June 2005

Dr DON BRASH to the Prime Minister: Does she believe the New Zealand public has confidence in the basic services provided by her Government, in light of the survey published by The New Zealand Herald showing 73.8 percent of people believe both Government-funded ...

8: Holy Messiah Speaks To His Congressional Fan Club

Author's note: I cannot attest to the absolute accuracy of the following transcripts, as the print was smudged with perspiration by the time I received them. It seems my confidential source, a congressional page, had to smuggle them out of the House ...

9: Time Runs Out On South Pacific HIV/AIDS Crisis

Scoop Investigation: HIV is threatening the Pacific's isolated communities with an infection rate that destroys cultural, economic, and community stability. For example: HIV/AIDS, not global warming, is the number one problem threatening Tuvalu's survival. ...

10: Wellington Wind Farm On Meridian's Generation List

Meridian Energy announced today it is seeking resource consent to develop a wind farm west of Wellington.

11: Watergate Proves That Even Presidents Break Laws

Tuesday's revelation that W. Mark Felt, the former number two man at the FBI, was the anonymous source known as Deep Throat, who helped Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein unravel the Watergate scandal in the pages of the Washington Post 30 years ago should ...

12: Vote of no confidence at NZ’s largest school

Secondary teachers at The Correspondence School say they no longer have confidence in the CEO and the Board of Trustees and are calling on the Board to engage in constructive and meaningful dialogue to restore lost trust.

13: UQ Wire: Forget 9/11 - Just For a Minute

That’s right, I said it. Forget about 9/11. Just put all those horrible images away. I mean no disrespect but I think it’s time to put things in perspective.

14: The Meningococcal Gold Rush - Second Edition

Scoop Editors' Note: Following publication on of Barbara Sumner Burstyn and Ron Law’s report, Investigation: The Meningococcal Gold Rush [1] - a report into the flawed science and bad policy of the MeNZB™ vaccine - the Ministry of Health ...

15: GOP Swept from Power in 2006 - Impeachment Looms

(Associated Press, Nov. 8, 2006) The Democrats didn't waste any time after their landslide victory in Tuesday's midterm election that put them in charge, with huge margins in both the House and Senate.

16: Greg Palast: Washington Post Still Sucks

I've been gagging all morning on the Washington Post's self-congratulatory preening about its glory days of the Watergate investigation.

17: Questions & Answers for Oral Answer 1 June 2005

1. China—Human Rights 2. Iraqi Immigrants—Investigation 3. Sexual Health Campaign—Minister's Statement 4. Education System—Performance 5. First Home Ownership—Government Assistance 6. Taxation—Consumer Price Index 7. Genetically Modified Corn—Unapproved Presence ...

18: A Dangerous Delegation Of American Diplomacy

For the world’s sole surviving superpower increasingly criticized for its brash unilateralism, the United States has exhibited a peculiar trait in delegating its Nepal policy to India. Allowing Indian perceptions to guide American policy on the kingdom would ...

19: Mark Drolette: Spaced Cowboy's Space Cowboys

As any politically-minded American should know, it's never a bad idea to regularly revisit the document that enumerates the core principles by which the American government operates.

20: Sharples Slams ‘Mischievous And Wrong’ Nat's Ad

Maori Party Co Leader Pita Sharples told Scoop this afternoon that he was sick of Maori being used as a political football in election year. Mr Sharples was angry at the latest National Party billboard, which he considered ‘degrading’.

21: National Beaches Billboard To Be Unveiled Tomorrow

A National Party billboard that is working a number of New Zealand internet political diarists into a lather is not quite kosher according to National Party Election 2005 campaign manager, Steven Joyce.

22: Public Address 02/06/05 - Perverse

A few people have asked for a copy of my recent Mediawatch comment on the Internet peering controversy. Given that the old Mediawatch site is frozen pending a transfer to a new home on the revamped Radio New Zealand site, I thought it would be useful ...

23: Plain English: Column By Bill English

It’s likely that the 2005 election will produce a Parliament where Maori politicians have a central role in determining the next government. About half of NZ First MP’s are Maori and NZ First retains significant support from Maori voters. The Maori Party ...

24: Greenpeace welcomes plan for biggest wind farm

Auckland: Thursday 2 June 2005 -- Greenpeace today applauded Meridian Energy's plans for New Zealand's biggest wind farm, proposed near Wellington and called on Mighty River Power to follow suit, dump their plans for Marsden B coal-fired power station ...

25: New Zealand Salary Survey released

The 2005 Hays Salary Survey, detailing typical salaries for a range of sectors and locations, including Auckland and Wellington, will be released tommorrow.

26: Wind confirmed as preferred form of electricity

The New Zealand Wind Energy Association (NZWEA) today welcomed Meridian Energy’s announcement of a 210 MW wind farm in Wellington, saying it is further proof that wind is now New Zealand’s preferred form of electricity generation.

27: Arrival Of First Airbus A320 Signals New Era

At 5.50pm on Saturday 4th June, Freedom Air's first new Airbus A320 will touch down in Auckland International Airport, signalling a new era and renewed confidence for the value-based airline.

28: Cops handing out fast food vouchers tasteless

The Greens are calling for the Government to develop guidelines for corporate sponsorship of government departments, after revelations that the Police are handing out McDonald's vouchers to school kids.

29: Fibre, Soy, Vegetables Effective As Statins

A diet rich in fibre, soy and vegetables may be as effective as taking a first generation statin to lower cholesterol, according to recent research.*

30: New Zealand contributions to Afghanistan

Prime Minister Helen Clark and Defence Minister Mark Burton today announced the re-deployment of around 50 New Zealand Special Air Service (NZSAS) personnel to Afghanistan for up to 180 days from June this year.


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