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Scoop Top 30 weekend Ratings - June 11-12


The weekend’s top 30 rating items on Scoop were...

1: UQ Wire: Kevin Ryan - A Personal Decision

Have you ever found yourself caught between several hundred million people and their most cherished lies? After writing a letter to a government scientist, pleading with him to clarify a report of his work, I found myself in just that situation. The letter ...

2: Another Downing St Memo – Wrongfooting Saddam

SCOOP EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is a transcript of another document leaked to the media concerning the build up to the Iraq war. It concerns a discussion in early 2002 between the UK Ambassador to the US and then Deputy Defence Secretary Paul Wolfowitz.

3: Downing Street Memo: Case for Impeachment Builds

The fallout from the revelation of a secret meeting between British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his senior national security team appears to be growing. We take a look at the so-called "Downing Street Memo" which reveals how the former director ...

4: Queen's Birthday Honours 2005

The Queen has been pleased, on the occasion of the New Zealand celebration of Her Majesty's Birthday, to make the following appointments to The New Zealand Order of Merit:

5: A Week Of It: Agenda, National Policy & Privilege

In This Edition: Agenda Programme Packs Powerful Punch Plenty of National Party Policy Still To Come A Question of Privilege Labour MP Actually Makes It To Privileges Committee – In Mid 80s Mr Rodney Hide May Get Assistance From Human Rights Tribunal ...

6: NZ First - Open Letter to The Sunday Star Times

I wish to report to you my grave concern that a lunatic has escaped from an Australian asylum, gained access to this country and is breaking into the Sunday Star Times office at 2:30 on a weekday morning and proceeded to write injudicious editorials ...

7: Brash’s promises reckless and unaffordable

Finance Minister Michael Cullen said today that Don Brash’s statements about tax cuts were becoming more and more incredible by the day.

8: David Michael Green: Bring It Down. Now.

The Downing Street Memo is the gift that just keeps on giving. And well it should. It is the smoking gun which proves that the gravest possible crime was committed by the Bush administration, and among its victims were the American people.

9: UK Ministers Told Of Need For Gulf War ‘Excuse’

SCOOP LINK: Sunday Times (UK)June 12, 2005 - MINISTERS were warned in July 2002 that Britain was committed to taking part in an American-led invasion of Iraq and they had no choice but to find a way of making it legal.

10: In A Land Of Sausage Brains, Suspect The Wurst

As bad as things are in America, I've always felt safe in saying I'd consider leaving the country only in the unfathomable event Dubya started offering vocabulary lessons. So.when's the next flight to Costa Rica?

11: 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 ...

12: William Rivers Pitt: After Downing Street

Intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy. Bush had already made the decision to invade. That's what the leaked secret British intelligence document now known as the Downing Street Minutes tells us from back in time to July of 2002, ...

13: Kamala Sarup: UNHCR And Bhutanease Refugees?

The UNHCR has just announced that they are gradually reducing their facilities for Bhutanese refugees, even though refugee representatives have been continually appealing for a greater supply of various staples. The cut in UNHCR aid fundamentally affects ...

14: Questions & Answers for Oral Answer 9 June 2005

1. Health Services—Waiting Times 2. Chinese Spy Network—New Zealand 3. Te Wânanga o Aotearoa—Treaty of Waitangi Settlement Question No. 1 to Minister Question No. 3 to Minister 4. Economy—Reserve Bank Announcement 5. Labour Party President—Auckland ...

15: Twinkle Toes odds on to win Dancing with the Stars

Dancing with the Stars punters have backed Norm Hewitt into odds-on betting favouritism. Centrebet has cut its odds on Twinkle Toes beating Shane Cortese and Tim Shabolt to 1.80.

16: Evidence Shows MeNZB(tm) Vaccine Is Not Working

"The Ministry of Health press release this afternoon is riddled with faith and false information," say risk & policy analyst Ron Law and writer/researcher Barbara Sumner Burstyn

17: IMAC's MeNZB Claim: Provide Evidence or Withdraw

"IMAC's dramatic statement today that the MeNZB(tm) vaccine is working in South Auckland needs to be substantiated by science or withdrawn as a cruel hoax," say risk and policy analyst, Ron Law and writer/researcher Barbara Sumner Burstyn.

18: Making An Informed Choice, Meningococcal B Vaccine

which is attached to ‘Wellington Cathedral St Paul’s’ (cnr Hill and Molesworth St, beside Parliament, free parking , gold coin entry fee )

19: Public Address 10/06/05 - What Are They Smoking?

For sure, yesterday's poverty data were rushed out from the Social Report not due to land until next month. Along with the leaflet that arrived in our letterbox this week ("The 2005 Budget: securing your future … You're better off with Labour") they ...

20: ESR's Meningococcal Staff at Great Risk - Chiron

"It is somewhat puzzling that the ESR has concluded that Chiron's researcher working at the ESR was not at increased risk from the disease, yet ESR staff have a 500 times greater risk of contracting meningococcal disease than persons of a similar ...

21: Narconews: Bolivia Has a New President

Kind readers, the battle of many armies and one death has reached its end. In these moments, several deputies are in the headquarters of the Supreme Court to invite the "new constitutional president," as Hormando Vaca Diez called him, to assume command ...

22: Fonterra Names Its High Flying Farmers

Young farmers on their way up through the industry ranks dominated centre stage at last night's Fonterra Westpac Dairy Excellence National Awards dinner with two of the three supreme awards going to farmers in the early stages of their careers.

23: Who's Got the Money? It Sure Isn't Veterans

We must all remember what David Cho at the Pentagon had to say about payments to veterans, "The amounts have gotten to the point where they are hurtful. They are taking away from the nation's ability to defend itself."

24: Anti-Smacking Campaign Dishonesty

ACT Justice spokesman Stephen Franks today renewed his attack on the Crimes (Abolition of Force As a Justification for Child Discipline) Amendment Bill.

25: First time in Russia for NZ Navy

On Friday 10 June, HMNZ Ships TE MANA and ENDEAVOUR will be the first New Zealand warships ever to visit Russia when they berth at Vladivostok.

26: Carat Pulls Out All the Stops for Adidas

Independent media agency Carat New Zealand has come up with several unique media innovations to promote adidas’s ‘Last Man Standing’ All Blacks vs Lions Tour campaign.

27: 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.

28: David Swanson: Bush, Blair, and Bumiller

The corporate media today began its coverage of the Downing Street Minutes, moved to do so by a visit to Washington by Prime Minister Tony Blair, and by the pressure all of us have applied.

29: Destiny Rallies Support in Kaitaia

Destiny New Zealand leader Richard Lewis presented the party's 'empowering families' message to over a hundred locals in Kaitaia last night.

30: David Ray Griffin: 9/11 and the American Empire

This lecture was delivered at the University of Wisconsin at Madison on April 18, 2005. - I will begin by unpacking the key terms in the title of my talk: “9/11,” “American empire,” and “religious people,” beginning with the last one.

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