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Top Scoop Stories - 13 August 2008 News Summary

Today's Top Scoops - 13 August 2008

LEAD STORY:

Lyndon Hood Satire: Sanctions On Russia, Beneficiaries

NZ POLITICS:

Images: Fire Service Defends Parliament From White Powder
Fishy Business: Red Fish Alerts Consumers To At Risk Species
Talking Points: Hear From A Refugee High Court Judge
Back Benches: Steve Maharey Special
Veterans: Giant Cheque For RSA

BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH:

Rural Photography: Good Looking Cows Could Win Prizes
Hustling: Entrepreneurs Win Auckland A Gold

WORLD:

Russia: Medvedev Orders End To Georgia Operations
Colombia & NATO: Bogota's Mad Rush To Curry Favor
Global Food Crisis: Raising Crop Productivity Via Plant Mutation
Boom Times: Are Brazil's Rising Nuclear Ambitions A Bit Of A Worry?

COMMENT:

Letter from Elsewhere: Closing the door to hope
A Play of Villains: Conflict in Georgia
Warrior John McCain: Far More Dangerous Than Bush
William Engdahl: The Caucasus --Washington Risks nuclear war by miscalculation
Obituary: Stephen Mackendrick Thompson, 1939 - 2008
Michael Collins: Bush, Manson, and a Media Blackout on Prosecuting Bush
Jim Miles: The Future is Now - the end of cheap oil
The Nuclear Showdown: Part 2- The Battle over Enrichment

LIFESTYLE:

Opera: French Diva Heads Stellar Cast
Spookiness: Ju Ju All Good For Witchcraft Researching Academic
Orientalism: Southeast Asia Nights Come To Wellington Saturday
Welfare: Yet Another World Record For Kiwi Freediver

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LEAD STORY

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Lyndon Hood Satire: Sanctions On Russia, Beneficiaries - In the face of ongoing occupation of New Zealand by uncooperative beneficiary forces, John Key has heroically called for the imposition of sanctions - the method that lead to such happy endings in, say, Cuba. Or Iraq. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00148.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00162.htm


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NZ POLITICS

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Images: Fire Service Defends Parliament From White Powder - It was a bad day in Wellington for your house to have caught fire or ones cat to have got stuck in a drainpipe. A large number of fire crew turned up to investigate some white powder which had mysteriously arrived at Parliament. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00164.htm


Fishy Business: Red Fish Alerts Consumers To At Risk Species - Greenpeace launched a major new consumer seafood campaign at Kelly Tarlton's Underwater World in Auckland yesterday, and released a 'Red Fish' guide listing the 12 most at-risk oceans species. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0808/S00159.htm


Talking Points: Hear From A Refugee High Court Judge - One man in Wellington is uniquely placed to offer insight into the current politics of Zimbabwe and will be sharing his experiences on August 20 at Victoria University. Benjamin Paradza is a refugee in New Zealand. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0808/S00155.htm


Back Benches: Steve Maharey Special - Our panel on Back Benches tonight is ... Steve Maharey from Labour, Russel Norman from the Greens, Heather Roy from Act and Judy Turner from United Future. And we're in the office of Steve Maharey. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0808/S00158.htm


Veterans: Giant Cheque For RSA - Winston Peters and Rick Barker handed over a cheque for $1 million to the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services' Association today, designated to help provide services for New Zealand veterans. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00152.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00195.htm


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BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH

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Rural Photography: Good Looking Cows Could Win Prizes - Applications have now opened for the Federated Farmers of New Zealand Rural Photography Award 2008, organised in conjunction with the New Zealand Guild of Agricultural Journalists and Communicators. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0808/S00190.htm


Hustling: Entrepreneurs Win Auckland A Gold - An International study has named Auckland the most entrepreneurial city of 27 OECD cities surveyed. The study shows Auckland the top city with an average of 13.5 per cent in terms of the proportion of entrepreneurs aged between 18-64 years. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0808/S00192.htm


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WORLD

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Russia: Medvedev Orders End To Georgia Operations - Dmitry Medvedev informed his French colleague France Nicolas Sarkozy about the end of the operations to oblige the Georgian authorities to restore peace. Dmitry Medvedev stressed that the operations in South Ossetia have achieved their main goal. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0808/S00202.htm


Colombia & NATO: Bogota's Mad Rush To Curry Favor - When Colombian Defense Minister Juan Manuel Santos declared, "We have to start thinking about the post-conflict, and what role Colombian troops can play in world peace missions," it seems that he is forgetting the reality of the situation in his own country. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0808/S00210.htm


Global Food Crisis: Raising Crop Productivity Via Plant Mutation - Plant mutation, a scientific technique that dramatically improves crop productivity, could be part of the solution to the current food and energy crisis that threatens to plunge millions worldwide into hunger, according to a UN expert on the subject. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0808/S00226.htm


Boom Times: Are Brazil's Rising Nuclear Ambitions A Bit Of A Worry? - If Washington persists in paying less than ample attention to the emerging superpower, it may soon be shocked by Brazil's potential to have a China-like, booming economy, increased nuclear capabilities, a growing self-confidence in its own and ability. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0808/S00209.htm


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COMMENT

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Letter from Elsewhere: Closing the door to hope - No wonder John Key could honestly say, announcing his party's welfare policy, that the widow's benefit "gave my mother enough security to keep us together and keep us focused on a time when things would improve. By having our most basic needs covered ... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00162.htm


A Play of Villains: Conflict in Georgia - A play of villains, where the only victims (as always) are civilians. The Russian president Dmitry Medvedev has announced a halt to military operations of Russian forces in Georgia, but skirmishes continue. Fears that the entire Georgian state ... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00156.htm


Warrior John McCain: Far More Dangerous Than Bush - During the hottest days of the Cold War, Gen. Thomas Power headed the Strategic Air Command, whose nuclear-armed B-52s were meant to deter the Soviet Union. General Power, like many of the Air Force brass at the time, believed that nuclear war with ... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00159.htm


William Engdahl: The Caucasus --Washington Risks nuclear war by miscalculation - The dramatic military attack by the military of the Republic of Georgia on South Ossetia in the last days has brought the world one major step closer to the ultimate horror of the Cold War era--a thermonuclear war between Russia and ... More >> [1]

EARLIER:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00160.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00102.htm


Obituary: Stephen Mackendrick Thompson, 1939 - 2008 - Video + Funeral Order Of Service - Stephen Mackendrick Thompson - 1939 - 2008 Husband, Father, Grandfather, Mathematician, Engineer, Musician, Mountaineer & Co-Founder of Scoop.co.nz - Died 27 July 2008, Aged 69 years 2 days. "'And the sun came out to dry me.' More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00140.htm


Michael Collins: Bush, Manson, and a Media Blackout on Prosecuting Bush - An Interview with Vincent Bugliosi - Part 2 - If a man carefully plans and executes the killing of another, we call him a murderer, arrest and try him, then send him off to the nearest death chamber. In many states, individuals convicted of three felonies are subject to an automatic life sentence... More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00142.htm


Jim Miles: The Future is Now - the end of cheap oil - This is one of the more difficult articles/reviews I have worked on. I have been well aware of Peak Oil for a while, but never did I gather so much information in one sitting that simply spelled out doom and gloom. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00151.htm


The Nuclear Showdown: Part 2- The Battle over Enrichment - Tensions appeared to be easing between the United States and Iran. The U.S. has hinted at creating an embassy in Iran, the first since the 1979 hostage crisis. According to an article by Ewen MacAskill from July 18th in the Sydney Morning Herald, "The ... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00146.htm


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LIFESTYLE

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Opera: French Diva Heads Stellar Cast - French soprano Anne Sophie Duprels is young and beautiful; her vocal prowess is beyond reproach; and she is regularly lauded for being as fine an actor as she is a singer. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0808/S00119.htm


Spookiness: Ju Ju All Good For Witchcraft Researching Academic - Charms and curses have been flooding into the office of Dr Gina Salapata, but the senior classics lecturer is happy to have them, along with the odd "voodoo" doll. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0808/S00023.htm


Orientalism: Southeast Asia Nights Come To Wellington Saturday - The Southeast Asian Night Market is a free family event in Wellington this Saturday August 16. There will be varieties for Southeast Asian cuisine from eight Southeast Asian countries as well as kickboxing, gamelan, shadow puppets and batik making. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0808/S00121.htm


Welfare: Yet Another World Record For Kiwi Freediver - Wellington Freediver Dave Mullins has yet again, put his name next to another Freediving World Record in an amazing dive of 213m in front of International judges. Mullins record dive involved him swimming underwater on a single breath of air a total of 8 and a half times of the 25m pool using a modified breaststroke style stroke and kick. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0808/S00110.htm


And those were the Top Scoops on this day, 13 August 2008

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