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Sludge Report: Whose Responsibility Jerusalem Blast?
...feedback + News Link As Bombs Start Falling.
Howard’s End: Unanswered Questions, Unexplored Avenues
Fox TV Job No Set-up – Horomia
Pacific Press Freedom Under Threat – Banned Journo
Satire: Noble Profile Goes Unrecognised
Hard News Is Not Here
Bill Brings Police & Govt Too Close For Comfort
Sack Armstrong Advice Ignored
Feedback: Spurious Trade Deal Claims By Donald
“640K Ought To Be Enough For Anybody” – Bill Gates
Bledisloe Cup: 13 Hour Marathon Couch Session


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Sludge Report: Whose Responsibility Jerusalem Blast?

- Can anyone in the Israeli cabinet seriously claim that in these circumstances the bombing we saw yesterday in downtown Jerusalem would not be the eventual outcome? In reality the bombing yesterday was as inevitable as night following day. See... Sludge Report #99 – As Night Follows Day [1] MORE: - YAHOO NEWS LINK - Israel Seizes Palestinian Offices in East Jerusalem – Retaliates With F16s [2] - U.S. State Dept. - Daily Press Briefing, 8/9/01 - Gush Shalom - Policy Of Force Failed - Intl. Observers Now! [3] - UN Sec. Gen. Kofi Annan - Annan condemns suicide bomb attack in Jerusalem [4] - U.S. Pres. George Bush - Terrorist Bombing in Jerusalem [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0108/S00059.htm
[2] - http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010809/wl/mideast_dc.html
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0108/S00027.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0108/S00031.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0108/S00030.htm


...feedback + News Link As Bombs Start Falling.

- “You are either ignorant, stupid, or profoundly cynical and dishonest…. Perhaps you should be the victim of a suicide bombing.” A.R. of Chicago – “I just get so sick of all the one sided media that is full of all-out lies and half truths about what's going on in the Holy Land….Thanks” D.B. - and C.D. Sludge replies..."The problem with this script is that it has happened so often that with repetition, it starts to seem normal." See... Sludge Report #100: F16s Back In Action + Feedback [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0108/S00061.htm


Howard’s End: Unanswered Questions, Unexplored Avenues

- Humans are dumb if they spend billions of dollars on genetic engineering, human cloning and stem-cell research before asking why is it that crayfish, star fish, the octopus, crabs, the salamander, lizards, frogs, and the plant kingdom can naturally regenerate lost body parts and cure their diseases. See... Howard's End: Healing Technology [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0108/S00060.htm


Fox TV Job No Set-up – Horomia

- The Minister of Maori Affairs, Hon Parekura Horomia, said the process to appoint directors of the new Maori television service is independent and transparent. See... Appointment Process Independent And Transparent [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00224.htm


Pacific Press Freedom Under Threat – Banned Journo

- SUVA: Veteran regional correspondent Michael Field has strongly condemned his latest banning by a South Pacific Government. See... Banned Journalist Speaks Out [1] and RSF Protests Against Banning Of Michael Field [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0108/S00028.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0108/S00026.htm


Satire: Noble Profile Goes Unrecognised

- New Zeal Incorporated property developer and author Job Bones today filed a lawsuit against an Auckland parking warden for failing to recognise him after he parked on top of an environmentalist in Queen Street. See... Scoop Satire: Job Bones Sues For Recognition [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0108/S00058.htm


Hard News Is Not Here

- Hard as he is, Russell Brown is too ill and too busy to put out a bulletin this week.


Bill Brings Police & Govt Too Close For Comfort

- The Government's plans to take control of the police force will have major implications for the independence of the police and should not proceed, National's Police Spokesman Tony Ryall said today. See... Policing from the Beehive [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00226.htm


Sack Armstrong Advice Ignored

- ACT leader Richard Prebble says he's shocked that State Owned Enterprises Minister Mark Burton has rejected official advice that there were strong grounds for the Minister to seek Ross Armstrong's resignation as chairman of NZ Post. See... Ross Armstrong Should be Sacked [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00221.htm


Feedback: Spurious Trade Deal Claims By Donald

- Green Party co-leader Rod Donald is making much of the fact that trade with Singapore has dramatically deteriorated since the Government's free trade agreement took effect in January, and suggests the Government's push for free trade with Singapore has got off to an appalling start and we are more dependent than ever on imports. See... Feedback: Singapore Trade/Immigration Lolly Bucket [1] and First Six Months Of Singapore Free Trade A Failure – Donald [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0108/S00057.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00218.htm


“640K Ought To Be Enough For Anybody” – Bill Gates

- Remember when bubble skirts and fingerless gloves were the height of fashion? When Michael Jackson was renowned for his Thriller album and dancing skills rather than his sense of the bizarre? See... Intel Marks 20th Anniversary of the IBM PC [1] and Happy Birthday Dear Computer... If You Behave... [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0108/S00037.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0108/S00033.htm


Bledisloe Cup: 13 Hour Marathon Couch Session

- SKY announced today that over thirteen hours of “rugby indulgence” will screen between 6.00am and 7.30pm on Bledisloe Cup Day, Saturday 11 August 2001. See... Bledisloe Cup Full Day Special Live On Sky [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0108/S00036.htm


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