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Rankin: The Gene Genie And The Lamp
Cast International Spotlight On Thug Mugabe At CHOGM
Brain Drain May Be Turning Around
Satire: Business Confidence Lodged In Fundamental Orifice
Black Widow Found In California Grapes
Power Savings Improve Again – 13.7%Yesterday
Ecologist Says Good On Ya To Sandra Lee & Staff
Dinner At The Piecart, QEII’s Shout
Explicit French Movie Fit Only For Film Students
This Is The Big One For The Warriors
Raw, Medium Rare & Well Done Bands Duke It Out


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Rankin: The Gene Genie And The Lamp

- Genetic manipulation is a new technology, which, like most new technologies makes a large proportion of us uncomfortable. And, as with other new technologies, we tend to see the issues in pure black and white terms. The pros unquestioningly embrace the genie. The antis demand that the genie be put back into the lamp. Unassuming scientists, most of them with a strong commitment to public values, are cast as either heroes or villains. See... Keith Rankin: Learning To Live With The Gene Genie [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0108/S00135.htm


Cast International Spotlight On Thug Mugabe At CHOGM

- Libertarianz Party leader Peter Cresswell continued to condemn Helen Clark's inability to speak out about human rights abuses in Zimbabwe - a fellow member of the Commonwealth with whose leader, Robert Mugabe, she will no doubt be rubbing shoulders at Brisbane's CHOGM conference. See... Speak Up Helen, Zimbabwe Still Can't Hear You! [1] MORE: - Phil Goff - Need to confront Mugabe at CHOGM [2] - Peter Dunne - New Zealand Should Take Stand On Mugabe Issue [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0108/S00108.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00445.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00425.htm


Brain Drain May Be Turning Around

- Outflows surged at the beginning of this year, as people sought to beat the introduction of tighter benefit criteria in Australia. However, more recent data suggests that migrant flows may now have begun to turn in New Zealand’s favour. See... Brain Drain Becomes Brain Gain? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0108/S00229.htm


Satire: Business Confidence Lodged In Fundamental Orifice

- “It’s my confidence”, replied Fallis, “My business confidence.” “And what exactly is wrong with your business confidence, Ridget?” “It’s…it’s…it’s disappeared up my own arsehole!” cried Mr Fallis before breaking down in sobs. See... Scoop Satire: Business Confidence Disappears [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0108/S00137.htm


Black Widow Found In California Grapes

- THE Ministry of Health has today issued a warning to food retailers and consumers, after a black widow spider was found in grapes from California. See... Warning After Black Widow Spider Found [1] and Greens Call Again For Ban On Californian Grapes [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0108/S00038.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00463.htm


Power Savings Improve Again – 13.7%Yesterday

- National Savings Day by Day Actual daily electricity savings for the past week are shown. This data shows exactly what the country saved each day. See... Electricity Information For Wed 22 August 2001 [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0108/S00230.htm


Ecologist Says Good On Ya To Sandra Lee & Staff

- Please accept my congratulations on your handling of the proposed expansion of rock-crushing on public land near Reefton. See... Open Letter To Minister Of Conservation [1] Click through to the JUST POLITICS feature page for earlier Reefton mine news. [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0108/S00109.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=justpolitics


Dinner At The Piecart, QEII’s Shout

- Libertarianz leader Peter Cresswell today released the unofficial programme for the Queen's visit in October, noting that Helen Clark's earlier proposed programme for the Queen gives both women undue and undeserved importance. See... Queen's Visit To New Freeland - Proposed Programme [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0108/S00107.htm


Explicit French Movie Fit Only For Film Students

- French film Baise-Moi caused controversy overseas because of its shocking portrayal of violence, and the explicit depiction of sexual activity. Of particular concern was the juxtaposition of extreme violence with explicit sexual activity. See... Heavy restriction on French film Baise-Moi [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0108/S00070.htm


This Is The Big One For The Warriors

- Vodafone Warriors head coach, Daniel Anderson, today announced an unchanged team to travel to Melbourne for Monday night’s season-defining fixture against the Storm. See... Vodafone Warriors face a desperate Storm [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0108/S00067.htm


Raw, Medium Rare & Well Done Bands Duke It Out

- It’s crunch time as bands all over the country prepare for the regional semi-finals of the Lion Red RAW Battle of the Bands. See... Regional Round-Up - Lion RAW Battle of the Bands [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0108/S00068.htm


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Reese Erlich: Foreign Correspondent: Trump Plays Both Sides Against The Middle

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Gordon Campbell: On The Sorry Plight Of The International Education Sector

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Binoy Kampmark: Google’s Open Letter: Fighting Australia’s News Media Bargaining Code

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Gordon Campbell: On Trump’s Current Chances Of Re-Election

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The Coronavirus Republic: Three Million Infections And Rising

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Binoy Kampmark: Altars Of Hypocrisy: George Floyd, Protest And Black Face

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