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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
NZ Armed Forces Iraq Invasion Involvement Denied
Stateside: Moses & The Waco Kid
Help Wanted, Apply Within
Bolivian Mystic Coming To Wellington
Firas Al-Atraqchi: I.D.I.O.T.S.
Oncology Delays Forcing Mastectomies
Australian Kava Death Sparks Food Agency Debate
Jesus I Was Evil – Bush Changes The Script
23 Years Of Debt For One Year’s Study
Anti-globalization Sacred Cows Debunked
UQ Wire: Questioning the Official Line
Katya Rivas

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Bill’s Not The Boss Of Us
It’s A Super Way To Buy A Rail Network
Prebble’s Letter: Nats Can’t Afford Ructions
There Won’t Be Another Kelly Chal Incident
It’s Not Just The Books Looking Poorly
Tanczos, Like Shipley, Just Wants You To Be Safe
The Censor Needs A Deputy – SPCS
Release Of Treasury Briefing Papers Deferred
Undo Matt Robson’s Doings – Franks
Stretched Police Officers Seconded To Auckland
Muriel Newman: What To Do About Families

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NZ Armed Forces Iraq Invasion Involvement Denied

- “New Zealand Defence Force personnel working in the Headquarters of the United States Central Command in Tampa, Florida, are not (NOT) engaged in planning New Zealand involvement in any potential action against Iraq. See... Chief Of Defence Force Air Marshal Bruce Ferguson [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0208/S00085.htm


Stateside: Moses & The Waco Kid

- Ever had one of those moments when you wish the Red Sea would open up and swallow you? Charlton Heston apparently hasn't or he wouldn't have done that cringingly egotistical video this week about how he's got symptoms consistent with the early stages of Alzheimer's. See... Stateside: 37 Cents Can Buy You Love! [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0208/S00093.htm


Help Wanted, Apply Within

- Scoop is looking for a new Web-Editor. The position is suited to a recent journalism graduate, who is prepared to do the grunt work of posting news on the website, but has the talent and confidence to write news stories as required. See... Help Wanted, Apply Within [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0208/S00096.htm


Bolivian Mystic Coming To Wellington

- Catalina’s visit to Wellington - at the end of a brief speaking tour to Australasia - offers a unique opportunity to meet and hear her extraordinary testimony concerning the experience of stigmata and her encounters with Jesus Christ, Mary and the Archangels Michael, Raphael and Gabriel. See... Katya Rivas Visiting Wellington 27-28 August [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0208/S00097.htm


Firas Al-Atraqchi: I.D.I.O.T.S.

- I can't stop laughing. And I blame a bunch of ragtag Iraqis for the incredible tickle to my funny bone. See... Rolex Watches: A Freedom Fighter's New Weapon [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0208/S00098.htm


Oncology Delays Forcing Mastectomies

- The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation says that women with breast cancer are being told to consider having a complete mastectomy rather than breast-conserving surgery because vital post-operative radiotherapy and chemotherapy cannot be administered within recommended guide times. See... Oncology Delays At Waikato Hospital [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0208/S00028.htm


Australian Kava Death Sparks Food Agency Debate

- “We support the New Zealand Food Safety Authority’s cautious and responsible approach to concerns about products containing kava,” Gary Mabey, Joint Co-ordinator of Citizens for Health Choices, said today. See... Authority’s Stance Shows Importance Of Independence [1] MORE: - Medsafe - Need for therapeutic agency [2] - MAF - Statement Dietary Supplements Containing Kava [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0208/S00027.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0208/S00026.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0208/S00025.htm


Jesus I Was Evil – Bush Changes The Script

- The following, alleged to be a draft of a speech George W. Bush wrote himself, to be delivered on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, recently came into our hands from a usually reliable White House source, the person known to us as "Shallow Throat." See... Draft of Bush's Astounding 9/11-Anniversary Speech [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0208/S00091.htm


23 Years Of Debt For One Year’s Study

- Women graduating with a 1 year certificate from polytechnic will take an average of 23 years to repay their student loan, according to new figures released today by the New Zealand University Students’ Association (NZUSA). See... 23 years of debt for one year of study - figures [1] and Student Loan Repayment Times - Figures [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0208/S00022.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0208/S00023.htm


Anti-globalization Sacred Cows Debunked

- World inequality is increasing. That’s one of the major claims of Greens, Reds and assorted anti-globalization “activists”. Take Grassroots International as just one example. They have claimed: “Inequality, by any definition, has increased.” See... Guest Opinion: World Inequality and Globalization [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0208/S00092.htm


UQ Wire: Questioning the Official Line

- Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney spoke out with courage and determination. Her call for a public inquiry into the events surrounding 9-11, did not center on so-called "intelligence failures" by the FBI. She zeroed in on the conspiracy of silence and the total lack of political accountability. See... UQ Wire: 911 - Foreknowledge or Deception? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0208/S00090.htm


Katya Rivas

- Calm down, little one, today we are going to address a topic I would like you to reflect on for the next few hours. See... Katya Rivas: Rage and Anger [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0208/S00094.htm


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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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Bill’s Not The Boss Of Us

- The decline of National into third-party status highlights the need to abolish the position of Leader of the Opposition, Green Party Electoral Reform spokesman Rod Donald said today. See... Abolish Leader Of Opposition, Say Greens [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00136.htm


It’s A Super Way To Buy A Rail Network

- Green co-leader Rod Donald is urging the Government to scrap the Cullen super fund, and use the $600 million already set aside to buy back the national rail network. See... Scrap Super Fund, Buy Back Rail - Greens [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00137.htm


Prebble’s Letter: Nats Can’t Afford Ructions

- Maurice Williamson and Bill English need to find common ground. A history lesson serves a warning. In attempting to rejuvenate his Opposition front bench in the aftermath of Muldoon's hard reign, Jim McLay created a Cabinet that sealed his own fate. See... Richard Prebble's Letter From Wellington 19/8/2002 [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00135.htm


There Won’t Be Another Kelly Chal Incident

- We deeply regret the circumstances surrounding Kelly Chal's resignation from Parliament. Our own investigations and those of the Chief Electoral Office have been completed and our explanation has been accepted by the Chief Electoral Officer. See... Re: Kelly Chal - United Future Candidate [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00132.htm


It’s Not Just The Books Looking Poorly

- “The serious health problems that have come to light during the last two weeks are a direct result of the New Zealand economy's poor growth performance over the past half century,” says National's finance spokesman Don Brash. See... Poor Growth Equals Poor Health Care [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00131.htm


Tanczos, Like Shipley, Just Wants You To Be Safe

- Green MP Nandor Tanczos today returned fire on critics of kits to test dance party drugs, saying their comments were off the wall when the Ministry of Health itself promoted a harm minimisation approach to the use of dance party drugs. See... Nandor supports Ministry of Health on drug testing [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00128.htm


The Censor Needs A Deputy – SPCS

- The Society is concerned that the position of DCC has been vacant since October 1999 and the Office of Film and Literature Classification (OFLC) has consequently been operating since December 1998, with only a one-person executive rather than two as required under the Act. See... High Court action against George Hawkins [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0208/S00073.htm


Release Of Treasury Briefing Papers Deferred

- The Treasury briefing papers to the incoming government will now be released after the Speech from the Throne. See... Release Of Treasury Briefing Papers Deferred [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00134.htm


Undo Matt Robson’s Doings – Franks

- Phil Goff must promise to reverse former cabinet minister Matt Robson's policies toward criminals as well as for foreign aid, ACT Justice Spokesman Stephen Franks said today. See... End No Strings Parole And No Strings Foreign Aid [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00133.htm


Stretched Police Officers Seconded To Auckland

- Police officers from around the country are being sent to Auckland on five-week shifts because of spiralling crime and under-staffing, says National's Police spokesman Tony Ryall. See... Regions Lose Out In Police Reshuffle [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00130.htm


Muriel Newman: What To Do About Families

- Families are the building block of society. The traditional married family is still the most successful child-rearing institution ever invented. Yet in spite of that well recognised fact, over the last 30 years the state has gradually eroded the standing and the strength of the family. See... Muriel Newman: The Politics of the Family [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00127.htm


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