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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Hard News Is Here - For The Last Time
Scoop Feedback: Bullying The Opposition
What You Need To Know About Coffee
Kim Webby Personal Grievance
Keith Rankin: Incremental versus Excremental Economics
Naked In Nuhaka: Missing Spring
The Week In The House
Israeli Settlers Bomb Palestinian Children
Countdown To War: NZ Mobilises Inspectors
Countdown To War: Iraq Accuses US Of Imperialist Ambition
Countdown To War: Where Ari Avoids The “O” Word
Countdown To War: Not Important? Think Again!
Daily Katya Rivas

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Abolishing Bill
Kiwi Bank Under Fire
GE Weed Risks Expose Double Standard
Tracking Our Absent Children – By Computer
Children Are Our Priority Says Govt.
These Are The Days Of Our Select Committees
Trade And Industry NZ To Become One
TOKM And CFRT Inquiries Formally Back On

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Hard News Is Here

- GOOD DAY MEDIAPHILES … this is the last Hard News in its current form. Most Friday mornings for the past 11 years, day job or not, I have got up early on Friday mornings, bashed out a script - on a good week, I would have made some notes - driven to 95bFM and done the broadcast. At a conservative estimate of 40 weeks a year that's around 450 times. It sounds a *lot* when you put it that way. See... HARD NEWS 20/09/02 - The Last Post [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0209/S00117.htm


Scoop Feedback: Bullying The Opposition

- In This Edition: Bullying Is The Domain Of Cowards - The Green Party: Thou Shalt Buy Local - Teen Killer Sentences - Honorary Truck Drivers License See... Scoop Feedback: Bullying Is The Domain Of Cowards [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0209/S00118.htm


What You Need To Know About Coffee

- When you next buy a $3 cappuccino, the coffee farmer who grew the beans won’t even get three cents. 25 million coffee farmers across the world are facing economic ruin while the giant roasters make huge profits. Today, Oxfam Community Aid Abroad is launching a global campaign to tackle the coffee crisis and demand a fair price for farmers. See... What’s THAT in your coffee? [1] , Bitter coffee in Kenya... one family’s story… [2] and About the Coffee Crisis… - Fact Sheet [3] REACTION: - Trade Aid - There is a better way to help coffee farmers [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00192.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00191.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00190.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0209/S00045.htm


Kim Webby Personal Grievance

- The PSA has lodged with the Employment Relations Authority a personal grievance claim against Television New Zealand on behalf of television reporter Kim Webby, PSA spokesperson Jo Quatermass said today. See... Personal Grievance lodged on behalf of tv reporter [1] UQ Wire: Three Cheers For The Forces Of Truth - Last Monday night on C-SPAN I was greatly heartened and encouraged by the words of former weapons inspector and ex-Marine, Scott Ritter who said that the "politics of fear must be defeated by the forces of truth." See... UQ Wire: Musings On Courage & The Forces For Truth [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0209/S00063.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0209/S00116.htm


Keith Rankin: Incremental versus Excremental Economics

- Orthodox neoclassical economics is incremental in its nature. Economic analysis is done by considering small changes at the 'margin' to such things as cost, utility (ie happiness), revenue or whatever. And neoclassical economists prefer to interpret economic history as a sequence of small, evolutionary, incremental changes. See... Incremental versus Excremental Economics [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0209/S00113.htm


Naked In Nuhaka: Missing Spring

- One of the strangest parts of trans-hemispheric migration is doing the season slip. Having moved to New Zealand (NZ) last December, the last time I experienced Springtime was back in March/April 2001, distant memories of a year and a half ago. Springtime ... See... Springtime in "The Bay" area [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0209/S00114.htm


The Week In The House

– For transcript's of this week's Questions of the day see... Tuesday's Q&A [1] - Wednesday's Q&A [2] - Thursday’s Q&A [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00287.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00320.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00339.htm


Israeli Settlers Bomb Palestinian Children

- Five Palestinian children, all no more than 8-years of age, were wounded Tuesday when a bomb exploded in their school south of the occupied West Bank City of Hebron. Israeli Police and Palestinian sources said they believed Israeli settlers were responsible. See... Israeli Settlers Bomb Children's School in Hebron [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00199.htm



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COUNTDOWN TO WAR FEATURE PAGE

Countdown To War: NZ Mobilises Inspectors

- “Our contribution to UNMOVIC, approved yesterday by the government, is consistent with the government’s disarmament objectives and support for multilateral efforts to bring Iraq into compliance with its obligations towards Security Council resolutions,” PM Helen Clark and Defence Minister Mark Burton said. See... New Zealand To Contribute To UN Mission In Iraq [1] . Meanwhile in Afghanistan… Military engineers on humanitarian mission [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00349.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00336.htm


Countdown To War: Iraq Accuses US Of Imperialist Ambition

- “The U.S. administration wants to destroy Iraq in order to control the Middle East oil, and consequently control the politics as well as the oil and economic policies of the whole world. If it succeeded in that, God forbid, it would dictate on you what each country needs for its economic development, what quantities of oil it is allowed to buy, and at what prices, along with other conditions.” See… Iraqi Foreign Minister Naji Sabri UN Statement [1] MORE: - Iraq - U.S and British warplanes launch a new aggression [2] , Iraq discusses practical UN inspectors measures [3] - UN - Chief UN weapons inspector briefs Security Council [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00204.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00206.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00205.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00207.htm


Countdown To War: Where Ari Avoids The “O” Word

- Q And a follow-up. The Foreign Minister of Iraq and Tariq Aziz use always the word "oil," saying that the U.S. is trying to get any excuse possible to get its hands or control Iraqi oil. Is that a valid point? See... Press Briefing by Ari Fleischer - September 19 [1] MORE FROM THE U.S. GOVT: - White House - Continuation of the National Terrorism Emergency [2] , President Visits Homeland Security Complex [3] , Bush to Send Iraq Resolution to Congress Today [4] - State Dept. - Intelligence Sharing and September 11 Attacks [5] , Powell IV By NPR's Morning Edition's Alex Chadwick [6] , State Dept. Daily Press Briefing for September 18 [7] - DoD - Rumsfeld Stakeout with Russian MoD Borisovich [8] , Rumsfeld Interview with Jim Lehrer, News Hour, PBS [9]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00203.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00202.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00201.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00200.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00197.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00196.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00193.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00195.htm
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0209/S00194.htm


Countdown To War: Not Important? Think Again!

- Robert Fisk has the right take on the Bush administration. With Saddam Hussein having unconditionally agreed to allow in the weapons inspectors, the US is all dressed up with no war to go to. See... NITA: Blowback From The Blowhards [1] See also...COUNTDOWN TO WAR FEATURE PAGE [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0209/S00115.htm
[2] - http://scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=countdowniraq


Daily Katya Rivas

- Beloved one, why did this happen? I did not like the answer you gave your Mother at all. Call her and say you are sorry. That is not what I want in you. What is the matter with you today? You are very irritable. See... Katya Rivas: Adopt Habits That Keep you Faithful [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0209/S00112.htm

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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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Abolishing Bill

- Green co-leader Rod Donald today made a submission to the Standing Orders Committee arguing that the position of 'Leader of the Opposition' be abolished. See... Greens push to have leader of opposition abolished [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00335.htm


Kiwi Bank Under Fire

- Jim Anderton should front up with answers on Kiwibank instead of attacking those seeking accountability for the waste of taxpayers' money on a bank that's not needed, ACT Finance spokesman Rodney Hide says. See... Anderton Should Give Answers, Not Silence Critics [1] MORE: - Jim Anderton - Kiwibank critics should apologise [2] and Speech Notes: Opening of Nelson Kiwibank Franchise [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00359.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00350.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00343.htm


GE Weed Risks Expose Double Standard

- Cannabis sativa seed imported into New Zealand for industrial hemp trials was not tested for the presence of genetic modification, says National’s Agriculture spokesman David Carter. See... Green Party double standards [1] MORE ON CANNABIS - NZ First - Nandor's cannabis education not wanted or needed [2] - ACT - Hemp Could Spoil Illegal Cannabis Industry [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00358.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00357.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00342.htm


Tracking Our Absent Children – By Computer

- ACT education spokesman Donna Awatere Huata has welcomed the Education Minister's pledge to establish a central database to monitor truancy. See... Will Mallard Really Establish a Truancy Database? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00355.htm


Children Are Our Priority Says Govt.

- Improving support for children and families is a key focus for the Labour-led government, says Social Services and Employment Minister Steve Maharey. See... Children a key focus for Labour-led government [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00352.htm


These Are The Days Of Our Select Committees

– For the latest weekly bulletin on work in the Committee Rooms see... Select Committee Business [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00347.htm


Trade And Industry NZ To Become One

- The Government has decided in principle to create a new organisation fully integrating the business and export development services currently provided by Trade New Zealand and Industry New Zealand, Economic Development Minister Jim Anderton and Trade Negotiations Minister Jim Sutton.... See... Business dev. agencies to become one-stop shop [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00345.htm


TOKM And CFRT Inquiries Formally Back On

- Today Parliament’s Mâori Affairs Committee agreed in principle to conduct an inquiry into the Treaty of Waitangi Fisheries Commission (Te Ohu Kai Moana). However, it is likely to differ from the inquiry conducted by the previous Mâori Affairs Committee. See... Inquiry into the Treaty of Waitangi Fisheries Com. [1] and Inquiry into the Crown Forestry Rental Trust [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00338.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0209/S00337.htm

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