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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS:
Scoop Satire: Bashing A Coalition Together
PrimeTV Video - Paul Holmes This Week
MPs Become The Unwilling Prey Of News Hunters -
Gregory Fortuin Examines Race Relations, The Maori Party And Don Brash -
Aerodynamic Leopard Skin Undies Assist New Sliding Champ -
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
Condoleezza Rice Plays Her Part In The Great Game
Greenpeace & Coalition Oppose GE Rice
MORE WORLD NEWS HEADLINES:

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Terror Alerts As A Tool In The Spin Wars
Impeachment Discussion Not A Waste Of Time - Swanson To Rhodes
Barbara Sumner Burstyn On 21st Century Birthing
Sam Smith: The Quiet Storm
Catherine Austin Fitts Explains The American Tapeworm
MORE SCOOP COMMENTARY:

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics):
Plenty Of Media Goss But None From National's Caucus Room In The Latest mccully.co.nz -
New Zealand Doubles Aid To Pakistan Earthquake Victims
NZ First MP Generously Adds Some More Talking Points For NZ First-Labour Consideration -
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Scoop Satire: Bashing A Coalition Together

[1] Lyndon Hood Takes A Satirical Look At The Coalition Crucible - Following the expiry of Helen Clark's initial target for the formation of a new government, the New Zealand Caretakers Association has applauded the extension of the current caretaker administration. "We are also pleased to note that Winston Peters has once again become critical to the coalition-building process," said NZCA President Mac Jenkins, "We all have fond memories of our extended reign in 1996, and I'm sure Mr Peters will do his best for us now." See... Lyndon Hood: Coalition Briefs [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00182.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00182.htm


PrimeTV Video - Paul Holmes This Week

- Jonah Lomu & wife Fiona about his Welsh Rugby transfer before getting up close and personal with Hone Harawira and mum Titewhai. Also includes a report on New Zealand's big Melbourne Cup hope Xcellent. See... Video: Holmes, Jonah, Hariwira, Melbourne Cup Hope [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00180.htm


MPs Become The Unwilling Prey Of News Hunters -

When there's coalition shenanigans to be had, many MPs would prefer to weave a little to the left of the limelight. Thankfully, for the masses outside the parliamentary compound, a small, noble and dedicated bunch of media foot-soldiers have dedicated themselves to camping in strategic locations around the Beehive and Bowen House in the pursuit of truth. See... The Hunt Is On For Coalition Constructing MPs [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00167.htm


Gregory Fortuin Examines Race Relations, The Maori Party And Don Brash -

Many Maori have come to the conclusion that they cannot put their trust in “Pakeha” institutions and the Foreshore and Seabed Hikoi on Parliament saw the birth of the Maori Party. On the other side of the divide some “Pakeha” politicians sensed that “Pakeha” who account for over 70% of the voting population felt “it was about time somebody stood up to those damn Maori”. The proof of this 2nd phenomenon was the incredible support for Don Brash See... Fortuin: Nationbuilding and The Treaty [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00170.htm


Aerodynamic Leopard Skin Undies Assist New Sliding Champ -

David Crochley, a student at Lincoln, zoomed his way to victory on the 100m polythene Zoom Slide set up this morning on Hagley Park, Christchurch. David’s Zoom attempt in the final shootout measured 44.5 metres. Utilising the slippery Zoom slide, eco-friendly detergent and a leopard thong for speed, David was a crowd favourite from the beginning. See... The Rock World Zoom Slide Champs [1] Frog Fanciers In For Fantastic Weekend [2] To celebrate National Frog Week Karori Wildlife Sanctuary is holding a Frog Day on Saturday 29 October. There will be fascinating talks between 11am-2pm by frog expert Dr Ben Bell from Victoria University and the opportunity to see some Southern Bell frogs from Wellington Zoo. Plus there will be fun games and activities for the whole family. See... Frog Day Coming To Karori [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0510/S00108.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0510/S00103.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0510/S00103.htm


MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • Hamilton Man Escapes Full Impact of Amended Law [1]
  • Judge's Attitude To Domestic Violence Outrageous [2]
  • AAA Campaign Against Possum Fur at Fashion Week [3]
  • NZBR Perspectives On The Next 3 Years [4]
  • Muhammad Ali’s daughter to visit Wellington [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0510/S00110.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0510/S00107.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0510/S00106.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0510/S00265.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0510/S00054.htm


    Condoleezza Rice Plays Her Part In The Great Game

    - QUESTION: Andrea Koppel with CNN. I have a question for both of you. Mr. President, one of your daughters controls the media. The other controls the main bank here. The opposition, the political opposition, is routinely harassed, arrested. What evidence is there that you are anything more than a dictator? And Madame Secretary, if I may ask you, some of the opposition have said today, after your speech, that the primary concern for the United States in Kazakhstan is oil, the next is the war on terrorism, and only after that is democracy and human rights a concern. And as a result, they say, that your soft words have no impact. Could you please respond? Thank you. Rice Press Availability With Kazakhstan President [1] MORE:

  • Rice Remarks With Tajik Foreign Minister Nazarov [2]
  • Rice Interview With Kevin Chappell of Ebony Mag. [3]
  • Rice Remarks at Eurasian National University [4]
  • Rice IV With Hanif Sherzad of Radio Afghanistan [5]
  • Condoleezza Rice With Pakistan Foreign Minister [6]
  • Condoleezza Rice Briefing En Route to Kabul [7]
  • Rice Remarks With Afghan President Hamid Karzai [8]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00271.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00270.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00269.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00267.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00249.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00248.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00247.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00246.htm


    Greenpeace & Coalition Oppose GE Rice

    - Bangkok, 14 October 2005 -- A coalition of 17 organisations from across Asia today issued a World Food Day statement calling for a global ban on the introduction of genetically engineered (GE) rice. UN World Food Day - Asians Call for Ban on GE Rice [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00279.htm


    MORE WORLD NEWS HEADLINES:

  • Report of Conf on Human Rights and Mental Health [1]
  • Avian Influenza in Romania and Turkey: EU action [2]
  • UN Cash Position Stronger Than Last Year [3]
  • Iraq: Annan Calls For Peaceful Referendum Vote [4]
  • China’s Economic Invasion of Mexico [5]
  • State Dept. Daily Press Briefing October 13, 2005 [6]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00278.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00277.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00275.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00273.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00265.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00266.htm

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    SCOOP COLUMNS


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    Terror Alerts As A Tool In The Spin Wars

    - In the words of former White House Adviser on Counter-Terrorism Richard A Clarke, who is now working as a "consultant for ABC News": "The information from all this says there is going to be an attack, and it is going to be in New York." See... Chossudovsky: The New York City Terror Alert [1] MORE:

  • Jason Leopold -The Plot to Blow Up NYC Subway is Bogus [2]
  • Link - Keith Olbermann - The Nexus of Politics and Terror [3]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00181.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00185.htm
    [3] - http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9665308/#051012a


    Impeachment Discussion Not A Waste Of Time - Swanson To Rhodes

    - You were talking today about our poll on impeachment, so Bob Fertik called in to speak with you. But you spent the whole conversation attacking the idea of impeachment, claiming that it couldn't succeed and would therefore make any Democrats who tried ... See... An Open Letter To Randi Rhodes On Impeachment [1] & Poll: Americans Favor Impeachment If Bush Lied [2] RELATED: Rep. Conyers - Members Call On Fitzgerald to Issue Status Report [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00250.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00212.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00245.htm


    Barbara Sumner Burstyn On 21st Century Birthing

    - You’re in the last weeks of your pregnancy and the pressure is on; finish up at work, get the baby’s room ready and all that stuff you have to buy. Oh and draw up your labour party plan, complete with seating arrangements, menus and guest lists. The New York Times spotted it first. The headline ‘Move Over, Doc, the Guests Can't See the Baby,’ trumpeted the benefits and downsides of labour parties. “Like bridesmaids and pallbearers,” the article said, “invitees are marked as an honored group of intimates.” See... Birth, The Final Frontier Of Spectator Sport? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00186.htm


    Sam Smith: The Quiet Storm

    - Thomas Jefferson saw it coming. He warned, "From the conclusion of this war we shall be going down hill. It will not then be necessary to resort every moment to the people for support. They will be forgotten, therefore, and their rights disregarded. See... Sam Smith: Blowin' In The Wind Of Cultural Decay [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00176.htm


    Catherine Austin Fitts Explains The American Tapeworm

    - A Note from Franklin Sanders (The Money Changer): Following Catherine's reasoning requires attention. Listening to her is like crossing a creek on stepping stones: you only touch the surface of the water, even though it runs very, very deep. Most of all, Catherine's upbeat outlook always leaves you encouraged. She sees the future as it ought to be, & believes that it can be, too. See... The Real Deal: The Fitts Money Changer Interview [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00173.htm


    MORE SCOOP COMMENTARY:

  • Daniel Patrick Welch - Try And Catch The Wind [1]
  • Toni Solo - Nicaragua - A US Colony Again? [2]
  • Robert Mann - Film Review: The World's Fastest Indian [3]
  • Bill Berkowitz - Christian Right's piece of the 'Promised Land' [4]
  • Cindy Sheehan - 1965 [5]
  • Sunny Edwards - Producers Rush to Appoint Daniel Craig as 007 [6]
  • John Spritzler - John Spritzler: What Will It Take to Win?" [7]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00184.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00175.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00174.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00179.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00178.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00177.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00172.htm


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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)


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    Plenty Of Media Goss But None From National's Caucus Room In The Latest mccully.co.nz -

    It was a classic case of good news and bad news for Radio New Zealand staff last week. First, the state broadcaster’s staff received news that a new collective contract, negotiated with the union, had just been formally approved by the company. Salary increases all round. Champagne anyone? Perhaps not. Then came the bad news. See... www.mccully.co.nz - 14 October 2005 [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0510/S00068.htm


    New Zealand Doubles Aid To Pakistan Earthquake Victims

    - New Zealand is doubling its aid contribution for Pakistan earthquake relief, Aid Minister Marian Hobbs said today. A further $750,000 to international relief efforts will take the total contribution to $1.5 million. See... New Zealand doubles Pakistan earthquake aid [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0510/S00072.htm


    NZ First MP Generously Adds Some More Talking Points For NZ First-Labour Consideration -

    “The Labour Government has repeated ad nauseum over the last six years how much in the way of resources, policy and funding has been directed at improving the status of Maori,” said Maori Affairs spokesperson Pita Paraone. “What I want to know is, when are we going to start seeing some positive results? See... It's The Same Old Story [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0510/S00065.htm


    MORE POLITICS HEADLINES:

  • NZ Govt. - Bollard comments welcomed [1]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0510/S00069.htm


    POLITICIANS COLUMNS:

  • ACT - Heather Roy's Diary [1]
  • National - What's Going wONg [2]
  • National - www.mccully.co.nz - 14 October 2005 [3]
  • National - News Worthy [4]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0510/S00071.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0510/S00070.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0510/S00068.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0510/S00067.htm

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