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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 1 November 2005


Yesterday's top 30 rating items on Scoop were...

1: Amnesty Seeks Tolerance For Rights Defenders

Uganda: East Africa and Horn of Africa governments must put an end to targeting of human rights defenders

2: The Second Coming of Jesus Christ and Bird Flu

The great thing about a blog site is that you get to make predictions which if you are correct, give you the ability to point everyone to the archived blog saying "told you so".

3: Patricia Johnson: Tongue-Tied Or Timid?

The AP headline read “U.S. Military Deaths Reach 2,000 in Iraq” and I shuddered, not because 2,000 of our young men and women’s lives have been cut short in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) - most of us are already sickened by that fact, but by the failure ...

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4: Video: Holmes, Jonah, Hariwira, Melbourne Cup Hope

PrimeTV Video - Paul Holmes interviews: 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.

5: Greenpeace launches Clean Energy Guide

Whangarei Tuesday 1st November -- Greenpeace today launched New Zealand's first 'Clean Energy Guide' that ranks electricity companies according to their current and future impact on the climate, on a simple thermometer-shaped fridge magnet.

6: National Claim TVNZ 'Unfairly Hounded' Dr Brash

National's Broadcasting spokesperson Georgina Te Heu Heu has accused TVNZ of having abandoned political neutrality during the election campaign. She told RNZ that "during the election... [TVNZ's] political neutrality... seemed to be absent."

7: Lion Red "undie 500" in conjunction with The Rock

When is it ever appropriate to get your kit off and sprint down Queen Street in your undies to the screams of hundreds of supporters?

8: New National Party Chief of Staff

National Party Leader Don Brash today named Wayne Eagleson, currently Transpower’s general manager, public affairs, as his new chief of staff.

9: A Strategy for Central Asia - Daniel Fried

Daniel Fried, Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Statement Before the Subcommittee on the Middle East and Central Asia of the House International Relations Committee Washington, DC October 27, 2005

10: Israel “Far Worse” Than Apartheid South Africa

The situation for Arabs in Israel & Palestine is “far worse” than that of the blacks in what was apartheid South Africa. This was Ronnie Kasrils’ response to the question of whether Israel could be compared to South Africa during its apartheid ...

11: Varieties Of Aggression : Andean Trade Treaties

When the UN received the recent Mehlis report on the murder of former Lebanese President Rafik Hariri, one suggested tribunal for a possible prosecution was the International Criminal Court. Rejecting such a proposal, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rica remarked ...

12: Sports Café On the Last Lap

TVNZ would like to announce that this year's season will be the final for the long running and successful Hyundai Sportscafe programme.

13: SPCS Calls Minister to replace Board Members

The Society is calling on the new Minister of Internal Affairs, Hon. Rick Barker, to replace all nine members of the Film & Literature Board of Review ["the Board”], including the Governor-General's husband Peter Cartwright. Mr Cartwright’s ...

14: Events leading to resignation of TVNZ CEO

Broadcasting Minister Steve Maharey today received a report from the Board of TVNZ explaining the circumstances of the resignation of CEO Ian Fraser.

15: Linda Minor: Scooter Libby’s Client, Marc Rich

Amidst rumors that special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald is close to indicting White House officials in the Plame leak case are reports that Scooter Libby was Judith Miller’s source of information. Part One of this series explored Libby’s “handler,” ...

16: Global Research: Rumsfeld To Profit From Bird Flu

We bring to the attention of Global Research readers this important commentary by Dr.Joseph Mercola. The fundamental issue is who owns the intellectual property rights over Tamiflu. The media reports suggest that the Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche ...

17: 2005 Media Peace Award Finalists

Print Merania Karauria Deafening Silence Robyn Langwell New Zealander of the Year: Doug Flett Tearaway Magazine a) Label Bashers b) Express Yourself c) Pride and Prejudice Jon Stephenson a) War Zone: a Reporter’s Story b) No End in Sight

18: Chris Ritchie: Power Shifts Rattle Lebanon

"Welcome home,” the Beirut airport official said to me as he stamped the passport that betrays my birthplace. It has been quarter of a century since I was last in Lebanon. Driving into the capital on the smart new highway, my mind finds it difficult ...

19: Call for Immediate Review on Govt use of tikanga

Maori Party Calls for Immediate Review on Government application of tikanga Maori in Government Policies, Procedures and Practices

20: Comedian says he chose to be disabled

Gay, disabled comedian and social entrepreneur Philip Patston today told delegates at the Public Health Forum’s symposium on health and human rights in Auckland that he chose to be disabled and gay to help humanity evolve.

21: Public Address 01/11/05 - Rumour And Fact

This rumour comes to you entirely without warranty, but from a fairly good source. There will be a New Zealand iTunes store very early next year - perhaps even on January 1, 2006. I'm not sure exactly what the hold-up is, but presumably negotiations are ...

22: The Letter

Ian Fraser goes before he is pushed. Today Cabinet signs off the government program for the opening of Parliament next week.

23: Greg Palast: Opec & The Economic Conquest Of Iraq

TWO AND A HALF YEARS AND $202 BILLION into the war in Iraq, the United States has at least one significant new asset to show for it: effective membership, through our control of Iraq's energy policy, in the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting ...

24: Jason Leopold: Now It’s About The Niger Forgeries

On Friday, after securing a five-count criminal indictment against Vice President Dick Cheney’s Chief of Staff, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, for lying to a grand jury about what he knew and when he knew it in regard to the outing of a covert CIA agent, ...

25: Ian Fraser’s Resignation

“I can confirm that I told the Chairman of TVNZ on Friday that I intended to resign my position as Chief Executive.

26: Dobriansky: Toward a Free and Democratic Burma

Paula J. Dobriansky, Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs Remarks at Brookings-Bern Project on Internal Displacement With National Endowment for Democracy and Church World Service Washington, DC October 26, 2005

27: The Mapp Report

My appointment in respect to Political Correctness will be a fascinating challenge. Everyone rails against it, but no one has a coherent plan to first stop it, and then roll it back. I have been concerned for some time at the creeping political correctness ...

28: TAB: Zabeel Progeny Feature in 2005 Melbourne Cup

TAB: Zabeel Progeny Feature in 2005 Melbourne Cup Champion New Zealand stallion Zabeel – currently the leading sire in Australia this season - has a very strong hand in the final field for the 2005 $A5 million Emirates Melbourne Cup run over ...

29: What will Mr Fraser's $300,000 buy?

National's Broadcasting spokeswoman, Georgina te Heuheu, says Steve Maharey can mince his words all he likes, but there is no denying that Ian Fraser's $300,000 payment for six months worth of "odd jobs" is a golden handshake.

30: William Engdahl: Avian Flu another Pentagon Hoax?

No sooner are indictments being handed down to Scooter Libby, the Chief of Staff of the Vice President of the United States for lies and coverup of information used deliberately to suppress the fact the Bush Administration had no ‘smoking gun’ to ...


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