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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 15 November 2005

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

1: Energy Experts Ponder End of Oil

Energy Experts Ponder ‘Once Oil’s Gone, Then What’? - Otago University hosts international conference on sustainable energy options-

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0511/S00056.htm


2: Russ Wellen: Nuclear Terrorism Goes Prime Time

Is nuclear terrorism finally hot? Not like a potato, but as in what-is/what's-not? If the public's imagination can be captured by a mysterious organization like the Priory of Sion via Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code, why not by an even more secret ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00217.htm


3: Pringle: Bin Laden Sitting In A Cave Laughing

The war in Iraq is a miserable failure, any way you look at it. Retired General Anthony Zinni, former commander of the US Central Command, had it right when he said that by manufacturing a false rationale for war, abandoning traditional allies, propping ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00197.htm


4: New Non-Fiction: "Lawless World" By Philippe Sands

Lawless World - America and the making and breaking of Global Rules from FDR's Atlantic Charter to George Bush's Illegal war -A New Book By Philippe Sands

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00223.htm


5: Deforestation Continues At Alarming Rate

Each year about 13 million hectares of the world's forests are lost due to deforestation, but the rate of net forest loss is slowing down, thanks to new planting and natural expansion of existing forests, the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0511/S00248.htm


6: Auckland mayors win nude swim with Bob Harvey

The winner of the much talked-about naked swim with Waitakere Mayor Bob Harvey has gifted the prize to Auckland’s three other metropolitan mayors and the Minister for Auckland Issues - all in the name of closer regional relationships.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0511/S00092.htm


7: Dolphin export from Solomons feared

Forty wild-caught dolphins that have been held captive in the Solomon Islands for up to three years are expected to be exported illegally to the Bahamas this week. Reliable sources say the dolphins could be taken out of the country on two separate ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0511/S00209.htm


8: Bush May Soon Order Attacks on Bases Inside Syria

President Bush May Soon Order Aerial Attacks on Insurgent Military Bases Inside Syria By IIMCR, http://blog.iimcr.org November 14, 2005

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0511/S00254.htm


9: Did Israel have Prior Knowledge of the Amman Bombs

Did Israel have prior knowledge of the terror attacks on three hotels in Amman, Jordan, which led to the death of 57 people? According to an official Jordanian statement, the casualties included 33 Jordanians, six Iraqis, two Bahrainis, three Chinese, ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00214.htm


10: Suzan Mazur: The Provenance Of Bob Hecht

We've seen little in the popular press about the secretive 86-year old Robert "Bob" Emmanuel Hecht, Jr., shaman of the antiquities trade, in between news of his trial this week in Rome for trafficking in stolen art and his sale of the Euphronios vase ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00226.htm


11: Questions for Oral Answer - 15 November 2005

Dr DON BRASH to the Prime Minister: Has there been any amendment or addendum to the Cabinet Manual to accommodate the arrangement her Government has reached with New Zealand First and United Future allowing their leaders to be Ministers, but not fully ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0511/S00177.htm


12: Liberians Elect Africa’s First Woman Leader

Imogen Prickett is a New Zealander working with the UN in Liberia. Imogen writes: On a bustling street in central Monrovia, my favourite message of the presidential campaign is still scrawled on a wall; it reads “Ellen, She’s our Man”.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00210.htm


13: Questions & Answers for Oral Answer 15 November 05

1. Ministerial Responsibility—Cabinet Manual 2. Housing—Capital Gains Tax 3. Student Loans—Treasury Forecast 4. Employment—Statistics 5. Inflation—Government Policy 6. Air New Zealand—Engineering Outsourcing 7. Television New Zealand—Confidence 8. Air ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0511/S00195.htm


14: US Army Article On Fallujah White Phosphorous Use

A March '05 publication by the US Army confirms that US soldiers used white phosphorus offensively in the Battle of Fallujah. This directly contradicts statements made by the U.S. Department of Defense and by the US State Department.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00173.htm


15: Neptune Gets More Military Hardware

The cruel sea off Wellington's South Coast acted as the knackers yard for the once mighty and proud HMNZS Wellington. Thousands of Wellingtonians trooped out to see their city's naval namesake make its final downward journey.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00183.htm


16: Road to Wrestlemania 22 Tour

DON”T MISS THE SHOW EXTRAORDINAIRE OF 2006 World Wrestling Entertainment® brings WWE® SMACKDOWN® ROAD TO WRESTLEMANIA® 22 TOUR

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0511/S00072.htm


17: William Fisher: The Next Judy Miller?

There is an amusing irony in the CIA asking the Justice Department to investigate who leaked to the Washington Post the information that the Agency had set up a covert prison network in Eastern Europe and other countries to hold important terrorism ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00194.htm


18: Passing of Vine Deloria

"The passing of Vine Deloria, Jr. a prominent Native American scholar, whose research, writings, and teaching have encompassed history, law, religious studies, and political science is indeed a sad occasion for the international indigenous community," said ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0511/S00194.htm


19: Cannibalism popular with mussels

Cannibalism, thought to be relatively rare in the animal kingdom, has been found to be prevalent among the green-lipped mussel.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0511/S00030.htm


20: Don Brash: Notes For Address In Reply Speech

I move that the following words be added to the Address: "and that it informs Her Excellency that this House has no confidence in the Labour-New Zealand First Government because it has no serious programme to secure rising incomes for all New ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0511/S00193.htm


21: VIDEO: Ranucci Doco - Fallujah The Hidden Massacre

A video doco by Sigfrido Ranucci entitled "Fallujah: the Hidden Massacre," provides evidence that White Phosphorous - a new form of napalm - was used against Fallujah. WARNING: This video contains graphic and possibly disturbing footage.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00178.htm


22: Kiwi workers backing their Aussie mates today

"The Howard government's cynically named WorkChoices legislation is nothing about choice," said Ross Wilson, President of the Council of Trade Unions. "The proposals will allow employers in worksites with less than 100 employees to fire ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0511/S00113.htm


23: Graham Amendment Invokes Constitutional Crisis

In blatant defiance of the Constitution's guarantees of Habeas Corpus and separation of powers, the Senate on Thursday approved the Graham Amendment to the Department of Defense Authorization Act by a vote of 49 to 42. Five Democrats joined all but ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00219.htm


24: 150,000 Protest Against Howard's Industrial Reform

An estimated 150 000 people demonstrated against the proposed industrial relations reforms today in Melbourne. The massive crowd stretched from Federation Square up to Carlton Gardens. As expected ALP reps were out in force to capitalise on the discontent ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00224.htm


25: Public Address 15/11/05 - Revolution In Maori Time

Two weeks ago, Pita Sharples called for an inquiry into the use of Maori tikanga by government agencies and questioned whether it was done "for the benefit of the state more than for the benefit of the people"...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00221.htm


26: Chief Censor Misuses Living Word

In his Office's Annual Report 2005, the Chief Censor, Bill Hastings, has effectively hailed the 22 February 2005 - the day "the first substantial amendments to the Films, Videos and Publications Classification Act came into force" - as marking a "fresh ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0511/S00115.htm


27: Rice With Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

PRESIDENT ABBAS: (As translated) -- terrorist attack that took place in Amman, killing a number of innocent persons.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0511/S00256.htm


28: Lyndon Hood: Satirist 'Apologises' to Howard

Scoop's resident Satirist today issued a belated apology to Australian Prime Minister John Howard for writing a column titled " Howard Demands Emergency Anti-Wolf Legislation ". The article made childish jests towards Mr Howard's recent announcement of urgent ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00227.htm


29: UN Commends Peaceful Run-Off Elections In Liberia

The United Nations Security Council today commended Liberians for their commitment to peace during the recent run-off presidential elections and, citing the threat posed by the potential repatriation of former Liberian President Charles Taylor, ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0511/S00203.htm


30: Bonus Joules: The Cartoon Perfectimo

Today is the funeral of Rod Donald, co leader of the NZ Green Party, profound patriot and outspoken advocate for the dispossessed and for Fair Trade. I have just heard his coffin will be taken to Christchurch cathedral in a bus. Trees are being planted ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0511/S00203.htm

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