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Scoop Top 27 Daily Ratings 16 October 2006


Yesterday's top 27 rating items on Scoop were...

1: Spare Room Lifts Lid On NZ Dating Shocker!

Scoop Link

Sharing your personal information online is one thing, but sharing images of yourself frolicking about naked on a dating website is a risk that singles should consider very carefully.

2: How Hezbollah Defeated Israel - Analysis

Middle East News Service

[Middle East News Service Comment: With the number of e-mails that this News comments I am simply amazed that no one has forwarded this article to me over the past three days. This is an astoundingly detailed analysis of the war which should be read by ...

3: Reposting A Blog On An American Third Party

Lawrence R. Velvel

Dear Colleagues: Recently this writer posted a blog entitled Moral Meltdown. The post described the many reasons why this country appears to be in the midst of a moral breakdown, and it appeared to touch a chord. Far more people -- about 30 I ...

4: Jason Miller: Fealty to a Moral Abomination

Jason Miller

9/20/06: Populist Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez had the sheer audacity to stand before the United Nations and deliver an angry diatribe against the enemy of humanity. Dispensing with mealy-mouthed pleasantries, he verbally savaged Bush in his fiery oration. Chavez ...

5: Pest-free exclosure more prison than paradise

Landcare Research

Research in which rats were released into a pest-free area has shown they pose less of a threat than first thought.

6: Did They Fool You On Iraq? Are You Ready For Iran?

David Swanson

A majority of Americans supported attacking Iraq, but now a majority of Americans say it was the wrong thing to do and that they were lied to. If you are among those who supported the attack on Iraq but now believe you were mistaken, then you have ...

7: Agenda Highlights: Michael Cullen & Rodney Hide


Finance Minister Michael Cullen says legislation to retrospectively validate election campaign spending found illegal by the auditor general will be a confidence measure.

8: Karim Sahai Pics: Wellington's First Walking Dead

Karim Sahai

Friday 13 october 2006, a dark day in the history of the capital. It was bloody, there were guts and screams were heard!

9: C. David Welch IV at Arab Journalists Roundtable

US State Department

Interview at Arab Journalists Roundtable C. David Welch, Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs Interview focusing on the Middle East and his recent trip to the region with Secretary Rice Washington, DC October 11, 2006

10: Greens call for folate exemption for organic bread

Green Party

The Green Party is issuing a last minute appeal to the Minister of Food Safety Annette King, to allow organic breads to be exempt from mandatory folate fortification requirements, and thus protect consumer choice.

11: T.Solo: Globalization, Terror, Virtual Colonialism

Toni Solo

At the recent Labour Party conference in Britain, Tony Blair led a one minute standing ovation for Home Secretary John Reid for a speech in which Reid declared "And let's be clear. It cannot be right that the rights of individual suspected terrorist be ...

12: Robert Parry: Bush and His Dangerous Delusions

Robert Parry

In George W. Bush's world, Saddam Hussein defied United Nations demands that he get rid of his weapons of mass destruction and barred U.N. inspectors; al-Qaeda's public statements must be believed even when contradicted by its private comments; ...

13: Agenda Transcript: Michael Cullen & Rodney Hide


LISA: The pay it back row over election spending reached a conclusion of sorts this week as Labour reluctantly agreed to do just that. According to the Auditor General's final report Labour misspent over $820,000 over half of which went on its pledge ...

14: Photos:Michelle Wie, Cindy Crawford Launch Watches


Michelle Wie and Cindy Crawford Launch Watches at the Omega Boutique on Rodeo Drive in Los Angeles

15: Bolton: Sudan, North Korea, and Other Matters

US State Department

Ambassador John R. Bolton, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Remarks to the media following a Security Council Stakeout New York City October 6, 2006

16: Public Address 16/10/06 - Surplus Love

HARD NEWS from Russell Brown

Have you ever dreamed of being paid for your blogging? Dream no more; the tantalising details are just a click away. All you have to do is write what you admire about your favourite product or service, and the big corporations will pay you cash money ...

17: Attracting And Keeping Skilled Staff

New Zealand Government

Courses to help businesses attract and keep skilled staff are among projects to be funded by the government's Employment Relations Education Contestable Fund this financial year, Minister of Labour Ruth Dyson announced today.

18: Living Life in a Nuclear Armed Crowd

Paul G. Buchanan

Paul Buchanan writes: In North Korea it is divided between hard-liners and soft-liners. Hard-liners, most of them in the military and within Kim Jung-Il’s personal retinue, favor confronting the West using the threat of nuclear weapons development.

19: Statement Shows Woeful Grasp Of Organics

Outdoor Recreation New Zealand

His latest statement, in The NZ Heralds’ The Business on Monday 9th October, shows a woeful grasp of Organics and the effects of chemical farming on the environment, says Beth Stone of Outdoor Recreation NZ.

20: America’s Most Influential Christian Coming

Destiny New Zealand

Bishop T.D. Jakes, voted America’s Most Influential Christian for 2005*, will open the Destiny Churches 2006 Conference at Manukau’s Telstra Stadium this Friday.

21: COHA: Ecuador’s Elections - Correa’s Ascension

Council on Hemispheric Affairs

“Calling Bush the devil is offending the devil… The devil is evil, but intelligent.” (Rafael Correa) • Ecuador’s Chávez smells victory • With a little bit of luck and a continuous spike in the polls, Correa could win the presidency in the first ...

22: Sir John Kaputin opens ACP Festival

ACP Festival

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Saturday October 14, 2006: One of Papua New Guinea’s best-known exports, Sir John Kaputin, has opened the First ACP Festival, at which Pacific artists are appearing. ACP stands for African, Caribbean and Pacific states, ...

23: Splurf - long awaited Website launches today


After six months in the making Splurf has finally arrived. Splurf is a powerful online tool that enables consumers to source multiple quotes for products and services at the push of a button. Covering 120 business categories and launching with 1200 businesses ...

24: Peters welcomes decisive Nth Korea UN resolution

New Zealand Government

The United Nations Security Council’s resolution on North Korea passed this morning (NZT) is a decisive response to Pyongyang’s claims of having conducted a nuclear test, says Foreign Minister Winston Peters.

25: Kiwis taking on environment message

New Zealand Government

The successes of the Govt3 and Packaging Accord, combined with two new private sector waste reduction initiatives, show that both government and business are taking environmental sustainability seriously, Environment Minister David Benson-Pope said today.

26: Aged Couples Consider Separation to Avoid Law

Health Care Providers

Elderly couples are considering splitting so they can receive an aged residential care subsidy from District Health Boards, the chief executive of HealthCare Providers NZ, Martin Taylor, revealed today.

27: Molesworth & Featherston (Weekend) – Oct. 14 2006

Molesworth and Featherston

An extra billion dollars has turned up in the tank with the release of the latest Crown accounts, taking the OBERAC surplus to $8.6 billion - or 5.5 percent of GDP.


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