Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 19 October 2006
Yesterday's top 30 rating items on Scoop were...
In August 2003, I was interviewed on CNN as "the father of a soldier." Iraq had claimed only 270 American armed forces members' lives. I called the conflict "a quagmire," bringing hoots of virtual laughter from right-wing bloggers the following day. They ...
2: Singapore Airlines Unveils Best Flying Experience
Singapore Airlines today launched its latest suite of cabin products that is set to be the new industry benchmark for premium air travel.
3: Swanson: Bush as Brat - Pretensions to Empire
Lewis Lapham, essayist extraordinaire and editor of Harper's magazine, asked Congressman John Conyers what he thought the point was of publishing a lengthy report laying out evidence of Bush's impeachable offenses. Conyers' response was: "to take away ...
4: Questions For Oral Answer - 19 October 2006
Office of the Clerk
1. PETER BROWN to the Minister of Labour: What, if anything, is being done by the Department of Labour to ensure we have a pathology workforce that is able to meet our needs?
5: Meningococcal Vaccine Fails International Tests
French and Norwegian officials have condemned a meningococcal vaccine, injected into countless New Zealand children. The Norwegian Institute of Public Health has been criticized by Norwegian and French pharmaceutical controls for their production of ...
6: New Zealanders are being ripped off
Democrats for Social Credit
PO Box 18-907, New Brighton, Christchurch Phone/Fax: 0064 7 829 5157 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.democrats.org.nz
7: Key confirms leadership challenge
New Zealand Government
Finance Minister Michael Cullen noted that motormouth John Key finally fell over his own tongue in the House today.
8: National calls in Auditor-General
New Zealand National Party
National has called on the Auditor-General to investigate massive overpayments by the Ministry of Health to problem gambling intervention service providers.
9: Bush Fmr. Elections Chair: E-Voting Ripe for Fraud
The BRAD BLOG has obtained an EXCLUSIVE partial transcript from a recent, unaired interview by a major broadcast network with former U.S. Elections Assistance Commission (EAC) chair Rev. DeForest Soaries.
10: Congo Presidential Contenders To Use UN Helicopter
The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has made two helicopters available for the use of the two contenders as they campaign in the run-off round of the country’s historic presidential elections.
11: Police cancel McDonald’s road safety programme
New Zealand National Party
The Police have cancelled a multimillion-dollar road safety sponsorship programme with McDonald’s in adherence to a misguided ideology about commercial involvement, says National’s Law & Order spokesman, Simon Power. He is releasing a memo from ...
12: Recipients of the 2006 D.I.C.K NZ Awards
The recipients of this year's D.I.C.K (Destructive Industry Connected to Killing) NZ and 'Guided Missiles and Misguided Men' Awards were announced tonight at Te Papa Tongarewa, the national museum, in Wellington.
13: Auckland graduate wins Rhodes Scholarship
University of Auckland
A law and commerce graduate from The University of Auckland is one of three Rhodes Scholars from New Zealand chosen for 2007. Selected after interviews with shortlisted candidates at Old Government House in Wellington, Eesvan Krishnan joins an illustrious ...
14: "Labour Spin Machine at it Again" says Turia
The Maori Party
Tariana Turia today expressed frustration at the time-wasting tactics and mis-leading statements being initiated by Labour list members about the Maori Party's Private Members Bill, repealing the Foreshore and Seabed Act.
15: Record year for second-largest NZ energy producer
Solid Energy NZ
Record sales of $570 million ((2005: $401 million) and record production of 4.67 million tonnes (2005: 4.46 mt) produced a record after-tax profit for the year ended 30 June 2006 of $85.8 million for Solid Energy New Zealand Ltd. The company paid ...
16: How well do you know your BestMate™?
Best friends usually know each other pretty well. But how well do they really know each other? Do they really know their mate’s childhood nickname or job title? How about whether they have a tattoo or what their favourite Kiwi food is?
17: Telecom New Zealand Opens Singapore Office
Telecom New Zealand
Telecom New Zealand International (TNZI) is expanding its global operations with the opening of a new Singapore office this week. TNZI is an established provider of telecommunications services including a choice of international voice termination ...
18: Reimbursement of unlawful expenditure
Office of the Speaker
The Speaker, Hon Margaret Wilson, reported to the House today that all parliamentary parties, except New Zealand First, had indicated they would reimburse the expenditure found to be unlawful by the Auditor-General.
19: Official NZ Music Chart & Chartbitz Oct. 18 2006
Official New Zealand Music Chart
Rockin’ Rod Stewart makes the biggest leap to #1 of 2006 with a 29-place jump straight to the top of the NZ Albums Chart. And it looks to be a world first for the veteran as Still The Same: Great Rock Classics Of Our Time is yet to gain its UK, US or Australian ...
20: Cross-party caucus set up to tackle ICT issues
New Zealand Government
Internet governance, digital copyright and child safety are just some of the issues that could be tackled at the newly established Parliamentary Internet Caucus.
21: Midwives’ art exhibition raises money
Word of Mouth Media
The New Zealand midwives art exhibition open in Christchurch last night will raise funds to support fistula welfare in Africa.
22: Warships to Be Sunk Off Victoria and NSW
I am pleased to announce I have selected Victoria to be gifted the former Royal Australian Navy Guided Missile Frigate HMAS Canberra for sinking as a drive wreck. Victoria was the successful bidder for HMAS Canberra following her decommissioning in November ...
23: Maharey announces appointments to NZ on Air Board
New Zealand Government
Broadcasting Minister Steve Maharey today announced the appointment of Nicole Hoey, and the reappointment of Paul Smith to the NZ On Air Board.
24: Airport proposal a test for airline credibility
Wellington Airport Limited
Air New Zealand’s initial reaction to Wellington Airport’s proposed increase of 3% in landing charges is unfortunate, but sadly not a complete surprise. The annual increase, which amounts to around 30c, is modest compared to the investment programme ...
25: Student debt level a national disgrace
The prediction that total student debt will be $12.7 billion by 2014/15 in the Student Loan Scheme Annual Report tabled in Parliament today is a grave reminder of the disservice being done to the current generation of students and graduates, Green Party Education ...
26: William Rivers Pitt: Like the Mafia, Only Dumber
William Rivers Pitt
"The 5 Stages of Republican Scandal." As follows: 1. "I have not been informed of any investigation or that I am a target." 2. "I am cooperating fully, but this whole thing is a political ploy by the Democrats." 3. "I'm SHOCKED by the mistakes made ...
27: Link: Bush's Petro-Cartel Almost Has Iraq's Oil
Iraq is sitting on a mother lode of some of the lightest, sweetest, most profitable crude oil on earth, and the rules that will determine who will control it and on what terms are about to be set.
28: The Grounds for Bolivia’s New Military Bases
Council on Hemispheric Affairs
Bolivian President Evo Morales’ plan to build a number of military facilities along the country’s borders – with Venezuelan aid – has alarmed much of South America. Tensions have been particularly high in neighboring Chile and Paraguay, Bolivia’s ...
29: Constitutional Crisis
Republic Of New Zealand Party
The Republic of New Zealand Party has called on the Government to resign so that the people of New Zealand can elect a legitimate government
30: Long-delayed justice for asbestos victims
New Zealand Council of Trade Unions
“The CTU is delighted that the Court of Appeal has recognised the justice of the claim for lump sum compensation by victims of asbestos diseases” CTU president Ross Wilson said today.