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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 13 November 2006


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

1: A Radioactive Bunker Buster Bomb Used In Lebanon?

Global Research

Israel Detonated a Radioactive Bunker Buster Bomb in Lebanon - What kind of weapon leaves traces of radiation & produces such lethal & circumscribed consequences?

2: Azar Majedi: Revisiting The Question Of The Veil

Azar Majedi

The question of the veil has become a heated debate in the British media. In this debate some fundamental principles seem to be at stake: Individual freedom to practice one’s religion, freedom of choice, freedom of clothing and discrimination against ...

3: Chiron Dumps MeNZB Vaccine Trialled In NZ

Barbara Sumner Burstyn

In a stunning vote of no-confidence in the MeNZB vaccine technology, Chiron (now called Novartis Vaccines) has announced the launch of clinical trials for a genetically engineered vaccine to fight meningococcal B disease.

4: Images: New Zealand Memorial Ceremony

Kevin List

While Scoop was busy getting the vibe from the ex-pat Kiwi community the official New Zealand Defence Force photographer Rachel Main had what many English Paparazzi can only dream about – the chance to snap the entire Royal family at the unveiling ...

5: Bill Berkowitz: Ted Haggard's November Surprise

Bill Berkowitz

About a week before Karl Rove and Team Bush received its November Surprise, Pastor Ted Haggard got one of his own. As voters in Colorado and six other states were preparing to vote on ballot initiatives banning gay marriage (six states including Colorado ...

6: Ex-Pats Soak Up Patriotic Glow Of NZ Memorial

Kevin List

The unveiling of the New Zealand Memorial in London's Hyde Park provided the chance for Kiwi ex-pats to wander along and show their respects to the veterans that had made the trip over and, also to pay their respects to those that have fallen in battle.

7: Varieties Of Imperial Decline: Nicaraguan Election

Toni Solo

Nicaragua has just given the world another political lesson on a par with the election of 1990 in which power was transferred from a left-wing revolutionary government to its visceral right-wing enemies via peaceful elections.

8: Anderton addresses Forest & Bird key concerns

New Zealand Government

Minster of all the primary industries, Jim Anderton addressed the Forest & Bird conference tonight and said that he had good news about progress on the issues their members were passionate about. He said that issues of sustainability and the environment ...

9: Telecom Launches Its First Home Video Phone

Telecom New Zealand

The phone call becomes an even more personal way of connecting for New Zealanders with the launch today of Telecom’s new home video phone.

10: Institute of Directors Announces Fellows

Institute Of Directors

Distinguished Fellow Awards are awarded annually to members who have sustained a prominent and distinguished career as a director; or who have given outstanding participation and services to the Institute or eminent or special contributions to the community ...

11: Today's Top Scoop Stories - News Summary

Selwyn Manning - Scoop Auckland

Scoop In London: NZ Memorial Heralds ANZAC Spirit In London - Health News: PHARMAC Under-Provides Needy By $19.4 Million - Pacific News: EU Korea Russia Block Pacific High Seas Talks - Dating ICT: Schmoozers, Ponces and Swingers: ICT Wants You - MORE ...

12: Calling all swingers of the ICT industry!

Connectivity 06

Speed dating and ICT may sound like an oddball combination, but it’s one of the many events taking place as part of the ‘Encouraging Growth through Collaboration’theme at this month’s Connectivity trade show in Christchurch New Zealand.

13: Goff China Speech: NZ’s Strategic Situation

New Zealand Government

Phil Goff Speech: New Zealand’s Strategic Situation and Defence Policy Address to Chinese National Defence University, Beijing

14: Meningococcal Death Rate Increases Since MeNZB?

Ron Law

If you had something to hide, how would you go about it? Spend $1/4 million on half page ads in every news paper in NZ to distract the populace from the coming storm?

15: The Letter – Monday, 13 November 2006

The Letter Limited

Stadium farce continues. PM attends dedication of war memorial. Is unemployment increasing? League and Rugby win. Critics praise “Out of the Red” as a must read business book.

16: Clark’s double standard over property rights

New Zealand National Party

Helen Clark’s sudden interest in private property rights is gratifying but it raises questions about her Government’s double standards in dealing with rural New Zealand, says National’s Agriculture spokesman, David Carter.

17: Court decision adds complexity to Holidays Act

Business New Zealand

A court ruling on public holidays for Air NZ pilots reveals further difficulties with the Holidays Act, says Business NZ.

18: Condoleezza Rice & Karen Hughes Talk Diplomacy

US State Department

Remarks With Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Karen Hughes and Public Diplomacy Envoy Michelle Kwan Secretary Condoleezza Rice Treaty Room Washington, DC November 9, 2006

19: Weiner: The Perfect Storm of Citizen Revulsion

Bernard Weiner

1. Democrats yelled and screamed when the Republicans shut them out of all meaningful political activity in Congress for the past five years (no amendments, no debate, no invitations to conference committees, etc.). It was one-party authoritarian rule, ...

20: Condoleezza Rice IV Singapore Straits Times

US State Department

QUESTION: Do you see a Democratic-controlled Congress and the resignation of Mr. Rumsfeld having any bearing on the Bush Administration's Iraq policy?

21: The Reality of Iran's Women’s Liberation Movement

Azar Majedi

In describing women’s conditions in a particular country, one either refers to laws governing that country or statistics which measure women’s status. In this manner, one either exposes the extent of the oppression women suffer or admires their ...

22: House prices still a major concern

Council of Trade Unions

"The fact that a 9.6% annual increase in house prices is seen as relatively low is a symptom of how far out of reach housing has become for many Kiwis" said Peter Conway CTU Economist today.

23: Chilly Bags Are The Cool Way To Shop

New Zealand Food Safety Authority

A study on the temperature of chilled food left in the back seat of a car has highlighted the importance of carrying chilly bags and icepacks to help keep your food cool if you're likely to be delayed driving home. Without them your meat could develop a ...

24: Did Election Fraudsters Take Substantial Vacation?

National Election Data Archive

We have one year to pass legislation to fix our voting systems in time to prevent vote tampering and fraud prior to the November 2008 election. The National Election Data Archive is a 501(c)(3) so we cannot do lobbying, so it is up to other groups ...

25: Chad: Urgent humanitarian aid may be delayed


Thousands of families are fleeing their homes due to mounting violence in eastern Chad, requiring immediate humanitarian assistance that may be compromised by deteriorating security, warned Oxfam International today.

26: Scoop FULL COVERAGE of Rugby World Cup Stadium

Scoop Full Coverage

Sport News: Govt Details Why It Prefers Waterfront Stadium - Minister for the Rugby World Cup Trevor Mallard today announced that following a review of stadium options for Auckland the government has a strong preference for a national stadium on Auckland’s ...

27: Kiwi Kids’ Toy Wish Lists for 2006

Planet Fun

It’s a case of old meets new this Christmas, according to Planet Fun, New Zealand’s largest toy company. In a survey[1] to find the toy gift preferences of New Zealand children this Christmas, the company found electronic toy Tamagotchi the most coveted ...

28: Tobacco Experts Visit NZ


For Immediate Release Monday 13th November 2006 Indigenous Tobacco Resistance Leaders Meet in New Zealand This Week In a historic first, indigenous public health experts on tobacco use from around the world will meet with the World Health Organisation ...

29: A fresh start for overseas student loan borrowers

New Zealand Government

There will be a fresh start for those overseas with student loans under new rules unveiled by Tertiary Education Minister Dr Michael Cullen and Revenue Minister Peter Dunne today.

30: Al Gore visit timely - too bad Cullen will miss it

Green Party

The visit of former US Vice-President turned global warming campaigner Al Gore could not have come at a better time, Green Party Co-Leader Jeanette Fitzsimons says.

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