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SCOOP COMMENT & OPINION:
Sludge Report: Will Bollard Get Mean On Pre-Christmas Spenders?
The Hollow Men: Nicky Hager Responds to Don Brash
Tonga: Disturbing Report Exposes Tonga Military/Police Abuses
Demographics: Tze Ming Mok Considers The Census
MOTORNET: Karl Ferguson Takes A Lexus For A Spin In The Rain
Iraq: America Reconsiders Its War And Its War Leadership
American Coup: A Survey Of Evidence of 2006 Election Fraud
Israel/Occupied Palestine: Perspectives On Middle East War & Peace
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Sludge Report: Will Bollard Get Mean On Pre-Christmas Spenders?

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Allan Bollard Scoop's CD Sludge reports on the Monetary Policy Statement - This morning's MPS is in fact fairly encouraging for kiwi battlers - householders and consumers - and even to its farmers and exporters. Interest rates are not up yet; the inflation outlook is mildly encouraging; and – most importantly for homeowners – the Reserve Bank is no longer picking a fall in house prices in the coming year. See... Sludge Report #173: Meanwhile Down At t'Bank [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00120.htm


The Hollow Men: Nicky Hager Responds to Don Brash

- Yesterday Don Brash circulated a long rebuttal of my book The Hollow Men. In the interests of accuracy I should respond to his substantial points. Out of a 350 page book, with nearly 1000 detailed references, Don Brash has found two minor inaccuracies. I am happy to take his word about both of them. But neither detracts from the book. See... Nicky Hager Reply to Don Brash [1] ALSO:

  • Don Brash - Don Brash Writes: Nicky Hager's book [2]
  • Scoop - Full Coverage: The Hollow Men [3]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00123.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00108.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0611/S00405.htm


    Tonga: Disturbing Report Exposes Tonga Military/Police Abuses

    - No Right Turn writes that last month, the New Zealand government sent soldiers and police to Tonga "to help maintain law and order". At the time I was deeply uneasy about this move, as it smacked of propping up a corrupt feudal regime against its own people. But I didn't know quite how bad it was. The National Centre for Women and Children has been interviewing those detained by the police in the wake of the riots, and produced a most disturbing report. See... No Right Turn: Tonga - What We Supported [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00114.htm

    Demographics: Tze Ming Mok Considers The Census

    - They're taking over. The 'New Zealanders' I mean. As you can see, they're actively killing off the white-folk, looting their homes and renaming their children. Once this demographer realises that we 350,000 'Asians' aren't actually one ethnic group, she may choose instead to worry about the 'New Zealanders' threatening to outnumber Maori to become the minority with the most leverage. See... Public Address 07/12/06 - The Identity Game [1] . For more Public Address see also… Public Address 06/12/06 - Where You Heard It First [2] , Public Address 05/12/06 - Doing The Rounds [3] & Public Address 04/12/06 - How To Smoke An MP [4]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00131.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00115.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00102.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00088.htm


    MOTORNET: Karl Ferguson Takes A Lexus For A Spin In The Rain

    - “You know, that really is a good looking car,” my boss said rather wistfully as he stared out my office window at the car-park five floors below. “In fact, it’s probably the first Lexus I would seriously consider buying.” See... MOTORNET: Sexy Lexy? – Lexus IS250 [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00130.htm


    Iraq: America Reconsiders Its War And Its War Leadership

    - For most Americans, as the recent midterm elections made clear, the issue is how do we get our young men and women out of Iraq as quickly and safely as possible. For the Administration, it would appear that the issue is how to avoid blame for the catastrophe of Bush's war and occupation. See... Bernard Weiner: Who Brought Us to the Iraq Abyss? [1] MORE:

  • Washington Post - Iraq Panel: War a Catastrophe, Pullout by '08 [2]
  • David Swanson - Live Blogging from Gates Hearing [3]
  • Greg Palast - Found: Saddam's Weapon of Mass Destruction [4]
  • Robert Parry - Gates Hearing Has New Urgency [5]
  • William Fisher - William Fisher: Bush's Second-Biggest Mistake [6]
  • David Swanson - David Swanson: Honesty in Iraq [7]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00111.htm
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    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00126.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00085.htm
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    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00077.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00076.htm


    American Coup: A Survey Of Evidence of 2006 Election Fraud

    - Though Democrats, the American people, and the world won a great victory last month, we must not let that lull us into a false sense of security about our election system. Democrats took over the U.S. House and Senate because of a popular mandate so large that Republicans couldn’t steal enough seats to maintain control of either chamber. But before anyone conclude that the 2006 mid-term election results provide reason to be unconcerned or less concerned about the threat of election fraud, let’s consider some of the evidence… See... Time For Change: Evidence of 2006 Election Fraud [1] MORE:

  • Bob Fitrakis - The Pryce Of Democracy In Ohio’s 15th Cong. Dist. [2]
  • John Gideon - Daily Voting News For December 6, 2006 [3] , December 5, 2006 [4] & December 2-4, 2006 [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00112.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00084.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00127.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00101.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00071.htm


    Israel/Occupied Palestine: Perspectives On Middle East War & Peace

    - A FRIEND of mine, who was brought up in Egypt, took part in the interrogation of Egyptian officers captured in the 1956 Sinai war. An Egyptian lieutenant-colonel told him: "Every time David Ben-Gurion gave a speech declaring that he was holding out his hand for peace, we put our forces on alert." See… Uri Avnery: A Sparkling Bubble [1] MORE:

  • Haaretz - IDF Warns of Pending Mideast War [2]
  • Scoop - Scoop Audio & Images: Arab Ambassadors Talk Peace [3]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00074.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00075.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00094.htm


    MORE SCOOP COMMENT AND OPINION:

  • David Miller - New Zealand’s ‘Realpolitik’ response to Fiji [1]
  • William Fisher - William Fisher: Unbending Bush [2] & William Fisher: Four Hopeful Signs [3]
  • Martin LeFevre - Meditations: The Best Spiritual Movie Ever Made [4]
  • Sherwood Ross - The New Crime Of Refusing To Shake GW Bush’s Hand [5]
  • Siddhi B. Ranjitkar - Siddhi B. Ranjitkar: King Be Made President [6]
  • Evelyn Pringle - SSRI Experts Head to D.C. to Testify Before FDA [7]
  • Akanimo Sampson - Nigeria: Rivers Fragments As Odili’s Forces Polarise [8]
  • Sam Smith - NPR Ditches Heartland Pleasure For Homeland Sec. [9] , The Roosevelt Administration's Rating System [10] & & Sam Smith: The Ritual of the Words [11]
  • Cindy Sheehan - Respecting the Murdered? In Search of Peace [12]
  • Tanveer Jafri - Indian Parliament Felt Ashamed Again [13]
  • Rosalea Barker - Stateside With Rosalea: Law And Order [14]
  • Phil Rockstroh - Wal-Mart Nihilism Versus the Punk Rock of Blogging [15]
  • Peter Rost M.D. - Clueless Pfizer Executives [16]
  • Jose Maria Rodriguez Gonzalez - Colombia: President Uribe Dupes U.S.A. [17]
  • Scoop Link - Scoop Link: Chavez Claims Victory in Venezuela [18]
  • Narconews - Narconews: London Observer Cribs from Bill Conroy [19]
  • Kamala Sarup - Nepali Mother, Tonight, I Light A Candle For You [20]

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    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00105.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00104.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00079.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00072.htm
    [12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00103.htm
    [13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00100.htm
    [14] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00087.htm
    [15] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00086.htm
    [16] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00083.htm
    [17] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00082.htm
    [18] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00080.htm
    [19] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00078.htm
    [20] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00073.htm

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