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Top Scoop Stories - 07 August 2007 News Summary


Today's Top Scoops - August 07, 2007

LEAD STORY:

Scoop News: Inability To 'Regurgitate' Setchell Convo Defended

NZ POLITICS:

Questions For Oral Answer - Tuesday, 7 August 2007
Scoop News: Paul Buchanan To Challenge Auckland Uni Dismissal
Legal Issues: Sex Abuse Book Case Re-Emerges
Laws: Report on Search and Surveillance Powers
Child Abuse: 3 Minute Silence Planned
Crime: Youth Justice Stats Deserve Careful Analysis

BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH:

Astronomy: International Space Station to pass in front of NZ moon
Economy: Strong Kiwi Dollar Drives Large Car Sales
Media: Wake Up And Enjoy A Slice Of Jam Toast With Pippa
Building: Public Invited To Throw Stones At Green Houses Policyhtm

WORLD:

White House News: Remarks by President Bush and Afghan President Karzai
War & Peace: Darfur Rebels Vow To Work Together Towards Peace
People Power: Iraqi Citizens Oust Terrorists from Mosque
Pakistan News: UN Experts Welcome Reinstatement Of Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry

COMMENT:

Scoop Satire: Michael Collins - Congress Authorizes Wire Tapping President
US Elections: Paper Ballots For California!
Ramzy Baroud: Alberto Gonzales and the Coup Against Democracy
David Swanson: Senator Dodd Thinks You're Stupid
Uri Avnery: White Elephants

LIFESTYLE:

Spareroom Video: Dramatic Sea Rescues
Coding: Kiwi team gears up for Geek Olympics
Scoop News: Show Biz: LonelyGirl15 Killed Off In Final Episode
History: Turnbull Library Acquires Historic Aviation Photos
Parenting: Toy libraries offer families huge savings


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LEAD STORY

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Scoop News: Inability To 'Regurgitate' Setchell Convo Defended - Audio + Text: Scoop's Kevin List reports on the PM's Post Cabinet press conference: The Prime Minister for yet another week spent a good part of her post cabinet press conference defending the public service over the long running 'Setchell affair.' More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0708/S00077.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/388.html


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NZ POLITICS

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QUESTIONS OF THE DAY: Questions For Oral Answer - Tuesday, 7 August 2007 [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0708/S00094.htm


Scoop News: Paul Buchanan To Challenge Auckland Uni Dismissal - UPDATED WITH FORMER STUDENT RESPONSES: Scoop co-editor Selwyn Manning reports that security and intelligence academic Paul Buchanan has been dismissed from his senior lecturer role in the political studies department of Auckland University. Paul Buchanan is a regular commentator for Scoop Media on intelligence and security matters and recently wrote the book: With Distance Comes Perspective. Former graduate and post-graduate students have rallied to his defence, stating the University has lost a gifted and honourable lecturer. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0708/S00072.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0708/S00076.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0708/S00018.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0708/S00087.htm


Legal Issues: Sex Abuse Book Case Re-Emerges - It may be no Harry Potter, but the sex abuse book-that-won't go away is back, following a New Zealand Court of Appeal ruling - with certain conditions. The Court of Appeal's decision to lift the ban previously imposed on Foxton author Anne Hunt's book which alleges sex abuse by a health professional who was cleared of charged against him. The book claims that a therapist, named "A", abused a party, named "W", during therapy. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0708/S00083.htm


Laws: Report on Search and Surveillance Powers - "The Law on Search and surveillance in New Zealand is a mess", Sir Geoffrey Palmer, the President of the Law Commission said today. He was releasing the Law Commission's report on this subject that was tabled in Parliament today. Sir Geoffrey said "the rule of law in our society depends upon having certain and principled law enforcement powers. New Zealand does not currently have that.". More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0708/S00088.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0708/S00095.htm


Child Abuse: 3 Minute Silence Planned - This Wednesday... the Sensible Sentencing Trust, Family First NZ and For the Sake of Our Children Trust are asking Kiwis to stop whatever they are doing... and make a symbolic 'stand' against child abuse for three minutes at 12:12pm. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0708/S00079.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0708/S00073.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0708/S00070.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0708/S00078.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0708/S00092.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0708/S00037.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0708/S00076.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0708/S00080.htm
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0708/S00006.htm


Crime: Youth Justice Stats Deserve Careful Analysis - Dr Pita Sharples is calling today for careful analysis regarding the latest report on youth justice system and Maori youth offending. "The last thing this country needs is 'more demonising of Maori'" More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0708/S00097.htm


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BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH

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Astronomy: International Space Station to pass in front of NZ moon - Tomorrow morning Wednesday at 06:23 the International Space Station will be seen to pass in front of the moon for some areas in the southeast of the North Island. The best sites to see this are likely to be Upper Hutt, Wainuiomata, Eastbourne, Whiteman's Valley and Stokes Valley or the Southern Wairarapa. Some locations close to this area will see the station as passing very close to the moon. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0708/S00092.htm


Economy: Strong Kiwi Dollar Drives Large Car Sales - Kiwis' love affair with large vehicles is back on track with demand for larger sized cars increasing by 13 per cent in the second quarter of 2007, according to used car sales statistics released today by Turners Auctions. This increase means the larger category of cars (3000cc and above) now accounts for 9.6 per cent of Turners' overall sales More>> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0708/S00126.htm


Media: Wake Up And Enjoy A Slice Of Jam Toast With Pippa - Pippa Wetzell has been appointed as the new co-host of Breakfast, TVNZ's early morning news and current affairs programme, joining host Paul Henry and ONE News anchor Peter Williams. TVNZ Head of News and Current Affairs, Anthony Flannery said he was delighted to announce the appointment. Pippa has the rare combination of hard news experience and on-screen magic More>> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0708/S00049.htm


Building: Public Invited To Throw Stones At Green Houses Policy - A world-first proposal to require assessment of the overall carbon cost of producing, maintaining and using new buildings is the centrepiece of a new discussion document released today by Building and Construction Minister Clayton Cosgrove. The Minister has invited feedback on the discussion document which includes a proposal to require the 'embodied energy' of building components to be taken into account when designing buildings. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0708/S00082.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0708/S00067.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0708/S00120.htm


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WORLD

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White House News: Remarks by President Bush and Afghan President Karzai - "There is still a fight going on, but I'm proud to report to the American people that the Afghan army is in the fight. The government is in the fight and the army is in the fight. Afghan national security forces are increasing in strength; there's about 110,000 Afghans now defending their nation," -- President George Bush. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0708/S00189.htm


War & Peace: Darfur Rebels Vow To Work Together Towards Peace - The representatives of the rebel movements agreed to present a common platform on the sharing of power and wealth, security arrangements, land and humanitarian issues, and they also recommended that final talks towards a political solution to the Darfur conflict be held in two or three months' time. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0708/S00188.htm


People Power: Iraqi Citizens Oust Terrorists from Mosque - Fed-up with violent and indiscriminate terror tactics, a group of more than 80 residents of the Adhamiyah district, Baghdad, banded together yesterday to oust suspected terrorists from a local mosque, resulting in the arrest of 44 suspected terrorists and the capture of three weapons caches. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0708/S00183.htm


Pakistan News: UN Experts Welcome Reinstatement Of Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry - Two United Nations experts today welcomed the reinstatement of Pakistani Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry by the Supreme Court after being suspended this March by President Pervez Musharraf over unspecified allegations of "misuse of office." More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0708/S00176.htm


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COMMENT

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Scoop Satire: Michael Collins - Congress Authorizes Wire Tapping President - In the latest stealth move by Congressional Democrats, a secret provision was inserted in the modified Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) cleared by the House and Senate this weekend just before the summer recess. Conceived by the House Blue Dog Democrats and their Senate collaborators, the plan resulted... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0708/S00086.htm


US Elections: Paper Ballots For California! - In a dramatic late-night press conference, California Secretary of State Debra Bowen decertified, and then recertified with conditions, all but one voting system used in the state. Her decisions, following her unprecedented, independent "Top-to-Bottom... More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0708/S00064.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0708/S00060.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0708/S00081.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0708/S00080.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0708/S00065.htm


Ramzy Baroud: Alberto Gonzales and the Coup Against Democracy -The name of Alberto Gonzales is rapidly becoming synonymous with all that has gone wrong under the Bush administration. Repeated media discussions of the US Secretary of State in the most contentious tones have served to lay the blame for all the ailments that infected American democracy under Bush squarely on one man's shoulders... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0708/S00057.htm


David Swanson: Senator Dodd Thinks You're Stupid - In a report on a recent discussion between Senator Chris Dodd, Democratic candidate for president, and a group of bloggers, we learn that: 1. Even though 54% of Americans favor impeaching Cheney, and 40% oppose, Dodd opposes impeachment because, he says, he bases his actions on what the average American thinks, and... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0708/S00091.htm


Uri Avnery: White Elephants - THE KING of Siam knew how to deal with domestic opponents: he would present them with a white elephant. White elephants are rare in nature, and therefore sacred. Being sacred, they may not be put to work. But even a sacred elephant does eat, and eat a lot. Enough to turn a rich man into a pauper... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0708/S00066.htm


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LIFESTYLE

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Spareroom Video: Dramatic Sea Rescues - By Ana Samways: This video has been dubbed the 'Top Ten Rescue Videos of All-Time' by the US Coast Guard, who have got down with the web-lingo, compiled their footage and uploaded it to YouTube themselves. The clips are rated both on the significance of each particular case, as well as the dramatic footage of the rescues. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.spareroom.co.nz/2007/08/06/dramatic-sea-rescues/


Coding: Kiwi team gears up for Geek Olympics - Kiwi team gears up for Geek Olympics On Saturday 18 August 2007, web teams from Australia and New Zealand will compete in Sydney to build a fully-operational website for a non-profit organisation in 24 hours.The All Blacks have held on to the Bledisloe Cup. Can our 'Code Blacks' match their success and come home winners? More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0708/S00015.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0708/S00016.htm


Scoop News: Show Biz: LonelyGirl15 Killed Off In Final Episode - Myspacers and Youtubers will be mourning the loss of Lonelygirl15... whose character Bree was killed off in the final episode in the internet-sensation mock-reality woes of a young American teenager. Bree was played by ex-pat New Zealander Jessica Lee Rose. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0708/S00075.htm


History: Turnbull Library Acquires Historic Aviation Photos - The Alexander Turnbull Library has recently acquired the photographs of White's Aviation Ltd. This collection, consisting of nearly 90,000 negatives, and 50,000 prints, significantly strengthens the Library's coverage of 20th-century New Zealand. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0708/S00065.htm


Parenting: Toy libraries offer families huge savings - Today marks the beginning of Toy Library Awareness week which encourages parents of young children across New Zealand to join up to their local toy library where they can borrow a wide range of toys for just a fraction of the cost of buying them new. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0708/S00011.htm


And those were the Top Scoops on this day, August 07, 2007

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