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Top Scoop Stories - 30 August 2007 News Summary


Today's Top Scoops - August 30, 2007

LEAD STORY:

Politics: One Way Political Stoush Becomes Two Way

NZ POLITICS:

Retirement: Grey Power Worried By Members' Unrealistic Gold Card Hopes
Retirement: Cullen Responds To Advertising Decision On KiwiSaver
Conservation: Dolphin Protection Plan Must Go Further

BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH:

Advertising: Telecom Petitioned By 'Non Extra' Offering Massage Practitioners
Business Woes: Another Finance Company Goes Up In Smoke
Social Networking: Hugged By A Zombie Then Identity Stolen?

WORLD:

Competition, Contributions and Contracts: Chávez's Checkbook Mission in the Caribbean Basin
Brute Force: Indonesian Military Operation In Jamo Valley Causes Starvation And Displacement
News from Indochina: First Person Charged By UN-backed Cambodia Court Appeals Against Detention
Diebold News: Voters' Group Declares Victory In Electronic Voting Case

COMMENT:

Catherine Austin Fitts: Dillon Read (3): A Rothschild Man
Michael Collins: 911 General Strike Gains Momentum
David Swanson: Cheney Denies Being Human
David Swanson: Report Shows the US Has Prepared to Attack Iran

LIFESTYLE:

Liqour: Bartenders Battle To Impress The Punters
Scoop Feedback: Readers Capture The Dark Side of the Moon


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LEAD STORY

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moorePolitics: One Way Political Stoush Becomes Two Way - Mike Moore is being challenged to debate his NZ Herald op-ed today by Progressive Party leader Jim Anderton. “Since Helen Clark was elected prime minister in 1999, the economy has enjoyed continuous economic growth − the longest run of continuous expansion in Mike Moore’s adult lifetime. That is, perhaps, why he is so bitter. He is a failed politician, and the success of this government exposes the failure of the government he was in, " said Mr Anderton in a press statement. More>> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0708/S00522.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/1019.html
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/1012.html
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0708/S00395.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0708/S00374.htm


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NZ POLITICS

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Retirement: Grey Power Worried By Members' Unrealistic Gold Card Hopes - Grey Power National President, Mr Graham Stairmand stated today "After the launch by the Minister, the Gold Card has not been as well received by our members as was hoped. Some held very high (and probably unrealistic) expectations. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0708/S00384.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0708/S00510.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0708/S00511.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0708/S00370.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0708/S00369.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/1017.html


Retirement: Cullen Responds To Advertising Decision On KiwiSaver - Finance Minister Michael Cullen today said Labour accepted the majority decision of the Advertising Standards Authority on a KiwiSaver banner carried on the Stuff news website. This said “KiwiSaver + New Zealand Super. Labour’s guarantee for your retirement.” More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0708/S00502.htm


Conservation: Dolphin Protection Plan Must Go Further - The Threat Management Plan issued today to protect Hector’s and Maui’s dolphins is a good start, but must go further, Forest & Bird says. Forest & Bird Conservation Advocate Kirstie Knowles says that the Government plan’s proposals to establish five marine mammal sanctuaries and introduce a ban on set nets wherever the endangered dolphins are found was a positive step. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0708/S00366.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0708/S00504.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0708/S00506.htm


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BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH

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Advertising: Telecom Petitioned By 'Non Extra' Offering Massage Practitioners - Massage New Zealand (MNZ), the national organisation for massage therapists, is battling with Yellow Pages to switch the heading of massage parlours to another term like adult services, outgoing president Barry Vautier said today. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0708/S00591.htm


Business Woes: Another Finance Company Goes Up In Smoke - Graham Miller, Managing Director of Covenant Trustee Company Limited (‘Covenant’), has advised that the board of directors of Five Star Consumer Finance Limited (‘Five Star’) has requested Covenant to appoint receivers to Five Star and its subsidiaries. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0708/S00593.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0708/S00604.htm


Social Networking: Hugged By A Zombie Then Identity Stolen? - Users of social networking sites such as MySpace and Facebook are leaving themselves open to the possibility of identity theft by giving away too much personal information, according to leading credit reporting agency Dun & Bradstreet More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0708/S00580.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0708/S00065.htm


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WORLD

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Competition, Contributions and Contracts: Chávez's Checkbook Mission in the Caribbean Basin - While crowds of cheering supporters gathered outside the National Assembly in Venezuela on Wednesday, August 15, President Hugo Chávez outlined what could be the most radical phase of his proposed amendments to the constitution yet, the elimination of any term limits on the re-election of any candidate as well as lengthening each presidential term from six to seven years. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0708/S00706.htm


Brute Force: Indonesian Military Operation In Jamo Valley Causes Starvation And Displacement - Reports from Human Rights workers confirm that the Indonesian military (TNI) and police launched a new military offensive in the Jamo (also spelt Yamo) Valley in the remote Puncak Jaya region of West Papua, in the first week of August 2007. These sources said that a mother and two children died from starvation when they were hiding in the forest after fleeing the military. Local people are reported to have been beaten by Indonesian security forces and many people have fled to the surrounding forests and mountains to hide. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0708/S00705.htm


News from Indochina: First Person Charged By UN-backed Cambodia Court Appeals Against Detention - The first person to be charged by the United Nations-backed tribunal in Cambodia trying Khmer Rouge leaders accused of mass killings and other crimes three decades ago has appealed against an order for his provisional detention. Kaing Guek Eav, also known as Duch, was charged last month with crimes against humanity over his role as chief at the S21 prison in the capital, Phnom Penh, during the Khmer Rouge's rule in the 1970s, when hundreds of thousands of people were killed or died from starvation, forced labour and ill treatment. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0708/S00690.htm


Diebold News: Voters' Group Declares Victory In Electronic Voting Case - A group of California voters who filed suit challenging former Secretary of State Bruce McPherson's 2006 certification of Diebold electronic voting machines for use in California announced today that they were withdrawing their court case following Secretary of State Debra Bowen's recent decision to decertify the Diebold system and to only allow limited use of that system under strict manual recount conditions. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0708/S00709.htm


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COMMENT

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Catherine Austin Fitts: Dillon Read (3): A Rothschild Man - John Birkelund arrived at Dillon Read in September 1981. Born in Glencoe, Illinois, he had graduated from Princeton and then had joined the Navy where he served with the Office of Naval Intelligence in Berlin... (Part 3 of a 20 Part Serial) More >> [1]

See Also:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0708/S00399.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0708/S00302.htm#2
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0708/S00302.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0708/S00361.htm


Michael Collins: 911 General Strike Gains Momentum - “No Work, No School, No Shopping – Hit the Streets”... The 911 General Strike called by a coalition of antiwar, 911 Truth, and pro impeachment groups is gaining strength with gatherings scheduled across the country and rapidly expanding activity on the Internet, where the idea originated… More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0708/S00383.htm


David Swanson: Cheney Denies Being Human - "I am not human," Vice President Dick Cheney said twice during a 10-minute statement today following news that he had refused to comply with subpoenas, created and advocated for the "Unitary Executive Theory" which is used by the White House to defy laws duly enacted by Congress and thereby justify dictatorial action, played a key role in setting up illegal spying programs… More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0708/S00403.htm


David Swanson: Report Shows the US Has Prepared to Attack Iran - Detailed Pentagon plans for a military attack on Iran are far more extensive than has been reported in the U.S., according to top British military analysts. There have been occasional news reports on various strategic bombing options - both conventional and nuclear - but this is the first comprehensive look at the full range of Pentagon plans... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0708/S00385.htm


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LIFESTYLE

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Liqour: Bartenders Battle To Impress The Punters - Art, skill, entertainment and exotic cocktail ingredients will mix at the hospitality industry’s premier trade event HospitalityNZ Show on Monday (September 3) as the nation’s best bartenders battle it out for the title of New Zealand Flair Bartending Champion. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0708/S00357.htm


Scoop Feedback: Readers Capture The Dark Side of the Moon - On August 28 there was a total eclipse of the Moon. This is when the Earth’s shadow falls across the Moon. As the Earth has an atmosphere, the shadow that is cast on the Moon does not have a clear cut edge so the shading is gradual. The Moon turned a reddish colour because of the dust in our atmosphere. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0708/S00371.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0708/S00393.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0708/S00369.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0707/S00276.htm


And those were the Top Scoops on this day, August 30, 2007

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