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Top Scoop Stories - 17 September 2007 News Summary


Today's Top Scoops - September 17, 2007

LEAD STORY:

Climate Change: Bureaucratic Bungling Leads To Lost Opportunity

NZ POLITICS:

Poison: 1080 Spread On Playing Field
Gordon Campbell: Zaoui – The Final Chapter?
UN: Horomia Attacks 'Head In The Clouds' Maori Party
The Taxperson: Dealing With IRD Officially Taxing

BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH:

Kiwi Made: Premier, Kiwi Bringing Home Aussie Bacon
Tech: Connecting... To Our Digital Future

WORLD:

Power Freaks: Burmese Generals Gag Opposition
Executive Summary: International Religious Freedom Report 2007
Going With The Flow: Aussie Navy Launches Robotic Profilers To Help Climatologists Predict Deep Ocean Currents
Troubled Minds: New Guidelines Issued To Tackle Mental Health Problems In Conflicts, Disasters

COMMENT:

Michael Collins: George W. Bush, a Judiciary of One
Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman: Why doesn't the GOP want Ohio's voting machines tested?
Dr. Ravindra Kumar: Caste, Class and Problem of Establishment of Peace
Michael Winship: Iraq: Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics
Catherine Austin Fitts: Dillon Read (9): Dillon’s Investment in Cornell

LIFESTYLE:

Fashion: Celeb Stylist Coming To Fashion Week
Fashionz.co.nz Report: Fashion Week Opens With Deborah Sweeney
Romance: Quick Wedding Predicted For Speed Date Owner
Natural Cycles: World Car Free Day Saturday


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LEAD STORY

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Climate Change: Bureaucratic Bungling Leads To Lost Opportunity - It is no wonder New Zealand's greenhouse gas emissions are growing at record rates, when major budget bids to offset emissions are lost in bureaucratic bungles, says National's Climate Change spokesman, Nick Smith. Documents released under the OIA show that in December 2006 the Department of Conservation prepared a major pest control bid 'Treasury advised that the bid should be led by MfE, and DOC therefore forwarded it to MfE. There was no subsequent correspondence between MfE and DOC about the proposal.' More>> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0709/S00277.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0709/S00250.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0709/S00270.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0709/S00236.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0709/S00203.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0709/S00199.htm


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NZ POLITICS

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Poison: 1080 Spread On Playing Field - “The fact that some anti-1080 hunters are prepared to deliberately spread poison baits in public areas shows that they have little concern for public safety,” Forest & Bird Advocacy Manager Kevin Hackwell says. “They are responsible for the death of a pet dog, but this could have been a child that was poisoned.” More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0709/S00212.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0709/S00246.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0709/S00186.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0709/S00149.htm


Gordon Campbell: Zaoui – The Final Chapter? - Former Listener journalist Gordon Campbell who has written extensively on the Zaoui case wraps things up for Scoop readers. 'In any other circumstances, the face saving rationale that has been concocted to enable the SIS to rationalise its backdown on the Ahmed Zaoui case would be infuriating, but hey, winners can afford to be generous. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0709/S00240.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0709/S00242.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/1483.html


UN: Horomia Attacks 'Head In The Clouds' Maori Party - The Mâori Party is full of hollow talk over the government’s decision not to support the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, says Mâori Affairs Minister Parekura Horomia. The declaration adopted in the UN yesterday is in effect a wish list which fails to bind states to any of its provisions, Mr Horomia said. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0709/S00272.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0709/S00256.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0709/S00221.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0709/S00200.htm


The Taxperson: Dealing With IRD Officially Taxing - National Party Revenue spokesman Lockwood Smith says an informal poll published today shows Inland Revenue still has much work to do when it comes to looking after public inquiries. A poll published in the New Zealand Herald today compared how long it took a caller to get through to a real person. Inland Revenue consistently did the worst by a country mile. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0709/S00259.htm


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BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH

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Kiwi Made: Premier, Kiwi Bringing Home Aussie Bacon - Green Party MP Sue Kedgley says she is pleased the Commerce Commission has upheld her complaint that Kiwi and Premier Bacon products were misleading consumers by implying that their bacon was from New Zealand, when it was not. "I hope the Commerce Commission decision to uphold my complaint and require the companies to re-label their products will serve as a warning to others to take labelling seriously, and not make deceptive claims. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0709/S00281.htm


Tech: Connecting... To Our Digital Future - The New Zealand HiGrowth Project Trust and the NZCID have released a report that analyses the current state of New Zealand's ICT infrastructure and makes recommendations for both industry and government to ensure New Zealand has the physical infrastructure required to meet our digital strategy goal of being in the top quartile of the OECD by 2015. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0709/S00289.htm


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WORLD

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Power Freaks: Burmese Generals Gag Opposition - The Burmese military junta have cut all phone lines to the headquarters of Burma's main pro-democracy party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), in a move designed to stem the flow of reports and images broadcast to the outside world. The paranoid military regime has been shaken by recent public demonstrations over massive fuel price hikes, which are causing widespread hardship.More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0709/S00385.htm


Executive Summary: International Religious Freedom Report 2007 - The vast majority of the world's people have religious beliefs, which they hold dear. The right to religious freedom can be abused in many ways both blatant and subtle. The purpose of this report is to document the actions of governments -- those that repress religious expression, persecute innocent believers, or tolerate violence against religious minorities, as well as those that respect, protect, and promote religious freedom. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0709/S00374.htm


Going With The Flow: Aussie Navy Launches Robotic Profilers To Help Climatologists Predict Deep Ocean Currents - Royal Australian Navy (RAN) ship HMAS Adelaide may be on its swan-song voyage before its decommissioning next year but the ship's company is taking part in a futuristic project to help scientists predict the influence of climate change on deep ocean currents. The Royal Australian Navy is working with the CSIRO's Division of Marine and Atmospheric Research in Hobart to measure deep ocean temperatures and currents. -->More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0709/S00359.htm


Troubled Minds: New Guidelines Issued To Tackle Mental Health Problems In Conflicts, Disasters - International humanitarian agencies have agreed on a new set of guidelines to address the mental health and psychosocial needs of survivors in response to emergencies such as conflicts or disasters. They emphasize the importance of building on local resources and include ways to protect and care for people with severe trauma-induced mental disorders and provide psychological first aid for those in acute distress. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0709/S00356.htm


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COMMENT

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Michael Collins: George W. Bush, a Judiciary of One - The Bush-Cheney White House is responsible for the birth of a new constitutional doctrine. He has elevated himself to become a judiciary of one. . When the president signs legislation passed by Congress, he frequently adds his own signing statement stating those legislative provisions he intends to ignore based on his interpretation of the Constitution. This caused the New York Times to note, “President Bush doesn't bother with vetoes... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0709/S00264.htm


Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman: Why doesn't the GOP want Ohio's voting machines tested? - By a 4-3 vote, Republicans on Ohio’s State Controlling Board blocked Democratic Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner’s proposed $1.8 million unbid contract for voting machine testing. Brunner had already set aside the $1.8 million for the test. Her specific request to the Controlling Board was a waiver for competitive bidding. Her office had hoped to complete all testing by November 30, 2007... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0709/S00254.htm


Dr. Ravindra Kumar: Caste, Class and Problem of Establishment of Peace - Needless to dwell in the remote past, but till today the division of human society on the basis of caste and class distinctions, has yet been subsisting as the main hurdle in t he way of establishment of perpetual peace on earth. It is a world-wide problem. It is just possible that its form may be discerned differently in different parts of the world. It is also possible that the ultimate result or effect of this problem may appear to us somewhat distinctive in various regions... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0709/S00253.htm


Michael Winship: Iraq: Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics - A journalist I know, who has spent a lot of time in Iraq, tells the story of talking to an American infantry major in Baghdad the day Saddam's statue was toppled in Firdos Square, almost four and a half years ago. He asked, "What now?" The officer replied, "I expect our job is over." He thought thousands of military police immediately would be airlifted in to patrol the streets of Baghdad... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0709/S00259.htm


Catherine Austin Fitts: Dillon Read (9): Dillon’s Investment in Cornell - To understand Dillon’s investments in Cornell it is essential to understand who governed Dillon Read, who at Dillon invested personally, as well as who at Dillon helped to govern the venture funds that invested in Cornell ... (Part 8 of a 20 Part Serial) More >> [1]

SEE ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0709/S00283.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
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0708/S00399.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0708/S00435.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0709/S00059.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0709/S00194.htm
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0709/S00206.htm
[10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0709/S00238.htm


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LIFESTYLE

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Fashion: Celeb Stylist Coming To Fashion Week - Fresh from the bright lights of New York Fashion Week, international Celebrity Stylist Britt Bardo has set her sights on Air New Zealand Fashion Week. Pieter Stewart, Managing Director of Air New Zealand Fashion Week, says having a stylist of Britt Bardo’s calibre at the event is a fantastic achievement. More>> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0709/S00178.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0709/S00164.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0709/S00287.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0709/S00234.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0709/S00041.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0709/S00141.htm


Fashionz.co.nz Report: Fashion Week Opens With Deborah Sweeney - The opening show of any Fashion Week is a high profile, high pressure itinerary spot and Deborah Sweeney proved she was well up to the task with her 6 String Heaven Winter 2008 collection - inspired by "guitar riffs, rock 'n'roll and ZZ Top. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0709/S00288.htm


Romance: Quick Wedding Predicted For Speed Date Owner - A modern-day fairytale has just come true for Verity Molloy, the owner of Speed Date. Verity has become engaged to the man of her dreams — Derek McEwan — who she met when he was Speed Dating 18 months ago. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0709/S00156.htm


Natural Cycles: World Car Free Day Saturday - Living Streets Aotearoa and the Cycle Advocates’ Network announce World Car-Free Day will take place on the 22nd of September. This yearly, global event, organised by the World Carfree Network since September 2000, encourages the people of in more than 1,500 cities to put into practice social, eco-friendly and sustainable methods of transport. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0709/S00210.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0709/S00191.htm


And those were the Top Scoops on this day, September 17, 2007

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