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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 27 November 2007



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

1: Scott McClellan - Where are the Headlines?

Michael Collins

Former Bush press secretary Scott McClellan accused George W. Bush and Dick Cheney of deceiving the public about a devastating blow to the national security and safety of United States. The revelation concerns the leak of Valerie Plame's identity as ...

2: Poor child health trends reversible

Child Poverty Action Group

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) has urged all political parties to take heed of the Paediatric Society’s latest report into childhood diseases. The trends are alarming, but the report shows they have easily identifiable causes and can be fixed ...

3: Nobel Peace Prize gored?

Ross Spencer

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Al Gore collectively won the Nobel Peace Prize for efforts to fight climate change.

4: Aspartame Research Needed, Not Coca-Cola Soft Sell

Soil and Health Association

The Soil & Health Association is calling for open and independent research into how widespread the effects of the artificial sweetener aspartame are on the health and well-being of New Zealanders, following last week's admission by the Ministry ...

5: Top Scoop Stories - 27 November 2007 News Summary

The Scoop Editor

Kids & Poor Health / Brownlee / Japan & New Zealand Trade / Record Oil Production / Sir Peter Blake Trust / Protein Technology / Assisted Reproductive Procedures / Sudan: Peace & War / Moscow & US Missile Defense / Australia & Kyoto / Annapolis.

6: Mallard should come clean on source of smear

New Zealand National Party

Environment Minister Trevor Mallard should come clean on the source of his smear against whistleblower Erin Leigh, says National’s State Services Spokesman, Gerry Brownlee.

7: Thousands Of Malaysian Indians Protest In Kuala Lu

VOA News

Malaysian police broke up a protest against discrimination by 10,000 ethnic Indians. This is the latest protest to fray Malaysia's tightly controlled and racially divided society.

8: Moscow Ready For Dialogue On US Missile Defense

VOA News

First Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov told the Russian News Service Radio station Monday that Moscow has received written proposals from the United States on the missile defense shield.

9: World's First Travel Bookmarking Site Launches


(Christchurch, New Zealand) The world's first travel bookmarking tool has launched. Based on principles similar to other social bookmarking sites like digg and, is the first social bookmarking site dedicated to the world's ...

10: Sitel redundancies show perils of Private Equity


One hundred and ten workers at call centre company Sitel’s Palmerston North site have been told today that they’re out of a job because their Yellow Pages work has been contracted to Teletech and will be outsourced to the Philippines.

11: Aspartame Research Needed, Not Coca-Cola Soft Sell

Soil and Health Association

The Soil & Health Association is calling for open and independent research into how widespread the effects of the artificial sweetener aspartame are on the health and well-being of New Zealanders, following last week’s admission by the Ministry of ...

12: Venezuela's bad example

Tortilla con Sal

The Venezuelan political process, that people there describe as Bolivarian, is systematically demonized not just by the bourgeois media but also by some supposed progressives. They tend to focus more on the figure of Chavez than on what that deepening social ...

13: Delta: Threats To Energy Security 'Ll End If...

Akanimo Sampson

Niger Delta: Threats To Energy Security 'Ll Soon End If...,Says Panel Akanimo Sampson , Port Harcourt

14: Los Angeles E-Voting System Found Hackable


Company's Flawed 'Inkavote Plus' System May be Used in Nation's Largest County During February 2008 Primary When Republican Measure to Divide State's Electoral Vote Could be on the Ballot

15: ADB Continues Support for Good Governance

Asian Development Bank

The Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Country Operations Business Plan for Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) 2007-2009 reaffirms ADB’s commitment to supporting good governance, inclusive social development and sustained private sector-led economic ...

16: Child & Youth Research a wake up call

The Family Party

PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE THE FAMILY PARTY 27 November 2007 Child & Youth Research a wake up call for government Richard Lewis, leader of The Family Party, says research by the NZ Child & Youth Epidemiology Service into child ...

17: U.S. Statement Against Violence In Sucre, Bolivia

US State Department

We deplore the violence in Sucre, Bolivia that claimed at least three lives during the weekend of November 23, stemming from Constituent Assembly deliberations on Bolivia's proposed new constitution. Democratic governments have the responsibility to protect ...

18: Sudan: Tension Over Peace Deal, But War Unlikely


Tension has risen between the Khartoum government and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM). The tension, according to a Juba-based observer, has largely resulted from a lack of progress in the implementation of key provisions of the 2005 Comprehensive ...

19: Will the Supreme Court Steal the 2008 Election


Will the Supreme Court Steal the Election for the Republicans in 2008? Will California Become the Next Florida? BUZZFLASH EDITOR'S BLOG

20: Faith-Based Spending Goes Relatively Unchecked

Thomas D. Williams

For the past six years, President George W. Bush's administration has spent billions of dollars to largely aid Christian faith-based groups, in assisting prison inmates as well as the poor and less-fortunate persons here and worldwide. Yet many experts ...

21: Zimbabwe: Beatings During President Mbeki's Visit

US State Department

We call on the Government of Zimbabwe to end immediately the violent attacks against democratic activists and civil society organizations, to respect the rule of law, and to allow the Zimbabwean people to exercise peacefully their political rights.

22: Locke Taser complaint under UN Torture Convetion

Green Party

Green Party Police Spokesperson Keith Locke is asking the Police Complaints Authority to consider whether the introduction of the Taser stun gun would be contrary to New Zealand's commitments under the UN Convention Against Torture.

23: The future of insurance looks green

IAG New Zealand

IAG NZ, New Zealand's largest insurance company trading under the State and NZI brands, today released its third sustainability report, called See. See discusses IAG NZ's commitment to sustainability, and to being a sustainable business, through dedication ...

24: Sec. Rice Remarks At Annapolis Conference Dinner

US State Department

Welcome to the State Department. Welcome to the dinner prior to the start tomorrow of the Annapolis conference for Middle East peace. I would especially like to welcome President Abbas of the Palestinian Authority, Prime Minister Olmert of the state ...

25: Adaptation of Dutch farm practice wins top title

Lincoln University

Winton-based farmers Abe and Anita de Wolde have won the 2007 Lincoln University Foundation Farmer of the Year title. The couple operate three Southland farms set to produce over one million kilograms of milk solids this season on 1320 hectares ...

26: Quartet Statement Following November 26 Meeting

US State Department

The Quartet Principals met today in Washington to discuss the situation in the Middle East ahead of the upcoming Annapolis Conference. They were joined by Quartet Representative Tony Blair.

27: Group renews call for Immigration Royal Commission

Project SafeCom

"Today we renew our call of a Royal Commission into the Immigration Department," WA Human Rights group Project SafeCom said this morning

28: Scott McClellan Didn't Out Bush, Cheney Did


As we’ve noted before, BuzzFlash feels personally invested in the exposing of the White House treason surrounding the outing of Valerie Plame, which resulted in impairing our national security when it comes to tracking weapons of mass destruction. Following ...

29: US Participation In Bali Climate Change Conference

US State Department

In recognition of the importance the United States attaches to this conference, the White House is sending Chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality James L. Connaughton to join in leading the Ministerial sessions December 12-14

30: Ambitious for New Zealand - Meet John Key

New Zealand National Party

This morning I launched a 12-minute DVD, "Ambitious for New Zealand - Meet John Key". The DVD is intended to give Kiwis a closer look at my life and what I stand for. In it, I talk a little about my life before politics, the things that motivate me, ...


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