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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings October 8 2008


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

1: Secret Bush Admin Plan to Suspend US Constitution

Global Research

A draft document published by the whistleblowing website Wikileaks entitled, "Army Regulation 500-3, Emergency Employment of Army and Other Resources. Army Continuity of Operations (COOP) Program," dated 19 January 2001, spells out changes in Army ...

2: Catoon: Sarah Palin - Six Pack - Very Light
John Chuckman

Cartoon Comment From John Chuckman: Sarah Palin - Six Pack - Very Light

3: 2008 Edition of World University Rankings Released
THE-QS World University Rankings

The new edition of the THE-QS World University Rankings 2008 indicate the increasing profile of technology-based universities, with many of the top universities in the world in this area improving their position. As demand by international employers ...

4: Nats take $1.5 billion from science system
New Zealand Government

National has misled scientists and rural organisations and communities about its intentions, Progressive Leader Jim Anderton said today.

5: Aftershock - a commentary
New Zealand Resilience Trust

Aftershock is a two-hour dramatisation set in Wellington, in the aftermath of a cataclysmic earthquake and tsunami. There were a number of false assumptions and factual errors made in this programme, although the overall portrayal of the devastation was realistic.

6: Goff: RSA National Council Meeting
New Zealand Government

Speech to the 92nd Royal New Zealand Returned and Services Association National Council Meeting Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington

7: Key needs to answer when, how package changed
New Zealand Government

Finance Minister Michael Cullen has challenged National leader John Key to answer when and exactly how his party's original tax package was changed.

8: Warning about Aftershock TV show
Civil Defence Emergency Management

A warning to people channel surfing tomorrow night or starting to watch Aftershock on TV3 part way through after its 8.30pm start. The programme includes acted “news bulletins” and “interviews” that help it give a realistic portrayal of what ...

9: Flight of the Conchords swoop on the Tuis
Vodafone NZ Music Awards

The 2008 Tuis have been handed out tonight (Oct. 8) at the biggest-ever production in the 43-year history of the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards.

10: Goff - National's Defence policy a non-event
New Zealand Government

National's policy on Defence released today is a total non-event, Defence Minister Phil Goff said today.

11: Scoop Full Coverage: National's Tax Cut Plan
Scoop Full Coverage

The National Party has billed this tax package release as an “economic management plan,” which could land them in truth-in-advertising trouble with the Consumers Institute.

12: Google’s NZ election gadget

Google has launched a new online gadget ( that enables New Zealanders to keep up with political information and election news on their homepage.

13: Business knows Nat’s R&D cuts disaster for NZ
New Zealand Government

New Zealand businesses know what a disaster National’s plans to axe the research and development tax credit would be for our country’s long term prosperity, Economic Development Minister Pete Hodgson said today.

14: Simplified Disk-Based Backup And Recovery

• Configurations allow up to 52 percent faster backups or up to 77 percent[1] faster restores than tape backup solutions • Choice of CommVault or Symantec management software, pre-installed and verified • Setup and operational in less than 30 minutes ...

15: Dr Bollard DO NOT cut the Official Cash Rate

Dr Bollard DO NOT cut the Official Cash Rate!! A cut in the cash rate to 6.5% is going to do nothing to help New Zealand’s property market or New Zealanders in general. New Zealand has been in recession for at least two quarters and “Mainstreet” ...

16: Union Fears for Warehouse Workers' Future
National Distribution Union

The National Distribution Union says the Warehouse decision to discontinue its supermarket operation in its three Extra stores from November holds risks for the company's employees.

17: Anti-capitalists announce party list
Workers Party of New Zealand

Contesting the party list vote for the first time this election, anti-capitalist group the Workers Party has today named 14 candidates who will be standing on its party list.

18: The Truth About Men begins shooting in Wellington

Press Release 8 October 2008 Tom Scott’s “The Truth About Men” begins shooting in Wellington, New Zealand Principal photography commenced on the feature film “The Truth About Men” in Wellington, New Zealand last week with some filming ...

19: Manning on Radio Adelaide: Outlook Grim + Nat Tax
Scoop Audio

Scoop Audio: Scoop's Selwyn Manning & Radio Adelaide's Catherine discuss how the Labour government opened the financial books and the outlook is grim! Also, National is pitching for the middle income voter with its tax cut and KiwiSaver plan.

20: "Steal Back Your Vote!" Comic Book Released
Greg Palast

Bobby Kennedy Jr. and I have had it UP TO HERE. They stole 2000. They stole 2004. Now, they’re snatching it again. So Bobby and I are doing the most important thing we can do in a crisis of democracy: write an investigative comic book.

21: Helen Clark has no new answers to turbulence
New Zealand National Party

National Party Leader John Key says Helen Clark’s “do nothing” answer to the turbulent economic situation should be of great concern to all New Zealanders.

22: New Film Reveals Murders Of Burmese Fishers
Parachute Pictures

“Abandoned, not forgotten” The plight of Burma’s undocumented migrant fishers

23: All KiwiSavers worse off under National
New Zealand Government

Finance Minister Michael Cullen today released data that shows anyone in KiwiSaver would be worse off under National’s tax cut package released yesterday, regardless of whether they qualified for Mr Key’s “independent earner rebate“.

24: Key Notes 40: National's Economic Management Plan
New Zealand National Party

On Monday, the New Zealand Treasury delivered its independent Pre-Election Fiscal Update (PREFU). This act of opening the books is required under the Public Finance Act.

25: Economic plan: A tax package for the times
New Zealand National Party

National’s Leader John Key has announced his party’s tax package, which details changes to personal income tax rates and thresholds, and the introduction of an Independent Earner Rebate.

26: Goff: AVEX Aviation Expo
New Zealand Government

Deputy Mayor Peter Lee, Chairman of the Aviation Cluster John Jones, Hamilton International Airport Chief Executive Chris Doak, Chief of Air Force Air Vice-Marshall Graham Lintott - thank you for the invitation to visit the inaugural New Zealand National Aviation ...

27: All national parks now protected from mining
New Zealand Government

All national parks will now be protected from mining, Conservation Minister Steve Chadwick announced today.

28: Rabobank reinforces commitment to agriculture

Leading rural lender Rabobank says farmers and agribusinesses in New Zealand can be assured that it is business as usual from the bank’s perspective in the farm finance market, despite current global volatility in both financial and commodity ...

29: Showers latest target of Labour’s nanny state
New Zealand National Party

New regulations that put tight constraints on water flows in household showers are unfair and unworkable, says National’s Building and Construction spokesman, Nick Smith.

30: Clash of Super Powers in an Age of Global Conflict
Mark Rais

Three powers now flex for rule in our modern world. The world has not experienced this type of struggle since the 1930s, when unyielding socio-political ideologies spawned by ambitious leaders began to drive daily events.

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