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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings October 11 2008


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

1: The Palin Mob Mentality: Racism, Willful Ignorance

Scoop Link

It’s no wonder that the slightest incitement from Sarah Palin or John McCain will turn one of their rallies into a lynch mob. Just talk to the folks who attend.

2: NZ Election Tightens: National drops 7% to 40.5%
Roy Morgan Research

In early October 2008 the New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll shows National Party support at 40.5% (down 7%), a tight lead over the Labour Party 37.5% (up 1%). If the Election were this weekend there would be a hung Parliament in New Zealand with either major ...

3: Lyndon Hood's Pics of the Weeks: August 2008
Lyndon Hood
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4: National would widen gap between rich and poor
New Zealand Government

Finance Minister Michael Cullen today released data that shows the gap between rich and poor would widen significantly under the National Party's tax policy.

5: Criticism of NZFSA 'tired and unfounded'
New Zealand Government

Criticisms by a lobbyist of the New Zealand Food Safety Authority's (NZFSA's) risk management processes are tired and unfounded, Food Safety Minister Lianne Dalziel said today.

6: New Plymouth Named New Zealand’s Top City
New Plymouth District Council

North & South magazine has named New Plymouth the country’s Top Town – beating Christchurch into the runner-up position. Coming third-equal were Auckland and Wellington.

7: The ICEHOUSE calls all budding entrepreneurs
The Icehouse

Business growth centre The Icehouse and the University of Auckland’s commercialisation arm UniServices are looking for entrepreneurs to compete in a real life ‘Dragon’s Den’ business pitch competition with over $45,000 of prizes up for grabs.

8: Undernews For October 8, 2008

All our political forms are exhausted and practically nonexistent. Our parliamentary and electoral system and our political parties are just as futile as dictatorships are intolerable. Nothing is left. And this nothing is increasingly aggressive, totalitarian, ...

9: Strikes put produce supplies under pressure
National Distribution Union

Workers at Turners and Growers walked off the job this morning and will continue a series of lightening strikes until they get a reasonable pay offer.

10: Fonterra Launches Infant Healthcare Charity
Fonterra Co-operative Group Ltd

Fonterra Joins The China Soong Ching Ling Foundation In Establishing The "Fonterra Rural Maternity And Infant Healthcare Community Programme"

11: Hard market requires disciplined decisions,
First National

Disciplined decisions have enabled First National Bethlehem to expand its marketing capacity in a move to meet current conditions head on.

12: Christchurch to host return of Top Town
Christchurch City Council

The classic Top Town television show is returning to our screens and Christchurch's revamped Jellie Park has the honour of being selected to host the competition.

13: Economy on the Edge: Swan Dive or Belly Flop?

The New Zealand Institute and NZX have called for immediate, bipartisan action to ensure New Zealand not only survives, but thrives, under the emerging economic storm conditions.

14: ACORN Long a Target of GOP Operatives
Jason Leopold

For the past several weeks, Republican operatives have been stepping up their efforts in critical swing states claiming voter registration groups have been engaged in a massive voter fraud effort in an attempt to influence the outcome of November’s ...

15: Monte Ohia; Miriama Kahu and Maketu John Simpson
The Maori Party

It is my honour tonight to speak of our mighty cause champions; our personal heroes; our loved friends, Monte and Miriama.

16: Nat’s health policy doesn’t add up.
New Zealand Government

The National Party policy on waiting lists shows they either have no new ideas about health or they aren’t telling New Zealanders the whole story.

17: Cullen refuses to confirm super rates
New Zealand National Party

National Party Finance spokesman Bill English says older New Zealanders will be disappointed that Michael Cullen has today failed to rule out cuts to superannuation under Labour.

18: 5 Million Adverts Given To Protect US Democracy
The Scoop Team

While global markets squirm in the midst of the financial crisis, Scoop scoffs at funds and cheerfully donates its pro-bono services to covering an equally pressing crisis that threatens the very heart of democracy: election fraud during the 2008 ...

19: Extra Funding Required For Court Restoration
New Zealand Government

The cost of restoring the historic 19th century High Court building in Stout St has proved to be greater than initially expected. “This is a key reason why additional funding is required for this part of the project and to build the new Supreme Court,” ...

20: Deals bringing Burma horrors closer to home
New Zealand Alliance Party

The Alliance Party says an international trade union campaign on the plight of Burmese workers is a embarrassing reminder that New Zealand is actively signing up to free trade deals involving the Burmese regime.

21: World Bank Donates $25 Million To Help Haiti
United Nations

The World Bank today announced $25 million in additional emergency grants for Haiti to support recovery and rebuilding efforts, and strengthen its capacity to cope with natural disasters, in the wake of a devastating series of storms that hit the Caribbean ...

22: Gun Lobby's Alarmism Fails
Martha Rosenberg

You'd think the National Rifle Association (NRA) would be taking bows. In June, the Supreme Court put its Gun Confiscation Phobia (GCP) to rest by finding the District of Columbia's gun ban unconstitutional and affirming the Second Amendment.

23: SFO Probe A Waste Of Time
New Zealand First Party

Rt Hon Winston Peters has described the Serious Fraud Office investigation into New Zealand First as a total and unnecessary waste of time as there was never anything to be investigated.

24: Universities lose ground in world rankings
THE-QS World University Rankings

(Top 200 rankings published in print on 9th October 2008 in Times Higher Education and Top 400 rankings will be published online at 00.01 GMT on Monday 13th October at

25: Survey of Financial Institutions on Credit Crisis
Norton Rose Group

The global financial crisis will lead to radical changes in the structure of the financial services industry with more financial institutions set to fail, according to a survey of financial institutions by international legal practice Norton Rose ...

26: Election 08: The Difficulty Stealing It This Time
Michael Collins

(Wash. DC) There's one major obstacle blocking a theft of the 2008 presidential election. It's highly significant and challenges even the most devious minds. That obstacle is the "net new" Democratic primary voters" in 2008. "Net new" Democratic primary ...

27: Maserati GRANTURISMO S Debuts in New Zealand
Ferrari Australia and New Zealand

A year after the unveiling of the GranTurismo, Maserati is back at the Australian International Motor Show with yet another coupe premiere, the GranTurismo S, the ultimate expression of Maserati’s performance and the fastest production car ever ...

28: Pint sized cooks overrun Michael Hill’s kitchen

Michael Hill Jeweller. Michael Hill Golf Course Owner. Michael Hill Patron of the Arts. There are many strings to this phenomenally successful mans bow (and yes, even Concert Violinist) but now he can add Supporter of Budding Chefs to this ...

29: Cooperation not conflict needed over Interchange
Wellington City Council

NEWS RELEASE 10 October 2008 Transmission Gully/SH58 interchange: cooperation not conflict The Draft Porirua Development Framework sets out long-term land use management on a key highway for the region. The Framework is currently open for public ...

30: Call For Boosting UN’s Peacebuilding Capacity
United Nations

The President of the General Assembly today urged Member States to support the strengthening of the United Nations peacebuilding architecture, designed to help countries emerging from conflict to secure long-term peace and avoid slipping back into war or chaos

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