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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings October 31 2008


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

1: New Zealand votes with 97% of world nations

Embassy of the Republic of Cuba

The United States further isolated itself from world opinion today, following a record massive vote by the United Nations General Assembly calling for the lifting of the 46-year-old American economic and trade blockade against the Republic of Cuba.

2: Have American Elections Really Been Stolen?
Mark Adams

Well, let’s see. With trillions of dollars up for grabs, someone might want seize power, but they’d get caught, right? With the 'news' media and the Dept. of 'Justice' concentrating on voter fraud, there’s really just no way that anyone could get ...

3: National announces Action Plan for Violent Crime
New Zealand National Party

National Party Leader John Key has today released his Action Plan for Violent Crime and declared that it is ready to go from the first day of a new National-led Government.

4: Election 08: Stealing The US Election
Gordon Campbell

Judging by the polls, the Republicans’ best chance of victory looks like it will require them to screw around with the machinery of voting. They’re very good at it. Given the near certainty of record turnouts in next week’s election, will there ...

5: Michael Collins: Susan Lindauer Going Public
Michael Collins

(Wash. DC) Susan Lindauer has been busy making calls and sending faxes to Members of Congress outlining her role as a U.S. intelligence asset since the mid 1990's and her views of pre-invasion intelligence on Iraq. She's taken her case to Capitol ...

6: - The Smear Merchants from Hell
New Zealand National Party

The world's stock markets have been in free-fall. Some of the world's biggest banks have disappeared and others have sought refuge in mergers, rescue plans and even nationalisation. A wave of mass redundancies has started to ripple across the globe. ...

7: Letter from Elsewhere: What I heard John Key Say
Anne Else

In February 2003 I heard John Key say "After 18 years in the international currency, bond and derivative markets, I hung up my banking boots for New Zealand politics."

8: ‘Living fossil’ nesting on the mainland
Karori Wildlife Sanctuary

Conservation staff at Wellington’s world-first Karori Sanctuary have found what is almost certainly the first confirmed tuatara nest on mainland New Zealand in over 200 years. The discovery came during routine maintenance work near the Sanctuary’s ...

9: Road closures across city for Targa Rally tomorrow
Wellington City Council

NEWS RELEASE 31 October 2008 Road closures across city for Targa Rally tomorrow The spectacular Targa New Zealand Road Rally is coming to town tomorrow (Saturday 1 November) and high-powered cars, hundreds of participants and support crew are ...

10: Compassion key to Greens' unemployment support
Green Party

Everyone who loses their job deserves support, Green Party Social Development Spokesperson Sue Bradford says.

11: Facebook threat uses video clips to harm users

Our client Fortinet (, the worldwide #1 vendor of unified threat management appliances, has discovered a major new threat to Facebook users.

12: Indictment to criminalise Maori dissent

The Crown has issued an indictment today against 18 people arrested in the police raids of October 15th 2007 in Ruatoki, Auckland, Hamilton, Whakatane, Palmerston North, Wellington and elsewhere.

13: US Election Problems May Affect Nov. 4 Outcome

A compilation of numerous recent news articles reporting on key election issues.

14: Myanmar: Save the Children Warns Of New Risks
Save The Children

Six months after Cyclone Nargis swept across Myanmar, a looming water crisis and the impact of lost livelihoods threaten the well-being of children and families made vulnerable by the storm.

15: The Irony & Agony Of An All Party Education Debate
Jamie Melbourne-Hayward

Jamie Melbourne-Hayward writes that An education forum in Auckland this Tuesday allowed a Labour stand-in education spokesperson to perform a faux pas at election time: speaking ones mind. Here's the irony and the agony, uncut...

16: Pakistan Earthquake survivors huddle in cold
Christian World Service

New Zealand aid agency Christian World Service is accepting donations for survivors of the Pakistan earthquake forced to spend freezing nights in the open and fearing aftershocks.

17: Nat MP concedes their R&D policy not good
Progressive Party

National MPs are jumping ship on their own party's policies because it is a bad idea to increase business tax right now, and especially to increase them on the most innovative companies in the country, Progressive leader Jim Anderton says.

18: Logitech Launches Series Of High-Tech Gadgets
Jamie Melbourne-Hayward

Jamie Melbourne-Hayward checked out Logitech's new gadget launch and found technology normally reserved for stage musicians is now being released to Joe-Blow. Logitech's new earphones promise not to leave your ears ringing.

19: Winner of Newmarket’s Young Fashion Designer
Newmarket Business Association

Westlake Girl’ High School student Paris Kirby, aged 17, was announced the winner of the inaugural Newmarket Young Designer Award during a full blown fashion show at the Raye Freedman Centre at Epsom Girl’s Grammar attended by 250 people.

20: Lyndon Hood: Manifesto Of The Sarcasm Party
Lyndon Hood

At the Sarcasm Party, we understand that you've been hard done by after nine long years of economic prosperity and are looking for a fresh breath of common sense change or whatever. So voting for us would be an awesome idea, because we'd fix everything ...

21: Would John stop this udder madness?
Greenpeace New Zealand

Another inappropriate dairy conversion has occurred in New Zealand - this time on John Key's front lawn. A dwindling pine forest, some dairy cows, several stumps and a truckload of Ready Lawn now adorn the land at Mr Key's Helensville electorate office. ...

22: Escaping Alcatraz? Keep Swimming & Don't Get Shot
Richard S. Ehrlich

ALCATRAZ ISLAND, California -- To escape from this prison built on jagged rocks in the San Francisco Bay, an inmate needed to swim through poisonous jellyfish, numbness, exhaustion, tides, and angry guards trying to kill him.

23: Beware Maxim bearing gifts
Democrats for Social Credit

Maxim Institute, that high-minded "think tank"that claims to stand for democracy and justice, showed Wednesday night in Tauranga that they are not above using their power to try and manipulate the outcome of the general election.

24: Changing Guard at the RSA
Returned Services Association

Today marks the end of an era when Mr Pat Herbert retires as Chief Executive of the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services’ Association after 17 years of loyal and dedicated service – the second longest tenure in the 92-year-old history of the ...

25: Party condemns fresh charges against activists
Workers Party of New Zealand

The Workers Party has condemned the decision today by the Crown Prosecutor to lay fresh charges of 'participating in an organised criminal group' against 5 of the social justice activists arrested in last year's so-called 'anti-terror' raids.

26: "Criminal gang" charges ludicrous
Global Peace And Justice Auckland

The police decision to lay charges of participating in a criminal gang against five of the Urewera arrestees is ludicrous. Having failed to brand these activists as terrorists the police now want to try to brand them as criminals.

27: First Conviction Of Citizen For Criminal Torture

A federal jury in Miami today convicted Roy M. Belfast Jr. of crimes related to the torture of people in Liberia between April 1999 and July 2003, the Department of Justice and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced.

28: Education a Disaster Under Labour
Villa Education Trust

Despite the economic crises the issue that anyone with children should be most concerned about in the current election is Education. As background to my comments I have taught for 18 years, including six as a Principal, have an Economics degree and Masters ...

29: Manning on Radio Adelaide: Neutron Bombs & Consuls
Scoop Audio

Radio Adelaide: Selwyn Manning & Peter Godfrey discuss whether Labour's 'neutron bomb' is a fizzer. Also, does the fact that Winston Peters wrote to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding Owen Glenn being appointed a consul to Monaco matter?

30: Fundamental shift in health focus: Greens
Green Party

The Green Party's Preventative Health Strategy was launched at Wellington Hospital today with Health Spokesperson Sue Kedgley calling for a dramatic change in how New Zealand approaches health.

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