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Top Scoop Stories - 4 November 2008 News Summary

LEAD STORY

US Elections: Gordon Campbell Watches The States Swing

NZ POLITICS

Trifecta: Police Clear NZ First
Policies: The House Always Wins
Transport: Key To Build Tauranaga Road Out Of Barrels Of Pork
Election08: National's 05 Win In Provinces Stifles Labour's 08 Gains
Election 08:Gordon Campbell On Prisons
Police: Kerikeri Homicide Investigation – Name And Photo Released
Life Exceeds Satire: Winston Peters Clarifies Use Of Helicopter
Dunne Deals: Common Sense Or Fishy Business

BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH

Agriculture: Farmers Not Sheepish About Goals For Future
Retail: No Fireworks At Progressive Supermarkets
Finance Guarantees: We Can Do It For You Wholesale
Tuatara News: Mainland Invasion of Living Fossil
Broadcasting: MediaWorks Cranks Out Hit Survey
Kiwi Pride: NZ Wins In Monaco - No Consul To Congratulate Winners!
Trojans: Facebook Threat Uses Video Clips To Harm Users

COMMENT

HELP RAISE AWARENESS
Cuban Ambassador UN Interview: "We Are Not Slaves"
Michael Collins: Exit Poll Mess - 2008
Gordon Campbell: Stealing The US Election
Paul G. Buchanan: Campaign Rhetoric As An Invitation To Violence
Stateside: Phooey, And More Phooey!
Martin LeFevre: Journeying Beyond Thought And Time

LIFESTYLE

Fashion: AUT Rookie Designers In Top Form At NZFW Catwalk
Big Bad Wolf News: Red Hiding Hood And Granny In Danger
Culture: You Ain't Much If You Are Not Dutch!
Cool Snaps: Karim Sahai Captures Diwali Hootenanny

WORLD

World News: Illegal Shark Fishing Compounds Global Shortfall
Scoop World News: CO3 Targeted For Representing Vedanta Mining Co.
Scoop Refugee Crisis: Up To 100,000 People Displaced In North Kivu, DRC
World News: Scathing Report On Post-Election Zimbabwe
Scoop World News: Nepal: Rehabilitating Ex-Combatants Key Priority
Scoop World News: Ban Confers With Leaders To End Conflict In Congo
Scoop Youth Issues: Latvia: Children Threatened By Sexual Exploitation

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LEAD STORY

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US Elections: Gordon Campbell Watches The States Swing
On Wednesday, as results come in from the US election, I’ll be blogging the signs/consequences live on Scoop. The target to win the Presidency is 270 votes in the US Electoral College, and even the most zealous US patriot would probably concede that this system is an imperfect one... More »[1]

[1] - http://election08.scoop.co.nz/gordon-campbell-how-to-watch-a-us-election/

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[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/world/15038.html [2]

[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/world/15031.html [3]

[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/world/15037.html [4]


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NZ POLITICS

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Trifecta: Police Clear NZ First
"Police have completed enquiries into the circumstances of the New Zealand First return of party donations for 2007 lodged on 16 May 2008. Having assessed a range of information from various sources, and having considered the elements of the offence contained in s214G, Police are satisfied that no offence was committed." More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0811/S00076.htm

Policies: The House Always Wins
Helen Clark and Maryan Street recently unveiled the latest Labour affordable housing initiative. The HOPE (Home Ownership on the Public Estate) programme involves building starter homes on Crown land for modest income families. They will pay for the house and the Crown will continue to own the land, effectively halving the cost of home ownership. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0811/S00074.htm

Transport: Key To Build Tauranaga Road Out Of Barrels Of Pork
Annette King: "The investigation and design phases of the Tauranga Central Corridor has not yet been completed, so there is no accurate costing for the project, yet Mr 'Pork Barrel" Key is telling the independent New Zealand Transport Agency what it has to do." More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0811/S00064.htm

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[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0811/S00056.htm [2]

[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0811/S00065.htm [3]

[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0811/S00072.htm [4]

[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0811/S00073.htm [5]

[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0811/S00077.htm [6]

Election08: National's 05 Win In Provinces Stifles Labour's 08 Gains
Scoop co-editor Selwyn Manning: If National pitches itself well this week, especially in the provinces, all electorates south of Manurewa to New Plymouth could turn blue – the closest exception to this being Hamilton West. Anyway, here are the predictions! More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0811/S00033.htm

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[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0811/S00036.htm [2]

[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0811/S00035.htm [3]

[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/politics/14989.html [4]

[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/politics/14975.html [5]

[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/politics/14988.html [6]

[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0811/S00046.htm [7]

[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0811/S00045.htm [8]

[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0811/S00046.htm [9]

[10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0811/S00060.htm [10]

Election 08:Gordon Campbell On Prisons
Voting commonly plays out as an act of retribution, with the motivation to vote being either a desire to wreak vengeance on the incumbent, or to send a warning shot across the bow of their likely replacement. So, its hardly surprising that the law and order ‘debate’ tends to be the killing floor of the election campaign. More »[1]

[1] - http://election08.scoop.co.nz/gordon-campbell-on-prisons/

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[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0811/S00048.htm [2]

[3] - http://fightingtalk.blogspot.com/2008/11/lyndon-hood-corrector-lower-hutt.html" target="_blank [3]

Police: Kerikeri Homicide Investigation – Name And Photo Released
On Saturday evening 1 November 2008, a 15 year old girl was reported missing in Kerikeri. Her disappearance was out of character. The missing girl and her parents had recently moved from Kerikeri to Auckland. She was visiting friends in Kerikeri for the weekend. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0811/S00017.htm

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[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/national/14985.html [2]

[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0811/S00042.htm [3]

Life Exceeds Satire: Winston Peters Clarifies Use Of Helicopter
Rt Hon Winston Peters says New Zealand First has used helicopters for travel during two election campaigns – but not for campaigning itself. “We used a helicopter to travel and I do not deny that, but to suggest that I somehow stood at the door of a flying helicopter shouting at voters is preposterous. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0811/S00022.htm

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[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0811/S00028.htm [2]

[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/politics/14959.html [3]

Dunne Deals: Common Sense Or Fishy Business
Opposition from United Future and NZ First helped block vital amendments to fisheries laws to protect fish stocks, Progressive MP Jim Anderton says. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0811/S00030.htm

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BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH

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Agriculture: Farmers Not Sheepish About Goals For Future
"All New Zealanders, city and rural, have to work together if we are to make progress as a nation and remain a first world country," Federated Farmers president, Don Nicolson, said today at the Federation's Manifesto launch. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0811/S00033.htm

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[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0811/S00047.htm [2]

[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0811/S00052.htm [3]

[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0811/S00057.htm [4]

[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0811/S00069.htm [5]

[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0811/S00059.htm [6]

[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0811/S00032.htm [7]

[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0811/S00040.htm [8]

[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0811/S00024.htm [9]

[10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0811/S00023.htm [10]

[11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0811/S00032.htm [11]

Retail: No Fireworks At Progressive Supermarkets
Rather than sell fireworks, Progressive Enterprises is teaming up with the New Zealand Fire Service to improve fire awareness. This follows on from a decision taken after last year’s Guy Fawkes Day by Progressive Managing Director Peter Smith. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0811/S00022.htm

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[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0811/S00002.htm [2]

[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0811/S00006.htm [3]

Finance Guarantees: We Can Do It For You Wholesale
Following the announcement by the Minister of Finance that the Crown will offer a wholesale funding guarantee facility to investment-grade financial institutions in New Zealand, the Treasury and the Reserve Bank have released further details of the facility. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0811/S00003.htm

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[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0811/S00004.htm [2]

[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0811/S00005.htm [3]

[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0811/S00010.htm [4]

[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0811/S00007.htm [5]

[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0810/S00690.htm [6]

[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0810/S00698.htm [7]

[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0810/S00545.htm [8]

Tuatara News: Mainland Invasion of Living Fossil
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. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0810/S00057.htm

Broadcasting: MediaWorks Cranks Out Hit Survey
MediaWorks Radio has enjoyed nationwide share growth for its key network brands across New Zealand in the latest Research International commercial radio survey. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0810/S00643.htm

Kiwi Pride: NZ Wins In Monaco - No Consul To Congratulate Winners!
Auckland-based firm Logick Print & Graphics has put New Zealand on the global printing stage by winning a top prize at the world’s premier packaging awards in Monaco. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0810/S00629.htm

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[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0810/S00625.htm [2]

[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0810/S00527.htm [3]

Trojans: Facebook Threat Uses Video Clips To Harm Users
The attack involves Facebook messages that trick users into watching an online video, usually via click through to another site like Google Reader or Picasa. The videoclip is actually an attack, and prompts the user to install an upgrade to allow them to view the video. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0810/S00052.htm

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COMMENT

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HELP RAISE AWARENESS
More »[1]

[1] - http://usacoup.scoop.co.nz/unprovable

Cuban Ambassador UN Interview: "We Are Not Slaves"
Cuba's Ambassador to New Zealand discusses the UN General Assembly vote to lift the US embargo against Cuba. The vote, Thursday NZ Time, was passed 185 votes to 3 with only the US, Israel and Palau voting against. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0811/S00008.htm

Michael Collins: Exit Poll Mess - 2008
(Wash. DC) Did you know that 2004 was not a ''red versus blue'' election? Did any analysis that you heard or read mention that the very red rural voting segment went from 23% of the vote total in 2000 to 16% in 2004? How about the 2.4 million fewer votes Bush... More »[1]

[1] - http://usacoup.scoop.co.nz/?p=904

Gordon Campbell: Stealing The US Election
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... More »[1]

[1] - http://election08.scoop.co.nz/gordon-campbell-stealing-the-us-election/

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[2] - http://usacoup.scoop.co.nz/ [2]

[3] - http://usacoup.scoop.co.nz/?p=835" target="_blank [3]

[4] - http://usacoup.scoop.co.nz/?p=905 [4]

[5] - http://usacoup.scoop.co.nz/?p=904 [5]

Paul G. Buchanan: Campaign Rhetoric As An Invitation To Violence
Paul G. Buchanan writes: Heading into the homestretch of the 2008 US presidential elections, there's an elephant in the room few want to speak about... The possibility of political assassination of Barack Obama. Let us discuss it here. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0810/S00373.htm

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[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0810/S00410.htm [2]

Stateside: Phooey, And More Phooey!
It’s not every night in the U.S. that you see what looks like the back row of a Tongan rugby team standing in the bed of a pick-up truck—one wearing a pair of novelty glasses with fluorescent green whirly lights—jumping up and down, waving ... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0810/S00384.htm

Martin LeFevre: Journeying Beyond Thought And Time
With exquisite grace, a dozen Canadian geese glide silently to a soft landing on the calm Michigan bay. In the last seconds of their flight, during which their wings are held in curved motionlessness, time itself seems to stand still. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0810/S00382.htm

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LIFESTYLE

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Fashion: AUT Rookie Designers In Top Form At NZFW Catwalk
New Zealand’s fashion future is in safe hands judging by the design talent on display at AUT’s Rookie show last Friday night. Twenty one young designers in their final year of AUT University’s Bachelor of Design (Fashion) were selected to show their debut collections in front of a packed fashion crowd at Auckland’s St Paul’s Church. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0811/S00016.htm

Big Bad Wolf News: Red Hiding Hood And Granny In Danger
Circa’s fabulous Christmas panto is back! The team that brought you Cinderella, Aladdin, and Jack & the Beanstalk returns with one of those great stories that everybody knows and loves. Roger Hall’s Red Riding Hood. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0811/S00002.htm

Culture: You Ain't Much If You Are Not Dutch!
This Labour weekend marked a pilgrimage to Hamilton gardens for many people with Dutch roots or with an interest in culture from the Netherlands. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0810/S00317.htm

Cool Snaps: Karim Sahai Captures Diwali Hootenanny
Ace Scoop photo contributor Karim Sahai recently captured Diwali and the celebrations of the Indian new year. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0810/S00390.htm

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WORLD

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World News: Illegal Shark Fishing Compounds Global Shortfall
As the world’s demand for sharks continues to grow, shark populations are plummeting. The Asian market for shark fin is the key driver of shark fishing globally and is fuelling illegal fishing. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0811/S00036.htm

Scoop World News: CO3 Targeted For Representing Vedanta Mining Co.
Survival International has targeted corporate social responsibility consultancy CO3 for representing British mining company Vedanta Resources, and is urging CO3 to resign its account in the interest of human rights. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0811/S00035.htm

Scoop Refugee Crisis: Up To 100,000 People Displaced In North Kivu, DRC
GOMA, NORTH KIVU, DRC, 3 November, 2008 - Up to 100,000 people, around 60 per cent of which are children, have fled their homes due to heavy fighting between armed groups in North Kivu last week. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0811/S00041.htm

World News: Scathing Report On Post-Election Zimbabwe
Voting for the wrong political party in the upcoming New Zealand election will not land you in jail or a torture camp. Nor would you expect to be beaten, or arbitrarily arrested by the police. However this is the grim reality documented in Amnesty International's ... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0811/S00021.htm

Scoop World News: Nepal: Rehabilitating Ex-Combatants Key Priority
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday urged Nepal’s leaders to forge ahead with rehabilitating thousands of Maoist ex-fighters as part of the ongoing peace process, as he wrapped up his visit to the South Asian nation. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0811/S00007.htm

Scoop World News: Ban Confers With Leaders To End Conflict In Congo
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has been heavily engaged in discussions with leaders in Africa, the European Union and the United States in an effort to stabilize the situation in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0811/S00008.htm

Scoop Youth Issues: Latvia: Children Threatened By Sexual Exploitation
The sexual exploitation of children is a matter for concern in Latvia despite the low number of reported cases, an independent United Nations human rights expert said today, warning that continued vigilance is needed. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0811/S00013.htm

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