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Top Scoop Stories – 4 December 2008 News Summary

Top Scoop Stories – 3 December 2008 News Summary

LEAD STORY

Economy: Down She Goes - OCR Reduced To 5 Percent

NZ POLITICS

Industrial Wars: EPMU Accuses Lobby Group of Being "Anti Freedom"

Political Studies: Break Out the Kleenex For Those New MPs

Thailand: Air Force Off On Thailand Mission

Scoop Satire: Honeymoon Briefs

Munitions: NZ To Sign Cluster Munitions Treaty

Shelter: Chances Of Next PM Growing Up In State House Lessen

BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH

Commerce: Watch Out For Princely Green Claims Turning Froggy

Gordon Campbell: What Agenda Now For TVNZ?

Data: Google Can See Your House From Here

Calamari-Tourism: World's Only Colossal Squid Display Coming Soon

Meaty News: Expert Reckons NZ Animals Will Keep Being Eaten

Dispute Resolution: Phone Turns Into A Lobster - Whine To David Russell

COMMENT

The Great Land Giveaway: Neo-Colonialism by Invitation

Toni Solo: ALBA And The Imperial Protection Racket

Scoop Feedback: Forget Darwin - The Sooner The Better

Liar, Liar!! Barack Obama's Secretary Of War

DOJ Watchdog: Protecting Civil Liberties Must Be A Priority For Holder

Satire by Lyndon Hood: Honeymoon Briefs

Anthony Ravlich: Letter from the Poor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Murray McCully

Syed Atiq ul Hassan: India Should Look Into Her Own Backyard

Welcome Secretary Clinton: Obama's Promises to Be Kept

LIFESTYLE

Entertainment:Vodka Company Gifts World NZ Comedienne

Lulz: New TV Comedies For The New Year

Cyber Magazines: Online Celebration of Auckland Culture – Issue Three Out

Christmas Issues: Were Telecom's Elf Workers Registered?

Artiness: Lee Mingwei Offers Invitation To Aesthetics

Weird Football: Kiwis Mix It In Gaelic World

Soap Operas: Shortland Street Fan Awards Biggest Yet

WORLD

Darwinian Struggle To Find Ticket Out Of Thailand

Hate Speech: Rwandan Singer Sentenced For Inciting Genocide

Greenpeace: "Quit Coal, Save The Climate"

Africa: Help Needed In Fight Against Somali Pirates

World News: Barack Obama Selects His National Security Team

Wildlife at Risk: World’s Fastest Animal, In Race For Survival

Scoop Environment and Conservation: The Big Business Of Environmental Fraud

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LEAD STORY

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Economy: Down She Goes - OCR Reduced To 5 Percent
The Reserve Bank today reduced the Official Cash Rate (OCR) from 6.5 percent to 5.0 percent. Reserve Bank Governor Alan Bollard commented that "ongoing financial market turmoil and the marked deterioration in the outlook for global growth have played a large role in shaping today's decision. Activity in most of our trading partners is now expected to contract or grow only very slowly over the next few quarters. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0812/S00086.htm

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[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00080.htm [2]

[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0812/S00089.htm [3]

[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0812/S00101.htm [4]

[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0812/S00113.htm [5]

[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0812/S00090.htm [6]

[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0812/S00092.htm [7]

[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0812/S00112.htm [8]

[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0812/S00094.htm [9]

[10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0812/S00091.htm [10]

[11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0812/S00103.htm [11]

[12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0812/S00109.htm [12]

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NZ POLITICS

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Industrial Wars: EPMU Accuses Lobby Group of Being "Anti Freedom"
Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union national secretary Andrew Little has condemned Business New Zealand's employment briefing to the incoming government as "anti freedom". More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0812/S00049.htm

Political Studies: Break Out the Kleenex For Those New MPs
A daunting emotional journey awaits new MPs when the 49th New Zealand parliament sits for the first time next week, according to a Massey researcher. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0812/S00011.htm

Thailand: Air Force Off On Thailand Mission
A Royal New Zealand Air Force C-130H Hercules has departed Brisbane, 12.45pm local time, bound for Malaysia where it will remain on standby to evacuate New Zealanders from Thailand. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0812/S00042.htm

ALSO:

[2] - http://election08.scoop.co.nz/the-key-to-escape-from-thailand/ [2]

[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00001.htm [3]

[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/national/16154.html [4]

[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/world/16150.html [5]

[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/world/16144.html [6]

[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/national/16175.html [7]

[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/world/16172.html [8]

[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/world/16191.html [9]

Scoop Satire: Honeymoon Briefs
John Key Meets Queen, Avoids "Pants" Faux Pas Prime Minister John Key has met the Queen. In an attempt to differentiate his leadership style from Helen Clark's he did not wear trousers at the event. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00044.htm

ALSO:

[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00020.htm [2]

[3] - http://img.scoop.co.nz/media/pdfs/0812/SKMBT_C353_08120218110.pdf [3]

[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00047.htm [4]

[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/politics/16173.html [5]

[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/national/16176.html [6]

Munitions: NZ To Sign Cluster Munitions Treaty
New Zealand Red Cross welcomes the New Zealand Government’s intention to be one of the first signatories of the Convention on Cluster Munitions, which opens for signing on 3 December in Norway. The Convention prohibits the use, development, stockpiling and transfer of cluster munitions. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0812/S00032.htm

ALSO:

[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00011.htm [2]

[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00025.htm [3]

Shelter: Chances Of Next PM Growing Up In State House Lessen
The building industry downturn means National should invest in more state houses - not put a cap on them - says the Green Party. "Putting a cap on state houses as indicated yesterday by Housing Minister Phil Heatley is irresponsible at a time of economic downtown." More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00008.htm

ALSO:

[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0809/S00205.htm [2]

[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00006.htm [3]

[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0812/S00022.htm [4]

[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0812/S00003.htm [5]

[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0812/S00020.htm [6]

[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00002.htm [7]

[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0812/S00034.htm [8]

[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0812/S00029.htm [9]

[10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0812/S00008.htm [10]

[11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0812/S00025.htm [11]

[12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00019.htm [12]

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BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH

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Commerce: Watch Out For Princely Green Claims Turning Froggy
The Commerce Commission has today released guidelines to businesses that make environmental, or ‘green’, claims in their marketing. The guidelines are intended to educate businesses about avoiding making misleading or untrue claims. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0812/S00108.htm

Gordon Campbell: What Agenda Now For TVNZ?
The recent axing of TVNZ’s current affairs programme Agenda has been only the last step in a long decline….The wider picture is how TVNZ can possibly survive as a public broadcaster. The social charter money has been scrapped. More »[1]

[1] - http://election08.scoop.co.nz/what-agenda-now-for-tvnz/

Data: Google Can See Your House From Here
Google today announces the launch of Street View on Google Maps in New Zealand: maps.google.co.nz/streetview. Street View is a new feature for Google Maps that lets internet users view and navigate 360 degree street-level imagery of New Zealand's cities, towns, regions and remote areas. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0812/S00008.htm

ALSO:

[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0812/S00049.htm [2]

[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0812/S00035.htm [3]

[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/national/16156.html [4]

Calamari-Tourism: World's Only Colossal Squid Display Coming Soon
The exhibit will include the colossal squid, dramatically lit in its custom-built tank, displays of various body parts including the orange-sized lens of the eye, models of its beak and tentacle swivel hooks that can be touched and rotated, as well as a thrilling theatre featurette immersing visitors in the world of the colossal squid in stereoscopic 3D animation! More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0811/S00050.htm

Meaty News: Expert Reckons NZ Animals Will Keep Being Eaten
The longer-term outlook is positive for New Zealand’s livestock producers, who are wellplaced to over-come short-term challenges and weather the storm created by the current financial crisis, audiences in rural New Zealand were told last week. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0811/S00526.htm

Dispute Resolution: Phone Turns Into A Lobster - Whine To David Russell
New Zealand’s most well-known consumer rights advocate David Russell is joining the council of New Zealand’s first independent telecommunication dispute resolution service, Telecommunication Dispute Resolution (TDR). More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0811/S00525.htm

ALSO:

[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0811/S00519.htm [2]

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COMMENT

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The Great Land Giveaway: Neo-Colonialism by Invitation
Newly emerging nations have joined with the usual neocolonial suspects in a massive bid to buy up poorer countries' available land. How do they pull it off? ''The process of agro-imperial empire building operates largely... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00079.htm

Toni Solo: ALBA And The Imperial Protection Racket
For years it has been more than clear the course US and European Union policy would take towards the progressive governments of Latin America. Even in December 2006 it was possible to write ''One can only hope Latin America's Spring endures longer ... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00076.htm

Scoop Feedback: Forget Darwin - The Sooner The Better
Frederick Engels, in an 1875 letter, stated: “The whole Darwinian teaching of the struggle for existence is simply a transference from society to living nature of Hobbes’s doctrine of bellum omnium contra omnes... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00075.htm

Liar, Liar!! Barack Obama's Secretary Of War
Some Obama supporters are wringing their hands over the selection of Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State. Hillary was, after all, a consistent supporter of the disastrous wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and much more. But Barack Obama's selection of Reaganite ... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00078.htm

DOJ Watchdog: Protecting Civil Liberties Must Be A Priority For Holder
One of the top challenges facing Barack Obama’s Justice Department will be striking a balance between fighting terrorism and protecting individual civil liberties, says a recent memo from the department’s inspector general. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00077.htm

Satire by Lyndon Hood: Honeymoon Briefs
John Key Meets Queen, Avoids ''Pants'' Faux Pas; Blogger Still Maintains Clark Just Like Mugabe; Jim Anderton Loves Labour So Much He Is In Fact Marrying Them; New Press Secretaries Busy Reprogramming AutoText More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00044.htm

Anthony Ravlich: Letter from the Poor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Murray McCully
Is the New Zealand representative at the UN General Assembly’s discussions on the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights able to make mention of the fact that the Optional Protocol (OP) does not ... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00048.htm

Syed Atiq ul Hassan: India Should Look Into Her Own Backyard
India is the largest democracy in the world and is claimed to be the world’s rising economic power after China with Mumbai a leading international financial city. With a population of more than a billion India has vast division among the people on the ... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00053.htm

Welcome Secretary Clinton: Obama's Promises to Be Kept
Although the steps between President-elect Obama's November 13 meeting with Senator Clinton in Chicago and the December 1 nomination of the latter for Secretary of State did not exactly embody the ''no drama'' brand of the former (and, behind the scenes, ... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00051.htm

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LIFESTYLE

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Entertainment:Vodka Company Gifts World NZ Comedienne
Last night saw the global launch of the Jaquie Brown Diaries Series One DVD at the Nineteen42, 42BELOW’s brand space on the edge of Auckland’s fantastic Britomart development. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0812/S00059.htm

Lulz: New TV Comedies For The New Year
NZ On Air has announced an investment of more than $3 million in six TV comedy programmes, to screen on TV2, TV3 and C4 in 2009. NZ On Air chief executive Jane Wrightson said the funding included a new series of the acclaimed The Jaquie Brown Diaries for TV3. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0812/S00055.htm

Cyber Magazines: Online Celebration of Auckland Culture – Issue Three Out
In the latest gripping issue of Auckland Fucking City, we interview HomeBrew, the best hiphop crew you've never heard of and talk to one of the world's best artists, Lil El's about god, graffiti and girls. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0812/S00078.htm

Christmas Issues: Were Telecom's Elf Workers Registered?
Santa’s Elves have been busy in Auckland stitching together more than 37,000 magical lights to carry wishes to Santa this Christmas. The Telecom Tree - a seven-storey high light structure - will shine in Auckland’s Victoria Park this December and bring magic to the 15 year tradition of Santa Line. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0812/S00046.htm

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[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/national/16163.html [2]

[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/lifestyle/16161.html [3]

[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/national/16165.html [4]

Artiness: Lee Mingwei Offers Invitation To Aesthetics
Lee Mingwei, a leading artist on the international stage, presents Uncommon Senses at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery from 6 December 2008 to 16 March 2009. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0811/S00307.htm

Weird Football: Kiwis Mix It In Gaelic World
Wellington's fastest growing sport Gaelic Football, has over 150 kiwis playing week in, week out in their seven a side summer competition, which started on the 12 November. The games run each Wednesday evening at Ian Galloway Park in Wilton. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0812/S00021.htm

Soap Operas: Shortland Street Fan Awards Biggest Yet
With almost 85,000 votes being cast in Throng's third annual Shortland Street Fan Awards, this year's results are the biggest yet! More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0812/S00024.htm

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WORLD

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[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00071.htm [2]

[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00072.htm [3]

Darwinian Struggle To Find Ticket Out Of Thailand
Richard S. Ehrlich writes from Bangkok: In a Darwinian struggle, the rich buy tickets for expensive helicopters and chartered planes, flying from airstrips elsewhere in Thailand, while protesters blockade Bangkok's international and domestic airports. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00001.htm

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[2] - http://election08.scoop.co.nz/the-key-to-escape-from-thailand/ [2]

[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00006.htm [3]

[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0811/S00426.htm [4]

[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0811/S00352.htm [5]

[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0811/S00353.htm [6]

[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0811/S00375.htm [7]

[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/lifestyle/15956.html [8]

[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/national/16175.html [9]

[10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/world/16150.html [10]

[11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/national/16154.html [11]

[12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/world/16144.html [12]

[13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/national/16110.html [13]

Hate Speech: Rwandan Singer Sentenced For Inciting Genocide
A famous Rwandan singer and composer has been sentenced by a UN tribunal to 15 years in prison for inciting the murder of Tutsis through his songs and speeches during the 1994 mass killings in the small African Great Lakes nation. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00078.htm

Greenpeace: "Quit Coal, Save The Climate"
Early this morning, 11 Greenpeace activists scaled a 150-metre high chimney at the Pątnów power plant in Poland to hang a banner reading ''Quit coal, save the climate''. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00070.htm

Africa: Help Needed In Fight Against Somali Pirates
The Security Council today called on all countries and regional organizations with the necessary capacity to deploy naval ships and military aircraft off the Somali coast to fight rampant piracy. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00084.htm

World News: Barack Obama Selects His National Security Team
With today's introduction of key members of the National Security Team, President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden have now chosen nearly half of the cabinet, including the heads of the departments of State, Defense, Treasury, and Justice. Significant among them is Hillary Clinton who will replace Condoleezza Rice as Secretary of State. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00006.htm

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[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00043.htm [2]

Wildlife at Risk: World’s Fastest Animal, In Race For Survival
The critically endangered cheetah, the world’s fastest land animal, is set to obtain added international protection next week at a United Nations-backed conference seeking the conservation of species that cross national borders. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00050.htm

Scoop Environment and Conservation: The Big Business Of Environmental Fraud
Environmental fraud is big business. The natural level of discomfort that results from the thought of global warming is reinforced by numerous reports claiming inevitable environmental doom. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00010.htm

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