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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings December 18 2008

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

1: The visual pollution of Wellington’s streets

Lindsay Shelton

TelstraClear rang me the other day. They wanted to offer me a deal for telephone and internet which they said I couldn’t refuse. I told them I was ready to accept their deal, but first I wanted them to remove their thick and ugly black cable which ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00328.htm


2: Overseas voters change two seats in Parliament
Kea New Zealand

Overseas voters in New Zealand’s 2008 General Election changed the outcome of two seats in Parliament, analysis by the overseas network Kea New Zealand shows.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0812/S00233.htm


3: Wanted: Sit Vac Glossary
Duncan Graham

Is NZ the land of opportunity where all who want work can work? The old adage of Buyer Beware applies in the job market as much as used car yards.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00345.htm


4: KiwiRail faces slow death through bleeding
New Zealand Labour Party

Labour transport spokesman Darren Hughes says KiwiRail will bleed slowly to death if it is denied the funding it needs to buy new rolling stock.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00228.htm


5: NZD extends gains for fourth day as USD plummets
Content.net

Dec. 18 – The New Zealand dollar rose for the fourth day in a row, reaching its highest in a month, as the U.S. dollar plummeted on the Federal Reserve’s decision to cut U.S. interest rates to a record low.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00336.htm


6: Yellow’s treehouse restaurant open for business
Yellow

Yellow’s ambitious advertising campaign to build a real restaurant ten metres high in a redwood tree has been completed. The occasion was marked with a traditional ‘roof party’ for the project’s suppliers – all of whom were found through ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0812/S00379.htm


7: The Mighty Fraud: The fall of Bernard Madoff
Binoy Kampmark

It’s being touted as the biggest fraud in history. This is quite something, given the competition U.S. financial trader Bernard Madoff is up against in this year’s financial rogue sweepstakes. Madoff, founder of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00324.htm


8: Defence Force Bomb Squad To Defuse WWI Sea Mine
New Zealand Defence Force

Members of the New Zealand Defence Force bomb squad will head to the West Coast today to assess and render safe what is believed to be a WW1 Hertz Horn sea mine.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0812/S00236.htm


9: New Zealand needs to change tack on Fiji
Gordon Campbell

In every crisis there is an opportunity, and Commodore Bainimarama has given the new National-led government the chance to rescue New Zealand from the dead end policy stance of the Clark government. Later today, we will find out whether Foreign Affairs ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00338.htm


10: Military Action Against Ugandan Rebels
United Nations

The Security Council today voiced support for the joint military operation launched by the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Uganda and Southern Sudan to flush out the Ugandan rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) from a remote national park ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00431.htm


11: Statement on Dreaver deportation
Government Of The Cook Islands

Cook Islands deputy prime minister Sir Terepai Maoate says he’s very disappointed by the deportation of TVNZ reporter Barbara Dreaver “because it’s just not the Pacific way.”
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00404.htm


12: Humboldt's False Alternative to Diebold
Dave Berman

After missing several consecutive monthly meetings of the ad hoc volunteer Election Advisory Committee (EAC), convened by Humboldt County, CA Registrar of Voters Carolyn Crnich, on Tuesday night I rejoined the group to learn Crnich has at last given up ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00347.htm


13: President Bush Discusses National Security
The White House

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. Please be seated. (Applause.) Thank you for the warm welcome. I'm sorry I'm late. (Laughter.) But I am honored to be back at the Army War College.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00433.htm


14: Bush Meets with President Saca of El Salvador
The White House

PRESIDENT BUSH: Mr. President, bienvenido de nuevo. I am honored to have you back. I appreciate your friendship, and I appreciate your strong leadership for the people of our close ally, El Salvador.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00434.htm


15: Kedgley: Green Party Adjournment Debate Speech
Green Party

On behalf of the Green Party may I congratulate you on your new role, Mr Speaker, and thank the Clerks office for its excellent management of the House this year. I want to thank our hard working and fantastic Parliamentary staff, everyone who ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00233.htm


16: In-work tax credit decision welcomed
New Zealand Government

Social Development and Employment Minister Paula Bennett has welcomed the decision in the Crown’s favour in the Child Poverty Action Group’s case against the in-work tax credit.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00235.htm


17: President Bush Visits Troops in Iraq
The White House

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you for coming out to say hello. General, thank you for the introduction, I am honored to be at Camp Victory.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00436.htm


18: William Rivers Pitt: The War in Common
William Rivers Pitt

I met a chef from Texas who was like an oak tree with tattoos, and made a mean barbecue sauce. He'd been in the 101st Airborne and was about to be deployed to Iraq, but destroyed his knee in a training exercise and wound up getting discharged. He knew ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00342.htm


19: President Bush Participates in Press Availability
The White House

PRESIDENT BUSH: Thank you, sir. Thanks, Mr. President, it's good to be with a dear friend. You and I have spent a lot of time together and we have done a lot of work together, all aiming to give the people of Afghanistan a better life. I'm glad to ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00435.htm


20: Kiwifruit Boost the Body's Immune System
Zespri

ZESPRI™ GREEN and ZESPRI™ GOLD kiwifruit may strengthen the body's natural defences for everyday protection, according to studies published this week in Proceedings of the Nutrition Society of New Zealand
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0812/S00053.htm


21: Special presale for COLDPLAY’s Viva La Vida Tour
Visa

Local Visa debit, credit and prepaid cardholders can snap up advanced tickets to the New Zealand leg of COLDPLAY’s Viva La Vida tour, to be held at Vector Arena in Auckland next year in March.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0812/S00174.htm


22: President Bush Meets with Dr. Halima Bashir
The White House

THE PRESIDENT: I have just had the distinct pleasure and honor of visiting with Dr. Halima Bashir, who wrote a book called "Tears of the Desert." This good soul brings firsthand accounts to what life is like in Darfur. She has witnessed violence, deprivation, ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00437.htm


23: Radio Adelaide: Economic Woes & Police-Spooks
Scoop Audio

Selwyn Manning & Radio Adelaide's Peter Godfrey discuss how NZ's Treasury & Finance Minister are to announce a rather gloomy economic fiscal update. ALSO, Police have been paying people to spy on Greenpeace and other legitimate protest groups.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00340.htm


24: RMA Reform off to a good start
New Zealand Government

Streamlining the Resource Management Act (RMA) is off to a good start with today’s announcement of the RMA Technical Advisory Group to support the Government’s programme of reform of the Resource Management Act, Minister for Regulatory Reform, Hon Rodney ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00203.htm


25: The Best Defense Iran Could Have
David Swanson

Given the fates of the other two members of Bush's axis of evil, some would argue that the best defense Iran could have would be a nuclear bomb. They would, however, be wildly wrong. The best defense Iran could have would be awareness in the minds ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00325.htm


26: Dismal economic outlook must see NZ get farming
Federated Farmers

"State-led economic tinkering has almost led New Zealand into an economic abyss. If New Zealand needs an economic miracle we have one. It's called agriculture," said Federated Farmers economics spokesperson, Philip York.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0812/S00396.htm


27: Celebrating International Migrant’s Day
Settlement Support

On Thursday we acknowledge the contribution migrants make in our communities and workplaces during the United Nation’s International Migrant’s day.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0812/S00190.htm


28: Air Force Helos Buzz The Manawatu Skies
New Zealand Defence Force

It was a spectacular sight over the skies of the Manawatu this afternoon as Number 3 Squadron of the Royal New Zealand Air Force flew all of its Iroquois and Sioux aircraft.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0812/S00251.htm


29: Big Day Out Gets A Bang Bang And A Real Robot Band
Big Day Out

The Big Day Out continues to add to this year's line-up with the announcement that Christchurch's Bang Bang Eche have won a nationwide radio competition for the opening slot on the Smokefree Local Produce stage. Intriguing Hamilton robot band The Trons ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0812/S00185.htm


30: How History Will View Bush
David Swanson

As George Bush prepares to leave office, he and his aides are trying desperately to rewrite history, especially on Iraq. Nearly six years after invading Iraq on the basis of lies that were manufactured inside the White House, the Bush Administration ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00343.htm

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