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Top Scoop Stories November 18th 2009 News Summary

Top Scoop Stories November 18th 2009 News Summary

LEAD STORY

Medical Advice: ETS Changes Will Cause Forehead-Slapping Epidemic

NZ POLITICS

Perceptions: NZ Tops International Index For Least Corrupt

English Promo: TVNZ Says "We Probably Shouldn't Have Done That"

Brmmm: Thousands Of Motorcyclists Convene At Parliament

Sport: Parliament Salutes Cup-Contending Ball-Kickers

Illicit Science: SIS Asks University Staff To Watch For Foreign Agents

Harawira: Still Not Leaving Party

BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH

Agri-Rhethoric: Feds Threaten To Cut Out Pound Of Flesh Nearest Heart

Eureka!: Brownlee To Unlock NZ’s "Potentoleum"

Copyright: NZ Authors Officially Out Of Google Books Settlement

Indicators: Job Ads Up

Statistics: If Trend Holds, Death Will Be Abolished By 2059

COMMENT

Harvey Wasserman: For Obama it's one (term) if by war, two if by peace

Aung San Suu Kyi, Omar Khadr, and Barack Obama: A dreadful tale of what America has become

Connie Lawn: US President Barack Obama Talks New Zealand Defence & Trade With Scoop

Gordon Campbell: The Selective Targeting Of Beenie Man

Franklin Lamb: Lebanese Students Advise President Obama How To Get It Right

How We Got To Zero: General Eikenberry's Hail Mary

Uri Avnery: Scoundrel With Permission

LIFESTYLE

... And An Album Out: The Chris Knox Collection On NZ On Screen

WORLD

Land Theft: Israeli Decision To Expand Jerusalem Settlement

Australia: RAAF Jets Take To The Skies For Exercise

Press Business: Finding New Business Models For Newspapers

Climate Change: Denmark's Push For Delay In Copenhagen

Bolivia: A Grey Goldmine: Recent Developments In Lithium

China: Remarks At USA Pavilion At Shanghai Expo

Defence Agreement: U.S. Lease Of Colombian Military Bases

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LEAD STORY

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Medical Advice: ETS Changes Will Cause Forehead-Slapping Epidemic
Senior doctors today said that the intended changes to New Zealand’s emissions trading scheme (ETS) will not only threaten our future survival but will be an extravagant waste of public funds, describing the legislation process as a fiasco. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0911/S00172.htm

ALSO:

[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0911/S00177.htm [2]

[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0911/S00242.htm [3]

[4] - http://business.scoop.co.nz/2009/11/18/get-in-behind-the-ets-key-tells-federated-farmers/ [4]

[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0911/S00184.htm [5]

[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0911/S00178.htm [6]

[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0911/S00187.htm [7]

[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0911/S00232.htm [8]

[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0911/S00186.htm [9]

[10] - http://norightturn.blogspot.com/2009/11/climate-change-six-degrees.html" target="_blank [10]

[11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0911/S00181.htm [11]

[12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/politics/29473.html [12]

[13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/politics/29472.html [13]

[14] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/politics/29488.html [14]

[15] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0911/S00150.htm [15]

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NZ POLITICS

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ALSO:

[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0911/S00240.htm [2]

[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0911/S00230.htm [3]

[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0911/S00178.htm [4]

Perceptions: NZ Tops International Index For Least Corrupt
State Services Commissioner, Iain Rennie, today welcomed the release of the latest Transparency International findings – that New Zealand is the least corrupt nation in the world. The 2009 Corruption Perceptions Index scores 180 countries on a scale of zero to ten - with zero being perceived to be highly corrupt and 10 being perceived to have low levels of corruption. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0911/S00188.htm

ALSO:

[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0911/S00609.htm [2]

[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0911/S00610.htm [3]

[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0911/S00246.htm [4]

English Promo: TVNZ Says "We Probably Shouldn't Have Done That"
David Cunliffe said that TVNZ Head of Corporate Affairs Peter Parussini told today’s Finance and Expenditure Committee meeting today that it was now accepted internally at TVNZ that the broadcaster should not have produced the ads in the form they were initially aired. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0911/S00238.htm

Brmmm: Thousands Of Motorcyclists Convene At Parliament
An estimated crowd of 10,000 motorcyclists gathered on Parliament grounds today to protest the ACC's proposal to raise of levies on their vehicles. ACC has stated that the rises in fees are a response to "rising claim numbers and healthcare costs" incurred by New Zealand motorcycle owners. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0911/S00177.htm

ALSO:

[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0911/S00182.htm [2]

[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0911/S00302.htm [3]

[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0911/S00273.htm [4]

[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/national/29446.html [5]

[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0911/S00179.htm [6]

[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0911/S00160.htm [7]

[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0911/S00243.htm [8]

[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0910/S00138.htm [9]

[10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0911/S00158.htm [10]

[11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/business/29445.html [11]

[12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/national/29447.html [12]

Sport: Parliament Salutes Cup-Contending Ball-Kickers
Pita Sharples: The Maori Party stands, to join all other parties, to recognise the outstanding success of the All Whites on Saturday night. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0911/S00214.htm

ALSO:

[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0911/S00168.htm [2]

Illicit Science: SIS Asks University Staff To Watch For Foreign Agents
The New Zealand Security Intelligence Service (SIS) has been approaching universities seeking their help to prevent foreign states getting their hands on technology associated with weapons of mass destruction. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0911/S00169.htm

Harawira: Still Not Leaving Party
... Although it has been suggested to me on numerous occasions that I should consider doing so, I am not leaving the Maori Party. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0911/S00208.htm

ALSO:

[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0911/S00140.htm [2]

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BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH

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Agri-Rhethoric: Feds Threaten To Cut Out Pound Of Flesh Nearest Heart
“Hath not a farmer eyes? Hath not a farmer hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions? Fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer as townies?” More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0911/S00184.htm

ALSO:

[2] - http://business.scoop.co.nz/2009/11/18/get-in-behind-the-ets-key-tells-federated-farmers/ [2]

[3] - http://business.scoop.co.nz/2009/11/18/fonterra%e2%80%99s-farmers-agree-to-raise-share-cap/ [3]

[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0911/S00190.htm [4]

[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0911/S00311.htm [5]

[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0911/S00601.htm [6]

Eureka!: Brownlee To Unlock NZ’s "Potentoleum"
Energy and Resources Minister Gerry Brownlee today announced the Government’s Action Plan for unlocking and maximising New Zealand’s petroleum potential, with a specific focus on exploration of New Zealand’s offshore deepwater basins. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0911/S00224.htm

ALSO:

[2] - http://business.scoop.co.nz/2009/11/17/encouraging-gas-finds-crucial-for-nz/ [2]

Copyright: NZ Authors Officially Out Of Google Books Settlement
Objections raised by rightsholders (authors and publishers) in a number of countries including New Zealand have led to the new agreement filed last Friday. It affects all local authors whose works have been scanned by Google. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0911/S00536.htm

ALSO:

[2] - http://business.scoop.co.nz/2009/11/18/allied-farmers-offers-hand-of-welcome-to-hanover/ [2]

[3] - http://business.scoop.co.nz/2009/11/17/allied-farmers-to-buy-hanover-united-assets/ [3]

[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0911/S00304.htm [4]

[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0911/S00365.htm [5]

[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/business/29508.html [6]

Indicators: Job Ads Up
New job advertisements placed on seek.co.nz, New Zealand’s largest job source, are up an encouraging 12.2% in the four months from July to October 2009. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0911/S00524.htm

Statistics: If Trend Holds, Death Will Be Abolished By 2059
There were 28,680 deaths registered during the September 2009 year, down 2 percent from 29,130 in 2008, Statistics New Zealand said today. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0911/S00161.htm

ALSO:

[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0911/S00480.htm [2]

[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0911/S00464.htm [3]

[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0911/S00459.htm [4]

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COMMENT

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Harvey Wasserman: For Obama it's one (term) if by war, two if by peace
As the world awaits Barack Obama's decision on Afghanistan, a lethal myth has spread. It says that standing up to the military will doom him to be a single-term president. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0911/S00186.htm

Aung San Suu Kyi, Omar Khadr, and Barack Obama: A dreadful tale of what America has become
During his trip to Asia, President Obama called for the government of Burma to release Aung San Suu Kyi, a noted dissident who has spent years under house arrest. It made headlines, a fact which tells us more about the role of media as an outlet for government ... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0911/S00173.htm

Connie Lawn: US President Barack Obama Talks New Zealand Defence & Trade With Scoop
President Obama has provided positive answers to a number of questions about New Zealand. Scoop's White House reporter, Connie Lawn, posed the questions a few weeks ago. She had been hoping to get an interview with the President, before... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0911/S00154.htm

Gordon Campbell: The Selective Targeting Of Beenie Man
Reportedly, Big Day Out organizers have backed down from their original intention to include the Jamaican dancehall musician Beenie Man in the next BDO festival line-up in January. The reason has been the public pressure from gay activists who have been ... More »[1]

[1] - http://gordoncampbell.scoop.co.nz/2009/11/16/campbell-the-selective-targeting-of-beenie-man/

Franklin Lamb: Lebanese Students Advise President Obama How To Get It Right
If those in Lebanon watching the news on 11/12/09 blinked they might have missed an interesting news item. It appeared at approximately 4:20 pm on Narharnet.com , the pro-US/Saudi news website. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0911/S00161.htm

How We Got To Zero: General Eikenberry's Hail Mary
WASHINGTON -- The United States ambassador to Afghanistan, who once served as the top American military commander there, has expressed in writing his reservations about deploying additional troops to the country, three senior American officials ... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0911/S00160.htm

Uri Avnery: Scoundrel With Permission
This means that no war has broken out, no suicide bomb has exploded, no Qassam rocket has been launched at Sderot. Ahmadinejad has not test-fired a new missile that can reach Tel Aviv. Just another murder. Not that Israel is the world’s murder capital. ... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0911/S00164.htm

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LIFESTYLE

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... And An Album Out: The Chris Knox Collection On NZ On Screen
The Chris Knox Collection was curated by Flying Nun founder Roger Shepherd: “this is a unique and important collection of work perfectly illustrating what is possible with the barest of resources and a free wheeling imagination.” More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0911/S00242.htm

ALSO:

[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0911/S00169.htm [2]

[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0911/S00055.htm [3]

[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/entertainment/29480.html [4]

[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/entertainment/29506.html [5]

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WORLD

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Land Theft: Israeli Decision To Expand Jerusalem Settlement
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon deplored the Israeli Government's decision today to expand Jerusalem’s Gilo settlement, stressing that it was built on Palestinian territory occupied by Israel in the 1967 war. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0911/S00593.htm

Australia: RAAF Jets Take To The Skies For Exercise
Royal Australian Air Force personnel will play an important role as fighter jets take to the skies for the East Coast Air Defence Exercise (ECADEX 09), to be conducted off the coast of New South Wales. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0911/S00585.htm

Press Business: Finding New Business Models For Newspapers
One of the most intriguing new business models for newspapers -- an individualised newspaper in Germany composed of selected pages and sections from other papers, delivered each morning to one's door -- will be examined when the world's press gathers. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0911/S00596.htm

Climate Change: Denmark's Push For Delay In Copenhagen
Rcent attempts by rich countries to postpone a binding climate agreement hit the rocks at a meeting of Environment Ministers in Copenhagen yesterday, as vulnerable developing countries made clear that delay was not an option. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0911/S00600.htm

Bolivia: A Grey Goldmine: Recent Developments In Lithium
According to Bolivian President Evo Morales, lithium is not only important to his country’s economic future but is “the hope of humanity,” as the lightweight metal efficiently stores energy capable of powering the eco-friendly cars of the ... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0911/S00605.htm

China: Remarks At USA Pavilion At Shanghai Expo
Thank you. Thank you so much. Well, good morning, and let me tell you how pleased I am to be here with all of you in the rain, which means good fortune. (Laughter.) I thank the vice mayor for his very kind words. And to all of our Chinese friends ... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0911/S00531.htm

Defence Agreement: U.S. Lease Of Colombian Military Bases
On Friday, October 30, U.S. and Colombian officials signed the controversial Defense Cooperation Agreement (DCA), granting the U.S. armed forces access to seven Colombian military bases for the next ten years. The deal has been the subject of anxious speculation ... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0911/S00545.htm

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