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1: Complete US Exit Poll Data Confirms Net Suspicions is delighted to be able today to publish a full set of 4pm exit poll data for the first time on the Internet since the US election. The data emerged this evening NZT in a post on the Democratic Underground website under the forum name ...

2: Why Not Just Genetically Engineer Women For Milk?

MAdGE (Mothers Against Genetic Engineering in Food and the Environment) today launched a highly controversial billboard campaign in Auckland and Wellington to provoke public debate about the social and cultural ethics of genetic engineering in New Zealand.

3: Ohio Election Fraud Uproar Blasting To New Level

The bitter battle over the stolen November 2 election in Ohio has turned into a rapidly escalating all-out multi-front war with the outcome of the real presidential vote count increasingly in doubt.

4: Questions & Answers for Oral Answer 7 December '04

1. Security—New Zealand Law 2. Adoption—Same-sex Couples 3. Taxation—Reduction 4. Aged-care and Disability Services—Funding 5. Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology—Enrolment Evaluation 6. Modern Apprenticeships—Implementation

5: Powell: Remarks at the Kennedy Center Honors

SECRETARY POWELL: Good evening. Thank you very much. Well, good evening to you, Ladies and Gentlemen. Alma and I are pleased to welcome you to the State Department. This is an event we look forward to every year. And this year we especially welcome ...

6: Clandestine Op. Paid For "Vote Switching" Software

The manipulation of computer voting machines in the recent presidential election and the funding of programmers who were involved in the operation are tied to an intricate web of shady off-shore financial trusts and companies, shady espionage ...

7: Next American States Org Leader Open

• A below-the-surface battle has broken out in the race to be the next Secretary-General of the Organization of American States (OAS) after previously-elected Miguel Angel Rodríguez stunned the regional organization by resigning from his post on October ...

8: Marjorie Cohn: Chickens Come Home to Roost

Twenty-four days after the September 11 attacks, I wrote in an article called Hoist on Our Own Petard: ''The hatred that fueled 19 people to blow themselves up and take thousands with them has its genesis in a history of the United States government’s ...

9: Why the UN Matters to US Foreign Policy

Kim R. Holmes, Assistant Secretary for International Organization Affairs Remarks before the Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs World Trade Center, Baltimore, Maryland December 6, 2004

10: Public Address 08/12/04 - Sharp

I wouldn't want them to get big-headed, but DogBitingMen does seem to reach places that other blogs don't. Item: Neil Falloon's thinkpiece on Stephen Franks, based on what I am assured is a genuine conversation, comes up with a brilliant, and probably ...

11: Michael Hammerschlag: Could America Go Bad?

After the total defeat of the Democratic ticket by a ruthless demagogic President, and the ascension of extremist elements in the Congress, Executive, and Supreme Court; one must question how long America will retain its tattered moral authority in the ...

12: STORY OF THE WEEK: Civil Unions Final Stages (2)

STORY OF THE WEEK: Week Ending December 10th 2004 Civil Unions Bill Reaches Final Stages (Part 2)

13: Anderton should resign over report

National Party Deputy Leader Gerry Brownlee is calling for Economic Development Minister Jim Anderton's head after a damning report on the Trade and Enterprise business grants scheme.

14: Gathering Marks Ahmed Zaoui’s 44th Birthday

Two days before the New Zealand Supreme Court is scheduled to consider a bail application to release refugee Ahmed Zaoui from prison, approximately 100 people gathered at the St Columba Centre in Auckland to mark the Algerian MP’s birthday.

15: Images: Departing LOTR Stars Meet Their Planes

The Lord of the Ring's stars come face to face with themselves on the side of Air NZ planes as they bid New Zealand goodbye at Wellington Airport before boarding the Air New Zealand 767 emblazoned with giant images of the characters Aragorn and Arwen.

16: Images: Lord Of The Rings Exhibition At Te Papa

In anticipation of the release of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, the central instalment in writer/director/producer Peter Jackson's epic trilogy based on the J.R.R. Tolkien masterpiece, Te Papa proudly announces a world exclusive and a bold ...

17: The Dishonest Homosexual Agenda

First politicians were told that all homosexuals wanted were that we celebrate diversity: sexual diversity – “GAY” SEX. So to appease them they passed the Homosexual Law Reform Act decriminalising homosexual acts (sodomy) between men. Such acts, clandestinely ...

18: Jerusalem Women Promote Peace on U.S. Tour

In a promotion-for-peace tour titled, “Three Women, Three Faiths, One Shared Vision,” the speakers talked about their life experiences with occupation, not prevalent in U.S. mainstream media. The UN-registered organization, Partners for Peace, sponsors ...

19: Human Rights at Risk

Human rights and New Zealand's reputation as a fair and inclusive society, without a culture of discrimination, bigotry and prejudice, is under threat from the tone of debate that is now coming from some opponents of the Civil Union Bill, the New ...

20: Protest Civil Union Bill: A Parasitic Pantomime

Marriage, an institution recognised by the state and predating the state, can only by definition involve a relationship between opposite sex partners – one man and one woman – who under the marriage (social) contract become husband and wife. Any ...

21: Major Funding Needed To Avert China Aids Epidemic

China has made an “an impressive turnaround” over the past year in its response to its growing HIV/AIDS problem and fighting tuberculosis, but investment must continue to grow if a major epidemic is to be averted, the head of a United Nations-backed ...

22: Civil unions and personal feelings

We notice that some MPs debating the civil union bill in parliament are voting on the basis of their personal feelings about family members. NZ First MP Brian Donnelly referred to his gay brother, saying that his family accepted his brother in a "non-negotiable ...

23: Greg Palast: The View From My Black Helicopter

I'd just stepped out of my black helicopter to read that one of my favorite journalists, David Corn, had attacked my analysis of the vote in Ohio as the stuff of "grassy knoll conspiracy theorists." ( "A Stolen Election," The Nation, November 9 )

24: PM's Presser: Civil Unions And Mr Zaoui's Bail

In this edition: - Civil Unions Spark Religious Ructions - Pubs And Clubs About To Become Smokefree - Will Ahmed Zaoui Get Bail After Two Years Penal Detention? - The Douglas White Report Regarding John Tamihere

25: Evelyn Pringle: Bush + Republicans + Amway = Fraud

Former Amway insider, Eric Scheibeler, has written a must read new book called ''Merchants Of Deception''. This one time member of the Amway motivational cult has turned whistleblower and FBI witness and boy does he have some tales to tell.

26: UN MiddleEast Observer Force Extention Recommended

Since the Middle East “is very tense and likely to remain so,” United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today recommended extending the mandate of the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) between Israel and Syria until the end of next June and called on UN ...

27: Broad Christian Support for Civil Unions

A media release today from twenty-one church leaders is not representative of Christian views. While some of those who have signed may represent their churches’ views, others are simply making a personal statement. Even within churches that have made denominational ...

28: Get tough with defiant yobbo

Alexander: 'Take his car, keep his fine and throw his ass in jail' The justice system now has the chance to get it right after being too soft on the Rotorua teen who recently had $43,000 worth of fines commuted to 300 hours of community service and then failed ...

29: Sodomy, School Boys and Civil Unions

“Gay” sex (sodomy) with school boys by adults will be sanctioned by the Civil Union Bill if it is passed into law on Thursday. Soon those who dare criticise this abhorrent, unnatural and immoral lifestyle will be the subject of “hate speech” legislation ...

30: Myanmar Urged To Release Political Prisoners

Amnesty International today issued a document detailing hundreds of the more than 1,350 political prisoners in Myanmar. It provides details of individuals imprisoned solely for their peaceful exercise of the rights to freedom of association, expression ...

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