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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 12 October 2005

Published: Thu 13 Oct 2005 10:40 AM
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Yesterday's top 30 rating items on Scoop were...
1: Suzan Mazur: The Dorak Affair's Final Chapter
The Dorak mystery flower has opened at last. Earlier this week in phone conversations I had with David Stronach, Professor of Near East Archaeology at the University of California - Berkeley, Stronach disclosed that Jimmie Mellaart invented Dorak. He ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00120.htm
2: Bush: Iraqis Will Vote October 15 Despite Violence
President Bush expressed optimism that the Iraqi people will vote in the October 15 referendum on the country’s proposed constitution in spite of the violence he anticipates will accompany the election.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00236.htm
3: Cuba Report To UN On Why USA's Blockade Must End
Report by Cuba on Resolution 59/11 of the United Nations General Assembly “The necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States of America against Cuba” - The economic, commercial and financial blockade impose ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00197.htm
4: Michel Chossudovsky: Cheney's War Without Borders
Vice President Cheney in a recent speech to US military personnel has acknowledged that the war could go on for several decades. This statement, which reveals the Bush Administration's commitment to global warfare, was barely mentioned by the mainstream ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00149.htm
5: Helen Clark and Winston Peters meet
Prime Minister Helen Clark said today that she and Michael Cullen had met with Winston Peters and his deputy Peter Brown this morning and that the meeting was very constructive.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0510/S00055.htm
6: US Applauds Nicaragua's Passage of Free-Trade Pact
The United States has congratulated the Nicaraguan government for passing the U.S.-Central America-Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement, known as CAFTA-DR.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00239.htm
7: Leuren Moret: Depleted Uranium Is WMD
My grandfather, U.S. Army Col. Edwin Joseph McAllister, was born in Battle Creek in 1895. He does not know that his first grandchild is an international expert on depleted uranium. I have worked in two U.S. nuclear weapons laboratories, and in ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00138.htm
8: Haiti’s fragile electoral process shows gains, UN
With a significant number of voters and with candidates representing a broad range of political opinion gearing up for upcoming elections in Haiti, a credible vote is possible but the Transitional Government must take further measures to ensure ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00227.htm
9: UN: $4 million for children in northern Kenya?
Thousands of children in northern Kenya are malnourished, or at risk of malnutrition, and face the threat of polio and rising regional violence over scarce water, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said, as it appealed for $4 million.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00224.htm
10: Green MPs reshuffle policy portfolios
The Green Party Caucus has today reallocated its policy portfolios amongst its six MPs for the coming parliamentary term.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0510/S00056.htm
11: Poll: Americans Favor Impeachment If Bush Lied
By a margin of 50% to 44%, Americans say that President Bush should be impeached if he lied about the war in Iraq, according to a new poll commissioned by AfterDowningStreet.org , a grassroots coalition that supports a Congressional investigation of President ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00212.htm
12: Bonus Joules: The Holey Ozone Layer
The votes are in and counted. The NZ Labour Party led by Helen Clark has the priority right to attempt to form a new government. The political options are being scoped. Around the world, oil continues to be pumped from the ground and rumours are it is ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00154.htm
13: Justice Ministry should be prosecuted for bungle
Nelson MP Nick Smith wants the Ministry of Justice prosecuted for publishing on its website sensitive Family Court information in which a family and children could easily be identified.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0510/S00057.htm
14: Before the Deluge: Honoring Journalistic Heroes
A political and media onslaught is about to be unleashed with the indictments of a whole host of key White House officials (including you-know-who) caught up in the Plamegate coverup. The unraveling of this potentially treasonous scandal -- which ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00147.htm
15: Labour and New Zealand First continue talks
Prime Minister Helen Clark said today that talks between New Zealand First and Labour had continued this afternoon and agreed that NZ First has a vital contribution to make to the stability of the incoming government.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0510/S00058.htm
16: Marjorie Cohn: Nobel Prize Slaps Bush Nuke Policy
Last week, the International Atomic Energy Agency and its chief, Mohamed ElBaradei, won the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to stop the proliferation of nuclear weapons. The award was a slap at George W. Bush, who had pressed for ElBaradei's ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00150.htm
17: National Moves To Drive Labour From Parliament
Leonard Cohen, a couple of decades back, sang an odd tune about 'taking Berlin' and then somehow 'occupying Manhattan'. Mr Cohen's words could prove prophetic for New Zealand politics in the early 21st century should National prove successful in occupying ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00145.htm
18: Pakistan: President, PM ask nation to pray
President General Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz have appealed to the nation to offer special prayers on Friday next for speedy relief, recovery and rehabilitation of their earthquake-stricken countrymen. They made this appeal ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00242.htm
19: Japan's Economic Reforms A Guide for Other Nations
The economic reforms Japan Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and Finance Minister Sadakazu Tanigaki have initiated are showing results and "should serve as a guide to other nations," says Treasury Secretary John Snow.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00235.htm
20: William Pitt: Ideological Prozac, American Style
My goodness, but I have been out of it these last several days. I've been in this tiny log cabin, see, at the end of five miles of dirt road up here in New Hampshire. There is a lake and a kayak and dogs and a fireplace and a television that gets one ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00153.htm
21: Ideology And Pragmatism In Public Policy
An exchange at the meeting between representatives of the Green Party and the business community in Wellington a fortnight ago stimulated the reflections in this talk. One of the Greens present described support for free trade as an ‘ideological’ position.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0510/S00183.htm
22: COHA: Haiti – And You Call This an Election?
• Secretary Rice, on a whirlwind trip to Haiti, glosses over problems that are doomed to chain-saw upcoming elections.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00209.htm
23: Scoop Feedback: Brickbats, Bouquets, Tracts
The following is a selction of feedback and other unsolicited email received by Scoop recently. They do not appear in any precise order.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00144.htm
24: Public Address 12/10/05 - Snot Fare
Lyndon Hood notices National MP Shane Ardern's take on the Didymo "rock snot" river infestations. It was the gummint's fault, because it failed to "kill" the first two rivers where the algae was found...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00152.htm
25: Scoop: Top Scoops + Just Politics
PM Keen On Peters - National And Labour Battle For Parliament's Plush Carpet - Scoop Feedback: You Said It! - Air Force Assists In Rescue Of Stricken Seafearers - Latte Swilling In Vulcan Lane Will Continue To Be Aesthetically Pleasing - Green Party ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00155.htm
26: Earthquake Info Centre: Pakistan Quake Map
Earthquake Info Centre: Pakistan Quake Map
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00165.htm
27: Farmers Will Work With Bradford
Federated Farmers has cautiously welcomed the appointment of Sue Bradford as the Greens' agriculture and rural affairs spokesperson.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0510/S00203.htm
28: Turkey: EU bans imports of live birds, poultry
The Commission has adopted an EU ban on all imports of Turkish live birds and untreated feathers, following the confirmed presence of avian influenza (AI) virus in Turkey over the weekend. Imports of live poultry, eggs and fresh poultry meat from Turkey ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00231.htm
29: Reclaiming the American Civil Disobedience Legacy
What can all Americans do about their desire to see change in America? Practice civil disobedience. This flavor of action is not just for radicals. Civil disobedience is the role of citizens within the political system and has a much broader legacy ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00151.htm
30: Funny, It Really Isn’t; Fascism, It Really Is
It’s been a long time since I’ve burst out laughing at anything George W. Bush has said, even though practically everything he says is laughable. Since yucks are few and far between these days, though, I tend to grab ‘em no matter the souse, er, source.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00148.htm
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