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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 20 December 2006

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Yesterday's top 30 rating items on Scoop were...
1: Parliament's worst behaved MPs for 2006 United Future NZ Party
Ohariu-Belmont MP, Peter Dunne, today released his annual list of Parliament's worst-behaved MPs for the current year. "The winner by a country mile this year is National's Nelson MP, Dr Nick Smith, who is consistently among the worst-behaved MP's," he said. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00411.htm 2: Video: Kiwi Doco Squeegee Bandit Releases Feb 1st Scoop Video
Scoop Video: This fantastic Kiwi doco, Squeegee Bandit, releases at Academy in Auckland and Paramount in Wellington on Feb 1. SQUEEGEE BANDIT follows Starfish's struggles (at pace, with a kick-ass sound track) through nine months, three cars, two women, ... http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00274.htm 3: Giesen Wines – expanding to meet demand Giesen Wines
Giesen Wines, one of New Zealand’s biggest producers of internationally renowned Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, has invested $3.5M expanding and upgrading its winery and tank capacity in Blenheim and established a new bottling and packaging plant ... http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0612/S00361.htm 4: Scoop Blogwatch: Is Bassett A Fifth Columnist? Scoop Blogwatch
Historian, acolyte of Roger Douglas and occasional speechwriter for Dr Don Brash, according to Nicky Hager, Dr Michael Bassett was kind enough to publish on his own website some recent correspondence between himself and Dominion Post editor Tim Pankhurst. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00286.htm 5: The Warehouse ‘Light Up Your Home’ Winner The Warehouse Group
The winners of The Warehouse Light Up Your Home competition have got the Christmas decorating bug and are already designing improvements and additions for next year’s display. Graham and Evelyn Leighton of Upper Hutt were today named overall winners ... http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0612/S00139.htm 6: William Fisher: The Cost Of Islamophobia William Fisher
Five years after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, "Islamophobia" -- intensified by the war in Iraq and U.S. government actions at home - has left millions of American Muslims fearful of harassment, discrimination, and questionable prosecutions, and ... http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00292.htm 7: William Fisher: Winning by Losing? William Fisher
Daniel Sutherland, head of the civil-rights division of the Department of Homeland Security, says the government needs the help of American Muslims and Arab-Americans to fight terrorism at home. "Homeland security isn't going to be won by people sitting ... http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00288.htm 8: Developing Illegal Offensive Use Bioterror Weapons Sherwood Ross
In violation of the U.S. Code and international law, the Bush administration is spending more money (in inflation-adjusted dollars) to develop illegal, offensive germ warfare than the $2-billion spent in World War II on the Manhattan Project to make the atomic ... http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00294.htm 9: Anderton releases advice on BZP to warn consumers New Zealand Government
The Expert Advisory Committee on Drugs (EACD) has recommended the Government make benzylpiperazine (BZP), phenylpiperazines and related piperazines, common ingredients in 'party pills', illegal because of the risk of harm. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00406.htm 10: Party pills: few serious short term outcomes found University of Auckland
Young people did not report many serious harmful adverse effects related to their use of legal party pills (LPPs) in a qualitative study undertaken by The University of Auckland. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0612/S00098.htm 11: Hope shines through AIDS Foundation
At the end of 2006, this courageous Samoan woman can look around her and see the gifts that faith, hope and a great deal of support from family, friends and community have brought to her life. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0612/S00337.htm 12: State Dept. Daily Press Briefing December 19, 2006 US State Department
PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY Failure of Hamas Government / Hamas Should Respect Quartet Principles President Abbas's Call for Elections / Palestinians Must Decide Political Future http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0612/S00377.htm 13: Official NZ Music Chart & Chartbitz Dec. 20 2006 Official New Zealand Music Chart
Ka-ching, Christmas is here and music sales start to reach their yearly yuletide peak. Singles Chart aside, it’s steady as she goes on most of the charts with very little change in position - but the unit numbers have shown the expected seasonal ... http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0612/S00154.htm 14: Air NZ raises more than $260,000 for Kiwi children Air New Zealand
It may be the week before Christmas but that hasn’t deterred Kiwis and Aussies from generously spending a total of $264,347.84 in Air New Zealand’s first online charity auction to raise funds for three childrens’ charities. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0612/S00249.htm 15: Public Address 20/12/06 - And The Word Of The Year HARD NEWS from Russell Brown
The word of the year for 2006 is "unbundled", according to the readers of the popular New Zealand blog website Public Address. The keyword of telecommunications reform trumped all others in an online vote at Public Address' community site, Public Address ... http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00297.htm 16: Len Brown's Christmas Wishes List Len Brown - Mayoral Candidate
I would like to wish the people of our city a peaceful Christmas and relaxing break over the summer holidays.Like most family's within our community the pressure of finishing the working year, attending the kids school prizegivings and battling the ... http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0612/S00231.htm 17: Rice Interview With Lukman Ahmed of Al Arabiya US State Department
QUESTION: -- to Al Arabiya. Thank you so much for this opportunity. I'd like us to start right now with what's happening in the Palestine. The situation is so -- or the tension is very high between Hamas and how do you feel about it? http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0612/S00374.htm 18: Burns Interview, CNN Correspondent Satinder Bindra US State Department
R. Nicholas Burns, Under Secretary for Political Affairs Roosevelt House New Delhi, India December 8, 2006 http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0612/S00370.htm 19: Martin LeFevre: Jesus Was a Man Martin LeFevre - Meditations
The silly season is upon us. Silly not because of the celebrations of Jesus’ birth, as anachronistic as that seems in a world devoid of innocence and peace, but because ‘X-mas’ has become synonymous with the mindlessness of consumerism. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00295.htm 20: Disney Down Under Crocs
Crocs™ Inc, manufacturer of a new breed of funky comfortable shoes, has brought the wonderful world of Disney down under to New Zealand. The ‘Disney by Crocs’™ line, made its official debut in New Zealand today with an exclusive special-edition ... http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0612/S00357.htm 21: Ship will stop in Auckland en route to save whales Greenpeace New Zealand
The Greenpeace ship Esperanza is en route to the Southern Ocean as part of a massive global campaign to stop whaling in the Sanctuary. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0612/S00255.htm 22: United Future releases climate change policies United Future NZ Party
United Future leader Peter Dunne and energy spokesman Gordon Copeland today released the party's detailed policy for coping with climate change. "We are primarily concerned with indicating to ordinary people that they can make a definite and positive contribution ... http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00407.htm 23: $120 m New Lynn transport upgrade New Zealand Government
Government funding has been confirmed for a multi-million dollar revamp for New Lynn rail station and full trenching of a twin-tracked rail line through central New Lynn. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00375.htm 24: Mark Sainsbury to host Close Up Television New Zealand
Mark was support host for the top rating Current Affairs programme with Susan Wood until her resignation on December 4th. Paul Henry will be the new support host for Close Up. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0612/S00394.htm 25: NZ Media on Climate Change Criticised in US Senate New Zealand Climate Science Coalition
The New Zealand media, and leading commentators, have been recently sharply criticised before a hearing of the US Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0612/S00235.htm 26: Key – Treasury poodle? New Zealand Government
Finance Minister Michael Cullen said Mr Key's statement today on how a government should action its priorities shows how inexperienced and dangerous a National-led government would be. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00410.htm 27: Nuclear Bomb-Grade Fuel Removed From Germany United Nations
Nearly 270 kilos of fresh highly enriched uranium fuel (HEU) that could be used by terrorists to make nuclear explosives have been returned from a German research reactor to Russia in a secret airlift jointly monitored by the United Nations atomic watchdog ... http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0612/S00348.htm 28: Audio: Manning on Radio Adelaide Tax, Todd, Lights Scoop Audio
Scoop Audio: Selwyn Manning talks to Radio Adelaide's Peter Godfrey about tax cuts for Kiwi businesses; Brent Todd faces pokie charges; and 50,000 bulbs turn spotlight on Kiwi Christmas winners. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00277.htm 29: Cabinet paper on student loan bill released United Future NZ Party
Revenue Minister Peter Dunne today released a Cabinet paper on proposals that led to the introduction in November of the Student Loan Scheme Amendment Bill. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00428.htm 30: Weiner: Santa, Please Grant Us These Wishes Bernard Weiner
Dear Santa: First I want to thank you for granting our main wish for 2006: the humiliating defeat of the RoveBushCheney cabal in the midterm election. And for removing the robes of war-power from Donald Rumsfeld. (On the other hand, Bush replaced him with ... http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00289.htm
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