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Top Scoops: Comment & Opinion Digest 19-22 Dec.

Published: Fri 22 Dec 2006 01:15 PM
SCOOP COMMENT & OPINION:
Antiquities: Suzan Mazur Examines The Provenance Of A Bronze Boy
Motornet: BMW's Hatchback Reviewed
Iraq: President Bush – Mission Not Accomplished
Biological Weapons: Bush Admin. Developing Illegal Bioterror Weapons
The Rule Of Law: Justice Weighs In On Post Constitutional America (2)
American Coup: Brad Friedman & Paul Lehto Comment On Paper Ballot Coalitions
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Antiquities: Suzan Mazur Examines The Provenance Of A Bronze Boy
- New York collector Stuart Pivar says the odyssey of his "nearly life-size" Roman bronze boy includes a chapter on an attempted "assassination" of the statue. He identifies the place of treachery as the Hunt-Sotheby's auction, June 19,1990. And he fingers the lead assassin: Bob Hecht. Hecht is now on trial in Rome for another conspiracy, one to traffic in ancient art, including pieces from the Hunt-Sotheby's sale. See... The Odyssey Of Stuart Pivar's Roman Bronze Boy [1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00326.htm
Motornet: BMW's Hatchback Reviewed
It’s a Friday night. Things are quiet at this end of town, and few people are about save a couple of commuters who perhaps stayed for one beer two many and now make haste to catch a train to the suburbs. The night is unusually still for Wellington, and yet the still air of the carpark is punctuated by a noise petrolheads everywhere would recognize – the revving of a BMW straight six singing sonorously. Like giddy schoolboys, we simply can’t get enough of its gloriously mechanical noise. See... MOTORNET: Free-Revving Six - BMW 130i [1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00309.htm
Iraq: President Bush – Mission Not Accomplished
- President Bush acknowledged for the first time yesterday that the United States is not winning the war in Iraq and said he plans to expand the overall size of the "stressed" U.S. armed forces to meet the challenges of a long-term global struggle against terrorists. See…Washington Post: Bush Admits US Is Losing War [1] & Press Conference by the President December 20 2006 [2] MORE ON BUSH & THE WAR IN THE MIDDLE EAST: John Chuckman - Chuckman Cartoons: Xmas '06 At The Whitehouse [3]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00305.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0612/S00402.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00308.htm
Biological Weapons: Bush Admin. Developing Illegal Bioterror Weapons
- 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 bomb. See… Developing Illegal Offensive Use Bioterror Weapons [1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00294.htm
The Rule Of Law: Justice Weighs In On Post Constitutional America (2)
Washington - Former ambassador Joseph Wilson asked a federal judge Wednesday not to force him to testify in the CIA leak case and accused former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby of trying to harass him on the witness stand. See... Link: Wilson Challenges Subpoena in CIA Case [1] MORE: Atlanta Progressive News - USDOJ Reviews Own Role in Illegal Wiretapping [2] David Swanson - VIDEO: Colin Powell Asked About His Pre-War Lies [3] New York Times - Prosecutors Drop ACLU Subpoena in Document Fight [4] Reuters - Bush Signing Statement on India Nuke Deal Concerns [5] The Star Bulletin - Watada States His Case in Moiliili [6] Associated Press - Cheney to Be Defense Witness in CIA Leak Case [7]
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American Coup: Brad Friedman & Paul Lehto Comment On Paper Ballot Coalitions
- Concerning Michael Collins' latest article in regard to the coalition formed to demand a paper BALLOT for every vote cast in America, he has made a number of points (and perhaps one error, at least in terminology) that I'd like to clear up. See... Scoop Feedback: Re. The Paper Ballot Coalition [1] & Coalition Paper Ballot Call Spares Vote Villains [2] RELATED: John Gideon - Daily Voting News For December 20, 2006 [3] & December 18-19, 2006 [4] The Associated Press - Link: Congress Asked to Intervene in Florida 13th [5]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00307.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00267.htm
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[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00327.htm
MORE SCOOP COMMENT & OPINION:
Russell Brown & Ors. - Public Address 22/12/06 - Last Words [1] , Public Address 20/12/06 - And The Word Of The Year [2] & Public Address 19/12/6 - Losing The Billboard Plot [3] William Fisher - The Cost Of Islamophobia [4] & Winning by Losing? [5] Elizabeth de la Vega - Who Will Speak for the Victims? [6] Bernard Weiner - Santa, Please Grant Us These Wishes [7] Martin LeFevre - Meditations: Jesus Was a Man [8] Norman Solomon - Powell, Baker, Hamilton - Thanks for Nothing [9] Lawrence R. Velvel - Re: The DeFacto Closing Of The Flagships [10] & 1898 Redux [11] Phil Rockstroh - Eating The Planet Like A Bag Of Doritos For Jesus [12] Sanjay Upadhya - Nepal: How Real Is The Maoist Peace Camp? [13] Bill Berkowitz - End times for the Christian Coalition? [14] Robert Parry - A Very Dangerous New Year [15] Kelpie Wilson - Coming Home to Scotland (Part 1) [16] M.R. Josse - Interim Statute Okays SPAM, PM Dictatorship [17] Middle East News Service - Israel Names New Australian Envoy [18] & Amos Oz: Have We Not Learned A Thing? [19] David Swanson - My Congressman Makes Me Prouder Than Ever [20] Evelyn Pringle - Zyprexa Cat Out Of The Bag [21] UQ Wire - Peter Dale Scott - JFK and 9/11 [22] Dr. Chandrakala - Nepal: Latest Slogan By Leftists– 'Anti Moriarty' [23] Cindy Sheehan - Walk for Change, In Search of Peace [24] Tanveer Jafri - Jafri: Is Deputy PM's Office in India justified? [25]
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[24] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00284.htm
[25] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00282.htm
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Alastair Thompson
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