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Top Scoop Stories - 15 November 2007 News Summary

Published: Thu 15 Nov 2007 02:06 PM
Today's Top Scoops - November 15, 2007
LEAD STORY:
Sludge Report: Rule Of Law Demands An Inquiry Into "Operation 8"
NZ POLITICS:
Questions For Oral Answer - Thursday, 15 Nov 2007
Most Adults Support Fireworks Ban
Police: Two People Arrested In Kaikohe Murder Case
Energy: Fitzsimons Concerned About Cullen's Optimism
Full Coverage: The Public Services' Bad Day
BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH:
Treasury: Saving Falls Despite Earnings Increase
Industrial Relations: Pilots Case Shows Holidays Act 'Not Up To The Job'
Television: Strong First Six Months For Freeview
Aptitude: Rangitoto blows her top ... or did she?
WORLD:
Terrorism: First Duty Is To Protect The British People - PM
Asian News: Yahoo! Settlement in Chinese Journalists' Case Does Not Fix Dangers of Doing Business in China
Online Travel: EU Crackdown On Misleading Airline Ticket Websites
Afghanistan: Leaders Discuss Bamyan Development, Visit Historical Ruins
COMMENT:
Greg Palast: Mrs. Clinton's forgotten fling with the Killer of Karachi
Jason Leopold: Valerie Plame Still Wants to Know
Bill Berkowitz: Philip Anschutz: Transforming the culture one Hollywood blockbuster at a time
Zach Roberts: Tasered Florida Student on Palast Report
Martin LeFevre: Father and Son Presidents--Bookending America
Barbara Sumner Burstyn: Vivisection For Hire
LIFESTYLE:
Telly Stuff: Best On The Box Name NZ's Top Gunn
Artiness: Wellington Artists Lend Favourite Works
DOCNZ 2007: A Summer Not to Forget
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LEAD STORY------------


Sludge Report: Rule Of Law Demands An Inquiry Into "Operation 8"
- There is some irony that Wednesday Parliament is debating at length the Madeleine Setchell affair (Scoop Video) [1] - and that only Tuesday an urgent debate into the Decision of the Solicitor General (Scoop Video) [2] not to charge 12 people with Terror offences was refused by the speaker. While the Setchell affair is a fascinating (to the media) and somewhat sordid little affair, it has no punch compared to yesterday morning's revelations in the Dominion Post (link) [3] , The Press - and doubtless several other publications over the next few days. More >> [4]
ALSO:Maori Party - Tariana Turia - General Debate "Terror" Speech [5] Green Party - Crown Law Office should act on terrorism reporting [6] NZ First - Evidence Published "Disturbing And Sinister" [7] TV3 - Did police leak the secret evidence? [8] , Veteran activist claims police responsible for evidence leaks [9] & Ron Mark and Pita Sharples on the terror evidence [10]
MORE COMMENT:GPJA's John Minto - Forget The Courts - A Media Lynch Mob Will Do [11] Russell Brown's Hard News - "The Terrorism Files" [12] SOLO's Lindsay Perigo - Campbell & Greens Reveal Their True Colour: Red! [13] & Dom-Post Publishes - Will It Be Damned? [14] TV3 - Tuhoe protest march reaches parliament and police headquarters [15] & MPs get angry reaction from hikoi [16]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0711/S00164.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0711/S00164.htm
[3] - http://www.stuff.co.nz/4272184a10.html
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0711/S00244.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0711/S00280.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0711/S00263.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0711/S00255.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/3280.html
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/3253.html
[10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/3275.html
[11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0711/S00245.htm
[12] - http://publicaddress.net/default,4603.sm
[13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0711/S00247.htm
[14] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0711/S00235.htm
[15] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/3263.html
[16] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/3260.html
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NZ POLITICS------------
QUESTIONS OF THE DAY:Questions For Oral Answer - Thursday, 15 Nov 2007 [1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0711/S00290.htm
Most Adults Support Fireworks Ban - Most New Zealanders aged 18 or over (63%) support a ban on firework sales to the general public and only allowing organised public displays of fireworks. This was the result of independent research company UMR's latest nationwide public opinion poll. The poll also shows those who strongly support (40%) a ban outnumber those who strongly oppose on... More >> [1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0711/S00249.htm
Police: Two People Arrested In Kaikohe Murder Case - The two people arrested in connection with the death of an 81-year-old man in Kaikohe today will appear in the Kaikohe District Court tomorrow both facing murder charges. More >> [1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0711/S00142.htm
Energy: Fitzsimons Concerned About Cullen's Optimism - Green Party Co-Leader Jeanette Fitzsimons today criticised the lack of concern being shown by Finance Minister Michael Cullen about the chronic inability of Treasury, the Reserve Bank and MED to accurately forecast the price of oil. More >> [1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0711/S00283.htm
Full Coverage: The Public Services' Bad Day - While the State Service Commissioner's tie shone brightly the Commissioner himself Mark Prebble had a somewhat less sunny day facing questions from the media and politicians regarding a report into the handling of the employment of Madeline Setchell. More >> [1]
More: Scoop Video - Madeleine Setchell Inquiry Press Conferences [2] National - Anderton confirms public service 'blacklist' [3] SSC- SSC Report On Madeleine Setchell Matter [4] & SSC Commissioner - Madeleine Setchell Inquiry [5] Environment Min. - State Services report and findings [6] National - Alarm bells over public service neutrality [7] NZ Govt. - Hunn report provides lessons for public service [8] Report By D.K. Hunn To SSC - Main Body - .pdf [9] Annexures To D.K. Hunn Report - .pdf [10]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0711/S00242.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0711/S00230.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0711/S00282.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0711/S00233.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0711/S00232.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0711/S00231.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0711/S00264.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0711/S00262.htm
[9] - http://img.scoop.co.nz/media/pdfs/0711/Report_by_DK_Hunn_to_SSCer_main_body.pdf
[10] - http://img.scoop.co.nz/media/pdfs/0711/Annexures.pdf
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BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH------------
Treasury: Saving Falls Despite Earnings Increase - National saving (from all sectors) fell to $1.3 billion for the year ended March 2007 from the recent highs of $5.9 billion in 2005 and $7.4 billion in 2004, Statistics NZ said today. National saving is at its lowest level in fourteen years. Net investment income flows to the rest of the world increased to reach $11.9 billion, a deterioration of $0.6 billion since the previous year. More >> [1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0711/S00289.htm
Industrial Relations: Pilots Case Shows Holidays Act 'Not Up To The Job' - The case NZ Airline Pilots Association v Air NZ is an indictment of the Holidays Act, says Business NZ. The case centres on a long-standing employment agreement between Air NZ and its pilots which includes an overall payment to ensure there are always pilots on duty on public holidays. Following the passage of the new Holidays Act, the pilots said they should also get time and a half when they work on public holidays. Last year the Court of Appeal found in favour of Air NZ. More >> [1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0711/S00292.htm
Television: Strong First Six Months For Freeview - Six months after its successful launch, Freeview take-up figures continue to demonstrate New Zealanders are enthusiastically embracing free-to-air digital television and radio. Latest sales figures show more than 21,000 digital satellite receivers have been purchased in the last three months. This takes the total number of households reached to an estimated 62,000, or nearly 4% of all homes. More >> [1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0711/S00299.htm
Aptitude: Rangitoto blows her top ... or did she? - Mintshot.co.nz officially launched this morning at 7am. To many people it appeared that Rangitoto was erupting however on closer inspection it was revealed that the simulated eruption was part of a guerilla marketing campaign by the new entertainment website www.mintshot.co.nz... More >> [1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0711/S00291.htm
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WORLD------------
Terrorism: First Duty Is To Protect The British People - PM - In an article for the Sun newspaper, Mr Brown promised that police and security services would be provided with "every tool they need" to protect the public and combat terrorism. "My first duty is to protect the British people and our national security. There is no greater priority, no more important responsibility than the safety of all our citizens. More >> [1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0711/S00586.htm
Asian News: Yahoo! Settlement in Chinese Journalists' Case Does Not Fix Dangers of Doing Business in China - Amnesty International USA (AIUSA), released a statement today in response to the announcement that Yahoo! settled an Internet repression case involving two Chinese journalists jailed and allegedly tortured for e-mails that the company turned over to the Chinese government. Compensation may help, but it does not fix the underlying problem. More >> [1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0711/S00577.htm
Online Travel: EU Crackdown On Misleading Airline Ticket Websites - EU Consumer Commissioner announced the results of an EU wide investigation against misleading advertising and unfair practices on airline ticket selling websites. The clampdown covers Europe's leading airlines, low cost carriers as well as other websites selling airline tickets. The results of the inquiry show that over 50% of all websites showed irregularities. More >> [1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0711/S00581.htm
Afghanistan: Leaders Discuss Bamyan Development, Visit Historical Ruins - or more than 1,500 years they stood watch over the people of Afghanistan's Bamyan province. The Buddhas of Bamyan remained untouched, nestled in the heart of the Hindu Kush Mountains until they were destroyed by the Taliban in March 2001. A series of caves remains where the Buddhas of Bamyan used to stand prior to their destruction in 2001 by the Taliban. More >> [1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0711/S00595.htm
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COMMENT------------
Greg Palast: Mrs. Clinton's forgotten fling with the Killer of Karachi - You've seen all those creepy photos of George Bush rubbing up against Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf, the two of them grinning and giggling like they're going to the senior prom. So it's hard to remember that it was Hillary and Bill who brought Pervez to the dance in the first place...More >> [1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0711/S00236.htm
Jason Leopold: Valerie Plame Still Wants to Know - Former covert CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson would still like to know the identity of the CIA official who passed her name to the office of Vice President Dick Cheney in the spring of 2003, and "under what circumstances."... More >> [1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0711/S00237.htm
Bill Berkowitz: Philip Anschutz: Transforming the culture one Hollywood blockbuster at a time - He's a Denver, Colorado-based billionaire whose net worth was recently tabbed by Forbes magazine at $7.6 billion; his corporate holdings include the nation's largest movie theater chain, Regal Entertainment, some of the world's most prominent sports and entertainment venues, and a stack of professional sports teams including the National Hockey League's Los Angeles Kings and several soccer teams including the Los Angeles Galaxy...More >> [1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0711/S00224.htm
Zach Roberts: Tasered Florida Student on Palast Report - Meyer, who appeared this morning on the Today show sandwiched between reports on Britney Spears, Oprah Winfrey and Heather Mill's, was the only guest who managed to sneak in a matter of substance on the gossip and title broadcast. Meyer told Today that the real issue isn't the volts he received, but the votes uncounted...More >> [1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0711/S00234.htm
Martin LeFevre: Father and Son Presidents--Bookending America - The picture of octogenarian George the First jumping out of a plane strapped to some schmuck's back was the shot of the past week. His plummet to earth came the day after Daddy Bush excoriated the critics of poor Georgie, rhetorically asking this senile non-sequitur: "Do they want to bring back Saddam Hussein, these critics [of George Junior and the war]?"... More >> [1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0711/S00239.htm
Barbara Sumner Burstyn: Vivisection For Hire - Margaret Harkema is well groomed, her well appointed home is set in expansive grounds. She owns her own business and her daughter attends a private school and competes in an equestrian team. In short Ms. Harkema is an upwardly mobile, financially secure businesswoman, wife and mother. She is also a vivisectionist... More >> [1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0711/S00222.htm
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LIFESTYLE------------
Telly Stuff: Best On The Box Name NZ's Top Gunn - Jason Gunn has been crowned New Zealand's top TV entertainer in the 2007 TV Guide Best on the Box awards in the magazine's annual people's choice poll. More >> [1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0711/S00208.htm
Artiness: Wellington Artists Lend Favourite Works - Found objects, Trade Me bargains, paintings, posters, carvings, ceramics and sculpture are just some of the works that make up Living Together, the latest exhibition at City Gallery Wellington's Michael Hirschfeld Gallery. More >> [1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0711/S00198.htm
DOCNZ 2007: A Summer Not to Forget - In July 2006, Hezbollah captured 2 Israeli soldiers and Israel reciprocated with 34 days of continuous Israeli bombardment. Using powerful and disturbing images, the film tells a story of yet another war on Lebanon. More >> [1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0711/S00210.htm
And those were the Top Scoops on this day, November 15, 2007
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