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Alternet News Update - November 6, 2012

NEWS UPDATE - November 6, 2012

Election Day Live: Voter Intimidation; Obama Office Burglarized; Right-Wing Paranoia Blossoms

Editorial Staff, AlterNet

Today's the day. Follow AlterNet for election coverage. READ MORE»

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6 Excuses Right-Wingers Are Teeing Up In Case Obama Beats Romney

Joshua Holland, AlterNet

It's never the fault of conservatism! READ MORE»

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What's Going on at the Polls? A Round-Up of Voting Problems

Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

Long lines, hours-long waits, poll worker confusion, unregistered voters and more. READ MORE»

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Unfounded Fears About California's Prop 37 Which Would Label Genetically Modified Foods

By Alison Rose Levy, AlterNet

Don't let industry's $40 million in advertising be your decider. READ MORE»

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6 Bizarre, Amusing, and Downright Crazy Predictions for the Presidential Race

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

From the astral plane to the gambling parlor, here's what prognosticators are saying about who will win the day. READ MORE»

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Fueled by Right-Wing Paranoia About Election Chaos, a Georgia Gated Community Shuts its Gates

By Joshua Holland, AlterNet

Post-racial, indeed. READ MORE»

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Nate Silver to Stephen Colbert: I'd Rather Vote for Ebola Than Political Pundits

By AlterNet Staff, AlterNet and Salon

Nate Silver goes after political pundits. READ MORE»

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How Republicans' Nasty Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric May Come Back to Bite Mitt Romney on the Ass on Election Day

By Joshua Holland, AlterNet

Pollsters are likely underestimating the Latino vote, which may go for Obama in record numbers. READ MORE»

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Gordon Campbell: A Govt. Christmas Bad News Dump -The Skycity Convention Center Blowout & A Negative MBIE Review

If the government really did have good tidings of great joy you can bet it wouldn’t be strewing them about at Christmas time – which is, traditionally, the dumping ground for terrible news that the government fervently hopes the public will be too distracted to notice. And so verily this Christmas Eve we learn of (a) the explosion of costs to the taxpayer and ratepayer of the vile SkyCity convention centre in Auckland and that (b) the government’s flagship MBIE “super-ministry” run by its Minister of Everything is a disaster zone of incompetence and mismanagement. MBIE is a Titanic looking for an iceberg, or so it would seem. More>>

 

Parliament Adjourns:

Greens: CAA Airport Door Report Conflicts With Brownlee’s Claims

The heavily redacted report into the incident shows conflicting versions of events as told by Gerry Brownlee and the Christchurch airport security staff. The report disputes Brownlee’s claim that he was allowed through, and states that he instead pushed his way through. More>>

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TAIC: Final Report On Grounding Of MV Rena

Factors that directly contributed to the grounding included the crew:
- not following standard good practice for planning and executing the voyage
- not following standard good practice for navigation watchkeeping
- not following standard good practice when taking over control of the ship. More>>

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Gordon Campbell:
On The Pakistan Schoolchildren Killings

The slaughter of the children in Pakistan is incomprehensibly awful. On the side, it has thrown a spotlight onto something that’s become a pop cultural meme. Fans of the Homeland TV series will be well aware of the collusion between sections of the Pakistan military/security establishment on one hand and sections of the Taliban of the other… More>>

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Werewolf Satire:
The Politician’s Song

am a perfect picture of the modern politic-i-an:
I don’t precisely have a plan so much as an ambition;
‘Say what will sound most pleasant to the public’ is my main dictum:
And when in doubt attack someone who already is a victim More>>

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Flight: Review Into Phillip Smith’s Escape Submitted To Government

The review follows an earlier operational review by the Department of Corrections and interim measures put in place by the Department shortly after prisoner Smith’s escape, and will inform the Government Inquiry currently underway. More>>

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Intelligence: Inspector-General Accepts Apology For Leak Of Report

The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, Cheryl Gwyn, has accepted an unreserved apology from Hon Phil Goff MP for disclosing some of the contents of her recent Report into the Release of Information by the NZSIS in July and August 2011 to media prior to its publication. The Inspector-General will not take the matter any further. More>>

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Drink: Alcohol Advertising Report Released

The report of the Ministerial Forum on Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship has been released today, with Ministers noting that further work will be required on the feasibility and impact of the proposals. More>>

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Other Report:

Leaked Cabinet Papers: Treasury Calls For Health Cuts

Leaked Cabinet papers that show that Government has been advised to cut the health budget by around $200 million is ringing alarm bells throughout the nursing and midwifery community. More>>

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