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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»


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

Joshua Holland, AlterNet

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


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»


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»


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»


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

By Joshua Holland, AlterNet

Post-racial, indeed. READ MORE»


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»


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: On John Key’s Trip To Iraq

In the embedded press coverage on this trip, the absence so far of any evaluation of the wider context of what New Zealand thinks it is doing at Camp Taji has been striking. More>>


Labour: Parata Puts Brakes On Charter School Appraisal

“When the Ministry of Education recommended they compare the achievements of children at charter schools to those of their counterparts at state schools, the documents show Hekia Parata specifically prohibited them from doing so." More>>


Bad Day For Universities: Gun, Bomb Threats On Three Campuses

Dunedin Police are continuing their investigation into the threat made against the University of Otago. Staff are following a number of lines of inquiry, and police are working to verify the authenticity and source of the post. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Deal Reached In Atlanta

Yes, the TPP has helped to knock a few points off the tariffs facing our exporters. Yet some of those alleged dollar gains may well have been made regardless over time – and without the negative baggage of the concessions in the non-trade areas (intellectual property, copyright extensions, investor-state dispute mechanisms etc) that the TPP deal also brings in its wake. More>> (Cartoon by Dave Wolland)

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Wellington.Scoop: Serco – First The Prisons, And Now It Wants To Run The Trains

As the government continues its inquiry into Serco’s discredited administration of Mt Eden prison in Auckland, here in Wellington there’s further scrutiny of the British outsourcing company – because it’s competing to take over the running of our commuter trains. More>>


Pre-Signing: Gordon Campbell On The TPP Countdown

To date, the Key government has been unwilling to share any information about this TPP deal until it is too late for outraged public opinion to affect the outcome... the disclosure process is likely to consist of a similarly skewed and careful exercise in spin. More>>


Australia Deportations: English Relaxed On Immigration Centre Conditions

Labour's Annette King: “There have been numerous reports from inside these detention centres on just how bad conditions are... If they were being held in any other foreign jail, I imagine Mr English would be somewhat concerned. More>>


Schools: Achievement-Based Funding Would Be A Disaster

The Education Minister’s speech to the PPTA Conference raising the spectre of achievement data driving a new funding system would be disastrous, says NZEI Te Riu Roa. More>>

  • Video Out-Link - PPTA Annual Conference 2015 on Livestream (Q+A dicussion suggests funding would be directed to less successful schools.)

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