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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:
On The Northland By-Election

Supposedly, Winston Peters’ victory in Northland has exposed the simmering dissatisfaction with the government that exists out in the provinces. Yet it remains to be seen whether this defeat will have much significance – and not simply because if and when Labour resumes business as usual in the Northland seat at the next election, Peters’ hold on it could simply evaporate.

On Saturday, National’s electorate vote declined by 7,000 votes, as the 9,000 majority it won last September turned into a 4,000 vote deficit – mainly because Labour supporters followed the nod and wink given by Labour leader Andrew Little, and voted tactically for Peters. In the process, Labour’s vote went down from nearly 9,000 votes six months ago, to only 1,315 on Saturday. More>>

 
 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Climate: Ministers Exclude Emissions From ‘Environment Reporting'

The National Party Government has today revealed that the national environmental report topics for this year will, incredibly, exclude New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions, the Green Party said today. More>>

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No Retrial: Freedom At Last For Teina Pora

The Māori Party is relieved that the Privy Council has cleared the final legal hurdle for Teina Pora who was wrongfully convicted of murder and sent to prison for 22 years. More>>

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Germanwings Crash: Privacy Act Supports Aviation Safeguards In New Zealand

Reports that German privacy laws may have contributed to the Germanwings air crash have prompted New Zealand’s Privacy Commissioner to reassure the public that the Privacy Act is no impediment to medical practitioners notifying appropriate authorities to a pilot’s health concerns. More>>

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Treaty: Taranaki Iwi Ngāruahine Settles Treaty Claims For $67.5mln

The settlement includes a $13.5 million payment the government made in June 2013, as well as land in the Taranaki region. The settlement also includes four culturally significant sites, the Waipakari Reserve, Te Kohinga Reserve, Te Ngutu o te Manu and Te Poho o Taranaki. More>>

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Gordon Campbell: On A Funeral In Asia, The Northland By-Election, And News Priorities

Supposedly, New Zealand’s destiny lies in Asia, and that was one of Foreign Minister Murray McCully’s rationales for his bungled reforms at MFAT. OK. So, if that’s the case why didn’t Prime Minister John Key attend the state funeral on Sunday of Singapore’s founding leader Lee Kuan Yew? More>>

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Werewolf Satire: Not Flag-Waving; Flag-Drowning

The panel choosing the flag options has no visual artists at all. Now, I’ve kerned the odd ligature in my time and I know my recto from my French curve so I thought I’d offer a few suggestions before they get past their depth. More>>

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IPCA Reports: Significant Problems In Police Custody

In releasing two reports today, the Independent Police Conduct Authority has highlighted a number of significant problems with the way in which Police deal with people who are detained in Police cells. More>>

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Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security: Inquiry Into GCSB Pacific Allegations

The complaints follow recent public allegations about GCSB activities. The complaints, and these public allegations, raise wider questions regarding the collection, retention and sharing of communications data. More>>

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TPPA Investment Leak: "NZ Surrender To US" On Corporates Suing Governments

Professor Jane Kelsey: ‘As anticipated, the deal gives foreign investors from the TPPA countries special rights, and the power to sue the government in private offshore tribunals for massive damages if new laws, or even court decisions, significantly affected their bottom line’. More>>

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Werewolf: The Myth Of Steven Joyce

Gordon Campbell: The myth of competence that’s been woven around Steven Joyce – the Key government’s “Minister of Everything” and “Mr Fixit” – has been disseminated from high-rises to hamlets, across the country... More>>

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