Wednesday, November 23, 2016

More "elections matter, elections have consequences" results

Some links:
Still Time For An Election Audit
http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/11/18/election-audit-paper-machines-column/93803752/

UC Berkeley statistician Philip Stark is calling for an audit to double-check that hackers did not manipulate the results.

http://news.berkeley.edu/2016/11/22/election-hacking-audit/

And this:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/jill-stein-election-recount_us_5835e45be4b09b6055fffc64
..."Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein is pushing for vote recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, three traditionally Democratic states where Donald Trump did much better than expected on Nov. 8.
Trump pulled off historic upsets that night in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. Michigan has yet to be called, but he is projected to win there as well.
Stein’s press director made the announcement in a Facebook livestream on Wednesday afternoon. Her campaign is now accepting donations for the effort and calling on supporters to provide $2 million by Friday afternoon. Its statement references “compelling evidence of voting anomalies” and “significant discrepancies in vote totals” in the three states.
The news comes days ahead of the states’ deadlines to file recount requests. Wisconsin’s deadline is Friday; Pennsylvania’s is Monday and Michigan’s is Wednesday, Nov. 30.
Stein’s call follows a Tuesday night report in New York magazine saying a group of election lawyers and computer scientists have contacted Hillary Clinton’s team to advocate for a recount of the votes in those states.
J. Alex Halderman, a University of Michigan professor in that group, explained his reasoning in a Wednesday post on Medium:"...

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And there's:
http://blogs.berkeley.edu/2016/11/18/building-a-western-union/

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There seems to be some gap in the messaging coming outta UC on this headline topic:

http://uclafacultyassociation.blogspot.com/2016/11/not-everyone-answered-call.html

http://news.berkeley.edu/2016/11/23/chancellors-message-support-for-undocumented-students/

http://www.mercurynews.com/2016/11/23/university-officials-undocumented-students-studying-abroad-should-return-home/

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There is a nominee for Education Secretary:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/trump-picks-billionaire-betsy-devos-school-voucher-advocate-as-education-secretary/2016/11/23/c3d66b94-af96-11e6-840f-e3ebab6bcdd3_story.html
..."Many Republicans on Capitol Hill are hoping that DeVos will shrink the Education Department’s role in public schools and leave more decisions to states and districts.
“Betsy DeVos is an excellent choice,” said Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, adding that he expects DeVos to stop the Obama administration’s effort to turn the federal government into a “national school board.” Alexander led a recent bipartisan effort to pass the Every Student Succeeds Act, which shifted power to the states."...
..."Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), ranking member of the education committee, said she plans to scrutinize DeVos’s record and ask her about her qualifications, priorities and plans. Murray also said she would press DeVos to explain — given Trump’s statements about immigrants, women, Muslims and other groups — how she “will ensure the safety and respect of all students, of all backgrounds, all across this country.”...
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And see:
http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/307395-trump-offers-betsy-devos-job-of-education-secretary-report

..."
Teachers unions were quick to blast her selection.
Randi Weingarten of the American Federation of Teachers said with the nomination of DeVos, Trump “makes it loud and clear that his education policy will focus on privatizing, defunding and destroying public education in America.”
Betsy Devos, a billionaire GOP donor, once served as head of the Michigan Republican Party."
..."The choice, though, drew some criticism from education conservatives.
“President-elect Trump rightly slammed Governor Jeb Bush for his support of Common Core on the campaign trail,” said Frank Cannon, president of American Principles Project, which opposes Common Core, according to The Post.
“Betsy DeVos would be a very Jeb-like pick.”"

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And on UCD status of world global food initiatives-a new article here:

http://uclafacultyassociation.blogspot.com/2016/11/derailed.html

You might recall a 2015 talk with Napolitano who gave keynote, Katehi with intro remarks in DC  in 2015-on World Food, Global Food Obesity etc at Brookings, full talk agenda and transcript available  here:

https://www.brookings.edu/events/an-in-depth-look-at-the-lifetime-economic-costs-of-obesity/

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