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Australian subs are going nuclear – so will we have nuclear war in the United States senate?

The Commander-in-Chief has his eyes cast across the horizon.

From getting Congress to pass his $3.5 trillion program to rebuild America, to keeping the government from shutting down at the end of September, to maintaining the United States from defaulting on its debts in October, to advancing the chess game with China following the unveiling of AUKUS; and the deal for nuclear-powered submarines for Australia last week and his meeting with the Quad leaders, including Prime Minister Scott Morrison, this week.

Not to mention, the CiC has nuclear threats to manage in Iran and North Korea too.

President Biden has a nuclear war to wage and win in the United States Senate beginning this week

Woven into the Biden agenda are a series of social and racial equity measures that Democrats across the country, and in every walk of life, view as essential:  

  • Protecting the right of women to access abortion services. Texas has virtually outlawed abortion and a major test case from Mississippi, which prohibits abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy, will be heard by the Supreme Court in October. 
  • Gun control, at least by providing effective background checks on gun purchasers.
  • Police reform, to change policed practices ager the murder of George Floyd by officers in Minneapolis.
  • Voting rights, to ensure that all voters can vote freely and easily, in every State

As key Democratic priorities, Democrats in the House have passed several bills on all these issues (save abortion, which the House will consider in the coming days) and sent them to the Senate — where they have died, even though Democrats control the chamber.

These bills die because the Senate, over the past 30 years, has become trapped in the partisan quagmire of the “filibuster” – a Senate rule that enables any Senator to require a supermajority of 60 votes to pass any legislation.

In a 50-50 Senate, this leaves Biden 10 votes short on any bill Republicans oppose.  And so the Senate has blocked all gun control proposals, all legislation to support police reform, anything significant on immigration, anything to expand Obamacare.

However, it is voting rights that are at the heart of the Democratic agenda. 

Trump’s Big Lie that the 2020 presidential election was stolen has induced Republican-controlled states to limit access to the ballot box. 

In Georgia, voters must show more ID when they vote by mail and there are fewer ballot drop boxes.  Florida has made it harder to vote by mail and also limited ballot drop boxes.

Texas makes it a criminal offence to assist voters at the polls and limits drive-through voting and extended voting hours.

The entire point of these new laws is to keep voting turnout down and to make it harder to vote by post – because too many people voted in 2020, and that record turnout denied Trump a second term.

Australians, who embrace the virtues of mandatory voting, are astonished that the “greatest democracy in the world” (as Americans see themselves) has a bias against universal voting.

The struggle for voting rights goes back to the end of the Civil War, the passage of the 14th and 15th Amendments to the Constitution to ensure that the freed Black slaves, and all citizens (except women until 1920) could vote. 

A fight that continued in the civil rights marches of the 1960s with Martin Luther King and John Lewis, and the passage of civil rights laws in the 1960s.

Winning this fight now coincides with a determination that it is time the filibuster died in the Senate – not progressive legislation

For the filibuster to be eliminated or reformed, it takes a simple majority vote to change the Senate’s rules.  

Killing the filibuster is seen as “going nuclear” because it would change the Senate as we know it.

In a 50-50 Senate, each individual Democrat has the power to stop the Biden-Democratic agenda.

On voting rights, it has come down to Sen Joe Manchin of West Virginia. He supports the filibuster – and voting rights too.  He knows how crucial voting rights are to his president and his party. He also believes in the Senate and in working with Republicans.

Manchin has put together a voting rights bill that has every other Democrat on board. It makes Election Day a public holiday, requires same-day registration at all polling locations by 2024, and provides a minimum 15 days of early voting for federal elections. It also has strong voter ID requirements.

Many Democrats wanted much more – such as public funding for campaigns – but have agreed on a simpler bill with core voting rights protections that could pass the Senate if the filibuster is gone.

This week, if Manchin can find 10 Republicans, this bill can pass, and it would show that the Senate can still work even with the hurdles imposed by the filibuster.

If Manchin fails, it will mean the Senate is broken, and the fuse to go nuclear in the Senate will be lit.  The pressure on Democrats to end the filibuster as it stands today will be excruciating.

If the heart of the Biden-Democratic agenda is in the legislation for economic recovery, jobs, infrastructure, climate change, health care, seniors, education and kids, the soul of Democratic ambitions are with the protection of their most fundamental constitutional rights – for all Americans, not just the privileged

More over, voting rights are the soul of the Democratic Party.

If voting rights die in the Senate, a higher measure of enthusiasm among Democratic voters to step up again in next year’s midterm elections for control of Congress dies with it.

Worth going to nuclear war over.

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Improving digital experience is everything

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All eyes are now on businesses as they navigate the online world.

Organisations are trying to optimise their website, social media and mobile applications to capture customers, and provide a flawless digital experience.

But, how can this be done?

“There is a real thirst for leveraging the data of customer behaviour,” Optimizely‘s Paul North revealed to Ticker News. “This is all a part of the customer digital experience online.”

North also spoke about the importance of the company’s ‘data core service’ – a free service for clients, to better understand customers and how it can help businesses to grow.

“We are getting queries from our customers, about what their customers are doing online,” he adds. “every touchpoint you ave with a customer is a chance to get to know them better.

“You also get the chance to understand them, the content they are interested in, and to enrich their experience.”

North also went on to detail why a personalised aspect is crucial in a fast-paced world.

“Everyone in the digital space talks about the three-second flicker,” he continues. “If you don’t have the engagement in real-time, you lose them to another digital property.

“This could be your competitor, or another service, or another avenue of interest that the end user may have.

“Our aim is to help organisations contextualise customer experiences in real-time using Artificial Intelligence and a data bank built up, and by doing this, the experience become relevant and contextualised, keeping people engaged with your brand.”

For more information, head to their website.

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Training to your peak with Maximum Potential Calisthenics

The way people train and take care of their body has significantly changed over the years, with bodyweight calisthenics becoming a popular choice for many.

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The way people train and take care of their body has significantly changed over the years, with bodyweight calisthenics becoming a popular choice for many.

Maximum Potential Calisthenics‘ Nathan Leith says there has been a boom over the past 12-24 months in the industry.

“There has been a decrease over the past decade of people wanting to go to the gym,” Leith points out on Ticker News. “They don’t want to build that huge, massive physique.

“A structural shift towards functional training has been seen.

“People want to stay mobile, build strength and learn a few more skills.”

Leith argues there are benefits for people to get into Calisthenics, as it appeals to anyone.

“There is no need for weights, or a gym,” he highlights. “It can be done outside and people seem to love it.”

“Anybody is able to do it, especially if people are able to do the moves and then improve on it.”

Leith also points out form and safety are paramount when doing the exercises, which is why they keep their class sizes small.

“People want to get their form and detail correct,” Leith adds. “Before anyone signs up, we will assess how people perform certain actions. and history.”

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HCL hitting cricket for six!

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HCL Technologies is a next-generation global technology company that helps enterprises reimagine their businesses for the digital age.

Their technology products, services, and engineering are built on four decades of innovation, with a world-renowned management philosophy, a strong culture of invention and risk-taking, and a relentless focus on customer relationships.

HCL offer an integrated portfolio of products, solutions, services, and IP through our Mode 1-2-3 strategy, built around Digital, IoT, Cloud, Automation, Cybersecurity, Analytics, Infrastructure Management, and Engineering Services, amongst others.

With a worldwide network of R&D, innovation labs and delivery centres, and 187,634 ‘Ideapreneurs’ working in 50 countries, HCL serves leading enterprises across key industries, including 250 of the Fortune 500 and 650 of the Global 2000.

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