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Jack Nicklaus, the legendary golfer, took to Twitter on Thursday to endorse President Donald Trump and urged Americans who have not made up their minds to give the incumbent another look.

Nicklaus pointed out what some see as the president’s shortcomings and how he can be perceived at times, but he said he’s learned to “look past that and focus on what he’s tried to accomplish.”

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Nicklaus, 80, is an 18-time major champion who recovered from a coronavirus diagnosis in March, mentioned in the post that he was raised in the Midwest in a middle-class family. He said his grandfathers worked on the railroad and relished living in a country where the American dream is achievable.

Nicklaus wrote that he wants more families to achieve that dream and fears the U.S. could turn into a socialist country where the government runs your life.

“This is not a personality contest; it’s about patriotism,” he said. He continued, “His love for America and its citizens, and putting his country first, has come through loud and clear.”

President Trump replied to the tweet, writing: “Jack, this is a Great Honour. Thank you!”

His son, Eric Trump, added: “Winners surround themselves with winners! Jack Nicklaus is the greatest of all time.”

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LNP’s Queensland election commitment costings reveal billions in savings but Bruce Highway expansion, New Bradfield Scheme promises largely unfunded

The LNP has revealed its election costings total $5.05 billion, but big-ticket promises like the New Bradfield Scheme and widening the Bruce Highway are largely unfunded for the next four years.

Handing down the party’s official costings two days out from polling day, LNP Deputy Leader Tim Mander declared there would be no assets sales or forced redundancies if the LNP was elected to government this Saturday.

Instead, he outlined three key saving measures:

  • $700 million through efficiencies in Government procurement
  • $1.6 billion by extending Labor’s internal replacement policy for non-key frontline roles
  • $752 million by asking government departments except Queensland Health to find 2 per cent budget savings

Mr Mander also confirmed an LNP government would need to absorb $1.7 billion of Labor’s $4 billion borrowing fund, but said their debt “would be $2.3 billion less than what Labor debt will be”.

“This is a significant reduction in debt under the LNP compared to Labor and a material improvement in the budget position achieved through careful budget management,” he said.

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Mr Mander rejected the suggestion the LNP’s big promises were “off in the never never”.(AAP Image: Darren England)

“For the past four weeks, Labor has run a baseless scare campaign on the LNP’s plan to return general government operating to surplus in 2023-24.

“The LNP’s target is fiscally responsible and possible.”

He said because Labor has not yet released a budget, the LNP was unable to determine when it might return to surplus.

“But these costings show an improvement in the budget and the position relative to Labor, meaning a surplus will be achieved sooner under the LNP,” he said.

‘We have a vision’

The LNP has campaigned on boosting jobs by investing in manufacturing and proposed infrastructure like the New Bradfield Scheme, and expanding the Bruce Highway to four lanes.

The party estimates “four-laning” the Bruce Highway from Cairns to Gympie would cost $33 billion over the next 15 years and it would pursue an 80-20 federal-state funding arrangement.

It has been estimated that the cost of the New Bradfield Scheme could be upwards of $15 billion.

Thursday’s costings confirm an LNP government would invest $20 million in the water infrastructure project over the next four years, and $530 million for the Bruce Highway plan.

Mr Mander rejected suggestions the projects were “off in the never never” and said the LNP’s costing involved investment in the planning process.

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Annastacia Palaszczuk pressed LNP leader Deb Frecklington about election costings

“Some of the announcements that we’ve talked about [have] 10, 15-year time frames,” he said.

“We’ve never made an apology that we have a vision for the state. This wasn’t just about creating jobs just for the next three to four years, but for the next 10 to 15 years.

“We have plans that will immediately stimulate the economy and provide employment … but we also have long-term plans as well.”

No cuts to Queensland Health

Asked how a future LNP government would stimulate the economy immediately, Mr Mander pointed to measures like their $300 car registration rebate plan — a move he said would inject $1.15 billion into the economy before Christmas.

According to the costings, the LNP’s efficiency dividend will save $200 million a year across government — excluding Queensland Health — and $700 million over four years by introducing better procurement initiatives.

“Our savings are more conservative than [Labor’s proposed cost savings].”

Mr Mander also said the LNP would reshape the public service by classifying more roles as “frontline”.

He said the size of the public sector would grow to around 240,000, compared to 232,000 in March this year.

Mr Mander accused Labor of “wasting” the state’s potential over the past five years and said the LNP had a plan to create 150,000 more jobs for Queensland.

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The original Bradfield Scheme was developed in the 1930s.(Supplied)

Vision has ‘come to nothing’

Labor released its official costings on Tuesday, confirming the budget could be in deficit for up to five years.

Treasurer Cameron Dick on Thursday criticised the LNP’s plan, saying their “big, bold” vision has “come to nothing”.

“They funded almost nothing when it came to the supposed New Bradfield Scheme and four-laning the Bruce Highway,” he said.

“And this idea that the LNP would borrow no more money is a hoax as well.”

The morning after the people’s forum leadership debate, the Premier headed to the Gold Coast, pledging $23 million towards upgrading facilities at the Gold Coast Spit if Labor is re-elected.

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How Should Entrepreneurs Prepare for an Election Disaster?

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Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.

It’s less than a week until one of the most anticipated presidential elections in U.S. history. However, are you and your enterprise prepared for the possibility of a disastrous outcome?

It’s not nearly as impossible as you might think. Politicians and political experts closely watching the run-up to Nov. 3 have astutely voiced concern over legal issues that may be on the horizon and could lead to the counting dragging on for weeks, which may trigger widespread civil disturbances, economic turmoil and even a Constitutional crisis. 

If your gut is telling you that if it’s never happened before, it probably won’t happen this time, I advise you to think back not only to the contested 2000 presidential election, but back to last spring. Many businesses were unprepared for the slew of problems that Covid dumped on us, and this is because our brains have a tendency to gloss over “black swans,” which are low-probability/high-impact events.

This tendency is deeply rooted in dangerous judgment errors that researchers in and cognitive neuroscience refer to as cognitive biases. These mental blindspots have a strong impact on all areas of our life, shaping our decisions regarding our health, politics and even shopping.  

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Cognitive Biases and Election Risk

Essentially, three cognitive biases are the culprit for potential unwillingness to face up to the truth that an election disaster is possible. The normalcy bias goads our brain into thinking things will stay as they are, encouraging us to plan for the near-term future based on short-term past experience. The result? We unwisely underestimate the possibility and impact of a widespread disruption, such as a Constitutional crisis.

Then, there’s the confirmation bias, which entices us to choose data that supports our pre-existing beliefs and what our gut tells us, while dismissing information that goes against it. In this case, confirmation bias encourages us to deny the possibility of an election disaster.

Finally, there’s the planning fallacy, a mental blindspot that causes us to make plans while assuming that the future will go as planned, only for things to go sideways because we’re not prepared for unexpected events. This dangerous judgment error fits right in with black swan-type scenarios like an election disaster.

Fortunately, there’s an effective way to confront these cognitive biases head on. But first, you need to assign a probability to each election-disaster scenario. For instance, what’s the probability that legal issues and civil disturbances will cause the counting of mail-in ballots to drag on until the Electoral College votes on December 14? Given that leaders from both parties have extensively prepared for post-election vote counting, I would say the probability is no less than 30 percent (but go ahead and assign your own number if you want).

Next, what’s the probability that the Electoral College will vote inconclusively due to legal problems? I would estimate this to be at 15 percent. At that juncture, the will have to pick a winner. Take note, however, that both parties have the means to cause a stalemate, which could then lead to a Constitutional crisis too complex to resolve quickly. I would say the chances that this could happen is at 10 percent.

Stepping Up Your Disaster Game Plan 

Now, imagine how the future would look like if the civil disturbance and legal problems continued only until the Electoral College vote. You’ll need to anticipate the problems you’re bound to encounter and come up with appropriate solutions. Review your business-continuity plan ASAP. Most companies that were gravely unprepared for the pandemic didn’t revise their plan quickly. If you haven’t fully transitioned your business to a remote-work model yet, now would be a good time to prepare for it. If this isn’t possible, get extra security for your office to be ready for possible civil disturbances.

Inform your employees that an election disaster might happen and ask them to prepare themselves as early as possible. If available, don’t forget to remind them about access to mental-health resources provided by the company, such as through an Employee Assistance Program. Be prepared for reduced productivity in case some of your employees suffer disruptions in their work. Ensure that the more critical roles are covered by assigning employees cross-trained for the positions as back-ups.

If you manufacture products, assess where you’ll need to make changes to protect your supply chains. If you’re a service provider, reach out to clients and assure them that you are taking appropriate measures to avoid interruptions. 

Next, identify how many resources you need to prepare for the expected problems. Add them up, multiply the sum by 30 percent, and those will be the resources at your disposal in case of a disruption.

After that, think about the problems you might encounter in case the Electoral College fails to deliver a decisive vote and the chaos continues until early January. Identify the resources you’ll need to solve the problems and multiply them by 15 percent.

Finally, identify the problems and corresponding resources you’ll need if the House voting results in a stalemate that causes a Constitutional crisis. Multiply the resources by 10 percent.

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By using this approach, you’ll be able to distribute your problem-solving and efficiently allocate resources across different scenarios according to your chosen evaluations. Think of it as buying yourself election insurance so that you and your company will be safe from any disruptions caused by whatever gets set in motion next Tuesday night. 



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US election 2020: COVID killed Rhonda’s father – but she is still ‘100% Donald Trump’ | US News

Politics and the pandemic have converged in America and Wisconsin is the eye of the storm.

The state is now one of the world’s coronavirus hotspots. Around one in every four people being tested here is COVID-19 positive.

That didn’t stop Donald Trump holding a packed rally here on Tuesday. His vice president then held another rally on Wednesday.

Donald Trump attends a rally in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin was once considered a reliably Democratic state in America’s rust belt. A narrow win by Donald Trump in 2016 helped push him over the line and to the White House.

His campaign continues to blitz the state despite it now being the country’s epicentre for COVID-19 – and views couldn’t be more polarised.

“We are all 100% Donald Trump,” Rhonda Parker tells me. “Most of our friends and family, all but one family we know, we all vote for Donald Trump.”

Rhonda lost her father to COVID-19 in April. When she speaks of his quick deterioration and the trauma of being unable to say goodbye she gets emotional – you can see the sense of loss is still raw.

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Ronnie Parker, from Hortonville in Wisconsin, died from COVID-19 in April.
Ronnie Parker, from Hortonville in Wisconsin, died from COVID-19 in April.

Other family members have also had the virus and six weeks ago Rhonda tested positive too – her sense of taste still hasn’t returned.

Even given what Rhonda’s family has been through she would have gone to the president’s Wisconsin rally had it been closer to her hometown of Appleton. Donald Trump has her unflinching support.

“I would go. I would go. We’re all a firm believer of Donald Trump,” says Rhonda. “My husband and I were just talking about it the other day. It’s kind of like the survival of the fittest. If you’re going to get it you’re going to get it… I mean sure he could have done better but nobody’s perfect. I’m not perfect. He’s not perfect. But Joe Biden’s not the answer.”

Working in manufacturing, Rhonda feels her life has benefited under a Trump presidency. The positives for her outweigh any question marks over his handling of coronavirus. “Before this pandemic came up my stocks were skyrocketing, our company was doing great. We didn’t know what to bid first, we had a lot of work.”

You don’t need to go far to find the polar opposite view.

Frontline healthcare workers are now bearing the strain of the state’s outbreak. Close to 90% of Wisconsin’s intensive care beds are full and a field hospital in Milwaukee has started taking in patients. The Holy Family Memorial Hospital in Manitowoc invited us to see their ICU which is at capacity.

“In September it skyrocketed,” says Chief Nursing Officer Tom Veeser. “I find it maddening. Some people say it’s going to go away on 4 November.

“As you see as you came through our hospital, these are not people who are political consequences. They are real sick people with real viruses and people not wearing masks are leading to more infections. We are still impacted everyday.”

Donald Trump ignored pleas from local doctors to cancel Tuesday’s rally in Wisconsin. Joe Biden still has a clear lead in the polls here and the president is sticking to a relentless rally schedule with just days to go until the election.

COVID outbreaks are already being traced to previous Trump rallies and as the virus escalates in the country, the stock market is tumbling.

While Wisconsin is breaking records for coronavirus, it’s also seeing records for voter turnout. A state rule means anyone who has voted early and dies of COVID-19 before the election will have their vote discounted.

Wisconsin – already at the forefront of the election battlegrounds – is now America’s COVID frontline too.

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The 2020 Election Is the Coronavirus Election

Trump is getting off easy for a series of recent scandals, most likely because press outlets have concluded that he is doomed and that coverage is largely pointless,” our staff writer David A. Graham argues.

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Here’s our guide to not going crazy the week before an election.

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One question, answered: Is there a safe way to exchange candy this Halloween?

Amanda Mull, who wrote about the difference between feeling safe and being safe, weighs in:

Halloween has a lot going for it: Few people travel or see elderly relatives. Face coverings are common already. Most kids gather treats outdoors, in the company of family members or close friends, and enjoy them at home.

Before you decide whether or how to trick-or-treat, you should evaluate local data about transmission and decide if you’re comfortable doing any nonessential activities. In much of the country, staying home is still the safest choice.

If you decide to trick-or-treat, plan with your neighbors to modify the activity for more safety. People should opt in with a sign or balloon on their home to divert traffic away from nonparticipants’ homes. Everyone who wants to participate should wear a mask. Kids should go out with family members and friends they already see during quarantine.

There are ways to make the candy hand-off itself safer, even though a momentary, well-ventilated, masked interaction is not a high risk for transmission. Leaving a bowl of candy outside is popular even in non-pandemic years. If you want to reduce contact but still see kids in costumes, use your outdoor space, if you have it—put the candy bowl (or, even better, individually packaged baggies of a few pieces of candy each) in the yard or driveway and set up a lawn chair.

“Trunk-or-treating,” in which people gather in a parking lot so that small children can collect candy without traipsing through the streets, is similarly modifiable for distance.

If you live in an apartment building with indoor hallways, the residents could split into shifts to reduce traffic—younger kids first, then older kids—but those scenarios are still riskier than the outdoors.

The candy itself is less of a worry. Infection from touching contaminated surfaces is much less common than infection from breathing in droplets in the air, but go home and wash your hands before you start eating.

For extra caution with newly acquired candy, open it onto a napkin or plate, throw away the wrappers, and wash your hands again before touching it—the same principle you’d use when bringing home groceries or takeout. Even though trick-or-treating isn’t a weekly activity, the practical concerns are the same as the ones you’ve managed during those activities for more than seven months.

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Twitter CEO denies election sway

Wednesday’s Big Tech Senate hearing—which convened the CEOs of Facebook, Twitter, and Google to discuss Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act—quickly morphed into an opportunity for Congress to grill Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey on either their overzealous (if you ask Republicans) or underwhelming (per Democrats) content moderation on social media.

Dorsey took much of the heat from Republicans, with specific ire directed toward Twitter’s decision to block a recent New York Post article alleging that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, profited from Chinese deals. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas led the charge, demanding to know of Mr. Dorsey, “Who the hell elected you and put you in charge of what the media are allowed to report and what the American people are allowed to hear?”

Under fire, Dorsey used denial as his shield. Twitter actually cannot impact matters such as elections, he said, because it is “one part of a spectrum of information channels that people have.” Forget the chatter of millions on Twitter. We’ve got choices!

Notably, it’s the same defense Zuckerberg threw up in 2016, in response to allegations that Russian-planted, pro-Trump propaganda shared on Facebook could have influenced the presidential election. That November, less than a week after Election Day, Zuckerberg called it “crazy” that fake news could’ve changed the outcome.

But also notably, within less than a year, Facebook had revealed that 150 million Americans saw Russian-backed content during the election, and Zuckerberg had vowed not to let anyone “use our tools to undermine democracy.”

So while none of us can say what’s next for Twitter, Facebook, or the election, we’ll bet that failing to acknowledge the power of social media in our country’s collective consciousness is, probably, a losing tack.

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Texas gov. to deploy National Guard in multiple cities on Election Day

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The Texas National Guard is set to be deployed to multiple Texas cities on Election Day.

Gov. Greg Abbott (R-Texas) has decided to send 1,000 troops to polling stations across the state in preparation for potential unrest following election results. Among the cities include San Antonio, Dallas, and Austin.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott. (Photo by Lynda M. Gonzalez-Pool/Getty Images)

Democrats were reportedly upset to hear of the move because they believe it will be used for voter suppression and intimidation. However, officials have reiterated that troops will be used only to deter any civil disturbance or violence.

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Death taxes and curfews for kids: The Queensland Election

In the lead-up to the Queensland Election, there has been no shortage of events for the media to keep up with, writes Dr Binoy Kampmark.

QUEENSLAND POLITICS may not seem cerebral but nor does much of Australian politics. What makes the state different from others is a wonderful, red in tooth and claw combativeness. Opponents aim low and below the belt and often past the statistics.

This is a state any federal party vying for government has to win. The demographic tantalises. It also baffles. Prime Minister Scott Morrison might well have looked daggy and foolish in drumming up support on his Queensland road bus trip, even with the political remains of his predecessor Malcolm Turnbull still warm, but he was on to something. The Labor Party, led by Bill Shorten, scoffed and mocked.

The 2020 Queensland Election is causing beads of sweat to gather on the brows of pundits keen to see a clear majority. The incumbent Labor Party has 48 of the 93 seats in Parliament; the Liberal National Party (LNP) challengers require nine seats.

Labor Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is fortunate for having a policy already donning garments and kitted out. It came in the form of a virus. Pandemic opportunities of this sort tend to only turn up once in a century and the Labor Government has made full use of it, distracting from such scandals as those which led to the resignation of former Deputy Premier and Treasurer Jackie Trad in May.

Queensland boasts an enviable record in dealing with COVID-19, though its competence in this regard is arguably a mixed point. We certainly won’t know before 31 October what the Queensland Premier would have done to the equivalent of a Melbourne second wave, nor is she being asked about it. What the handling of the novel coronavirus essentially did for Palaszczuk was dramatically increase her personal popularity. Where she risks losing votes is in tourism and hospitality, given her insistence on hard border closures.

One favourite has made a reappearance in the political campaign of Labor’s opponents, notably the claim that it intends to bring back death taxes. What stands out in this particular canard is its barely rejigged form used by the Morrison Government in the last Federal Election. The promise of death taxes was as popular as a dinner date with Typhoid Mary and it won the conservatives dividends. Those with cash and assets were sufficiently terrified and kept the conservatives in office.

The party most keen to push it in the Queensland elections is Clive Palmer’s Palmer United Party. While polling poorly, P.U.P. may well prove disruptive. Labor’s Kate Jones has dismissed the suggestion as “bullshit”, though Palmer is keen to make it stick and impress with the smell. 

During a press conference held in the Moreton Bay region on 27 October, Palmer gave scant evidence that Queensland Labor had re-embraced the idea of death taxes: 

“I was called by a public servant from Treasury indicating he was looking at that as an option in reducing the debt after the Election.” 

That particular public servant was supposedly “astounded by it and thought someone should know about it”.

When the ideas cabinet is starved and empty, Queensland politics returns to the usual resupply chain of law and order. Such an area of policy is often a line of failed promises and expectations, one that repels genuine solutions in favour of jumpy rhetoric and temporary satisfaction. Lock ’em up is so much easier than far-sighted investment, education and societal rehabilitation.

How the media will affect the Queensland Election outcome

What is notable in this election is that the Labor Government, the LNP and One Nation are all worshipping at the altar of law and order politics. But it is the LNP which seems to have gone the whole deranged hog on the subject.

The special theme here is children, notably the delinquent sprogs who have given politicians a chance to turn in a vote or two. Wicked, naughty children who have presented the LNP’s Deb Frecklington and her platoons with a proposition which would involve an 8 PM curfew for unaccompanied children aged 14 and under and a 10 PM curfew for those aged 15 to 17. Parents will be fined $250 if their children are found unaccompanied past the hour “without a reasonable excuse”. 

As is the nature of these things, the LNP is aiming the curfew at specific electorates in Townsville and Cairns, where it hopes to pinch regional seats with promises of invigorating policing powers. It is here that the LNP intends playing disciplinarian while breaching a few human rights along the way, not least of all those of children.

Frecklington promises:

“We would need to amend the legislation to give the police power… to take the children from the streets and put them in a refuge.” 

Doing this would make “sure that parents become responsible for their children”.

Labor, far from being outraged by any prospective human rights violations, insists that the LNP cannot be trusted with employing more police, or more public servants of any shade.  The tactical policy here is to remind voters that Frecklington, as Assistant Minister in the brief spell that was former Premier Campbell Newman’s government between 2012 and 2015, will find razoring and slashing jobs irresistible. Newman’s sacking of 14,000 public servants remains an act of such profound electoral suicide it deserves being revisited.

Human rights organisations see it differently.

The battle for Queensland and the pandemic — play it safe or 'let ‘er rip'

As an alarmed Amnesty International Australia put it:

‘The UN Guidelines for the Prevention of Juvenile Delinquency, the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the UN World Report on Violence Against Children all call for the abolition of curfews of children.’

Former Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda considered it needlessly punitive, impoverishing “more people, continuing the cycle”.

Such a proposed policy has also drawn a few colourful remarks from other politicians, not least Katter’s Australian Party MP Nick Dametto:

“Picking up kids off the streets and taking them to a designated location until their parents pick them up where they’ll give them a fine sounds like we’re setting up a dog pound for kids.” 

Given time, Frecklington may well suggest a policy advocating breeding licenses for parents.

Dr Binoy Kampmark was a Cambridge Scholar and is an Independent Australia columnist and lecturer at RMIT University. You can follow Dr Kampmark on Twitter @BKampmark.

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