The Transition from Windows is Full and Final

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On October 28th, 2020 Microsoft Corporation launched its first industry-specific cloud, Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare, which seeks to integrate the growing bundle of Microsoft’s software application and infrastructure layers into a single product. An extremely difficult task but, if executed well, it will help cement Microsoft’s position at the top of the growing Cloud industry.

“This end-to-end, industry-specific cloud solution includes released and new healthcare capabilities that unlock the power of Microsoft 365, Azure, Dynamics 365, and Power Platform,” wrote Tom McGuinness, Corporate Vice President, Worldwide Health, Microsoft.

It’s a heavy lift, bringing all these pieces together and creating a seamless experience across multiple applications, while also sprinkling them with enough properties to address the requirements specific to a particular industry. But you would rather be in Microsoft’s shoes than those of its competitors. …


Senator David Perdue is quietly becoming the man to watch in the stock trading circles, if there was a way to follow him closely, I think a lot of people would be happy. As the stock market plunged into chaos early this year, Senator David Perdue saw an opportunity to trade stocks.

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“And for the second time in less than two months, Perdue’s timing was impeccable. He avoided sharp loss and reaped stunning gain by selling and then buying the same stock: Cardlytics, an Atlanta based financial technology company on whose board of directors he once served,” reported APNews.

Not, CNN. Not MSNBC. Not Fox, but APNews. If AP writes something as sharp as this, then it must stink way beyond the editor's tolerance. They generally stick to reporting and keep away from sharing their thoughts. But they weren’t this time. …


The 2020 Presidential Election Came this close to being stolen, it survived, thankfully because of three factors

  1. The legal system proved its resilience
  2. People rose to the occasion, thwarting the efforts to overturn the results.
  3. Trump’s margin of loss made it extremely hard for his plan to work.
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Does anyone think that the Trump Coup would not have worked, if he lost the electoral college by less than 50 votes? For example, what if the difference between 270 and trump was just Michigan and Florida, and he lost both the states by a margin of fewer than 20,000 votes.

Is there anyone, who thinks we could have survived such a scenario, where the President claims that the elections in the two states were rigged to make him lose? And that 21,000 mail-in ballots in both the states were fraudulent and the democrats engineered to bring in the exact number of ballots, and that he is the actual winner. …


The Math is not Complicated

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Joe Biden has better odds of winning Montana and Kansas than Donald Trump has of Winning Michigan and Wisconsin, the two states he carried in 2016.

The President’s polling numbers in Montana and Kansas is heartbreaking for any Republican political consultant. With less than a week left for the election, Donald Trump’s favorability with women has collapsed in deep-red states.


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Democrats need three senate seats, with a Biden win and four senate seats, with a Trump win to get the Senate majority. The Republicans may have made their job a lot easier with the Supreme Court nomination.

The Republicans started this race on a bad deck. They were asked to defend 23 seats, while the Democrats had only 12 to defend. Under normal circumstances, the Republicans wouldn’t have been extremely worried because most of the seats they were defending were in deeply red states.

But this is not a normal election, because there will be Trump’s name on every single ballot. No other name polarizes voters in the history of American politics as Trump. Biden and the entire Democratic contingent is leading or close behind Republican candidates in several states in the south. …


The time has to come to stand up and make a difference

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The United States of America is the longest and one of the largest democracies in the world. We did not stumble into democracy by accident. We earned it because hundreds of thousands of people believed in it, fought for it, and gave their lives for it.

Democracy: The power of the people

In a democracy, people decide who will be a lawmaker. They determine who will govern as their representative. Through their vote, they determine who represents them in the local office to the highest office in the country.

Democracy can only work when power transitions from one representative to another, reflecting the choice of the people. Democracy remains exceptionally vulnerable during the transition of power because it works under the implicit assumption that the loser who holds the administrative power will yield to the winner who does not have any power. …


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The Republicans have walked straight into the trap as they rush towards the Supreme Court nomination. But the even bigger question is - will Democrats return the favor?

The Supreme Court seat has long been a favorite issue for the Republicans. It helps them fire up the conservative side within their base. But Ruth Bader Ginsburg is not just another Justice. She is a beacon for the left and an icon for the center.

Even some in the ideologically opposite spectrum respect her. Antonin Scalia is a great example.

But the road Republicans have taken to the Supreme Court is treacherous. How many additional votes will Trump and vulnerable GOP senators gain, over and above the support they already have? How much will they achieve, and how much will they lose? …


In an Alternate Reality

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According to the Republican National Convention, Donald Trump is the last man standing between the great American story and America in a free fall. Donald Trump is everything he is, while also managing to be everything he is not. In a world that’s warming up to virtual reality, the Republican National Convention presented an alternate reality to Americans.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, the 18th-century Philosopher, who coined the term ‘Suspension of disbelief,’ “suggested that if a writer could infuse human interest and a semblance of truth into a fantastic tale, the reader would suspend judgment concerning the implausibility of the narrative.”

Speakers carefully sidestepped the impact of COVID-19 even as they praised Trump for handling the worst health crisis of the century. …


It is what it is

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There is no other issue that weighs as heavily in the mind of US voters as the economy. Voters across the length and the breadth of the nation identified the economy as the top issue in 2020, 2016, 2012, 2008, 2004, and possibly forever.

The President’s understanding of the electorate’s precondition is explicitly evident in his twitter feed. Irrespective of the direction he chooses to drive his twitter account on a given day, he will find a way to come back and pat himself on the economy.

According to the President, the US economy is ‘the best it has ever been’ under his administration, despite President Obama registering better growth in his last three years than Trump did in his first three. …


As we enter the final laps of the 2020 election, the amount of cash Biden and Trump campaigns have at the end of this month will have a massive bearing on the outcome.

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Ronald Reagan in 1980 and Bill Clinton in 1992 were the last two candidates to stop the incumbent from earning the second-term. Both men raised more money than the President on their way to the White House. Joe Biden’s application to join the exclusive club is almost ready.

Single-term Presidents are a rare entity because of the twin advantages attached to the Presidency: The ability to control the national narrative from the White House and the potential to fill the coffers as soon as they are open. …

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