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Even Using a 4K HDR TV, Set Your Xbox One to Output 8-bit Color Depth
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Even Using a 4K HDR TV, Set Your Xbox One to Output 8-bit Color Depth
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Achieving the optimal video output settings on the Xbox One has been a topic of debate for quite some time. Controversy has raged across various internet forums regarding which settings should be enabled to ensure the highest image quality. Thanks to the use of signal capturing devices, the debate has finally been settled.

The Xbox One console should be set to output at an 8-bit color depth. This probably seems counterintuitive to those with 4K HDR TVs, whose panels support a 10-bit or higher color depth. However, it has been demonstrated that the Xbox One will still automatically output all HDR content in 10-bit or 12-bit color depth, even when the console’s video output settings are set to 8-bit. The advantage of setting the Xbox One’s color depth to 8-bit is quite simple. The console renders all non-HDR (SDR) content in 8-bit, and setting your console to output in 10-bit or 12-bit will negatively affect the image quality of SDR content due to the introduction of inherently flawed video reprocessing.

HDMI 2.0 is only capable of transmitting data at 18Gbps. This constraint does not allow the Xbox One to output full 10-bit or 12-bit 4K 60hz video in YCC 4:4:4. As such, the console is only capable of outputting 10-bit and 12-bit 4K 60hz video in YCC 4:2:0 or 4:2:2. All SDR games will render on your Xbox One in 8-bit, a signal that can be transmitted in full to an HDMI 2.0 TV at 60hz in 4K. This is one of the reasons why setting the Xbox One’s color depth to 10-bit or 12-bit will cause SDR games to lose color accuracy, a result of forcing the video to output in YCC 4:2:0 or 4:2:2.

Another video output option you’ll want to while playing games in HDR on your Xbox One is “allow YCC 4:2:2.” This will force your Xbox One to output 10-bit and 12-bit HDR content at YCC 4:2:2 instead of 4:2:0. Disregard Microsoft’s suggestion that you should only enable this feature if your console is having problems. However, only enable this feature while you’re playing games in HDR.

Again, the “allow YCC 4:2:2” option should only be enabled while you’re specifically playing HDR video games. Do not leave the option enabled while watching any other HDR or SDR content. Do not leave this option enabled if you’re playing a video game in SDR.

Ultra HD Blu-rays are encoded in YCC 4:2:0, and it would be best to transmit them to your television in that format. But remember, even those only using their Xbox One to watch movies should still set their color depth to 8-bit, ensuring the best video quality possible for their collection of SDR DVDs and Blu-rays.

YCC 4:2:0 and 4:2:2 refer to chroma subsampling. Basically, all you need to know about chroma subsampling is that YCC 4:2:2 is superior to 4:2:0. While YCC 4:4:4 would be ideal, the signal cannot be transmitted via HDMI 2.0 due to the limitations of the technology. The Xbox One Console renders SDR games in 8-bit RGB, not YCC, and the RGB signal does not employ chroma subsampling. HDMI 2.0 is capable of transmitting the 8-bit RGB signal in 4k at 60hz, which is exactly why you should set your Xbox One to output in an 8-bit color depth. Setting your Xbox One’s color depth to 10-bit or 12-bit won’t render SDR games in a higher color depth, it will simply force the console to output at a higher color depth by introducing additional video processing that will negatively affect the image.

Realistically, most people would never notice the difference. Then again, if you’ve already purchased a 4K HDR television and an Xbox One, why not get the most out of them? It’s also worth noting that not all games look best with HDR enabled. Some games that “support” HDR do not actually render in HDR. Red Dead Redemption 2, for example, does not properly render in HDR.

While playing games like Red Dead Redemption 2, which do not accurately render in HDR, you will need to disable HDR support in the Xbox One’s settings. Even when playing games that allow the option of disabling HDR through the in-game settings, it’s probably best to disable it via the console to prevent any conflicts between the game and the system. It’s fairly common for games to improperly render in HDR, and it’s worth researching information about each of your games to ensure they will render correctly in HDR.

Let’s explore the concept of HDR a little further. The 10 in HDR10 refers to 10-bit color. While it is possible to render SDR content above an 8-bit color depth, the Xbox One does not. The Xbox One will only render above the 8-bit color depth when outputting in HDR10 or Dolby Vision. Dolby Vision outputs in a 12-bit color depth, although few 4K TVs support this feature. Remember, your Xbox One will still automatically output HDR content properly in HDR10 or Dolby Vision when those options are enabled, even though the console’s color depth is set to 8-bit.

The Xbox One X will support HDMI 2.1, and Belkin recently released an HDMI cable capable of transmitting at 48Gbps. Unfortunately, these new cables won’t allow HDMI 2.0 televisions to receive 60hz 4K 10-bit or 12-bit YCC 4:4:4 video signals, due to the limitations of HDMI 2.0 technology. New TVs featuring HDMI 2.1 are coming soon, but it’ll likely be at least a year before the Xbox One X receives an update allowing it to transmit 10-bit and 12-bit YCC 4:4:4 4K video at 60hz and above to these new devices. Although, the Belkin 48Gbps HDMI cords are allowing Apple TV users to transmit 4K 10-bit YCC 4:2:2 video at 60hz, as the Apple TV has a strange defect that renders 18Gbps HDMI cables insufficient at transmitting the high bandwidth signal.

The above video is one of the best on YouTube at explaining these concepts. While this article currently provides the best advice for achieving optimal video quality from your Xbox One, we will update this content to reflect any future changes to the console’s settings by Microsoft. If you have any questions or comments about the information presented here, be sure to let us know in the comment section below.

Throwback Thursday: Mortal Kombat Released on Gaming Consoles 25 Years Ago
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Throwback Thursday: Mortal Kombat Released on Gaming Consoles 25 Years Ago
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Mortal Kombat completely changed the gaming world when the arcade game was released in 1992. Mortal Kombat allowed players to challenge one another to a literal death match. The fighting game featured five buttons and an eight-way directional joystick. Two buttons controlled the players kicks, two controlled punches, and one allowed the player to block.

When a player won the fight against his opponent, the winner was allowed a short amount of time to perform a secret combination of buttons that would allow the victor to kill his dazed opponent. This finishing move was referred to in the game as a fatality. Each character had their own finishing moves, and the game even featured a stage fatality that allowed the winner to use the environment to kill his opponent. Needless to say, the game was quite controversial when it was released. It was also incredibly popular in the United States.

Thanks to the popularity of the arcade game, Mortal Kombat was quickly ported to home gaming consoles. The launch of Mortal Kombat on consoles was one of the largest and most highly publicized releases in gaming history. Referred to as Mortal Monday, Mortal Kombat hit store shelves for the Sega Gensisis, Super Nintendo, Game Gear, and Game Boy on September 13th, 1993. The game’s launch was preceded by a huge wave of advertising in the form of print ads and television commercials.

Although the game launched on four separate gaming consoles on the same day, there were enormous differences between the games. The Game Boy and Game Gear versions were significantly less technologically advanced than the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis versions. The Super Nintendo version came the closest to reproducing the visual and audio achievements of the arcade game, due to the console’s technological superiority compared to Sega’s Genesis. However, the Sega Genesis version remained much more faithful to the mood of its arcade predecessor. This was due to Sega’s inclusion of game’s more controversial elements.

Nintendo was not comfortable with releasing Mortal Kombat uncensored for their console. Nintendo chose to leave the blood out of the Super Nintendo version of Mortal Kombat. The blood was replaced with sweat. Fatalities were also altered for their version of the game.

Sega, on the other hand, decided to go with a different approach. The Sega Genesis version of the game allowed users to enter a code at the beginning of the game, similar to how players  performed fatalities, that unlocked the sight of blood and uncensored the fatalities. This more faithful adaption of the game on Sega’s console was much more well received than Nintendo’s. Mortal Kombat was the deciding factor for many gamers when choosing between purchasing a Genesis or SNES, and Sega likely benefited greatly from their decision.

Gamers may also remember another feature from Sega’s version of Mortal Kombat. The code to unlock blood in the Sega version of the game is “ABACABB.” Abacab is an album from the band Genesis, who shares a name with the Sega console. This Easter egg is one of many found throughout the game.

Mortal Kombat is known in the gaming community for its early adoption of the practice of hiding secret elements in the game. The arcade version allowed users to access a hidden fight against a secret character with its own secret stage. Future Mortal Kombat titles even adopted hidden Easter eggs based on rumors about previous games.

Mortal Kombat 10, the latest title in the series, was released in 2015. Warner Brothers purchased the Mortal Kombat franchise in 2009 when they acquired Midway Games. Ed Boon, co-creator of the original Mortal Kombat, is still currently serving as creative director for the Mortal Kombat games. Although there is no official word yet on Mortal Kombat 11, we look forward to brutally finishing off our opponents in the next Mortal Kombat game.

Prison Profiteering: Companies Making Millions Charging Prisoners to Email
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Prison Profiteering: Companies Making Millions Charging Prisoners to Email
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Wired recently reported on a system of prison profiteering that many people may not be aware of. Several companies are making healthy profits charging prisoners, and their acquaintances, to send emails. While the practice is legal, there are several ethical concerns surrounding it.

JPay, a leader in the industry, provides prisoner communication services to prisons in 20 different states. As some prisons have instituted a ban on greeting cards, JPay is commonly presented as an alternative to those wanting to communicate their well-wishes to friends or family in prison. JPay will charge the prisoner’s friends and family to send their electronic message. They may also charge the prisoner to read the message.

States like Michigan have instituted strict guidelines regarding mailed prisoner communication. These rules restrict the color of paper the letter may be written on, and even restrict the color of ink that can be used to write it. Due to concerns that a letter may go undelivered, many are turning to services like JPay.

Electronic communications aren’t the only services being offered for-profit in our prisons. Often times, these same companies will offer a variety of other options to prisoners. Securus, JPay’s parent company, provides the phone service for Louisiana’s prisons. In Michigan, they sell tablets to prisoners. According to Wired, about 2/3 of Michigan’s prisoners are currently enrolled in that program.

While some may be disgusted by the idea of profiting off prisoners, others defend the behavior of companies like JPay. They say these businesses are simply providing a service to those who want it. While these large companies are clearly benefiting, they argue that the prisoners also benefit from using their service.

What do you think? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Crypto Markets are Down, Time to Panic? Miners Don’t Think So.
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Crypto Markets are Down, Time to Panic? Miners Don’t Think So.
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While the price of Bitcoin may have decreased by around 75% in the last 8 months, the hash rate has increased by around 500%. The hash rate is the processing power contributed to the network. Right now the hash rate is sitting around 50,000,000 tera hashes. That’s the equivalent of 50 million computers each performing 1 trillion calculations per second.

Some would contribute the growth to the increased productivity of ASIC miners. While that is definitely a factor, these increases in hash rate can be found in cryptocurrencies that use GPU mining as well.

Others say the discrepancy between price and hash rate may simply be caused by a lack of understanding. Generally speaking, miners have a strong technical understanding of cryptocurrency. They understand its value and use it regularly. On the other hand, many investors have have absolutely no understanding of the technology at all. This may make them susceptible to emotional decision making, such as panic selling at a loss.

While Peter Schiff and many other prominent figures say this is the beginning of the end for Bitcoin, there are obviously many in the mining industry that disagree. Is Bitcoin a passing fad? Or are the critics simply misinformed? Only time will tell.

Mess of Media’s cryptocurrency reporting is for informational purposes only. Our reporting should not be considered financial advice. Participation in the crypto market is at your own risk.

The Ultimate Spaghetti Showdown: Man vs Man’s Best Friend
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The Ultimate Spaghetti Showdown: Man vs Man’s Best Friend
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After the first two highly publicized spaghetti eating contests, it is now common knowledge that the golden retriever is the fastest pasta eater in the animal kingdom. However, one brave individual is willing to risk it all in an attempt to put man back on top of the food chain. Although this match may be taking place thousands of miles away overseas, this daring human will be facing off against a distant relative of the one and only Ravioli Retriever himself. This title fight has a twist ending you won’t want to miss!

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Spaghetti Showdown: Juniors vs Seniors
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Spaghetti Showdown: Juniors vs Seniors
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Thanks to the Spaghetti Showdown Part 1, we now know the Golden Retriever is the canine breed best suited for consuming pasta. However, this next showdown seeks to settle a different age old rivalry.

It’s the seniors vs the juniors! In one corner we have Toby, an 11 year old retriever with an appetite for victory. In the other corner we have Ollie, a 10 month old retriever desperate to prove himself in the high stakes world of spaghetti eating. This one comes down to a photo finish you won’t want to miss!

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Eddie Murphy Joins Cast of Long Awaited Sequel to 1988’s Twins
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Eddie Murphy Joins Cast of Long Awaited Sequel to 1988’s Twins
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While speaking during a panel discussion at South by Southwest, Arnold Schwarzenegger confirmed Eddie Murphy has joined the cast of the Twins sequel. The sequel will be titled Triplets, and will feature Murphy as the long-lost twin brother of Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito.

Triplets has been in development for years, and many fans are eager to see how the new film will treat the significantly older characters. Schwarzenegger is 71, DeVito is 73, and Murphy is 57. It will be interesting to see how the film addresses Murphy’s age difference, if it even addresses it at all.

While speaking in Austin, Texas, Schwarzenegger also confirmed that the script was finally complete. Hopefully production will begin on the Twins sequel soon. We’ll keep you updated on the latest developments. Let us know what you think about the sequel’s premise in our comment section below.

NASA Launches Probe to Touch the Sun
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NASA Launches Probe to Touch the Sun
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NASA’s Parker Solar Probe is on its way to the most important form of energy on Earth, the Sun. The Parker Solar Probe is on a seven-year mission that will involve passing by the Sun a total of 24 times. The robotic spacecraft will probe the outer corona of the sun.

The Parker Solar Probe will reach within 3.85 million miles from the surface of the sun. The spacecraft is also expected to reach speeds up to 430,000 miles per hour. It’s also the first NASA spacecraft to be named after a living person, physicist and University of Chicago professor Eugene Parker. The NASA project is expected to cost 1.5 billion dollars.

NASA scientists hope to learn more about several unanswered questions of the universe. For example, what keeps the corona generating so much energy? Another popular topic of curiosity involves the constant stream of supersonic solar wind blowing throughout the galaxy. The space exploration community is eagerly awaiting the results obtained from the mission.

The Sun’s surface is about 2 million degrees Fahrenheit. Below the surface, temperatures reach a scorching 10 million degrees Fahrenheit. Why wont the Parker Solar Probe melt? According to NASA, in short, the heat is less dense. NASA contrasted the differences in heat density by comparing a person putting their hand in a hot oven versus putting their hand in pot of boiling water. Along with the atmosphere being less dense, NASA has equipped the Parker Solar Probe with a Thermal Protection System (TPS) that can withstand temperatures up to 3 thousand degrees Fahrenheit.

The NASA probe was launched into space August 12th, 2018. It is expected to return to Earth sometime in 2025. What mysteries of the universe will the spacecraft unlock once its mission is complete? Only time will tell.

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The Spaghetti Showdown: Ravioli Retriever vs Sicilian Shepherd
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The Spaghetti Showdown: Ravioli Retriever vs Sicilian Shepherd
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This is a main event you won’t want to miss. Two goliaths showdown in this clash of the ages. In one corner we have a Golden Retriever who is hungry for a challenge. In the other corner we have the battle hardened German Shepherd. While only one can win the spaghetti eating contest, both of these good boys won my heart.

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VA Officials Oppose Agent Orange Claims
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VA Officials Oppose Agent Orange Claims
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Veterans Affairs Officials are opposing the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2017 Congressional bill. This legislative bill extends payouts to about 90,000 Vietnam Veterans who claim effects from Agent Orange during the Vietnam War, and is estimated to cost about one billion dollars.

The VA’s Undersecretary of Benefits, Paul Lawrence has stated, “The Science is not there, and what we do depends on the science.” VA officials also believe they cannot get proper “scientific” evidence on whether a veteran has cancer or an illness from being exposed to Agent Orange or simply from old age.

Rick Weidman, Executive Director at the Vietnam Veterans of America, responded stating, “These people were exposed. How much they were exposed doesn’t make a difference. And you can’t put that all together 40 years later.”

Agent Orange was a strong herbicide used by the United States military during the Vietnam War to eliminate the harsh terrain, making it easier to navigate the harsh environment. The United States dropped millions of gallons of the herbicide from 1961-1971. The VA’s own website details the deadly side effects of exposure to Agent Orange.

The Blue Water Bill has passed the House of Representatives and is awaiting a vote at the Senate. If you or someone you know would like to make a claim with the VA, you can contact them at 1-800-827-1000.

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Universal Praise for MK11 Demonstrates Lack of Integrity Among ‘Gaming Journalists’
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Universal Praise for MK11 Demonstrates Lack of Integrity Among ‘Gaming Journalists’
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The disconnect between gamers and gaming outlets has never been more apparent than with the release of Mortal Kombat 11. Video game outlets heaped praise on the latest Mortal Kombat release in their reviews of the game, perplexing disappointed consumers. By no reasonable measurement was this year’s Mortal Kombat worthy of praise, leading many to speculate about what actually motivated these outlets to lavish the game with positive reviews.

The video game currently holds a score among critics of 82 on Metacritic. In comparison, the game holds a Metacritic score of 3.1 among audiences. Every major gaming outlet scored the game at 80 percent or above. IGN, embarrassingly, awarded the game a 9/10.

Mortal Kombat 11 is a full-priced game built to resemble a free-to-play mobile game. Nearly every feature of character customization must be obtained through a painfully tedious process or by purchasing the content using actual dollars. The game features an obnoxious amount of “loot box” type DLC to obtain items that are technically already included with the game, despite creative director Ed Boon promising fans that the game would not employ these features. Boon made the false promise to fans prior to the game’s release, while he was encouraging them to preorder.

Beyond the loathsome attempt to style the latest Mortal Kombat as a mobile game, the game is just incredibly uninspired. Mortal Kombat 11 is simply bland. From the fighting arenas to the character design, it’s all dull and uninteresting.

Perhaps nowhere is the lack of originality more apparent than in the game’s story mode. The generic plot feels like it could have been thrown together in a single afternoon. Like the rest of the game, the story mode is hopelessly boring and unimaginative.

Within it’s first week of release, Mortal Kombat 11 was already selling for more than 15 percent off the MSRP on Amazon. It seems pretty clear that developer NeatherRealm Studios and publisher WB Games were not expecting the level of backlash they received from fans. The game’s developers are still attempting to sell an additional $40 “kombat pack” to fans, although the price was temporarily lowered to $20 for PC gamers through Steam.

It’s blatantly apparent that the majority of gaming outlets value their readers less than the compensation they receive from giving positive reviews to bad games. Whether that compensation is in the form of direct cash payments, or heightened access to gaming developers, is irreverent. Although, it seems likely that the major gaming outlets simply chose to give Mortal Kombat 11 a positive review in hopes they wouldn’t be blacklisted from the millions of dollars in marketing Warner Brothers was about to spend advertising the game.

Regardless of what motivated these outlets to give Mortal Kombat 11 positive reviews, they should be embarrassed with themselves. They’ve exposed the fact that there is nothing journalistic about their content, while simultaneously elevating more honest coverage from independent outlets. IGN might as well allow publishers like Warner Brothers and Electronic Arts to write their own reviews for their games.

How much longer should NeatherRealm Studios expect consumers to pay full price for titles modeled after free-to-play mobile games? How much longer should gaming outlets expect readers to tolerate their shamelessly biased coverage? If they’re not careful, they might discover the answers sooner than later.

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Labor Secretary Acosta Resigns Over Epstein Plea Deal
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Labor Secretary Acosta Resigns Over Epstein Plea Deal
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Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta is resigning from his position due to his involvement in a controversial plea deal with Jeffrey Epstein. Acosta was serving as US Attorney for Southern District of Florida over a decade ago when he offered Epstein a plea deal resulting in an 18-month sentence. Epstein, facing potential charges that could have resulted in life imprisonment, served only 13 months.

The controversy was reignited this week when Epstein was charged with sex trafficking and conspiracy. The millionaire sex offender and his lenient sentence have been the target of an outraged public all week. President Trump defended Acosta throughout the dispute but political insiders correctly predicted that the labor secretary would swiftly resign.

President Trump and Acosta made the announcement on Friday from the White House lawn. “I called the president today … I submitted my resignation,” Acosta told reporters. “It would be selfish for me to stay in this position and continue talking about a case that is 12 years old rather than the incredible economy we have today.”

“Alexander is a great labor secretary — not a good labor secretary,” President Trump said to reporters gathered on the White House lawn. “There is no need at all, as far as I’m concerned…This is a person that I’ve gotten to know. There hasn’t been an ounce of controversy at the Department of Labor.”

“He’s doing this not for himself,” President Trump added. “He’s doing this for the administration. I said, ‘You don’t have to do this.’ He doesn’t have to do this.”

The president also took the opportunity to distance himself from Epstein. “I wasn’t a big fan of Epstein. That I can tell you,” the President told reporters. “I will say this and say it again. I say it loud and clear. Alex Acosta was a great secretary of labor.”

During an appearance on Fox News, acclaimed author James Patterson recently discussed a past conflict between Epstein and Trump. According to Patterson, Trump threw Epstein out of his Mar-a-Lago golf club 15 years ago following complaints from the staff. Epstein has been banned from the golf club ever since.

Acosta attempted to defend his handling of the case, blaming state prosecutors for the result. He said the Palm Beach state attorney’s office was inclined to offer Epstein a deal that would have included zero jail time, until his office intervened.

Barry Krischer, the Palm Beach County state attorney when the deal was struck, disputed Acosta’s claim. “I can emphatically state that Mr. Acosta’s recollection of this matter is completely wrong. Federal prosecutors do not take a back seat to state prosecutors. That’s not how the system works in the real world,” Krischer said.

Congressional Black Caucus Member Calls AOC ‘Juvenile’ for ‘Playing Race Card’
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Congressional Black Caucus Member Calls AOC ‘Juvenile’ for ‘Playing Race Card’
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According to recent reports from Fox News and The Hill, Congressman William Lacy Clay is fiercely defending House Speaker Nancy Pelosi amid her public feud with freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Earlier this week, Ocasio-Cortez told the Washington Post that she believes Pelosi has engaged in a pattern of mistreatment against minorities. Clay, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, condemned Ocasio-Cortez for “playing the race card.”

“What a weak argument, because you can’t get your way and because you’re getting pushback you resort to using the race card? Unbelievable. That’s unbelievable to me,” Clay told The Hill. “I could care less. I could really care less. I agree with the Speaker. Four people, four votes out of 240 people, who cares.”

Clay is referring to Ocasio-Cortez and her three allies in Congress, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, and Ayanna Pressley. The four freshman Congresswomen were the only members of the US House of Representatives to vote against a recent bipartisan bill to provide emergency humanitarian funding toward the border. Their decision to vote against the funding seems to have ignited the most recent dispute between Pelosi and her fellow Democrats.

In response to the four Democrats in Congress voting against the emergency funding, Pelosi told The New York Times, “All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world. But they didn’t have any following. They’re four people and that’s how many votes they got.”

Pelosi continued her attack on the freshman Congresswomen throughout the interview, suggesting they do not understand the difference between gaining Twitter followers and winning elections. “I understand what they’re saying. But we have a responsibility to get something done, which is different from advocacy. We have to have a solution, not just a Twitter fight,” Pelosi said.

The comments clearly did not sit well with Ocasio-Cortez, as she fired back with a variety of racially charged comments about Pelosi. Although, perhaps Ocasio-Cortez should have chosen her words a bit more carefully considering her recent history on the subject.

Just weeks ago, the freshman Congresswoman faced immense criticism when her chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti compared moderate Democrats to segregationists. The comparison was clearly nonsensical, as numerous moderate Democrats are also ethnic minorities. Chakrabarti eventually deleted the Tweet following reports of pushback from Democratic leadership.

“It shows you how ignorant and little history [Chakrabarti] knows, how ignorant he is to American history. How dare he,” Clay said to The Hill. “They’re missing the fact that we have a very thin margin of a majority that we’re operating under and apparently it doesn’t matter to Justice Democrats, they just want to get skins. They want to score points for whatever reason. But I find it juvenile, their tactics, I find their ignorance to be beyond belief about American history and about who are really segregationists. And so how dare they try to play the race card at this point, it shows you the weakness of their arguments.”

Even President Trump defended Speaker Pelosi from Ocasio-Cortez’s accusations earlier today. The president also took the opportunity to attack Ocasio-Cortez and her allies in Congress. While defending Pelosi, the president suggested that Congresswoman Ilhan Omar may have some considerable skeletons in her closet.

AOC Suggests Nancy Pelosi is Racist as Feud Heats Up
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AOC Suggests Nancy Pelosi is Racist as Feud Heats Up
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Freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez went after fellow Democrat and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi once again, this time during an interview with the Washington Post. Ocasio-Cortez told the outlet that she believes Pelosi has engaged in a pattern of mistreatment against minorities. Earlier this week, the freshman Congresswoman accused Pelosi of using minorities as “bargaining chips.”

“I kind of thought that she was keeping the progressive flank at more of an arm’s distance in order to protect more moderate members, which I understood,” Ocasio-Cortez told the Washington Post. “But the persistent singling out . . . it got to a point where it was just outright disrespectful . . . the explicit singling out of newly elected women of color.”

During an interview with The New Yorker Radio Hour on Tuesday, Ocasio-Cortez said, “We see in these negotiations all the time— it’s like fighting for black communities or policies that help women. They’re bargaining chips. And they’re the first chips that are reached for in any legislative negotiations.”

The conflict between Pelosi and Ocasio-Cortez seems to stem from the freshman Congresswoman’s decision last week to vote against funding toward humanitarian aid at the border. Ocasio-Cortez was one of only four members of the House of Representatives to vote against the bill providing $4.5 billion in emergency border funding. All four members to vote against the funding were freshman Democratic Congresswomen.

Pelosi was clearly unhappy about her fellow Democrats, telling The New York Times, “All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world. But they didn’t have any following. They’re four people and that’s how many votes they got.”

House Speaker Pelosi continued targeting the freshman Congresswomen throughout her interview with The New York Times, suggesting they don’t understand the difference between gaining Twitter followers and winning elections. “I understand what they’re saying. But we have a responsibility to get something done, which is different from advocacy. We have to have a solution, not just a Twitter fight,” Pelosi said.

A small rift between Pelosi and Ocasio-Cortez first appeared back in April. When asked about a potential conflict between Democratic leadership and more progressive members of the party, Pelosi referred to the opposition as “like five people.” The House Speaker went on to say that a “glass of water would win with a ‘D’ next to its name in those districts.”

Following the release of her comments to the Washington Post, Ocasio-Cortez told CNN that she doesn’t actually believe Pelosi is racist. However, she also refused to back down from comments accusing Pelosi of engaging in a pattern of racist behavior.

Home Depot Boycott Trends on Twitter Following Co-Founder’s Vocal Support of Trump
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Home Depot Boycott Trends on Twitter Following Co-Founder’s Vocal Support of Trump
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A small movement encouraging the boycott of Home Depot has developed in response to co-founder Bernie Marcus’ recent statements to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Marcus told the outlet that he plans on supporting President Trump again in 2020. Many have criticized the boycott, considering Marcus has already donated billions of dollars to various charities.

The 90-year-old Home Depot co-founder has an estimated net worth of nearly $6 billion. He was one of several mega donors to help fund the 2016 Trump presidential campaign. Marcus donated about $7 million towards Trump’s 2016 election.

“The truth is he has produced more than anybody else. He has. If we look at this country, I would say that we are better off today than we were eight years ago or six years ago,” Marcus told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Reports suggest Marcus has donated more than $2 billion to over 300 organizations in his lifetime, saying he plans on donating the majority of his wealth while he’s still alive. The businessman also claims that 80 to 90 percent of his fortune will go to the Marcus Foundation following his death, where it will then be distributed to other organizations.

President Trump took to Twitter last night to thank Marcus and condemn his critics. The president attacked his opponents for promoting boycotts and suggested his followers support Home Depot financially. The boycott did attract at least one celebrity proponent, 3rd Rock from the Sun‘s Kristen Johnston.

Fox News Choosing to Ignore Twitter Attack From Trump
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Fox News Choosing to Ignore Twitter Attack From Trump
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Fox News appears to be brushing off President Trump’s criticism from Sunday night. The network did not appear to make any mention of the president’s numerous tweets condemning the outlet during yesterday’s coverage. Fox News also chose not to cover the story on their website yesterday.

Strangely, the story hasn’t received much coverage from any of the 24-hour news networks. Considering President Trump denounced multiple Fox News personalities by name, perhaps other networks are worried that coverage of the event might encourage the president to conduct similar attacks in the future.

Although President Trump routinely lashes out at the media, Fox News is rarely the target. The relationship between Trump and Fox News was quite a bit bumpier during his 2016 campaign than it has been during his presidency. Trump was engaged in a lengthy public feud with Megyn Kelly during the 2016 primaries and attacked the network itself multiple times during his presidential campaign.

In one 2016 tweet, President Trump wrote, “Fox News is so biased it is disgusting. They do not want Trump to win. All negative!”

Regardless of past conflict, it still seems unusual to hear President Trump hit Fox News so hard. It’s likely the network will wait until Media Buzz, Howard Kurtz’s Sunday program, to address the conflict. Kurtz generally handles negative stories involving the network, including the scandals connected to former CEO Roger Ailes and former anchor Bill O’Reilly.

Here are all of President Trump’s tweets from Sunday evening attacking Fox News:

President Trump Lashes Out at Fox News in Series of Tweets
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President Trump Lashes Out at Fox News in Series of Tweets
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On Sunday evening, President Trump unleashed a fury of disparaging tweets aimed at Fox News. The president attacked the network’s weekend lineup of anchors and accused the outlet of betraying its viewers. Although this wasn’t the first time President Trump has criticized Fox, he has never hit the organization quite this hard.

The president’s tweets came just a few hours after Fox News aired a segment from a bar in France as the US Women’s National Team won the FIFA Women’s World Cup. Patrons of the bar began chanting “f-ck Trump” as Fox News senior foreign affairs correspondent Greg Palkot reported live from the event. The chant was repeated multiple times before the feed was cut.

President Trump has bashed Fox anchors Shepard Smith and Chris Wallace multiple times in the past. Smith, a daytime news anchor on the channel, frequently targets the president for criticism on his show. Although President Trump appeared to be friends with Fox News senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano in the past, their relationship has clearly soured since Napolitano began strongly criticizing the Trump administration on the network.

While it’s possible that yesterday’s live coverage from the bar in France was the straw that broke the president’s relationship with Fox News, the animosity seems to have been building for quite some time. President Trump has been increasingly complimentary toward One America News, a right-leaning outlet carried by most cable providers. The president has tweeted about the network multiple times, recently retweeting comments from two of the network’s anchors about the “Salute to America” Fourth of July celebration in Washington DC.

Nancy Pelosi Publicly Feuding With Fellow Democrats
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Nancy Pelosi Publicly Feuding With Fellow Democrats
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Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi is currently engaged in a very public dispute with some of the more progressive members of her party. In a New York Times interview published over the weekend, Pelosi suggested that the behavior of freshman Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley isn’t helping the Democratic Party. The four members of congress were the only ones to vote against a recent bipartisan measure to fund overwhelmed border detainment facilities.

“All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world,” Pelosi told the New York Times. “But they didn’t have any following. They’re four people and that’s how many votes they got.”

Pelosi continued to criticize the freshman congresswomen from her party, suggesting they don’t understand the difference between gaining Twitter followers and winning elections. “As I say to these people, come to my basement. I have these signs about single-payer from 30 years ago. I understand what they’re saying. But we have a responsibility to get something done, which is different from advocacy. We have to have a solution, not just a Twitter fight,” She said to the New York Times reporter.

This is not the first time Pelosi has targeted Ocasio-Cortez and her allies in Congress. In April, Pelosi referred to Ocasio-Cortez’s comrades on Capital Hill as “like five people.” She went on to say that a “glass of water would win with a ‘D’ next to its name in those districts.”

Ocasio-Cortez responded to Pelosi’s comments in a series of tweets on Saturday evening. “That public ‘whatever’ is called public sentiment. And wielding the power to shift it is how we actually achieve meaningful change in this country,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter. “I find it strange when members act as though social media isn’t important… Yet we’d rather campaign like it’s 2008.”

The freshman Congresswoman saved her harshest tweet for last, accusing Pelosi of “blindly” trusting the Trump administration. Ocasio-Cortez then suggested the Speaker of the House would be at least partially blame for the death of more children at the border. Those comments are unlikely to sit well with Speaker Pelosi.

Review: World War Z is 2019’s Best Game So Far
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Review: World War Z is 2019’s Best Game So Far
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New Jersey based game developer Saber Interactive has completely defied industry expectations by producing the finest video game so far in 2019. World War Z is an incredibly fun throwback to the Left 4 Dead franchise, allowing players to massacre hordes of zombies with their friends. Amazingly, the game launched with a $39.99 price tag.

The bargain-priced game somehow manages to offer more thrills and chills than this year’s Resident Evil. Quite the compliment, considering the Resident Evil 2 remake is probably the second best game of the year. World War Z is simply more entertaining than any full-priced game released so far this year.

The four player co-op campaign mode is a blast. Mowing down waves of the undead with your three comrades, as you attempt to escape to the safe zone, makes for some truly captivating gameplay. At times, the number of zombies onscreen can be quite overwhelming.

Saber Interactive didn’t skimp on the gore, either. The game features fully destructive enemies, with more lost limbs and exploding heads than you can shake a stick at. Deploying an explosive weapon against a horde of zombies results in a cascade of limbs and zombie parts erupting from the crowd.

Unlike Left 4 Dead, World War Z features a third-person point of view. Players battle against the undead in multiple stages across four real-world locations: New York, Jerusalem, Tokyo, and Moscow.  Each location features a different set of survivor characters to play as.

Players can choose between six different classes: Gunslinger, Hellraiser, Fixer, Medic, Slasher, and Exterminator. Each class has its own distinct advantage. Players can unlock new perks for each class as they progress throughout the game.

World War Z also features a wide variety of weapons. The more a player uses a specific weapon, the more opportunity they have to customize it. The customization of weapons can significantly improve their firepower against zombies.

The game has already received two free updates providing a new Tokyo stage, a new special infected zombie, the ability to host private lobbies, and the option to increase the field of view. The developers say future updates will include new game modes, weapons, and character customization options. If Saber Interactive ever decides to add a Left 4 Dead inspired “versus” mode to their online multiplayer, we will update their score to a perfect 10.

 

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