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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 enable 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. This is nonsense, and the feature should only be disabled if you are experiencing video issues as a result.

There is one small group of people who should probably leave the “allow YCC 4:2:2” option disabled, besides those experiencing compatibility issues with it enabled. If you are exclusively using your Xbox One to watch Ultra HD Blu-rays, leave this option disabled. 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. Gamers will want to keep their Xbox One console set to output YCC 4:2:2, but can choose to disable the option when they watch Ultra HD Blu-ray movies. 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.

This article contains the personal opinions of the author. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of Mess of Media. This disclaimer appears on all articles that feature the personal opinions of the author, as Mess of Media is an unbiased and nonpartisan source of information.

 

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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Heroic Football Coach Tackles Gunman, Prevents School Shooting
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Heroic Football Coach Tackles Gunman, Prevents School Shooting
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Keanon Lowe, football coach at Parkrose High School, saved the lives of countless students last week when he stopped a school shooting. When a deranged gunman entered a classroom armed with a shotgun, Lowe risked his own life to tackle, disarm, and apprehend the shooter. Thanks to Lowe’s bravery, none of the students or staff were killed.

Lowe was the wide receiver for the University of Oregon Ducks while in college, where he honed the skills he now teaches at the Portland area school. In addition to coaching, Lowe also reportedly works as school security. It is unclear if he was working as the school’s security guard when the incident took place.

The alleged gunman, a student at the school, has been charged with possession of a firearm in a public building, attempting to discharge a firearm at a school, reckless endangerment, and possession of a loaded firearm in a public place. He is being held on $500,000 bail. It seems surprising the gunman was not charged with more serious crimes pertaining to terrorism, although they may be introduced at a later date.

Lowe has taken to Twitter following the incident, saying he is thankful to be alive.

Bruce Willis Joins Philadelphia Phillies for Batting Practice
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Bruce Willis Joins Philadelphia Phillies for Batting Practice
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Iconic actor Bruce Willis joined the Philadelphia Phillies for some batting practice at Citizens Bank Park last week. Willis was at the stadium to throw the ceremonial opening pitch to start their game against the Milwaukee Brewers. Players were excited to see Willis and many eagerly took photographs with the actor.

The Phillie’s produced a between-innings video segment for the game asking players if they thought Die Hard was a Christmas movie. The entire team responded that it was not, except for Tommy Hunter. Hunter responded, “It can be if you want it to be.”

Willis began his acting career on the stage in the 1970’s. He rose to fame following his role of David Addison Jr on the popular television program Moonlighting. 1988’s Die Hard propelled Willis to movie stardom, where has remained ever since.

The actor’s filmography is as varied as his work outside of Hollywood. Willis’ roles in films like Pulp Fiction, The Fifth Element, and The Sixth Sense display a wide variety of popular performances across several genres.

Willis has also lent his voice to several cartoon characters, including roles in Beavis and Butt-Head Do America and Rugrats Go Wild. In 1998 he starred in Playstation’s Apocalypse, his own video game. The actor has even released three studio albums of music, which he has performed live for American troops in Iraq as part of USO shows.

Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Appear at Rally Together
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Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Appear at Rally Together
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2020 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently shared the stage at a rally in Washington DC to promote the Green New Deal. The event was hosted by the Sunrise Movement, an organization of climate change activists. Sanders had already endorsed the Green New Deal prior to the event.

Sanders and AOC also unveiled legislation to cap credit card interest rates at 15 percent earlier this month. The two filmed a video together for social media promoting their new proposal.  Fellow 2020 candidate Elizabeth Warren has also targeted credit card companies on the campaign trail, with many of Sanders’ and Warren’s political positions overlapping.

The freshman congresswoman was seen dining together with Warren earlier this year, but says she won’t endorse any candidate just yet. Ocasio-Cortez told CNN Washington correspondent Ryan Nobles that she is seeking a 2020 candidate with “a coherent world view and logic from which all these policy proposals are coming forward. I think Sen. Sanders has that. I also think Sen. Warren has that.”

Jason Meister, an advisory board member for President Trump’s 2020 campaign, discussed the relationship between Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez while appearing on Fox News earlier this week. Meister said, “It is a good move by Bernie Sanders to have AOC out there.” Although, he quickly followed the statement with an attack on Sanders’ age and multiple jabs at the congresswoman.

“I think every time she opens her mouth, another Trump voter gets born,” Meister continued. “She’s all over the map. She says crazy things.”

Sanders Significantly Defeats Klobuchar in Fox News Town Hall Ratings, Buttigieg Up Next
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Sanders Significantly Defeats Klobuchar in Fox News Town Hall Ratings, Buttigieg Up Next
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Senator Amy Klobuchar appeared on Fox News earlier this month for a town hall event. Klobuchar is the second candidate to appear on the network for a town hall following the DNC’s decision to ban Fox News from conducting any of the 2020 Democratic debates. Bernie Sanders was the first candidate to appear on the network, earning the highest ratings of any town hall event so far this year.

Senator Klobuchar brought in about 1.6 million viewers, leading the time slot in viewers for all cable news. However, her ratings were significantly lower than Bernie Sanders. The senator from Vermont brought in nearly 2.6 million viewers. The difference in views of the event on YouTube were even more stark, with Sanders vastly in the lead.

Klobuchar likely benefited quite a bit from the publicity, as she has been consistently polling at less than 2 percent among the 2020 Democratic contenders. Many of the Democratic candidates expressed interest in participating in the Fox News town halls following the success of Bernie Sanders event. Not all the candidates were as welcoming, though. Elizabeth Warren strongly condemned Fox News while speaking to reporters about her refusal to appear on the network.

Pete Buttigieg is the next candidate set to appear on the network for a town hall event. His appearance is scheduled for Sunday at 7 PM, and the event will be moderated by Chris Wallace. Both Sanders’ and Klobuchar’s events were held on weekdays, with Buttigieg’s the first to be held on a weekend.

 

Legal Challenges to Roe v Wade Certain to Hurt GOP in 2020
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Legal Challenges to Roe v Wade Certain to Hurt GOP in 2020
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Several states appear eager to challenge the Supreme Court’s ruling on Roe v Wade, the landmark case that established abortion rights across the nation. Alabama is the first to establish a law in clear defiance of the court’s decision, but Ohio, Missouri, and Georgia are all on track to institute similar restrictions. Supporters of the laws hope to see the Supreme Court re-examine their previous rulings, yet many seem entirely oblivious to the consequence of this legal fight ahead of the 2020 election.

The recent Alabama law outlaws nearly all abortions, even in cases of rape and incest. While these views might be popular among a small minority of Americans, most of whom reside in southern states, the legal fight is extremely unpopular across the rest of the nation. In fact, it is difficult to imagine a more disastrous issue for the GOP.

With the investigation into President Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign fading from the news cycle, Republicans were poised for a successful start to the 2020 election. The economy seems to be doing well, and many of the allegations leveled against the Trump administration during the nearly two-year-long Special Counsel investigation turned out to be false. Democrats have little to show for their time controlling the House of Representatives, and the Green New Deal’s roll out was basically a side show calamity.

The push to overturn Roe v Wade might be the one political issue even more unpopular in the United States than the Democrats’ Green New Deal. The difference is, many Democrats seem well aware of the climate change spending program’s unpopularity. Republicans, on the other hand, seem almost willfully ignorant of the self destruction they’re engaging in.

To say the GOP is shooting themselves in the foot with this fight would be quite an understatement. It would be far more accurate to describe the GOP as being on life support from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, before the 2020 election has even begun. Again, it is difficult to imagine the GOP embracing a more politically disastrous issue ahead of a national election.

It is without a doubt that the Democrats will spend countless resources during the 2020 election connecting Republican politicians to the fight against Roe v Wade, even in elections where the Republican candidate doesn’t support such a move. The same argument will be made toward the presidency, as Democrats will frame the fight as a struggle to prevent the nomination of Supreme Court Justices that will attempt to overturn the decision.

Conservative media outlets have been quick to attempt to defend the law using misleading polling data. Much of their attention is focused on polling that simply requests respondents to define themselves as either pro-life or pro-choice. These news outlets fail to mention that the majority of self described pro-life voters do not actually favor outlawing all abortion, as many are simply personally opposed to the practice.

Critics of Roe v Wade say the decision is flawed, as abortion laws should be left up to the states. Pro-choice proponents argue that abortion is a constitutionally protected service between a woman and a physician, rendering states unable to outlaw the practice.

The Tenth Amendment allows states to restrict behavior not specifically outlined in the Constitution. States may not violate constitutionally protected liberties, such as the freedom of speech or the right to own a firearm. Pro-choice supporters believe the autonomy of a woman’s body and her right to purchase a service from a doctor are both protected by the freedoms outlined in the Bill of Rights.

Any other Republican president would have zero chance of being re-elected in this current political climate. However, Donald Trump is not your average Republican. President Trump has never really portrayed himself as a social conservative, and he may be able to weather this storm thanks to his unusual approach to politics. Although, Republicans can kiss the presidency goodbye if he decides to embrace the fight to overturn Roe v Wade.

Coinbase Expanding Service to 50 More Countries as Bitcoin Continues to Climb
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Coinbase Expanding Service to 50 More Countries as Bitcoin Continues to Climb
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Coinbase, the popular US based cryptocurrency exchange, is expanding its market to 50 more countries. Some of the new countries include Brazil, South Africa, and Taiwan. The announcement comes as Bitcoin hits its highest value in nearly a year.

Coinbase now offers their services to customers in 103 different countries. In addition to broadening their reach to another 50 countries, Coinbase announced they will expand the trading of USD Coin to another 85 countries.

USD Coin is considered a “stablecoin.” Stablecoins are designed to have minimal price swings, offering protection from the volatile crypto markets and even against rising inflation rates among unstable nations around the world. Stablecoins are pegged to the price of fiat currencies. In the case of USD coin, it’s the US dollar.

Coinbase is hoping the expansion of USD Coin will allow the people of countries like Argentina and Uzbekistan to protect their wealth against inflation. On average, about a quarter of a billion dollars is traded in USD Coin every day. Reserve, a startup company affiliated with Coinbase, recently announced they will be launching a Venmo-like app in Venezuela to help its citizens fight against inflation.

Coinbase’s announcement comes as cryptocurrency markets seem to be doing quite well. Bitcoin is currently sitting at around $8,000, up about $2,500 from just two weeks ago. Bitcoin hit its all-time high of around $20,000 just before Christmas of 2017.

Facebook Co-Founder Wants Company Broken Up
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Facebook Co-Founder Wants Company Broken Up
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Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes is calling on the US government to break up the company. The New York Times published a nearly 6,000-word opinion piece written by Hughes to their website on Thursday. Since then, Hughes has made numerous television appearances to discuss his views.

In the New York Times article, Hughes accuses Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg of obtaining an “unprecedented and un-American” level of power. Hughes goes on to further accuse his former business partner of sacrificing security and civility for clicks. Hughes also warned that Facebook would only continue to develop into a monopoly if the company is allowed to remain intact.

Facebook has been under fire by politicians and privacy advocates across Europe and the United States. Many lawmakers are advocating strict regulations on large tech companies. The company is currently facing up to five billion dollars in fines from the US Federal Trade Commission due to privacy violations.

At a recent hearing in the US House of Representatives, the FTC unanimously suggested Congress enact new data privacy laws. 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has advocated breaking up Facebook, Amazon, and Google.

Hughes was a freshman at Harvard University when he was recruited by Zuckerberg to work on the project that would eventually become Facebook. Zuckerberg decided to drop out of Harvard two years later to focus more heavily on Facebook but Hughes decided to stay, graduating from the university in 2006. Hughes briefly went back to work for Facebook full-time after graduation before leaving again in 2007 to become involved with former president Obama’s 2008 campaign.

US Seizes North Korean Cargo Ship
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US Seizes North Korean Cargo Ship
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On Thursday, Justice Department officials announced that the US had seized a North Korean cargo ship suspected of violating economic sanctions. The ship was intercepted as it was headed toward Indonesia. The announcement was made by the Justice Department shortly after the North Korean military test-fired another two short-range missiles toward the sea.

The ship recently arrived in American Samoa, where it will face further inspections. It took about three weeks for the North Korean ship to arrive at its destination from Indonesia. The US is expected to sell the ship or use it as a training environment for the military.

The North Korean ship, called the Wise Honest, is the county’s second-largest for transporting bulk cargo. This is the first time the United States has seized a North Korean ship for violating sanctions.

Relations between the United States and North Korea appear to have soured following the second summit between the leaders of the two nations. On the second day of the event, the United States announced they would be ending the summit early due to the fact that an agreement was not reached. Since then, it seems North Korea is making some provocative moves with the intention of keeping the world’s attention on the region.

Popular Comedian Elected First Jewish President of Ukraine
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Popular Comedian Elected First Jewish President of Ukraine
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Popular Ukranian actor and comedian Volodymyr Zelensky has been elected President of Ukraine in massive landslide victory. The actor turned politician received more than 70% of the vote, becoming the first Jewish man elected President of Ukraine. Zelensky has already been playing the part of the country’s president on TV since 2015.

Zelensky plays the lead character in Servant of the People, a fictional television program about a history teacher becoming President of Ukraine following a viral video of him ranting about government corruption. Servant of the People became its own political party last year, propelling the actor into politics. Zelensky shares many of the political positions of his character on the show.

Zelensky began his career in comedy at an early age, becoming involved in comedy competitions before he was even eighteen-years-old. He received his big break thanks to Ukraine’s Dancing with the Stars, which he won in 2006. Following his reality TV victory, Zelensky received roles in several well-received feature films.

There is no doubt that Zelensky’s television character had quite the impact on the people of Ukraine. It will be interesting to see how his TV presidency compares with the real one. In the meantime, you can watch Servant of the People for yourself (with subtitles) on Netflix or YouTube.

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