“The video that shows why Tulsi Gabbard aced the first Democratic debate - The Canary” plus 2 more

“The video that shows why Tulsi Gabbard aced the first Democratic debate - The Canary” plus 2 more


The video that shows why Tulsi Gabbard aced the first Democratic debate - The Canary

Posted: 27 Jun 2019 12:00 AM PDT

Iraq veteran Tulsi Gabbard wants to be the Democratic Party's nominee for the 2020 presidential elections. But it's her firm opposition to disastrous US foreign policies that has helped to propel her to the debate stage of the process. And in the first Democratic debate on 26 June, she really stood out.

"A soldier's truth"

One debate video captures perfectly why Gabbard's message seems to be making waves. To begin with, she schools a Democratic colleague about the US-led invasion and occupation of Afghanistan. She then insists that:

For too long, our leaders have failed us – taking us from one regime-change war to the next, leading us into a new Cold War and arms race, costing us trillions of our hard-earned taxpayer dollars and countless lives. This insanity must end.

She promises instead to divert taxpayer money into "healthcare, a green economy, good-paying jobs, protecting our environment, and so much more". And she stresses that the Trump administration's current march to war with Iran would result in a conflict "far more devastating, far more costly than anything we ever saw in Iraq". She then argues that all US citizens should "stand up and say no war with Iran".

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She also insisted:

We have a government that is of, by, and for the rich and powerful. This must end.

The only one in the debate taking on the war machine

After the debate, a number of polls showed Gabbard at the top. Figures like Bernie Sanders participated in a second debate on 27 June.

Quartz called Gabbard "a surprise breakout". The main reason was a spike in Google searches for her name, which saw her shoot ahead of all her opponents at a few key points:

One post-debate question, meanwhile, may sum up exactly why she made such a big impact. Because an MSNBC commentator asked:

Why were you the lone voice out there going after the neo-cons, going after the people that took us into these wars?

And that's an excellent question. Because it exposes the sad fact that firmly opposing disastrous US interventions abroad is still a minority position among Democratic Party politicians today. That's precisely why Tulsi Gabbard made an impact and that's exactly the kind of shake-up the official US opposition needs in order to defeat Donald Trump's warmongers in 2020.

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5 questions the Google Stadia team needs to answer in its Reddit AMA - Digital Trends

Posted: 17 Jul 2019 11:46 AM PDT

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Google's Stadia team is planning to host a Reddit "Ask Me Anything," or AMA, session on July 18 at 1 p.m. ET. This will give those interested in the streaming service their first chance to ask its developers their questions, including those about potential games, the quality of streams, planned features, and more. All you need to do to participate is show up to Reddit during the allotted time and query the developers. With Stadia planned to launch later this year, however, we think there are still five big questions the team has to answer.

1) When will iOS and other Android phones be supported?

Google clearly wants you to be playing Stadia on Google devices, whether that be a Chromecast for your television or a Pixel phone. The iPhone and other Android devices won't be supported at launch, however, and we need information on when we can use the. After all, convenience and mobility are two of Stadia's biggest selling points.

2) What exclusive games are planned?

Google just recently founded its internal game development studios with former EA and Ubisoft producer Jade Raymond at the helm. It's too early for any content to be shown from its planned products, but exclusive games are going to be one of Stadia's main draws. We need to learn just what it has in the works — and possibly how many exclusives are currently in development.

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3)  Could it eventually function with other systems?

Microsoft is planning its own Project xCloud service on Xbox platforms and Sony has PlayStation Now, but Google could potentially open up Stadia to an even wider audience by running on traditional consoles. The obvious candidate would be Nintendo Switch, which isn't capable of running many games on its own hardware, be we wouldn't hold our breath on Google addressing this during its AMA.

4) Will publishers offer discounts for games you already own?

Many of Stadia's currently announced games are already available on other platforms, including Assassin's Creed Odyssey. If Google and Ubisoft would offer a discount for those who already own it on PlayStation, for instance, they could potentially enable cloud saves and allow them to enjoy the game in more locations. We doubt Google will throw us a bone here, but we can always hope.

5) When is 8K coming?

Google has already confirmed that Stadia will support 4K at launch and will support 8K in the future. We already know, however, that both the next PlayStation and next Xbox systems will support that resolution. For Stadia to compete, 8K will need to be supported by 2020, and more concrete information on this is needed.

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Repair pros tell all: Whirlpool, Maytag make the most reliable appliances - CNET

Posted: 20 Jul 2019 04:00 AM PDT

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According to a survey of hundreds of repair pros, these are the three most reliable brands for home appliances.

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Your local appliance repair pro probably knows a thing or two about which brands make the most reliable refrigerators, ovens, dishwashers, washing machines and dryers. So how about asking a few hundred of them?

That's what a national network of appliance repair technicians called Puls just did, with a new, in-house survey that ranked all of the major brands for things like reliability, value and ease of use.

The top recommended brands overall: Whirlpool, Maytag and KitchenAid, in that order.  

Read more: How to buy the best refrigerator in 2019

Shopping for new laundry appliances? The Puls technicians surveyed rated Whirlpool the highest, followed by LG and Samsung.

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Whirlpool and KitchenAid were both strong finishers across all of the kitchen categories, but GE was the top-rated brand for stoves and ovens, and Bosch led the pack with dishwashers.

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"Whirlpool is one of the longest-standing and most well-known brands in the appliance repair industry, and Maytag is now owned by the Whirlpool Corporation, so it's not a surprise that these two familiar names come out on top for reliability," the report says. "But perhaps the biggest factor in their top ranking here is that their machines are simpler than some of the newer brands which are considered more modern by consumers."

Puls says that it has hundreds of appliance repair technicians operating in over 25 major metro areas in the US. The company says that approximately 20% of its technicians completed the survey.

"These skilled technicians have performed tens of thousands of appliance repair jobs in 2019 alone," Puls adds.

At 32 pages, the report is comprehensive, complete with sub-rankings for specific appliance categories. For instance, top overall finisher Whirlpool led the ranks for refrigerators, washing machines and dryers. Meanwhile, GE was rated as the top-recommended brand for stoves and ovens, and Bosch topped the dishwasher rankings.

The report also dives into geography, with an interesting regional breakdown of average appliance repair costs.

The average cost of repairing an appliance was highest in Philadelphia and Washington, DC, followed closely by New York and San Francisco. Meanwhile, average repair costs were lowest in Las Vegas.

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"The East Coast has slightly higher repair costs than any other region," the report reads. "In Philadelphia, the average appliance repair costs $260, in Washington, D.C. it costs $245, and in New York it costs $235."   

Repairs are slightly less expensive on the West Coast, but still higher than average, especially in California. San Francisco comes in with an average repair cost of $235, followed closely by $234 in San Diego and $230 in Los Angeles.

Meanwhile, you'll find the most affordable appliance repairs in Las Vegas, where the average cost of fixing an appliance rings in at $178.

You'll spend more on average to fix a freezer than any other kind of appliance, Puls says.

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Costs will vary depending on the type of appliance you're looking to repair, too. Freezers are the most expensive, with an average repair cost of $348. Microwaves, meanwhile, saw an average repair cost of $195, which was lower than any other category.

Other tidbits in the report include seasonal data, like the fact that refrigerators tend to break down most often during the summer months, when they need to work harder to keep things cold. Puls points out that you can see that phenomenon pretty clearly with a simple Google Trends search for "refrigerator repair."

"For refrigerators, the most common problem we encounter -- by far -- is that the machine is not cooling properly (23%)," Puls says. "After that, the most common problems are that the ice maker is not working (5%) or the machine is leaking (3%)."

There's a lot more in the report in case you're interested -- you can read the whole thing for yourself by clicking here.

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