As for the price point, $299 puts it right in line with a Nintendo Switch, which should help make it competitive in the marketplace. Though not confirmed, it is expected that the Xbox Series X, which will have a disc drive and is expected to be even more powerful, will cost $499. This is particularly important as Sony is gearing up to launch the PlayStation 5 later this year as well and the price has remained mysterious, at least officially speaking. If Microsoft can undercut Sony on cost, they may have an advantage heading into the next era of the console wars. In the current-gen, the PS4 has outsold the Xbox One by a wide margin. … [Read more...] about Xbox Series S Next-Gen Console Confirmed by Microsoft, How Much Does It Cost?
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POWELL: In the case of that particular law, that goes squarely on the shoulders of the National Rifle Association. This is a perfect example of the problem. There are100 million-plus gun owners. And you’d be very hard pressed to find one that has any problem with taking a background check to obtain a firearm. It’s just not the case. … And the problem is the NRA has been very opposed to it for all these years, because the actual membership itself is the fringe of the hundred million. And they view any attempt whatsoever as an infringement on their own gun rights because that’s what they’ve been told. They’ve had it beat into them for decades. Anything whatsoever is an infringement on their rights and the slippery slope argument. … The people who die from gunshot wounds every year range from mass murders to largely inner-city shootings and then suicides. And suicide ranks about half of all the gun deaths in the country. And those are, … [Read more...] about Former Top NRA Executive Gives Tell-All Account Of Organization’s Excesses And Extremes
The lawsuit — read it here — singles out the longtime leader of the NRA, Wayne LaPierre, as well as current and former senior executives Wilson “Woody” Phillips, Joshua Powell and John Frazier. The suit claims that LaPierre has diverted millions of dollars away from the charitable mission of the organization, at the cost of core services like gun safety, education and training. Among other things, the lawsuit claims that LaPierre and his associates used NRA reserves for personal use, including trips to the Bahamas, private jets and expensive meals. … [Read more...] about The Big Reveal: New York’s Attorney General Suing To Dissolve The NRA
Mexican auteur Michel Franco chronicles a coup d'état in which the wealthy ruling class is replaced by a militarized regime in his latest characteristically harrowing drama. Anyone who has spent time in a major international metropolis with a luxury shopping precinct catering to the highest income bracket will be shaken by the startling image of a massive Louis Vuitton flagship store — in this case on Mexico City's chic Avenida Presidente Masaryk — splashed with the symbolic green paint of a protest movement, the ground nearby littered with corpses not yet cold. No matter where you land on the ever-widening global wealth divide, the stark finality of that sight is a chilling representation of unchecked social disparity sparking potentially all-too-real chaos. … [Read more...] about ‘New Order’ (‘Nuevo Orden’): Film Review | Venice 2020
The company applied the same deadly cost-cutting mentality to its oil rig in the Gulf. BP, it is important to note, is less an oil company than a bank that finances oil exploration; unlike ExxonMobil, which owns most of the equipment it uses to drill, BP contracts out almost everything. That includes the Deepwater Horizon rig that it leased from a firm called Transocean. BP shaved $500,000 off its overhead by deploying a blowout preventer without a remote-control trigger – a fail-safe measure required in many countries but not mandated by MMS, thanks to intense industry lobbying. It opted to use cheap, single-walled piping for the well, and installed only six of the 21 cement spacers recommended by its contractor, Halliburton – decisions that significantly increased the risk of a severe explosion. It also skimped on critical testing that could have shown whether explosive gas was getting into the system as it was being cemented, and began removing mud that protected the … [Read more...] about The Spill, The Scandal and the President