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I’ve tried six branded sodas, including Coca-Cola and Pepsi – I almost got them right, but my favorite might surprise you

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Tiktok'S The_Johnsonfam'S Natalia Johnson Tried To Blind Taste And Compare Some Of The Best Coca-Cola And Pepsi Sodas

COKE and Pepsi are the giants of the soda pop industry.

The two brands produce nearly all of the most popular sodas in the United States, including the flagship products that bear each company’s name.


TikTok’s the_johnsonfam’s Natalia Johnson tried to blind taste and compare some of the best Coca-Cola and Pepsi sodas

Coke was by far the best-selling soft drink in 2021, followed by Pepsi in second place according to Beverage Digest.

Diet Coke, meanwhile, checked in in 5th place, while Diet Pepsi was in 7th place, one spot ahead of Coke Zero.

Sprite and Fanta, made by Coca-Cola, and Mountain Dew, another Pepsi product, also cracked the top 10.

Over the years, many consumers have found that Coca-Cola and Pepsi taste similar, with some even arguing that they are identical.

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A recent TikTok video posted by the_johnsonfam put this theory to the test.

Natalia, the matriarch of the Johnson family, blindly sampled Coke and Pepsi, as well as the diet and cherry flavors of both, to see if she could guess which was which.

While she could easily identify the Original and Cherry versions, Natalia confused Diet Pepsi and Diet Coke.

Still, she knew both drinks were diet drinks but couldn’t guess the correct brands.

She said her favorite is Cherry Coke, but she’s not a fan of either diet offering.

Other taste tests

The Sun has more original and featured product reviews and taste tests to help you find the best products at the lowest prices.

We recently published a taste test and comparison of five macaroni and cheese brands.

They were judged on a scale of one to 10 for appearance, taste and value, with 10 being the best.

We’ve also ranked eight of the most popular types of peanut butter based on appearance, taste, texture, and value.

Name brands like Jif and Skippy popped up on the list, but it was the grocery store’s private label peanut butter that got the highest rating.

Additionally, we covered other influencers who have tried ketchup, fried chicken, breakfast items, ice cream and more.

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I’ve tried six branded sodas, including Coca-Cola and Pepsi – I almost got them right, but my favorite might surprise you



Ron DeSantis and the Republicans’ Mar-a-Lago Playbook

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Ron Desantis And The Republicans' Mar-A-Lago Playbook

Republican politicians weighing how to react to the FBI’s search for Mar-a-Lago last week had several options. Reduced, they were:

1. Immediately denounce it as a “witch hunt” and threaten to investigate or even defund the office, while calling for the removal of Attorney General Merrick Garland.

2. Issue a cautious, fictitious statement expressing your confidence in the process while issuing a note of concern about the possibility of overreach by the Department of Justice. Say few things that could become embarrassing if more facts emerge that paint the former president’s conduct in a negative light.

3. Criticize Trump as having endangered the national security of the United States. Ask him to release the search warrant and explain what the officers might have been looking for and why he didn’t return the documents they were looking for.

4. Wait for more information before commenting.

The political dilemma was particularly acute for Republicans aspiring to run for president in 2024 – requiring a high-flying act worthy of the Flying Wallendas.

Enter Ron DeSantis, the governor of Florida, who is widely seen as Trump’s most serious potential rival in a Republican primary race. The political world is watching DeSantis’ every move these days, and many have been eagerly awaiting his reaction to the search.

Sometimes mischief ensues.

In a clever but dishonest game of online shenanigans, someone put together two separate videos to make it look like DeSantis had defended the FBI The manipulated video, which has circulated widely on social media, claims to show DeSantis tangling with Sean Hannity on Fox News the host’s use of the word “raid” to describe FBI actions.

“This is not a raid,” DeSantis says in the edited video, adding, “they were serving valid process under the laws and the Constitution of the United States.”

It would have been an explosive moment — the first real fireworks display of the 2024 shadow presidential primary.

But that never happened.

In fact, DeSantis had defended a 2020 search by law enforcement officers of the home of Rebekah Jones, a former Florida state data scientist who claimed the DeSantis administration was manipulating information about the coronavirus pandemic.

Hannity, for her part, called the video “FAKE NEWS” and demanded that Twitter remove it.

What DeSantis actually said was this tweet:

“The MAL raid is another escalation in the weaponization of federal agencies against the regime’s political opponents, while the likes of Hunter Biden are treated with kid gloves,” DeSantis wrote. “Now the regime gets another 87,000 IRS agents to wield against its adversaries? Banana Republic.

Note what was missing here: any defense of Trump’s conduct. DeSantis made similar remarks at a Sunday rally for Kari Lake and Blake Masters, the Republican gubernatorial and Senate candidates from Arizona – criticizing the Justice Department and giving examples of what he has called FBI misconduct, while remaining silent on the former president’s alleged mismanagement. classified documents.

David Jolly, a former Republican congressman from Florida, said the “dancing” between DeSantis and Trump was quietly consuming both sides behind the scenes.

Trump has periodically noted — accurately — that he remains the most popular Republican in the hypothetical 2024 primary matchups, with DeSantis trailing far behind. But the two have yet to clash seriously.

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Instead, they circled each other like cage fighters prowling the ring before a match.

DeSantis allies have launched ‘Ready for Ron’, a super PAC backing the Florida governor’s potential candidacy – even as he insists he’s focused on re-election in Florida and has no connection with effort. (Ed Rollins, a longtime Republican agent who leads the super PAC, did not respond to a request for comment.)

Yet DeSantis has also courted Trump donors and at times criticized the former president’s handling of the pandemic. Trump allies watched his maneuvers warily, while disparaging DeSantis to reporters as an overrated political talent.

According to Jolly, “the smartest thing Trump can do is declare now.”

This, he said, could be “the catalytic moment that shuts everyone out” from the Republican field by forcing potential candidates like DeSantis to defend Trump more aggressively or distance themselves from the former president’s legal troubles.

But if Trump were to clean up the decks to prepare for a third presidential bid by stoking anti-government tension over his legal woes, Jolly added, he would create “one of the most dangerous times that I think our country could face.” “.

Some might say that the politically savvy course of action for Republicans would be to choose the fourth option from the menu above: say nothing.

That’s what Charlie Dent, a former congressman from Pennsylvania, suggested to fellow Republicans they did when news broke that federal agents had searched Trump’s home.

“At a time like this, my advice to GOP members would be to exercise restraint and be circumspect in their public comments,” said Dent, who retired in 2018 rather than seek reelection after to have become one of the most trusted critics of Trump’s conduct. as president.

“With Trump,” Dent added, “there’s always more to the story – and it’s usually not very good.”

As the week progressed, that advice became more and more sound.

News outlets, including this one, have reported that the FBI is seeking to recover highly classified documents that Trump or one of his aides took from the White House and hid in the former’s private club and residence. president in West Palm Beach.

Some of the documents, The Washington Post reported, related to nuclear weapons — among the most sensitive materials in possession of the federal government.

Still, staying silent isn’t what many Republicans have been doing. Let’s briefly review what happened:

  • Ronna McDaniel, the chair of the Republican National Committee, wrote an op-ed for Fox News that described the research as “part of a pattern of bureaucratic abuse against Trump.”

  • Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California, the highest-ranking Republican in the House, made a clear threat to the Justice Department, saying Republicans planned to “conduct immediate oversight” of the agency. “Attorney General Garland, save your paperwork and clear your calendar,” McCarthy said.

  • Representative Elise Stefanik of New York, the third House Republican, said the FBI had committed an “abuse of power at the highest level”.

  • Representative Jim Jordan, a key Trump ally, enlists Garland and Christopher Wraythe Trump-appointed FBI Director, to testify about the search before the House Judiciary Committee.

  • Senator Mitch McConnell, the Senate’s top Republican, declined to comment on the research on a trip to visit flood-ravaged communities in his native Kentucky.

  • Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia called on Congress to ‘cancel FBI funding’

Over the past few days, however, as new information has leaked out about why the Justice Department felt it necessary to fight its way into Mar-a-Lago, most elected Republicans have taken a similar stance. to that of DeSantis: to tear apart the FBI and justice. Department as overstepping the mark, while refusing to back Trump outright.

During a revealing appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Sen. Mike Rounds, Republican of South Dakota, urged the department to release more information about the “justification for this raid.”

But he quickly turned to more favorable political ground.

“Right now, with the 2022 midterm elections approaching,” Rounds said, “we would much rather focus on current policies that are hurting our economy.”

  • The legal pressure on Donald Trump and his close allies has intensified further: prosecutors have informed Rudolph Giuliani, his former personal lawyer, that he is the target of an extensive criminal investigation into election interference in Georgia.

  • Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin are pushing hard to take greater control over the state’s voting infrastructure. But whether that happens could depend on two huge elections, one in November and one in April, writes Reid Epstein.

  • The Republican Senate Campaign Committee has reduced its TV ad bookings in three critical battleground states for the fall, a likely sign of financial trouble, reports Shane Goldmacher.

  • With Liz Cheney facing near-certain defeat tomorrow in her House primary, it’s the likely end of the Cheney family’s two-generation dynasty in Wyoming, as well as the passing of less tribal, more clubby politics. and substance-oriented. . Jonathan Martin has the story.

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Luis Diaz’s goal was ‘immaculate’ but Liverpool star’s elite mentality is even more impressive as Danny Murphy highlights Jurgen Klopp’s ‘biggest advantage’ despite Crystal Palace draw

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Luis Diaz'S Goal Was 'Immaculate' But Liverpool Star'S Elite Mentality Is Even More Impressive As Danny Murphy Highlights Jurgen Klopp'S 'Biggest Advantage' Despite Crystal Palace Draw

Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy was impressed with Luis Diaz’s performance in the Reds’ 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace.

Jurgen Klopp’s side are still in search of their first win of the season as Diaz was forced to save a point at Anfield.


Diaz took Liverpool ten from the hole

Following a red card for Darwin Nunez, Diaz grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck and scored a superb individual goal.

The Colombian danced past a number of Palace defenders before launching a long-range effort into the side netting.

And for ex-England Murphy, Diaz’s overall performance was even more impressive than the goal.

Despite a disappointing start to the season for Liverpool, Murphy believes the tenacious 25-year-old provides Klopp with his greatest cause for optimism.

“Sometimes you look at the defender and think, ‘What did he do there? ‘” Murphy told talkSPORT.

“But the actual skills to pass the players were impeccable. It was a really hard shot to stop because of his handling on the ball.

Anfield Rose To Salute Diaz's Goal


Anfield rose to salute Diaz’s goal

“What impressed me the most, forget the goal… when your team needs someone to demand the ball and get things done, he would get on the ball, risk losing it, risk upsetting the crowd, that’s what the best players do.

“Also, the work without the ball, the ball carrier about five times. He sprinted 40 meters back to recover the ball.

“That’s what you call a super player and that mentality will be Jurgen Klopp’s biggest advantage.”

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Google’s third bet from its Africa Investment Fund is in logistics company Lori Systems – TechCrunch

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Google'S Third Bet From Its Africa Investment Fund Is In Logistics Company Lori Systems – Techcrunch

Lori Systems, an African logistics and on-demand trucking company that digitizes transportation and provides shippers with solutions to manage their freight and carriers, has launched a pre-series B round in which Google participated with other investors existing. Sources say the company has risen to a valuation slightly above its last valuation of $110 million in 2020.

This undisclosed investment is Google’s third since the $50 million Africa Investment Fund targeting early-stage and growth-stage startups across the continent, which the company’s CEO, Sundar Pichai, announced last October. The fund is part of Google’s investment plan $1 billion in “technology-driven initiatives” over the next five years. The news also follows the launch of Google’s first product development center on the continent, in Nairobi, Kenya, the city where Lori Systems was first launched.

Last December, Google announced its first investment in Ugandan super app SafeBoda. During the announcement, Nitin Gajria, the Managing Director for Sub-Saharan Africa, said the Africa Investment Fund would not be limited to specific verticals or regions. “We focus on investments where we think Google could add value. If the founders are building interesting products solving real challenges in Africa, that would fit nicely into our investment thesis,” he said. added.

The following month, the fund participated in the $20 million Series A expansion round of South African games publisher and studio Carry1st led by a16z. With its most recent investment in Lori Systems, a Google spokesperson — asked about the fund’s investment strategy given that its investments come from three different sectors — told TechCrunch that the Africa Investment Fund has an eye on startups that it has a strategic overlap in key areas. verticals, including fintech, logistics, e-commerce and local language content.

Picture credits: Lori Systems

In Africa, more than $180 billion is spent on transportation every year, and logistics accounts for more than 70% of a product’s price, according to reports. For comparison, it is 6% in the United States. The influence of logistics operations on products leads to various problems for operators, ranging from inconsistent pricing, which stems from a fragmented supply and demand market, to paper documentation and limited or no access to financing.

Companies like Lori are solving these problems and reducing costs through their on-demand logistics and trucking marketplaces, which connect shippers to transportation, help them move goods, expand working capital facilities, and provide them with software to manage their operations. Lori, in a statement, said it had helped thousands of shippers and carriers move more than $10 billion in freight across the continent since its launch in 2016.

The 2017 TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Africa winner currently has a presence in Kenya, Uganda, and Nigeria. In 2019, we reported the company’s Series A round, which multiple publications quoted at $20-30m, led by Imperial Logistics (recently acquired by Dubai Ports World). Lori raised a total of $38.2 million, according to Crunchbase. Some of its competitors include Kobo360, Sendy, and Sote.

Given that its last raise was almost three years ago, I asked CEO Uche Ogboi why it took so long for Lori, one of the most funded logistics companies on the continent, to secure subsequent funding and why she had opted for an extension instead of a new price. round. She said Lori has been focused on growth, sustainability and a path to profitability since her last funding round. According to the chief executive, the company has significantly expanded its product line and now offers a “fully digitized transport management platform”, built in response to the pandemic, which has disrupted trade flows for shippers and carriers. Its new products tripled transaction volume, while its market participation rate nearly doubled, she said.

“At this point in our journey, and in this current market, we have made a strategic decision to expand our Series A rather than raise a Series B on unfavorable terms,” ​​Ogboi replied in an email response regarding company fundraising efforts and current VC. countryside. “We are excited about this opportunity to partner with Google and plan to re-evaluate our investment options in the first half of next year.” Lori wants to use the new funds to develop new product lines and achieve profitability, added Jean-Claude Homawoo, co-founder and chief product officer.

It was not possible to find out how much Google’s Africa Investment Fund has invested in this round, as with investments in Safeboda and Carry1st. Still, it’s worth noting that the fund – which, according to its spokesperson, does not intend to direct investments but “to partner with the best investors who have a regional presence and local knowledge” – has mainly participated in extension agreements via convertible bonds.

“At Google, we understand the transformative power that digitalization can bring to the African continent. There is so much potential in the region, but it is only through innovation that it can be fully harnessed,” commented Gajria on Google’s involvement.”Lori Systems is a great example of how technology can be scalable across Africa and how, in turn, this can lead to significant economic development.


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The United States and South Korea will begin extensive military exercises next week

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The United States And South Korea Will Begin Extensive Military Exercises Next Week

Seoul, South Korea — The United States and South Korea will begin next week their largest combined military training in years against an increasingly aggressive North Korea, which is mounting weapons tests and nuclear war threats against Seoul and Washington, the South Korean army announced on Tuesday.

The allied summer exercises, which will take place from August 22 to September 1 in South Korea under the name Ulchi Freedom Shield, will include field exercises involving aircraft, warships, tanks and potentially tens of thousands of soldiers.

The drills underscore Washington and Seoul’s commitment to restoring full-scale training after canceling some of their regular drills and reducing others to computer simulations in recent years to create space for diplomacy with Pyongyang and due to COVID-19 concerns.

The U.S. Department of Defense also said the U.S., South Korean, and Japanese navies participated in missile warning and ballistic missile search and tracking exercises off Hawaii from August 8-14, which , he said, were aimed at strengthening trilateral cooperation in the face of North Korean challenges.

While the United States and South Korea describe their exercises as defensive, Ulchi Freedom Shield will almost surely draw an angry reaction from North Korea, which describes all Allied training as invasion rehearsals and has used them to justify its development of nuclear weapons and missiles.

Before they were suspended or reduced, the United States and South Korea held major joint exercises each spring and summer in South Korea. Those in the spring had been highlighted by live-fire exercises involving a wide range of land, air and sea assets and typically involving around 10,000 American troops and 200,000 Koreans.

Tens of thousands of Allied soldiers had taken part in the summer exercises, which consisted mainly of computer simulations to refine joint decision-making and planning, although the South Korean military this time emphasized relaunch of large-scale field training.

Officials from Seoul’s Defense Ministry and its Joint Chiefs of Staff did not comment on the number of U.S. and South Korean troops who would participate in the Ulchi Freedom Guardian Shield.

The exercises, which will begin with a four-day South Korean civil defense training program led by government employees, will include drills simulating joint attacks, frontline reinforcements with weapons and fuel, and withdrawals of weapons of mass destruction.

Allies will also train in drone attacks and other new warfare developments shown during Russia’s war on Ukraine and practice joint military-civilian responses to attacks on seaports, airports and major industrial facilities such as semiconductor factories.

“The greatest significance of (Ulchi Freedom Shield) is that it standardizes combined South Korea-US exercises and field training, (contributing) to the reconstruction of the South Korea-US alliance. United and Combined Defense Posture,” Moon Hong-sik said, a Defense Ministry spokesperson told a press briefing.

Some experts say North Korea may be using the drills as an excuse to stir up tensions.

The North has previously warned of ‘deadly’ retaliation against South Korea over its COVID-19 outbreak, which it says was caused by anti-Pyongyang propaganda leaflets and other items being carried across the border by balloons launched by southern activists. There are fears that the North Korean threat, issued last week by the powerful sister of leader Kim Jong Un, portends a provocation, which could include a major nuclear or missile test or even border skirmishes.

In an interview with Associated Press Television last month, Choe Jin, deputy director of a think tank run by Pyongyang’s foreign ministry, said the United States and South Korea would face problems. “unprecedented” security if they did not abandon their campaign of hostile military pressure. against the North, including joint military exercises.

Kim Jun-rak, spokesman for the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the South Korean and US military were closely monitoring North Korean military activities and facilities.

Animosity has been building on the Korean peninsula since nuclear talks between the United States and North Korea were derailed in early 2019 over the trade for release from crippling US-led sanctions. against the North and measures to disarm the North.

Kim Jong Un has since said he is strengthening his nuclear deterrent in the face of “gangster-like” US pressure and has halted all cooperation with the South. Exploiting a division in the UN Security Council over Russia’s war on Ukraine, North Korea has ramped up weapons testing at a record pace this year, conducting more than 30 ballistic launches. They included the country’s first demonstrations of intercontinental ballistic missile technology since 2017 and other tests of tactical systems designed to be armed with small nuclear weapons on the battlefield.

Kim punctuated his trial spree with repeated warnings that the North would proactively use its nuclear weapons in conflicts with South Korea and the United States, which experts say points to an escalating nuclear doctrine. which could further worry its neighbors.

South Korea and US officials said North Korea was also preparing for its first nuclear test since September 2017, when it claimed to have developed a thermonuclear warhead to fit its ICBMs.

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Section 144 imposed in Telangana village after very chief stabbed to death

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Section 144 Imposed In Telangana Village After Very Chief Stabbed To Death

By August 16, 2022, 2:26 PM IST (Released)


Frontman Tammineni Krishnaiah had joined TRS after leaving CPM some time ago. Telangana Rural Police registered a case based on some evidence and an investigation into the case was started.

After a Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) leader was stabbed to death on Monday, Article 144 has been implemented in Telangana village of Teladarupally in Khammam district of Telangana. Minutes after raising the flag to celebrate Independence Day, he was reportedly murdered by four unidentified individuals. The incident happened when Tammineni Krishnaiah was cycling back after raising the national flag.

According to the Deputy Commissioner of Police (ACP) of Khammam District, a four-person vehicle with four passengers approached the entrance to Teldarupally and struck the man, killing him on the spot and then fleeing.

“We have information that four people committed it (the murder) and we have formed four teams to find their location. The body is being transferred to the hospital for an autopsy,” the CPA said on Monday, quoted by the ANI news agency.

Meanwhile, Telangana Rural Police registered a case based on some evidence and an investigation into the case was started.
Angered by the incident, supporters of the TRS leader reportedly gathered outside the residence of Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Tammineni Koteshwar Rao to throw stones. They blamed Koteshwar for the murder. As a result, parts of the chief’s residence were damaged, ANI reported.

“We have dispersed the crowd and based on the evidence cases will be registered. The case is registered and investigation is ongoing at the rural police station. Section 144 is imposed on Teladarupally gram panchayat,” said the police commissioner.

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“No one will be above the law”

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“No One Will Be Above The Law”

The 2016 video of former President Donald Trump shows him pledging to “enforce all laws regarding the protection of classified information.”Mario Tama/Getty Images

  • In 2016, Trump vowed that his administration would “enforce” the laws regarding classified documents.

  • “No one is above the law,” said Trump, who was then a presidential candidate.

  • Trump is now under investigation by the DOJ over whether he mishandled top secret documents.

A video of former President Donald Trump from 2016 – when he was still on the campaign trail – has surfaced, and it hasn’t aged well.

The August 2016 clip was posted to Twitter this week by CNN reporter Andrew Kaczynski. In the video, the then-presidential candidate promises to take a tough line to protect classified information.

“On political corruption, we will restore honor to our government,” Trump said.

“In my administration, I will apply all the laws concerning the protection of classified information,” he promises.

“No one will be above the law,” he adds.

About six years after the shooting, Trump is now under investigation by the Justice Department into whether he mishandled classified documents he kept at his Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida. .

While executing a search warrant at the property last Monday, the FBI removed 11 sets of classified documents, some of which were classified as top secret and related to nuclear weapons. According to the warrant, the Justice Department is looking into whether Trump violated three federal laws, including the Espionage Act.

In February, the National Archives and Records Administration removed 15 boxes of documents from the property.

For his part, Trump denied any wrongdoing and claimed without justification that he had declassified all the documents he kept at his Florida home. If Trump is found guilty of violating the Espionage Act, he faces a 10-year prison sentence.

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