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PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2019 10:16 pm 
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Blizzard Employees Staged a Walkout to Protest Ban of Pro-Hong Kong Gamer
“Blizzard makes a lot of money in China, but now the company is in this awkward position where we can’t abide by our values,” a Blizzard employee told The Daily Beast.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/blizzard- ... ref=scroll

A small group of Activision Blizzard employees walked out of work Tuesday afternoon to protest the company’s actions against a gamer who expressed support for pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong during an official livestream.

The game publisher behind online multiplayer hits like World of Warcraft and Overwatch banned Hong Kong-based professional Hearthstone player Chung Ng Wai from thegame’s lucrative pro league for a year on Tuesday. Chung, who uses the handle “Blitzchung,” prompted the ban after saying “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times” during an interview about his tournament wins. Blizzard’s actions forced him to forfeit $10,000 in prize money he had already won.

“The action Blizzard took against the player was pretty appalling but not surprising,” a longtime Blizzard employee told The Daily Beast. “Blizzard makes a lot of money in China, but now the company is in this awkward position where we can’t abide by our values.”

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Apple pulls HKmap.live app used in Hong Kong protests
The move comes after pressure from China.
https://www.cnet.com/news/apple-pulls-h ... -protests/

Apple has removed HKmap.live, a mapping app that crowdsources the location of police and protesters in Hong Kong, from the App Store, saying it violated the store's guidelines and local laws. The move comes after the iPhone maker was sharply criticized by the Chinese state newspaper and accused of facilitating illegal behavior by allowing the app.

HKmap.live lets people report things like police locations, use of tear gas and other details about protests that are added to a regularly updated map. Apple said it took down the app after learning it was being used by protesters in Hong Kong to ambush police and threaten public safety.

"Many concerned customers in Hong Kong have contacted us about this app and we immediately began investigating it," Apple said in a statement on Thursday. "The app displays police locations and we have verified with the Hong Kong Cybersecurity and Technology Crime Bureau that the app has been used to target and ambush police, threaten public safety, and criminals have used it to victimize residents in areas where they know there is no law enforcement."

Apple reportedly only approved the app last week after previously rejecting it. On Tuesday, the Chinese Communist Party's official newspaper, People's Daily, called the app "poisonous" and accused Apple of aiding Hong Kong protesters by allowing it in the App Store, according to Reuters.

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Oh yeah, and the NBA are being cowardly, too.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2019 10:29 pm 
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This is much tougher than dealing with some of the other countries. The PRC’s economy is too large for us to actually screw around with and we are too tied to it. At the same time they are developing opportunities in Latin America and Africa and with Russia. Of course, you already know this. All of that being said what we view as rights guaranteed by our body politic, at least until it becomes bothersome, doesn’t arbitrarily apply elsewhere. Whether it should or not is something else. We must also note that as always words have consequences. How we respond when we disagree with those consequences is important. Donnie lacks the ability to use diplomacy. Other organizations a la Apple are more concerned with their manufacturing supply chain and bottom line.

The world is becoming more unhinged every day. The question becomes what happens when the dust settles.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 11, 2019 7:49 am 
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So ... MHO:

a) Blizzard should not have taken away the award of the guy who won their e-sports tournament because he gave a pro-HK/anti-PRC speech. They only did it because they bowed to Chinese government pressure.
b) Apple should not have removed that app from the HK app store. All that app does is allow you to see on a map where HK police are. I don't see why that's illegal, and it's useful knowledge given that lately they've been beating up protesters - who themselves are doing nothing illegal but protesting. Again, they did it to bow to Chinese government pressure.

I get it's one of the world's largest markets. I also get that the NBA, too, wants to maintain its "business relationships" with the PRC.
https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/09/business ... index.html
As to Donny's behavior, forget trying to decode that, for all we know, he may have sold out the HK protesters for emoluments for Ivanka, or fake dirt on Hunter Biden.

Anyway, Milton Friedman famously proclaimed civil liberties best flourish under capitalism. But here's proof of the opposite. When commerce and human rights collide, we can see human rights quickly go under the bus, but this has been happening with China ever since Bush Sr. rewarded the Tiananmen Square massacre with MFN trading status. China is their new favorite model: authoritarian capitalism.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 11, 2019 8:09 am 
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So ... MHO:

a) Blizzard should not have taken away the award of the guy who won their e-sports tournament because he gave a pro-HK/anti-PRC speech. They only did it because they bowed to Chinese government pressure.
b) Apple should not have removed that app from the HK app store. All that app does is allow you to see on a map where HK police are. I don't see why that's illegal, and it's useful knowledge given that lately they've been beating up protesters - who themselves are doing nothing illegal but protesting. Again, they did it to bow to Chinese government pressure.

I get it's one of the world's largest markets. I also get that the NBA, too, wants to maintain its "business relationships" with the PRC.
https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/09/business ... index.html
As to Donny's behavior, forget trying to decode that, for all we know, he may have sold out the HK protesters for emoluments for Ivanka, or fake dirt on Hunter Biden.

Anyway, Milton Friedman famously proclaimed civil liberties best flourish under capitalism. But here's proof of the opposite. When commerce and human rights collide, we can see human rights quickly go under the bus, but this has been happening with China ever since Bush Sr. rewarded the Tiananmen Square massacre with MFN trading status. China is their new favorite model: authoritarian capitalism.

Unfortunately for Uncle Milty Friedman there is no basis for his statement. The same goes for Von Hayek, Jim Buchanan and the rest of the Mont Perelin/Von Mises and libertarian asshats.

I agree with your comments. The impact of power-wielding money and free market theology on government is brutal. Too bad we have so few in government willing to stand up to it. Then again the government was created by power-wielding money so the end result shouldn’t be surprising.

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