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    • By LNN
      Business Hall of Bootlickers
      • ⁠Activision Blizzard: banned player for supporting HK democracy protest. Confiscated all his winnings. Fired his interviewers. Apologized to China: condemned incident, swore to defend China's national dignity
      • ⁠Apple: censor Taiwan flag emoji in iOS in HK
      • ⁠Apple: banned HK protest map from App Store. Approved app after backlash. Banned app once again after China hissy fit
      • ⁠Apple: removed from China App Store news app that covered HK protest
      • ⁠Vans: censor pro-HK democracy design in its shoe design competition
      • ⁠NBA (partial entry): rebuked Rockets manager for his pro-HK tweet, saying NBA was "extremely disappointed with Morey's inappropriate comment." Backpedalled after backlash, now saying they support Morey's freedom of speech.
      • ⁠Disney / ESPN: forbid mention of Chinese politics when discussing Rockets manager's HK tweet
      • ⁠Viacom / Paramount: censor Taiwan flag from the jacket worn by Tom Cruise in new "Top Gun" movie
      • ⁠Disney / Marvel: censored Tibetan monk from "Doctor Strange" & turned him into white woman. Movie screenwriter: "if you acknowledge that Tibet is a place & that he’s Tibetan, you risk alienating one billion people who think that that’s bullshit".
      • ⁠ASICS, Calvin Klein, Coach, Fresh, Givenchy, Pocari Sweat, Valentino, Versace, Swarovski: details here
      • ⁠Marriott: apologized & changed "Taiwan" to "Taiwan, China" after China threw a hissy fit
      • ⁠Nike: removed Houston Rockets products from China webstore
      • ⁠Activision Blizzard: cut livestream when American U team held up pro-HK sign.
      • ⁠Apple: handed over iCloud data & encryption keys to China
      • ⁠Cathay Pacific: fired employees for FB posts supporting HK protests.
      • ⁠Apple: minimized the seriousness of iOS exploits that enabled China to track Uyghurs, when 1M+ of them are rounded up by China in concentration camps
      • ⁠Google: censored pro-HK game "The Revolution of Our Times" from Google Play because it was about a "sensitive event".
      • ⁠Gap: apologized for selling T-shirts IN CANADA that didn't include Taiwan as part of China
      • ⁠Tiffany: removed tweet showing model covering 1 eye after China accused it of supporting HK
      • ⁠Marriott: fired employee who liked tweet from Tibetan group
      • ⁠Mercedes: apologized for quoting Dalai Lama on Instagram
      • ⁠American, Delta, United: deleted mention of Taiwan as a country from websites
      • ⁠Audi: apologized for using "incorrect" map of China that left off Taiwan
      • ⁠Muji: destroyed store catalogs that contain "incorrect" map of China
      • ⁠Zara: apologized for listing Taiwan as country
      • ⁠Medtronic: apologized for publishing "illegal content" that listed "Republic of China (Taiwan)" as country
      • ⁠Ray-Ban: changed "Taiwan" & "Hongkong" to "China Taiwan" & "China Hongkong"
      • ⁠Qantas, Air France, Air Canada, British Airways, Malaysia Airlines, Japan Airlines, ANA: changed "Taiwan" to "Taiwan China"
      • ⁠TikTok: censor videos that mention Tiananmen Square, Tibetan independence, Falun Gong
      • ⁠Sheraton: banned Taiwan National Day event under China pressure
      • ⁠Disney: removed non-white characters from Chinese poster of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”
      • ⁠Philly Sixers: ejected fans for supporting HK
      • ⁠Princeton: don't talk about 3 Ts: Tibet, Tiananmen, Taiwan
      • ⁠Leica: released ad on Tiananmen protest. Apologized & distanced itself from ad
      • ⁠Reddit: took $150M from Tencent. Removed thread like this
      • ⁠Rockhampton, Queensland: censored Taiwan flag in student project
      • ⁠Cisco: helped build Great Firewall including module to persecute Falun Gong
      • ⁠MGM: changed Red Dawn's villain from China to N Korea to placate China
      • ⁠Global Blue: fired staff for calling Taiwan a country
      • ⁠L'Oréal / Lancôme: canceled HK artist concert for her pro-democracy activism
      • ⁠US universities: self-censor in fear of offending China
      • ⁠Disney: block Winnie the Pooh website in HK
      After decades of opening up Western market to China while turning a blind eye to rampant Chinese IP thefts, forced tech transfers, & protectionism, we are looking at widespread control of Western firms by China. Firms that are not under outright Chinese control still kowtow to China out of fear of China's retaliation.
      This is a very incomplete list of what we're seeing publicly. Imagine how bad it is behind closed doors.
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      • ⁠Matt Stone & Trey Parker: South Park "Band in China"
      • ⁠Ubisoft: listened to fans, said no to China after initially saying they would tone down game content to be China-compliant.
      • ⁠Prague: cancel partnership with Beijing over 1-China principle
      • ⁠Immutable: offer to repay banned gamer's winnings that was confiscated by Blizzard, got cyber attacked as a result
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      Edit: https://caffeine-overload.github.io/bandinchina/
      Link with full explanations.
      This needs to go everywhere on the internet. Time to say no more
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      Tesla is close to securing a deal with the city of Shanghai that would allow the Silicon Valley-based electric carmaker to produce vehicles in China, according to a newly published report by Bloomberg.
      Chinese regulations require Tesla to enter into a joint venture with a local company to manufacture vehicles in the country. Having a presence in the world’s largest electric vehicle market is a critical next step for Tesla as it seeks to scale production globally. Tesla has previously shared that it is looking to build vehicles and batteries in China which would allow the company to avoid a 25% tariff on vehicles it sold in the country. Last year, Tesla’s sales in China tripled to over $1 billion, or roughly 1/7th of its total sales.
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      With China serving as a hotbed for plug-in vehicles and manufacturing, it would be an ideal location for Tesla to lay down the framework for its customers in Asia. China is also home to 1/6th of the world population, and with its ever growing middle class represents a large market for its upcoming affordable Model 3 sedan.
      The Chinese plug-in vehicle market is on the rise, as the country seeks to pivot away from smog producing internal combustion vehicles in favor of clean energy vehicles like Tesla’s Model S and Model X. To support these clean energy vehicles, China has exempted buyers from paying sales tax which can reach upwards of 115% of the purchase price of the vehicle.
      The report by Bloomberg comes on the heels of the announcement that more than 6% of Tesla’s global sales were in Hong Kong, of which 7% of all vehicles sold were Teslas. That will likely change if proposed changes to the EV incentives are put into effect which would nearly double the price of a new Tesla.

      Tesla currently builds all of its vehicles in its Fremont factory in northern California and ships them to customers across the globe, though the other half of its supply chain is firmly rooted in batteries. Production of its newest 2170 lithium ion battery cells – the same cells being used in Tesla’s Model 3 – is taking place exclusively at Gigafactory 1 in Sparks, Nevada. Contrary to early beliefs that Tesla would migrate the 2170 cell to its flagship vehicles, Tesla CEO Elon Musk confirmed that Model S and Model X battery packs would not be updated from the existing 18650 battery cell form factor.
      Building a Gigafactory in close proximity to Panasonic’s existing Chinese factories like its recently opened factory in Dalian, China would drastically cut the length of the supply chain and minimize potential disruptions.
      We have reached out to Tesla for comment and will update this story accordingly as we learn more.
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    • Guest
      By Guest
      The Wall Street Journal released updated data yesterday on how the elimination of Hong Kong’s vehicle-registration tax waiver for electrics impacted Tesla sales, and the results weren’t stellar.
      Data analysis from the publication shows that zero new Tesla Model S sedans and Model X SUVs were registered with the Hong Kong transport department in April after the tax break was discontinued at the start of that month.
      In May, five electric cars were registered for the whole month.

      Tesla sales boomed before the April 1 rule change, with 2,939 Tesla vehicles registered in March, making for a total of nearly 3,700 for the first quarter of 2017. The end of the tax break was announced in February.
      Source: Tesla Media
      A Tesla representative told Business Insider that the EV giant welcomed government policies making “it easier for more people to buy electric vehicles,” but that it wasn’t dependent on tax concessions for its livelihood.
      “Hong Kong remains a significant market for Tesla, and we continue to sell cars there each quarter,” Tesla said. “When the Hong Kong government reduced the tax exemption for electric vehicles and increased the cost of our cars by nearly 100%, it’s to be expected that demand will be impacted in the period immediately following the change, particularly because of the large number who bought just prior to the change being implemented.”
      EV consumers in many markets benefit from government incentives. Tesla says on its website that U.S. purchasers are eligible for a $7,500 federal income tax credit, plus additional incentives in select states.
      Tesla also sells state zero-emissions vehicle credits to automakers that don’t reach government fuel efficiency standards.
      The end of the tax exemption “has really put the brakes on electric-vehicle adoption in Hong Kong,” said Mark Webb-Johnson, a founder of Charged Hong Kong, in an interview with Fox Business.
      The news comes amid Tesla increasing its presence in Asia with early plans to build a Gigafactory and manufacture cars in Shanghai’s tech sector.
      Despite the lower sales, Tesla still seems bullish on the Eastern market.
      “Tesla absolutely believes that the Hong Kong market will continue to be very strong over the long term because it’s clear that the people in Hong Kong love our cars,” the company said in a statement.
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    • By Kurt
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      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
      Joyce Mina Godenzi (traditional Chinese: 高麗虹; simplified Chinese: 高丽虹; pinyin: Gāo Lìhóng; Jyutping: Gou1 Lai6 Hung4; born 1965) was the winner of Miss Hong Kong 1984 and is a former Hong Kong film actress.
      Godenzi was encouraged to join the Miss Hong Kong pageant by her modeling agency, which had groomed one of its models, Maggie Cheung, to compete the year before. Heavily favored, she won the title, in addition to the Miss Photogenic award. After her unsurprising victory, many expected her to do well in Miss Universe 1984 in Miami (her father is Australian and her mother is ethnically Chinese). She was unplaced eventually, but did win third prize in the national costume competition.
      After her reign, Godenzi started a film career and was in several action films. She appeared in several films alongside kung fu film actor Sammo Hung before marrying him in 1995. She was nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the 1988 Hong Kong Film Awards for her role in Eastern Condors. Godenzi has since retired from acting and is now one of Jehovah's Witnesses.
      Miss Hong Kong Life Story on jw.org: Finding Something Better Than Glamour
    • By Kurt
      I had the privilege of meeting Harold and Fay King back in 1990 when they visited my brother Paul.  Harold studied the Bible with Paul in Hong Kong prior to his being transferred to Singapore where we eventually all met up. His account from w63 7/15 and my personal discussions with him did much to help me at that time. Since then he has passed on along with his wife Faye. Enjoy reading their life stories posted here.
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    • Maybe this was in the sense of these "bad elders" rejecting the counsel given by "good elders" who were quoting Bible books and the Mosaic Law (as transmitted through angels), or these "bad elders" were speaking out against sayings of Jesus and inspired writings of the apostles, as if they held no value to this time they were in, so many decades after Jesus originally spoke them. Also (less likely) Jude quotes the book of Enoch, specifically a part about the judgment of angels, and he appears to refer to another book about the "Assumption of Moses." We don't know how much more of those books were accepted other than the portions referenced, but these books were part of a genre that gave names to dozens of angels and referenced many more hierachies of thousands of angels. Good point! I doubt it. There are too many scriptures, and too much context that shows what Paul was up against in trying to get the congregations to accept and understand the concept of "grace" or "undeserved kindness." (Along with "law" "legalism" "works" "righteousness" "sin" "conscience" etc.) Paul had to write chapters, nearly whole long letters, on the subject, and it even put him for a short while at odds with the Jerusalem council. Probably it is sometimes. But I'd guess there are some exceptions, too. For example, the whistleblowing of the CSA cases all over the world has drawn attention to a lot of things that go on in the world where the abused victims felt powerless. In many institutions, including once-hostile work environments, this is actually changing for the better. The threat of monetary sanctions has made even rich men who could once get away with anything (as Trump claimed), think twice. It has definitely helped in some suburban schools and even corporations I once worked for. I suspect that many priests and elders who once thought they would get away with anything are now more apt to think again before abusing persons.
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