2 months ago in Music

Western Soul

by Parker & Rasco
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 2 months ago in Cowardly Companies Present
 2 months ago in Stuff
10

Cowardly Companies Present

Apple

Blizzard

Leica

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Marriot

Mercedes Benz

https://www.reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/df8qwy/apple_bows_to_china_by_censoring_taiwan_flag_emoji/f326vlq/

The above comment was removed by moderators, but click the link anyway, just to see the amount of awards and responses.

I could find an initial version of the comment here, but that comment was a LOT bigger than the archived version, it was a very long and detailed list, which is both why it was showered in awards by other users and why moderators removed it.
Business Hall of Bootlickers:
  • Blizzard: bans player for supporting Hong Kong democracy protest
  • Apple: censors Taiwan flag emoji in iOS in Hong Kong & Macau
  • Apple (partial entry): censored Hong Kong protest map from App Store. Relented after it turned into a PR mess, now letting the app into App Store.
  • Vans: censors pro-HK democracy design in its shoe design competition
  • NBA (partial entry): rebuked Rockets manager for his "Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong" tweet, saying NBA was "extremely disappointed with Morey's inappropriate comment." Backpedalled after this turned into a PR nightmare, now saying they support Morey's freedom of speech.
  • ESPN: forbids any mention of Chinese politics when discussing Rockets manager's tweet supporting HK freedom. ESPN talking heads castigated Morey for sending the tweet & speculated about his sincerity, but they absolutely will not talk what causes the tweet: China's encroachment on HK and the resultant HK protest
After decades of opening up wide the US market to China while turning a blind eye to rampant Chinese IP thefts, forced tech transfers, and protectionism, we are looking at widespread control of US businesses by China. Businesses that are not under outright Chinese control are still kowtowing to China out of sheer fear.

This is just what we're seeing publicly. Imagine how bad it really is behind closed doors.
 2 months ago in Music

It's A Good Day

by Peggy Lee
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 2 months ago in Music

Mr. E's Beautiful Blues

by Eels
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 2 months ago in Quotes

The New Colossus

"The New Colossus" is a sonnet by American poet Emma Lazarus (1849–1887). She wrote the poem in 1883 to raise money for the construction of a pedestal for the Statue of Liberty (Liberty Enlightening the World). In 1903, the poem was cast onto a bronze plaque and mounted inside the pedestal's lower level.
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
 2 months ago in Stuff

first the one-button mouse, now this: Apple plain doesn't do ethics

https://twitter.com/DylanByers/status/1182133441267003392

"this app violates our guidelines and local law"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zfqw8nhUwA

"and that is why 1984 won't be like Nineteen-Eightyfour"
 2 months ago in Quotes
If I am not for myself, who will be for me? But if I am only for myself, who am I? If not now, when?
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 2 months ago in Music

You're All Show

by Aldo Vanucci & Kylie Auldist
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 2 months ago in Quotes
Few people talk about it but it’s actually extremely weird to have celebrities at all. It’s a cultural and economic phenomenon that works to hijack our tendency to form relationships and identify with people we find attractive. It takes a mechanism that’s supposed to help us bond with our family members and leverages it for profit. The fact that some people can’t handle this gets overlooked. All blame is placed on the individual, allowing the rest of us to absolve ourselves of guilt and responsibility.
 2 months ago in Quotes
"You can’t be neutral on a moving train," I would tell them. Some were baffled by the metaphor, especially if they took it literally and tried to dissect its meaning. Others immediately saw what I meant: that events are already moving in certain deadly directions, and to be neutral means to accept that.
"You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train: A Personal History of Our Times"