Kind ‘a seems to explain their silence about China’s human rights abuses and their treatment of Ener Kanter Freedom, eh?
I don’t put all my thought for todays on this site, but this one is worth it if you’ll also watch the video that inspired it. 🙂
Thought for today: Be the guy who gave the ball away
And the inspirational video:
So this just happened in Toronto. Watch to the end.
Oh, Canada 🇨🇦 ⚾️pic.twitter.com/2y4bumvUNt
— Goodable (@Goodable) May 4, 2022
These past two months I’ve realized my place is still on the field and not in the stands. That time will come. But it’s not now. I love my teammates, and I love my supportive family. They make it all possible. I’m coming back for my 23rd season in Tampa. Unfinished business LFG pic.twitter.com/U0yhRKVKVm
— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) March 13, 2022
There may be a sport that hasn’t sold its soul:
And here are a couple of formal statements from the WTA:
Kudos to the WTA.
Wow and 🙁
Crazy crash at Tour De France 2021 🇫🇷
— Nigel D'Souza (@Nigel__DSouza) June 26, 2021
However, I feel bad for the woman who caused it. What she did was a stupid mistake versus intentionally interfering with the race:
I am not saying she shouldn’t be held responsible, but that we all do dumb stuff, and maybe should show a little grace…
Of course, I also feel bad for the cyclists injured. Just a horrible thing all around. 🙁
Update June 30, 2021: She’s been found:
Update July 2, 2021: She won’t be charged:
I’m not generally a fan of CAIR, but this letter from them to the NBA about the NBA’s activities in China hits all the right notes. Additionally, I am pretty much against all modern comparisons to Nazis, but this is an accurate one:
China’s anti-Muslim policies, acts of cultural erasure, forced serialization and abortion, and system of concentration camps meet the United Nation’s definition of ethnic cleansing, if not genocide. Any continued presence that the NBA maintains in China effectively normalizes these crimes against humanity.
The NBA continuing to operate in China under these circumstances would be akin to operating in Germany during the 1930s as the Nazi regime began to round up its Jewish citizens prior to the start of the Holocaust.
Now, it’s easy for individuals like me to judge a large corporation when they ignore human rights abuses (often hypocritically). An important question for you and me is what we should do. If we want the NBA to give up millions upon millions of dollars, are we willing to give up saving money by getting our electronic toys, clothing, etc. from China?
Would you give up your iPhone for the Uighurs?
I also know that, in the end, those that suffer from boycotts are the “little people,” who are often just trying to survive.
Regardless, in this case, I think CAIR’s Nazi comparison is spot on. The NBA needs to pull out if China leadership will not change direction. Actually, all they need to do is speak up, and the CCP will take care of it for them.
I cannot imagine they did it for nefarious reasons, but, given the political climate over more than the last couple years, this doesn’t seem a smart thing for Major League Baseball to do:
However, I was not aware of this one:
Hat tip for both to Ace of Spades HQ.
The answer is yes…
…this is okay.
Actually, it is okay and right regardless.