On Thursday, October 17, 2019, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced that the Chinese government was pressuring the National Basketball Association to fire Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey over a tweet the Houston GM made in support of Hong Kong protestors according to a report from Time.
“We made clear that we were being asked to fire him, by the Chinese government, by the parties we dealt with, government and business,” Silver stated during his first US interview about the league’s current scandal with China. “We said there’s no chance that’s happening. There’s no chance we’ll even discipline him.”
While addressing the TIME 100 Health Summit, Silver disclosed that “The losses have already been substantial,” while also noting that “Our games are not back on the air in China as we speak, and we’ll see what happens next.”
“I don’t know where we go from here,” Silver stated, also highlighting that “The financial consequences have been and may continue to be fairly dramatic.”
Silver claims that the NBA didn’t bow down to China’s demands, noting “These American values — we are an American business — travel with us wherever we go.”
The recent China drama has been a bad look for NBA stars like LeBron James. James has built a reputation for virtue signaling on generic political issues, but on the question of China, he has remained silent. Some speculate that his Nike deal — a company that is very active in China — may explain his silence on China.
The bigger story is the growing influence China has on the world stage and how it is able to corrupt American companies. China may have discarded some of its genocidal past, but it still remains an authoritarian country with bold geopolitical ambitions.
Subverting American institutions from within is likely one of the ways it will advance its agenda.
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Baltimore’s Population Plummets as the City Becomes Dysfunctional
ZeroHedge recently reported on the dire state of Baltimore.
The city’s population fell below 600,000, as it is rocked by “record homicides, an opioid crisis, and now an economic depression risks sending the city deeper into chaos.”
The Baltimore Sun, cited new U.S. Census data released on March 26, 2020, which estimated that Baltimore’s population was 593,490 as of July 2019.
ZeroHedge provided some context to Baltimore’s imploding demographics:
To give you some perspective on the collapsing population trend in Baltimore. In 1950, the city had 950,000 residents. Now it has 593,490, which is a loss of 356,510 people, or about 37.5% of the entire population in seven decades.
“White flight”, the crack epidemic of the 1980s/1990s, and a complete mismanagement of the city, have led to its notable decline. As a result, many have fled the city altogether or have gone to Baltimore County and other surrounding counties.
Michael Rendall, the director of the Maryland Population Research Center and a sociology professor at the University of Maryland, College Park, said in the aftermath 2015 Baltimore Riots, no other counties surrounding the city witnessed a decline in the population.
The city’s plunging population, Rendall stated, “is not a phenomenon reflective of the overall metropolitan area.”
During the last year, Baltimore City saw 8,953 people leave the city, which is 1.5 percent of its population.
Putting this in perspective, when Democratic Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was in office in 2014, the city had over 623,000 residents. In other words, the city has lost about 5% of its population in five years.
Ever since the riots, Baltimore’s economic growth has stagnated, homicides have been on the rise, and opioids have wreaked havoc on low-income neighborhoods. In 2019, Baltimore’s homicide rate
Given the shocking realities of its high crime, it’s shocking the city hasn’t even bothered to pass legislation that would help citizens arm themselves against the very real threat of criminals.
It also doesn’t help that the city has embraced many of the wacky criminal justice reforms which empower criminals, while law-abiding citizens are at the mercy of society’s most depraved.
Baltimore is Exhibit A of a failed city.
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