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Opinion | Dealing With China Isn’t Worth the Moral Cost
Oct. 9, 2019 | The New York Times | By Farhad Manjoo.

We thought economic growth and technology would liberate China. Instead, it corrupted us.

The People’s Republic of China is the largest, most powerful and arguably most brutal totalitarian state in the world. It denies basic human rights to all of its nearly 1.4 billion citizens. There is no freedom of speech, thought, assembly, religion, movement or any semblance of political liberty in China. Under Xi Jinping, “president for life,” the CCP has built the most technologically sophisticated repression machine the world has ever seen. In Xinjiang, in Western China, the government is using technology to mount a cultural genocide against the Muslim Uighur minority that is even more total than the one it carried out in Tibet. Human rights experts say that more than a million people are being held in detention camps in Xinjiang, two million more are in forced “re-education,” and everyone else is invasively surveilled via ubiquitous cameras, artificial intelligence and other high-tech means.

None of this is a secret. Under Xi, China has grown markedly more Orwellian;......Why do we give China a pass? In a word: capitalism. Because for 40 years, the West’s relationship with China has been governed by a strategic error the dimensions of which are only now coming into horrific view.......A parade of American presidents on the left and the right argued that by cultivating China as a market — hastening its economic growth and technological sophistication while bringing our own companies a billion new workers and customers — we would inevitably loosen the regime’s hold on its people....the West’s entire political theory about China has been spectacularly wrong. China has engineered ferocious economic growth in the past half century, lifting hundreds of millions of its citizens out of miserable poverty. But China’s growth did not come at any cost to the regime’s political chokehold....It is also now routinely corrupting the rest of us outside of China......the N.B.A.’s hasty and embarrassing apology this week after Daryl Morey, the Houston Rockets’ general manager, tweeted — and quickly deleted — a message in support of Hong Kong’s protesters......The N.B.A. is far from the first American institution to accede to China’s limits on liberty. Hollywood, large tech companies and a variety of consumer brands — from Delta to Zara — have been more than willing to play ball. The submission is spreading: .....This sort of corporate capitulation is hardly surprising. For Western companies, China is simply too big and too rich a market to ignore, let alone to pressure or to police. .....it will only get worse from here, and we are fools to play this game. There is a school of thought that says America should not think of China as an enemy. With its far larger population, China’s economy will inevitably come to eclipse ours, but that is hardly a mortal threat. In climate change, the world faces a huge collective-action problem that will require global cooperation. According to this view, treating China like an adversary will only frustrate our own long-term goals......this perspective leaves out the threat that greater economic and technological integration with China poses to everyone outside of China. It ignores the ever-steeper capitulation that China requires of its partners. And it overlooks the most important new factor in the Chinese regime’s longevity: the seductive efficiency that technology offers to effect a breathtaking new level of control over its population......Through online surveillance, facial recognition, artificial intelligence and the propagandistic gold mine of social media, China has mobilized a set of tools that allow it to invisibly, routinely repress its citizens and shape political opinion by manipulating their feelings and grievances on just about any controversy.....Chinese-style tech-abetted surveillance authoritarianism could become a template for how much of the world works.
adversaries  artificial_intelligence  authoritarianism  brands  capitalism  capitulation  China  China_rising  Chinese_Communist_Party  climate_change  collective_action  cultural_genocide  decoupling  despots  errors  facial_recognition  Farhad_Manjoo  freedom  Hollywood  Hong_Kong  human_rights  influence  NBA  op-ed  Orwell  propaganda  repression  self-corruption  surveillance  surveillance_state  technology  threats  Tibet  totalitarianism  tyranny  Uyghurs  unintended_consequences  values  Xi_Jinping 
october 2019 by jerryking
Kawhi’s silence was golden for making a deal without making enemies - The Globe and Mail
CATHAL KELLY
PUBLISHED JULY 7, 2019

"Never let anyone outside of the family know what you're thinking.". Vito Corleone.
basketball  Cathal_Kelly  closedmouth  cunning  deal-making  Kawhi_Leonard  lessons_learned  NBA  silence  smart_people  taciturn  Toronto_Raptors  wisdom 
july 2019 by jerryking
Michael Lewis Makes Boring Stuff Interesting - WSJ
May 17, 2019 | THE WALL STREET JOURNAL | By Richard Turner.

The writer’s new podcast ‘Against the Rules’ asks what has happened to fairness in the U.S.......Michael Lewis doesn’t really need this gig. His new podcast, “Against the Rules,” doesn’t pay anything close to his book-writing day job. It’s unlikely to turn into a movie. Plus, the podcast’s subject is pretty abstract: Who are the referees in our society? Who determines what is fair and even what is true? Is our whole system rigged from stem to stern, as everyone from President Donald Trump to sports fans to the Black Lives Matter movement insists?.....The idea ...is to examine “what’s happened to fairness” in an age when America’s arbiters are no longer trusted. The Walter Cronkites of the world are gone, and those assigned to make the tough calls are reviled, threatened and assumed (sometimes correctly) to be corrupt.....“It’s a big problem for democracy if people don’t have a shared reality,” Mr. Lewis says. “It’s difficult to establish a referee in an increasingly unequal environment” like today’s U.S., “when there are powerful parties and not-so powerful ones. .......Mr. Lewis’s skills turn out to be well-suited to the podcast medium. His calling card, echoed by untold critics and readers, is this: He makes boring stuff interesting. He collects disparate ingredients, whips them up with character and narrative, and distills human stories into engrossing big-picture explainers........Lewis keeps seeing failures of refereeing. “There was no referee at the interface between Wall Street and the consumers—consumer finance. I saw the birth of that, when Wall Street hit segments of society it had never touched, through subprime mortgages, for car loans, through asset-backed securities. There was no one saying, ‘That’s fair and that’s not.’”.......Among his topics: correct English usage, judges, used cars, identity theft, credit-card companies, student-loan abuses, Cambridge Analytica, King Solomon and the famed mediator Kenneth Feinberg, who handled victim compensation for 9/11 families and those affected by the 2010 BP oil spill. Listeners can imagine myriad future topics related to fairness: expanding the Supreme Court, machines calling balls and strikes, cable-news coverage of the Trump presidency and so on.
boring  consumer_finance  credit-ratings  democracy  failure  fairness  gaming_the_system  Michael_Lewis  NBA  podcasting  podcasts  refereeing  rules_of_the_game  shared_experiences  unglamorous  Wall_Street  writers 
may 2019 by jerryking
Why many high-performing sports teams are losing money at the gate - Vision Critical Blog
February 25, 2015
By Chris Bondarenko

Here are four reasons why many high performing teams aren’t seeing the financial gains they once enjoyed:

1. MOST TEAMS LACK AN EMOTIONAL CONNECTION WITH FANS.

...If sports teams want to stop losing money at the gates, they need to better understand what triggers the passion of fans and integrate them into the brand experience. Teams can only do that if they truly know their fans. Building that connection requires showing fans that they matter—that the team cares and is listening to them—and will in turn deliver on that brand experience.

2. IN-PERSON EXPERIENCE DOESN’T MATCH FANS’ CONSUMPTION HABITS.

If teams want fans to become more engaged, they need to go where the fans are—the digital realm. Fans today simply do not consume sports in the same way they used to. Teams need to catch up....online consumption of sports videos grew 388 percent year-over-year from 2013 to 2014. Mobile and social consumption among fans is also growing rapidly....The rise of cloud, mobile and social technologies means sports teams need to reconsider not just how they’re distributing their content but also how they’re connecting with fans. The tools teams use to interact with people must be congruent and complementary to the habits, behavior and expectations of the empowered fan.

3. TEAMS FAIL TO ENGAGE FANS CONTINUOUSLY.

A study on fan loyalty revealed that although sports are seasonal, most fans follow their teams throughout the entire year, even in the off-season.. during preseason and the trade deadline....Teams need a game plan on how to engage with their fans consistently.

4. FANS DON’T FEEL HEARD AND UNDERSTOOD.only 45 percent of fans agreed their teams are interested in hearing their opinions. Even more troubling: only 33 percent agreed that that their teams listens to their opinion.

The lack of engagement is dangerous because fan loyalty isn’t what it used to be. Twenty-two percent of sports fans we talked to said they are willing to switch teams, while 30 percent admitted to already doing so in the past year.
fans  fan_engagement  LBMA  sports  gate_revenue  NBA  MLB  rugby  emotional_connections 
april 2016 by jerryking
How to be a Top-Gun Deal Maker | Ivey Business Journal
by: Michael Benoliel

[8 April/9 April 2017; Letter to the editor by Bruce Mathers] "It is axiomatic that negotiators who understand their opponents have a strong advantage"
Robert_Johnson  BET  dealmakers  deal-making  howto  moguls  CATV  African-Americans  entrepreneur  Viacom  Second_Acts  NBA  trailblazers  negotiations 
july 2015 by jerryking
The N.B.A. Draft Needs a Men’s Wear Makeover - The New York Times
June 26, 2015 | NYT | Vanessa Friedman

Yet all this dress-up seems to me to distract from the purpose of the moment, and the real skill being celebrated (and signed). That belongs to the men in the costumes, and it is both subtle and elegant: an ability to understand space and geometry and manipulate a ball in ways that are as complex and exact as the seams in a perfectly made suit.

So shouldn’t they wear the clothes to match? The best suits are the ones that act as a background to the persona inside, and which frame the, well, frame to its ultimate advantage.
mens'_clothing  athletes_&_athletics  basketball  NBA  African-Americans  suits 
june 2015 by jerryking
Kobe’s competitiveness ‘scares a lot of people that are just comfortable being average’ - The Globe and Mail
JON KRAWCZYNSKI
MINNEAPOLIS — The Associated Press
Published Monday, Dec. 15 2014
Bryant has been compared to Jordan for a long time, in part because he dared to chase him. Where Bryant is every bit Jordan’s equal is in the tenacity that has kept him going through a torn Achilles tendon, bone-on-bone friction in his knees and now the painful rebuilding of a proud franchise.

“His competitiveness drives him in the off-season to work to be able to play at the level he plays,” Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders said. “His competitiveness during the games to dominate offensively and defensively and then his competitiveness of wanting to win. He’ll challenge teammates if need be and will do whatever it takes to try to get that edge.”

It’s the only way Bryant knows. And he learned by studying the best.

“I think when you look at Michael’s [Hall of Fame] speech,” Bryant said, referring to a speech in which Jordan cited those who he perceived to have gotten in his way over the years. “People really got a chance to see how he ticks and it scared a lot of people, right? But that’s just the reality of it. You can’t get to a supreme level without channelling the dark side a little bit.”

Bryant’s willingness to embrace the darkness has, in his own eyes, cast him as one of the league’s villains.
NBA  athletes_&_athletics  competition  competitive_advantage  basketball  Kobe_Bryant  competitiveness  Pablo_Picasso  averages  tenacity  injuries  dark_side  villains 
december 2014 by jerryking
How a Netflix for sports could be a game-changer - The Globe and Mail
IAN McGUGAN
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sports  NBA  NHL  NFL  television  Netflix  broadcasting  streaming 
october 2014 by jerryking
Racial Remark Again Prompts An N.B.A.
Brian A. Kirkland North Brunswick, NJ 17 hours ago
"It is another blow to the league, which earlier this year forced Donald Sterling to sell the Los Angeles Clippers after a recording in which he mad...
letters_to_the_editor  NBA  race_relations  race  racism 
september 2014 by jerryking
Deep in the Heart of Don - NYTimes.com
APRIL 30, 2014
Continue reading the main story

Charles M. Blow
Donald_Sterling  NBA  racism 
may 2014 by jerryking
The uproar over racism and the NBA - The Globe and Mail
JOE FRIESEN
The Globe and Mail
Published Monday, Apr. 28 2014,
Donald_Sterling  NBA  basketball  racism  bigotry 
april 2014 by jerryking
Peter C. B Bynoe Addresses Conference
April 1992 | HBS Bulletin | by Jeffrey Lazar.

* The concept of independence and self-determination is basically a myth for entrepreneurs. We all work for somebody--shareholders, customers, advertisers. Although we try to maximize out destiny , int eh final analysis, the marketplace dictates whether we succeed or fail
* Commit yourself to excellence and not to money.
* Be innovative, take chances and stay honest to oneself and others.
* Know when you need help and whom to ask for it, and get out when you realize that the market is turning against you. Never be too proud to fold your cards.
* Take responsibility for one's actions. Your bank account at the end of the year is the determining factor. No finger-pointing!
* Don't take "no" for an answer!
* Judge people by the content of their character not skin colour.
* Have fun. Enjoy the work that you do.
African-Americans  entrepreneur  HBS  alumni  exits  false_pride  blaming_fingerpointing  entrepreneurship  NBA  basketball  J.D.-M.B.A.  rules_of_the_game 
august 2012 by jerryking
NBA Finals: LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Other Fashion Plates of the NBA Make Specs of Themselves - WSJ.com
June 14, 2012 | WSJ | By SCOTT CACCIOLA and BEN COHEN.
Fashion Plates of the NBA Make Specs of Themselves
At Finals, Hoops Stars Also Compete Over Stylish Eyeglasses; No Lenses Needed
NBA  eyeglasses 
june 2012 by jerryking
The Weekend Interview with Jalen Rose: From the Fab Five to the Three Rs - WSJ.com
DECEMBER 31, 2011 | WSJ | By STEPHEN MOORE.
From the Fab Five to the Three Rs
After 20 years of basketball fame and fortune, Jalen Rose returns home to Detroit to promote school reform and parental choice.
Detroit  charter_schools  basketball  NBA 
december 2011 by jerryking
The Business of Sports: Here Come the Technocrats
September 16, 2006 | Wall Street Journal |By Russell Adams |
As senior vice president of operations and information, Mr. Morey's first job was to modernize the ticket-sales operation. He tapped a Cambridge company called StratBridge Inc. to install technology allowing the sales team to visually analyze, in real time, who the customers are, where they're sitting and what they're willing to pay for tickets.
sports  analytics  Octothorpe_Software  NBA  basketball  data_driven  Moneyball  MIT  StratBridge 
october 2011 by jerryking
A young mogul attempts to crash the NBA's owners' club
Tuesday, November 28, 2006 The Wall Street Journal, By Adam Thompson and Jennifer S. Forsyth,
entrepreneur  African-Americans  basketball  NBA  moguls 
march 2009 by jerryking

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