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Gaming Giants Speak Out Against China Tariffs, Warns They Will Make Consoles Too Expensive for Many Households

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Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo have  published a joint response to the Office of the United States Trade Representative stating that the new tariffs on China will result in “enormous impact and undue economic harm” that impacts the “entire video game ecosystem.”

The letter says that these tariffs will “injure consumers, video game developers, retailers and console manufacturers,” “put thousands of high-value, rewarding U.S. jobs at risk,” and “stifle innovation in our industry and beyond.”

“While we appreciate the Administration’s efforts to protect U.S. intellectual property and preserve U.S. high-tech leadership, the disproportionate harm caused by these tariffs to U.S. consumers and businesses will undermine—not advance—these goals. Accordingly, we respectfully request that the Administration remove HTSUS subheading 9504.50.00, covering video game consoles, from the final list of tariffs, and thus refrain from applying tariffs on these products,” the letter, addressed to General Counsel Joseph Barloon states.

Last month, the White House increased duties on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports, and threatened to hit the remaining $300 billion with tariffs of up to 25%. During an interview with Fox Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo on Wednesday, President Donald Trump again threatened the additional tariffs if there is no progress towards a trade deal during his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G-20 Summit in Japan.

The letter from the three gaming companies points out that between them, in 2018 alone, they collectively sold more than 15 million video game consoles in the US. They also noted that together they employ nearly 8,000 people across the United States — including high-value, high-tech research and development roles and creative design and coding jobs in game development studios.

However, they explained that building the consoles themselves in the United States is no simple task.

“In 2018, over 96% of video game consoles imported into the United States were made in China,” the letter explains. “The video game console supply chain has developed in China over many years of investment by our companies and our partners.”

The letter goes on to say that it “would cause significant supply chain disruption to shift sourcing entirely to the United States or a third country, and it would increase costs—even beyond the cost of the proposed tariffs—on products that are already manufactured under tight margin conditions. Each video game console comprises dozens of complex components sourced from multiple countries. A change in even a single supplier must be vetted carefully to mitigate risks of product quality, unreliability and consumer safety issues. Tariffs would significantly disrupt our companies’ businesses and add significant costs that would depress sales of video game consoles and the games and services that drive the profitability of this market segment.”

The industry leaders explained that a 25% price increase would likely put new video game consoles out of reach for many American families who would generally be in the market for a new console over the upcoming holiday season. They noted that two out of three US households have at least one gamer and the threatened tariffs would cost those consumers $840 million more than they otherwise would have, according to a recent study prepared for the Consumer Technology Association by the independent economic group, Trade Partnership.

Despite the potential disruption, there have already been rumbles of Nintendo moving out of China to avoid the tariffs, Comicbook.com reports.

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UN Posts List of ‘Gender Neutral’ Terms For Normal Words — Your Landlord is Now Your ‘Owner’

Most absurdly, the UN wants you to now refer to your landlord and your owner.

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The United Nations are being brutally mocked on social media after posting a list of “gender neutral” terms to replace completely normal words.

Most absurdly, the UN wants you to now refer to your landlord and your owner.

“What you say matters,” the official UN account tweeted. “Help create a more equal world by using gender-neutral language if you’re unsure about someone’s gender or are referring to a group.”

The tweet included a link to the website for United Nations Entity for Gender Equality, also known as ‘UN Women,’ which appeared to be offline. It also included a small list of words that they have decided are problematic.

The tweet was met with immediate mockery to the point where they were brutally ratioed. Within six hours, the post had 17,200 responses and only 4,000 “likes.”

Commentators were especially astounded by the suggestion that you should call your landlord your owner. Others pointed out that some languages are gender specific and assign genders to inanimate objects, though it appears that the UN only takes issue with the English language.

People also called out how incorrect their suggestion of replacing “maiden name” with “family name” is.

“Maiden name and family name are distinct things though. The maiden name is the surname the person used to have before marriage. Family name can easily mean the surname they have now. You didn’t think think that one through, you’re creating ambiguity,” one user responded.

It sure is a good thing that the UN has nothing better to do during this pandemic than police language.

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Law and Order: SVU Actor Christopher Meloni Compares Pro-Trump Children to Nazi Youth

“Not since watching Nazi Youth newsreel footage have I felt this way.”

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Law and Order: SVU actor Christopher Meloni tweeted an attack on young pro-Trump children on Sunday, comparing the elementary school aged kids to “Nazi Youth.”

The kids in the video were celebrating the fact that President Donald Trump would be appearing at the Republican National Convention in 100 days.

When asked what the kids like about President Trump they assert “he fights for our freedom,” and “he keeps us safe.”

“We are keeping America First!” one of the children declares at the end of the video.

While most people who disagree with the politics of small children would just keep scrolling, Meloni could not resist attacking the youngsters.

“So. CUTE! Not since watching Nazi Youth newsreel footage have I felt this way. Heil Trump!” Meloni wrote with a middle finger emoji.

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The washed up actor’s Twitter bio says that he is “the guy who recognizes every ‘free thinker’ ‘Patriot’ for what they really are. I play pretend sometimes.”

Meloni’s Twitter account is littered with disdain for the president and his supporters. He has also consistently pushed the debunked Russiagate conspiracy theory and appears to be some what obsessed with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The actor often retweets anti-Russia leftists, as well as neoconservatives like Iraq War architect Bill Kristol.

“We will NOT allow democrats to destroy the integrity of our elections,” Meloni tweeted at GOP Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel on May 15. “Only Putin, GOP, and Facebook have that right.”

Nearly every recent tweet and retweet on the actor’s social media account is about the president. He also frequently tweets his support for abortion.

“Republicans love less govt until it’s time to get them into ur family’s personal, painful, difficult decision,” Meloni tweeted on May 13 in response to an anonymous Twitter user writing that “Democrats love science until it’s time to talk about abortion.”

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Twitch ‘Safety Advisory Council’ Member Thinks A Lot of Gamers Are ‘White Supremacists’

The odd activist pretends to be a deer on livestreams while being petted by a woman until achieving near orgasms.

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A member of the new Safety Advisory Council at Twitch is a trans “deer-girl” who believes that “a lot” of gamers are white supremacists and can’t wait to use this power against their enemies.

The odd activist, Steph “FerociouslySteph” Loehr, pretends to be a deer on livestreams while being petted by a woman until achieving near orgasms.

The gaming platform announced the creation of the Safety Advisory Council earlier this month to “protect the interests of marginalized groups” and “promote healthy streaming and work-life balance habits.”

Loehr’s role on the team sparked immediate controversy as they have previously stated that they believe a lot of the gaming community are white supremacists.

The activist also has ties to the far-left Anti-Defamation League, who helped to form the Twitch council.

Loehr has previously advocated for voice chat in competitive games to be removed because it is “the only way to have a level playing field.”

“The only way to have a level playing field at the highest level of play is to not have voice chat, giving up their linguistic profiles. Competition requires you to get every advantage possible. You have to squeeze every amount of advantage you can get. Voice chat is unfair. Period,” they said.

They later opined on Twitter that only “cis white males” oppose the idea of removing voice chat.

In another stream, Loehr expressed extreme joy at the thought of having power and how streamers that they don’t like should be afraid of them.

“I have power. They can’t take it away from me,” Loehr said, barely able to contain their glee. “There’s some people that should be afraid of me.”

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Loehr warned that they’re going to “come for harmful people” and added that “Twitch is endorsing me to do that.”

Naturally, Loehr’s extremist views have sparked a massive controversy in the gaming community. Popular streamers began to speak out against their inclusion on the council almost immediately.

In a statement provided to Newsweek, streamer and bodybuilder Knut, pointed out the hypocrisy of Loehr’s attacks on straight while men.

“I find it ironic that someone who was recently appointed to Twitch’s council, with a stated intent to promote equality and improve the platform, is the one who is directly attacking specific groups,” Knut said in a statement. “If the roles had been reversed here, there is no doubt in my mind that they would have been action taken by Twitch. I am simply advocating for subordination to a single rule set by all on the platform, regardless of personal identities or agendas. That is how twitch can remain great and not succumb to bias in either direction.”

Loehr told Newsweek that they are a victim of harassment because of their weirdo behavior.

“I am getting harassed because I represent a lot of things people hate about diversity and acceptance,” Loehr said. “I am different and twitch has platformed me. People believe me to be mentally ill for being different. People believe I am a threat to their video game mechanics. People also don’t like me for my pride, and they don’t like that they have so little power over me.”

Twitch appears to be siding with the “deer-girl,” saying in a statement to the outlet that their safety is the platform’s top priority.

“It is unfortunate to see a member of the advisory council targeted for harassment. The safety of our council members is our top priority and we’ve taken preventative measures to help ensure their safety and well-being. We are in close communication with each of the members and are working diligently to provide them with whatever support they may need.”

A petition has been launched to remove the activist from the advisory council.

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