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.
Woman Paints Over Black Lives Matter Mural in NYC, Shouts ‘Bill de Blasio Doesn’t Care About Black People!’
De Blasio is planning to paint four more of the ridiculous murals throughout the city.
The state-sanctioned Black Lives Matter mural outside Trump Tower in New York City has been vandalized by a protester for the third time since it was painted.
A black woman covered multiple letters of the bright yellow eyesore with multiple gallons of black paint while shouting “Refund the Police” and “Bill de Blasio doesn’t care about black people!”
The woman urged people to find Jesus while she worked, attempting to cover as much as she could before being detained and arrested.
The mural was also vandalized the previous day by four protesters who oppose the Marxist political message painted in the street by the mayor. The brave activists shouted “Blue Lives Matter” and “All Lives Matter” as they painted over the city-approved vandalism.
Group of Trump supporters splattered blue paint onto BLM mural outside Trump Tower, saying "All Lives Matter" and "Blue Lives Matter". Four people were arrested.
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Onlookers shouted at them hysterically as they did it.
NBC New York reports “the alleged vandals threw the paint in what appeared to be a coordinated effort involving about 10 people around 4 p.m. Friday. There were plans going around on social media with a group of people discussing doing the stunt.”
On Monday, the mural was splattered with red paint.
Unlike the rioters and looters that took over his city recently, he has made it a priority to arrest those who dare to vandalize it. In fact, Mayor de Blasio has seemingly been more concerned with protecting the tacky painting than about the rising crime in the city since he tied the hands of his police force.
De Blasio is planning to paint four more of the ridiculous murals throughout the city.
War on Christianity: Virgin Mary Statue Honoring WWII Servicemen Lit on Fire in Massachusetts
Imagine if this was happening to any other religion.
Following three churches being lit ablaze across the US over the weekend, a statue of the Virgin Mary honoring fallen WWII soldiers has been lit on fire in Massachusetts.
The statue at St. Peter Parish in Dorchester was found charred around 10 p.m. Saturday.
“Fire investigators say it appears someone set fire to plastic flowers that were in the hands of the statue, which caused the face and upper body of the statue to be burned,” NBC Boston reports. “The charred statue startled parishioners on Sunday, with one man saying he was ‘very disturbed’ by the incident.”
“This is ridiculous,” a woman added. “This needs to stop.”
St. Peter Parish’s Pastor Currie said he would like to help the person who did this and believes that they are a “troubled soul.”
“This is obviously someone disturbed, someone who has a lot of trouble, a troubled soul,” he said. “But I know our Lady in Heaven is looking down on the soul, or whoever it might’ve been, and saying, ‘I love you! If you need help, come get help. We’re here for you.'”
The Boston Police are asking anyone with information on the incident to contact them at 617-343-4335.
Over the weekend, three churches were burned across the nation.
A fire destroyed Faith Tabernacle Pentecostal Church in Elkmont, Alabama Friday night.
On Saturday a man drove into a church in Ocala, Florida, before lighting it on fire.
Next, a fire destroyed the roof of 249-Year-Old San Gabriel Mission Church in California.
Had these been places of worship for any other religion, it would have been leading the news cycle for at least a week.
Communist Hammer and Sickle Painted on North Carolina WWII Memorial
The names on the memorial “are veterans and deserve the honor, respect, and dignity.”
The Communist hammer and sickle symbol was spray painted on a North Carolina World War II Memorial over the weekend.
The memorial in the Evergreen Cemetery in Charlotte honors over 500 people from the county who died in the war.
The vandals also wrote “Glory to the day of heroism June 19, 1986,” a likely reference to the violent Communist Party of Peru.
“On June 18, 1986, the Shining Path began to protest the Peruvian government’s use of torture on its members and their movement to different prisons,” the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reported when another statue was vandalized with the same message in May. “Although the Peruvian government at first tried to negotiate with the Shining Path, the members refused, he said, and the government sent troops into the prisons the next day — bombing two facilities and executing inmates who were in the Shining Path.”
Over 200 people were killed.
“That day immediately began to be called ‘The Day of Heroism.’”
Fox News reports that a portion of the WWII monument that read, “Dedicated to the memory of the Mecklenburg heroes of World War II who made the supreme sacrifice that you might live in liberty, freedom and peace,” was also covered in yellow paint.
Wayne White, a US Air Force Vet, rounded up some friends and is working to help clean up a Charlotte WWII memorial after seeing on social media that it had been defaced. @FOX46News pic.twitter.com/KvrglFBwfN
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Air Force veteran Wayne White gathered friends to help clean the memorial after seeing that it was defaced on social media. He told Fox 17 that the names on the memorial “are veterans and deserve the honor, respect, and dignity.”