*THIS* is why the gaming industry needs to decouple from Chinese manufacturers.

Pardon my language, but: you have go to be fucking KIDDING me. From the latest update to the Tour de Lovecraft: Destinations Kickstarter:

The next step is obviously getting Tour de Lovecraft: The Tales and The Destinations to print, and if we get everything nailed down with our new Lithuanian printer this week, we should be on press next week.

Lithuania? Yes, Lithuania. Originally, we had planned to go with a Chinese printing house that I have some pretty extensive experience with from my day job, but we hit an obstacle: Thibet. On the World of Lovecraft map, we have Thibet (Tibet) labeled, in perhaps 8 point letters. But in China, that’s pretty much a non-starter, and no printer will touch it. We had thought we’d be able to move to a different printer than I have worked with that is based in far-more-permissive Hong Kong, but events in China caught up with us there, and *that* became impossible as well.

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#rsrh Has the Communist Party of China lost the Mandate of Heaven?

Yes, I’m only asking this to f*ck with the ChiComs.

China’s censors blocked access to the term “Shanghai stock market” on popular microblogs on Monday after the index fell a bizarre 64.89 points on the anniversary of the bloody June 4, 1989, crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Tiananmen Square.

In another twist, the Shanghai Composite Index opened at 2346.98 points on the 23rd anniversary of the killings. The numbers 46.98 are June 4, 1989, backwards.

Now ask me why I should care if the ChiComs get upset about me f*cking with them.

Moe Lane

So much for those “Free Tibet” bumper stickers.

I understand that they can be easily enough removed with a combination of WD-40 and a razor blade. Some people should get cracking with that

In an attempt to gain favor with China, the United States pressured Tibetan representatives to postpone a meeting between the Dalai Lama and President Obama until after Obama’s summit with his Chinese counterpart, Hu Jintao, scheduled for next month, according to diplomats, government officials and other sources familiar with the talks.

For the first time since 1991, the Tibetan spiritual leader will visit Washington this week and not meet with the president. Since 1991, he has been here 10 times. Most times the meetings have been “drop-in” visits at the White House. The last time he was here, in 2007, however, George W. Bush became the first sitting president to meet with him publicly, at a ceremony at the Capitol in which he awarded the Dalai Lama the Congressional Gold Medal, Congress’s highest civilian award.

…because it’s just the first step. Given the passive-aggressive nature of this administration, the next step will be to see whether enough people squawk at this; if they don’t, they’ll start making it ‘difficult’ for the Dalai Lama to visit the United States. And if he passes away, expect the USA to keep its mouth shut and let the PRC do… whatever the PRC plans to do about the religious leader’s successor. All part of the task of the day – which is to improve the PRC’s IMF standing, apparently. Why it’s up to the USA to do that* is a reason known only to God and the President, and I’ll avoid the obvious sneer this time. It seems unfair to taunt people who now have to go out and do work on their cars because of this…

Moe Lane

PS: Via Below the Beltway – and, to answer Doug’s confusion as to which is worse; it’d be if this was done unilaterally. If we negotiated to this it’d at least imply that we got a concession in return, which would be something, from a realpolitik point of view.

Moe Lane

*But if the People’s Republic of China is looking for advice, here’s some for free: try being a democratic republic, run on open market principles. Yes, I know: physician, heal thyself. Still, it’s good advice.

Crossposted to RedState.