Dad's mom lost her life the night she learned her oldest son had joined the Marine Corps. Dad's father was wheelchair bound, which accounts for why he never finished grade school. To support his families he sold newspapers, drove newspaper trucks, and wrote numbers in a small, yellow, lined pad that he pulled from his back pocket when the kitchen wall phone rang for him. His scholarship went into numbers, analyzing odds, and studying scratch sheets.
His scratch sheet expertise and daily double race track winnings put wads of dollars into his rubber band wrapped cigar box. His scholarship helped put his kids through school.
Now, even when I go to the movies, I sometimes take dad's bookie pad and play out the odds. Here's some scratch sheet information on Mother Earth to help with betting on the future of your great grandchildren and Racetrack Earth. It needs your numerical handicapping.
In Elysium 2154 there are a lot of poor, beaten, bruised and ill-kept people who live in one of the many massively crowded cities chocking under earth's hot, dirty air. Once-orphaned Matt Damon is one. Like so many there, he doesn't have health care and a lot of other things that exits in abundance on the Elysium Racetrack floating above them.
After you've read this piece and compiled your own Elysium scratch sheets, give us your odds on it happening [1 (won't happen) -- 10 (assured to happen)] by answering the poll at the end of this. We'll post the odds on a future big electronic race board.
1. Will most of the world be Elysium crowded?
[1 (won't happen) -- 10 (assured to happen) on all questions]
Elysium depicts North America and uses hot, crowded, and poor sections of Mexico to reflect cinematically its depressing urbanized conditions.