Casino Politics -- bought and sold
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The saying, What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas is the condensed version of:
Every year people go to Las Vegas, and the billions of dollars they lose gambling ... stays in Vegas.
The house has a built-in advantage on all the games. The gambler who plays long enough ... will lose. The Smart Gambler plays the games with the smallest House Edge like Baccarat or Craps. The Idiot Gambler goes straight to Keno or the slot machines. But lowering the odds doesn't mean you are going to win. It just means you might win some of the time, but overall you'll lose more slowly.
Commercial casinos gross about $34.6 billion yearly, Native American casinos rake in bout $18.5 billion, and state lotteries do a little better at $19.1 billion. Add it all up and you're looking at $72.2 billion dollars lost every year by people who don't seem to care that all the games are rigged in favor of The House.
The House Edge. Everyone knows about it. Everyone knows the rules. Gambling is a consensual act. If I gamble and lose ... I have no one to blame but myself. Y'see I knew it was a rigged game before I bet my first dollar. And knowing the House Edge ... I would rather wager my life's savings in Las Vegas than vote in an American presidential election. At least I'd have a chance of winning in the casino.
Now that I've reached the ripe old age of "I'm too old for this sh*t" I think it's about time I yanked the remaining bits of political dissonance out of my skull and drag them out in the back yard and drown them in the goldfish pond.
Euphemistically speaking of course.
I don't have a goldfish pond.
But I do have remnants of gibberish banging around in my head where half the time I don't believe in them at all ... but then I spend the rest of the time acting as if they are true as gravity. It's time for me to stop wasting my time and energy on magical thinking. It's way beyond the time to stop actually ... because it's too late.
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Read This Article: Just Doing the Math, Electoral Fraud In The 2016 Democratic Primaries by Giovanni and Marcello Pietrobon. This should convince anyone who isn't dead yet that the voting process in The United States isn't just broken ... it's gone. Something that's broken might be fixed. But you can't fix something that isn't there any more.
And now it's time to Cut and Paste from the article:
In the 2016 democratic primary elections unadjusted exit polls show that Bernie Sanders has been robbed of the following percentage of votes: