September 6, 2009 -
Your's truly, Sweetie, has recently come across some op-ed
articles and news pieces that have got my brain really
thinkin'! I know...who would have thunk it, right? Me, have
a brain? Oh, that's a good one! And I'm the only one
laughing. But when you hear about some of the stuff that
gets published on the internet, I might just very well be a
Anyways, one of these articles I recently came across
was a piece on statements made by the Executive Director
of the Nevada Council on Problem Gambling, Carol O'Hare.
The other piece was a news article about a woman who was
crushed by her chimney and used the online chat feature
of an internet gaming site to call for help.
A possible relation between the two articles,
perhaps? Actually, no. I reference them both simply
because, to me, they represent a contrast in two
energies that are helping and hurting the online
gambling industry as a whole.
Let's first take a look at what's hurting. Uh, you
guessed it. The chimney falling on the lady. Ya, that's
got to hurt. But what really hurts the credibility of
the online gambling industry, however, is the fact that
some bonehead actually wrote an article arguing that
gambling in an online casino helps to save lives. Now,
it would be one thing if he was joking around. But he
wasn't! He actually played the card that went something
like this: An elderly woman trapped underneath a
collapsed chimney in her living room, logs into an
online casino to ask for help via chat. Her pleas were
answered by another player who then alerted authorities.
There you have it. If you gamble at an online casino,
you can help save lives and possibly even have your own
Who does this person think they are trying to
convince to gamble at online casinos - eight year olds?
Well, maybe so. And there you have it. BS like this does
more damage to the online gambling industry than
anything else. To content writers like this I say, "Stop
trying to twist the news! It just shows how desperate
and immoral you are - and it reflects on the industry.
Idiots with a computer. That's all I can say".
Now, this other article about Carol O'Hare - that's
another story. Here you have some objective and factual
reporting citing an authority in the gambling arena.
O'Hare, who as I mentioned, is the Executive Director of
the Nevada Council on Problem Gambling, recently went on
record stating that "problem gambling is not going away
simply because someone puts it in a corner...or takes it
off the internet....Prohibition didn't work...and we
have to continually focus on how to mitigate the
circumstances problem gamblers are faced with, rather
than regulating the problem out of existence".
Now that's a quote. And a great one for proponents of
online gambling regulation at that. Who is more credible
I ask? Carol O'Hare or some religious leader who
blatantly states that online gambling causes addictions
(and with no evidence to back it up)? I rest my case. I
just hope those dopes out there trying to correlate
online gambling with saving lives, will quiet down and
give the industry a chance to gain the credibility it
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