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In the late 90s and early 2000s, I began to observe an increase in various forms of gambling in Canada; particularly in western Canada, there were more casinos and video lottery terminals in bars.
In recent years, I have observed the same kind of video lottery terminals in several bars in Atlantic Canada; thus far, Ontario has resisted them.
But casinos have spread greatly in Ontario in recent years, outside of some of the more obvious locations (some big cities, many native reserves), into small communities, as well. In the last couple of years or so, one even opened up in my small hometown, which surprised the heck out of me, as I didn’t see my area as the kind of place that would go in for them.
I am not altogether opposed to gambling, per se; I don’t believe it is outright condemned in and of itself in Scripture (yes, the casting of lots for Christ’s garments is depicted as the wicked thing that it certainly was, but not because of the gaming so much as the humiliation of an innocent man who is also God; after all, casting lots is shown in Scripture in general as a tool for decision-making, much like flipping a coin).
But as with other activities that are not wrong necessarily in moderation, but in excess are problematic (e.g. people enjoying some drinks at the pub or at home after work is one thing; people getting shit-faced, blackout-drunk, and puking on the streets like we see today in the U.K. in contrast to the healthier drinking culture of yesteryear is quite another), so too with gambling. A bit here and there, a few national and regional lotteries, a few casinos, a few horsetracks with betting, etc., no big deal for society; only for a handful of people with self-control issues. But video lottery terminals and casinos increasingly everywhere, that’s worrisome. We can expect to see more and more gambling addictions arising, the numbers increasing exponentially, the more gambling proliferates.
What is bringing this about?
Well, frankly, at the end of the day, I think it’s just greedy governments, greedy for increased tax revenues, and/or finding an easy way to boost tourism (and no doubt some corrupt officials on the take, in the pockets of would-be casino owners) – and business owners, esp. bars which play host to video lottery terminals, all too happy to go along with it, because they sell more drinks the longer people sit in the bar and play. I don’t blame business owners for wanting to maximize their profits nor not wanting to lose out to the competition down the street if they host such terminals, but I do blame governments for allowing / promoting such.
As for why the public enthusiastically embraces them, hey, it’s a thrill, and the lure of easy money for nothing is too much for many to resist. (Not me; I think I lack the gambling gene or whatever; I don’t even play lottery tickets, though I will enter occasionally contests to win a trip, or some charity 50:50 draws occasionally, but I don’t bet or go to casinos or the like, just because I have different interests, same as I’m not especially interested in sports, particularly. This of course doesn’t mean I’m better than others; just that my temptations / vices / weaknesses / preferred recreational activities happen to lie elsewhere.) And no doubt in hard times, it becomes even more of an escape, and something into which people place their hopes, rather than in God.
Anyway, just something I’ve noticed, of late; or rather, I’ve been noticing it over the last generation, but with recent increased rates of proliferation of gambling forms, I couldn’t help but be struck by it, and find myself contemplating it more.
Tom Goodenough comments on the latest YouGov survey:
There’s a nasty shock for the Tories in the Times this morning, with the paper publishing a YouGov poll suggesting the party could lose 20 seats at next week’s election. The estimate says that we could be heading for a hung parliament and that the Conservatives might fall 16 seats short of an overall majority.
It seems hard to believe that the Conservatives could fare that badly in the general election, but they have been conducting what is widely regarded to be one of the worst general election campaigns in decades. Compounding their earlier errors, May has announced that she won’t take part in the party leader debate, which has given Corbyn a perfect opening to participate in the debate while ridiculing her for ducking it.
The Conservatives had almost all the advantages going into this election, but they have run their campaign on the possibly fatal assumption that they couldn’t lose no matter what they did. They will probably still hang on to power, but May will have done real harm to her reputation with multiple reversals in just a few weeks. May has weakened her position at home by calling an election that she and her party weren’t fully prepared to fight, and she might end up sinking her government almost as soon as it began.
Either she’s a bumbling incompetent, or she’s deviously self-sabotaging.
The British political situation is very much analogous to the American one, at present:
In America, the Democrats are in complete disarray, and the Republicans control the House and the Senate and the presidency, yet despite all that, seem mostly politically impotent, unable to get their shit together (whether by accident or design), hell-bent on snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.
In Britain, Labour is in complete disarray, with their deeply unpopular hard-left leader Jeremy Corbyn, and shouldn’t be any kind of threat to the Tories, but either through incompetence or malice, as with the GOP, May seems bent on self-destruction.
For that matter, here in Ontario, Canada, we have a deeply unpopular Liberal Premier, but the Ontario Tories have a shitty flip-flopping leader who isn’t in any position to become any kind of threat to the governing Liberals. And federally, while the bloom is off the rose, and Trudeau and the Liberals are no longer seen as unable to do wrong by Canadians, who grow increasingly tired of Prime Minister Selfie and his antics, what do the Tories do? Elect a clone of their last leader, showing they’ve learned nothing from their election loss. (I didn’t particularly like libertarian Mad Max, but at least he would have been something different…)
The game is rigged, throughout the Anglosphere. (And the West in general; witness France and the Netherlands, too…)
Only progs are allowed to enact their agenda; cons are cons, incompetent or self-sabotaging.
The ratchet only turns in one direction.
Bugger it all!
Burn it down.
Put not your trust in princes…
Newly elected Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer is Stephen Harper 2.0.
He’s ostensibly socially conservative, yet considers abortion and gay marriage settled and won’t let his personal opinions on such matters influence his policies.
But he’s fully neo-con / Zionist warmongering; wants Canada to step up and help smash ISIS.
In short, he’s just like Stephen Harper, except he smiles more.
On the plus side, the libertarian Max Bernier didn’t win; nor did the crypto-anti-monarchist Erin O’Toole.
Kudos to Kellie Leitch, for raising ‘national question’ / immigration issues that no-one else would touch. Perhaps they’ll have a better champion in the future; we can pray…
The Tories, no longer in flux,
Have settled on putting their bucks
On nothing too strange
Or smacking of change
But Stephen J. Harper redux.
— Limericking (@Limericking) May 28, 2017
So Muslims in the West are still defending their founder’s marriage of a six-year-old girl, and consummation when she was age nine…
Their worldview is not compatible with ours.
It’s as simple as that.
They’re getting so bold, aren’t they?
I think the only sensible reply to this is Deus Vult.
“Silence is consent.”
The feminists say nothing.
This completely contradicts the notion of consent, which is a positive construct that must be actively given, in all law, so I would question the translation of that word. It must mean something else, Islam knows no such thing as consent. There is only its meaning, ‘submission’. Submission is never consensual, it is coerced. Coercion is like blackmail in another signed (non-marital) contract, it vitiates consent, it becomes invalid. One must be free to consent.
Lying about the conjoined medical phenomena of menstruation and puberty is another strike against reason.
This entire sham of a religion is merely an excuse for war. No other religion is warmongering. It is totally incompatible with the West and its culture and people.
This is an observant comment by theng85, about the costs, big and small, that Diversity™ imposes on society.
Also, a shower thought regarding vibrancy and open borders:
You’ve mentioned before that when a country’s border in weak or unstable, more mini-barriers will be opened up within the confines of the border. I’ll never forget walking by a brownstone in Brooklyn that had a “No border wall” sign in the window….A window that had bars over it and a locking gate around the property. What’s good for the goose isn’t good for the gander, I guess.
But there are more boundaries where there’s more vibrancy. My litmus test for whether or not I’m in a bad area is how easily I can access things in something like a gas station or a McDonald’s. If there’s a table with napkins, straws, ketchup, sugar packets, and I can walk into the bathroom and do my business without needing to talk to the staff, then I’m in a good (Read: White) area.
But if the ketchup and napkins are behind the counter, or you need to be buzzed into the bathroom/given a key, or you have to talk to the cashier through a 6 inch sheet of bulletproof glass, then you’re in a bad (Read: Vibrant) area. One of the selling points of my current apartment was that the 24-hour gas station down the street had open access to its bathrooms 24/7. That means I was in a safe neighborhood with little to no vibrancy. And I was right!
tl;dr: Diversity causes instability, instability creates boundaries.
Yep. I’ve noticed the same thing…
Another: does a neighbourhood / school dance require you to go through airport-style security?
When I went back to post-graduate school a few years back in Toronto, one night, I decided to attend a school dance; when I went, I shit you not, there was an X-ray machine that they made me pass the contents of my pockets through, and there was a portal I had to pass through, and an electromagnetic, beeping wand was waved around my body after, to make sure I hadn’t anything metallic still in my pockets. Just like at an airport.
At a college dance.
That never used to happen in the Great White North.
But now it does.
I found out why: 99% of the attendees were either homeboys / homegirls, guidos, or other wiggers, all droopy-pants-barely-wearing, ‘sup, ‘sup, yo’, hand-gesturing excessively types…
And it was all ‘urban’, hip-hop / R&B music…
Needless to say, I didn’t stick around very long that evening; I had maybe two beers, then I left…
Anyway, theng85’s comment at Roissy is helpful if you’re investigating a place, considering moving there… (I also had a real estate agent describe a building elsewhere in the GTA to me as probably being ‘too Jane-and-Finch-y’ for my tastes, and anyone who’s ever spent any time in Toronto will know exactly what that means…)
Be careful not to step in the ‘diversity’…