I am not a gambler. Never put even $.25 cents in a poker machine and never bought a lottery ticket. Those two forms of gambling are all around me. Some places at one time HAD low priced meals but that ended so I don't go near them anymore.
Some things that are different in different countries.
Thailand dump trucks (do these guys have any money to date or marry?)
Brazil truck (front bumper almost touching the ground while the back end is jacked way up in the air.
Jim, someone from probably Vietnam posted a couple of times about a gambling site (spam) and the post was written in their native language and not readable to me or I suppose most of our ILIASM members. To derail the spam I posted about the uncommon trucks from different countries I saw on the Internet, to steer the spammer's post in a different direction.
A moderator removed the spammer's posts and allowed my posts to remain and changed the title of the thread.
I also reported some posts. I am happy they were removed.
I personally do not understand why some people think they can out guess what is going to happen when they play the odds and gamble. At one time I repaires a few printers that were connected to some gambling devices. The numbers on the papers the printers printed showed me how much people lose for the days data, the computer program sent to the printers.
In Vegas, the gambling halls have overhead that the customers have to pay for eventually, so why do people think they can come out ahead when they place their bets? Long story short, the house wins over the long run and I am not smart enough to figure out how to beat the system that has been in place and working in the house's favor for more than 50 or 100 years. I also talked with the technicians that repair the gambling machines. Knowing how some machines operate internally, well< I found out some machine types are just total bottomless pits that take customer's money. One machine was programmed to pay out only after 400 plays, no matter what a person/user did. Then there are the math courses I had in college, where the class used popular gambling games and we mathematically predicted the outcomes of each of a few games based on historical data.
Yep, everyone hopes to be the exception - the person who wins big instead of losing reliably. I wish the lottery gave a prize for never hitting any of the numbers - it seems statistically unlikely, but I’m very good at it!
I think our college level math course (How to set up a way to determine if the plan and how changes to the plan work to reach goals) figured out the state lottery only paid out 40% of the advertised winnings.
An example was winning 1 million dollars (small print said 1 million dollars paid out over 20 years.) so if you took the cash now, you got say $600K. OK, the $600K plus your income at the time put you in a much higher tax bracket for federal and state/local income tax. Now you get to keep maybe $400K.
So, out of all of the prize money paid out, maybe the state paid out (small and large prize money) $500K. The rest went to taxes and overhead.
Today I do not know how much money is spent on the state lottery, their overhead and what they actually payout to winners.
To me gambling is similar to Thermal Dynamics. According to the first law of thermodynamics, the energy output cannot exceed the energy input. Add in the loses
during a conversion, the end results are all ways less.
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petrushka: One of my favourite quotes for the last 30 years: "don't ever look a sheep in the eyes, the intellectual vacuum may suck your brains out". Well, let's all drink to the sheeple! (besides, alcohol is a good disinfectant).
Mar 14, 2020 6:31:26 GMT -5
frednsa: so...............i'd like to tell her when she "attempts to placate me": have you ever been invited to a party where you knew for certain that you WEREN'T wanted ?
Mar 19, 2020 15:57:05 GMT -5
worksforme2: Former Miss Hawaii tests positive. Being the gallant lad that I am I have offered her the use of my guest bedroom to "shelter in place"..
Mar 23, 2020 20:34:21 GMT -5
worksforme2: Hey tamara68, there is a covid19 positive cat in Belgium, watch out for it.
Mar 30, 2020 14:05:56 GMT -5
tamara68: @worksforme I think I have to be more careful for all infected people. Most likely I already have Covid19
Apr 1, 2020 3:29:42 GMT -5
worksforme2: tamara68.....it's been a couple weeks since you posted you may have the covid19 virus. hopefully you are feeling better and are on your way to renewed health
Apr 11, 2020 5:31:38 GMT -5
tamara68: @worksforme thanks, yes I am feeling better. How is it in the USA?
Apr 14, 2020 1:57:26 GMT -5
worksforme2: some better and some worse,..virus seems to be slowing down, but people are beginning to refuse to stay inside,...worst thing I see is Biden leading in the election poles,...but that could be fake news
Apr 20, 2020 16:56:22 GMT -5
mirrororchid: Politics? Is that what we want to happen here?
Apr 21, 2020 6:21:24 GMT -5
petrushka: Certainly not American style politics. Toxic echo chambers.
Apr 23, 2020 16:21:52 GMT -5
petrushka: However, I feel that sexual politics, including political moves that impact the relationships between gender (misogynist, misandrist, etc) definitely deserve room in this context.
Apr 23, 2020 16:22:59 GMT -5
fred: just calculated that i've spent somewhere near 19,000 days (& nights) as a "rejectee".AND that allows for 2,000+ days (& nights) on business travel apart from her. i've chosen to "stay" .....would never do that again, and can't as you see doing the math
May 15, 2020 18:01:15 GMT -5
worksforme2: 19000 days and nights,....damn dude, that's 52 yrs.
Jun 17, 2020 9:19:10 GMT -5
fred: you're a little short works - was thinking this AM, there has NEVER been a day when she indicated desire for me physically (other than for heavy lifting or finance)........LOL...........earlier, i had enough libido for both of us, now i'm left with guilt
Jun 20, 2020 13:11:12 GMT -5
fred: over imposing myself on her rather than simply leaving .....DAMN LOVE ANYWAY !
Jun 20, 2020 13:12:12 GMT -5
mesulina: update everyone, still has not happened. I have now come to accept that I will live with out. It is just different now.
Jun 29, 2020 19:32:31 GMT -5
worksforme2: Sorry mesulina,... but on the positive side you did stock up on toys a short time back,..now might be the time to go for the gusto
Jun 30, 2020 17:42:54 GMT -5
grower: Embrace a change, you will wonder why you waited so long
Jul 9, 2020 11:22:56 GMT -5
grower: Your life clock is ticking away, don't waste all your time. Live some.
Jul 24, 2020 9:53:20 GMT -5
fred: blue guy, i was where you are 30 years ago. stayed.................nothing changed. if i didn't love this nice lady so much i'd be in deep regret. if she doesn't think of you in a hundred "other" ways (as does my wife) GET OUT ! Life is short
Aug 10, 2020 17:43:15 GMT -5