Phil Ivey, Johnny Chan, and Tom Dwan Attend Poker King Club Macau Grand Opening

Phil Ivey, Johnny Chan and Tom Dwan were among those to attend the grand opening of the Poker King Club at The Venetian Macau.

Source: www.pokernews.com

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Internet gaming is waiting in the wings in Pennsylvania Capitol this budget season

Bills could turn just about every electronic device into a “gaming position,” or permit slots at bars and taverns. But would enough new money follow to make it worthwhile?

Source: www.pennlive.com

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‘Are You Really Saying?’: Ann Coulter Seemingly Stuns Host With Comment on Immigrants, Islamic State

If you don’t want to be killed by ISIS, don’t go to Syria. If you don’t want to be killed by a Mexican, there’s nothing I can tell you.

You fled that culture (Mexico) because there are a lot of problems there. Hopefully it can be changed, but we can share our culture with other nations without bring their people here. When you bring their people here, you bring their cultures here. Including honor killings, uncles raping their nieces, not paying your taxes, bribing government officials. Which is not our (American) culture.

America is the best in the world and we are about to lose it; and everyone who lives here is going to lose that; the people who suffer the most are the weakest… women, children, animals, plants.

No country has ever had the respect for women that anglo-america does… and that is going out the door.

• attorney Ann Coulter, J.D. •

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Source: www.theblaze.com

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Sex trade goes underground in China’s ‘sin city’ – CNN.com

The go-go days of Dongguan’s red light district might be over but it doesn’t mean the sex industry has disappeared. Rather, the trade has gone underground.

‘You choose one or two, sing, drink; have a bit of fun, and then go to a room for ‘business.’ Not love, only business,’ says a local (chinese) businessman, Han Yulai.

Social media apps are being used to connect supply and demand, especially China’s mainstream instant messaging service WeChat. Women linger around waiting for men to seek out their services.

By searching ‘people-nearby’ and selecting ‘female-only’ you get a list of WeChat users in the area. Looking at their profile pictures + information, it doesn’t take much imagination to figure out who’s in business (and what’s for sale); which can easily be confirmed by chat, cellphone and meeting.

Chinese media reports that the sex trade has shifted from the street (pick-ups) to one-on-one home service and phone appointments (i.e. in/out calls).

A pharmacist laughs when asked if there’s still demand for potency pills (i.e. ViagraCialisLevitra) after the crackdown. ‘ Yes, especially at nite.’

More than 250,000 (over a quarter of a million) sex workers are estimated to be affected in Dongguan.

Source: edition.cnn.com

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Can We Head Off a Long Hot Summer of Riots and Rebellion?

If the voices and concerns of ordinary Americans aren’t at the center of this debate, we can expect the ticking time bomb of urban unrest to explode in more and more communities. Without major reforms, the recent upheavals in Ferguson and Baltimore may simply be a precursor to a wave of 21st century riots.

Hope turns to frustration, and then anger, unless there’s substantive-action to change conditions.

The turmoil in Baltimore follows the trajectory of the urban-riots of the 1960s (in Detroit, Newark, Los Angeles, and 161 other cities) and subsequent civil disorders in Miami (1980), Los Angeles (1992) and elsewhere. It begins with an incident of police abuse against a black citizen. Outraged members of the black-community organize nonviolent protests; police over-react; and the protests turn violent, threatening, and deadly.

We need to fix racist police practices and bias in our criminal justice system and address the underlying-cause of riots… the hopelessness that comes with persistent-poverty, unemployment, slum-housing, widespread-sickness, underfunded-schools and lack of opportunity and resources to escape such intolerable-conditions.

Riots are not truly political protests. They are expressions of hot anger – outrage about social conditions. They do not have a clear-objective, a policy-agenda or a strategy for bringing about change. They are a wake-up call to those in power.

In contrast, social movements reflect cold-anger. They are intentional and strategic. They take place when people are hopeful – when people believe not only that things should be different, but also that they can be different.

Riots tell us what desperate people are against. Social movements tell us what hopeful people are for.

To avoid a long hot summer this year and in the future; first, strengthen and invest in the social movements – grassroots organizing and coalition building – that have emerged in cities across the country. Second, engage the country in a policy conversation about full employment, and take action to guarantee every American a good job.

• Guaranteeing Good Wages and Benefits. Requiring every job in the United States to meet a minimum standard of quality – in wages, benefits, and working conditions – and offer unhindered access to collective representation and a real voice for workers.

• Unlocking Opportunity in the Poorest Communities. Investing resources on a large-scale to restart the economy in places where racial-bias and sustained-disinvestment have produced communities of concentrated-poverty.

• Taxing concentrated wealth. Funding new investments in job creation, care, and economic renewal by taxing those who benefit most from the current economic model – investors, financiers, wealth managers, and individuals in the highest income brackets.

• Building a Clean Energy Economy. Using the large-scale investments required for transition to a clean energy future to create millions of good jobs that are accessible to all Americans, especially those hardest hit by hard times – workers of color, women, and economically-distressed communities.

• Valuing Families. Ending the systematic-devaluation of care work, which disproportionately keeps women in poverty, by making high-quality child care available to all working parents, raising the quality of jobs in the early childhood education and care fields, transforming homecare and providing financial support to unpaid caregivers.

○ Peter Dreier is E.P. Clapp Distinguished Professor of Politics and chair of the Urban & Environmental Policy Department at Occidental College. ○

Source: www.huffingtonpost.com

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29 shot, 9 dead in bloody Memorial Day weekend in Baltimore

The city of Baltimore saw a bloody Memorial Day weekend, with a total of 29 people being shot, including nine who died, as the city scrambles to deal with its deadliest month since 1999.

Source: www.foxnews.com

‘The shootings and killings are all over the city. I don’t think any part of the city is immune to this,’ {Baltimore councilman William ‘Pete’ Welch}

‘Of course it makes me scared,’ one West Baltimore resident says upon hearing gunfire.

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If I were Prime Minister: Rational decision-making classes would be a part of the national curriculum

I’m a scientist at heart and have made much of my living from playing poker, a game of tough decisions. I believe that the ability to think rationally is one of the human species’ greatest attributes, a tool that could and should enable us to survive and flourish in a way that is sustainable for as many lives as possible.

Source: www.independent.co.uk

I believe that the ability to think rationally is one of the human species’ greatest attributes.  Too little focus is given in mainstream education on how to make sound-decisions, and the various cognitive-biases (i.e. illogical deviations from rational-thought) that we all regularly fall prey to.  Poor decision making; be it from ego, stubbornness or superstition; can be costly both financially and emotionally.

1) What are the biggest problems out there?

2) What are the interventions that can solve as many of them to as great an extent as possible?

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