TIRED, POOR, HUDDLED MASSES YEARNING TO PLAY LOTTERY

first_imgTIRED, POOR, HUDDLED MASSES YEARNING TO PLAY LOTTERYTyrades by Danny TyreeA couple of years ago I was a pallbearer for a fellow in denial about his gambling addiction, so I viewed with interest the Wall Street Journal opinion piece “Powerbull: The Lottery Loves Poverty,” by Arthur C. Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute.Brooks cited scholars who said the poorest one-third of Americans buy more than half of all lottery tickets (which is why states advertise heavily in poor neighborhoods). He also quoted a study that finds lottery players finance their tickets largely by cutting spending on NECESSITIES; after a state introduces the lottery, the bottom third of households shift about 3 percent of their food expenditures and 7 percent of their mortgage payments, rent and other bills.(The states know which side their bread is buttered on, even if the citizens can’t AFFORD bread.)Brooks lamented the absurdity of the government spending billions on nutrition and housing programs for the poor while simultaneously encouraging cash-strapped people to sink their own money into state lotteries. It’s like the states have turned into your bullying big brother. (“Stop hitting yourself! Why do you keep hitting yourself???”)Most of our state legislatures have taken bipartisan action to drive a stake through the heart of the Puritan work ethic. Nowadays we worship Urethra, the goddess of (urinating) away your family’s savings.Granted, the 44-state Powerball does deserve credit for getting states to COOPERATE on something, unlike their usual “Buy your home state’s products first” campaigns, “Don’t leave the state for a college education” warnings and backstabbing deals to keep factories from settling in other states. (“Land of 10,000 Lakes? Sure, they need that many to drown all the cooties!”)Many low-income individuals see the lottery as an investment. But a 2002 paper by Melissa Kearney (now an economist at the University of Maryland) says the average return from $1 spent on lottery tickets is 52 cents. You’d do better economically by burying your cash in the back yard — while accidentally rupturing a natural gas pipeline and burning down the neighborhood.Some poor people will insist they play just for FUN; but when I think about all the types of amusements out there, lottery fever seems like a pathetic reenactment of Charlie Brown’s trick-or-treating escapades. (“I got an Xbox.” “I got a canoe.” “I got a little card to scratch.”)Many states legitimize the lottery by devoting part of the proceeds to education (my son will benefit from Tennessee’s lottery when he starts college in four years), but the practice sends a mixed message. When some inbred, knuckle-dragging, third-grade drop-out DOES manage to win an eight-figure prize, it’s hard to stay focused on fourth-period trigonometry.Far be it from me to begrudge anyone their fantasies about telling off their boss or seizing their chance at a “life-changing opportunity.” But I hope retailers don’t expand the promotional gimmick beyond lottery tickets. (“Blow dryers with frayed electrical cords: a potentially life-changing opportunity!”)And can states lighten up a little on predatory marketing? A marketing plan for Ohio’s lottery some years back recommended scheduling campaigns to coincide with the distribution of “government benefits, payroll and Social Security payments.” With today’s more sophisticated advertising, lottery appeals can be hyper-focused. (“Hey, Mike – that left kidney of yours is looking mighty superfluous right now. It’s a seller’s market. And right big toes – talk about easy money!”)FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Infrastructure That We Can Trust

first_imgIt is the best of times and it is the worst of times for IT. The wealth of technologies, like cloud and big data, has been a boon for IT professionals, but the EMC Global IT Trust Curve Survey found that 61% of organizations suffered unplanned downtime, a security breach, or a loss of data at least once in 2013. Complexity has increased exposure to failures and threats, creating a lack of trust in the technologies. A different kind of solution is needed in response to this environment – a solution built on a strong foundation of trusted infrastructure.Defining Trusted InfrastructureI am part of a group at EMC assigned with defining and developing our point-of-view on trusted infrastructure. We started by checking out what the industry was already saying. The most credible definition we came across is from the Trusted Computing Group (TCG), a well-respected nonprofit organization that defines security specifications.This definition emphasizes broad predictable behavior as the root of trust, rather than narrowly focusing on the security elements of infrastructure. Using it as a basic construct, we developed our own detailed taxonomy, comprised of Trust Dimensions – six broad categories, each containing properties like identity and data availability. Many of these properties are adapted from the work of the Cloud Security Alliance.This representation provides a complete visual definition of trust. The novelty of this taxonomy is that it provides a comprehensive framework that can be used to build and assess trusted infrastructure. Consumers can use the standardized framework to map trust requirements for their own systems, and deploy solutions that deliver on what they need.  They can also query trust metrics to get an assessment of the overall ‘trustworthiness’ of their infrastructure.Envisioning a Trusted InfrastructureHaving defined the taxonomy, we started tackling implementation. The IT Industry has always had spot solutions on different dimensions of trust, so how is Trusted Infrastructure going to be different from any other infrastructure? Trusted Infrastructure has trust elements built in rather than added on as an afterthought and it is broadly usable rather than available only on a locked platform.Trusted Infrastructure will have three things in common:It needs a taxonomy which goes clearly beyond security and covers all relevant aspects of a predictable system.The services delivered to end users need to be highly integrated with the infrastructure.Trusted Infrastructure will need an open abstraction layer, Trust APIs, for use in higher level stacks like Hypervisor or Cloud OS.We now have a working taxonomy and vision, but there is still much work to be done. Our Trusted Infrastructure team is now identifying detailed use cases and socializing them with customers and industry thought leaders. Industry acceptance of the taxonomy is critical and your opinion is important. I am blogging on this topic regularly and would like to hear from you.last_img read more

Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement Handled By DNR

first_imgBROOKVILLE – Franklin County Commissioners recently discussed enforcement efforts regarding off-road vehicles in the county.Registration rules are superseded by the Indiana DNR, the Franklin County Observer reported.Conservation officers have the right to stop and cite any off-road vehicle not displayed with a proper registration sticker. Residents can receive registrations from a BMV office for $30 and the sticker is valid for three years.Valid registration is required for all off-road vehicles even those that remain on the farm.last_img read more

Indians celebrate division title with eyes on Series win

first_imgIt’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson DAY6 is for everybody Parker’s layup completes Sparks sweep of Mercury; Finals rematch set Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up The Cleveland Indians celebrate winning the American League Central Division after defeating the Kansas City Royals 3-2 after a baseball game in Cleveland, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017. At right is manager Terry Francona. (AP Photo/Phil Long)CLEVELAND — There was champagne chilling on ice for them, bottles and bottles of bubbly and beer.But before the Cleveland Indians partied after winning a second straight AL Central title, there was work to be done to complete a week none of them will ever forget.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend “It was good. I didn’t touch a ball all day offensively or defensively,” said Kipnis, who struck out twice. “I had nothing, but it was fun. Obviously, I had some nerves.”As soon as Kipnis left the game, two balls were immediately hit to center.ANOTHER STREAKThe Indians have allowed four runs or less in 24 consecutive games, the longest such streak since the St. Louis Cardinals had a 25-game run in 1942-3.TRAINER’S ROOMRoyals: C Salvador Perez (pulled side muscle) and OF Lorenzo Cain (rest) sat out but are expected to return Tuesday for the series opener in Toronto.Indians: All-Star 2B Jose Ramirez (hamstring) was rested for the second day in a row as a precaution. … Team president Chris Antonetti said there is still no clarity on whether OF Michael Brantley will return this season. He’s been out since Aug. 9 with an ankle injury. … Rookie OF Bradley Zimmer (broken hand) is keeping up with his conditioning and maintaining his arm strength after surgery. Zimmer had a plate and nine screws inserted into his hand, which he broke on a headfirst dive into first.UP NEXTRoyals: Either RHP Ian Kennedy or Sam Gaviglio will start against the Blue Jays. Kennedy missed his last turn in the rotation with shoulder fatigue. Gaviglio has started twice since being claimed on waivers from Seattle.Indians: RHP Mike Clevinger will look for his 11th win on Tuesday in the opener of a three-game series in Los Angeles. He was drafted by the Angels in 2011 and traded to Cleveland in 2014. 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As they left the field, the Indians were handed AL Central championship T-shirts, caps and swimming googles to put on before heading to their clubhouse. Moments later, champagne corks popped and the room was turned into a free-for-all of sudsy spray.Last year, the Indians celebrated their division, playoff and AL Championship Series wins on the road. Being at home made this one more special.“It never gets old,” said pitcher Josh Tomlin, who has been with the Indians since 2010. “This is why you play the game — to win. And to be able to celebrate victories like this or little milestones like this.”Kluber could be on his way to a second Cy Young Award win, following 2014′s. The right-hander is 10-1 in his last 10 starts.Despite missing nearly a month, he leads the league in wins (17), ERA (2.35), shutouts (3) and complete games (5).In the major statistical categories, Kluber trails only Boston’s Chris Sale, his closest competition for the pitching award, in strikeouts.“He’s a tough draw,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “He’s a premier guy. The year he won the Cy Young is the way he looks now. He’s in the conversation again this year.”CENTER OF ATTENTIONJason Kipnis didn’t embarrass himself in the outfield. He didn’t do anything, really.The Indians’ two-time All-Star second baseman made his debut in center but didn’t have a chance. He had been on the disabled list since Aug. 6 with a hamstring injury. In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kluber (17-4), who has lost once since July 4, allowed three singles in seven innings and has not given up a run in 22 straight.The right-hander set the tone on a day of celebration which began with the Indians standing together in front of their dugout to watch a flag rise beyond the center-field wall commemorating their latest division title.The Indians were going to have a good time — win or lose — but they didn’t want to disappoint another sellout crowd or fans captivated by their recent record 22-game winning streak.“When we come out here and it’s time to play, we want to win,” Kluber said. “Nobody in that clubhouse likes losing, so regardless of whether we clinched or not, we were going to come out and try to win the ballgame and here’s what we’re going to do from here on out.”Encarnacion homered in the fourth off Danny Duffy (8-9) as the Indians improved to 33-5 since Aug. 11 despite getting only three hits.The Royals closed to 3-2 in the eighth on a two-out, two-run single by Brandon Moss off Tyler Olson. Cody Allen finished the inning and then worked out of a two-on jam in the ninth for his 28th save.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES How to help the Taal evacuees A costly, catty dispute finally settled Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more