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The reverse Atlas Shrugged scenario The Washington Post

Posted: January 6, 2017 at 11:10 pm

By Daniel W. Drezner January 5 at 9:39 AM Daniel W. Drezner is a professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a regular contributor to PostEverything.

Ayn Rands Atlas Shrugged is a very bad movie very long novel that is beloved by many 18- to 24-year-olds and a fewelected officials. It does not contain the most believable dialogue in the world (I actually laughed out loud when I first read the morning-after conversation between Dagny Taggart and Hank Rearden).But the book remainsextremely popular, and it is worth remembering why. As I wrote this past June:

Railing against the establishment will always work for the same reason that Ayn Rands Atlas Shrugged will always resonate with a fraction of the population. Rand has one and only one gift as a writer. She is able to divide the world into two categories of human beings: creators and moochers. And no one in history reads Rand and thinks, I want to be a moocher! It is easy for even government officials to self-identify as creators of pyramids of greatness rather than as looters of the system.

The premise of Atlas Shrugged is that a slow accretion of government rules, regulations and corrupt bargains forces the countrys true entrepreneurs into internal exile somewhere in Colorado. There they thrive in a blissful, gold-standard-based utopia while the rest of the country suffers under the weight ofgovernment and the rent-seeking looters and moochers who need the stateto make any money.

As a slow-motion depiction of what it is like for a country to fall apartwhen corruption pervades every facet of life and societal norms disintegrate, Atlas Shrugged is pretty gripping. So heres my question: What would happen to the United States if the reverse Atlas Shrugged scenario occurred?

After all, if you believe Donald Trumpand his boosters, his Cabinet of billionaires represents the finest that the free enterprise system has to offer. What if the people who self-identify as the makers take over the state and all the bureaucrats disappear into the ether?

I bring this up because the incoming administration appears to be doing its damnedest to trigger this scenario. Firstthere was the transition teams inquiry into which Department of Energy staffers were responsible for the Obama administrations climate change plans (though it later disavowed that attempt). Then there was a similar request for State Department officials involved in gender rights-related issues

And now we get to the president-elects ongoing feud with U.S. intelligence agencies:

Trump claims that hes not impugning the intelligence community with these tweets, butas Politicos Nahal Toosi writes:

Regardless of his intentions, Trumps tweets left the impression that he was once again mocking U.S. intelligence officials. And while its not unprecedented, or even wrong, for a U.S. leader to view intelligence assessments with a skeptical eye, whats shocked many observers is how public Trump has been about his disregard for a group of people who often risk their lives for the country.

Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journals Damian Paletta and Julian Barnes report that Trump and his key officials really do harbor a deep suspicion of the intelligence community:

The view from the Trump team is the intelligence world has become completely politicized, said the individual, who is close to the Trump transition. They all need to be slimmed down. The focus will be on restructuring the agencies and how they interact..

Gen. Flynn and Mr. Pompeo share Mr. Trumps view that the intelligence communitys position that Russia tried to help his campaign is an attempt to undermine his victory or say he didnt win, the official close to the transition said.

Current and former intelligence and law enforcement officials have reacted with a mix of bafflement and outrage to Mr. Trumps continuing series of jabs at U.S. spies.

It is likely that most U.S. civil service, foreign service and intelligence employees will simply hunker down and try to ride out the Trump years. ButI have heard stories, as well, about bureaucrats in some policy arenas think anyone involved in financial regulation who are planning to decamp to the private sector. Why not make some money if these folks will not be doing what they originally signed up to do?

So what will happen to the country if the reverse Atlas Shrugged scenario transpires? One effect is that both the media and state governments in some locales might benefit. The media is about to experience a windfall of whistleblowers who know exactly where all the bodies are buried. The press will play an outsized role. And for bureaucrats who have domestic policy experience, its possible that there will be some effort to migrate to states that value, um, the state.

In the end, however, I suppose this depends on whatyou think of the federal government. If you believe that the state simply exists to reward the looters and moochers of the world, this will be like celebrating every night like its New Years Eve. If you believe that civil service employees are mostly decent, competent people trying to do a difficult job, then this will be like celebrating every night like its New Years Eve, but for introverts.

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Posted: December 19, 2016 at 6:04 pm

University of Michigan professor Alex Stern has completed a database of thousands recommended for sterilization when California had eugenics laws on the book and she says those alive should be compensated. Michigan Photography hide caption

There’s a grim chapter in American history that involves forced sterilization. And for much of this past century, California had one of the most active sterilization programs in the country.

A state law from 1909 authorized the surgery for people judged to have “mental disease, which may have been inherited.” That law remained on the books until 1979.

University of Michigan professor Alexandra Minna Stern has been working to identify people who were forcibly sterilized under California’s program. NPR’s Ailsa Chang spoke with Stern, who said this idea of eugenics was intended to “eradicate certain genes from the population.”

The professor describes the program as a historic injustice and called for the state of California to compensate surviving victims of sterilization of relatives of those who are now deceased.

The interview highlights contain some extra content that did not air in the broadcast version.

A 1935 recommendation to sterilize a 23-year-old male patient at Pacific Colony, based a supposed IQ of 75. His foster mother refused the sterilization. The outcome of this case is unknown, but in some instances medical superintendents disregarded such appeals. California Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects Protocol ID 13-08-1310 and the University of Michigan Biomedical IRB HUM00084931 hide caption

A 1935 recommendation to sterilize a 23-year-old male patient at Pacific Colony, based a supposed IQ of 75. His foster mother refused the sterilization. The outcome of this case is unknown, but in some instances medical superintendents disregarded such appeals.

On how she found the names of all the victims

The names are located in 19 microfilm reels that I happened upon while doing research in Sacramento about seven years ago.

On what made her look at the microfilms

I’ve written a book on the history of eugenics in California. But at that point, I still knew very little about the sterilizations themselves; who was sterilized, where did all of the sterilizations take place, how is the policy enacted?

So I did a bit of sleuthing and went to the actual departments themselves the department of mental health in this case, in Sacramento and was fortunate that someone there directed me to some file cabinets that contained microfilm reels with materials that had been microfilmed over the course of the ’60s and ’70s.

And lo and behold, there they were! I was able to begin using them as historical documents and that’s how the project started.

On whether she found any patterns among the 20,000 names she discovered

Our team (and I should say this is the effort of a research team that includes epidemiologists, historians, digital humanists), we have a found a variety of patterns and we keep discovering more.

For example, we have determined that patients with Spanish surnames were much more likely to be sterilized than other patients, demonstrating that there was a racial bias in the sterilization program. We were also able to show the kinds of diagnoses that were given to patients, how that affected times of sterilization. We’re able to look at age of sterilization and also patterns related to gender.

So there’s a whole range of patterns that will help us to understand this pattern of history in California and also how it relates to national dynamics more broadly.

On what Stern and her team found with regard to age and gender patterns

Well, we found that people were sterilized at very young ages, that really often the focus was on minors, people as young as 7. The average age of sterilization was the low 20s, so many of these people were 15, 16, 17 and 18. We also found that, as I mentioned before, that the Spanish surname individuals were more likely to be sterilized at younger ages, indicating that there was interest on behalf of the state at targeting them at lower reproductive ages. In terms of gender, that pattern that I just mentioned, pertains to women as well.

One of the interesting things that we discovered is that initially, more men were sterilized. It started off as sterilization in general and across the country and in California, focused more on men in the teens and 20s and into the 30s. But by the 1930s, that pattern started to change. So by the ’40s and ’50s, more women were being sterilized.

On what kinds of “mental diseases” were focused on

It’s very important to take that terminology with many historic grains of salt. If we go back in time and look at what the terms meant, it often meant people who were not conforming to societal norms, people who were poor, people who lacked education, perhaps didn’t speak sufficient English to make it through school, and so on.

But what it meant for those who were enacting the law were people who were determined to have poor IQs, people with certain psychiatric disorders. But generally, often the way it was used was much more as a catch-all category so people who just didn’t fit, kind of like the misfits of society, so to speak. That’s the way they looked at them.

Looking back on it, I would say that those who were institutionalized because many more people where institutionalized than actually sterilized was because maybe they had a psychiatric condition and they were sent to an institution as was the policy at the time in the mid-20th century. …

But for the most part, this program of eugenics … the idea of sterilization was to eradicate certain genes from the population.

On whether anyone among those who were sterilized are still alive

I haven’t found anyone who’s still alive. I have been contacted by relatives … people who contacted me whose aunts or uncles were sterilized at some of these institutions. In the recent paper that my team published, we determined through statistical analysis that it is likely that slightly over 800 people, about 500 women and 300 men, are alive today.

Those numbers don’t map on to exact people, they don’t correspond to a precise person. But what we’ve done, we’ve generated the most reliable estimates, and based on that estimate and also looking at the timing, we estimate that the majority of these people were sterilized between 1945 and 1949 and their average age is about 88, so fairly old.

So what we could do is we could go and look at the records. And that’s where I’d like to work with the state of California, because we’ve essentially created a eugenics registry. We can look at the records and identify likely individuals and then reach out and contact them.

I, however, would like to mention that two states that have enacted policies for monetary reparations for sterilization victims North Carolina and Virginia the states have to lead in kind of creating a committee and a registry. And because it was the state seeking to provide some type of redress and acknowledge this history, the state was able to actively set up a program and seek out and try to identify individuals. So they would come to the state and they would confirm through documentation that they had been sterilized and then receive recognition and monetary compensation.

On if there are indications that California is interested in compensating victims of sterilization

There’s indication that the state is interested in this history and is aware of possibility of sterilization abuse. Just three years ago, news broke that about 150 women in two California women’s prisons had been sterilized without proper consent and proper procedure. That resulted in a state audit in the interest of the state legislators and eventually, a law that was unanimously passed, banning sterilizations except under extreme medical circumstances in California state prisons. So this issue is on the radar screen.

It’s easy to forget about these patients who were in these remote institutions in the 1940s and ’50s in California. However, I think it behooves the state to not forget this history, and all of us to not forget this history. So hopefully, having this fairly solid number that we’ve generated of an estimate of likely living survivors could help facilitate that process. …

It would also be a good idea to think about other forms of recognition of this historical injustice. For example, putting up a historical plaque in Sacramento somewhere to recognize those who were sterilized, or at one of the institutions such as the Sonoma State Home or the Patton State Home, making sure this history is included in K-12 curriculum.

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New Jersey Casinos & Gambling in New Jersey

Posted: November 21, 2016 at 11:15 am

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New Jersey has 20 casinos in which you’ll find more than 26,560 slots and gaming machines. There are a total of 1305 table games. The minimum bet we’ve found at casinos in New Jersey is $0.01 and the maxium bet is $50,000. Click a casino on the left for more information on a particular property.

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There is poker in New Jersey! You will find over 204 live poker tables to play at. You will find the following games in New Jersey casinos: NL Holdem, Limit Holdem, PLO – 9, No Limit Holdem, Texas Hold’em, NL Texas Hold’em, 7 Card Stud, Mixed Games. Some New Jersey casinos also offer convention centers and meeting spaces. Over the entire town, you will find a total of 531,922 conference sq/ft space in the various casino properties.

Gambling opportunities in New Jersey include casino gambling in Atlantic City, the New Jersey Lottery, bingos & raffles, amusement games with risk and reward seaside and at county fairs, thoroughbred horse racing and standardbred harness racing, off-track betting, and online poker and casino gambling. New Jersey’s gambling laws are among the most permissive in the United States. Sportsbetting is not allowed but the case may be headed to the United States Supreme Court.

There are no Tribal casinos in the state and all casinos are currently located within Atlantic City. Online gaming and Atlantic City casino gambling are regulated by the New Jersey Casino Control Commission, and race betting is handled by the New Jersey Racing Commission. Bingo, raffles, and amusement games are administered by the Legalized Games of Chance Control Commission under the direction of the Division of Consumer Affairs.

New Jersy voters legalized gambling in Atlantic City on November 2, 1976, by a vote of 1,535,249 (56.53%) to 1,180,799 (43.47%). The New Jersey Casino Control Act was signed into law the next year and Resorts International Casino was the first to open in 1978.

After several stalled attempts and a veto by Governor Chris Christie, Online gambling was finally approved on February 26, 2013, with overwhelming support. Five of the seven remaining casinos in Atlantic City offer online casinos with a total of 20 domain names between them. Online players must be within the state’s borders to log on or play.

When the only commercial casinos in the eastern United States were located in Atlantic City, properties there did quite well and the planned economic benefits to the seashore city were manifold. However with the eventual market saturation of dozens of “racinos” and state supplied lottery casinos nearby in New York and elsewhere, along with the great recession, the casino’s fortunes faded. For an in-depth and up-to-date guide, including history, news, statistics and the current state of the industry in the Boardwalk City, please see our Atlantic City Gambling Guide.

At their peak in 2006, Atlantic City casinos were powerful economic engines. But the numbers have gone downhill since then. At the beginning of 2014 there were 12 casinos in operation. Four casinos closed that year, and another in 2016. The Atlantic Club, Trump Plaza, Showboat, and Revel closed in 2014. Carl Icahn closed Trump Taj Mahal in 2016. The Revel may reopen as TEN Atlantic City in early 2017. The surviving casinos are doing well with less competition. Online gambling revenues are also making a slow but steady climb in AC.

Live horse racing in New Jersey occurs at three locations – Freehold Raceway (standardbred only) Monmouth Park (thoroughbred only) and Meadowland Racetrack (thoroughbred and standardbred). Atlantic City Racecourse closed in early 2015.

Each of the live racing facilities also has daily simulcast race betting. Borgata is the only casino left to offer simulcasting and a race book. Caesars closed theirs in 2015. So expect big crowds fighting for one of the 105 seats in Borgata’s simulcast room on big race days like the Kentucky Derby.

Six off-track betting or Off Track Wagering (OTW) facilities are licenced including Favorites at Tom’s River and Winners Bayonne.

As the state struggles to come to terms with their new place in the Eastern gambling landscape, plans are in the works for a Hard Rock Casino to open at Meadowlands, and for a $5 billion casino in Jersey City.The election November 8, 2016, will determine if that’s possible when voters say yes or no to Question 1: “Do you approve amending the Constitution to permit casino gambling in two additional counties in this State? At present, casino gambling is allowed only in Atlantic City in Atlantic County. Only one casino in each of the two counties would be permitted. Each casino is to be located in a town that is at least 72 miles from Atlantic City. The amendment would allow certain persons to apply first for a casino license.”

‘Certain Persons’ are existing Atlantic City casino license holders who would have 6 months to present plans before anyone else got a chance to bid.

Although the days of being the number two casino town in the world are over, Atlantic City can not be counted out and still offers visitors a full range of gambling venues ranging from the new “locals” favorite Resorts Casino Hotel to the Borgata, Golden Nugget, Tropicana, Caesar’s, Harrah’s or Bally’s.

Horse racing is alive and well with some of the best tracks in the country, and online gambling for those playing from within the state’s borders offers exciting opportunities. If you are playing from your hotel room at, say,Caesars Atlantic City Hotel & Casino, you can simply walk to the cashier’s cage and collect your online winnings. Now that beats asking for an account flush, or waiting out a pending period at most online casinos!

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Freedom in the 50 States 2015-2016 | Texas Fiscal Freedom …

Posted: November 14, 2016 at 11:40 am


Texas is one of the economically freest and personally least free states in the country. Its economic freedom is likely one reason it has been such a job-producing and population-attracting machine. However, its economic policies may get a bit more attention than deserved because of the states size. Yes, the Lone Star State draws a bunch of business from California and other highly regulated locales in an absolute sense and is a jobs juggernaut. But its economic growth rate over the past decade and a half still lags states like the Dakotas, Utah, and Wyoming that have also benefited from the energy revolution.

Texass fiscal policy is very good. It is a fiscally decentralized state, with local taxes at about 4.5 percent of personal income, above the national average, and state taxes at about 3.6 percent of income, well below the national average. However, Texans dont have much choice of local government, with only 0.36 jurisdictions per 100 square miles. State and local debt is above average (with the biggest problem being local debt burdens), at 23.1 percent of income, but it has come down slightly since FY 2011. Government subsidies are below average. Public employment has fallen significantly below average, at 11.8 percent of private employment.

Texass land-use freedom keeps housing prices down. It also has a regulatory taking compensation law, but it only applies to state government. The renewable portfolio standard has not been raised in years. Texas is our top state for labor-market freedom. Workers compensation coverage is optional for employers; most employees are covered, but not all. The state has a right-to-work law, no minimum wage, and a federally consistent anti-discrimination law. Cable and telecommunications have been liberalized. However, health insurance mandates were quite high as of 2010, the last available date. The extent of occupational licensing is high, but the state recently enacted a sunrise review requirement for new licensure proposals. Time will tell whether it is at all effective. Nurse practitioners enjoy no freedom of independent practice at all. Texas has few cronyist entry and price regulations, but it does have a price-gouging law, and Teslas direct sales model is still illegal. The civil liability system used to be terrible, but now it is merely below average. The state abolished joint and several liability in 2003, but it could do more to cap punitive damages and end parties role in judicial elections.

Personal freedom is relatively low in Texas, but it should rise with the Obergefell decision, setting aside Texass super-DOMA (see Appendix Table B17). Criminal justice policies are generally aggressivethough Texas has emerged as a leading voice in the national reform movement. Even controlling for crime rates, the incarceration rate is far above the national average and has not improved since 2000. Drug arrest rates have fallen over time but are still above average for the user base. Nondrug victimless crime arrest rates have also fallen over time and are now below the national average. Asset forfeiture is mostly unreformed, and law enforcement frequently participates in equitable sharing. Cannabis laws are harsh. A single offense not involving minors can carry a life sentence. Even cultivating a tiny amount carries a mandatory minimum of six months. In 201314, the state banned the mostly harmless psychedelic Salvia divinorum. Travel freedom is low. The state takes a fingerprint for drivers licenses and does not regulate automated license plate readers at all. It has little legal gambling. Private school choice programs are nonexistent, but at least private schools and homeschools are basically unregulated. Tobacco freedom is moderate, as smoking bans have not gone as far as in other states. Gun rights are moderately above average and should improve a bit in the next edition with the new open-carry law. Alcohol freedom is above average, with taxes low. Texas has virtually no campaign finance regulations.

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A State Of Trance – YouTube

Posted: October 8, 2016 at 10:29 pm

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From all four corners of the world to everything in between, Trance music continues to enjoy a global reign not many genres can match. Few have such a strong and loyal following all over the world, as more and more countries, places, and territories add to its range. To get in A State Of Trance with likeminded people generates a magical feeling words cannot even begin to describe. And the people of Ibiza know exactly what that feels like.

For the third year in a row, A State Of Trance shakes up the party island of Ibiza with a sound both fresh and timeless. Cooked up by Armin van Buuren and seasoned with his own musical flavor, A State Of Trance, Ibiza 2016 provides its fans with 37 breathtaking records in two parts, each capable of uniting the world in a way only music could.

With exclusive tracks and current floor fillers from the likes of Andrew Rayel, Arty, Ben Nicky, Cosmic Gate, ilan Bluestone, Jason Ross, KhoMha, Omnia, rjan Nilsen, MaRLo, Simon Patterson, Super8 & Tab, and never-heard-before remixes on several acclaimed Armin van Buuren originals, Ibiza once again gets its own piece of Trance history. Will you be a part of that?

SIDE 1 – On The Beach

01 Luke Bond – Before The Story 02 Arty & Andrew Bayer – Follow The Light 03 Paris Blohm & Taylr Renee – Left Behinds * 04 David Gravell – Battlefront * 05 Estiva – Sun Goes Down 06 ilan Bluestone & Jason Ross – Amun 07 Rodg – Wired 08 Kryder – Crocodile Tears 09 Same K & Stendahl – Body Language 10 Cosmic Gate & Eric Lumiere – Edge Of Life 11 Willem de Roo – Hyperdrive 12 Mohamed Ragab & Attila Syah – Crux 13 Assaf – Vela 14 Snatt & Vix – Revive (Airborn Remix) 15 Protoculture & Johnny Yono – Luna 16 Omnia – Mystique 17 KhoMha feat. Mike Schmid – Restart (Henry Dark Remix) 18 DRYM & Jennifer Rene – Smile 19 MaRLo feat. Chloe – You And Me

* David Gravell Mash Up

SIDE 2 – In The Club

01 Armin van Buuren & Dave Winnel – The Race 02 Hardwell & Armin van Buuren – Off The Hook (Mark Sixma Remix) 03 Armin van Buuren & rjan Nilsen – Flashlight 04 Robbie Rivera vs Tom Staar – The Funkatron 05 Andrew Rayel & KhoMha – All Systems Down 06 Armin van Buuren feat. BullySongs – Caught In The Slipstream (KhoMha Remix) 07 Markus Schulz – The New World (Fisherman & Hawkins Remix) 08 Super8 & Tab – Into 09 Armin van Buuren feat. Lyrica Anderson – Gotta Be Love (Giuseppe Ottaviani Remix) 10 Omnia & Audrey Gallagher – I Believe 11 Jorn van Deynhoven – Neo Paradise 12 Armin van Buuren feat. Rock Mafia – Hands To Heaven (Chris Schweizer Remix) 13 Mark Sixma & Emma Hewitt – Restless Hearts (Ben Nicky Remix) 14 Simon Patterson – Smack (Waio Remix) 15 Heatbeat – Aerys (Mark Sherry Remix) 16 Gareth Emery feat. Ben Gold – Until We Meet Again (Ben Nicky Remix) 17 Allen & Envy & UDM – Ignite (Allen Watts Melodic Remix) 18 Ben Nicky & Chris Schweizer – The Switch

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New York Casinos & Gambling in New York

Posted: July 31, 2016 at 5:56 am

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New York has 26 casinos in which you’ll find more than 36,257 slots and gaming machines. There are a total of 971 table games. The minimum bet we’ve found at casinos in New York is $0.01 and the maxium bet is $2,500. Click a casino on the left for more information on a particular property.

If you wish to stay at some nice casino hotels in New York, visit the New York casino hotels page. We actually have 7 New York hotels you can book directly from World Casino Directory. Click here to see a list of all New York hotels available.

There is poker in New York! You will find over 76 live poker tables to play at. You will find the following games in New York casinos: Horseracing, Simulcasting, Harness racing, Slot machines, Video Poker, Blackjack, Roulette, Electronic Craps, Electronic Roulette, Electronic Sic Bo, Electronic Baccarat, Pull tabs, Electronic Bingo, Electronic Tables, Craps, Baccarat, Texas Hold’em, Bingo, Omaha Hi-Lo, Limit Holdem, NL Holdem, Pot Limit Omaha, 7 Card Stud Hi-Lo, 7-Card Stud Razz, Omaha Hi, Pot Limit Hold ‘Em, 3 Card Poker, Electronic Keno, Electronic Blackjack, Caribbean Stud Poker, Let it Ride, Spanish 21, Mississippi Stud, Blackjack Switch, Blackjack Super 7s, Texas Hold’em Bonus, Crazy Pineapple, 7 Card Stud, Omaha, Keno, Pai Gow Poker, Mini-Baccarat, Omaha 8 or Better, Casino War, Sic Bo, Four Card Poker, Big 6, Midi-Baccarat, Blackjack Double Deck, Beat The Dealer, No Limit Holdem, Mixed Games, Sit-n-go. Some New York casinos also offer convention centers and meeting spaces. Over the entire town, you will find a total of 263,000 conference sq/ft space in the various casino properties.

From 1988 until the Turning Stone Casino was opened in 1993 there were only bingo halls in New York. The next Class III casino to open was theSeneca Niagara Casino & Hotel in 2003. There are presently more than 20 casinos in the state with 7 more to open soon, once the licenses are issued.

Until the Las Vegas style casinos including Lago, Montriegn, and Rivers open, the Indian casinos are the only true slots casinos with the balance of the state’s slots offerings being populated with video lottery terminals or VLT’s from the New York State Lottery. These games look just like a slot machine and are made by companies like IGT, Bally, andAristocrat, but the results of a spin come from a central lottery server rather than a chip in the machine itself. By law the video lottery games must pay out at least 92% RTP, which is higher than is required of Las Vegas casinos.

Other games in the lottery casinos and racetracks such as electronic roulette, craps, and baccarat use an onboard chip to determine the results rather than sending and receiving from the central server.

The three tribes who own and manage casinos and bingo halls in New York include the largest operator;The Seneca Nation of Indians whose wholly owned subsidiary, Seneca Gaming Corporation runs their Class III casinos while the Nation itself runs the Class II bingo operations which can include slots-like video bingo games.

The St. Regis Mohawks run one Class II and one Class III venue and theOneida Indian Nation of New York owns and operatesTurning Stone which houses Class II bingo and poker as well as Class III slots and live dealer table games.

18 is the minimum age to enter or play in any of the casinos except those run by the Senecas which have a minimum age of 21 with some special areas for gamblers 18+.

Poker used to be a game you had find in a seedy back alley club or at someone’s home in New York state but now there are5 bonafide poker rooms and oneCarnival Cruise ship with PokerPro tables, as well as several clubs or poker leagues operating legally. Seneca Poker runs two 24 hour rooms at their Niagara andSalamanca casinos, with 23 and 12 tables respectively and there are 32 tables at Turning Stone.

New York also has a lottery which is quite popular. You can play some of the states fun lottery games which range from the standard “lotto” game and various scratch games to some pretty interesting and unique games. You can also participate in the multi-state lottery games “MEGA Millions in New York. Check your winningNew York Lottery tickets.

New York has an active pari-mutuel scene and you’ll find New York race tracks with lottery casinos in the state with no problem. Most tracks feature harness racing but several including Belmont Park run thorobreds. All tracks except one who is currently involved in a contract dispute with the Harness Racers offer simulcast betting. There are dozens of off-track betting parlors around the state as well. Information on Western OTB locations can be found through ourBatavia Downs Gaming review page.

In summary there is a bit of everything for the gambler when they enter the state of New York. From casinos to racinos and lottery in between — even an 18 year old can pull the slots or bet on the ponies here. The landscape will expand considerably with new licenses being issued for integrated resorts, several of which are simply huge on paper, in late 2014. We will include these properties in our listings upon final regulatory approval.

Well that is easy, if you’re in New York a few things you don’t want to miss would be the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building and “Ground Zero” where the 9/11 attacks occured. In northern state New York you’ll find mountains and country — the state is not one big city, so nature lovers are welcome, too!

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American Institute of Alternative Medicine

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Diane Sater-Wee, BS LMT Chief Executive Officer

Diane is responsible for AIAM’s strategic direction and compliance with legal and accrediting standards. She has served on the National and State of Ohio Boards of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), the Executive Committee for the National Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, the founding board of the Ohio Council of Massage Therapy Schools, and on various committees for the State Medical Board of Ohio and the Asian Bodywork Therapy Association.

Diane worked as an Account Representative for five years and as an Engineer for another five years with IBM. Diane received her undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University College of Engineering and her massage diploma from the Central Ohio School of Massage. email

Helen co-founded AIAM with Diane in 1990. She is responsible for setting the schools administrative and financial objectives, policies and practices. She also directs the acquisition, development, implementation and operation support systems. In addition to her work at AIAM, Helen serves on the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) site visit team for the evaluation of acupuncture schools across the country.

Helen serves on the Stonewall Columbus Board of Trustees and is on the Board of Directors for State of the Arts Productions. She previously served as President of the Pacific Association of Women Martial Artists. Helen has competed in both national and international martial arts competitions throughout her career and was an alternate in the 1988 Olympics. She competed on the U.S. Tae Kwon Do team in 1990, earning a silver medal in the World Cup in Madrid, Spain. Helen was inducted into the Bruce Lee Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2015. email

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Victimless Crime Constitutes 86% of The Federal Prison …

Posted: July 21, 2016 at 2:24 am

When we talk about the war on drugs, which is increasingly turning into areal war, we often overlook the fact that the criminals involved in the drug trade arent actually violating anyones rights. When a drug dealer is hauled before a judge, there is no victim standing behind the prosecutor claiming damages. Everyone participating in the drug trade does so voluntarily.However, there area lot more crimesfor which this is also true. Millions upon millions of Americans have been thrown into cages without a victim ever claiming damages. It is important to look at the burden this mass level of incarceration places upon our society.

In light of that, let us review some statistics which demonstrate just how destructive the mass incarceration of victimless criminals has become to our society.The 2011 federal prison population consisted of:

Drug offenses are self-explanatory as being victimless, but so too are public-order offenses, which also fall under the victimless crimes category. Public order offenses include such things as immigration, weapons charges, publicdrunkenness,selling lemonade without a license,dancing in public,feeding the homeless without a permitetc..

The United States has the highest prison population rate in the world. Presently756 per 100,000of the national population is behind bars. This is in contrast to an average world per-capita prison population rate of145 per 100,000(158 per 100,000 if set against a world prison population of 10.65 million), based on 2008 U.N. population data. In other words, the U.S. incarcerates its citizens at a rate that is 5 times the world average.

In 2008, according to the Department of Justice, there were 7,308,200 persons in the US corrections system, of whom 4,270,917 were on probation, 828,169 were on parole, 785,556 were in jails, and 1,518,559 were in state and federal prisons. This means that the U.S. alone is responsible for holding roughly 15% of all the prisoners in the world.

In other words, 1 in 42 Americans is under correctional supervision. This constitutes over 2% of the entire U.S. population. That percentage jumps up drastically if we limit the comparison to working aged adult males, of which there are around 100 million. Over 5% of the adult male population is under some form of correctional supervision, alternatively stated, 1 in 20 adult males are under correctional supervision in the U.S.

According to 2006 statistics, 1 in 36 adult Hispanic men are behind bars, as are 1 in 15 adult black men. If we limit the data to black males between the ages 20 to 34,1 in 9 are behind bars. Keep in mind that 86% of those men in federal prisons are there for victimless crimes. They have not stolen any property, damaged any property or harmed anyone directly by their actions. Of course, if you are reading this and live in the US, you are paying for all those people to subsist on a daily basis. Roughly34% of all prisoners in the U.S. are incarcerated for victimless crimes.

In California in 2009 it cost an average of $47,102 a year to incarcerate an inmate in state prison. In 2005 it cost an average of $23,876 per state prisoner nationally. In 2007, $228 billion was spent on police, corrections and the judiciary. That constitutes around 1.6% of total U.S. GDP.

Of course, being the good economists that we are, we must not just look at the cost to incarcerate and police, but also at the opportunity cost to society that putting all those able-bodied men behind bars creates. When a man is put behind bars he is obviously incapable of contributing anything to society. He becomes a complete burden to society while producing nothing in return for the expenses he creates. He becomes a black void of resource destruction. Its important to remember that moneys value is directly related to the consumer goods that a society produces. If a society produces nothing of value, the money it uses will also be worth nothing of value. If a huge portion of able bodied workers is locked behind bars, society is effectively penalized twice once for the resources that are diverted into the prison industry and it is penalized again for the opportunity cost of the lost labor of those prisoners.

I find some dark humor in the fact that those who engage in victimless crime dont create any real victims until they are put behind bars, at which point they cause the State to steal $47,000 a year from the tax paying public. In our justice system today, victims are victimized twice; once by the perpetrator of the crime against them, and the other by the State which then forces the victim to pay for the punishment of their assailant. Clearly our societys notion of justice is logically ridiculous. Its apparently not OK for someone to steal from you, but its perfectly acceptable for the State to steal from you if the State is going to use that money to punish the person who stole from you. what kind of asinine system of justice is that?

What is justice? Isnt justice making a victim whole once again? Isnt justice punishing a criminal for the damages he imposed upon his victims?I propose that the only real justice that can be enacted in a free society is monetary punishment in the form of taking the perpetrators property and handing it to their victim, or ostracism by defamation of character.

I know some people will cry that under such a system violent criminals will be left free to roam the streets, but isnt that what our system is doing now? Consider that if a man commits a violent crime today, he is put behind bars for some arbitrary length of time with hundreds of other violent criminals, after which he is released back on to the streets. Do you think that criminal is going to be more dangerous to society after spending years locked in a cage with other violent criminals or less dangerous? Numerous studiesshow that prison eitherincreases, or has no impact on, recidivism. Thus, it all comes down to punishment. Isnt being branded a criminal, along with monetary punishment to make a victim whole once again, enough? How difficult do you think your life would be if you were convicted of murder, everyone knew about it and half your assets and income were being handed to your victims family? The rest of your life would be a living hell.

Putting people behind bars does nothing but squander resources. It deprives society of able-bodied workers and costs society massive amounts of resources which are stolen from the general public through the coercive theft of taxation. Consider how much richer American society would be today if it had an additional 5% of the male population working to produce goods and services in the private sector labor force.

Economist David Friedman has put together a fantastic presentation on how society could be organized in such a way as to eliminate all victimless crime while simultaneously eliminating the necessity of the State to steal from the victims of crimes to pay for their assailants punishment. After youre done watching Friedmanspresentation, check out thisfantastic comicput together by the Real Cost of Prisons project.

If you are interested in learning more about private law and private defense, listen to thisseries of essaysby economist Robert Murphy andthis lectureby economist Hans Hoppe.

The statistics cited in this article can be verified atDrug War Facts.org

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Libertarian Party of Texas

Posted: July 18, 2016 at 3:39 pm

The Libertarian Party was created in 1971 by dissatisfied Republicans searching for an alternative to the two-party system. In 1972, Texas became one of the thirteen original founding state parties at the first Libertarian Party convention. Since then, the party has enjoyed rapid growth. In the 2010 election, there were over 150 candidates on the ballot in Texas.

The Libertarian Party of Texas (LPTexas) is the third largest political party in the state of Texas, and the only party that is consistently committed to a platform of peace, prosperity and freedom for all Americans. The Libertarian Party is sometimes described as the party of both fiscal responsibility and social tolerance, the best of both worlds approach to political policy that doesn’t accept or require the false choice between liberal and conservative. LPTexas represents liberty, justice, equality, privacy, independence, non-aggression, and the rule of law – the founding principles of our great nation – and is committed to a mission of political action to restore these core principles to our government and chart a future course based on voluntary cooperation, mutual respect, free markets, and the realization of human potential.

The Libertarian Party of Texas (LPTexas) is governed by theState Libertarian Executive Committee (SLEC), which is comprised of two representatives from each state senatorial district and four state officers. At the local level, the state party is divided intocounty affiliates, governed by a County Chair and officers. Each county affiliate is divided further into four districts, with representatives from each. Within these districts are voting precincts, managed by Voting Precinct Chairs. LPTexas is a bottom-up, grassroots organization that highly values the important work done locally to spread the Libertarian message. If youd like to get involved in a leadership role or as a volunteer or donor, pleasecontact us.

LPTexas is an affiliate of theLibertarian National Committee. Our mission is to serve as a watchdog over the state legislature and advocate for passage or defeat of proposed legislation, inform our membership of political issues, maintain the partys ballot access, recruit candidates, encourage strong Libertarian voter turnout and assist county affiliates in increasing party membership.

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Posted: June 29, 2016 at 6:38 pm

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Gaming and gambling in the United States have undergone a great boom. During the past decade most states have expanded legalized gaming, including regulated casino-style games and lotteries. There has been an explosion in opening Native American casinos. The popularity of online gambling and betting has increased exponentially. Gambling-Law-US.com presents, explains and analyzes the patchwork of state and federal and state gambling laws that apply to the boom.

The words “gamble” and “gambling” are generally used to discuss an activity that may run afoul of applicable criminal laws. The word “gaming” is usually reserved for those instances where the activity has been specifically legalized by applicable laws or where the activity is exempted from the criminal laws. Thus, playing a casino-style game at a for-profit website online in the United States is referred to as gambling, since no state has yet to finalize any gambling law that specifically authorizes a for-profit website operator to offer any casino games.

The two words are not mutually exclusive. That is, a gaming activity could turn out to be gambling where applicable laws regulating that particular gaming are violated. Similarly, a gambling activity may turn out to be gaming if it is exempted from a given criminal statute. For example, playing a card game for money in a purely social setting where no one earns anything from the game other than as a mere player would be gaming if such social games were excluded from the reach of the criminal anti-gambling laws in the state where the game takes place. For the history of gambling laws on a state-by-state basis, see the individual state entries on Pokerwebsites.com.

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