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But these critics miss half the point.

Dexter Rogers

Despite sports being an entertainment industry, being a fan is not about maximizing pleasure. The state of manhood in America is increasingly troubled. Sandusky perpetrated these heinous acts or whether Dr. To make sure that parents and children are not afraid, we need to reconsider and reconfigure the norms in every institution that they participate in.

Tom Gerdy

Sandusky’s arrest last November triggered a wave of news coverage.

Bribery, gambling, and other strong-arm tactics make for a full day in the life of a gang member. However, it takes even more oomph to never get caught.

Larry Cohen

Award-Winning Author of Freestyle: Reflections on Faith, Family, Justice, and Pop Culture; Founding Pastor of Joy Tabernacle A.M.E. That’s the beauty of the game: there’s always next year.

Arkady Bukh

But this is much bigger than boxing. What happened in the ring Saturday night is a microcosm of what is taking place within this country. Church in Dallas, Texas

A reporter once wrote that sports train us for the heartbreaks of real life without imposing any actual consequences. Waters

Larry Cohen

Criminal defense attorney, founder of Bukh Law Firm located in New York

Associate professor of psychology and linguistics


It’s not just colleges, or sports, or the Catholic Church. Paterno, Mr. Curley, Mr. But similar tactics have also become a large part of the world of sports.

Inflation, poor attendance, lackluster play and massive debts are causing Brazil’s football clubs to count their pennies this Christmas.

It takes a helluva lot of talent, and/or smarts, to allegedly pull one of the greatest sports fixes of all time.

Building contractor and Community Activist

MSW, Executive Director, Prevention Institute

MSW, Executive Director, Prevention Institute

There’s a separate manual for the issuance of justice in society and sport. In order to earn the right to celebrate victory, you must experience the agony of defeat.

What is it about professional competitors that seem to make so many set on self-destruction? After years of working out, training and imagining the big time, pro athletes often turn out to be their own worst opponent when it comes to enjoying a rewarding career.

In São Paulo recently, gunmen raided the fan club of popular first division soccer team Corinthians called Pavilion 9 during a party, forced eight members to the floor and murdered them in cold blood.

Sports Journalist, Independent Filmmaker, Activist,

Under pressure from key sponsors and the powerful Sao Paulo business lobby that is close to FIFA, the Dilma government responded to Blatter’s bullying by agreeing to cover cost overruns on stadium construction.

I have no idea whether Mr. But there is no next year for Jonathan Denver. And this is what’s robbing sports of everything good.. I do know that in America, we are innocent until proven guilty. But what is the media coverage saying, and how might it affect the public conversation as Sandusky’s trial moves forward?

Brazil has been getting bashed in the global sports press for not making enough progress in constructing stadiums with the amenities FIFA likes to offer its fat cat supporters. Spanier, Mr. McQueary or anyone else knowingly or recklessly facilitated or even tolerated them.

Michael W. African-Americans often get the short end of the stick when compared to their white athletic brethren.

The futebol drama unfolds as president Dilma and her close advisers seek to balance the nation’s civic religion and number one source of nationalistic pride with more serious matters of state

With Brazilians recovering from carnival hangovers the sports world is feeling the lingering effects of a game fixing case local media are calling the Whistle Mafia

Philadelphia conducting experiment to save gunshot victims

Her audience was initially dubious.

Temple has been working for five years to set up the study. Patrick Reilly, trauma chief at Penn Presbyterian Hospital, a study partner, said doctors and society tend to think more is better.

“If this is not a public health crisis, I don’t know what is,” she said.

Karen Maschke, a scholar at the Hastings Center, a medical ethics think tank in suburban New York City, said the experiment appears ethically sound.

And every resident of or visitor to Philadelphia could become a study subject, though the biggest effect will probably be in the most violent neighborhoods – poor, mostly black sections where people are skeptical of essentially being experimented on.

“You’re using people to do this study,” said Charles Lanier, head of a neighborhood revitalization group. But supporters of the study say that for victims who are bleeding through an open wound, these procedures may cause an increase in blood pressure that can accelerate blood loss and death.

Philadelphians who don’t want to participate in the study if they are ever wounded can opt out by wearing wristbands indicating their wishes. Nearly 1 in 5 victims died.

“All of the evidence we have points to us being right, but if we are wrong, we will end the study early,” Maher told the community group.

“If we said we were going to give another medicine, people would tend to go, ‘Let’s see if this works,'” he said. “This might be a situation where more isn’t better.”

The study is expected to start in the fall and last five years, or until doctors have about 1,000 patients, whichever comes first. As part of the process, Dr. Of those victims, nearly 700 were black men ages 18 to 34.

Some paramedics have opted out of participating.

. “Sometimes that’s going to mean you can’t stop and ask people if it’s OK.”

Normally, paramedics intubate patients to keep their airway open, and give IV fluids to counteract a drop in blood pressure. Zoe Maher, a Temple trauma surgeon, has been giving presentations at community forums.

Organizers had to meet certain requirements before launching the study, including getting approval from city and hospital review boards that oversee research on humans, holding community meetings and informing a certain percentage of the public.

“Getting to the emergency room, where equipment and experts are waiting, is a really critical window, especially for people with any kind of wound that involves bleeding,” said Maschke, editor of the journal IRB: Ethics & Human Research. Amy Goldberg, who has treated thousands of shooting victims in the three decades she has worked in Philadelphia.

Maher, who is white, gave a 20-minute slideshow at a recent meeting in Hunting Park, a largely black and Hispanic neighborhood. They can obtain a wristband by filling out a form online or on paper.

Now, in a bold effort to stem the bloodshed, several Philadelphia hospitals are about to conduct a citywide experiment that will ask: When gunshot or stabbing victims are being rushed to the emergency room by ambulance, could paramedics do more to save them by doing less?

Joann Taylor, a block captain, retorted: “We’re already gambling with people’s lives.”

It’s a counterintuitive approach that could test long-held beliefs and change practices at trauma centers across the country.

The Temple surgeon patiently laid out her case, even as she acknowledged the selection process is “like the flip of a coin.” Retrospective studies, she said, have shown that gunshot and stabbing victims given basic life support – such as an oxygen mask, CPR or immobilization – had an 18 percentage-point survival advantage over those given advanced procedures, such as intubation, in an ambulance.

During the study, paramedics treating adults who have been shot or stabbed in the torso will, on a random basis, not insert a tube down a victim’s throat or administer intravenous fluids – two traditional life-saving techniques some doctors say may actually harm such patients.

Last year, there were 236 homicides in Philadelphia and more than 1,200 shootings, or one roughly every seven hours.

Yanitza Gonzalez, a councilwoman’s representative, chimed in: “It’s almost like we’re gambling with people’s lives.”

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — In all of last year, there were only 22 days when someone wasn’t shot in Philadelphia. “I hear what you’re saying, but in the interim, you’re still sacrificing somebody to prove which (method) is better.”

The study, involving all six of Philadelphia’s trauma hospitals, has been exempted from the Food and Drug Administration’s informed-consent rules, which require research subjects to be told the risks and benefits and to give permission in advance – something not feasible with gravely wounded people.

It is being headed by Temple University Hospital’s chief of surgery, Dr. It could end early if researchers are able to prove or disprove their theory sooner.

For a generation, many Philadelphia police officers, instead of waiting for an ambulance, have been taking shooting and stabbing victims to the ER in their cruisers, a practice known as “scoop-and-run.” Data from the longstanding practice helped inform the surgeons proposing this study.

A version of this experimental approach is already in place.


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Las Vegas may finally land a professional sports franchise

“For him to ask the public to pony up $750 million when he’s worth $28 billion, that’s just not going to fly — not just with the public, but with the elected officials.”

Even in Vegas, where the wagers are big and the odds even bigger, Bill Foley has made one heck of a bet.

Foley’s website is already advertising season tickets. The Raiders would contribute $500 million, while Adelson and his partners chip in $150 million. “It’s a lot of money, but it’s going to be fun.”

Sisolak hopes the NFL and the Raiders will budge to reduce the amount of public money needed.

Ralston said this would be “very difficult.”

But it may not be gambling that stops the NFL from lacing up in Vegas. Real difficult,” Sisolak said. AEG and MGM opened the up-to-20,000-seat arena just off the Las Vegas strip in April. And 90 percent of NFL franchises also now have ad agreements with daily fantasy sites DraftKings or FanDuel.

Foley is a multi-millionaire businessman who grew grew up in Ottawa, Canada, playing hockey. “Maybe I can sell some other things.”

One of those elected officials is Steve Sisolak, who chairs the Clark County Commission, which would have to approve any NFL stadium deal.

Not one dime of public money went into construction of the $375 million facility, but lots of people have anted-up.

“We’ve always been a tourist city. I’m never going to do that again. I don’t think daily fantasy is (gambling).”

“A lot of arguments will be made.

Sin City is betting on a makeover. “I have been spoken to by the commissioner at various times when I did not do exactly what he wanted to do. He’s felt a “seismic shift” in how gambling is perceived nationwide and by those who lead professional sports leagues.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell acknowledged as much last month, saying: “All of us have evolved a little bit on gambling… “And we’re really, really close.”

“I think $750 million without some type of return is a little bit too much for the taxpayer to shoulder,” Sisolak said. Jon Ralston has covered politics there for 30 years. The NHL’s Board of Governors, which must vote to approve any expansion, is now scheduled to convene there just hours before.

Foley’s sales pitch to fans and the NHL includes brand new T-Mobile Arena. that it creates more engagement.”

Foley’s toughest sales job to the league may be Las Vegas itself. I’m going to be the majority owner of the tea,” Foley said, adding that he wouldn’t confirm or deny that it would cost him $500 million. In fact, Foley said 14,000 people have put down deposits of at least $150 each.

“I have been looking forward to it my whole life, Vegas’ first professional sports team,” said hockey fan Tom Mullin.

Foley said he’s now out of the penalty box, with his goal finally in sight.

“The real question I think is, is Vegas still toxic?” Ralston said.

“I’m not a patient man, but I’ve learned patience,” Foley said. If you’re going to divert that much, why not use it for some of the real needs that are here — schools, roads, etc.?” Ralston said.

The Oakland Raiders’ proposal, presented in April by owner Mark Davis, bets on $750 million from the public to help build a $1.4 billion domed stadium complex on a lot near the Las Vegas strip. “I guess we’re approaching the two-minute warning.”

“The public relations of it are a nightmare. That’s pretty good, wasn’t it? I like that,” Foley said. Money could sack the deal.

“If they get 100 percent of the revenue and only put in $650 million, it’s going to be difficult. Pro hockey’s annual awards show is June 22 in Vegas. Everyone knows that Sheldon Adelson is one of the richest guys in the world,” Ralston said. Las Vegas has long been the gambling capital of America, but it now wants to become a big-time sports town, reports CBS News’ Mark Albert.

This lifelong Green Bay Packers fan said crucial decisions must be made by an end-of-July deadline or the clock may run out.

But the NHL — not the NFL — may score first. The West Point graduate now wants to drop the puck in his adopted hometown.

“You convinced people to give you money for tickets to a team that doesn’t exist?” Albert asked.

Casino magnet Sheldon Adelson has dealt himself in. The cash would come from increasing the tax on hotel stays and would be the most public money spent on any of the past 11 NFL stadiums.

“I am the man that wants to bring hockey to the desert,” Foley said. But the deal would have to be struck this summer, in an election year.

“If this opportunity slips away and the Raiders were to find a new home, I don’t think you’re going to see another opportunity come available for a long time,” Sisolak said. “It’d be hard to get on.”

On the gridiron, an estimated $95 billion is wagered every year on NFL and college football games. We’ve never had something that we can say, ‘This is what defines Las Vegas.’ And an NHL team would define Las Vegas,” Boehlke said.

And it would define Bill Foley.

Last year, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver made this admission about gambling: “It’s good for business, I don’t want to hide from that… I haven’t been spoken to by anyone as I was spoken to by him since I was a plebe at West Point.”

“And the arena wasn’t built. “I’m skeptical, but I’m optimistic at the same time.”. He said he put down $600 “because I want to have a hockey team.”

Ken Boehlke created the site Sinbin.Vegas to track every minute development.

“So for you, it’s a non-starter if the NFL or the Raiders were to get 100 percent of concessions, 100 percent of parking and 100 percent of naming rights?” Albert asked.

“This is my mission. It’s been holding events showcasing entertainers and was built to host an NHL or NBA team.

Die-hard hockey fans like Eric Biro are among the 14,000 who paid to be on Bill Foley’s season ticket list

Internet Gambling Ban: Why You Should Oppose It

and most of the rest of the western world.

This past December, the United States settled a trade dispute with Canada, Europe, and Japan over the recently enacted Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act.

That doesn’t mean the settlement is something to be proud of. Who other than Internet gamblers should care?

Ah, but it gets worse.

The other reason even non-gamblers ought to be concerned about all of this is that it will be difficult for the government to enforce this ban without giving law enforcement some exceptionally broad powers. From the left, it’s the mentality that because some people can’t engage in a particular activity responsibly and without harming themselves, that activity ought to be banned for everyone. economy, the WTO gave the okay for Antigua to recoup its losses in the form of copyright infringement, essentially making the country a haven for movie, music, and software piracy.

The U.S. But the result is the same. Federal authorities can’t arrest the owners of gaming sites because they’re based offshore, in countries where gambling is legal (unless they’re foolish enough to come to the U.S.). Because tariffs on U.S. Just as important as the ban on Internet gambling itself were the carve-outs for politically-protected special interest groups–lotteries and horse racing. But most experts believe that given the immense popularity of online poker, and the fact that America is home not only to most of the world’s poker players but also the wealthiest, the settlement was likely in the tens of billions of dollars.

Had the U.S. settlement with Europe, Japan, and Canada, the WTO awarded Antigua $21 million in annual reparations for losses to the Antiguan economy caused by the American ban on Internet gambling. Because the penalties against these companies for violating the law are likely to be severe and because the law specifically exempts them from liability for over-enforcement, your bank and ISP are likely to err on the side of banning legal transactions and erroneously reporting you to federal authorities than to err on the side of leaving you alone.

The problem is that the law carves out exemptions for some forms of gambling, such as state lotteries and domestic horse racing, while banning most other forms, most notably poker, the most popular form of online wagering.

Last week, just days after the U.S. online gambling ban in the World Trade Organization. goods would hurt the Antiguan economy far more than the U.S. For the last few years, the tiny island nation of Antigua has been challenging the U.S.

There are likely many people whose reaction to all of this is “so what?” It’s tough to get too worked up over a ban on something as seemingly niche and targeted as a ban on Internet gambling. So the tens of billions the U.S. If there’s any good news in all of this, it’s that technology and globalization have made it increasingly difficult for Congress to enforce its own morality on our private behavior.

The bad news is that because of that, the government will continue to seek increasingly broad powers to get its way.

The U.S. The gambling ban seems to have been supported by two similar approaches to governance that, although they come from opposite sides of the political spectrum, are generally quite similar.

The most popular online poker sites are all based overseas, where online gambling is legal. government is paying to settle the trade dispute is not only to preserve the gambling ban, it’s to preserve the congressionally-granted monopoly on online wagering for interests with more political clout than poker players.

From the right, many feel that if they’re personally morally opposed to a particular consensual activity, it ought to be banned for everyone. government, and isn’t likely to involve any information related to national security. The only option, then, is to go after the gamblers themselves. Antigua has won every step of the way.

You needn’t make your living playing Texas Hold ‘Em to worry about the effects of the government requiring your bank and ISP to spy on you. But that wouldn’t do. It’s bad enough that the federal government feels it’s proper and appropriate to tell American citizens what they’re permitted to do on their own time in their own homes with their own money. The government makes your decisions for you.

Part of the problem is the mentality that comes with this kind of legislation. The other is Nanny State paternalism. But it’s also willing to spend tens of billions of dollars of money paid to the government by those same citizens in the form of taxes to ensure it retains that power, and that it’s jurisdiction to enforce that power covers the entire globe.

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The U.S. entertainment industry and the moral majority types behind the gambling ban.

Radley Balko is a senior editor with Reason magazine. tax dollars, was negotiated by employees of the U.S. That means deputizing banks, credit card companies, and Internet Service Providers to start monitoring their customers spending and web surfing habits. was negotiating from a position of weakness. could have actually resolved all of this and preserved its precious gambling prohibition by simply making the prohibition uniform. Trade Office won’t release the terms of the settlement–an odd development itself, given that the settlement involves U.S. On the contrary, it’s pretty despicable. This gave rise to the trade dispute between the U.S. One is moral paternalism. not settled with the world’s economic powerhouses, we might have seen a massive battle unfold between the U.S. He publishes the weblog,

NBA Records: Top Ten Most Points Scored

Oscar Robertson - Cincinnati Royals


Shaquille O'Neal


Moses Malone - Houston Rockets


#2Karl Malone, 36,928 points

[7199]Karl Malone, a 14 time all-star, comes in at #2 on the all time scoring list.  “The Mailman” is arguably the best Power Forward to ever play.  A 2 time NBA MVP, Malone had a deadly mid-range jumper to compliment a nice post game.  His size and strength made him a definite low post presence.  Malone was a member of the 1992 Dream Team that won gold in the Olympics in Atlanta.  He was a 13th overall pick by the Utah Jazz in 1985.  Karl Malone came close to leading the all time scoring list, but close doesn’t cut it!

Elvin Hayes - Washinton Bullets


Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - Los Angeles Lakers


#1Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 38,387 points

[7200]Kareem!  Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the all time leading scorer in the National Basketball Association.  His 38,387 points are the most of any player.  He is a 6 time NBA Champion and a 6 time NBA MVP.  Everyone knew he was going to be amazing after his rookie year when he won “Rookie of the Year”.  Kareem was a master of the sky hook.  He was recognized by the Los Angeles Lakers for his play by erecting a giant statue in his honor at the Staples Center.  Kareem had better watch out though!  There are a few young players that could very possibly pass Kareem’s mark!

Wilt Chamberlain - Los Angeles Lakers


#10Oscar Robinson, 26,710 points

[7067]Oscar Robertson, commonly known as “The Big O”, was one of the best all around players to ever play in the National Basketball Association.  In just his second year in the NBA he averaged over 30 points, 12 rebounds, and 11 assists.  Oscar Robertson won an olympic gold medal in 1960, an NBA MVP award in 1964, and was selected to an NBA All-Star team 12 times.  Oscar Robertson was the first overall pick in the 1960 draft, selected by the Cincinnati Royals.  He was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks in 1970.  Oscar’s great play was recognized in 1980 as he was entered into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame.

Kobe Bryant -  Los Angeles Lakers


#5Wilt Chamberlain, 31,419 points

[7197]Wilt Chamberlain, “Wilt the Stilt”, was unquestionably the best rebounder to ever play basketball.  Averaging 30 points per game and 20 rebounds per game, Wilt is arguably the best player to ever play the game.  Wilt Chamberlain is the only player who ever scored 100 points in a game! During one season, Wilt averaged 27.2 rebounds per game!  Wilt is no doubt one of the best players to ever play basketball, and he was entered into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in 1978.

#6Shaquille O’Neal, 27,409

[7195]”Shaq” was by far the most dominant center within the past few decades.  At 7 feet, 1 inch, 325 pounds,  it is hard to deny Shaq’s presence in the low post.  Shaq is often called “diesel” because of his huge frame.  Diesel once tore down a goal and shattered the glass backboard!  Shaq is a 4 time NBA Champion and now works as a basketball analyst on a major television network.

Hakeem Olajuwon - Houston Rockets


#8Elvin Hayes, 27,313 points

[7193]The Big “E”, Elvin Hayes was one of the top scorers in the game.  Only missing 9 games in his entire 16 year career, Hayes comes in number 8 on our list.  He was entered into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in 1990, and he led his team to an NBA Championship in 1978.  Elvin Hayes was drafted in 1968 as the first overall pick of the draft by the San Diego Rockets.  Throughout his career he played for the Rockets and Bullets, in various locations.

#4Kobe Bryant, 31,700 points (and counting)

[7196]Kobe Bryant, the “black mamba”, is  the leading scorer among active players.  Kobe Bryant is one of the most talented players to ever play the game of basketball.  He is one of the most clutch players; the only player that may be considered better is Michael Jordan.  Kobe is inching down on the next player on our list, and if he plays long enough, might have a legitimate shot at passing the leader on the all-time scoring list.  Kobe is a 5 time champion of the National Basketball Association and a 2 time scoring champion.  He will be remembered forever as one of the best players to ever play basketball.

#7Moses Malone, 27,313 points

[7194]Moses Malone, another great center on our list, skipped college to endure a 21 year-long NBA career.  This 12 time NBA All-Star was drafted in the 3rd round by the ABA’s Utah Stars in 1974.  Moses only won 1 NBA Championship that came with the Philadelphia 76ers in 1983.  Malone was selected to 12 All-Star teams, and he was credited for his work in 2001 as he was entered into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame. 

Michael Jordan - Chicago Bulls


#9Hakeem Olajuwon, 26,946 points

[7192]Hakeem “The Dream” Olajuwon was one of the best centers to ever play the game of basketball.  His post moves were unparalleled and he low post presence was always felt.  Hakeem stood 7 feet tall and weighed 255 pounds.  He was the first player to ever win the MVP award, Defensive Player of the Year award, and Finals MVP all in the same season.  He helped the Houston Rockets win their first NBA Championship, and then led them to another championship in the following season.  Hakeem was also part of the 1996 “Dream Team” that went on to win a gold medal in the Olympics.

Karl Malone - Utah Jazz


#3Michael Jordan, 32,292 points

[7198]MJ!  Michael Jordan,  deemed by most as the most clutch player to ever play the game.  Who could ever forget the heroics of Michael in “the flu” game.  He scored 38 points while sick!  Michael is the best player within the past few decades, and the only players that are even suggested to be close to his skill are Lebron James and Wilt Chamberlain.  Michael’s captivating skills led the bulls to 6 NBA Championships.  He is a 5 time NBA MVP, and he once led his team to start the season with 41 wins and 3 losses!

Sports betting vs. the stock market: Which is riskier?

To put it another way, the stock market is a lot more forgiving than the MGM Grand (let alone your local sports bookie). While many stocks offer steady returns, investors sometimes hit the jackpot (think: buying Apple back in early 2009 or Tesla in 2012).

The same can’t be said for those who bet big on the Denver Broncos last Super Bowl.

“You’re making a wager based on some facts and some intuitions. He asked for his identity to be withheld due to legal concerns.

Those are pretty good odds.

But take it from one person who has lots of experience in both worlds.

Related: Apple and 9 other stocks hit new records

Investors also have the ability to spread their money out among many stocks.

A stock can theoretically be held onto for an infinite amount of time, but a sports bet can end in the blink of an eye.

Related: 4 reasons September could be good for stocks

The betting appeal: Americans bet an estimated $380 billion each year on sports. Gambling on sports may be more fun, but it’s definitely a more risky use of money than putting it in the stock market.



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Such hedging tools are not as readily or even feasible to sports gamblers, Fine said.

“You can hold onto your betting tickets all your life, but you’re not going to get squat,” said Stovall. For example, a stop-loss order instructs a broker to dump a stock when it tumbles below a specific price. People often invest in funds that buy dozens or even hundreds of stocks, which helps reduce the risk. The stock might go up and down some, but it typically doesn’t go to zero. Heck, even his commercials are funny.

Related: How $2 billion Clippers bet could pay off

Gamblers and investors also have far different time horizons. A bettor gambling on the Green Bay Packers will instantly lose his or her entire $500 bet if Aaron Rodgers and his teammates fail to win or cover the spread. Gambling on football star Peyton Manning to win might seem like a safe bet, especially compared with picking winners in the stock market. And in neither instance can you be guaranteed to be correct,” said Randall Fine, managing director of The Fine Point Group, one of the casino industry’s largest consulting firms.

At the same time, investing in stocks actually carries higher upside potential.

“A lot of people regard investing as gambling, but I frequently say no.

All or nothing: Gambling on sports tends to be a zero-sum game.

But don’t let those similarities fool you.

And investors have greater access to tools that can minimize the risk of losing money. It’s easy to see why fans may be tempted to gamble on their favorite teams and athletes. Which casino in Atlantic City, Las Vegas or Macau pays the bettor 73% of the time?” said Sam Stovall, chief investment strategist at S&P Capital IQ.

“Betting is more difficult and riskier,” said one resident of Hoboken, New Jersey, who bets on illegal gambling sites and also invests in stocks.

“A large, steady company has a low chance of plummeting and causing you to lose all your money, but even Peyton Manning doesn’t cover the spread sometimes,” he said.

CNNMoney (New York) First published August 31, 2014: 8:14 AM ET

They both believe they can predict the future, and they sometimes fall into the trap of making decisions with their hearts instead of their brains.

In the long run, investors have the chance to make more money because there are fewer downside risks. And of course, they both hate to lose.

That’s the percentage of time that Stovall’s research shows the S&P 500 — the gold standard in the stock market — has increased in value during the years since 1926.

However, someone sinking $500 into Apple stock has little risk of losing that entire initial investment, especially in the short term.

Even the unlucky investors who jumped into the market at its peak in October 2007 eventually made their money back when stocks reclaimed their pre-recession levels in 2013.

Manning is really, really good at what he does for a living

Threshold Preview : Windows 10 for the Not-Very-Techies

Now the reason I ask this out loud is because I have recently been using a local server stack called XAMPP and the default ports for Apache (I am digressing onto web servers for a moment) is the same as Skype. Now that might be because I have opened up a number of virtual units, but then when I want to open a new instance of Internet Explorer the computer insists on going back to my first screens where I have an IE window open.

Windows StoreIf you never installed Windows 8 and live by your Android smart phone then you might not have come across the Windows Store before.


It’s Back!The Start MenuIt’s something I hate with Windows 8 installations. That is not surprising as most of the final code is being written and only some of the apps and features were included.

There is one problem though – and if they don’t change it I probably would not use Task View.

If you already use Windows 8 or 8.1 then you will know that Microsoft prefer you to set up a Microsoft Account. There are actually great benefits to doing this such as easily accessing your Skype, e-mail and cloud storage with a single sign-on, as well as of course Microsoft also being able to selectively target you with advertising or storage add-ons.

Task View

Now I should really bring in my good lady wife. We are going to look at what is coming to a PC near you and why you should be considering your next OS upgrade.

During the installation process there were a number of options that are clearly tailored to making it as easy for first time installers as possible. When you log off, they are gone. Not good when you want to use the same computer and don’t want to go fiddling with ports!

Now I think that this is a great idea and would certainly appeal to me when I am working away from the office; but there is no mention as to whether this is also going to work with Windows 10 tablets that you then connect a keyboard to using Bluetooth! 

 Even if you don’t think you will use the new features; you might as well upgrade to restart the technical support clock!

Windows 10 is expected to be one the biggest overhauls of a Microsoft operating system since they abandoned Windows Millennium Edition.

If you are currently using Windows 8 (or 8.1) –

they are giving you a free upgrade to Windows 10.

The Facebook app I also downloaded from the Windows Store is modified from the common mobile phone apps. Simple slider switches asking you if you want to enable “Do Not Track” as default on Internet Explorer and whether you want Bing as your default search engine were prominent. The Start Menu was rubbish, otherwise known as non-existent, until the 8.1 update.

The first installation of the Windows Technical Preview took less than 15 minutes. This is probably an edition of Windows that you would be familiar with as Windows 7 (or 8) Pro; there are other editions available for previewing if you are more likely to be heading for use in an enterprise environment.

Windows 10, codenamed Threshold, is coming though.

In order to tell you about Windows 10, also known by it’s codename of Threshold, I have played with the Windows Technical Preview that has been available to download and install for some time. That means that some of this information might be slightly out of date while I catch up and see what we have here. 

For the new Windows 10 desktop though, our Start Menu is making somewhat of a return albeit with subtle changes and incorporating metro style tiles in the new install. 

You see when I go into “desktop 2″ and open something like the Windows Store then it opens in all the later desktops. The thing is though that Windows 10 is that it is increasingly tailored to be idiot proof like it’s rival Apple OS’s. As you can see to the right, I have started up a few of these virtual desktops but I wonder if there is a bit of work to be done.

To Tie or Not To Tie?


This is going to be an article that I consider “living” and I will update it as often as I can so that you can make an informed choice that you want to upgrade to Windows 10.

The Windows Store allows you to install many programs and apps directly from the shop window like you can for your most popular smart cell phones; and for those that are already familiar, most of the apps and games seem to be similar to those found for Windows 8.

This great thing is though, this is going to make it so much easier for the likes of you and me to go out and take photographs using the tablet’s camera and then almost immediately publishing them to InfoBarrel and connecting the keyboard to do all the writing!

If this is the intended feature then I can not see half of the point of it.

Something I am wondering though, because I have not thought about it while logged onto Windows Technical Preview, is whether the computer ports will work differently. I wonder if this quiet push to re-engaging users with Microsoft products is going to be a long term issue.

As you can see left, metro-style tiles will still be size adjustable, allowing a bigger preference to programs you use the most or are more likely to need when you are inebriated and using the touch screen on your laptop or tablet.

If you are thinking that you will need different desktops because sometimes you use a Bluetooth keyboard with your Windows 10 tablet then fear not; Microsoft have thought of that too. It was clearly optimised for a touchscreen.

A Demonstration of ContinuumPublished by Microsoft

If you are currently using Windows 7 –

you will want to upgrade for free to Windows 10

You can set up a user account that is completely local and I have yet to decide whether my Windows 10 administrator is going to be cut off from the online world. She has said she like the ideas of a tiled start menu though, so when the newer updates are ready we should hope for this to stick around.

Multiple Desktops

New in Windows 10 (albeit not to other operating systems) is the virtual desktop. I doubt the Windows Store will ever be as strict as the Apple “iFranchise” but I bet someone somewhere with Windows 10 will eventually prove themselves to be a better idiot.

InstallationIt was Quick – but don’t read too much into that

Now the most important thing to remember is that the installation process is definitely going to change. She is severely sight impaired and has to use her gadget and devices on low resolutions. It looks awful and Windows clearly needs to avoid a “one OS for all” policy.

Task View, which to be honest is similar to using good old ALT+Tab window switch, will allow you to switch through these virtual desktops. The rumor is that this preview is going to be locked down soon so not everything will be from the horses mouth (or rather my horse sized fingers) and I will also look to what everyone else is saying as well.

As you can see, there is so much going on now with the new Windows 10 previews that I have had to start writing and as I experiment with the new features then I will update this piece as I go along.. The third party solutions on Windows such as VirtuaWin already offer a vast extension of the new Microsoft “feature” and lets be honest, if you are already a virtual desktop power user then you are probably already using Ubuntu or another Linux distribution.

I tried out the new store downloading a few games and I found that for the games I downloaded there was no way to play the game with your keyboard. Continuum, from the demonstrations I have seen, show a Microsoft Surface tablet-hybrid and the basic idea is that when you attach the keyboard then it works like a netbook/laptop, but when you disconnect the keyboard then it will work like a tablet computer.

It is worth pointing out that there is a new build which has been released in the last few weeks. I can keep all my games on one virtual desktop (I have an ever-increasing Steam library) while working on web development on another and my InfoBarrel tasks on a third.

The virtual desktops that are created are not permanent. I started at Evaluation Build 9841 which is the first public beta preview

New Jersey allows sports betting

The seaside resort has already lost three of the 12 casinos with which it began this year, and a fourth one is due to shut its doors next week; about 8,000 casino workers will have lost their jobs since January.

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. “Obviously, this is a significant development. branch of William Hill agreed to be the exclusive provider of sports betting at Monmouth Park, but is taking a wait-and-see approach.

But those actions ran up against the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, enacted by Congress to restrict betting on sports to a few states. In light of our significant investment at Monmouth Park, we are happy that it appears racetracks and casinos in New Jersey will be taking sports bets sooner rather than later.”

In addition to the directive, Christie also had the state file a motion in federal court asking a judge to clarify or modify a February 2013 ruling that blocks a licensing program New Jersey had passed for sports betting in the state.

The professional football, baseball, basketball and hockey leagues, as well as the National Collegiate Athletic Association, all opposed New Jersey’s effort to legalize sports betting, saying it could give the appearance that the integrity of the games has been compromised.. Like others, we recognize that legalized sports betting is inevitable, and will be a good outcome for customers, states and the sports leagues. Raymond Lesniak, one of the legislature’s strongest supporters of sports betting. Nevada has allowed betting on sports for more than 60 years, and Delaware, Montana and Oregon have at times permitted more limited betting. — Gov. Supreme Court declined to hear New Jersey’s appeal in June, saying, “You know, that’s the way it goes.”

His action, through the state attorney general’s office, is likely to be challenged by the professional and collegiate sports leagues that fought New Jersey’s efforts to overturn a ban on sports betting in all but four states. Other leagues and the NCAA did not immediately return messages Monday.

Dennis Drazin, an attorney and adviser to the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horseman and Monmouth Park, told ESPN in early September that he believes the track could have an operating sports book within three weeks after legalization.

The governor says sports betting is legal under previous federal rulings as long as wagers don’t involve a collegiate game played in New Jersey or a New Jersey college team elsewhere in the country.

Monmouth Park, a thoroughbred track in Oceansport, New Jersey, has been outspoken that it will take the lead once sports betting became legal.

Information from’s David Purdum and The Associated Press is included in this report. Supreme Court declining to hear the case.

He said he does not expect sports betting to begin until a court rules that it is legal.

Lesniak said he expects the leagues to challenge the move, but predicted: “They don’t have any arguments left to make. Jennifer Beck, a Republican who represents the area where Monmouth Park resides, said Monday that she would like to see the track begin taking bets as soon as this upcoming weekend, but wants to see the reaction from the sports leagues.

Casino executives did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Christie’s action.

“That to some degree will dictate how the race tracks and casinos move forward,” Beck told ESPN.

Voters in New Jersey overwhelmingly endorsed legal sports betting in a nonbinding referendum in 2011. “The motion simply would clarify and formalize that authority and give clear guidance to casinos and racetracks waiting to open a sports pool in New Jersey.”

The move is a turnaround for Christie, who initially seemed resigned to defeat once the U.S. CEO Joe Asher said in a statement. This is all over but the shouting.”

N.J. Rachel Ryan, a spokeswoman for the Meadowlands Racetrack said Monday that the track has no plans to offer sports betting now.

A month ago, Christie vetoed a bill that would have pushed New Jersey to circumvent the federal ban on gambling on professional and college sports.

The move came hours before Christie was to convene a closed-door summit on the future of Atlantic City.

“Based on the arguments of the sports leagues and the United States Department of Justice, the 3rd Circuit has already ruled that New Jersey can carry out sports wagering as described in today’s statewide directive,” the governor’s office wrote in a statement. State lawmakers soon enacted a law to allow for betting at tracks and in casinos. State Sen. Christie said at the time disagreed with the court decision but feels the law is “sacrosanct.”

“Victory at last!” said state Sen. That effort ended with the U.S. Bets wouldn’t have been taken on games involving New Jersey colleges or college games played in the state.

The U.S. District Court,” William Hill U.S. New Jersey missed a 1991 deadline in the law that would have allowed sports betting in Atlantic City.

The NFL had no comment when reached by “People should book their hotel rooms in Atlantic City for the Super Bowl now because there won’t be any available in February.”

“We are reviewing the Attorney General’s directive and the motion filed in U.S. Chris Christie’s administration issued a directive Monday allowing the state’s casinos and racetracks to offer sports betting, a move likely to be challenged in court by sports leagues.

The park built a sports bar last year that was designed to be transformed into a sports book quickly if sports betting were legalized.

The governor said he took his cue from previous federal court rulings that found that nothing in New Jersey law prohibits the casinos and horse racing tracks from offering sports betting.

Christie suggested casinos and tracks could start offering betting immediately, but it’s not clear that will happen

Top 10 Blogs for Book Lovers 2013: The Winners

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