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Posted in Entertainment with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 25, 2012 by urbannight

Who is Emanuel Steward and do I care that he has died?


 No, I do not.  Why? Because, according to his family, he is not dead.  He IS recuperating from surgery. 


Apparently, he is the Godfather of Detroit boxing.  Now, because of this wording, I’m imaging a boxing Mafia.  Men in long silk shorts and boxing gloves trying in vain to hold onto their tommy guns while clinging onto to the side of old cars with wide running boards you can stand on. 


Boxing gloves are not conductive to this kind of activity.


He supposedly ‘nurtured and guided’ people to world titles in the 1980’s.  It seems to me that boxing has been around a lot longer than that, even in Detroit.  If one is a ‘godfather of boxing’ shouldn’t one have been involved with it for a LOT longer than that?


A town in Florida is declaring war on baggy pants.  Despite the photo’s of people in generously wide pants, what they really mean in pants that are below the waistline and expose the undergarments or the skin. 


Some people say it is really to give the cops more ability to do ‘stop and frisk’ activities.  If they are really trying to cut down on crime, leave the baggy pants alone.  While it may not STOP crime, it will make it easier to catch people as they trip and stumble because of their own clothing.

Gambling Addiction and Diminished Capacity for Logic

Posted in Life with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 20, 2012 by urbannight

Have you read about the Detroit man who was about to pull 1.5 million out of a bank ATM?  His account was being transferred from his old bank to the bank that bought them out.  Due to a strange glitch, it just let him keep taking money out. 

He then went out and gambled it all away.  Lost it ALL.

This does not shock me in any way.  People with any kind of addition have an off kilter logic process.  Things that seem unreasonable to most people make sense to them and seem like a viable course of action.  People with a gambling addiction are no different.  I see how this might have gone down.

Having worked in a jail that housed people with gambling addiction, I can tell you the logic probably went like this:  

I can win enough to put it all back and still come out ahead.  I’ll go to the casino, track, game, whatever, and I’ll put it back in the morning and no one gets hurt.

But person with the kind of gambling addiction that would make it seem okay to take out 1.5 million, since the bank was letting him anyway, is not the type of gambler that would ever be able to pull off that kind of winning streak.  In fact, they are far more likely to lose and lose big.

Because people with an addition often transfer their addiction to another substance, and people with a substance abuse addiction can shift away from a substance to gambling, it makes it seem like it is a weird form of substance abuse.  In fact, the treatment programs are similar to substance abuse treatments and the support groups are similar to AA and NA. 

On the other hand, substance abuse usually involves a craving for something whereas gambling seems to be a compulsion to do something, make is seem more like a compulsion based disorder.   It makes me wonder if there might be more success in treating gambling addiction with methods for treating both types of disorders rather than just treating it like a substance addiction.