Harsh on drugs but promoting gambling

From: "truth"

Subject: Re: Harsh on drugs but promoting gambling

Australians are not so addictive to gambling as Chinese Singaporeans.
That is one point which the papist leegime overlook in their
rush to boost the economy by opening up two casinos. Loan sharking
is already such a pervasive problem in Singapore due to this inherent
traits of the Chinese Singaporeans. Opening of the Casinos will
vastly aggravate this problem. Legislation has not and will not solve
the problem. Education is the key. However the education system in
Singapore has swayed into overdrive on entrepreneurship and risk
taking which basically is gambling.
The papist leegime is bankrupt of ideas as to how to move Singapore
forward. So long as they placed their stranglehold on power over the
freedom and democratic rights of Singaporeans, they will languish in this
dead end. No amount of juggling and monkey tricks will get them out
of this mess.

"icon" wrote in message
> Does Australia has any Casino Self Exclusion?

> The stock market is a huge gambling den, do you agree?

> "truth" wrote in message

>> Apply for Casino Self-Exclusion Here...

>> You can apply for self-exclusion here:

>> http://www.stopproblemgambling.org.sg/casino_exclusion.html
>> I got my whole family to do it.

>> I was reading through stories about problem gamblers in Australia
>> serveral months ago. In many cases they were passing by the casino (back
>> from the cinema, restaurant, supermarket) and were drawn by the bright
>> lights. They decide to go in play a few rounds on the slot
>> machines(pokies) and before they know it they were hooked. Companies
>> making slot machines program these machines with lights and sounds to
>> trigger plenty of endorphins (pleasure inducing chemicals) to be released
>> in your brain when you win. In fact they hire Phds to research how to get
>> players hooked on their slot machines. Why do people get addicted to
>> drugs? Drugs like marijuana cause the release endorphins in the brain and
>> cause a craving for more. In Singapore we hang people who bring in
>> marijuana but allow the slot machines in clubs. Why? Problem gambling is
>> just as harmful as drugs - just look at the 12,000 loan shark harassment
>> cases year to date. Many, I believe, are the result of gambling.

>> Before the govt even decided to build casinos to added to the problem, it
>> was already a problem for many families and the harm caused by gambling
>> is no less than that caused by drugs. Why are we so harsh on one problem
>> and so lax on the other? I can't believe the poster at one Singapore
>> Pools outlet I passed by the other day - it warned people about gambling
>> by asking them to gamble within their means. The poster is found here

>> This ridiculous message is reflective of the effort our govt to put in to
>> tackle the gambling problem. If you follow what the what the poster says,
>> it is actually asking you to start gambling (responsibly?) as if it is a
>> good thing like exercise - the correct message should be don't gamble or
>> don't learn to gamble or don't start gambling or stop gambling. Most of
>> these so-called "responsible gambling" campaigns are run by casino
>> operators or online poker website operators. It is similar to the
>> "Children don't smoke" campaign run by cigarette companies - the
>> underlying message is children don't smoke so you're very adult to do so.
>> How do people become problem gamblers? They start by playing light You
>> don't go around telling people taking recreational drugs occasionally for
>> pleasure is okay. It sends the wrong message by telling people there is
>> something called "responsible gambling" ...that gambling can be good.
>> They should tell people gambling is bad and it can lead to harm. I'm not
>> suggesting the govt ban gambling outright but the campaign message has to
>> be that you do it at your own risk of harming yourself and your family.
>> This govt is so strict it censors what we watch and read. Yet it allows
>> something as harmful as gambling to proliferate and the related problem
>> of loan sharking to grow. The govt's limited effort in this area has been
>> disappointing and that is why many Singaporeans believe the casino will
>> bring more harm than good.

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