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Disturbing article in today’s Oregonian – A government agency fine tuning addictive behavior – but we’ve all known it from the start.

Preying on those who can't stop.

Preying on those who can’t stop.

97% payback means it's still all gone at the end of the day.

97% payback means it’s still all gone at the end of the day.
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Being a “temporary” quarter-century resident of Nevada gives this writer a kind of insight into stories like these that I wish I didn’t have. But it’s a fact of our humanity that whoever or whatever designed our bodies made lots of room for addictive-driven behavior, especially when it comes to gambling. Those who design gambling machines employ brain development experts who know how to read cranial “pleasure centers.” They’re hired guns to provide sensory suggestions and feed-back to gaming machine designers who take copious notes on how to make those specific areas of the brain light up like the holiday tree at Rockefeller Center.

The Oregonian is running a story today that broaches the dirty little truth about ANY state’s video game lottery. Regardless of how noble a purpose the proceeds may be invested to benefit society as a whole, it none the less victimizes many in particular who lose control of their lives, courtesy of “life destroying fun made perfectly legal.” And although there are those who point to cigarettes, drugs and alcohol as rival competitors, none drain the bank accounts and the futures of those who get hooked as is found in the sound and fury of gambling video machines.

Here’s the story in the Oregonian. Click here.

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