Modified Pinball Machines In Japan: Pachinko And Neglected Children

Fred and I were out drinking the other night. I queried Fred as to if he had seen any statistics on pachinko fatalities. He immediately understood that I was not talking about the gamblers who played pachinko, but the small children who suffer because of their parents’ gambling problems. Every year at least several of the babies and small children left in cars parked in parking lots with the engine running and the air conditioning on die from the summer heat. Eventually, the car engine stops, the air conditioning stops, temperatures in the car rise to over 100, and the heat kills the children. We hear the news of other types of fatal pachinko related accidents almost every year, when some parent leaves children alone at home to go and gamble on the pachinko machines. Sometimes the children die in fires and sometimes it is something else.

Fred said that he had not seen any statistics but that it was not that many, especially compared to the hundreds of thousands who died from smoking and drinking and the tens of thousands who died in car accidents. I said that was true, but it just defies reason to leave your children like that. He agreed, but stated that gambling is an addiction.

Pachinko started out as a pinball game in the United States but never became popular. Introduced to Japan, the game was modified and spread like wildfire. Basically, the idea is to shoot little balls into the right places and get more little balls. One reason that many Japanese embraced pachinko and that the game spread so widely is that it is gambling. Money is not given out at pachinko parlors, just prizes. Near almost every pachinko parlor, however, is someplace where you can convert your pachinko winnings to cash. Research has shown that when gambling is illegal, many people gamble and approximately 1% of the population have a serious gambling problem. When gambling becomes legal, more people gamble, and the number of people with serious gambling problems doubles.

Parents in Japan who become addicted to the game can’t control themselves and some children pay the price with their lives.

He challenged me to think of a single modern country without any problems. I could not. Japan may have problems with pachinko fatalities, deaths from overwork and more. Still, these problems pale when compared with gun deaths and drug problems in America.

I asked him if he had ever played pachinko. Fred said he had never played pachinko and asked me if I had. Remembering my single foray into a dark and smoky pachinko parlor, I nodded my head and said I tried it once.

I remembered going into a dark smoke-filled room where grim-faced men sat in dark clothes chain smoking and shooting balls into machines. The image was sadder than blank-faced senior citizens feeding slot machines in Reno. The room was full of noise of pachinko machines and incredibly loud music. I stepped up to a machine to buy some balls, popped 100 yen in, and some balls came out. Scooping them up in my hand as 100 yen worth of balls was not enough to need a bucket, I stepped to a machine, fed them in and pushed the button again and again and again. They were gone in a minute or two.

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Four Simple Tips To Internet Millions

Ok, so you have worked very hard over the last year to educate yourself with a multitude of internet marketing products and services. You’ve watched the online gurus make thousands per day and millions per year.

Like anyone you’re probably asking yourself ‘how do I get there – what is the path to online success?’ Let me tell you if there was an easy answer we would all be millionaires. But, with a little patience and time you can start building your own path to the ultimate dream of working from home and financial freedom.

Four years ago I was just a budding online marketer with little or no experience. Over that time I’m made plenty of mistakes but have now reached a level where I’m making money online. I’ve tried to tell many people that you can skip all of my mistakes and jump start your own online presence by using the experiences of those who have already done it.

You just need to persist at getting continual online education including the key lessons I’m providing in this article. As you progress you will begin to realize that all the necessary information for your own education is free – it’s just a matter of putting the pieces together.

With that said I’m going to give you 4 simple tips to the foundation of your internet millions empire.

1. Pick What you Love – I’ve written about this so many times and in so many different ways. I cannot stress how important this idea is. And, frankly, it is the antithesis of the current trends in internet marketing. Why, might you ask? Because people are throwing niche websites left and right on all kinds of topics – mostly targeted at the highest paying keyword phrases.

Let me explore this a bit differently. Let’s say your real passions are cars, drinking coffee, and reading non-fiction books on science. Besides that you are an expert real-estate lawyer and have a plethora of knowledge on that subject. Now let’s look at some of the highest paying keyword search categories: DUI, Mortgage, Refinancing, Travel, Health, Gambling, Entertainment, Legal Help, etc.

Many budding internet marketers are choosing highly rated keyword phrases to put up niche Adsense sites focusing on these areas as well as others. But, why would you put up a niche site on lazik eye surgery if you love cars, coffee, science and real-estate law? The answer, simply to make money, of course! I’m not saying that making a profit is bad – all I am saying is that doing work only for profits will eventually burn you out.

If you happen to be one of the lucky ones whose interests fit a high paying niche then good for you. But, don’t be discouraged! You can typically find something that fits your passions and interests that can be managed to an income source. If you love to collect things then build on your collectables – if you love coffee then build your niche around coffee. Just remember that it will be ten times easier for you to add original content to anything that you really care about.

2. Don’t Be Afraid to Market Yourself – This is probably considered the ultimate catch-22. How do you promote and market yourself? Do you have the confidence to say you are an expert in what you are marketing? Many people make this mistake not only online but in real life.

I know of an excellent artist who created amazing works but had no idea how to market himself. He tried to sell his works and started some galleries but seemed to fail over and over. I also know an artist who is not quite as talented but can sell his works like crazy because of who he is and how he has created a persona for himself.

You have to realize that you must create your own brand – your name, your company – whatever it may be. The image you portray is just as important as your works. Every large company knows this as well and spends fortunes promoted brand.

You need to market either your name or company so that people start recognizing who you are and what you represent. In the long run you will be rewarded by reputation rather than just from single efforts.

3. Move Up the Food Chain – I’ve borrowed this phrase from another online marketer to illustrate the point that many people online are trying to earn money half heartedly or just with content poor Adsense sites. If you really are going to be serious about making a living online then you must create your own product.

Why? The simple answer is numbers – by being an affiliate you only earn the money from your own efforts. But, with your own product you have the power of literally millions of affiliates to sell your product for you. It is the single best way to earn money online today.

4. Be Productive Every Day – How easy it is to say this but how difficult it is to do! The internet can provide a massive amount of information and education for your own development. However, it has a downside as well – you can waste hours of precious time just jumping from one topic to another or reading about the myriad ways to make money online.

If you are going to truly become financially independent online then you must be productive every single day. What does this really mean? It means you have to start taking action daily by providing back-links, articles, blog entries, site updates, search optimization, autoresponder emails, etc.

If you are only reading material from other blog, forum or marketing sites then you are not being productive! You may be educating yourself but you’re not taking effort to drive revenue and growth. If you take anything away with you from this article I hope this is the one you remember.

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Illegal Forms Of Gambling – What Are They?

Gambling can come in many different forms and manner, carrying with it risks of varying levels. An individual can gamble and can bet on all sorts of things. Gambling is currently very popular and continues to expand around the world.

Legal forms of gambling are those that are being run directly by charitable institutions, companies for profit or government agencies.

Whereas illegal forms of gambling are those by which bets are placed on underground gambling services, the internet, being such. Gambling among peers or associates such as playing poker or pool that includes real money betting is also considered illegal.
Each City or State has complex rules that dictate legal or illegal gambling. Here are different forms of gambling:

*Casino. This is a form of gambling rapidly growing especially in the internet, as an online gaming site. This is a set up, usually referred to as “the house” wherein players can play in such games of chance, which include slot machines, poker, black jack, keno and roulettes.

*Sports betting. In other parts of the world, this is considered legal. Here in the United States, betting on individual sports events is accepted only as legal in Nevada. This is partly because of the possibility for such events to be “fixed”. As certain cases does happen when gamblers pay sports teams to lose in the game.

*Horse racing is the most common type of legal gambling. This is presided over by the pari-mutuel, or French for mutual stake. This system works in such a way that all the betting is place in a fund, where it will be divided among winning bettors, minus a certain percentages that will go to the track.

*Lotteries. This works such that tickets are being sold for a certain set of amount. A portion of the proceeds is given back to the winners, through random draw process. In most cases, while other players choose their own numbers, others allow the computer to pick numbers for them.

Such type of gambling offers different games. There are instant scratch tickets, wherein an individual may win instantly with the right combinations on the ticket and super lotto’s that offer increasing jackpots until such time that there is a winner. Eighty percent of States in the U.S. have laws that allow lotteries run by government. Thus, twenty five percent of all legal gambling revenues are from lottery.

*Other forms of gambling include bingo, dog races, pool, playing mah jong and the stock market.

Gambling can be seen everywhere, especially today, where the internet offers a lot of sites where such forms of gambling can easily be accessed. This is why it is important to carefully assess the site or the place that you are in, before making any move.

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