Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Selling People Dreams for Cash

For the past week I've been writing a blog post. After the second power outage, however, and watching all those words go down the digital drain (and yes, I do realize I should have hit the save button...) I decided I needed a break.

In the meantime, I submit the following very short clip from the magnificent film Casino - a movie which begins on a note of glamour and hope, and ends with about as much carnage as your average Shakespearean tragedy. But then, so many casino dreams have a way of turning into nightmares.

This clip, while short, says a lot about the gambling industry. And if you haven't seen the whole movie yet, I highly recommend it.


carverchick said...

This narative from the movie says it all....

The town will never be the same. After the Tangiers, the big corporations took it all over. Today it looks like Disneyland. And while the kids play cardboard pirates, Mommy and Daddy drop the house payments and Junior's college money on the poker slots...

great movie!

carverchick said...

and another good one....

In the casino, the cardinal rule is to keep them playing and to keep them coming back. The longer they play, the more they lose, and in the end, we get it all.

Raymond Tolosko said...


I just spent a few days with some people that were raving about going to Foxwoods and only spending 39.00 a night for the room and free dinner to top it off...(insert my eyes rolling here).

They obviously have little knowledge about how Foxwoods came to be and what happened to the poor people that were forced to leave their homes. Do any You-tube clips exist about taking of homes by eminant domain? ...or what happened to the residents in Ledyard?

...I'm sure they wouldn't be so eager to go after they saw that.

Gladys Kravitz said...

Jacquie, numerous YouTube videos exist which document cases of eminent domain. Here are some which have to do with the taking of homes.

You can also do a search on eminent domain and businesses and see some other videos.

Wow, $39.00 dollar rooms and a free dinner.

Hmmm... I wonder how Foxwoods can continue to make money.

(Eyes rolling.)

Raymond Tolosko said...


...boy, does this sound familiar.

Anonymous said...

How much of the $39 per room is going to pay the town of Ledyard the room tax? If the Wampanoags do the same how much of that will go to the town of Middleboro?