Sunday, June 26, 2005

More on rationalizing policy making

Date: Sun, 26 Jun 2005 10:44:58 -0700 (PDT)
From: "MARK KLEIN, M.D." View Contact Details
Subject: Perhaps this is a way to legally attack offshore internet casinos operating here.
To: @usdoj.gov, & copied to GOP leadership


Was very distressed by the Sunday NY Times Business Section article today on PartyGaming. Have a personal interest in today's gambling explosion the result of my 20 year nephew who dropped out of college to become a professional gambler. Got his start online.

Medical evidence is accumulating to suggest habitual gambling is a neuological disorder.
http://info.med.yale.edu/psych/faculty/potenza.html
That might open the door to invoke WTO rules carving out national security and health exemptions to allow us to prosecute offshore operations like PartyGaming, and to circumvent the decision federal case mentioned in the article.

Dr. Potenza's work cited above is part of vast rapidly accumulating body of knowledge about how the brain actually works. The less we rely on laws and regulations predicated on wishful thinking the better our lives will be. This article written for the sophisticated non-scientist laypersons shows how far we've come.
http://bette.aecom.yu.edu/Media/science_love.pdf

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