When the government puts up a betting pool on Terrorism, do you win by
betting for or against the next attack? Find out how the
insanity of Terrorism is dealing off the bottom of the deck.
Tuesday--July 29, 2003—Ground Zero Plus 685
The Terrorism Betting Pool
Editor, New York City Combat Correspondent News
GROUND ZER0, New York, N.Y.--July 29, 2003--
The American government is turning Terrorism into a betting pool.
You can log on to a special website sponsored by the Pentagon's
Defense Advanced Research Projects division and bet on the
assassination or overthrow of a nation's leader. It's
called "future Terrorism trading."
The website, located at
www.policyanalysismarket.org, invites future traders to bet on
certain crises. If you're lucky and they come to pass, you win.
The initiative, called the Policy Analysis
Market, is an experiment in predicting future events. The idea
is that the "market," the average investor, can foresee things that
often the most sophisticated intelligence cannot.
This includes the toppling of
regimes, assassinations, drops in oil prices and Terrorist attacks.
The morbid side of the coin is that the betting is being done over the
bones of bodies. The future contracts are about death,
destruction, mayhem and brutality erupting here or there.
Critics of the government-sponsored betting program are enraged that
more than $8 million dollars has been put behind the program, one
geared to attract anonymous betters, some of whom could include
Terrorists themselves betting on their next attack.
Example of Policy
Analysis Market Betting Subject
Personally, I find the idea
repulsive. Not because it is an issue of gambling or
grotesque in nature to bet on the death, destruction and mayhem of
human beings. My issue is the waste factor.
Betting on Terrorism feeds the
Beast of Terror.
Betting on Vigilance starves
Vigilance starves the Beast of Terror
I wonder about the government
emphasizing the result of Terrorism instead of betting on how to
protect against such attacks.
I would rather see a Vigilance
Pool than a Terrorism one.
If people bet on the next act
of Courage, the next example of Conviction, the next Right Action that
helped future generations, we would strengthen the muscle of
Vigilance, not weaken it.
Instead, by betting on the worst of
events--killing, tyranny, destruction, war, assassination, we focus on
the Beast's food, his delicacies of Fear, Intimidation and
I don't think I'm going to bet in the
I'm putting my money on Vigilance.
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