Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Field Hands



This picture is from 1900 and shows cotton field hands gambling with dice during a break. It is amazing how sometimes people who work the hardest have a weakness for games of chance. I find it interesting to watch people buy lottery cards in the convenience stores. People can do what they want with their money . . . it is their business, but wow, you can lose money quickly gambling.

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  1. You surely can lose a fortune quickly gambling.

    Lots of folks buy lottery tickets. This wouldn’t bother me so much, except so many of these people are also on some sort of public assistance, paid for by me, a tax payer. If they have enough money to gamble, why can't they pay their own bills?

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  2. When the lottery first started, I "played", not with money but just picked the numbers and checked to see if I could have won. This game went on for several years and I never had the right numbers, in fact never even close. If I were lucky, I had one or two numbers right. Someone gave me a lottery ticked on time and I gave it to a guy buying gas next to me. I refuse to gamble~

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  3. Of course, by any rational measure lotteries are obviously a losing bet.
    But when you only ever have enough money to be broke, a dollar spent on something as ethereal and glorious as hope seems like a good investment.

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    1. I liked your comment yesterday and I like your comment today, you have that valuable thing, intelligence & poetry in your soul.

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  4. I think that when the lottery first started here in Texas, it was to help bring in more funds for the schools, same with the sales tax back in the early sixties. What in the world happened?

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    1. I think the same thing that happened here in the Peoples Republic of Illinois, the politicians lied.

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  5. Myrtle,

    QE1,QE2,QE3,QE3.2 ........
    Wall Street gambling with taxpayers money.....
    But well they don't look the same.............

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  6. Desperate people do desperate things.

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  7. Myrtle: Think of their playing the lottery as their way of paying tax. It goes back into the public coffers does it not? The chances of anyone winning any of those games is so nil as to be a joke. The house always wins, so in essence Myrtle, its the best way for you to recover your tax dollars!

    But its also a scam and I think that's what you are getting at. Desperate people do desperate things and when you see no other alternatives about (and let's face it, African Americans during the turn of the century had few alternatives to their situation), then hope and fantasy make your day far more tolerable.

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  8. Also, might I add that impoverished, closed groups (like African Americans of old) tend to keep their money amongst themselves and social pressure within the group usually means they end up sharing it with their family and friends in one way or another.

    If Freddie wins all of Johnnie's ten cents and goes and spends it on a bottle of liquor then everyone will know what kind of person he is and shun him accordingly. Conversely, if he takes some of that ten cents and buys is little brother a much needed pair of socks or something like that, then he ranks higher and receives social approval.

    Of course, our culture unfortunately is way more disparate today.

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