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What did pique the Australian's curiosity was Paddock's way of making a living, "as I'd not met a professional gambler" before.

Paddock was forthcoming in "great detail" on matters from his "float", or cash gambling base, to his annual income, which was "very much well over a senior executive's wage in the US".

"And how he obtained that: the algorithms behind his methodology of gambling - only on machines, not on tables," he said.

Oh, really? Even if you did find a bug in the slot machines, the casinos would notice the pattern and fix it. I wonder if he made his money in crime, and somebody was catching up with him. I don't see any other plausible explanation how someone with his background would be so rich.

One amusing aspect of articles like this is how the papers report what people who knew him said as though a psychopath always tells the truth except when he's talking about his plans to shoot people.

The article does, however, say

The men came to have "robust conversations" about the second amendment of the US constitution and the right to bear arms.

It is a debate the Australian said he had had many times - but Paddock's grasp of the detail seemed superior to most defenders of the second amendment.

"I've asked that question of many people I know from the US, and sadly enough, the answer is very similar in many ways: that people have this belief that the constitutional amendment is their right, with very little understanding of the content of that actual bill," the man said.

"I think it'd be fair to say [Paddock] indicated to me that he certainly knew more than most."

So that's it. He was radicalised by the NRA.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Oct 4th, 2017 at 06:31:39 PM EST
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What's a 'lone wolf'? It's the special name we give white terrorists | Opinion | The Guardian
Consider Stephen Craig Paddock, the shooter in Sunday's massacre in Las Vegas. Is he a terrorist? Well, the authorities aren't calling him one, at least not yet.

This is all the more remarkable because Paddock's actions clearly fit the statutory definition of terrorism in Nevada. That state's law defines terrorism as "any act that involves the use or attempted use of sabotage, coercion or violence which is intended to cause great bodily harm or death to the general population".

Stephen Craig Paddock shot and killed at least 59 people and injured more than 500 others. If that doesn't qualify as a textbook definition of Nevada's terrorism law, I don't know what does.

Yet, when asked at a press conference in Las Vegas if the shooting was an act of terrorism, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo replied: "No. Not at this point. We believe it's a local individual. He resides here locally," suggesting that all terrorism is foreign in nature.

by Bernard on Wed Oct 4th, 2017 at 08:24:34 PM EST
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The term has been used in Israel for some of the recent attackers.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Oct 5th, 2017 at 03:04:14 AM EST
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Medium - A North american Gray Wolf - A Wolf Would Never Fucking Do This

I am a North American Gray Wolf and I'm mad as hell. Yes, I am a bit of a loner but let me be clear, I would never do something like this. You humans never care about me unless it's to describe a psychopath mass murderer. Just because I've chosen not to reproduce or run with a pack doesn't mean you can use my name to describe white mass shooters. Stop appropriating wolf culture and come up with your own term for it. I have a suggestion: Terrorist.


keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Oct 5th, 2017 at 12:43:25 PM EST
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He was a money launderer. That's how you make money on slots.

You find a near 50/50 bet, eg red or black on a roulette slot. You bet both ways. The payout is, strangely, 100% of stake. $100 on red, $100 on black. You win $200.

Except for the occasional 0, but that is accounted for elsewhere.

It seems strangely futile but, done in in mass numbers, you can clean millions every day. In fact, you can even get an IRS certificate for your winnings.

Fixed Odds Betting terminals (FOBT) are in every betting shop in the UK and are massively popular with drug dealers. Takes 'em about 10 minutes to clean £5k (the shop has to report any transaction over £5k). So they go from having a load of suspicious money to being able to show the police their gambling winnings, "got lucky, didn't I?".

the social misery from gambling is just a by-product of the drug/gambling industry nexus. I'm quite sure it's the same in Las Vegas.

this guy was a money launderer.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Oct 5th, 2017 at 12:37:12 PM EST
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OK, but where was he getting the money to launder?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Oct 5th, 2017 at 12:38:42 PM EST
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Well, that's an interesting question. He used to be an accountant....hmmmm

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Oct 5th, 2017 at 12:47:09 PM EST
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He was also an IRS agent....
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Oct 5th, 2017 at 12:48:26 PM EST
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very interesting

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Oct 5th, 2017 at 01:10:44 PM EST
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