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Ed Driscoll

Viva Las ‘Bama

June 22nd, 2013 - 12:44 pm

Past performance is no guarantee of future results:

Speaking about the economy at an event in New Hampshire, Mr Obama told Americans: “When times are tough, you tighten your belts.

“You don’t go buying a boat when you can barely pay your mortgage. You don’t blow a bunch of cash on Vegas when you’re trying to save for college. You prioritise. You make tough choices.”

The economy of the world’s most famous gambling and entertainment destination is heavily dependent on tourism and Las Vegans were already incensed by a comment from Mr Obama last year that companies should not use federal bail out money for trips to the city.

— “Barack Obama tells Americans ‘don’t go to Las Vegas,’” Toby Harnden, the London Telegraph, February 3rd, 2010.

As Steve Wozniak publicly laments how government used new technologies he introduced in unintended ways to monitor people, the NY Times reports how the digital masterminds behind the Obama Presidential campaign are cashing in by bringing the secret, technologically advanced formulas used for reaching voters to commercial advertisers. ‘The plan is to bring the same Big Data expertise that guided the most expensive presidential campaign in history to companies and nonprofits,’ explains Civis Analytics, which is backed by Google Chairman and Obama advisor Eric Schmidt. Also boasting senior members of Obama’s campaign team is Analytics Media Group (A.M.G.), which pitched that ‘keeping gamblers loyal to Caesars was not all that different from keeping onetime Obama voters from straying to Mitt Romney.’

— “Data Miners Liken Obama Voters To Caesars Gamblers,” Slashdot, today.

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