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Chicago Loses U.S. 2016 Olympics Bid? It can’t be! Recount!

Celebrities and politicians chimed in at the last moment and tried to convince more Olympic voters that Chicago is the only way to go for the 2016 Olympics.  Celebrities?  Barack Obama, the guy that’s the President of the United States whose trying to iron out healthcare?  RiodeJaneiro

Las Vegas Backstage Access wonders why so many writhed their hands and were in such a shock and awe tizzy when Rio de Janerio, right, received the city nod.  I mean, after all, didn’t we collectively spend over $200 million to attract the judges?  

Some argue that the upfront earnest marketing money spent could have been better applied to help feed the homeless or other socially viable programs.  After all, didn’t the unchecked national chicanery wipe out the life savings of thousands? 

Get a grip, people.   The U.S. didn’t just lose, it came in last place.   How could that be?   Maybe a contributor is that the U.S. has and is still suffering from the most devasting financial crisis and loss of consumer confidence on record. It’s not like the hotbed of high morale.  For a long time, charlatans, thieves by another name, ran the henhouse.  And it’s not over yet.   With each passing day new schemes are being discovered that rob people of their hard earned savings.

Ironically, on the same day of the Olympic city announcement, the national unemployment rates were also announced- which rose once again rose to 9.8 percent. 

The Olympics is all about having world competitive sporting games and crowning the winners at that moment in time. Nothing more and nothing less.  

Perhaps now some of this same fervor, if anybody cares, could be claimed and channeled into higher ROI projects, with a quicker return to a U.S. society that is crumbling with each passing day and on the potential verge of withering away due to misaligned priorities and just plain neglect. 

The U.S. didn’t really lose the Olympics bid– unexpectedly, we’ve just had a godsend infusion of good old fashioned common sense.  Thomas Paine is probably joyously rolling over in his grave.

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Heart Attack? Quick, Head to a Las Vegas Casino!

Las Vegas casinos don’t just part you from your money- they may even save your life. heart

In the January 11 issue of Parade magazine they reported that the heart-attack survival rate in Las Vegas is 53 per cent.  Compare that to the rates of 16 percent in Seattle (which has some of the nation’s best heart attack response systems) or a paltry 2 percent in Chicago.

Why?  Whether or not you can survive a heart attack depends on how fast rescuers can shock your heart attack back into normal rhythm through chest compression or defibrillation.  In Las Vegas, casino security cameras and guards are constantly scanning the floors in order to catch not just cheaters, thieves, and other vermin, but if a visitor does collapse, someone will assuredly notice and respond quickly.  Security personnel in Las Vegas are also trained in the use of defibrillators and have them at their access to administer the lifesaving shocks within two or three minutes, thus increasing the survival rate.

So, the next time you pass by Las Vegas security personnel, be sure to give them a beaming ear-to-ear smile- they may be at some time your lifesaving friends.

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