I went to see Nomadland in the cinema, yesterday. First time in a cinema for, what seems like, a very long time. The film itself was beautifully filmed and filled me with nostalgia for the Southwestern United States. Beautiful, but somehow depressing - people that had fallen through the cracks in life, for one reason, or another, to the point that they were living on the very edge of survival, travelling the country between seasonal work. Frances McDormand is amazing in this film. Possibly the weakest part of the story is that Amazon seems a perfectly appealing place to work.
This might not be of much interest to the people here but I watched a C4 documentary the other day, 'Footballs Addiction to Gambling'. It was of interest to me due to having spent most of my working life in casinos and have witnessed first-hand how people are affected by gambling addiction and the changes in the gaming industry with the relaxation of gambling laws and advertising, in particular the industry's attitude to helping problem gamblers. (my last casino only paid lip service to the self-regulating rules of problem gamblers, for example, if they thought one of the official bodies like the gaming commission was watching. It really was quite disturbing to watch and I feel sorry that the field I used to work in has fallen so far when it comes to integrity.
*shrug* The whole point of the gambling industry is to make as much money as possible. If that means making someone else miserable, so be it.
As for me, I didn't want to make a living off the misery of others, which is why I work in the healthcare industry.
But then, gambling was always been a ruthless industry. I'm sure it was even worse back when the Romans bet on chariot races and gladiator fights. The Romans didn't just have organised gambling, either, but also ticket scalpers and other so-called "modern" parasites.
Here's another thought: what were Rome's aristocratic families, like the Claudii and the Julii, but a bunch of Mafia thugs? Sure, they wore togas instead of suits and used knives instead of sub-machine guns, but other than that ...