Wednesday, September 21, 2005

This is sick: Gambling on the next terror attack

This site, has a gambling game.
What kind?
'Where will terror strike next?' kind. is an exciting gambling game. The most accurate prediction on where terrorists will attack next, wins.
The person guessing the right technique used (a bomb attack, a suicide bomber, chemical weapons, etc.) and getting the closest location of the attack, [...] will receive the exclusive T-shirt, showing the place and the time of the attack.
I understand it's sarcasm and a guerilla marketing technique of some sort, but I still think it's sick.



Jeff said...

Who is the loser that thought that up?

Melly said...

Losers is a good word for them, Jeff.

Trée said...

Yes, sick is the correct term for this.

Melly said...

I know, not much else to say really.

Erin said...


I can think of better words, but I wouldn't post them on your blog!

Melly said...

Erin, I know exactly what you mean.

Pat Kirby said...

People will gamble on anything. After all here in the not-so-great state of New Mexico cock fighting is still legal. "Ooo. Let's watch two birds eviscerate each other and lay bets on the winner."


On the other hand, it's good fodder for story ideas. In my first novel, two demon species are always at war. It's been going on for so long that the other magical creatures bet on when the next war will start, where, why, etc.

Melly said...

Pat, at least in your stories it was two demon species, all evil. So kinda - who cares attitude towards them.

elcapitanhink said...

DARPA invented this concept. Some statistician egghead figured out that the more people who guess about something, the more concrete the distinct possiblities become. Needless to say it wasn't a big hit with the populace, and was abandoned outright after pressure from congress.

Of course it would show up on the web sooner or later -- all you have to do is watch CNBC or Fox News to see how easy it is for some folks to sacrifice the promise of income for morality.

elcapitanhink said...

Or the other way 'round even. It's always when I get snarky that I screw up a thought. That and it's 7:15am.

Melly said...

Josh, I never heard of that. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. This is such crap of course, excuse my language.
I don't think that it's possible to predict mathematically/statistacally one event or a what a small group of people will do.

Even in the stock market, trading styles tend to be on the market as a whole (a large group). When it comes to investing individually in one stock, one would either investigate them thoroughly (which you can't really do with Al-Qaeda) and even then it's a crap-shoot re Enron and Worldcom.

"sacrificing morality for the promise of income" is something some of these guys are quite good at.

Anonymous said...

In my opinion, Gambling is something that every human being has the right to do, and politicians should keep their noses out of what people do for entertainment or within the comfort of their own homes.