Before I start, let me reiterate that I am not a communist!
Something is wrong with the world in which we live. Well, at least in parts of the United States. If you do not believe me, check out or read about Las Vegas.
I just read an article in The New Yorker about clubs in Las Vegas. It seems that hotels are earning more from clubs than from gambling. Perhaps, that’s because high rollers now dump their money in Macau. Anyways, back to the club phenomena and my point about what’s wrong with the world.
A few points found in the article prove my conclusion. First, people pay five to one hundred thousand dollars for a table near the DJ. Second, the DJ can earn one hundred and fifty thousand dollars--one allegedly earning 300 thousand--for a “performance”. (I put that in quotation marks, because I do not consider playing music to be performance, even if the guy spend his valuable time mixing canned sounds with a computer program.) And, third, someone paid one hundred thousand dollars for a bottle of Champagne. Okay, the bottle was large, but still... According to the article, customers can spend half a million dollars on drinks in a night! No club would like to have--or would even accept--me as a customer. No, worry. I am not a club person...
By now, I should not be surprised to learn about government dishonesty, stonewalling, and deceit (or stupidity). But, I stumbled across another example in a television program about the history of Las Vegas.
I learned that people in the city could see mushroom clouds of atom tests, which were conducted only 75 miles away. Tourists would drive to vantage points to watch the explosions, because they were told that it was safe. No one worried about dust falling on them. Once the dangers were discovered, the government cover-up began. That, perhaps, explains why I never learned about this, because we were not supposed to know about government poisoning of its own population.
Key lesson: if any government tells you not to worry, then you should be suspicious.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.