Originally Posted by MassPoker
I managed to drum up some interest in the largest newspaper in MA. Here's the URL for the article...Made front page news!
Patrick legislation aims to make Internet gambling illegal - The Boston Globe (http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2007/11/10/internet_gambling_is_a_target_of_patrick_bill/?page=1)
MA PPA Rep
From the article above:
"Patrick's provision, which is described in three paragraphs of the bill, applies to anyone in Massachusetts who places or receives a wager of any type using a telephone, cellphone, Internet, or local wireless networks. It also applies to anyone who knowingly installs equipment for transmitting wagers. The provision also specifically exempts the proposed casinos from the law."
Your ISP can
know you are "gambling" if they trace the IPs. Would that not be "... knowingly installs equipment ..."?
What if a Starbucks employee sees you playing poker using their local wireless network? Now they know, and they installed the equipment.
Wager of any type:
If you buy a stock, is that not wagering? How about a futures contract? Or selling short an option on a futures contract?
Or how about the former CEO of Merill Lynch who gambled billions on junk mortgages, lost billions for the company, hundreds of thousands of people lost their homes. Is that not gambling? And for his incompetency, he was given $200 million when they fired him. I bet he used phones for that gamble.
The difference is clear: When the regular person loses in the stock market, the futures market, in a casino, the ruling class is the beneficiary. With an Internet casino, they are not. It is all about self-interest and control.
This law is a typical manifestation of corpocracy: the state works with corporations to advance their mutual interests for power and profits.
It never ceases to amaze me how easily people surrender their rights, especially when they are taken little by little. Then a point of time comes when it is too late to take them back because the "democratic" power base is too erroded.