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World Cup Suicides in China Tied to Gambling

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 13, 2014


Thousands of years of in breading has left China with 1.34 billion people with myopia, low birth weight, practically no testosterone and men built like women, women built like napkins and once recessive genes now being dominant.

I think this is why they are prone to fanaticism, neurosis and at times low level insanity.

The piece below shows how the Chinese are over betting and subsequently killing themselves, so I guess addiction is another problem they have. Although the Brits get blamed for drugging these people with opium, I think it has more to do with the Chinese themselves. Their history has bread in som serious genetic flaws.

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A 24-year-old surnamed Zheng ferried his ailing father to a hospital 100 miles from home in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, the official Xinhua news agency reported on July 10. After paying the deposit for the hospital bed, he had $800 leftover — not quite enough to pay for all his father’s medicine. Then he had an idea. Using an app on his phone, he legally bought an $800 lotto ticket betting Brazil would defeat Germany. In the early morning hours of July 9, he watched Brazil lose 7-1 and swallowed all his father’s pills. When he came to, he began crying, and reportedly told the officer who had found him unconscious near the hospital, “You should not have saved me, I don’t deserve to live.”

Ten Chinese bettors have not been as fortunate as the 24-year-old Zheng. The first man to commit suicide jumped from a building in Shanghai after the tournament’s first match. Oscar’s goal in the 91st minute had brought the score of the Brazil-Croatia game to 3, 1; he lost $48,000. Then on June 18, a woman surnamed Wang lit a pile of charcoal in a hotel bathroom in Haikou, Hainan. Her young child, left outside the door, found her dead sometime later. A suicide note revealed she had borrowed and lost more than $16,000. The list continues. 26-year-old Little Xu was the tenth World Cup suicide. On July 5, he jumped and was found dead on the fourth floor terrace of his apartment tower. He was reported to have lost $69,000 betting on World Cup matches.

The spate of World Cup suicides coincides with the advent of newly legal online gambling in China. In October of 2012, the Ministry of Finance awarded the first online lottery sales licenses. Now China’s Internet giants, Alibaba and Tencent, and a slew of other service providers, offer easy-to-use mobile and online applications that connect users to China’s provincial Sports Lotteries. Alibaba’s Taobao, China’s third most visited website, uses its homepage to promote its online betting platform. Tencent’s WeChat, with 355 million users, the majority in China, allows users to make in-app “lotto ticket” purchases.

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