As luck would have it, it’s not how you play the game but where you play the game.
Lina Visconti, author of Feng Shui, Going With The Flow, suggests positioning yourself and your computer “within an environment so that you have the most benefit from the positive flow of natural energies”. Basically, the idea is to create good vibes, or “chi” in your home. Unhealthy or stagnant energy is said to bring bad luck, money problems and ill health.
So if you’re playing online and you want to make a few extra bucks, try putting your computer in the left-hand corner of the room and away from the window; this is called its money point. “Be sure that you are not positioned in direct line with the door,” Visconti advises. By the same token, if your bathroom is in the left-hand corner of your living space then all of your luck and energy are going down the drain. But a full-length mirror placed outside of the bathroom door will deflect bad energy and save you from losing yet another hand of poker. (Good to know.)
Coincidentally, computers are great energy movers and shakers. By leaving a screensaver up while you’re taking a break, you’re keeping the flow. When you jump back into the game you’ll have more luck than you can shake a divining rod at. And when the going gets tough, don’t throw in the towel – throw in a few good luck charms! Strategically placed throughout the house or your office, these dolls can turn a few heads and make you a small fortune (or, so they say):
Goldfish – water is the symbol of money. An aquarium of goldfish symbolizes success and abundance.
Turtle – or a tortoise is said to bring both wealth and good fortune.
Pot of Coins – a glass pot or jar filled with coins will attract more money.
Conch Shell – looks nice and sounds great when you blow into it. And it’s considered to be very lucky.
Obviously, it’s going to take more than a few fat fish and smiling Buddha’s to make you rich, but it’s something to consider when your chips are down. Know what you want and focus on your goals; that’s good chi
Criminals launder millions on the Web
Internet gambling sites are becoming popular among criminals looking for an easy way to launder their money, and law enforcement organizations have few tools to stop it.
700 delegates to discuss financial crimes
A meeting of more than 700 people – legal officials, bankers, Togel Hongkong representatives of insurance, securities and accounting industries, information technology professionals and government officials – from 50 countries are meeting in Vancouver to discuss the worldwide problem of money laundering.
The Pacific Rim Money Laundering and Financial Crimes conference begins Friday under sponsorship of the RCMP, U.S. Customs Service, and the U.S. Secretary of State, among others.
The Internet is just one area to be looked at, but it’s one that should draw considerable attention.
With an estimated $500 billion of drug money laundered worldwide every year, finding ways to make it more difficult is a top priority.
Right now, gambling online is particularly easy for criminals, says Mike Ryan of the Organized Crime Agency of British Columbia. He said he knows of one drug dealer who funnels more than $5 million of his profits through an Internet gambling site.
Doing so, he said, “allows you to claim that your winnings are gambling winnings.” The money goes in as dirty drug money – it comes out as “clean” winnings.
Ryan says the problems created by issues of jurisdiction and the difficulty of tracing the movement of money on the Internet make policing the practice difficult.
A Caribbean money laundering adviser says since the Internet may be impossible to regulate, the key may lie in regulating gambling.
“Just like providing a licence to carry on banking or insurance business, I think that key control is who gets that gaming licence,” said Manuel Vasquez.
Canadian police seize about $50 million to $75 million annually under money-laundering laws, according to the Society for Study of Criminal Enterprise in the Pacific Rim, which is hosting the conference.