Rules 3 and 4: Always Double on Eleven and Hedging is for Losers

If you’ve ever sat down and played blackjack anywhere, chances are that you’ve been lectured by some asshole about you not hitting when you were supposed to hit or staying when you weren’t supposed to stay. Maybe in some of them, you were that asshole. I certainly have been. The reason all of those people, well, certainly at least some of them, felt confident enough to make such bold declarations about your play is that the game of blackjack is relatively solved. What does that mean exactly? For every combination of cards you or the dealer might have, some nerd out there has figured out exactly what you should do. It’s so solved, in fact, that said nerds have compiled those scenarios into an easy to read chart, referred to…
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Rule Two: Don’t Give Your Drugs to the Fiend

I’m sure a lot of you are interjecting one of the following right now: Drugs are bad! I don’t do drugs! How can you write about such a topic and expect to get away with it? Think of the children! A few counterpoints here. Drugs are great. You’re acting like a narc; and nobody likes a narc. There’s a good chance you’ve got a prescription in you or some beer or wine in your pantry at home, so consider the old glass house adage before you keep pressing. It’s a metaphor, so chill out and let it land. Kids do way more drugs than you’d imagine, and blindly telling them that they’re bad without a frank discussion of their usage is going to do more harm than good.…
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Rule One: Don’t Go Halfway to the Grocery Store

Last year, noted Canadian psychologist and accused hatemonger Jordan B. Peterson released a book entitled “12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos”. To make a long book short, it gives a list of rules to live by that will help you to get your life in order and help you overcome the chaos in your life. It’s one of the best books I’ve ever read. I took a lot of what it said to heart. I realized that I was committing a lot of sins in my life in the truest sense (the word sin originally means to miss the mark) and that I could be doing a better job. All of the rules are helpful, but one especially (tell the truth… or at least don’t lie) had…
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