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The Onion is a great site for real news.

They report! I believe!

https://www.theonion.com/study-finds-most-restaurants-fail-within-first-year-of-1842618316
8 hours ago
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Greg, you're wrong, except when you're right.
April 1
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Phillip writes:
But technical needs always override carding agreements.

Another way looking at it is to say, “The matter must be judged on a case-by-case basis.”

Isn't that what being a strong player is all about?
April 1
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Don: You write:
I keep being reminded of medical malpractice trials. Each side brings to the stand their “experts” to testify, and it's left to the jury to determine which of the “experts” to believe.

I agree that this can happen in court cases. The fact is, some people are prepared to lie in order to gratify some other party and collect cash or other benefits.

Examples:
- German physicists in the 1930-40s assured the boss that Einstein's models had to be wrong because he was Jewish

- Many doctors in the 60s and 70s would write “papers” with “findings” that smoking had nothing to do with cancer

When it comes to current matters, it behooves us to choose our sources of information carefully. Any individual or body who is telling some officeholder what they want to hear should be ignored.
April 1
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if this pandemic has brought anything to light for me, it's that it's good to see how much genuine experts know and scary how little unqualified wafflers know. The WHO, in particular, has had its credibility affirmed.

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019


Meanwhile, my Thai gf (MSc, Microbiology) is furious that foreigners in Thailand mostly refuse to wear masks.

Of course, sometimes they have to… many forms of public transport refuse passengers without a mask.
March 31
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Good guess.
March 30
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As for partner's unblocking the 10… K then J should do the trick.
March 29
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KC, no second choice.

It's impossible this directly costs a club trick, and we are very likely to hold the lead.

Any other suit *could* be better, but where is the sound reasoning behind such a choice?
March 29
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See “Under the Table”, p82.

Forquet:
Q1075 KQ94 J AQ108
March 29
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Leonard: Regarding Garozzo…

1967 Bermuda Bowl Qualifying, Italy v NA, bd 26c
Both vul, Garozzo dealt.

52 KQ1065432 K97

3D 3S X P
5D P P X
all pass

+750, 3 would have been one down.

Other Blue Team players who raised their own preempts:
Avarelli and Bianchi… right each time.
March 28
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1.
Against the opponent's 4, my partner and I took the first five tricks: two side aces and three trumps on a cross-ruff.

A furious dummy whipped out the travelling scoresheet and shouted, “You could have made that!”

2.
I responded 3 to my partner's 3 opening at favourable. That became the final contract. Dummy came down and I studied our assets carefully. Coming to the conclusion that I could not take a trick, I put my cards back in the board and said, “Down nine.”

An irate LHO barked, “Play it out!”
March 28
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Same from me… thanks.
March 26
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Well, that's somewhat related to a line of my father's, that I witnessed:

Mean Person: Why do you always laugh at your own jokes?

My father: Because I've never heard them before.
March 26
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Agree that the book is woeful.. but there are four mentions of it above.
March 25
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Ronald:
I have no doubt that if you were playing with me, the minor-suit kings would be swapped…
March 24
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If East bids, he should go via 4NT…
March 24
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Once she has mastered the concepts of basic bidding and trick-taking, Mollo & Gardner's “Card Play Technique” is a fine work.
March 23
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“Why do you talk to yourself?

”Because I like an intelligent conversation"
March 23
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