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What is that suppose to prove? It happened to be a woman. If it was a man, would you have mention his gender as something relevant to his bad behavior?
Aug. 10, 2013
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I don't really know the Facebook culture, so I may be wrong. But it seems to me that the bar for what is acceptable is very low for Facebook. Unfortunately, once it is pointed to on this board, it is the same as if it was posted here.

Bridge is not a beauty contest. It is fine to complain of people's behavior. But I do not understand the rationale of making fun of people's personal appearance. It just detracts from the real issue of (alleged) boorish behavior in the women's game.
Aug. 10, 2013
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Can't go back and bid 4S the first time. I would X now, which for a preemptive hand is asking partner to sacrifice unless he would rather defend. Isn't this a double or save situation anyway?
Aug. 9, 2013
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@Yu. Thanks for the info. I don't think a tennis tournament is similar to Bermuda, which in turn is not even close to the Olympics. But I appreciate the info, and I very much admire Pe'er for her courage. I doubt the Olympics host country is supposed to reveal security details and answer security questions to each country individually, but who knows. I also very much doubt that Beijing would let private armed guards travel around with athletes, and into the stadium especially, but what do I know.
Aug. 9, 2013
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Whatever bud. I don't waste my time on people who live in their fantasy world. Sayonara.
Aug. 9, 2013
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Looks like some people just love to keep pounding that ancient jackass.
Aug. 9, 2013
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Security details are not the same as general info available to the public. If Indonesia reveals security details, the safety of everyone will be compromised, not just Israel. For a start, why don't someone (all these people who claim they are in the know because they have all these secret sources e,g.) post what about past practices in this matter. My naive feeling is that if a country wants special treatment in sensitive matters, then it should approach WBF, not the host country.

I used funds in my hypothetical example as a simple illustration.

I have no idea what your last statement (nominally addressed to Roland) means.
Aug. 9, 2013
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Some time ago, I was invited to give a presentation at a conference, and I accepted. Then I found out I did not have funds to go. So I approached the organizers about paying for my expense. They said no. So I told them they forced me to withdraw and it was discrimination against my (fill in the blank of whatever group I identified with), and that I would initiate a boycott.

Meanwhile they offered the open slot to another person who identified with the same group as me. He also requested financial support from them and was also denied. So he said he was forced to withdraw, and that clearly denying both me and him showed discrimination since we identified with the same group.
Aug. 9, 2013
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To this day, it is almost impossible for an young adult unmarried woman in Hong Kong to get a visa to visit the USA because Immigration thinks they all want to come to look for husbands. This, in spite of how little interest there is of Hong Kong residents to immigrate to USA.
Aug. 9, 2013
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If you reveal security details (not just the main plan) to one party, you are revealing it to everyone, including terrorists.
Aug. 8, 2013
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What difference does it make? If you are denied for security reasons, how does it matter whether you qualified or not? Are terrorists only lousy bridge players?

As an academic, I have had to deal with USA not issuing visas on various circumstances, and it is very frustrating. The point is that they should be denying visas based on legitimate reasons, not by profiling and not by lazy excuse like sound-alike names, which was what they did in Philly.
Aug. 8, 2013
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It is a negative experience for many Americans to go to places with no MacDonalds too.
Aug. 8, 2013
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Jim Deegan, others have shown you real life cases. It is best if you come from a privileged situation to not assume others have that privilege too.
Aug. 8, 2013
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Dear Mr. Wolff, as someone who used to admire you immensely, it truly saddens me to see you fall to this level. When your wife praised you on another website for being a homophobe (of course she thought she was praising you for being some hero) by rejecting openly gay players as mentors for juniors while you were ACBL president, and you did not refute her, I gave you the benefit of the doubt knowing that it is difficult to embarrass your spouse in public. Even with your asinine post about Mecca etc., I tried to convince myself that you distorted your own views in rushing to support your wife's absurd comments. I would even have accepted you not apologizing, again knowing that any apology would de facto be not just for yourself, but for her. But with this latest post, I can no longer pretend that these are not truly your views, and worse, you feel totally comfortable with even proud of stating them in public.

Your credibility is now completely shot with me (I know you don't care), and I am sure with many others. I am just a nobody, and if you want to call me a bully, go ahead. Your opinion no longer means anything to me.
Aug. 8, 2013
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It is pretty naive to think that Bridge has any clout in the State Department and Homeland Security. Our graduate students are routinely turned down for visa. You would think the universities collectively have more clout than USBF. How can USBF vouch for anyone? Does USBF conduct background check on people? Does it want that responsibility. If a bridge player vouched for by USBF comes to USA and commits a terrorist act, what is its liability?

Bali is only a nightmare because a few loud individuals have created a hostile environment for everyone else. Security issues should be worked out by the respective organizations and governments, not by some people, including wives of famous bridge players, on the internet. The people complaining here are clueless about visa process.
Aug. 8, 2013
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What does this advisory from Australia got to do with anything? It is for Australian citizens, not for Israeli. If you want to show that Bali is a terrible place to have the event anyway, then you are complaining about something else, not bad treatment of Israelis. If you can only be happy if Bermuda Bowl is held in Europe, North America, Australia, or Israel, why not just come out and say so. Of course, the fact that much of the world has trouble getting visa to come to USA wouldn't bother you.
Aug. 8, 2013
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First, security issues would/should have been examined by WBF when “awarding” the bid to Bali. If GABSI is following what it agreed to do, then it has no fault in this. If it is reneging on its promise (and this would have been spelt out in print in the contract), then WBF should be dealing with it. But WBF has not said this. If WBF never requires the host to separately discuss security details with Israel (or for that matter any country), how should it be required of GABSI/Indonesia to do something it never agreed to do? If every country insists of its own security standard and asks the host to address it directly instead of going through WBF (the proper channel), how can the host possibly handle that?

From what people posted here, it seems WBF has examined the security system and determined it to be satisfactory. If Israel has a problem, then it should complain to WBF.
Aug. 8, 2013
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OK, may be I don't understand what Mike Bodell meant by percentage (of 2 pt conversion) is higher when some of them are a surprise then. If you don't fake the PAT, how can the 2 pt be a surprise?
Aug. 7, 2013
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I don't know much about american football, but if you are going to fake a kick and go for the 2 point conversion, don't you need a QB to be the regular holder? If that is not the case, wouldn't you be telegraphing your intention when you substitute the regular holder with a QB? Also, if the extra point kick is 98 or 99%, why even bother to defend it? Why not just assume they will go for 2 points and defend that?
Aug. 7, 2013
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The momentum is factored into whatever the overtime winning % is. Using 100% for the extra point and 50% for 2 point conversion, apparently not far off from the real figures, you have to win overtime 2/3 of the time under the circumstances in order to not go for 2 point conversion. Because of the advantage playing first in overtime in the pro game, you need to really be even much better than that (taking into account the momentum) to go for the overtime.
Aug. 6, 2013
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