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“I'm pretty sure that I've raised this before - but - why can't organizations have all players, when they purchase entries (or get a membership with the organization) agree in written statement that their participation is contingent upon this? That if they are found guilty of cheating, then their ability to compete and continue to be a member shall be revoked, and that no legal action shall be taken against the organization.”

Peg–That makes sense, but I would need to know who finds them “guilty of cheating?” A court,the organization,(presumably after a hearing), or someone else?
Oct. 16
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Boris and Natasha would be an interesting pair. The only question is how obvious their Ch**ting would be.
Oct. 1
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There is a difference between “innocent,” not guilty,“ and probably something like ”not proven guilty." I'm not sure which the EBL ruled.
Sept. 29
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I abstained because I haven't read it. But what is the difference in the poll between “not convinced” and “adamant that all was kosher?” Also, between “convinced” and “adamant that nothing was kosher?”
Sept. 28
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Sept. 25
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“ As for international attendance there are many things that combine. I would venture that Tourism to the US has declined the last 2 years or so, the ETTD-effect.”

According to this article, tourism dropped in 2016 as well. But the writer makes some interesting points
https://qz.com/quartzy/1305560/us-tourism-is-down-but-is-the-trump-slump-really-to-blame/
Sept. 23
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I abstained because I don't know. Avon has certainly given a lot of evidence that they did cheat. I wonder why the few voters who said ‘no’voted that way.
Sept. 21
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I meant “pairs.”
Sept. 21
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All but one of the teams were either in 4 diamonds (making) or 5 diamonds. This usually went down because while East had the diamond king, there were 3 black losers. A couple of teams did make 5 diamonds. One team was in No Trump, making 3 because clubs were not led and the ace of spades was onside for declarer.
Sept. 20
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What was the reason that permission was denied for you to give your talk at the Gold Coast Congress? Free advertising for your book?
Sept. 15
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I teach my Advanced Beginner's classes to generally lead your partner's bid suit in NT. First, because they often have strength in it, and second so they won't get angry at you when you don't lead it.
Sept. 14
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“I would have said ”no, it's yours, from dummy“

I would have said: ”No it's yours, dummy."
Sept. 14
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Amir–Had you played against her before. If so, a)were there problems that she had either with you, your partner or others?; and b) did she seem to have a sense of humor in the past?
Sept. 2
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I was playing upstairs and got the free lunch fairly early. After finishing eating, another player and I took a walk around the outside of the hotel. When we got back the food line was still quite long. I was quite impressed that so many people got fed, before the lecture that followed upstairs.
Aug. 18
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Brigit
Aug. 9
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“At certain points in time having the entire BoD taken out and shot seems like a better and better idea”. Particularly in this environment, an exhortation of violence against board members is improper.

They overreacted to your comment, but I don't think that your comment was appropriate.
July 29
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A college teacher of mine 50+ years ago said: “To copy off one source is plagiarism. To copy of 4 sources is a term paper!”
July 27
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“And I would like to keep Mark Horton in our environment so that the new digital bridge magazine does not die in its infant year. There must be a possibility to close the circle, make agreements give and accept excuses and create new rules which enables us to forgive, forget and live on. The IBPA can do that. A British court can't.”

Mark Horton may or may not be guilty of plagiarism, but to compare some of the comments to those of an angry mob is as unfair to thoe commenters as you claim they are to Mr. Horton. And the new bridge digital magazine should live or die on its own–that is no reason to defend him.
July 27
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But does “would” mean “wouldn't?”
July 19
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This wasn't an email, but it is called the “FBI Scam” One night a few years ago, a full page on my desktop said something like “You have been accused by the FBI of child pornography.” On top of the page, was some FBI information and on the side of the page it had some things about the police. However, if I wanted to avoid conviction, they had a convenient place to send some money on PayPal. I did not do that and called Norton Maybe the worst thing was that I couldn't get the material off of my desktop.

Norton told me it was called “The FBI scam.” It took them several hours to get the material off my screen, and cost me some money. A couple of years later, the same thing appeared but I was able to remove it.
July 13
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