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I don't imagine that anyone's position will be changed due to this dialogue. I do find it interesting, however.
July 5, 2016
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“I am not being sexist here. If I said that black men have a physical advantage over white men in athletics events would I be racist? If I said that young women are generally fitter and healthier than older women would I be ageist?
No, these are facts.”

I'd love to see your proof that black men have a physical advantage in athletics. Let's take track and field events. Black Americans do very well in sprints, broad jump, and shorter races. Black Africans do very well in marathons. Whites do better in distance races (outside of marathons), and most field events like pole vault and discus.

If you want to prove your point in other sports like basketball, swimming, soccer, golf or anything else, show us the data. I would predict that percentage wise your theory holds in basketball and American football, but probably few other sports.


On the issue of age of women, of course your example is not ageist. But if you were to say that in general younger women are more intelligent than older women, if you could not provide appropriate data to support it, I would consider it ageist
July 4, 2016
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Peg,

You made a small contradiction of yourself. In one post you said “we see more women today than men in fields like medicine.” In a later post you wrote: “Yu, did a little research online. In 1950, for instance, about 6% of physicians were women. Today, a third of physicians are women, with some areas (pediatricians, ob-gyn, dermatologists) having up to a 60% majority of women.”

I think the second sentence is more accurate, although the numbers of men and women in U.S. medical schools is about 50-50. (Other countries like Russia have had a much higher percentage of women physicians than men physicians.) I agree with Yu that the higher paying medical specialties, particularly surgery, are still overwhelmingly male. This could be due to many reasons, including length of residencies, lack of female role models, and discrimination
July 4, 2016
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“Club bridge is good for a particular demographic. I am not part of that demographic.”


Is the demographic age, gender, race, ethnicity, geography, lack of computer savy or something else?
June 28, 2016
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Thank you all for your ideas. We may well score it by hand. While we will not purchase the computer from the scorer who is leaving (she still needs it for herself), we may try to get a similar one for a nominal price. But first, I will try Alex's suggestion using ACBLscore.
June 27, 2016
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And a woman's place was in the home, and “Negroes” knew their place and Jews and Catholics could not live in certain parts of the country. The manners and morals at that time were quite overrated.
June 26, 2016
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Most of my partners at bridge are women. My wife, who doesn't play refers to them as my “harem.” She has become friendly with several of them. Also, most my are opponents are women. I'm too lazy to look up the ACBL metrics but would expect that with women generally outliving men, there are more women players.
June 26, 2016
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I believe in the United States, the percentage of female medical students is about 50%. Quite a bit less than 45% for physicians but way higher than 20-30 years ago.
June 26, 2016
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Actually women in at least 4 Western States had the right to vote before 1900. After the 15th Amendment, African-Americans voted in the South before Reconstruction and in very limited numbers there until the Voting Rights Act. However, many voted in the North for a long time before 1965
June 26, 2016
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I assume they looked at videos involving more than 4 players. Besides using inappropriate and unnecessary language, it implies that EVERY opponent was fat
June 3, 2016
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Jonathan Steinberg, I see that you posted the same message twice, with only one difference. Once you said “Ellis (and Gary)” and the next time you said “Gary(and Ellis)” You may be right that the thread SHOULD “be over, finished, dead,” but since others besides the 2 of them wish to continue it, it isn't dead.
May 30, 2016
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Are kibitzers (from BBO or otherwise) allowed to influence the change of a score?
May 30, 2016
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I promise that this will be my only comment on this thread. So far this thread has 51 comments which already looks to be longer than the average thread. Unlikely as it may appear, the comments here may surpass those on the other articles “that last forever.”
May 28, 2016
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“3 months probation, write up in bulletin, creating a 1000 post article, calling MP many many things, mostly not nice.
I pretty much think it had the effect the EOC intended”.


Nothing inherently wrong with a thousand post article. But I wonder what percentage were written by a few persons including yourself. And how many posters defending MP were attacking Gary and others?
May 24, 2016
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I often quote that line from What's Up Doc.
May 24, 2016
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I'd like to go back to the discussions we had some time ago, about face-to-face bridge vs online bridge to see how many of the supporters of online bridge would refuse to play in an online tournament. For the record, I personally FAR prefer face to face play.
May 22, 2016
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I would have the 4 strongest supporters of MP compete in a Knockout tournament against his 4 strongest opponents. (Who would be on each side could be decided in a BW poll). The winners decide BP's fate and we could do another BW poll for the appeal. As crazy as this suggestion may be, it is more logical than what actually may have taken place.
May 21, 2016
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I'm not sure I even agree with the old concept of letting 100 people escape prison than convicting one innocent person. If the hundred people were murderers and the recidivism rate was 10%, it would mean that 10 people would have died needlessly. (Of course, if I were the innocent person, I would feel differently).
May 17, 2016
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Thank you all for your input.
May 16, 2016
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How about inviting MP to participate “In the Well?” I'm sure many would have questions that are NOT related to this issue. And for those who have questions on the issue, I hope they would phrase them politely and in a neutral manner, so you could draw your own conclusions.

If MP chooses not to be In The Well or only agrees to take questions unrelated to this situation, you could also draw your own conclusions.
May 15, 2016
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