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Might want to avoid reading Jonathan Swift…
May 29
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> Amen, GG. Why do we really need it? Why continue
> with the “it's part of the game” tradition?

Would you mind expanding on your comment, because it sounds like you completely misunderstand what Kaplan was saying
May 29
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> Worse, it encourages others to also give up.

Good

Walking away from bad bet after you've incurred a large sunk cost is incredibly hard and, sadly, that where I think that we are wrt the ACBL.

Every day that we sit playing at King Knut is one less day that the organization can work towards something that might be sustainable in the long run.
May 29
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I am all for this, just so long as we apply the same standings to the duffers who don't know their own system
May 29
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@hanoi

Thanks
May 29
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> Yes, the only focus must be growth.

It's too late for that

15 plus years ago, these sorts of course corrections might have worked. Now-a-days its time to focus on a soft landing.

Try and determine just how much smaller the ACBL is going to be and work towards transitioning to something more sustainable.
May 29
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> But if a bridge club owner suggests that they would
> like a business model that would afford them a simple
> middle class income, BW bloggers are all over them.

Personally speaking, I couldn't care less how much money club owners make.

However, I am highly skeptical regarding many of the claims that I see from various club owners talking about what they need from the ACBL. Most of them feel like an attempt to strip the carcass of the organization and don't seem at all likely to change the ACBL's trajectory.
May 29
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> A key factor is whether whatever brain enhancer has
> bad future dangerous effects on their users becomes
> the key question and if the answer is basically no,
> not really practically harmless, why then should that
> substance be banned in bridge?

1. We don't have the certainty that you are assuming

2. Past experience shows that both participants, sponsors, and spectators are willing to bias their assessments regarding risks.

Take a look at what is going on in pro football where the American public is happily watching a generation of players destroy their bodies and minds. And yes, the creme de le creme is compensated extremely well for this privilege. However, you don't hear all that much about all those players who don't make it to the pros but are still suffering from CTE, addiction to painkillers, and crippled bodies.
May 29
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Three comments

1. Couldn't care less whether players are using recreational drugs regardless of whether or not they are legally permissable in any given jurisdiction. As a practical example, I just don't see the point in testing for whether or not people are using pot, cocaine, what have you. In particular, with the modern move towards marijuana legalization whose set of rules should apply? I'd very much like to see all and end to all regulations around non performance enhancing drugs.

2. I am a firm believer that there are ethical issues with forcing “Achilles choice” onto people. As such, I do believe that regulating performance enhancing drugs is right and proper.

3. My understanding is that both caffeine and nicotine would be considered as “performance enhancing” wrt to bridge. Hard to justify any kind of serious effort at regulating performance enhancing drugs without dealing with these.
May 28
Richard Willey edited this comment May 28
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@George

Can't help but wonder why all these fine individuals need you to argue on their behalf
May 28
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> Horn Lake Cone of Silence – as usual.

As well they should be…

I understand that there are lots of random aggrieved people out on the internet. This doesn't mean that the ACBL should be publicly discussing terminations.
May 28
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If we're concerned with random results we best lock up the folks playing weak NTs or, god forbid, four card majors as well…
May 28
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Silly question: Would it be possible for a pair to simultaneously compete in more than one WBF event at the same time?

In theory, if a pair only needed to play in 50% of all matches it seems like this would be possible.
May 28
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> Isn’t an agreement to pass a Forcing bid a psych
> control, and therefore illegal???

No
May 28
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Mississippi is both “right to work” and “employment at will”. It has a well deserved reputation as being hostile to workers.
May 28
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> ACBL can NEVER be better without clubs

The ACBL peaked a long time ago.

The question now is not whether the ACBL can be “better”, its

“Will the ACBL survive?”,
“What is a sustainable model for the ACBL in the future?”
“How do we get there from here?”

Hint: It's not going to be a large organization with big budgets and lots of clubs…
May 28
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Don, I have no doubt that (historically) clubs were the backbone of the league.

Do you honestly believe that this will hold true in a few years?
May 27
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If some is leaving voluntarily, great! Throw them a party, bake them a cake, and tell them how much they'll be missed. However, if you a showing someone the door, your top priorities are

1. Making sure that they don't do damage on the way out
2. Not getting sued

The latter means that you do talk about this. Not with them. Not with other people. Because anything that you might say could be used against you.

(I work in management. We actually go to classes about this kind of stuff.)
May 27
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My experience is different.

I see people disappeared all the time… Not quite at the same level as Trotsky, but …
May 27
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