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As for sexism, life IS sexist … mostly against men, at least in Western countries.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNErQFmOwq0 (A great video by a brilliant & courageous young Canadian woman who bears a striking resemblance to Ms. Grönkvist)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwOAmqWhf28&t=0m30s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FlEiW1qjeo
June 26, 2016
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“Being a better bridge player does not by any means make you a better person. Bridge-playing qualities simply have nothing to do with your value as a human being.”

This part I like and strongly agree with. I've seen a lot of people, especially on BBOF, extend their hero worship of bridge experts to subjects that have NOTHING WHATSOEVER to do with bridge.
June 26, 2016
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What a crazy time we live in. Patriotism is portrayed as evil. Democracy & self-determination are things to be feared. The greatest driver of climate change, mass extinctions & poverty, 3rd world overpopulation, isn't discussed by ANYBODY. Well, ALMOST anybody:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYbNbJG3-1k

I visited Sweden twice, in 1990 & 1995. My two half-sisters are Swedish. It was a lovely place then. I weep for your country, Ida.
June 26, 2016
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It's sad how so many young people seem to have lost all sense of what they SHOULD be outraged about. Propaganda works.
June 26, 2016
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While I find both of Jeff's examples TERRIBLE examples of “Active Ethics” an example that George Jacobs provided in one of his recent columns is far trickier/more interesting imo.

Dummy was Trump Ace and side suit Ace. Declarer led a 3rd suit from his hand & both defenders conceded.

LHO had a trump & was void in the suit led. If he had ruffed that trick then indeed declarer had the rest. Otherwise the defense must take a trick.

Declarer refused the concession & conceded 1 trick for down 1.

Active ethics?
June 23, 2016
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I think Jeff worded his post poorly if that's what he meant.

He used the word integrity TWICE. And said this is the way the game “SHOULD” be played.

I would not hesitate to capitalize on either mistake. And I disavow anyone who would consider my “integrity” less than “impeccable” because of it.
June 23, 2016
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And FWIW I thought the pile-on in here was a LITTLE much.
June 11, 2016
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I DO like your suggestion to rename attitude leads “chica con interés,” however.
June 11, 2016
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Barried.
June 7, 2016
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And because it SEEMS to be so, 5 must make and 5x-1 must be par, else why would this hand be remotely interesting?
June 7, 2016
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It sounded like a veiled accusation to me so I'm glad you clarified, Han. Even if YOU knew that it wasn't one.
June 7, 2016
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Thanks for the clarification, Jonathan. Sorry you came up 2 VPs short in the RR.
May 25, 2016
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Hi Geoff,

Tragically Hip fan? If so, does someone you're peripherally related to dying of cancer elicit any kind of special reaction from you or are you more stoic?

Do you love your Mom & Dad? I'm sure millions of Canadian kids wished they were in your position (the son of the ‘perfect’ mother.) Was the reality different?

These questions suck, please disregard.
May 24, 2016
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Hi Geoff,

Clinton or Trump?

What do you attribute your decision not to pursue a professional poker career to? Was it ever a consideration or totally different skillset or ?

Trudeau or Mulcair or Harper or Who cares? or Hell no!

A then-buddy of mine made his bones winning a Sheardown against you back in the day & I think you psyched a lot in the final. Should the ‘better’ team EVER psych a lot when they're down or is that foolish?
May 24, 2016
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Hi Geoff,

I was stunned to see Fred Gitelman in this year's CNTC. Any chance of seeing you reappear? Anything wrong about ‘playing down’ like that or am I overthinking it?
May 24, 2016
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On the contrary Gary, FWIU what was so remarkable about Eisenhower's visit is that it hardly caused a stir at all. Much like the recent raid on the club in Indonesia(?) or the ‘if a naked lady walked by’ anecdote.
May 24, 2016
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This reparté would be funnier if any Western leaders were worth a warm bucket of spit. Cameron? Hollande? Trudeau? Merkel? Obama? Really? We've got lots of crazy here in Canada here to deal with, we don't need to worry about what they're doing in North Korea.
May 23, 2016
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Mike,

I don't know that Mike Passell is a liar & a cheat. I do know that his story doesn't carry the ring of truth to me, that it relies on a significant number of poor decisions and a fairly astronomical amount of ‘bad luck’ & that even if his story IS true that the disciplinary process was a travesty, that the sanction he received both in terms of duration & ‘scheduling’ was laughable, that his lack of contrition is regrettable & that his apparent lack of respect for the fundamental rules of the game is alarming. I found (in “the Whole Story”) his failure to provide specific answers to pertinent questions lacking. I found the reverse lynch mob (call it a jailbreak mob?) that preemptively exonerated him without hearing the other side deplorable.

I find many of your arguments strawman. Who has claimed they know with certainty that he is a liar & a cheat? Who has claimed the Darters have perfect recall?

I believe the Darters are blameless in this & shouldn't be attacked, denigrated, criticized or looked down upon by anyone. I don't believe they (or 99.999% of the population) have perfect recall. If perfect recall were required to prosecute someone our jails would be almost empty. I do believe that they absolutely have the right to have their side of the story heard. I think the Bridge World's decision was deplorable & it sounds like if I were to read their editorial I would be disgusted by it. I think Mr. Passell's comment accusing the Darters of being liars (have you ever been accused of that? it's quite vexing from what I understand) “my accusers said some truths some very obvious non truths why they didn't call the director themselves leads me to believe they wished for an outcome like this” was at the very least inappropriate & in very poor taste.

As for why they reported a score for that match, I presume it's because they went to the director, reported what happened & were told their only recourse was to fill out a form. I accept unfair rulings all the time, were they to form a picket line in front of the director's table until he reversed his decision?

Anyway, my emotional connection to this is minimal. I don't know any of the parties involved. I care a little about the game, but recently that has waned quite significantly. I don't like seeing good people get screwed & that's about the extent of my interest here. I don't recognize you in your posts & I chalk that up to your ongoing pissing contest with Mr. Wetzel. I also missed the first couple of hundred posts in this thread and maybe the cumulative effect of a bunch of vitriol directed your way has discombobulated you a bit. That would be understandable.
May 14, 2016
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Dan, we've all learned that memories can be faulty.

Are you SURE that you played in the King of Prussia Regional in 2015?
May 13, 2016
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