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From The Guardian:

World’s No 1 bridge player suspended after failing a drugs test

• Norway’s Geir Helgemo tests positive for testosterone
• Helgemo stripped of all titles from 2018 World Bridge Series
Press Association

Fri 1 Mar 2019 10.54 EST

The world No 1 bridge player has been suspended after failing a drugs test.

Geir Helgemo, who is Norwegian but represents Monaco in bridge events, tested positive for synthetic testosterone and the female fertility drug clomifene at a World Bridge Series event in Orlando in September.

After accepting he had breached anti-doping rules, Helgemo was suspended by the World Bridge Federation (WBF) until 20 November. He also had all titles, medals and points from the 2018 World Bridge Series revoked.

Kari-Anne Opsal, president of the Norwegian Bridge Federation, said the drugs were “not performance enhancing”. …The World Bridge Federation (WBF) is recognised by the International Olympic Committee and as such abides by World Anti-Doping Agency rules.

Does Jeff Bezos play bridge?

 
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  1. Huh? How is testosterone possibly “performance enhancing” for playing bridge? Maybe a ban on something like Ritalin would make sense in that case. This sounds like fallout from the brain-dead drug war. Reminds me of the time the Canadian snowboarder was disqualified for weed. I suppose that might be performance enhancing for an eating contest, LOL.

    • Replies: @Tim Howells
    I don't play bridge, but I tend to disagree. I'm certain that testosterone plays an important role in chess. Very possibly in bridge too. I did know a championship bridge player once, and he was a super focused, aggressive guy.
    , @Alfa158
    If weed disqualifies you from snowboarding competitions, how on earth would you have competitors at all? You might as well disqualify any snowboarder who makes contact with snow.
    , @Kevin O'Keeffe

    How is testosterone possibly “performance enhancing” for playing bridge?
     
    I don't know that it necessarily does, but testosterone is widely believed to have a neurological impact on men & women, so the notion is hardly implausible.
    , @AndrewR
    Weed seems like an anti-performance drug. If I went out there stoned on the slopes I would feel lucky to make it down the hill alive, let alone win a competition. But I guess different people respond to it differently.
    , @Pat Boyle
    It makes a certain amount of sense. Bridge does indeed prefer the manly.

    I was in fact my college Bridge champ. That didn't mean much in great outside world of bridge but it did help with my income. I played for money against those students who thought they could beat me. They couldn't. This was George Mason in the early days. Not yet its student body an academic standout.

    The history and demographics of Bridge are interesting. Modern bridge was invented by Eli Culbertson as a game for women. He lathered the play with sexual double entendres specifically designed to excite the imaginations of women. For example: A lay down, go to bed with a king, etc.

    Most of the bridge players in America and Europe are in fact females but almost none of the champions have been. The only contra- example Goren could think of was Helen Sobel whom he always said -"played like a man". That meant she was more than merely competitive. She was aggressive - like a man.

    All this is quite dated now. Perhaps things are different what with feminism but at the Bridge table historically being manly was a prerequisite for success.

    , @reactionry
    As noted by another poster, bridge is in decline (I've never played it), but perhaps something like fracking, PEDs can bring about a new era of peak Hoyle
    , @Brutusale
    Robin Williams riffed on the snowboard stoners:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLTYwDTxxCw
  2. Sounds like he went a bridge too far and was forced to withdraw.

    • Replies: @MBlanc46
    Oooooh.
    , @YetAnotherAnon
    "Sounds like he went a bridge too far and was forced to withdraw."

    No, he was obviously bridge testing.

    http://www.imidis.com/ereportaj.html
    , @Achmed E. Newman
    I've once already requested a [GROAN] button from Mr. Unz. Is this what he calls customer service?
  3. This sounds like bureaucracy and regulations running wild. This guy is apparently taking supplements for other reasons (heh) and apart from his gaming career. He is not taking drugs to get an unfair edge in gaming and the drugs he is taking wouldn’t yield such an advantage. The official actually says “this was not performance enhancing” so the issue is Europeans voluntarily giving up their rights.
    What drug would you take to get better at bridge? Caffeine? Nootropics?

    • Agree: Tyrion 2
    • Replies: @bomag

    bureaucracy and regulations running wild
     
    The movie Brazil is fast becoming a documentary.
    , @anon
    >The official actually says “this was not performance enhancing” so the issue is Europeans voluntarily giving up their rights.

    According to online discussions I have read, some of the Scandinavian countries (Sweden and Denmark?) have police units that affirmatively go to gyms seeking people who look like they do steroids...and once so identified, test them on the spot. And they coordinate with gym chains-- they have lookouts!

  4. US is West Bank.

    Palestinians can’t stop the Zionist caravan. Americans can’t stop the Caravan from south of the border.

    Both West Bank and US are occupied by the Tribe.

    • Replies: @anon
    yes but why do we allow them across the border are they not required to seek asylum in mexico and would not that convince mexico to not allow them past their southern border
    , @Anonymous
    Somehow this has to be the Platonic Ideal of an Unz comment.

    Someone logs in from Rawalpindi and drops a complete non-sequitur about dee Juice and dee Israel into an iSteve article about hormonal doping in competitive bridge.
  5. Apparently the drugs he tested positive for have no effect on one’s ability to play bridge, so goodness knows why bridge players need to be tested for anything (apparently because it is now an Olympic sport).

    It is also one of those “sports” where there is no particular advantage to one sex over the other, though, as in games like chess, backgammon, and poker, most of the leading players are men.

    So why he was taking a female fertility drug, god only knows. It is sometimes used for men who have small balls, or perhaps he worships at the altar of Demeter. A photo would be helpful.

    http://www.bridgeguys.com/BP/Players/HelgemoGeir.html

    Hmm! Something not quite right there.

    • Replies: @Tyrion 2
    Men take that "female fertility drug" to mitigate the harmful effects of a steroid "cycle". Endogenous testerone causes your natural production to "shut down", so steroid abusers take Clomid as part of their recovery.

    I guess the bloke wanted to look good at the beach or something. The real question is why are Bridge players being tested for steroid abuse?
    , @Cloudbuster
    It is also one of those “sports” where there is no particular advantage to one sex over the other, though, as in games like chess, backgammon, and poker, most of the leading players are men.

    One of those statements may not be true.
  6. No trump?

    • Replies: @Rufus
    Yes trump *
  7. The World Bridge Federation (WBF) is recognised by the International Olympic Committee

    Bridge is considered an Olympic sport? Oh my God, next thing you know they’ll say Golf is a sport.

    • LOL: donut
  8. Do Bridge players have groupies?

    • Replies: @bro3886
    Yeah, and when they take out their teeth they'll blow your mind.
  9. Would a lesbian who called herself a man be immune to doping regs? Or would she still lose no matter how much steroids she took?

    • Replies: @Cloudbuster
    Already, in Texas I think, a "trans man" high school wrestler is being allowed to take testosterone while still wrestling girls.

    Who, whom.
  10. @Buzz Mohawk
    Sounds like he went a bridge too far and was forced to withdraw.

    Oooooh.

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
    Sorry.
  11. @Jonathan Mason
    Apparently the drugs he tested positive for have no effect on one's ability to play bridge, so goodness knows why bridge players need to be tested for anything (apparently because it is now an Olympic sport).

    It is also one of those "sports" where there is no particular advantage to one sex over the other, though, as in games like chess, backgammon, and poker, most of the leading players are men.

    So why he was taking a female fertility drug, god only knows. It is sometimes used for men who have small balls, or perhaps he worships at the altar of Demeter. A photo would be helpful.

    http://www.bridgeguys.com/BP/Players/HelgemoGeir.html

    Hmm! Something not quite right there.

    Men take that “female fertility drug” to mitigate the harmful effects of a steroid “cycle”. Endogenous testerone causes your natural production to “shut down”, so steroid abusers take Clomid as part of their recovery.

    I guess the bloke wanted to look good at the beach or something. The real question is why are Bridge players being tested for steroid abuse?

    • Replies: @Bill P
    He probably has hypogonadism, and is taking the test and clomid to rectify his hormonal issues. Supposedly this is a common affliction among overweight, middle-aged guys, e.g professional card players.

    Seems kind of harsh to punish him for it. Can you imagine the shrieking if a middle-aged woman were stripped of awards for hormone therapy?
    , @BB753
    For a second I thought he was really a "transman", that is, a woman to man transexual. It would have explained the fertility drug: wanting to grow a beard and getting knocked up at the same time!
    , @Lurker
    Some of those cards can be very heavy.
    , @res
    Thanks for the additional background. I think this case is more complicated than it first appears. I think T supplementation has the potential to increase intellectual performance, but it is much easier to justify doing that to normal physiological levels (where you probably would not need Clomid). And the effect is likely MUCH smaller than for muscle.

    The line between legitimate treatment and unacceptable PED use can be hard to judge IMHO.

    P.S. BTW, this isn't directly applicable but found it while searching on this topic and thought it an interesting point about testosterone exposure in the womb: https://psychcentral.com/news/2011/03/14/testosterone-hormone-linked-to-higher-iq/24379.html
    More discussion at http://giftedissues.davidsongifted.org/BB/ubbthreads.php/topics/98573/Giftedness_and_Prenatal_Exposu.html
    Something to be said for women with high testosterone as mothers?
  12. @J.Ross
    This sounds like bureaucracy and regulations running wild. This guy is apparently taking supplements for other reasons (heh) and apart from his gaming career. He is not taking drugs to get an unfair edge in gaming and the drugs he is taking wouldn't yield such an advantage. The official actually says "this was not performance enhancing" so the issue is Europeans voluntarily giving up their rights.
    What drug would you take to get better at bridge? Caffeine? Nootropics?

    bureaucracy and regulations running wild

    The movie Brazil is fast becoming a documentary.

    • Agree: Achmed E. Newman
    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    RIP Katherine Helmond.
    , @Achmed E. Newman
    Great movie!

    Top 10 favorite of mine, I'd say.
  13. Does Jeff Bezos play bridge?

    No, because Warren Buffett and Bill Gates won’t play against him, and Bezos won’t play bridge with anyone much poorer. Besides, you need four players, and Slim and Zuckerberg don’t play.

  14. anon[166] • Disclaimer says:
    @J.Ross
    This sounds like bureaucracy and regulations running wild. This guy is apparently taking supplements for other reasons (heh) and apart from his gaming career. He is not taking drugs to get an unfair edge in gaming and the drugs he is taking wouldn't yield such an advantage. The official actually says "this was not performance enhancing" so the issue is Europeans voluntarily giving up their rights.
    What drug would you take to get better at bridge? Caffeine? Nootropics?

    >The official actually says “this was not performance enhancing” so the issue is Europeans voluntarily giving up their rights.

    According to online discussions I have read, some of the Scandinavian countries (Sweden and Denmark?) have police units that affirmatively go to gyms seeking people who look like they do steroids…and once so identified, test them on the spot. And they coordinate with gym chains– they have lookouts!

  15. @Tyrion 2
    Men take that "female fertility drug" to mitigate the harmful effects of a steroid "cycle". Endogenous testerone causes your natural production to "shut down", so steroid abusers take Clomid as part of their recovery.

    I guess the bloke wanted to look good at the beach or something. The real question is why are Bridge players being tested for steroid abuse?

    He probably has hypogonadism, and is taking the test and clomid to rectify his hormonal issues. Supposedly this is a common affliction among overweight, middle-aged guys, e.g professional card players.

    Seems kind of harsh to punish him for it. Can you imagine the shrieking if a middle-aged woman were stripped of awards for hormone therapy?

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    Supposedly this is a common affliction among overweight, middle-aged guys, e.g professional card players.
     
    From sitting too much, perhaps?

    Play at the condiment table!
  16. Does Jeff Bezos play bridge?

    Neighbor Bill Gates sure does. With Warren Buffett. Buffett is the one who encouraged Gates to go into philanthropy. (Not necessarily for philanthropical reasons.)

    Michael Ledeen is another bridge nut. His e-mail address had benito in it. Not for the obvious one, but for his likely namesake, the 91-year-old Benito Garozzo.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benito_Garozzo

    I remember a community college allowing its students to fulfill their PE requirement with chess or bridge. Absurd, maybe, but quite possibly useful in the long run. As much as tennis or golf.

    You never know who you’ll meet at the card table!

    • Replies: @Rex Little

    You never know who you’ll meet at the card table!
     
    That's one of the great things about bridge: an ordinary player such as myself can go to a tournament (hundreds of them held every year) and play against top professionals. Sometimes you'll even get a good result against them.
    , @Joe Sweet
    What does it say about a guy who shuffles cards like that?
    , @Jim Don Bob
    I fulfilled part of my college PE requirement with bowling, and another part with fencing which was much cooler.
  17. How do we know T isn’t performance enhancing for bridge?

    If men dominate the “sport” then I reckon T enhances performance.

    • Agree: ben tillman, Desiderius
    • Replies: @Desiderius
    The cogdis is strong already in the reactions here and there.

    Possible crimethink leak!
  18. @Fidelios Automata
    Huh? How is testosterone possibly "performance enhancing" for playing bridge? Maybe a ban on something like Ritalin would make sense in that case. This sounds like fallout from the brain-dead drug war. Reminds me of the time the Canadian snowboarder was disqualified for weed. I suppose that might be performance enhancing for an eating contest, LOL.

    I don’t play bridge, but I tend to disagree. I’m certain that testosterone plays an important role in chess. Very possibly in bridge too. I did know a championship bridge player once, and he was a super focused, aggressive guy.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    My recollection of reading Sports Illustrated's bridge coverage in the early 1970s (when I was 14, I read whatever the editors of S.I. felt I should know about) is that there was a lot of cheating in Big Time Bridge. The Italian Blues squad was notorious for signaling each other across the table. The World Championships had to be conducted in separate rooms.

    My mother played bridge every week with the Republican Women's Club. But she wasn't very good, often winning the Booby Prize (a concept that fascinated me as a boy). I tried playing bridge a few times, but I am poor at most card and board games, such as chess. I can sort of hold my own friends at the simpler forms of poker, but contract bridge was too complicated for me. My friend Joe, who made a lot of money in tech, was big into bridge when he was at Berkeley. It seems like a game for bright people.

    , @Keypusher
    I think there’s one woman currently in the top 300 chess players, something like that. One woman (Judit Polgar) cracked the top 10 once. So it’s not as much of a mismatch between the genders as tennis, say. But I wouldn’t be surprised if testosterone was performance-enhancing for chess.

    In chess, there are women-only events, but no men-only events (though very strong tournaments are frequently all-male, for obvious reasons). I assume it’s the same in bridge. Does anyone know how many of the top bridge players are women?

    Of course, the very best chess players in the world are computers. I wonder if anyone’s come up with a good computer bridge player.

    Side note — it’s kind of staggering that the best (human) chess and bridge players in the world are Norwegian. Norway has a population just over 5 million.

  19. @Bill P
    He probably has hypogonadism, and is taking the test and clomid to rectify his hormonal issues. Supposedly this is a common affliction among overweight, middle-aged guys, e.g professional card players.

    Seems kind of harsh to punish him for it. Can you imagine the shrieking if a middle-aged woman were stripped of awards for hormone therapy?

    Supposedly this is a common affliction among overweight, middle-aged guys, e.g professional card players.

    From sitting too much, perhaps?

    Play at the condiment table!

  20. Bad news:suspended Good news:he is pregnant.

  21. @Fidelios Automata
    Huh? How is testosterone possibly "performance enhancing" for playing bridge? Maybe a ban on something like Ritalin would make sense in that case. This sounds like fallout from the brain-dead drug war. Reminds me of the time the Canadian snowboarder was disqualified for weed. I suppose that might be performance enhancing for an eating contest, LOL.

    If weed disqualifies you from snowboarding competitions, how on earth would you have competitors at all? You might as well disqualify any snowboarder who makes contact with snow.

    • Replies: @Fidelios Automata
    I was actually wondering the same thing.
  22. I would like to see authorities do surprise doping tests on the spelling bee kids. We need to see if those Asians are cheating

  23. anonymous[422] • Disclaimer says:

    Guy can’t catch a break. Norway tried locking him up for tax fraud in 2017.
    http://neapolitanclub.altervista.org/eng/helgemo-helness-tax-woes.html

    • Replies: @res
    Sounds like he pissed someone powerful off.
  24. Sharif don’t like it.
    Trump the Casbah, trump the Casbah…

    You have to hand it to a pastime that, like chess, is such a rabbit hole that it can supply endless grist for a newspaper column.

  25. That ain’t Jeff Bezos, that’s Tim Heidecker.

  26. Hmm. Bridge has separate rankings for women, too. Why?

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    Hmm. Bridge has separate rankings for women, too. Why?
     
    Never the twain shall meet.
    , @The Alarmist
    So what do they intend to do when a Bridge-playing Tranny wants to take on the girls?
    , @Buffalo Joe
    Ghost, Maybe the women's deck is lighter than the men's deck. When I played poker I was always wary of the guy who could really shuffle the deck. That and any one who talked a lot or told a joke while shuffling. Anything that distracted the other players.
  27. @Ghost of Bull Moose
    Hmm. Bridge has separate rankings for women, too. Why?

    Hmm. Bridge has separate rankings for women, too. Why?

    Never the twain shall meet.

  28. TOM: I couldn’t believe you were actually going to play bridge.
    It’s such a cliché of bourgeois life.

    NICK: That’s exactly why I play. I don’t enjoy it one bit.

    • Replies: @Mr McKenna
    Arrrgh! Attack of the UHBs!
  29. How many different substances would they find if they drug tested the players during a world poker tournament? A lot, I bet. And raise it.

    • Replies: @Jonathan Mason

    How many different substances would they find if they drug tested the players during a world poker tournament? A lot, I bet. And raise it.
     
    A lot of them look like druggies, stay up all night, and wear dark glasses to conceal the red eyes and pupil dilation when they see some good cards, so you will not get many takers.
  30. @Jenner Ickham Errican
    https://i.pinimg.com/originals/f7/57/6e/f7576e45097e424554c303b125420126.jpg

    TOM: I couldn't believe you were actually going to play bridge.
    It's such a cliché of bourgeois life.

    NICK: That's exactly why I play. I don't enjoy it one bit.

    Arrrgh! Attack of the UHBs!

  31. Bridge is considered an Olympic sport? Oh my God, next thing you know they’ll say Golf is a sport.

    There is a push going on for breakdancing to be an Olympic sport, the BBC was pushing this last week.

  32. @Tyrion 2
    Men take that "female fertility drug" to mitigate the harmful effects of a steroid "cycle". Endogenous testerone causes your natural production to "shut down", so steroid abusers take Clomid as part of their recovery.

    I guess the bloke wanted to look good at the beach or something. The real question is why are Bridge players being tested for steroid abuse?

    For a second I thought he was really a “transman”, that is, a woman to man transexual. It would have explained the fertility drug: wanting to grow a beard and getting knocked up at the same time!

  33. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/7825890.stm

    Scientists at Cambridge University found that financial traders whose ring fingers are longer than their index fingers make the most money.

    The link could be down to testosterone exposure in the womb, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences says.

    This exposure may improve rapid decision-making skills and has been linked with aggression.
    The same ring-to-index finger ratio, which is determined in the womb, has previously been associated with success in competitive sports.

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    Sean, Is this an Onion story? Whose ring finger isn't longer than their index finger. I should be a billionaire, hell my ring finger on my right hand is longer than my middle finger.
    , @Sean
    The most important 9 months of your life.
  34. @Tyrion 2
    Men take that "female fertility drug" to mitigate the harmful effects of a steroid "cycle". Endogenous testerone causes your natural production to "shut down", so steroid abusers take Clomid as part of their recovery.

    I guess the bloke wanted to look good at the beach or something. The real question is why are Bridge players being tested for steroid abuse?

    Some of those cards can be very heavy.

  35. Sorta OT, but are any major sports teams in the USA not owned by Chosenites?

    Shocking moment multi-millionaire San Francisco Giants CEO Larry Baer pulls his wife off a chair and drags her to the ground in a public park as she screams ‘oh my god, help’

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6762657/Shocking-moment-multi-millionaire-San-Francisco-Giants-CEO-Larry-Baer-drags-wife-ground.html

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    I was surprised during the 2014 Donald Sterling whoop-tee-doo that Jewish NBA ownership was well under 50%. NFL sees like considerably less.

    In SoCal:

    Los Angeles Lakers: Buss family: gentile
    Los Angeles Clipper: Steve Ballmer: half-Jewish
    Los Angeles Kings: Philip Anschutz: gentile
    Los Angeles Rams: Stan Kroenke: Jewish
    Los Angeles Chargers: Dean Spanos: Greek gentile
    Los Angeles Angels: Arte Moreno: Mexican-American gentile, Vietnam War vet, Republican
    Los Angeles Dodgers: Oppenheim Management: complicated: business sounds Jewish, but controlling partner Mark Walter from Iowa seems very gentile.

    So I'd say that 7 SoCal major league sports teams are about 2/7ths Jewish in ownership, which doesn't seem disproportionately large considering the huge numbers and immense wealth of LA's Jewish population.

    The big Palm Springs tennis tournament is owned by Larry Ellison, who is, by my count, 3/4th Jewish when treating nature (his biological dad is Italian, his mom is Jewish) and nurture (he was raised Jewish by his mom's uncle and aunt).

    The big golf tournament in LA is at Riviera, which is owned by a Japanese firm (see "Curb Your Enthusiasm.")

    , @YetAnotherAnon
    Shades of one of the Saatchi's (I forget which married her) publicly grabbing Nigella Lawson by the throat in a non-friendly manner when their marriage was 'in difficulties'.

    (Here recreated by actors)
    https://i2-prod.walesonline.co.uk/incoming/article15877257.ece/ALTERNATES/s615b/0_230219-Wales-v-England-Guinness-Six-Nations-.jpg

  36. Anonymous [AKA "Correctly Done"] says:

    Testosterone is massively performance enhancing in some regards, say as a Field Marshall or any job that requires strong decision making. The key is the levels need to about five standard deviations above average. Testosterone therapy to bring one to normal levels have no real noticeable mental effects. But when pumping out levels around 2,000 ng/dL, the effects are beyond comprehension to the average person. It’s as if lightening shoots from your hands. I don’t know what is bridge. If the game can benefit from rapid fire synapses then high dose T could be an advantage. If the game is like secretarial work, then high T is a disadvantage. When T is in those massively high ranges, matched to high intelligence, you have a combination that has never existed before. My bet is that someone like Bezos takes pretty high doses, but that is just a guess. The net effect will be Superman among mortals. His brain will be driven by a euphoric confidence that cannot otherwise be realized. When he walks into a room, he will feel a certain level of contempt for the people around him either because they are not as smart or they cannot make hard decisions with alacrity. My employees said that Alex Jones must be on high dose T because the way he was ranting on Rogan is how I am when those levels are maxed. It’s such an awesome feeling, too bad it’s so bad for one’s health. So many problems would be washed away if men had higher T. The ability to call bullshit just goes way up.

    • Replies: @Tyrion 2

    My employees said that Alex Jones must be on high dose T because the way he was ranting on Rogan is how I am when those levels are maxed.
     
    From the rest of your post, it seems that you took this as a compliment. I'm not sure it was.

    It sounds like unnatural testesterone doses are actually the opposite of what you want for sensible decision making. Just as teenage boys are not known for their cautious good sense.
    , @Pericles
    Are we sure this wasn't written by Pat Boyle?
  37. Anon[191] • Disclaimer says:

    I wonder why the bridge federation affiliates with the Olympics Committee. I can’t see them ever graduating to becoming an Olympic sport, since the pattern with recent games is adding popular, telegenic sports, and getting rid of less popular, tele-boring sports.

    Japan just barely prevented judo from being dropped from the Tokyo Olympics (Japan gets lots of medals in judo). Bouldering and rock climbing have been added. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Alpine skiiing get nixed, while the wild ski and snowboarding events like snowboard cross remain.

    • Replies: @prosa123
    I don't see alpine skiing ever leaving the Olympics, it is very popular.
    , @Pericles
    Greco-Roman wrestling got shown the door. I'm sure breakdancing will be ushered in to take its place, or maybe pole dancing with a booty clap special event.
  38. @Ghost of Bull Moose
    Hmm. Bridge has separate rankings for women, too. Why?

    So what do they intend to do when a Bridge-playing Tranny wants to take on the girls?

  39. I wonder if Adderall is prohibited.

    • Replies: @Triumph104
    Adderall is banned, but banned drugs are allowed if a medical waiver is received for therapeutic use. In the 2016 Rio Olympics, US basketball player Elena Delle Donne was allowed to take Adderall and gymnast Simone Biles reportedly took Ritalin.
  40. @Anonymous
    Testosterone is massively performance enhancing in some regards, say as a Field Marshall or any job that requires strong decision making. The key is the levels need to about five standard deviations above average. Testosterone therapy to bring one to normal levels have no real noticeable mental effects. But when pumping out levels around 2,000 ng/dL, the effects are beyond comprehension to the average person. It’s as if lightening shoots from your hands. I don’t know what is bridge. If the game can benefit from rapid fire synapses then high dose T could be an advantage. If the game is like secretarial work, then high T is a disadvantage. When T is in those massively high ranges, matched to high intelligence, you have a combination that has never existed before. My bet is that someone like Bezos takes pretty high doses, but that is just a guess. The net effect will be Superman among mortals. His brain will be driven by a euphoric confidence that cannot otherwise be realized. When he walks into a room, he will feel a certain level of contempt for the people around him either because they are not as smart or they cannot make hard decisions with alacrity. My employees said that Alex Jones must be on high dose T because the way he was ranting on Rogan is how I am when those levels are maxed. It’s such an awesome feeling, too bad it’s so bad for one’s health. So many problems would be washed away if men had higher T. The ability to call bullshit just goes way up.

    My employees said that Alex Jones must be on high dose T because the way he was ranting on Rogan is how I am when those levels are maxed.

    From the rest of your post, it seems that you took this as a compliment. I’m not sure it was.

    It sounds like unnatural testesterone doses are actually the opposite of what you want for sensible decision making. Just as teenage boys are not known for their cautious good sense.

  41. All sports we know and love watching wouldn’t exist without drugs. That is, if authorities cracked down on every athlete and player, not randomly.
    For instance, FIFA is a joke. Each and every professional soccer player is doping. Everybody and his brother knows it.

    • Agree: Tyrion 2
    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    BB, Do you mean that if they weren't doping the game would be more boring? In that case let them shoot up on the pitch.
  42. @Jonathan Mason
    Apparently the drugs he tested positive for have no effect on one's ability to play bridge, so goodness knows why bridge players need to be tested for anything (apparently because it is now an Olympic sport).

    It is also one of those "sports" where there is no particular advantage to one sex over the other, though, as in games like chess, backgammon, and poker, most of the leading players are men.

    So why he was taking a female fertility drug, god only knows. It is sometimes used for men who have small balls, or perhaps he worships at the altar of Demeter. A photo would be helpful.

    http://www.bridgeguys.com/BP/Players/HelgemoGeir.html

    Hmm! Something not quite right there.

    It is also one of those “sports” where there is no particular advantage to one sex over the other, though, as in games like chess, backgammon, and poker, most of the leading players are men.

    One of those statements may not be true.

  43. @songbird
    Would a lesbian who called herself a man be immune to doping regs? Or would she still lose no matter how much steroids she took?

    Already, in Texas I think, a “trans man” high school wrestler is being allowed to take testosterone while still wrestling girls.

    Who, whom.

  44. @Tim Howells
    I don't play bridge, but I tend to disagree. I'm certain that testosterone plays an important role in chess. Very possibly in bridge too. I did know a championship bridge player once, and he was a super focused, aggressive guy.

    My recollection of reading Sports Illustrated’s bridge coverage in the early 1970s (when I was 14, I read whatever the editors of S.I. felt I should know about) is that there was a lot of cheating in Big Time Bridge. The Italian Blues squad was notorious for signaling each other across the table. The World Championships had to be conducted in separate rooms.

    My mother played bridge every week with the Republican Women’s Club. But she wasn’t very good, often winning the Booby Prize (a concept that fascinated me as a boy). I tried playing bridge a few times, but I am poor at most card and board games, such as chess. I can sort of hold my own friends at the simpler forms of poker, but contract bridge was too complicated for me. My friend Joe, who made a lot of money in tech, was big into bridge when he was at Berkeley. It seems like a game for bright people.

    • Replies: @Jonathan Mason
    I can sort of hold my own friends at the simpler forms of poker, but contract bridge was too complicated for me.

    I find that hard to believe. Contract bridge is just a more refined version of whist and the game commonly known as "spades" in which players have to predict how many of 13 tricks they will win.

    The main refinements in bridge are that 1) the players play as partners, so in each round of bidding they are able to draw inferences from the bids or lack of bids from their partner and/or opponents, 2) one the highest bidder wins the contract, his or her partner's cards are laid face up on the table for all to see, this becoming the "dummy" hand.

    The contractor then has to play the hand, using information gathered from the bidding process and during the play to draw inferences as to which of the two opponents holds which of the cards which he/she cannot see. Likewise, to defeat the contract, the opponents must draw inferences about which hidden cards are held by their partner versus held by the opponent with the hidden hand. Some knowledge of probabilities is useful, for example the probability of a player holding six cards in one suit is about 6%.

    Competitive bridge is usually played in "duplicate" form, meaning that during the course of the competition the same cards are dealt at each table on every hand, while all the players move to different tables at the conclusion of each hand. I have never heard of duplicate poker, which I think would be a good thing.

    At the simplest level bridge can be played by children ( I learned to play when I was about 10), but as with chess, becoming a world champion requires a massive level of skill and intellect. Like tennis, it can be played for pleasure at any level.
    , @Triumph104
    While in high school, David Bahn competed in bridge tournaments which eventually led to him winning a $1000 bridge scholarship. He attended the University of Virginia and earned a bachelor's degree in 12 months with a double major in physics and math.

    Pratyush Buddiga is the 2002 Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion. He graduated from Duke University with a degree in economics and became a professional poker player. When he retired from poker in 2017 at the age of 28, his career earnings were $6.4 million. He is currently pursuing a career in cryptocurrency.
    , @Buffalo Joe
    Steve, In some of the Rochester area HSs American Sign Language can be taken as your foreign language requirement. My daughter says her Rochester college roomies cheated all the time using subtle ASL.
    , @Simply Simon
    The Italian Blues team actually cheated under the table by using their feet in a way to send signals to their partner. They were eventually caught in the act, were stripped of their championships for a time but were eventually allowed to return to international competition.
    To be a good bridge player does not require exceptional math skills but does require an intangible factor called "card sense." I have played bridge with a full professor of mathematics and he sorely lacked card sense. He could never be trusted to make the right plays at the right time and it was most frustrating to have him as a partner. Also duplicate bridge requires a great deal of focus and concentration. I have played bridge with some very nice ladies but most of their time was spent playing party bridge and their duplicate bridge game is poor because they spend too much time in idle chatter.
    "It seems like a game for bright people." True, but many bright people do not play bridge.
    , @Dtbb
    Steve Sailer. The Columbo of the internet.
  45. @bomag

    bureaucracy and regulations running wild
     
    The movie Brazil is fast becoming a documentary.

    RIP Katherine Helmond.

    • Replies: @Dr. Krieger
    I wonder how Katherine Helmond got mixed up with Terry Gilliam. She was also in Time Bandit's. Otherwise she seemed like a typical sitcom actress.
  46. @Mr McKenna
    Sorta OT, but are any major sports teams in the USA not owned by Chosenites?

    Shocking moment multi-millionaire San Francisco Giants CEO Larry Baer pulls his wife off a chair and drags her to the ground in a public park as she screams 'oh my god, help'

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6762657/Shocking-moment-multi-millionaire-San-Francisco-Giants-CEO-Larry-Baer-drags-wife-ground.html

    I was surprised during the 2014 Donald Sterling whoop-tee-doo that Jewish NBA ownership was well under 50%. NFL sees like considerably less.

    In SoCal:

    Los Angeles Lakers: Buss family: gentile
    Los Angeles Clipper: Steve Ballmer: half-Jewish
    Los Angeles Kings: Philip Anschutz: gentile
    Los Angeles Rams: Stan Kroenke: Jewish
    Los Angeles Chargers: Dean Spanos: Greek gentile
    Los Angeles Angels: Arte Moreno: Mexican-American gentile, Vietnam War vet, Republican
    Los Angeles Dodgers: Oppenheim Management: complicated: business sounds Jewish, but controlling partner Mark Walter from Iowa seems very gentile.

    So I’d say that 7 SoCal major league sports teams are about 2/7ths Jewish in ownership, which doesn’t seem disproportionately large considering the huge numbers and immense wealth of LA’s Jewish population.

    The big Palm Springs tennis tournament is owned by Larry Ellison, who is, by my count, 3/4th Jewish when treating nature (his biological dad is Italian, his mom is Jewish) and nurture (he was raised Jewish by his mom’s uncle and aunt).

    The big golf tournament in LA is at Riviera, which is owned by a Japanese firm (see “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”)

    • Replies: @Flip
    Stan Kroenke was raised Lutheran in small town Missouri.

    It is Guggenheim, not Oppenheim.

    , @Lot
    Philip Anschutz has a "Jewish" name and likes heavily Jewish industries: real estate, concert promotion, pro sports, media.

    Dodgers are owned by Guggenheim Partners, named after the famous Jewish mining/artsy family.

    The Guggenheims seem to have stopped working for a living circa 1940 and instead focused on marrying well and spending the money. I'd guess Walter might own the largest individual share of the Dodgers but less than the Guggenheim family collectively.
    , @Truth
    Mostly crypto-Jewish; I.e., partially Jewish families along the mother's line who have been pretending to be gentiles for a few generations.
    , @Reg Cæsar
    This is about latitude rather than attitude, but just for the heck of it, I looked up the extreme cardinal points of Major League Baseball since 1901.

    East:
    Boston (Someone else work out whether it's Sox or Braves)


    West:
    St Louis 1901-54 (Same with Cardinals/Browns)
    Kansas City 1955-57
    San Francisco 1958-68
    Seattle 1969
    San Francisco* 1970-76
    Seattle 1977-

    North:
    Milwaukee 1901
    Boston* 1902-52
    Milwaukee 1953-60
    Minnesota 1961-68
    Seattle 1969
    Montreal* 1970-76
    Seattle 1977-

    South:

    St Louis 1901-57
    Los Angeles Dodgers 1958-60
    Los Angeles Angels 1961 (by a half-mile)
    Houston 1962-92
    Miami 1993-
    Havana 20??-

    *did not set record
  47. @Buzz Mohawk
    Sounds like he went a bridge too far and was forced to withdraw.

    “Sounds like he went a bridge too far and was forced to withdraw.”

    No, he was obviously bridge testing.

    http://www.imidis.com/ereportaj.html

  48. @Steve Sailer
    I was surprised during the 2014 Donald Sterling whoop-tee-doo that Jewish NBA ownership was well under 50%. NFL sees like considerably less.

    In SoCal:

    Los Angeles Lakers: Buss family: gentile
    Los Angeles Clipper: Steve Ballmer: half-Jewish
    Los Angeles Kings: Philip Anschutz: gentile
    Los Angeles Rams: Stan Kroenke: Jewish
    Los Angeles Chargers: Dean Spanos: Greek gentile
    Los Angeles Angels: Arte Moreno: Mexican-American gentile, Vietnam War vet, Republican
    Los Angeles Dodgers: Oppenheim Management: complicated: business sounds Jewish, but controlling partner Mark Walter from Iowa seems very gentile.

    So I'd say that 7 SoCal major league sports teams are about 2/7ths Jewish in ownership, which doesn't seem disproportionately large considering the huge numbers and immense wealth of LA's Jewish population.

    The big Palm Springs tennis tournament is owned by Larry Ellison, who is, by my count, 3/4th Jewish when treating nature (his biological dad is Italian, his mom is Jewish) and nurture (he was raised Jewish by his mom's uncle and aunt).

    The big golf tournament in LA is at Riviera, which is owned by a Japanese firm (see "Curb Your Enthusiasm.")

    Stan Kroenke was raised Lutheran in small town Missouri.

    It is Guggenheim, not Oppenheim.

  49. bridge is a fantastic game-easily the best card game there is, and it is very sad that it is no longer popular. what skills does it require?

    if you have ever taken an lsat or sat test, there is a puzzle type that is very common. ‘adam, bob, charlie, doug, and ernie are sitting at a table. adam is two seats to the left of ernie. bob is not sitting next to charlie or adam. etc etc’. who is sitting in the third seat from the left?
    This kind of logical analysis based on disparate sources of incomplete information, of the 52 cards in the deck (rather than six or eight people in an lsat logic puzzle), is the essence of bridge. it is done on the fly (each trick, and sometimes each card, requires an instant recalculation of the situation), along with in essence poker psychological analysis (‘based on the bidding and earlier play; is the queen of hearts to my left or to my right? if i’m right, i win-if wrong, lose.’). contract bridge is set up so that it is not dependent on lucky cards; if there are 8 tables of bridge, they all play the same deal of the cards (the particular deals are maintained and passed around the room). thus, you don’t play bridge against the other people at your table: you play bridge against the other players at other tables sitting where you are (i may have gotten 8 tricks on this hand-but if the other players at the other tables all got 9, i lost the hand, even though my opponents at this table i’m sitting at only got 13-8= 5 tricks).

    when i was playing 20 years ago, it was already a game of senior citizens plus nerdy computer scientists and engineers/mathematicians (with an occasional lawyer or accountant thrown in). i have no idea what the current state of the game is-other than declining.

    joe

    • Replies: @Desiderius
    You’re describing duplicate, not contract bridge per se.
  50. @Mr McKenna
    Sorta OT, but are any major sports teams in the USA not owned by Chosenites?

    Shocking moment multi-millionaire San Francisco Giants CEO Larry Baer pulls his wife off a chair and drags her to the ground in a public park as she screams 'oh my god, help'

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6762657/Shocking-moment-multi-millionaire-San-Francisco-Giants-CEO-Larry-Baer-drags-wife-ground.html

    Shades of one of the Saatchi’s (I forget which married her) publicly grabbing Nigella Lawson by the throat in a non-friendly manner when their marriage was ‘in difficulties’.

    (Here recreated by actors)

    • Replies: @Trevor H.
    LOL...great photo. If only their races were reversed just think how much more famous they could have been.
  51. @Anon
    US is West Bank.

    Palestinians can't stop the Zionist caravan. Americans can't stop the Caravan from south of the border.

    Both West Bank and US are occupied by the Tribe.

    https://twitter.com/MarkSKrikorian/status/1101556732604661761

    yes but why do we allow them across the border are they not required to seek asylum in mexico and would not that convince mexico to not allow them past their southern border

  52. @Steve Sailer
    My recollection of reading Sports Illustrated's bridge coverage in the early 1970s (when I was 14, I read whatever the editors of S.I. felt I should know about) is that there was a lot of cheating in Big Time Bridge. The Italian Blues squad was notorious for signaling each other across the table. The World Championships had to be conducted in separate rooms.

    My mother played bridge every week with the Republican Women's Club. But she wasn't very good, often winning the Booby Prize (a concept that fascinated me as a boy). I tried playing bridge a few times, but I am poor at most card and board games, such as chess. I can sort of hold my own friends at the simpler forms of poker, but contract bridge was too complicated for me. My friend Joe, who made a lot of money in tech, was big into bridge when he was at Berkeley. It seems like a game for bright people.

    I can sort of hold my own friends at the simpler forms of poker, but contract bridge was too complicated for me.

    I find that hard to believe. Contract bridge is just a more refined version of whist and the game commonly known as “spades” in which players have to predict how many of 13 tricks they will win.

    The main refinements in bridge are that 1) the players play as partners, so in each round of bidding they are able to draw inferences from the bids or lack of bids from their partner and/or opponents, 2) one the highest bidder wins the contract, his or her partner’s cards are laid face up on the table for all to see, this becoming the “dummy” hand.

    The contractor then has to play the hand, using information gathered from the bidding process and during the play to draw inferences as to which of the two opponents holds which of the cards which he/she cannot see. Likewise, to defeat the contract, the opponents must draw inferences about which hidden cards are held by their partner versus held by the opponent with the hidden hand. Some knowledge of probabilities is useful, for example the probability of a player holding six cards in one suit is about 6%.

    Competitive bridge is usually played in “duplicate” form, meaning that during the course of the competition the same cards are dealt at each table on every hand, while all the players move to different tables at the conclusion of each hand. I have never heard of duplicate poker, which I think would be a good thing.

    At the simplest level bridge can be played by children ( I learned to play when I was about 10), but as with chess, becoming a world champion requires a massive level of skill and intellect. Like tennis, it can be played for pleasure at any level.

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    Jonathan, I must have work with some exceptional Ironworkers because "Spades" was a favorite lunch time game, as was three card Monte.
  53. @Johnmark
    How many different substances would they find if they drug tested the players during a world poker tournament? A lot, I bet. And raise it.

    How many different substances would they find if they drug tested the players during a world poker tournament? A lot, I bet. And raise it.

    A lot of them look like druggies, stay up all night, and wear dark glasses to conceal the red eyes and pupil dilation when they see some good cards, so you will not get many takers.

  54. Grieving Parents Are Turning to Posthumous IVF

    Over the past two decades, posthumous reproduction has occurred throughout the world in modest but growing numbers. In this version of assisted reproduction, men donate their genetic material in life, or have it extracted after death, so that they may continue their genetic lineage. Experts predict that the number of these procedures is likely to increase as reproductive technology gains prevalence and as “alternative families,” composed of combinations beyond the traditional heterosexual, two-parent setup gradually gain acceptance. Israel, an exceptionally pro-natalist country with the highest usage of IVF per capita, is a thriving laboratory for this novel way of family-making.

    They make movies like The Boys From Brazil for our consumption on one hand, then on the other, they do this stuff.

    In Israel, IVF is one of the rare issues supported by nearly all sectors, regardless of religion or sexuality, in an infamously divided society. “There’s a very strong urge to have children here,” said Julia Pozniansky, who immigrated to Israel from Russia with her husband and two sons several decades ago.

    In other words, “Israel doesn’t have room for Chinese, Latin, or other philo-Semitic immigrants” is a lie, and Israel prevents their immigrating because racism.

    • Replies: @Lot
    "They make movies like The Boys From Brazil for our consumption on one hand"

    "They" are a Jewish writer, a non-Jewish director and three leading stars. Probably one of the less Jewish hit movies of the late 70s.

    Anyway, there is a middle ground between "Don't make dozens of Hitler clones" and "all IVF is wrong."

    "Israel doesn’t have room for Chinese, Latin, or other philo-Semitic immigrants"

    Plenty of latin Sephardi and Italian Jews in Israel. And who knows how many Jewpas from the USA will end up there over time, probably a lot.
  55. @Fidelios Automata
    Huh? How is testosterone possibly "performance enhancing" for playing bridge? Maybe a ban on something like Ritalin would make sense in that case. This sounds like fallout from the brain-dead drug war. Reminds me of the time the Canadian snowboarder was disqualified for weed. I suppose that might be performance enhancing for an eating contest, LOL.

    How is testosterone possibly “performance enhancing” for playing bridge?

    I don’t know that it necessarily does, but testosterone is widely believed to have a neurological impact on men & women, so the notion is hardly implausible.

  56. @Steve Sailer
    RIP Katherine Helmond.

    I wonder how Katherine Helmond got mixed up with Terry Gilliam. She was also in Time Bandit’s. Otherwise she seemed like a typical sitcom actress.

    • Replies: @duncsbaby

    I wonder how Katherine Helmond got mixed up with Terry Gilliam. She was also in Time Bandit’s. Otherwise she seemed like a typical sitcom actress.
     
    That's a good question. Terry made good money doing ad work in Los Angeles before he moved to England in the late 60's. Perhaps he knew her from back then, or, maybe he was just a big Soap fan. Soap was an odd show. I don't think it was all that funny but as burgeoning teens my friends and I watched it because it was sorta naughty. I remember definitely noticing Katherine's bodacious physical attributes even though she was older than my Mom. RIP indeed.
  57. @Reg Cæsar

    Does Jeff Bezos play bridge?
     
    Neighbor Bill Gates sure does. With Warren Buffett. Buffett is the one who encouraged Gates to go into philanthropy. (Not necessarily for philanthropical reasons.)

    Michael Ledeen is another bridge nut. His e-mail address had benito in it. Not for the obvious one, but for his likely namesake, the 91-year-old Benito Garozzo.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benito_Garozzo

    I remember a community college allowing its students to fulfill their PE requirement with chess or bridge. Absurd, maybe, but quite possibly useful in the long run. As much as tennis or golf.

    You never know who you'll meet at the card table!


    https://cdn.aarp.net/content/dam/aarp/health/brain_health/2016/11/1140-bridge-to-sharper-thinking-3.imgcache.rev54638d18a533e10a723e0958c6c68009.jpg

    You never know who you’ll meet at the card table!

    That’s one of the great things about bridge: an ordinary player such as myself can go to a tournament (hundreds of them held every year) and play against top professionals. Sometimes you’ll even get a good result against them.

  58. @Tim Howells
    I don't play bridge, but I tend to disagree. I'm certain that testosterone plays an important role in chess. Very possibly in bridge too. I did know a championship bridge player once, and he was a super focused, aggressive guy.

    I think there’s one woman currently in the top 300 chess players, something like that. One woman (Judit Polgar) cracked the top 10 once. So it’s not as much of a mismatch between the genders as tennis, say. But I wouldn’t be surprised if testosterone was performance-enhancing for chess.

    In chess, there are women-only events, but no men-only events (though very strong tournaments are frequently all-male, for obvious reasons). I assume it’s the same in bridge. Does anyone know how many of the top bridge players are women?

    Of course, the very best chess players in the world are computers. I wonder if anyone’s come up with a good computer bridge player.

    Side note — it’s kind of staggering that the best (human) chess and bridge players in the world are Norwegian. Norway has a population just over 5 million.

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    Key, Most people learn chess from their father or grandfather or a friend who learned from his father or grandfather. My son and I played until he could beat me regularly, I play my grandson and he sulks when he loses, but he comes back to try again. I have four daughters, and although they are quite bright and career successful, none ever expressed an interest in chess. In Norway chess and bridge are quite possibly a great way to pass long winter nights.
  59. OT: I found another piece of Sailer’s first law of female journalism. The number of these by Jewish women seem the most neurotic. Here ‘Internalised anti-semitism’ = The author agreeing that she wasn’t pretty. (Which also is the consensus when she is only around other Jewish girls) And also it means “disproportionately disparaging insular Jewish communities for the sexism or racism or Jewish exceptionalism I see within them”, I think Steve’s idea of Jewish women projecting this onto the broader ‘WASP’ society is correct.

    https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:T9kqvmUE4o4J:helloflo.com/talia-how-i-fell-in-love-with-jewish-womanhood/+&cd=29&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=ie&client=firefox-b

    My early teenage years were the worst.

    My curls were unruly and took way too long to straighten, new body and facial hair seemed to sprout up in unexpected quantities every other day, and I was ugly. I knew I was ugly, I had always known, because I was so unavoidably “Jewish-looking.”

    Sure, I didn’t have the dreaded nose, but no one ever had to inquire about my identity; in my overwhelmingly white Ashkenazi (Eastern European) Jewish suburbs, one glance at my thick, dark hair and olive skin was a dead giveaway. And if that didn’t do the trick, a short conversation would reveal that I attended Jewish school, Jewish camp, various Jewish youth groups. I was so Jewish — at a time in my life where “Jewish” had degrees (a little Jewish, very Jewish, super Jewish) — and I was overwhelmed by simultaneous pride and embarrassment.

    “‘You’re Jewish? Wow! You don’t look Jewish. You don’t act Jewish.’
    And he says it in this tone that sounds like he’s complimenting me
    And I say…
    I say…
    Nothing.
    I say nothing, which when combined with a flirty smile translates to ‘thank you’
    I say nothing ’cause I got a contact high from someone’s anti-Semitic crack pipe
    I say nothing because somewhere along my life’s graph I’ve been swayed to believe that being Jewish is not too cool, not too sexy.”

    When I was sixteen, I watched Vanessa Hidary’s “The Hebrew Mamita” for the first time and started to make sense of an experience – Jewish womanhood – whose complicated threads I’m still unraveling. She fervently, courageously, angrily offered her audience the words I had been searching for, and the validation of it produced chills that made all my thick arm- and leg-hair stand on end.
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    Vanessa Hidary was one of my first teachers in counteracting the internalized anti-Semitism and sexism that so toxically controlled my self-image. My next great teacher was scholar and activist Penny Rosenwasser, through her book Hope Into Practice: Jewish Women Choosing Justice Despite Our Fears. Her words, like Hidary’s, break through my stubborn dislike of my Jewish-girl-ness. She writes, “Let’s be clear: For Jewish women, ‘too much’ is code for ‘too Jewish’ – or ‘not Christian/WASP enough.’ One implies the other. And anti-Jewish bias piled onto misogyny is doubly disparaging.”

    My internalized anti-Semitism/misogyny now means being embarrassed by my loud voice; feeling like I’m overly needy when I worry about my friends and want to take care of them; seeing myself as beautiful and hot only in comparison to other white Jewish girls with dark curly hair (“You’re so pretty for such a Jewish-looking girl”); getting frustrated with other Jewish women when I find them to be overbearing, “JAPpy” (Jewish American Princess), or otherwise true to negative stereotypes; disproportionately disparaging insular Jewish communities for the sexism or racism or Jewish exceptionalism I see within them; or feeling embarrassed to bring up my Jewish identity in conversations about oppression with my friends and fellow activists.

    My internalized anti-Semitism now means that I almost didn’t write this. I’m still nervous writing it now, still feeling like a bad ally for bringing forward my own relatively subtle oppression, still finding ways to discredit my experiences, still imagining the sneers of my (Jewish and non-Jewish) friends when I share this on social media. But I picture myself at 12 and 16 and 18 and a week ago – grappling with a history of oppression, a life of privilege, and an unacknowledged legacy of internalized anti-Semitism and sexism – and I cannot say nothing. Somewhere, some other confused Jewish girl is mixing her pride with shame.

    Acknowledging that anti-Semitism is real, and has affected my life, feels like releasing a breath I’ve been holding for twenty-three years. And as Penny Rosenwasser writes, “Learning to feel good about who we are, to disregard the inner critic, is an ongoing practice; and then we’re more likely to feel loving towards others.” This can be true for any identity; knowing and loving ourselves is the best way to do good for anyone else.

    Every day, I discover new ways I have internalized my people’s oppression. And every day, I find new reasons to celebrate my identity as a Jewish woman – through enjoying my looks; through unlearning the harmful and exclusive stereotype that all Jews do look like me; through exploring my roots; through activism and allyship; through spending time with the other Jewish women in my life, particularly my mother and older sisters, who teach me how to love myself in deep and radical ways; and through sharing my discoveries with people who might just have similar

    • Replies: @Anon
    I notice these complaints from Jewish women seems to be rising as more and more Jewish men marry non-Jewish whites. It used to be that Jewish men were hectored by their parents into marrying only Jewish women, but those parents are disappearing as Jews becomes less religious and start assimiliating more. Jewish women are now echoing black women in not being able to find a decent mate.

    But ugly, neurotic, and loud-mouthed have never been traits that make you marriagable. Nobody likes a shrew.
  60. @The Alarmist
    I wonder if Adderall is prohibited.

    Adderall is banned, but banned drugs are allowed if a medical waiver is received for therapeutic use. In the 2016 Rio Olympics, US basketball player Elena Delle Donne was allowed to take Adderall and gymnast Simone Biles reportedly took Ritalin.

    • Replies: @Pericles
    Tour de France winner Chris Froome is an asthmatic, poor fellow.
  61. @Reg Cæsar

    Does Jeff Bezos play bridge?
     
    Neighbor Bill Gates sure does. With Warren Buffett. Buffett is the one who encouraged Gates to go into philanthropy. (Not necessarily for philanthropical reasons.)

    Michael Ledeen is another bridge nut. His e-mail address had benito in it. Not for the obvious one, but for his likely namesake, the 91-year-old Benito Garozzo.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benito_Garozzo

    I remember a community college allowing its students to fulfill their PE requirement with chess or bridge. Absurd, maybe, but quite possibly useful in the long run. As much as tennis or golf.

    You never know who you'll meet at the card table!


    https://cdn.aarp.net/content/dam/aarp/health/brain_health/2016/11/1140-bridge-to-sharper-thinking-3.imgcache.rev54638d18a533e10a723e0958c6c68009.jpg

    What does it say about a guy who shuffles cards like that?

  62. Anonymous[232] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon
    US is West Bank.

    Palestinians can't stop the Zionist caravan. Americans can't stop the Caravan from south of the border.

    Both West Bank and US are occupied by the Tribe.

    https://twitter.com/MarkSKrikorian/status/1101556732604661761

    Somehow this has to be the Platonic Ideal of an Unz comment.

    Someone logs in from Rawalpindi and drops a complete non-sequitur about dee Juice and dee Israel into an iSteve article about hormonal doping in competitive bridge.

  63. @Steve Sailer
    My recollection of reading Sports Illustrated's bridge coverage in the early 1970s (when I was 14, I read whatever the editors of S.I. felt I should know about) is that there was a lot of cheating in Big Time Bridge. The Italian Blues squad was notorious for signaling each other across the table. The World Championships had to be conducted in separate rooms.

    My mother played bridge every week with the Republican Women's Club. But she wasn't very good, often winning the Booby Prize (a concept that fascinated me as a boy). I tried playing bridge a few times, but I am poor at most card and board games, such as chess. I can sort of hold my own friends at the simpler forms of poker, but contract bridge was too complicated for me. My friend Joe, who made a lot of money in tech, was big into bridge when he was at Berkeley. It seems like a game for bright people.

    While in high school, David Bahn competed in bridge tournaments which eventually led to him winning a $1000 bridge scholarship. He attended the University of Virginia and earned a bachelor’s degree in 12 months with a double major in physics and math.

    Pratyush Buddiga is the 2002 Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion. He graduated from Duke University with a degree in economics and became a professional poker player. When he retired from poker in 2017 at the age of 28, his career earnings were $6.4 million. He is currently pursuing a career in cryptocurrency.

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    Tri, You don't say when he graduated from Duke, but a sharp stock broker or market analyst on Wall Street could retire with much more that $6.4 million by age 28.
  64. @Anon
    I wonder why the bridge federation affiliates with the Olympics Committee. I can't see them ever graduating to becoming an Olympic sport, since the pattern with recent games is adding popular, telegenic sports, and getting rid of less popular, tele-boring sports.

    Japan just barely prevented judo from being dropped from the Tokyo Olympics (Japan gets lots of medals in judo). Bouldering and rock climbing have been added. I wouldn't be surprised to see Alpine skiiing get nixed, while the wild ski and snowboarding events like snowboard cross remain.

    I don’t see alpine skiing ever leaving the Olympics, it is very popular.

    • Replies: @Autochthon
    Quite.

    Lindsey Vonn was one of the most popilar athletes in the world, with a host of deals for endorsements and such, and now Mikaela Shiffrin is set to succeed her as an even more amazing athlete whose beauty and charisma off the slopes will doubltess make her a boatload of cash selling everything from Atomic skis to Gatorade and, one day maybe, reverse mortgages.

    Alpine skiing is popular in part because it's fast and furious racing action done by often very good-looking men and women – perfect for television. And, as with gymnastics and figure-skating, the ladies who ski tend to be quite feminine, which makes it appealling to women and, especially, little girls who cannot identify with the (often leabian) hulking she-beasts who dominate so many other sports.
  65. • Replies: @densa
    Didn't the US military use to have standards of suitability before they trained someone? Now, it's policy to trade our valuable citizenship to mercenaries, drug dealers and gangsters.

    The investigation into Angel Dominguez Ramirez Jr.’s organization revealed “an unprecedented level of corruption within the Mexican government, local police departments, federal police agencies and military,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a recent court filing.

    Those corrupt relationships were on full display in 2017, when Ivan Reyes Arzate was taken down in Chicago. Reyes was a top federal police commander and the highest-ranking member of Mexico's Sensitive Investigation Unit. He served as a liaison with U.S. law enforcement officials, privy to sensitive information about some of the most important U.S. investigations into drug cartels.

    Turns out, Reyes was leaking the information to the cartels.

    . . .

    As for the Dominguez prosecution, several co-defendants have been already been arrested — beginning in July 2017 — and many have pleaded guilty. The complaint against Reyes in Chicago had acknowledged that an indictment had been filed against Dominguez in San Diego, but noted it was sealed. On Monday, his name was finally unsealed along with the names of eight others. The names of more than 25 people charged in the case remain sealed.

     

    Emphasis added.

    https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/courts/sd-me-dominguez-indictment-20190226-story.html

    No doubt there will be more diversity discovered among the 25 others. Eventually, you can corrupt the entire process. Enough disloyal hyphenated Americans, an attorney general here and a judge there, and you're in Mexico's boat.
  66. Anon[306] • Disclaimer says:
    @Altai
    OT: I found another piece of Sailer's first law of female journalism. The number of these by Jewish women seem the most neurotic. Here 'Internalised anti-semitism' = The author agreeing that she wasn't pretty. (Which also is the consensus when she is only around other Jewish girls) And also it means "disproportionately disparaging insular Jewish communities for the sexism or racism or Jewish exceptionalism I see within them", I think Steve's idea of Jewish women projecting this onto the broader 'WASP' society is correct.

    https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:T9kqvmUE4o4J:helloflo.com/talia-how-i-fell-in-love-with-jewish-womanhood/+&cd=29&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=ie&client=firefox-b

    My early teenage years were the worst.

    My curls were unruly and took way too long to straighten, new body and facial hair seemed to sprout up in unexpected quantities every other day, and I was ugly. I knew I was ugly, I had always known, because I was so unavoidably “Jewish-looking.”

    Sure, I didn’t have the dreaded nose, but no one ever had to inquire about my identity; in my overwhelmingly white Ashkenazi (Eastern European) Jewish suburbs, one glance at my thick, dark hair and olive skin was a dead giveaway. And if that didn’t do the trick, a short conversation would reveal that I attended Jewish school, Jewish camp, various Jewish youth groups. I was so Jewish — at a time in my life where “Jewish” had degrees (a little Jewish, very Jewish, super Jewish) — and I was overwhelmed by simultaneous pride and embarrassment.

    “‘You’re Jewish? Wow! You don’t look Jewish. You don’t act Jewish.’
    And he says it in this tone that sounds like he’s complimenting me
    And I say…
    I say…
    Nothing.
    I say nothing, which when combined with a flirty smile translates to ‘thank you’
    I say nothing ’cause I got a contact high from someone’s anti-Semitic crack pipe
    I say nothing because somewhere along my life’s graph I’ve been swayed to believe that being Jewish is not too cool, not too sexy.”

    When I was sixteen, I watched Vanessa Hidary’s “The Hebrew Mamita” for the first time and started to make sense of an experience – Jewish womanhood – whose complicated threads I’m still unraveling. She fervently, courageously, angrily offered her audience the words I had been searching for, and the validation of it produced chills that made all my thick arm- and leg-hair stand on end.
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    Vanessa Hidary was one of my first teachers in counteracting the internalized anti-Semitism and sexism that so toxically controlled my self-image. My next great teacher was scholar and activist Penny Rosenwasser, through her book Hope Into Practice: Jewish Women Choosing Justice Despite Our Fears. Her words, like Hidary’s, break through my stubborn dislike of my Jewish-girl-ness. She writes, “Let’s be clear: For Jewish women, ‘too much’ is code for ‘too Jewish’ – or ‘not Christian/WASP enough.’ One implies the other. And anti-Jewish bias piled onto misogyny is doubly disparaging.”

    My internalized anti-Semitism/misogyny now means being embarrassed by my loud voice; feeling like I’m overly needy when I worry about my friends and want to take care of them; seeing myself as beautiful and hot only in comparison to other white Jewish girls with dark curly hair (“You’re so pretty for such a Jewish-looking girl”); getting frustrated with other Jewish women when I find them to be overbearing, “JAPpy” (Jewish American Princess), or otherwise true to negative stereotypes; disproportionately disparaging insular Jewish communities for the sexism or racism or Jewish exceptionalism I see within them; or feeling embarrassed to bring up my Jewish identity in conversations about oppression with my friends and fellow activists.

    My internalized anti-Semitism now means that I almost didn’t write this. I’m still nervous writing it now, still feeling like a bad ally for bringing forward my own relatively subtle oppression, still finding ways to discredit my experiences, still imagining the sneers of my (Jewish and non-Jewish) friends when I share this on social media. But I picture myself at 12 and 16 and 18 and a week ago – grappling with a history of oppression, a life of privilege, and an unacknowledged legacy of internalized anti-Semitism and sexism – and I cannot say nothing. Somewhere, some other confused Jewish girl is mixing her pride with shame.

    Acknowledging that anti-Semitism is real, and has affected my life, feels like releasing a breath I’ve been holding for twenty-three years. And as Penny Rosenwasser writes, “Learning to feel good about who we are, to disregard the inner critic, is an ongoing practice; and then we’re more likely to feel loving towards others.” This can be true for any identity; knowing and loving ourselves is the best way to do good for anyone else.

    Every day, I discover new ways I have internalized my people’s oppression. And every day, I find new reasons to celebrate my identity as a Jewish woman – through enjoying my looks; through unlearning the harmful and exclusive stereotype that all Jews do look like me; through exploring my roots; through activism and allyship; through spending time with the other Jewish women in my life, particularly my mother and older sisters, who teach me how to love myself in deep and radical ways; and through sharing my discoveries with people who might just have similar

     

    I notice these complaints from Jewish women seems to be rising as more and more Jewish men marry non-Jewish whites. It used to be that Jewish men were hectored by their parents into marrying only Jewish women, but those parents are disappearing as Jews becomes less religious and start assimiliating more. Jewish women are now echoing black women in not being able to find a decent mate.

    But ugly, neurotic, and loud-mouthed have never been traits that make you marriagable. Nobody likes a shrew.

    • Replies: @BB753
    "Nobody likes a shrew."

    Bill Gates still does.
  67. @Ghost of Bull Moose
    Hmm. Bridge has separate rankings for women, too. Why?

    Ghost, Maybe the women’s deck is lighter than the men’s deck. When I played poker I was always wary of the guy who could really shuffle the deck. That and any one who talked a lot or told a joke while shuffling. Anything that distracted the other players.

  68. @Triumph104
    While in high school, David Bahn competed in bridge tournaments which eventually led to him winning a $1000 bridge scholarship. He attended the University of Virginia and earned a bachelor's degree in 12 months with a double major in physics and math.

    Pratyush Buddiga is the 2002 Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion. He graduated from Duke University with a degree in economics and became a professional poker player. When he retired from poker in 2017 at the age of 28, his career earnings were $6.4 million. He is currently pursuing a career in cryptocurrency.

    Tri, You don’t say when he graduated from Duke, but a sharp stock broker or market analyst on Wall Street could retire with much more that $6.4 million by age 28.

  69. @Sean

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/7825890.stm

    Scientists at Cambridge University found that financial traders whose ring fingers are longer than their index fingers make the most money.

    The link could be down to testosterone exposure in the womb, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences says.

    This exposure may improve rapid decision-making skills and has been linked with aggression.
    The same ring-to-index finger ratio, which is determined in the womb, has previously been associated with success in competitive sports.
     

    Sean, Is this an Onion story? Whose ring finger isn’t longer than their index finger. I should be a billionaire, hell my ring finger on my right hand is longer than my middle finger.

    • Replies: @res
    https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/men-longer-ring-finger-more-11711753

    https://i2-prod.mirror.co.uk/incoming/article11712004.ece/ALTERNATES/s615b/Finger.jpg
    , @kihowi
    Mine and my male ancestors. It comes with a bunch characteristic that make you "not the most masculine fellow in the world" (to quote Eddie Murphy, and he would know), like sensitivity, lack of competitive instinct, high voice, lack of body hair, full head of hair forever, long lifespan, etc. Some good, some bad.
  70. @BB753
    All sports we know and love watching wouldn't exist without drugs. That is, if authorities cracked down on every athlete and player, not randomly.
    For instance, FIFA is a joke. Each and every professional soccer player is doping. Everybody and his brother knows it.

    BB, Do you mean that if they weren’t doping the game would be more boring? In that case let them shoot up on the pitch.

    • Replies: @BB753
    Probably, lol! It would also mean more soccer players would get to play on the field because the star players would be exhausted at half-time. Mind you, cricket is even more boring than soccer. Probably the only game where spectators are more doped-up than the players, just to be able to sit through the long boring matches in the miserable weather.
  71. @Steve Sailer
    My recollection of reading Sports Illustrated's bridge coverage in the early 1970s (when I was 14, I read whatever the editors of S.I. felt I should know about) is that there was a lot of cheating in Big Time Bridge. The Italian Blues squad was notorious for signaling each other across the table. The World Championships had to be conducted in separate rooms.

    My mother played bridge every week with the Republican Women's Club. But she wasn't very good, often winning the Booby Prize (a concept that fascinated me as a boy). I tried playing bridge a few times, but I am poor at most card and board games, such as chess. I can sort of hold my own friends at the simpler forms of poker, but contract bridge was too complicated for me. My friend Joe, who made a lot of money in tech, was big into bridge when he was at Berkeley. It seems like a game for bright people.

    Steve, In some of the Rochester area HSs American Sign Language can be taken as your foreign language requirement. My daughter says her Rochester college roomies cheated all the time using subtle ASL.

    • Replies: @Mark Spahn (West Seneca, NY)
    Is it naive of me to think that it is virtually impossible to eliminate illegal signaling between same-team players in a card game? There are just so many ways to signal beyond spoken word-choice, breathing patterns, foot-touching, nasal or rectal electronic devices, and a hundred other ways I'm not clever enough to think of. The signaling possibilities of bridge team-mates must be eliminated by communicating only allowed information by online means. But then the game becomes unfriendly to convivial sociability. In general, team card games are cheating-friendly.
  72. @Buzz Mohawk
    Sounds like he went a bridge too far and was forced to withdraw.

    I’ve once already requested a [GROAN] button from Mr. Unz. Is this what he calls customer service?

  73. @Jonathan Mason
    I can sort of hold my own friends at the simpler forms of poker, but contract bridge was too complicated for me.

    I find that hard to believe. Contract bridge is just a more refined version of whist and the game commonly known as "spades" in which players have to predict how many of 13 tricks they will win.

    The main refinements in bridge are that 1) the players play as partners, so in each round of bidding they are able to draw inferences from the bids or lack of bids from their partner and/or opponents, 2) one the highest bidder wins the contract, his or her partner's cards are laid face up on the table for all to see, this becoming the "dummy" hand.

    The contractor then has to play the hand, using information gathered from the bidding process and during the play to draw inferences as to which of the two opponents holds which of the cards which he/she cannot see. Likewise, to defeat the contract, the opponents must draw inferences about which hidden cards are held by their partner versus held by the opponent with the hidden hand. Some knowledge of probabilities is useful, for example the probability of a player holding six cards in one suit is about 6%.

    Competitive bridge is usually played in "duplicate" form, meaning that during the course of the competition the same cards are dealt at each table on every hand, while all the players move to different tables at the conclusion of each hand. I have never heard of duplicate poker, which I think would be a good thing.

    At the simplest level bridge can be played by children ( I learned to play when I was about 10), but as with chess, becoming a world champion requires a massive level of skill and intellect. Like tennis, it can be played for pleasure at any level.

    Jonathan, I must have work with some exceptional Ironworkers because “Spades” was a favorite lunch time game, as was three card Monte.

    • Replies: @donut
    Depending on the size of the crew once the mess decks had been cleared after the evening meal there would be 4-5 games going on , not for money BTW , Whist (mostly black guys but I liked it) , Spades , Hearts and maybe Pinochle and more guys waiting to get in a game . I can only remember one ship with a regular poker game . They had a room off the messdeck where they played . The pots were regularly >$1000 . I never went in there , they were touchy about rubberneckers .
  74. @bomag

    bureaucracy and regulations running wild
     
    The movie Brazil is fast becoming a documentary.

    Great movie!

    Top 10 favorite of mine, I’d say.

  75. @Keypusher
    I think there’s one woman currently in the top 300 chess players, something like that. One woman (Judit Polgar) cracked the top 10 once. So it’s not as much of a mismatch between the genders as tennis, say. But I wouldn’t be surprised if testosterone was performance-enhancing for chess.

    In chess, there are women-only events, but no men-only events (though very strong tournaments are frequently all-male, for obvious reasons). I assume it’s the same in bridge. Does anyone know how many of the top bridge players are women?

    Of course, the very best chess players in the world are computers. I wonder if anyone’s come up with a good computer bridge player.

    Side note — it’s kind of staggering that the best (human) chess and bridge players in the world are Norwegian. Norway has a population just over 5 million.

    Key, Most people learn chess from their father or grandfather or a friend who learned from his father or grandfather. My son and I played until he could beat me regularly, I play my grandson and he sulks when he loses, but he comes back to try again. I have four daughters, and although they are quite bright and career successful, none ever expressed an interest in chess. In Norway chess and bridge are quite possibly a great way to pass long winter nights.

    • Replies: @prosa123
    Chess is quite popular among prison inmates.
    , @YetAnotherAnon
    "To play chess against a man is to measure the voltage of his mind" - Aleister Crowley
  76. OT but Steve might be interested in this

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/02/business/jeff-bezos-lauren-sanchez-amazon-hollywood.html

    “Jeff Bezos amassed the world’s greatest fortune by relying on what he has called a “regret minimization framework.” He built an $800 billion company with 14 codified principles and a brutally exacting culture. His annual salary of $81,840 has not budged since 1998.

    But then Mr. Bezos went to Hollywood.

    In the weeks since the Amazon founder tweeted that he and his wife of 25 years were divorcing, he has gone to war with a grocery store tabloid and escalated a conflict with the president of the United States. And he has essentially ceded control of his own narrative to two rogue characters: a swashbuckling A-list security consultant, Gavin de Becker, and his girlfriend’s fame-hungry brother-manager, Michael Sanchez. Locked in a feud, the two are prolonging the scandal’s news value almost daily.”

    There’s a pic of JB with his former wife, I must say he seems to have downgraded.

    “Daze me if I ever see a man wait so long before to take so little!”

  77. @Steve Sailer
    My recollection of reading Sports Illustrated's bridge coverage in the early 1970s (when I was 14, I read whatever the editors of S.I. felt I should know about) is that there was a lot of cheating in Big Time Bridge. The Italian Blues squad was notorious for signaling each other across the table. The World Championships had to be conducted in separate rooms.

    My mother played bridge every week with the Republican Women's Club. But she wasn't very good, often winning the Booby Prize (a concept that fascinated me as a boy). I tried playing bridge a few times, but I am poor at most card and board games, such as chess. I can sort of hold my own friends at the simpler forms of poker, but contract bridge was too complicated for me. My friend Joe, who made a lot of money in tech, was big into bridge when he was at Berkeley. It seems like a game for bright people.

    The Italian Blues team actually cheated under the table by using their feet in a way to send signals to their partner. They were eventually caught in the act, were stripped of their championships for a time but were eventually allowed to return to international competition.
    To be a good bridge player does not require exceptional math skills but does require an intangible factor called “card sense.” I have played bridge with a full professor of mathematics and he sorely lacked card sense. He could never be trusted to make the right plays at the right time and it was most frustrating to have him as a partner. Also duplicate bridge requires a great deal of focus and concentration. I have played bridge with some very nice ladies but most of their time was spent playing party bridge and their duplicate bridge game is poor because they spend too much time in idle chatter.
    “It seems like a game for bright people.” True, but many bright people do not play bridge.

  78. Lot says:
    @Svigor
    Grieving Parents Are Turning to Posthumous IVF

    Over the past two decades, posthumous reproduction has occurred throughout the world in modest but growing numbers. In this version of assisted reproduction, men donate their genetic material in life, or have it extracted after death, so that they may continue their genetic lineage. Experts predict that the number of these procedures is likely to increase as reproductive technology gains prevalence and as “alternative families,” composed of combinations beyond the traditional heterosexual, two-parent setup gradually gain acceptance. Israel, an exceptionally pro-natalist country with the highest usage of IVF per capita, is a thriving laboratory for this novel way of family-making.
     
    They make movies like The Boys From Brazil for our consumption on one hand, then on the other, they do this stuff.

    In Israel, IVF is one of the rare issues supported by nearly all sectors, regardless of religion or sexuality, in an infamously divided society. “There’s a very strong urge to have children here,” said Julia Pozniansky, who immigrated to Israel from Russia with her husband and two sons several decades ago.
     
    In other words, "Israel doesn't have room for Chinese, Latin, or other philo-Semitic immigrants" is a lie, and Israel prevents their immigrating because racism.

    “They make movies like The Boys From Brazil for our consumption on one hand”

    “They” are a Jewish writer, a non-Jewish director and three leading stars. Probably one of the less Jewish hit movies of the late 70s.

    Anyway, there is a middle ground between “Don’t make dozens of Hitler clones” and “all IVF is wrong.”

    “Israel doesn’t have room for Chinese, Latin, or other philo-Semitic immigrants”

    Plenty of latin Sephardi and Italian Jews in Israel. And who knows how many Jewpas from the USA will end up there over time, probably a lot.

  79. @Buffalo Joe
    Key, Most people learn chess from their father or grandfather or a friend who learned from his father or grandfather. My son and I played until he could beat me regularly, I play my grandson and he sulks when he loses, but he comes back to try again. I have four daughters, and although they are quite bright and career successful, none ever expressed an interest in chess. In Norway chess and bridge are quite possibly a great way to pass long winter nights.

    Chess is quite popular among prison inmates.

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    pro, and who wants to lose to the convicted ax murder ?
  80. World’s #1 Bridge Player Suspended for Testosterone Doping

    I KNEW IT!!!

  81. Lot says:
    @Steve Sailer
    I was surprised during the 2014 Donald Sterling whoop-tee-doo that Jewish NBA ownership was well under 50%. NFL sees like considerably less.

    In SoCal:

    Los Angeles Lakers: Buss family: gentile
    Los Angeles Clipper: Steve Ballmer: half-Jewish
    Los Angeles Kings: Philip Anschutz: gentile
    Los Angeles Rams: Stan Kroenke: Jewish
    Los Angeles Chargers: Dean Spanos: Greek gentile
    Los Angeles Angels: Arte Moreno: Mexican-American gentile, Vietnam War vet, Republican
    Los Angeles Dodgers: Oppenheim Management: complicated: business sounds Jewish, but controlling partner Mark Walter from Iowa seems very gentile.

    So I'd say that 7 SoCal major league sports teams are about 2/7ths Jewish in ownership, which doesn't seem disproportionately large considering the huge numbers and immense wealth of LA's Jewish population.

    The big Palm Springs tennis tournament is owned by Larry Ellison, who is, by my count, 3/4th Jewish when treating nature (his biological dad is Italian, his mom is Jewish) and nurture (he was raised Jewish by his mom's uncle and aunt).

    The big golf tournament in LA is at Riviera, which is owned by a Japanese firm (see "Curb Your Enthusiasm.")

    Philip Anschutz has a “Jewish” name and likes heavily Jewish industries: real estate, concert promotion, pro sports, media.

    Dodgers are owned by Guggenheim Partners, named after the famous Jewish mining/artsy family.

    The Guggenheims seem to have stopped working for a living circa 1940 and instead focused on marrying well and spending the money. I’d guess Walter might own the largest individual share of the Dodgers but less than the Guggenheim family collectively.

    • Replies: @PV van der Byl
    Today's Guggenheim Partners have no real connection to the Guggenheims of a hundred years ago who made a fortune in base metal mining and endowed the NY Guggenheim Museum. IIRC, a group of investment bankers who lacked household names themselves, bought the right to use Guggenheim name from a then inactive Guggenheim corporate entity.
  82. res says:
    @Tyrion 2
    Men take that "female fertility drug" to mitigate the harmful effects of a steroid "cycle". Endogenous testerone causes your natural production to "shut down", so steroid abusers take Clomid as part of their recovery.

    I guess the bloke wanted to look good at the beach or something. The real question is why are Bridge players being tested for steroid abuse?

    Thanks for the additional background. I think this case is more complicated than it first appears. I think T supplementation has the potential to increase intellectual performance, but it is much easier to justify doing that to normal physiological levels (where you probably would not need Clomid). And the effect is likely MUCH smaller than for muscle.

    The line between legitimate treatment and unacceptable PED use can be hard to judge IMHO.

    P.S. BTW, this isn’t directly applicable but found it while searching on this topic and thought it an interesting point about testosterone exposure in the womb: https://psychcentral.com/news/2011/03/14/testosterone-hormone-linked-to-higher-iq/24379.html
    More discussion at http://giftedissues.davidsongifted.org/BB/ubbthreads.php/topics/98573/Giftedness_and_Prenatal_Exposu.html
    Something to be said for women with high testosterone as mothers?

    • Replies: @Tyrion 2
    Do diabetic women (who have higher testerone) therefore tend to have smarter kids? I feel that is something we'd notice.
  83. @anonymous
    Guy can't catch a break. Norway tried locking him up for tax fraud in 2017.
    http://neapolitanclub.altervista.org/eng/helgemo-helness-tax-woes.html

    Sounds like he pissed someone powerful off.

  84. @Buffalo Joe
    Sean, Is this an Onion story? Whose ring finger isn't longer than their index finger. I should be a billionaire, hell my ring finger on my right hand is longer than my middle finger.
    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    Res, but what does that portend for me?
    , @Peterike
    I wonder if that longer ring-finger would help or hurt as a baseball pitcher? Maybe give you more ball control or spin action. Or the opposite.
    , @ben tillman
    Wow, that is one freaky-looking hand on the right! I don't recall ever seeing anything like that.
  85. @prosa123
    Chess is quite popular among prison inmates.

    pro, and who wants to lose to the convicted ax murder ?

  86. @Fidelios Automata
    Huh? How is testosterone possibly "performance enhancing" for playing bridge? Maybe a ban on something like Ritalin would make sense in that case. This sounds like fallout from the brain-dead drug war. Reminds me of the time the Canadian snowboarder was disqualified for weed. I suppose that might be performance enhancing for an eating contest, LOL.

    Weed seems like an anti-performance drug. If I went out there stoned on the slopes I would feel lucky to make it down the hill alive, let alone win a competition. But I guess different people respond to it differently.

  87. @res
    https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/men-longer-ring-finger-more-11711753

    https://i2-prod.mirror.co.uk/incoming/article11712004.ece/ALTERNATES/s615b/Finger.jpg

    Res, but what does that portend for me?

    • Replies: @res
    From the article a long ring finger goes with:

    Take a look at your hand - if your ring finger is as long as your index finger, then it's likely this was caused by a burst of male hormone testosterone whilst in the womb.

    It also, apparently, impacts on the type of woman you'll attract.

    Scientists from Jagiellonian University Medical College in Krakow, Poland, have found men with long ring fingers are four times more likely to end up with a partner with the classically ideal hourglass figure.
     
    Also

    The study suggests this exposure to extra testosterone in the womb translates into other, typically "manly" attributes in later life.
    ...
    A longer ring finger isn't the only side-effect of extra testosterone exposure.

    Others include being more muscly and athletic, having a more powerful grips regardless and better spatial abilities.

     

    Pretty much "more masculine."
  88. @Buffalo Joe
    Key, Most people learn chess from their father or grandfather or a friend who learned from his father or grandfather. My son and I played until he could beat me regularly, I play my grandson and he sulks when he loses, but he comes back to try again. I have four daughters, and although they are quite bright and career successful, none ever expressed an interest in chess. In Norway chess and bridge are quite possibly a great way to pass long winter nights.

    To play chess against a man is to measure the voltage of his mind” – Aleister Crowley

  89. HA says:

    Meanwhile, code is rotting on the servers…

    Trump said he wanted more ‘highly skilled’ immigrants to come to the US. But skilled, educated foreign workers are leaving the US dejected, saying Trump doomed their American dreams — leaving businesses in the lurch

    ….Leo Wang, 32, arrives at the airport for his flight home to China on February 18, 2019, after his H-1B visa petition was denied…part of a growing number of H-1B petitioners whose application was ultimately rejected amid the increasingly cumbersome series of bureaucratic hurdles the Trump administration has implemented — which experts and industry leaders decry as a crackdown on talented workers that companies are keen to recruit..

    It looks as if Seagate might actually have to hire more natives. Maybe even raise wages or improve conditions.

    Aw, who are we kidding? Wait for the inevitable announcement to shareholders about how yet another division is going to be off-shored.

    Ah, that Trump. Not only has he done more to boost African-American employment than any President in recent memory, he’s also working to ease the problem of developing-nation brain drain.

    • Replies: @HA
    I should have credited the reddit thread where I found the article. Some of the comments are worth a read. If anecdotal evidence is anything to go by, Trump is also encouraging the exodus of yiff-fans (if you don't know what that is, don't look it up at work) and LGBTQ-activists who recently had bottom surgery. And there's also this:

    I have 7 friends that had to go back to India since March of last year. All of them are on H1B and some have their families living with them here. What the major headlines don't tell you are the games they play with foreigners that are working here. Before, the end date on the visa would be left open as extensions are common. Nope. Not now , you must have an end date and if extensions happen, reapply. In addition they require some new letter from the employer that was not required before... Large consulting firms in India have told their employees to not consider going back to India to visit family as their is a high probability they will be denied entry. One friend went back to visit family with a valid H1B coming back only to be detained for 5 hours for nothing.. Just a bunch of necessary questions and hassle to make him feel unwelcome to be going back to US to work....

    Even if you are legally allowed to work in the US, they don't treat them any better than how they treat illegals. I hate to say this but how they treat 'outsiders' is disgusting. A little while back I read an article about the uptick of denials or reviews of work visa/extensions has gone up by 60% maybe more since Trump took over. There is a clear case to make educated foreigners unwelcome in the US.
     

    And here's a take from someone with the word "Edibles" in his username, which kind of explains the comment:

    the foreign kids are right to leave. Would you stick around in a situation where everything was against you and the evil part of the population was given more airtime on TV, Radio, and the Internet so they could shout their hate at you all day? And you get to worry about them trying to mass shoot you and your friends?
     
    , @Jim Don Bob
    I went to a presentation yesterday by the Center for Immigration Studies that featured Jason Richwine and Michelle Malkin.

    Bottom line is that we are letting in "high skilled" immigrants on the basis of degrees granted in their home country that are not worth diddly.

    https://cis.org/Report/ForeignEducated-Immigrants-Are-Less-Skilled-US-Degree-Holders

    Video here: https://www.facebook.com/CenterforImmigrationStudies/videos/255906788652869
  90. OT: Saw a post on the internet that Bruce Jenner has joined a women’s golf club and he uses the women’s tees to get those long drives.

  91. @YetAnotherAnon
    Shades of one of the Saatchi's (I forget which married her) publicly grabbing Nigella Lawson by the throat in a non-friendly manner when their marriage was 'in difficulties'.

    (Here recreated by actors)
    https://i2-prod.walesonline.co.uk/incoming/article15877257.ece/ALTERNATES/s615b/0_230219-Wales-v-England-Guinness-Six-Nations-.jpg

    LOL…great photo. If only their races were reversed just think how much more famous they could have been.

  92. @res
    https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/men-longer-ring-finger-more-11711753

    https://i2-prod.mirror.co.uk/incoming/article11712004.ece/ALTERNATES/s615b/Finger.jpg

    I wonder if that longer ring-finger would help or hurt as a baseball pitcher? Maybe give you more ball control or spin action. Or the opposite.

    • Replies: @Dtbb
    Does anyone besides a knuckleballer even use their ring finger to throw a baseball?
    , @Brutusale
    Great pitchers and their fingers.

    https://medium.com/@russellirvinjohnston/ehlers-danlos-syndrome-can-make-you-a-better-big-league-pitcher-5d9340ed66c0
  93. “Tested positive for toxic masculinity drugs”

  94. HA says:
    @HA
    Meanwhile, code is rotting on the servers...

    Trump said he wanted more 'highly skilled' immigrants to come to the US. But skilled, educated foreign workers are leaving the US dejected, saying Trump doomed their American dreams — leaving businesses in the lurch

    ....Leo Wang, 32, arrives at the airport for his flight home to China on February 18, 2019, after his H-1B visa petition was denied...part of a growing number of H-1B petitioners whose application was ultimately rejected amid the increasingly cumbersome series of bureaucratic hurdles the Trump administration has implemented — which experts and industry leaders decry as a crackdown on talented workers that companies are keen to recruit..
     

    It looks as if Seagate might actually have to hire more natives. Maybe even raise wages or improve conditions.

    Aw, who are we kidding? Wait for the inevitable announcement to shareholders about how yet another division is going to be off-shored.

    Ah, that Trump. Not only has he done more to boost African-American employment than any President in recent memory, he's also working to ease the problem of developing-nation brain drain.

    I should have credited the reddit thread where I found the article. Some of the comments are worth a read. If anecdotal evidence is anything to go by, Trump is also encouraging the exodus of yiff-fans (if you don’t know what that is, don’t look it up at work) and LGBTQ-activists who recently had bottom surgery. And there’s also this:

    I have 7 friends that had to go back to India since March of last year. All of them are on H1B and some have their families living with them here. What the major headlines don’t tell you are the games they play with foreigners that are working here. Before, the end date on the visa would be left open as extensions are common. Nope. Not now , you must have an end date and if extensions happen, reapply. In addition they require some new letter from the employer that was not required before… Large consulting firms in India have told their employees to not consider going back to India to visit family as their is a high probability they will be denied entry. One friend went back to visit family with a valid H1B coming back only to be detained for 5 hours for nothing.. Just a bunch of necessary questions and hassle to make him feel unwelcome to be going back to US to work….

    Even if you are legally allowed to work in the US, they don’t treat them any better than how they treat illegals. I hate to say this but how they treat ‘outsiders’ is disgusting. A little while back I read an article about the uptick of denials or reviews of work visa/extensions has gone up by 60% maybe more since Trump took over. There is a clear case to make educated foreigners unwelcome in the US.

    And here’s a take from someone with the word “Edibles” in his username, which kind of explains the comment:

    the foreign kids are right to leave. Would you stick around in a situation where everything was against you and the evil part of the population was given more airtime on TV, Radio, and the Internet so they could shout their hate at you all day? And you get to worry about them trying to mass shoot you and your friends?

  95. @Buffalo Joe
    Sean, Is this an Onion story? Whose ring finger isn't longer than their index finger. I should be a billionaire, hell my ring finger on my right hand is longer than my middle finger.

    Mine and my male ancestors. It comes with a bunch characteristic that make you “not the most masculine fellow in the world” (to quote Eddie Murphy, and he would know), like sensitivity, lack of competitive instinct, high voice, lack of body hair, full head of hair forever, long lifespan, etc. Some good, some bad.

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    kihowi, Thank you for the response, so I guess it's genetic, but as long as your middle finger can be proudly and visibly raised you can signal..."Who cares!"
  96. If you are Amy Harmon life comes at you real fast in 2019:

    Researchers discover clues to brain differences between males and females

    No doubt the response will be: “Despite what Robert Burns tells us, Mice ‘n men are different, so there is no difference between men and women!”

  97. @Fidelios Automata
    Huh? How is testosterone possibly "performance enhancing" for playing bridge? Maybe a ban on something like Ritalin would make sense in that case. This sounds like fallout from the brain-dead drug war. Reminds me of the time the Canadian snowboarder was disqualified for weed. I suppose that might be performance enhancing for an eating contest, LOL.

    It makes a certain amount of sense. Bridge does indeed prefer the manly.

    I was in fact my college Bridge champ. That didn’t mean much in great outside world of bridge but it did help with my income. I played for money against those students who thought they could beat me. They couldn’t. This was George Mason in the early days. Not yet its student body an academic standout.

    The history and demographics of Bridge are interesting. Modern bridge was invented by Eli Culbertson as a game for women. He lathered the play with sexual double entendres specifically designed to excite the imaginations of women. For example: A lay down, go to bed with a king, etc.

    Most of the bridge players in America and Europe are in fact females but almost none of the champions have been. The only contra- example Goren could think of was Helen Sobel whom he always said -“played like a man”. That meant she was more than merely competitive. She was aggressive – like a man.

    All this is quite dated now. Perhaps things are different what with feminism but at the Bridge table historically being manly was a prerequisite for success.

  98. @res
    Thanks for the additional background. I think this case is more complicated than it first appears. I think T supplementation has the potential to increase intellectual performance, but it is much easier to justify doing that to normal physiological levels (where you probably would not need Clomid). And the effect is likely MUCH smaller than for muscle.

    The line between legitimate treatment and unacceptable PED use can be hard to judge IMHO.

    P.S. BTW, this isn't directly applicable but found it while searching on this topic and thought it an interesting point about testosterone exposure in the womb: https://psychcentral.com/news/2011/03/14/testosterone-hormone-linked-to-higher-iq/24379.html
    More discussion at http://giftedissues.davidsongifted.org/BB/ubbthreads.php/topics/98573/Giftedness_and_Prenatal_Exposu.html
    Something to be said for women with high testosterone as mothers?

    Do diabetic women (who have higher testerone) therefore tend to have smarter kids? I feel that is something we’d notice.

    • Replies: @res

    Do diabetic women (who have higher testerone) therefore tend to have smarter kids? I feel that is something we’d notice.
     
    Is that really true? In men it is the opposite: https://www.everydayhealth.com/hs/low-testosterone-guide/low-testosterone-diabetes/

    Perhaps you are thinking of women with PCOS who tend to have both high testosterone and issues with glucose control?

    Some speculation about PCOS and giftedness: https://www.reddit.com/r/PCOS/comments/2bsn0b/how_many_of_you_identify_as_gifted/
    Since PCOS and intelligence are both hereditary it is pretty easy to speculate the connection could be through high T in the womb. The way to test that is to look at the males from the same family.

    P.S. Found this paper: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18615851
    so maybe you are right, but would be important to assess how much the relationship holds outside of PCOS.

  99. @kihowi
    Mine and my male ancestors. It comes with a bunch characteristic that make you "not the most masculine fellow in the world" (to quote Eddie Murphy, and he would know), like sensitivity, lack of competitive instinct, high voice, lack of body hair, full head of hair forever, long lifespan, etc. Some good, some bad.

    kihowi, Thank you for the response, so I guess it’s genetic, but as long as your middle finger can be proudly and visibly raised you can signal…”Who cares!”

  100. @Alfa158
    If weed disqualifies you from snowboarding competitions, how on earth would you have competitors at all? You might as well disqualify any snowboarder who makes contact with snow.

    I was actually wondering the same thing.

  101. Meanwhile, this guy was robbed of a title he could easily have earned, but he’s awesome and if I were the right age, I’d want to marry him:

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.newsweek.com/brendan-johnston-wrestling-angel-rios-jaslynn-gallegos-colorado-state-1345598%3famp=1

    Shame on the officials for allowing a situation like this to occur. Gendered sports teams, please, and I mean x and y chromosomes at birth, not what the athlete “feels like.”

    Hope somebody gives him a scholarship.

  102. @Buffalo Joe
    Jonathan, I must have work with some exceptional Ironworkers because "Spades" was a favorite lunch time game, as was three card Monte.

    Depending on the size of the crew once the mess decks had been cleared after the evening meal there would be 4-5 games going on , not for money BTW , Whist (mostly black guys but I liked it) , Spades , Hearts and maybe Pinochle and more guys waiting to get in a game . I can only remember one ship with a regular poker game . They had a room off the messdeck where they played . The pots were regularly >$1000 . I never went in there , they were touchy about rubberneckers .

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    donut, depending on the size of the crew, there was always a lunch time card game. Three card Monte was fast, so popular. Spades, Hearts, and a three card game we called Scat. There was always a poker game at the hiring hall and that's where I learned to watch the dealer.
  103. @Buffalo Joe
    Res, but what does that portend for me?

    From the article a long ring finger goes with:

    Take a look at your hand – if your ring finger is as long as your index finger, then it’s likely this was caused by a burst of male hormone testosterone whilst in the womb.

    It also, apparently, impacts on the type of woman you’ll attract.

    Scientists from Jagiellonian University Medical College in Krakow, Poland, have found men with long ring fingers are four times more likely to end up with a partner with the classically ideal hourglass figure.

    Also

    The study suggests this exposure to extra testosterone in the womb translates into other, typically “manly” attributes in later life.

    A longer ring finger isn’t the only side-effect of extra testosterone exposure.

    Others include being more muscly and athletic, having a more powerful grips regardless and better spatial abilities.

    Pretty much “more masculine.”

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    res, I don't remember my time "whilst" in the womb but I do have a hand crunching grip, but all the sand in my wife's hour class figure has settled to the bottom.
  104. @Reg Cæsar

    Does Jeff Bezos play bridge?
     
    Neighbor Bill Gates sure does. With Warren Buffett. Buffett is the one who encouraged Gates to go into philanthropy. (Not necessarily for philanthropical reasons.)

    Michael Ledeen is another bridge nut. His e-mail address had benito in it. Not for the obvious one, but for his likely namesake, the 91-year-old Benito Garozzo.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benito_Garozzo

    I remember a community college allowing its students to fulfill their PE requirement with chess or bridge. Absurd, maybe, but quite possibly useful in the long run. As much as tennis or golf.

    You never know who you'll meet at the card table!


    https://cdn.aarp.net/content/dam/aarp/health/brain_health/2016/11/1140-bridge-to-sharper-thinking-3.imgcache.rev54638d18a533e10a723e0958c6c68009.jpg

    I fulfilled part of my college PE requirement with bowling, and another part with fencing which was much cooler.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    I fulfilled part of my college PE requirement with bowling, and another part with fencing which was much cooler.
     
    Fencing was literally cooler at the Barcelona Olympics. An eight-hour ticket in air conditioning when it was about 95 outside.

    The outdoor pool's steep seating for synchronized swimming worked as a solar panel. All the men had their shirts off.

    I got lost and arrived two hours late for baseball. Good thing I did. It was only in the fourth inning.

    The Paralympians came in September. Damn smart of them.
  105. @res
    From the article a long ring finger goes with:

    Take a look at your hand - if your ring finger is as long as your index finger, then it's likely this was caused by a burst of male hormone testosterone whilst in the womb.

    It also, apparently, impacts on the type of woman you'll attract.

    Scientists from Jagiellonian University Medical College in Krakow, Poland, have found men with long ring fingers are four times more likely to end up with a partner with the classically ideal hourglass figure.
     
    Also

    The study suggests this exposure to extra testosterone in the womb translates into other, typically "manly" attributes in later life.
    ...
    A longer ring finger isn't the only side-effect of extra testosterone exposure.

    Others include being more muscly and athletic, having a more powerful grips regardless and better spatial abilities.

     

    Pretty much "more masculine."

    res, I don’t remember my time “whilst” in the womb but I do have a hand crunching grip, but all the sand in my wife’s hour class figure has settled to the bottom.

    • LOL: donut
    • Replies: @Anon1
    Why are you complaining? Brothas like it "thick."
  106. @Sean

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/7825890.stm

    Scientists at Cambridge University found that financial traders whose ring fingers are longer than their index fingers make the most money.

    The link could be down to testosterone exposure in the womb, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences says.

    This exposure may improve rapid decision-making skills and has been linked with aggression.
    The same ring-to-index finger ratio, which is determined in the womb, has previously been associated with success in competitive sports.
     

    The most important 9 months of your life.

    • Replies: @stillCARealist
    Always nice to meet pro-lifers on the internet.
  107. Thanks for posting this!

    So a Sailorian Whorfianism: having lost the term “adventuress”, we’ve lost a framework for understanding Lauren Sanchez.

    —Anon in Arkansas

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2019/03/02/business/jeff-bezos-lauren-sanchez-amazon-hollywood.amp.html

    • Replies: @Anon
    Also it seems an excessive intake of steroids and testosterone is transforming Bezos into Don Logan (a shaved Ben Kingsley) from Sexy Beast; in the WaPo review, Logan / Kingsley was described as having “phallic ferocity” or something like that.

    —Anon in Arkansas (again)

    PS — search youtube for: Ben Logan Sexy Beast profanities for various excerpts fm the film
  108. @HA
    Meanwhile, code is rotting on the servers...

    Trump said he wanted more 'highly skilled' immigrants to come to the US. But skilled, educated foreign workers are leaving the US dejected, saying Trump doomed their American dreams — leaving businesses in the lurch

    ....Leo Wang, 32, arrives at the airport for his flight home to China on February 18, 2019, after his H-1B visa petition was denied...part of a growing number of H-1B petitioners whose application was ultimately rejected amid the increasingly cumbersome series of bureaucratic hurdles the Trump administration has implemented — which experts and industry leaders decry as a crackdown on talented workers that companies are keen to recruit..
     

    It looks as if Seagate might actually have to hire more natives. Maybe even raise wages or improve conditions.

    Aw, who are we kidding? Wait for the inevitable announcement to shareholders about how yet another division is going to be off-shored.

    Ah, that Trump. Not only has he done more to boost African-American employment than any President in recent memory, he's also working to ease the problem of developing-nation brain drain.

    I went to a presentation yesterday by the Center for Immigration Studies that featured Jason Richwine and Michelle Malkin.

    Bottom line is that we are letting in “high skilled” immigrants on the basis of degrees granted in their home country that are not worth diddly.

    https://cis.org/Report/ForeignEducated-Immigrants-Are-Less-Skilled-US-Degree-Holders

    Video here: https://www.facebook.com/CenterforImmigrationStudies/videos/255906788652869

  109. @Fidelios Automata
    Huh? How is testosterone possibly "performance enhancing" for playing bridge? Maybe a ban on something like Ritalin would make sense in that case. This sounds like fallout from the brain-dead drug war. Reminds me of the time the Canadian snowboarder was disqualified for weed. I suppose that might be performance enhancing for an eating contest, LOL.

    As noted by another poster, bridge is in decline (I’ve never played it), but perhaps something like fracking, PEDs can bring about a new era of peak Hoyle

  110. Anon[165] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon
    Thanks for posting this!

    So a Sailorian Whorfianism: having lost the term “adventuress”, we’ve lost a framework for understanding Lauren Sanchez.

    —Anon in Arkansas

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2019/03/02/business/jeff-bezos-lauren-sanchez-amazon-hollywood.amp.html

    Also it seems an excessive intake of steroids and testosterone is transforming Bezos into Don Logan (a shaved Ben Kingsley) from Sexy Beast; in the WaPo review, Logan / Kingsley was described as having “phallic ferocity” or something like that.

    —Anon in Arkansas (again)

    PS — search youtube for: Ben Logan Sexy Beast profanities for various excerpts fm the film

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    Eugen Sandow didn't need steroids.

    https://img.hotpoptoday.com/articles/2oOFmUt0Cwm0S8wsS46uWE/ugq4uc699yprm3oo.jpg
  111. @Buffalo Joe
    Steve, In some of the Rochester area HSs American Sign Language can be taken as your foreign language requirement. My daughter says her Rochester college roomies cheated all the time using subtle ASL.

    Is it naive of me to think that it is virtually impossible to eliminate illegal signaling between same-team players in a card game? There are just so many ways to signal beyond spoken word-choice, breathing patterns, foot-touching, nasal or rectal electronic devices, and a hundred other ways I’m not clever enough to think of. The signaling possibilities of bridge team-mates must be eliminated by communicating only allowed information by online means. But then the game becomes unfriendly to convivial sociability. In general, team card games are cheating-friendly.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    I was just thinking, it's always the Italians. Maybe hold the competition in some high-trust homogeneity like Salt Lake City.
  112. @Buffalo Joe
    BB, Do you mean that if they weren't doping the game would be more boring? In that case let them shoot up on the pitch.

    Probably, lol! It would also mean more soccer players would get to play on the field because the star players would be exhausted at half-time. Mind you, cricket is even more boring than soccer. Probably the only game where spectators are more doped-up than the players, just to be able to sit through the long boring matches in the miserable weather.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    Mind you, cricket is even more boring than soccer.
     
    With all that scoring? No!
  113. @Steve Sailer
    My recollection of reading Sports Illustrated's bridge coverage in the early 1970s (when I was 14, I read whatever the editors of S.I. felt I should know about) is that there was a lot of cheating in Big Time Bridge. The Italian Blues squad was notorious for signaling each other across the table. The World Championships had to be conducted in separate rooms.

    My mother played bridge every week with the Republican Women's Club. But she wasn't very good, often winning the Booby Prize (a concept that fascinated me as a boy). I tried playing bridge a few times, but I am poor at most card and board games, such as chess. I can sort of hold my own friends at the simpler forms of poker, but contract bridge was too complicated for me. My friend Joe, who made a lot of money in tech, was big into bridge when he was at Berkeley. It seems like a game for bright people.

    Steve Sailer. The Columbo of the internet.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    Steve Sailer. The Columbo of the internet.
     
    Oh, falk off.
  114. @Buffalo Joe
    res, I don't remember my time "whilst" in the womb but I do have a hand crunching grip, but all the sand in my wife's hour class figure has settled to the bottom.

    Why are you complaining? Brothas like it “thick.”

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    Anon, well, duh. Not looking to share it with a brother.
  115. @Anon
    Also it seems an excessive intake of steroids and testosterone is transforming Bezos into Don Logan (a shaved Ben Kingsley) from Sexy Beast; in the WaPo review, Logan / Kingsley was described as having “phallic ferocity” or something like that.

    —Anon in Arkansas (again)

    PS — search youtube for: Ben Logan Sexy Beast profanities for various excerpts fm the film

    Eugen Sandow didn’t need steroids.

  116. @res
    https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/men-longer-ring-finger-more-11711753

    https://i2-prod.mirror.co.uk/incoming/article11712004.ece/ALTERNATES/s615b/Finger.jpg

    Wow, that is one freaky-looking hand on the right! I don’t recall ever seeing anything like that.

    • Replies: @res
    Me either. I was trying to decide if it was photoshopped, but it did not look it to me.

    It is amazing how much humans vary at the extremes.
  117. @Mark Spahn (West Seneca, NY)
    Is it naive of me to think that it is virtually impossible to eliminate illegal signaling between same-team players in a card game? There are just so many ways to signal beyond spoken word-choice, breathing patterns, foot-touching, nasal or rectal electronic devices, and a hundred other ways I'm not clever enough to think of. The signaling possibilities of bridge team-mates must be eliminated by communicating only allowed information by online means. But then the game becomes unfriendly to convivial sociability. In general, team card games are cheating-friendly.

    I was just thinking, it’s always the Italians. Maybe hold the competition in some high-trust homogeneity like Salt Lake City.

  118. Badgerhound Supply sells pseudo-military joke clothing patches, it’s a pillar of the patch community at 4chan’s weapons board /k/, and, for reasons no one can explain, trusted some of his business services to the censorious extreme left-wing activist group PayPal:

    So paypal, who now apparently uses the Southern Poverty Law Center to make their decisions, restricted access to my account. Luckily, I have never trusted them so only $28 is locked there. Needless to say I’ve deactivated the paypal option on the site. I added Amazon Pay as an alternative, and of course you can still use a credit card. Not that Amazon is any better, I just don’t think they are actively outsourcing their business decisions to left wing morons. Yet.

    Trump posted about this [regrettable stupidity] earlier today too, and there was a WSJ article about it last week interviewing the PayPal CEO about how good he feels about deactivating accounts.

    It says StormFront right at the bottom of the page! No, wait, that’s “storefront.” Behold his terrifying evil nazi patches that force buyers to shoot up their school:
    https://badgerhoundsupply.com/

  119. @ben tillman
    Wow, that is one freaky-looking hand on the right! I don't recall ever seeing anything like that.

    Me either. I was trying to decide if it was photoshopped, but it did not look it to me.

    It is amazing how much humans vary at the extremes.

  120. @Jim Don Bob
    I fulfilled part of my college PE requirement with bowling, and another part with fencing which was much cooler.

    I fulfilled part of my college PE requirement with bowling, and another part with fencing which was much cooler.

    Fencing was literally cooler at the Barcelona Olympics. An eight-hour ticket in air conditioning when it was about 95 outside.

    The outdoor pool’s steep seating for synchronized swimming worked as a solar panel. All the men had their shirts off.

    I got lost and arrived two hours late for baseball. Good thing I did. It was only in the fourth inning.

    The Paralympians came in September. Damn smart of them.

  121. @BB753
    Probably, lol! It would also mean more soccer players would get to play on the field because the star players would be exhausted at half-time. Mind you, cricket is even more boring than soccer. Probably the only game where spectators are more doped-up than the players, just to be able to sit through the long boring matches in the miserable weather.

    Mind you, cricket is even more boring than soccer.

    With all that scoring? No!

  122. @Dtbb
    Steve Sailer. The Columbo of the internet.

    Steve Sailer. The Columbo of the internet.

    Oh, falk off.

  123. @Peterike
    I wonder if that longer ring-finger would help or hurt as a baseball pitcher? Maybe give you more ball control or spin action. Or the opposite.

    Does anyone besides a knuckleballer even use their ring finger to throw a baseball?

  124. What are the odds that both the best bridge player and best chess player both come from Norway, which is home to about 1/2000 of the world’s population?

    • Replies: @Simply Simon
    As you well know one fundamental difference between bridge and chess is that is one requires a partner. The best bridge player in the world can only become so if he has a partner who is at least close in expertise to him. Bob Hammen of Dallas has 60,000 master points acquired over a lifetime of playing bridge. He teamed with other experts to compete in national and international tournaments and gained hundreds of master points in just one session. I have the feeling that the claim to be the world's best player maybe somewhat subjective and open to debate.
    As far as I know chess players do not play in teams. Someone correct me if I am wrong.
    , @Truth
    ...With arguably the world's most introverted and patient people.
  125. @Alan Mercer
    How do we know T isn't performance enhancing for bridge?

    If men dominate the "sport" then I reckon T enhances performance.

    The cogdis is strong already in the reactions here and there.

    Possible crimethink leak!

  126. @prosa123
    I don't see alpine skiing ever leaving the Olympics, it is very popular.

    Quite.

    Lindsey Vonn was one of the most popilar athletes in the world, with a host of deals for endorsements and such, and now Mikaela Shiffrin is set to succeed her as an even more amazing athlete whose beauty and charisma off the slopes will doubltess make her a boatload of cash selling everything from Atomic skis to Gatorade and, one day maybe, reverse mortgages.

    Alpine skiing is popular in part because it’s fast and furious racing action done by often very good-looking men and women – perfect for television. And, as with gymnastics and figure-skating, the ladies who ski tend to be quite feminine, which makes it appealling to women and, especially, little girls who cannot identify with the (often leabian) hulking she-beasts who dominate so many other sports.

  127. @Sean
    The most important 9 months of your life.

    Always nice to meet pro-lifers on the internet.

  128. @Anon1
    Do Bridge players have groupies?

    Yeah, and when they take out their teeth they’ll blow your mind.

  129. @Mr. Anon
    OT: This is just the kind of enterprising, can-do guy that Max Boot wanted the US Military to recruit:

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/us-marine-veteran-built-cocaine-pipeline-as-mexican-drug-kingpin-prosecutors-say/ar-BBUgD1E

    https://www.newsday.com/opinion/recruit-foreigners-for-u-s-military-1.503517

    Didn’t the US military use to have standards of suitability before they trained someone? Now, it’s policy to trade our valuable citizenship to mercenaries, drug dealers and gangsters.

    The investigation into Angel Dominguez Ramirez Jr.’s organization revealed “an unprecedented level of corruption within the Mexican government, local police departments, federal police agencies and military,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a recent court filing.

    Those corrupt relationships were on full display in 2017, when Ivan Reyes Arzate was taken down in Chicago. Reyes was a top federal police commander and the highest-ranking member of Mexico’s Sensitive Investigation Unit. He served as a liaison with U.S. law enforcement officials, privy to sensitive information about some of the most important U.S. investigations into drug cartels.

    Turns out, Reyes was leaking the information to the cartels.

    . . .

    As for the Dominguez prosecution, several co-defendants have been already been arrested — beginning in July 2017 — and many have pleaded guilty. The complaint against Reyes in Chicago had acknowledged that an indictment had been filed against Dominguez in San Diego, but noted it was sealed. On Monday, his name was finally unsealed along with the names of eight others. The names of more than 25 people charged in the case remain sealed.

    Emphasis added.

    https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/courts/sd-me-dominguez-indictment-20190226-story.html

    No doubt there will be more diversity discovered among the 25 others. Eventually, you can corrupt the entire process. Enough disloyal hyphenated Americans, an attorney general here and a judge there, and you’re in Mexico’s boat.

  130. res says:
    @Tyrion 2
    Do diabetic women (who have higher testerone) therefore tend to have smarter kids? I feel that is something we'd notice.

    Do diabetic women (who have higher testerone) therefore tend to have smarter kids? I feel that is something we’d notice.

    Is that really true? In men it is the opposite: https://www.everydayhealth.com/hs/low-testosterone-guide/low-testosterone-diabetes/

    Perhaps you are thinking of women with PCOS who tend to have both high testosterone and issues with glucose control?

    Some speculation about PCOS and giftedness: https://www.reddit.com/r/PCOS/comments/2bsn0b/how_many_of_you_identify_as_gifted/
    Since PCOS and intelligence are both hereditary it is pretty easy to speculate the connection could be through high T in the womb. The way to test that is to look at the males from the same family.

    P.S. Found this paper: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18615851
    so maybe you are right, but would be important to assess how much the relationship holds outside of PCOS.

  131. @Anonymous
    Testosterone is massively performance enhancing in some regards, say as a Field Marshall or any job that requires strong decision making. The key is the levels need to about five standard deviations above average. Testosterone therapy to bring one to normal levels have no real noticeable mental effects. But when pumping out levels around 2,000 ng/dL, the effects are beyond comprehension to the average person. It’s as if lightening shoots from your hands. I don’t know what is bridge. If the game can benefit from rapid fire synapses then high dose T could be an advantage. If the game is like secretarial work, then high T is a disadvantage. When T is in those massively high ranges, matched to high intelligence, you have a combination that has never existed before. My bet is that someone like Bezos takes pretty high doses, but that is just a guess. The net effect will be Superman among mortals. His brain will be driven by a euphoric confidence that cannot otherwise be realized. When he walks into a room, he will feel a certain level of contempt for the people around him either because they are not as smart or they cannot make hard decisions with alacrity. My employees said that Alex Jones must be on high dose T because the way he was ranting on Rogan is how I am when those levels are maxed. It’s such an awesome feeling, too bad it’s so bad for one’s health. So many problems would be washed away if men had higher T. The ability to call bullshit just goes way up.

    Are we sure this wasn’t written by Pat Boyle?

  132. @Anon
    I wonder why the bridge federation affiliates with the Olympics Committee. I can't see them ever graduating to becoming an Olympic sport, since the pattern with recent games is adding popular, telegenic sports, and getting rid of less popular, tele-boring sports.

    Japan just barely prevented judo from being dropped from the Tokyo Olympics (Japan gets lots of medals in judo). Bouldering and rock climbing have been added. I wouldn't be surprised to see Alpine skiiing get nixed, while the wild ski and snowboarding events like snowboard cross remain.

    Greco-Roman wrestling got shown the door. I’m sure breakdancing will be ushered in to take its place, or maybe pole dancing with a booty clap special event.

  133. @Triumph104
    Adderall is banned, but banned drugs are allowed if a medical waiver is received for therapeutic use. In the 2016 Rio Olympics, US basketball player Elena Delle Donne was allowed to take Adderall and gymnast Simone Biles reportedly took Ritalin.

    Tour de France winner Chris Froome is an asthmatic, poor fellow.

  134. @joeyjoejoe
    bridge is a fantastic game-easily the best card game there is, and it is very sad that it is no longer popular. what skills does it require?

    if you have ever taken an lsat or sat test, there is a puzzle type that is very common. ‘adam, bob, charlie, doug, and ernie are sitting at a table. adam is two seats to the left of ernie. bob is not sitting next to charlie or adam. etc etc’. who is sitting in the third seat from the left?
    This kind of logical analysis based on disparate sources of incomplete information, of the 52 cards in the deck (rather than six or eight people in an lsat logic puzzle), is the essence of bridge. it is done on the fly (each trick, and sometimes each card, requires an instant recalculation of the situation), along with in essence poker psychological analysis (‘based on the bidding and earlier play; is the queen of hearts to my left or to my right? if i’m right, i win-if wrong, lose.’). contract bridge is set up so that it is not dependent on lucky cards; if there are 8 tables of bridge, they all play the same deal of the cards (the particular deals are maintained and passed around the room). thus, you don’t play bridge against the other people at your table: you play bridge against the other players at other tables sitting where you are (i may have gotten 8 tricks on this hand-but if the other players at the other tables all got 9, i lost the hand, even though my opponents at this table i’m sitting at only got 13-8= 5 tricks).

    when i was playing 20 years ago, it was already a game of senior citizens plus nerdy computer scientists and engineers/mathematicians (with an occasional lawyer or accountant thrown in). i have no idea what the current state of the game is-other than declining.

    joe

    You’re describing duplicate, not contract bridge per se.

  135. @donut
    Depending on the size of the crew once the mess decks had been cleared after the evening meal there would be 4-5 games going on , not for money BTW , Whist (mostly black guys but I liked it) , Spades , Hearts and maybe Pinochle and more guys waiting to get in a game . I can only remember one ship with a regular poker game . They had a room off the messdeck where they played . The pots were regularly >$1000 . I never went in there , they were touchy about rubberneckers .

    donut, depending on the size of the crew, there was always a lunch time card game. Three card Monte was fast, so popular. Spades, Hearts, and a three card game we called Scat. There was always a poker game at the hiring hall and that’s where I learned to watch the dealer.

  136. @Reg Cæsar
    What are the odds that both the best bridge player and best chess player both come from Norway, which is home to about 1/2000 of the world's population?




    https://i.eurosport.com/2019/03/01/2534158-52581870-2560-1440.jpg?w=1600

    https://abcblogs.abc.es/jugar-con-cabeza/wp-content/uploads/sites/81/2017/06/carlsen-enfado-paris-chess-tour-lennart-ootes-516x315.jpg

    As you well know one fundamental difference between bridge and chess is that is one requires a partner. The best bridge player in the world can only become so if he has a partner who is at least close in expertise to him. Bob Hammen of Dallas has 60,000 master points acquired over a lifetime of playing bridge. He teamed with other experts to compete in national and international tournaments and gained hundreds of master points in just one session. I have the feeling that the claim to be the world’s best player maybe somewhat subjective and open to debate.
    As far as I know chess players do not play in teams. Someone correct me if I am wrong.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    As you well know one fundamental difference between bridge and chess is that is one requires a partner.
     
    Another is that the opponent's position is hidden-- as is the partner's.

    As far as I know chess players do not play in teams. Someone correct me if I am wrong.
     
    There are two ways to do so.

    Consultation matches are individual contests with multiple players on each side, basically hyperkibitzing:

    The consultation game of the century

    Then there are tournaments like track meets, in which the events are conducted individually, but the competitors are grouped into teams and the results added up and compared.

    How to Play Team Chess
    , @YetAnotherAnon
    "one requires a partner"

    Yes, a few friendships can be soured over the bridge table if your (otherwise excellent) partner is not up to speed on bidding or card play. You're out of a suit, only a single king of trumps, your partner leads ace of trumps, you wonder if the jury will acquit if you strangle him.

    Conversely, you can get a strange new respect, even liking, for a relative stranger with whom you have 'bridge rapport'.
  137. @Anon1
    Why are you complaining? Brothas like it "thick."

    Anon, well, duh. Not looking to share it with a brother.

    • Replies: @Truth
    Well you know Joe, I do have a sister in Vermont I come visit every summer. I mean, just throwin it out there as a favor, no offense Bro. Might be a good time to catch a Bisons game without all of the annoying phone calls...
  138. @Simply Simon
    As you well know one fundamental difference between bridge and chess is that is one requires a partner. The best bridge player in the world can only become so if he has a partner who is at least close in expertise to him. Bob Hammen of Dallas has 60,000 master points acquired over a lifetime of playing bridge. He teamed with other experts to compete in national and international tournaments and gained hundreds of master points in just one session. I have the feeling that the claim to be the world's best player maybe somewhat subjective and open to debate.
    As far as I know chess players do not play in teams. Someone correct me if I am wrong.

    As you well know one fundamental difference between bridge and chess is that is one requires a partner.

    Another is that the opponent’s position is hidden– as is the partner’s.

    As far as I know chess players do not play in teams. Someone correct me if I am wrong.

    There are two ways to do so.

    Consultation matches are individual contests with multiple players on each side, basically hyperkibitzing:

    The consultation game of the century

    Then there are tournaments like track meets, in which the events are conducted individually, but the competitors are grouped into teams and the results added up and compared.

    How to Play Team Chess

    • Replies: @Simply Simon
    "Another is that the opponent's position is hidden=as is the partner's" Yes, hidden by a four way screen but one German team was accused of using a variety of coughs to signal bids. There is no honor among thieves it has been said and these cheaters were certainly trying to steal their games.
    , @Anonymous
    At the old Famous Barr they used to sell 3 way chess boards with black, white, and red or clear pieces. No idea how it worked.


    Famous Barr always had the craziest stuff, for the day. They had HP calculators when they were high priced and the furniture place had old ship's compasses and WWI aircraft instruments on plaques, and the boy scout department had all the cool merit badge books with radio and aviation projects. I loved it as a preteen geek.
  139. @Simply Simon
    As you well know one fundamental difference between bridge and chess is that is one requires a partner. The best bridge player in the world can only become so if he has a partner who is at least close in expertise to him. Bob Hammen of Dallas has 60,000 master points acquired over a lifetime of playing bridge. He teamed with other experts to compete in national and international tournaments and gained hundreds of master points in just one session. I have the feeling that the claim to be the world's best player maybe somewhat subjective and open to debate.
    As far as I know chess players do not play in teams. Someone correct me if I am wrong.

    “one requires a partner”

    Yes, a few friendships can be soured over the bridge table if your (otherwise excellent) partner is not up to speed on bidding or card play. You’re out of a suit, only a single king of trumps, your partner leads ace of trumps, you wonder if the jury will acquit if you strangle him.

    Conversely, you can get a strange new respect, even liking, for a relative stranger with whom you have ‘bridge rapport’.

    • Agree: Simply Simon
  140. @Reg Cæsar

    As you well know one fundamental difference between bridge and chess is that is one requires a partner.
     
    Another is that the opponent's position is hidden-- as is the partner's.

    As far as I know chess players do not play in teams. Someone correct me if I am wrong.
     
    There are two ways to do so.

    Consultation matches are individual contests with multiple players on each side, basically hyperkibitzing:

    The consultation game of the century

    Then there are tournaments like track meets, in which the events are conducted individually, but the competitors are grouped into teams and the results added up and compared.

    How to Play Team Chess

    “Another is that the opponent’s position is hidden=as is the partner’s” Yes, hidden by a four way screen but one German team was accused of using a variety of coughs to signal bids. There is no honor among thieves it has been said and these cheaters were certainly trying to steal their games.

  141. …one German team was accused of using a variety of coughs to signal bids.

    How were officials able to determine the coughs from the rest of German speech patterns?

    That’s like when Damien Hirst’s studio was burglarized. The police said there was construction debris around. Are they sure it wasn’t his “art”?

    • Replies: @Simply Simon
    For a rather humorous explanation the magazine Independent, March 31, 2014, has an article by Cahal Milmo titled, "Coughing German cheats shock genteel world of bridge." The world championships were held in Bali and the Germans blamed the humid air.
  142. @Fidelios Automata
    Huh? How is testosterone possibly "performance enhancing" for playing bridge? Maybe a ban on something like Ritalin would make sense in that case. This sounds like fallout from the brain-dead drug war. Reminds me of the time the Canadian snowboarder was disqualified for weed. I suppose that might be performance enhancing for an eating contest, LOL.

    Robin Williams riffed on the snowboard stoners:

  143. @Peterike
    I wonder if that longer ring-finger would help or hurt as a baseball pitcher? Maybe give you more ball control or spin action. Or the opposite.
  144. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    As you well know one fundamental difference between bridge and chess is that is one requires a partner.
     
    Another is that the opponent's position is hidden-- as is the partner's.

    As far as I know chess players do not play in teams. Someone correct me if I am wrong.
     
    There are two ways to do so.

    Consultation matches are individual contests with multiple players on each side, basically hyperkibitzing:

    The consultation game of the century

    Then there are tournaments like track meets, in which the events are conducted individually, but the competitors are grouped into teams and the results added up and compared.

    How to Play Team Chess

    At the old Famous Barr they used to sell 3 way chess boards with black, white, and red or clear pieces. No idea how it worked.

    Famous Barr always had the craziest stuff, for the day. They had HP calculators when they were high priced and the furniture place had old ship’s compasses and WWI aircraft instruments on plaques, and the boy scout department had all the cool merit badge books with radio and aviation projects. I loved it as a preteen geek.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    Wouldn't it just work like normal, with alternation replaced by rotation, and slightly different angles geometrically enabling the intersection at the center of the board? You could defeat the guy next to you and still be defeated by the other guy.
    https://www.mastersofgames.com/images/chess/large-3player-chess-brown.jpg
    I pictured an Escherism to enable a triangular board; while the Amish star pattern they use is charming, here they have a potentially six-way board that happens to not use half its baselines. It could be expanded as fairy chess on crack, with pieces of different strengths organized on different lines (like an army, having cavalry to one side to be able to swoop in), and limiting flexibility by having the initial move depend on baseline (going left to right), but allowing free movement order once a piece is off.
  145. @Anonymous
    At the old Famous Barr they used to sell 3 way chess boards with black, white, and red or clear pieces. No idea how it worked.


    Famous Barr always had the craziest stuff, for the day. They had HP calculators when they were high priced and the furniture place had old ship's compasses and WWI aircraft instruments on plaques, and the boy scout department had all the cool merit badge books with radio and aviation projects. I loved it as a preteen geek.

    Wouldn’t it just work like normal, with alternation replaced by rotation, and slightly different angles geometrically enabling the intersection at the center of the board? You could defeat the guy next to you and still be defeated by the other guy.

    I pictured an Escherism to enable a triangular board; while the Amish star pattern they use is charming, here they have a potentially six-way board that happens to not use half its baselines. It could be expanded as fairy chess on crack, with pieces of different strengths organized on different lines (like an army, having cavalry to one side to be able to swoop in), and limiting flexibility by having the initial move depend on baseline (going left to right), but allowing free movement order once a piece is off.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    I've always wondered what "Chinese chess" would look like.

    France:

    http://www.asapfrance.info/files/images/france/cartes-plans/hexagone-1-.jpg

    https://www.frenchbyemilie.com/uploads/1/1/3/2/113231209/france-hexagone_orig.jpg

    https://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/7618/732/320/carte_diagos.png


    Note that the six points speak Breton, Flemish, Alsatian, Piedmontese, Catalan, and Basque. Quel hexagone!
  146. @Steve Sailer
    I was surprised during the 2014 Donald Sterling whoop-tee-doo that Jewish NBA ownership was well under 50%. NFL sees like considerably less.

    In SoCal:

    Los Angeles Lakers: Buss family: gentile
    Los Angeles Clipper: Steve Ballmer: half-Jewish
    Los Angeles Kings: Philip Anschutz: gentile
    Los Angeles Rams: Stan Kroenke: Jewish
    Los Angeles Chargers: Dean Spanos: Greek gentile
    Los Angeles Angels: Arte Moreno: Mexican-American gentile, Vietnam War vet, Republican
    Los Angeles Dodgers: Oppenheim Management: complicated: business sounds Jewish, but controlling partner Mark Walter from Iowa seems very gentile.

    So I'd say that 7 SoCal major league sports teams are about 2/7ths Jewish in ownership, which doesn't seem disproportionately large considering the huge numbers and immense wealth of LA's Jewish population.

    The big Palm Springs tennis tournament is owned by Larry Ellison, who is, by my count, 3/4th Jewish when treating nature (his biological dad is Italian, his mom is Jewish) and nurture (he was raised Jewish by his mom's uncle and aunt).

    The big golf tournament in LA is at Riviera, which is owned by a Japanese firm (see "Curb Your Enthusiasm.")

    Mostly crypto-Jewish; I.e., partially Jewish families along the mother’s line who have been pretending to be gentiles for a few generations.

  147. @Reg Cæsar
    What are the odds that both the best bridge player and best chess player both come from Norway, which is home to about 1/2000 of the world's population?




    https://i.eurosport.com/2019/03/01/2534158-52581870-2560-1440.jpg?w=1600

    https://abcblogs.abc.es/jugar-con-cabeza/wp-content/uploads/sites/81/2017/06/carlsen-enfado-paris-chess-tour-lennart-ootes-516x315.jpg

    …With arguably the world’s most introverted and patient people.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    …With arguably the world’s most introverted and patient people.
     
    Norskies got nuthin' on Finns.
  148. @Buffalo Joe
    Anon, well, duh. Not looking to share it with a brother.

    Well you know Joe, I do have a sister in Vermont I come visit every summer. I mean, just throwin it out there as a favor, no offense Bro. Might be a good time to catch a Bisons game without all of the annoying phone calls…

  149. @J.Ross
    Wouldn't it just work like normal, with alternation replaced by rotation, and slightly different angles geometrically enabling the intersection at the center of the board? You could defeat the guy next to you and still be defeated by the other guy.
    https://www.mastersofgames.com/images/chess/large-3player-chess-brown.jpg
    I pictured an Escherism to enable a triangular board; while the Amish star pattern they use is charming, here they have a potentially six-way board that happens to not use half its baselines. It could be expanded as fairy chess on crack, with pieces of different strengths organized on different lines (like an army, having cavalry to one side to be able to swoop in), and limiting flexibility by having the initial move depend on baseline (going left to right), but allowing free movement order once a piece is off.

    I’ve always wondered what “Chinese chess” would look like.

    France:

    Note that the six points speak Breton, Flemish, Alsatian, Piedmontese, Catalan, and Basque. Quel hexagone!

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    https://ae01.alicdn.com/kf/HTB1uYVuLVXXXXbqXFXXq6xXFXXXl/Portable-font-b-Xiangqi-b-font-font-b-Chinese-b-font-font-b-Chess-b-font.jpg
  150. @Steve Sailer
    I was surprised during the 2014 Donald Sterling whoop-tee-doo that Jewish NBA ownership was well under 50%. NFL sees like considerably less.

    In SoCal:

    Los Angeles Lakers: Buss family: gentile
    Los Angeles Clipper: Steve Ballmer: half-Jewish
    Los Angeles Kings: Philip Anschutz: gentile
    Los Angeles Rams: Stan Kroenke: Jewish
    Los Angeles Chargers: Dean Spanos: Greek gentile
    Los Angeles Angels: Arte Moreno: Mexican-American gentile, Vietnam War vet, Republican
    Los Angeles Dodgers: Oppenheim Management: complicated: business sounds Jewish, but controlling partner Mark Walter from Iowa seems very gentile.

    So I'd say that 7 SoCal major league sports teams are about 2/7ths Jewish in ownership, which doesn't seem disproportionately large considering the huge numbers and immense wealth of LA's Jewish population.

    The big Palm Springs tennis tournament is owned by Larry Ellison, who is, by my count, 3/4th Jewish when treating nature (his biological dad is Italian, his mom is Jewish) and nurture (he was raised Jewish by his mom's uncle and aunt).

    The big golf tournament in LA is at Riviera, which is owned by a Japanese firm (see "Curb Your Enthusiasm.")

    This is about latitude rather than attitude, but just for the heck of it, I looked up the extreme cardinal points of Major League Baseball since 1901.

    East:
    Boston (Someone else work out whether it’s Sox or Braves)

    West:
    St Louis 1901-54 (Same with Cardinals/Browns)
    Kansas City 1955-57
    San Francisco 1958-68
    Seattle 1969
    San Francisco* 1970-76
    Seattle 1977-

    North:
    Milwaukee 1901
    Boston* 1902-52
    Milwaukee 1953-60
    Minnesota 1961-68
    Seattle 1969
    Montreal* 1970-76
    Seattle 1977-

    South:

    St Louis 1901-57
    Los Angeles Dodgers 1958-60
    Los Angeles Angels 1961 (by a half-mile)
    Houston 1962-92
    Miami 1993-
    Havana 20??-

    *did not set record

  151. @Truth
    ...With arguably the world's most introverted and patient people.

    …With arguably the world’s most introverted and patient people.

    Norskies got nuthin’ on Finns.

  152. @Anon
    I notice these complaints from Jewish women seems to be rising as more and more Jewish men marry non-Jewish whites. It used to be that Jewish men were hectored by their parents into marrying only Jewish women, but those parents are disappearing as Jews becomes less religious and start assimiliating more. Jewish women are now echoing black women in not being able to find a decent mate.

    But ugly, neurotic, and loud-mouthed have never been traits that make you marriagable. Nobody likes a shrew.

    “Nobody likes a shrew.”

    Bill Gates still does.

  153. @Reg Cæsar
    I've always wondered what "Chinese chess" would look like.

    France:

    http://www.asapfrance.info/files/images/france/cartes-plans/hexagone-1-.jpg

    https://www.frenchbyemilie.com/uploads/1/1/3/2/113231209/france-hexagone_orig.jpg

    https://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/7618/732/320/carte_diagos.png


    Note that the six points speak Breton, Flemish, Alsatian, Piedmontese, Catalan, and Basque. Quel hexagone!

  154. @Reg Cæsar

    ...one German team was accused of using a variety of coughs to signal bids.
     
    How were officials able to determine the coughs from the rest of German speech patterns?

    That's like when Damien Hirst's studio was burglarized. The police said there was construction debris around. Are they sure it wasn't his "art"?

    For a rather humorous explanation the magazine Independent, March 31, 2014, has an article by Cahal Milmo titled, “Coughing German cheats shock genteel world of bridge.” The world championships were held in Bali and the Germans blamed the humid air.

  155. @Lot
    Philip Anschutz has a "Jewish" name and likes heavily Jewish industries: real estate, concert promotion, pro sports, media.

    Dodgers are owned by Guggenheim Partners, named after the famous Jewish mining/artsy family.

    The Guggenheims seem to have stopped working for a living circa 1940 and instead focused on marrying well and spending the money. I'd guess Walter might own the largest individual share of the Dodgers but less than the Guggenheim family collectively.

    Today’s Guggenheim Partners have no real connection to the Guggenheims of a hundred years ago who made a fortune in base metal mining and endowed the NY Guggenheim Museum. IIRC, a group of investment bankers who lacked household names themselves, bought the right to use Guggenheim name from a then inactive Guggenheim corporate entity.

  156. @Dr. Krieger
    I wonder how Katherine Helmond got mixed up with Terry Gilliam. She was also in Time Bandit's. Otherwise she seemed like a typical sitcom actress.

    I wonder how Katherine Helmond got mixed up with Terry Gilliam. She was also in Time Bandit’s. Otherwise she seemed like a typical sitcom actress.

    That’s a good question. Terry made good money doing ad work in Los Angeles before he moved to England in the late 60’s. Perhaps he knew her from back then, or, maybe he was just a big Soap fan. Soap was an odd show. I don’t think it was all that funny but as burgeoning teens my friends and I watched it because it was sorta naughty. I remember definitely noticing Katherine’s bodacious physical attributes even though she was older than my Mom. RIP indeed.

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