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  1. cthomas

    IU Football Off-Season

    The wild card will be who is eligible to play each week. Looks to me like a 3 or 4 win season.
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    Coronavirus and Its Impact

    Exactly why I usually stay away from this topic. I hope I haven't ever, and if I have I apologize, been disrespectful to anyone on any topic.
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    Coronavirus and Its Impact

    His earlier podcasts, there are 35 or 36 now, we're heavily about COVID-19. I mostly avoid this thread because I don't want to argue about things that people can legitimately have differences of opinion about. This discussion is nuanced way beyond what I have read here. Actions have consequences, some of which are unintended. The dialog, both here and on national scale, has become way too confrontational and way too black and white. There is a possibility that this virus is something we may just have to learn to live with. If that's the case, we better be working on a plan that protects the most vulnerable while allowing everyone else to live the most normal life possible. At this point, I will go back to my regularly scheduled programming.
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    Coronavirus and Its Impact

    If this is where it originated, then absolutely. I don't see the problem here. Where something originates says nothing about the people who live there. When we as human beings get hung up on stuff like this, then I don't see how we possibly solve the bigger issues that we face. The direction we are headed, in my opinion, is leading us down a road that is not in anyone's best interest. Since this whole thing started I have been listening to Bret Weinstein's Dark horse podcast and have learned more than from any other agended source. He is an evolutionary biologist, as is his wife, and they have been the voice of reason for me during everything that has been going on. Well worth a listen, but YMMV.
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    Coronavirus and Its Impact

    It is plain ignorant to blame the people of a country where a virus originates for the virus. There is plenty of evidence to suggest that this virus escaped form a lab in Wuhan that was conducting research on corona virus. I have no problem naming it after the country of origin. I also don't blame the Chinese people for the mistakes that the Chinese government made leading us to where we are now. I wear a mask where it is required but don't get upset if someone else doesn't. I know enough about the virus to know what I need to do to protect myself and expect that others will do the same. I am extremely concerned about the economy and am worried that if we are not careful the cure may end up being worse than the disease. This is just my opinion and, yes, I am in the highest risk group.
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    Coronavirus and Its Impact

    This is the key phrase. The prime directive of every living creature is to get it's genes as far into the future as possible. A virus that kills its host doesn't survive very long.
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    All-Time Underrated Team

    I've seen Bobby Wilkerson on a couple of lists here and definitely agree. Buckner and Wilkerson were the best defensive guards I've ever seen at IU. That Wilkerson jumped center to start the game says all you need to know about his athleticism. He added just enough on the offensive end to make him a really good all around player.
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    IUBB - 2020 Off-Season News

    I've always thought that Randy Wittman was a bit underappreciated when he played at IU. He was a great all around player with good size.
  9. cthomas

    Coronavirus and Its Impact

    Not trying to make a generalized point, but my daughter, who works in a nursing home, tested positive for the virus about a month ago. She had no symptoms and was reassigned to their COVID unit. She was retested recently and was negative. Neither her husband or son living with her contracted the virus. Makes me wonder how many other people have experienced the same thing. Had she not worked in a nursing home, she would never have been tested.
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    Coronavirus and Its Impact

    I apologize in advance for going off topic here, but since the wet markets in China have been implicated in the virus transmission, maybe there is a slight connection. I grew up on a farm consisting of a dairy herd, livestock, and about 600 acres of corn, soy beans, oats, and sometimes wheat. We had a huge garden that supplied a significant part of our food supply. Meat came from home grown animals (pork, beef, poultry, etc.) and dairy from our milk operation. Nearly everything we ate came from our farm. Growing up around, and caring for, a variety of animals affected me in ways I didn't understand until several years later. Simply put, I got to know the animals and their personalities. They are way more complex than most people realize. One day I understood that I couldn't kill the animals that I was eating and at that point I quit asking someone else to do it for me. I've been meat free since 1971. I don't judge others or promote my lifestyle to those who choose differently. I simply live my life as consistently with what I believe as I can and let others do the same.
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    Coronavirus and Its Impact

    Always nice to hear from another one. A meat shortage might impact what I buy, especially now that we simply call it plant based.
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    Coronavirus and Its Impact

    Just humans beings being human beings.
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    Coronavirus and Its Impact

    I have no allegiance to any political entity and prefer to evaluate issues and candidates in my own way according to my values. I am also sick of being put in a position of having to choose the "lesser of two evils" every election day. The degree of corporate control over candidates and institutions through political contributions has compromised their ability to be effective leaders. We, as a nation, are so far down the rabbit hole that I'm not sure we will ever get back to what the founding fathers intended. The current crisis puts all of our dysfunctions on full display. If there ever was a time to speak and act with one voice, it is now. Instead, and this thread has become a microcosm of it, look what we are doing.
  14. I am beyond shocked that thus far no one has entered the portal. I think it's a good sign and probably indicates a healthier program on the inside than many of us think. Also seems to indicate that CAM likes his guys.
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    A Transfer Coming?

    After seeing what Landon Turner did in season in '81, I always have hope that kids can figure it out and be who we always thought they could be.