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Old Friend

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  1. Old Friend

    Coronavirus and Sports Only - PLEASE and THANK YOU

    It wouldn't surprise me one bit if it weren't. Kevin Warren is not close to qualified to run an athletic conference. I don't care how many law degrees he has, the personal and competition elements of it are incredibly beyond his realm of leadership. I know he was the COO of the Vikings, but he shows about as much understanding of how to run the Big Ten as sportswriters do about covering sports. It's really sad what the Big Ten has become. It's now a politically correct, err on the side of extreme and over-caution, let's try to please everyone, kumbaya, over-thinking, over-assume their position of leadership in college sports bastion of ignorance and "everyone gets a trophy." God, I miss John Ryan, Ralph Floyd, and Wayne Duke.
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    Coronavirus and Sports Only - PLEASE and THANK YOU

    The leadership of the Big Ten conference is an incredible joke. Commissioner Warren is as far over his head and out of his element as a man can be. The Big Ten's in trouble.
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    Coronavirus and Sports Only - PLEASE and THANK YOU

    Your last indicates the problem with this site, our country, and Americans as a whole right now as far as I'm concerned. It's as if democrats are supposed to, by some unwritten law disagree or oppose everything republicans do and vice versa. There's no room for dialogue, no room for civil disagreement. Politics used to be two political parties basically wanting the same things, just taking two different roads to get there. Ideas were discussed and debated. Americans chose party sometimes in duality in the same election based on who might be a better leader locally, nationally, etc. Today? Everything is political. Everything seems divided along political lines, and the incivility/crudeness of disagreement is disgusting. Politics has become a cesspool. Republicans aren't evil people. Democrats aren't evil people. There are loose cannons and morons on each side; and it's as if we've let those people define an entire party to the point of people acting flat out vile toward one another. Why is it you feel as a democrat it's an exception to compliment someone on the other side of the aisle? Do you feel as if supposed to "swipe left" every time regardless of circumstances? Compelled to align with democrats along the party line simply because you generally agree with the democrat platform? Serious question. If "yes," I hope you can see the problem with that and the division it's causing. I generally lean the other way, but I'm pretty liberal socially. I don't have a problem complimenting a democrat. For example, I think Mayor Hogsett has done some really sound things here in Indianapolis. I wonder why it seems so difficult for some to give any credit to a political opponent?
  4. Old Friend

    Coronavirus and Its Impact

    I know. Idiotic. I just knew what was coming. I'm with you, believe it or not.
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    Coronavirus and Its Impact

    Fixed it for you. You're as blind and biased as I think you are if you truly believe Trump is at fault for that. Seriously, man. Do some homework and just be objective. How anyone can blame DJT in total blows my mind beyond words. The abject ignorance and blindness of that.... Obama used divisive rhetoric on a regular basis, starting with "cynical voters cling to their guns and religion or antipathy toward people who aren't like them." He said "anti-immigrant sentiment or anti trade sentiment" is a way to explain their frustrations. Obama called all opposed to same sex marriage "bigots." Obama called the pro-life movement a "war on women." He called immigration enforcement "racist." Obama called the GOP "the enemy of Hispanics." Then...Obama was the one who claimed Trump was somehow capitalizing on America's traditional resentments. Obama was the president who ran with the narratives in Ferguson, MO in 2014; never offering an apology once facts came out, eye-witnesses testified, and the officer was acquitted because Brown had in fact reached for his (officer's) gun. Obama has selective memory, just as the media seems to. He is not detached from the division as he seems to think he is, and in fact was the main culprit. Trump took the opposite side, so it's HIS fault? No. Sorry. Facts : Unemployment under Trump...lower for black people, lower for Hispanic people, lower for women than under Obama. GDP growth up from Obama. Wages up from Obama. But sure. Blame Trump. Other than rhetoric, what action or policy has led to the "end of American hegemony?" If you don't or won't see the division in Obama's presidency (hell, it's why Trump WON), you're either blind, ignorant, or in denial. There is no other explanation. Not much of the above is my opinion, so don't give me yours.
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    Coronavirus and Its Impact

    Perhaps I accidentally added a zero like you forgot one (see how easy that is?). If you stopped reading over a typo, or something that simple? That's absolutely your prerogative but doesn't change the point. It always baffles me that so many people come here to attack, argue, and nitpick instead of just talk and have dialogue. What's so wrong in your world that you'd make a comment like that in favor of the guts and meaning of an entire post? I mean you took time to post a wise @$$ comment. Why?
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    Coronavirus and Its Impact

    Nothing would make less sense than to cancel because of players getting the virus. I drove for about 8 hours today and listened to sports radio almost the entire time. It's hard to get away from the two big news items (race relations and COVID), so I just listened to several people and heard lots of viewpoints. Dan Patrick, Doug Gottlieb, Wingo and Golic, Dakich, Rickard and Staysniak, and all of their guests. One point came up time and again, and it was nice to hear : The only stat that's up in the US is positive test results. Everything else is way down. Deaths/death rate, hospitalizations, ICU visits, etc. Also heard this and looked it up : In Indiana, only 4% of ventilators are currently being used for COVID patients, according to IN.gov. According to the CDC, (copy paste) The overall cumulative COVID-19 associated hospitalization rate is 94.5 per 100,000 which is 0.00094%. Larger point? Hospitalizations, also according to the CDC, the cumulative hospitalization rate for people 17-22 years old is ~ 10 per 100,000 people. There are about 5200 D1 college basketball players, so the odds of even 1 (1 of the ~ 5200 total) player being hospitalized w COVID are about 2:1. (Odds of a player being hospitalized with mono - according to University of Michigan microbiology dept) are ~ 0.9:1 and odds of a player being hospitalized with the flu about 1.3:1 based on historical data) Another stat discussed today was ~ 10% of COVID deaths were attributed to patients without a "severe 2nd co-morbidity." Our immune systems can largely handle COVID like anything else . Mononucleosis has - over time - a far greater hospitalization % than COVID does among college aged kids, and to be very honest people need to get sick so immune systems stay strong. "Getting" COVID doesn't appear per the numbers to be any worse for the young or healthy than getting the flu. As long as kids are kept on campus and with team mates, tested frequently and the proper precautions are taken, there is no justifiable reason to cancel any sports season. That was the general consensus among talk show hosts and guests as well. We are much better equipped to handle it than we were, we know who's truly vulnerable and young athletes generally are not, so getting it isn't a significant risk; so as long as those athletes are quarantined and tracking is monitored, sports should be just fine. (Queue.....well, I'll wait and see......)
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    Coronavirus and Its Impact

    Do me a favor. Here's my post word for word. What did I present here as "news?" Opinion is allowed, right? Unless you're a stalker with an agenda. Which...well, you are. But go through this and let me know what's so offensive to you. Seriously...what's your issue, dude? When I wrote it, I had no idea about the increase in numbers in SC, but that doesn't change what's happening there. "Spoke too soon" is that great of an offense? Seriously, man. Get a grip on yourself. Nobody wants to read your personal crap, but I'm sure as hell not going to let you do it without rebuttal. Here you go....what in the hell is your issue? Edit : Harvard seems to agree with what I said below about when COVID originated. Just a bunch of whataboutism, probably. They're just Ivy League. They should probably listen to a guy who can't spell and blames it on auto-correct. Funny how nobody else has that problem. 1) Pulling out of the WHO (I believe it's temporary) was a good move until that organization actually bases what it does on "health" instead of politics and money. I believe the move was designed to provide an avenue for new leadership which is "pro-west" rather than "pro-China." Any organization that takes its (or any of its) orders from communist leaders is not one the US needs to support. Especially one that so clearly covered up COVID as China did. Some of you can crucify me, and I bet some will. 2) I just came home from a trip to South Carolina. Wide open. Beaches, restaurants (though some with seating outside), carriage tours, some bars w live music, very few masks.....and no outbreak. No spike. 3) No spike so far even with protests happening for 2+ weeks. In fact, according to Johns Hopkins map, which is where I get my data, yesterday was the lowest "positive cases" day in the US since March 25th, the "curve" has been flat since late April; and we're testing over 30x more people than we were then. Anyone with a functioning brain can make that logical correlation. 4) When it comes to transmission, I don't think anyone truly knows. I saw something a week ago that said along with prior respiratory conditions, it was a protein enzyme in blood that determines whether or not a person is vulnerable or not. 5) ER docs early on had no idea how to treat it so they put everyone "critical" on a vent. Turned out to be the wrong move. Doctors now know how to treat it, and the medical system is just fine, now. In most cases? "Here's some acetaminophen, stay hydrated, get some rest but also get on your feet, and call me if it gets worse." That is the treatment now. So we're staying closed for treatment that's almost identical to a bad cold. We have 40k-60k dead every year from the flu, and we HAVE a vaccine for the flu. If we didn't? How many dead would there be every year? Again, that logic tells me this isn't even as bad as the flu except in "some" people. So, determining who comprises that group of "some" seems to be of utmost import, now. 6) Based on conversations with some friends who are doctors and nurses? This thing has mutated a few times and is now pretty weak, overall. That's why ICU visits are far fewer and hospital stays are far shorter. I just don't think we're dealing with a lethal killer; and death rate has dropped, even with flawed numbers (attributed and assumed deaths). I also think it's been around far longer than January 21st, and I think our immune systems by and large have done and are doing well dealing with it. All based on personal experience and conversations with medical people. I'm done with the fear. I'm done with the shaming of not always wearing a mask (on a walk in my neighborhood.,...sorry. Not happening.) I'm done believing there are ANY "experts" on this, including Dr. Fauci. I think we have lots of anecdotal evidence on some things, I think personal experience counts. I think the several friends I have who have diagnosed positive and had mild symptoms (same is true for all of you and anyone else with the same experience) counts toward an educated opinion. And I for one man think keeping everything closed any longer is foolish. At some point, elected officials aren't expert on anything either, and while we need to protect the vulnerable; I think it's time to smartly get back to normal.
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    Coronavirus and Its Impact

    Is "Grammar" capitalized for a reason? Put down the shovel, dude. It's funny....you pretend to speak for other people, and pretend to believe what "they" would do. A classic case of a severe social anxiety disorder. You're on an island. You don't present anything but your own bile and spew narratives as if they're truth; but you usually do it in record time. I guess that's something. Why don't you just leave me alone? I know....it would detract from your post count, which I would bet is important to you, but you might try taking ab breath and learning to live with the fact that some people just aren't going to appeal to you and you don't always have to point it out. When you mis-use words and capitalize when you don't need to; you're awfully difficult to take seriously. You don't want me to go back and re-post your garbage, do you? A little self reflection would do you some good, stalker.
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    Coronavirus and Its Impact

    What's better is their retort that says "attacking grammar means you have no point." Well..no. It means I don't take you seriously and don't think much of your intellect.
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    Coronavirus and Its Impact

    1) I haven't made an argument and I am not trying to prove a point. I am calling you out simply at face value. Everybody but you knows exactly what I mean by that. Need me to spell it out for you? 2) Keep trying to convince yourself that you know me and that you have any idea what my motives are (I have none, but whatever). Go pull your lever and label people. That seems to be your M.O. What was it about my post that triggered you this time, snowflake? Question.... Why is it every time I post something....seriously every time, it takes you less than 3 minutes to reply with some personal attack? It's an obvious pattern. Good Lord, I haven't posted for 2 weeks, and here you are immediately. Do you live on here? Do you think people await your reply to what I say? Do you have any life beyond here spewing whatever opinion you have on any given day? Employed? In a relationship? Have a dog? Seriously dude, you're a clown. There is zero chance you'd speak to me in person the way you stalk me here. You're a complete coward with a personal vendetta for whatever reason and I would be MORE than happy to have a personal conversation about it. Why do I think you'll take that as a threat and make up some excuse for why you won't? Queue internet stalker mode.
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    Coronavirus and Its Impact

    You and "facts" have always had a difficult relationship. When they don't fit your narrative, you come unglued. It's fun to watch.
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    Coronavirus and Its Impact

    You're. It's spelled..."you're."
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    Coronavirus and Its Impact

    Stalker, you are as predictable as the sunrise. I almost named you specifically. You have never one time contributed anything of substance or requiring use of your brain. Please just block me or go away. I don't think anyone gives a sh*t about your personal problems with me or your obvious lack of simple logic.
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    Coronavirus and Its Impact

    1) Pulling out of the WHO (I believe it's temporary) was a good move until that organization actually bases what it does on "health" instead of politics and money. I believe the move was designed to provide an avenue for new leadership which is "pro-west" rather than "pro-China." Any organization that takes its (or any of its) orders from communist leaders is not one the US needs to support. Especially one that so clearly covered up COVID as China did. Some of you can crucify me, and I bet some will. 2) I just came home from a trip to South Carolina. Wide open. Beaches, restaurants (though some with seating outside), carriage tours, some bars w live music, very few masks.....and no outbreak. No spike. 3) No spike so far even with protests happening for 2+ weeks. In fact, according to Johns Hopkins map, which is where I get my data, yesterday was the lowest "positive cases" day in the US since March 25th, the "curve" has been flat since late April; and we're testing over 30x more people than we were then. Anyone with a functioning brain can make that logical correlation. 4) When it comes to transmission, I don't think anyone truly knows. I saw something a week ago that said along with prior respiratory conditions, it was a protein enzyme in blood that determines whether or not a person is vulnerable or not. 5) ER docs early on had no idea how to treat it so they put everyone "critical" on a vent. Turned out to be the wrong move. Doctors now know how to treat it, and the medical system is just fine, now. In most cases? "Here's some acetaminophen, stay hydrated, get some rest but also get on your feet, and call me if it gets worse." That is the treatment now. So we're staying closed for treatment that's almost identical to a bad cold. We have 40k-60k dead every year from the flu, and we HAVE a vaccine for the flu. If we didn't? How many dead would there be every year? Again, that logic tells me this isn't even as bad as the flu except in "some" people. So, determining who comprises that group of "some" seems to be of utmost import, now. 6) Based on conversations with some friends who are doctors and nurses? This thing has mutated a few times and is now pretty weak, overall. That's why ICU visits are far fewer and hospital stays are far shorter. I just don't think we're dealing with a lethal killer; and death rate has dropped, even with flawed numbers (attributed and assumed deaths). I also think it's been around far longer than January 21st, and I think our immune systems by and large have done and are doing well dealing with it. All based on personal experience and conversations with medical people. I'm done with the fear. I'm done with the shaming of not always wearing a mask (on a walk in my neighborhood.,...sorry. Not happening.) I'm done believing there are ANY "experts" on this, including Dr. Fauci. I think we have lots of anecdotal evidence on some things, I think personal experience counts. I think the several friends I have who have diagnosed positive and had mild symptoms (same is true for all of you and anyone else with the same experience) counts toward an educated opinion. And I for one man think keeping everything closed any longer is foolish. At some point, elected officials aren't expert on anything either, and while we need to protect the vulnerable; I think it's time to smartly get back to normal.
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