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Old 08-11-20, 01:19 PM
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Originally Posted by WhyFi View Post
Wait - what's the plan for your schools? Going back to school? Hybrid?

Mine is continuing to do distance learning with the hopes that they'll get in to the schools later this school year.
lotta that going around
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Apparently Colorado HAS TO clean people....
We like to STAY clean.
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Old 08-11-20, 01:37 PM
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The Big 10 has nixed football for this season. "Maybe in teh spring."
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That's a good schedule because if anyone gets infected, they're sure to be symptomatic by the time they would go back. I hope they're keeping them in cohorts and not mixing them up, though.
The question I have is, considering all the ailments and germs these crumb snatchers normally pass around, along with the accompanying fevers, how will medical staff be able to determine what's covid and what's not? Most may be resistant to covid (from what I hear) but they all have to get tested once they get even a cold, no?
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The question I have is, considering all the ailments and germs these crumb snatchers normally pass around, along with the accompanying fevers, how will medical staff be able to determine what's covid and what's not? Most may be resistant to covid (from what I hear) but they all have to get tested once they get even a cold, no?
Or a stubbed toe, or an itch, or...

I don’t see how this was supposed to work. If it’s important enough for kids to go to school that we’re willing to prolong the epidemic and kill people, we might as well open up and deal with that fallout. My memory of grade school is mostly misery and not much learning.
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug View Post
Or a stubbed toe, or an itch, or...

I don’t see how this was supposed to work. If it’s important enough for kids to go to school that we’re willing to prolong the epidemic and kill people, we might as well open up and deal with that fallout. My memory of grade school is mostly misery and not much learning.
Well you must have learned a little something. The forum proves you can read and write.
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Precisely. League officials wanted no part of playing this season, and in the face of mounting opposition the commish retired. So a new organization was formed by some of the hotheads. The suggested precautions were so lame and unenforceable as to confirm they were just a bunch of delusionists*. A couple of good friends are playing, and a couple more like me aren't. God bless 'em. By the time you reach 70 and 80 you're supposed to have wisdom enough to restrain whatever lingering testosterone you may still have.



* you heard this new word here first.
It's possible those you are still playing despite their advanced age feel that playing and training are the only thing that keeps them going. And if they stop then they will never start again. There's possibly a bit of fatalism at work too: the reaper is coming regardless, may as well still enjoy yourself while you can.
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That's a good schedule because if anyone gets infected, they're sure to be symptomatic by the time they would go back. I hope they're keeping them in cohorts and not mixing them up, though.
Unless they're one of those who never show symptoms but still breathe out virus. And since we only test the sick.....
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Well you must have learned a little something. The forum proves you can read and write.
If I had to rely on school for that...

I broke the metrics on every spoken and written language test administered as a child. If it hadn’t been for school I would have read more and developed that more. School gets no credit for that. It does get considerable credit for my various mental issues, though.

I was also the kid bringing up imaginary numbers in third grade when told we can’t do square roots of negative numbers.

Most of what school gets credit for is Crispus Attucks and a few other details. It did traumatize me a great deal in many large and small ways.
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It's possible those you are still playing despite their advanced age feel that playing and training are the only thing that keeps them going. And if they stop then they will never start again. There's possibly a bit of fatalism at work too: the reaper is coming regardless, may as well still enjoy yourself while you can.
Yes, to both.
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Speaking of distance learning and the kids being on the computer...

My son is always looking at Lego sets and/or Star Wars stuff online - it's his addiction. Anyway, he's so pathetic at hiding his browsing habits - he's always frantically clicking and walking away from the computer when I enter the room - that I've been tempted to teach him the magic of Alt-Tab.
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug View Post
If I had to rely on school for that...

I broke the metrics on every spoken and written language test administered as a child. If it hadn’t been for school I would have read more and developed that more. School gets no credit for that. It does get considerable credit for my various mental issues, though.

I was also the kid bringing up imaginary numbers in third grade when told we can’t do square roots of negative numbers.

Most of what school gets credit for is Crispus Attucks and a few other details. It did traumatize me a great deal in many large and small ways.
And there you have the problem with aiming for the Lowest Common Denominator. Hell, even aiming for the median! You leave the folks at the right end of the curve out of it, bored and frustrated.
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The question I have is, considering all the ailments and germs these crumb snatchers normally pass around, along with the accompanying fevers, how will medical staff be able to determine what's covid and what's not? Most may be resistant to covid (from what I hear) but they all have to get tested once they get even a cold, no?
Rotating cohorts is doctrine for health care staff in a pandemic and it's the right way to handle a situation where people have to be exposed. And yes, to do it right, they will have to test the **** out of them, which they almost certainly won't. Do these kids really have to go back to physical school? That's ultimately a political question.
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Old 08-11-20, 02:57 PM
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If I had to rely on school for that...

I broke the metrics on every spoken and written language test administered as a child. If it hadn’t been for school I would have read more and developed that more. School gets no credit for that. It does get considerable credit for my various mental issues, though.

I was also the kid bringing up imaginary numbers in third grade when told we can’t do square roots of negative numbers.

Most of what school gets credit for is Crispus Attucks and a few other details. It did traumatize me a great deal in many large and small ways.
I hated school passionately. I would have dropped out if not for fear of my father. Some of my most miserable memories are of school. When I found out I could graduate early if I had enough credits I switched to a general major and took summer classes and graduated @16. Then came alcohol.
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The issue with whether and how to send kids back to school this year is that there is NO GOOD ANSWER and each option kinda sucks in some way.
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I also stomped several dozen around my office building.
What us it?
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I ventured out for some necessary shopping today and am amazed that after 5 months, people still can’t wear a mask right. I couldn’t get done and get home quick enough.
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Rotating cohorts is doctrine for health care staff in a pandemic and it's the right way to handle a situation where people have to be exposed. And yes, to do it right, they will have to test the **** out of them, which they almost certainly won't. Do these kids really have to go back to physical school? That's ultimately a political question.
Well and as I was told as a young'un while having these issues with school, school is primarily extended child-care to get kids out of parents' hair. And a lot of parents were counting on the spring semester being a temporary one-off and getting back to the routine in the fall, and some have insisted on it.
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What us it?
It's a cicada that was giving a ride to a ladybug.
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What us it?
Spotted lantern fly. Parts of the area are infested with them. Some blocks have hundreds on the sidewalk.
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It's a cicada that was giving a ride to a ladybug.
Spotted Lantern Fly. Major infestation again this year. Their numbers have exploded since this story:

https://billypenn.com/2020/07/25/spo...-philadelphia/
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
Spotted Lantern Fly. Major infestation again this year. Their numbers have exploded since this story:

https://billypenn.com/2020/07/25/spo...-philadelphia/
Must be a Phila thing, like cheese steaks and MFSB.
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Spotted Lantern Fly. Major infestation again this year. Their numbers have exploded since this story:

https://billypenn.com/2020/07/25/spo...-philadelphia/
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Must be a Phila thing, like cheese steaks and MFSB.
We have lots of them here too.
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The disorganization at the end of last year was easy to understand, but yeah, I hope that they have something better slapped together this go 'round.

....though, at the same time, I understand that some families, in a school as socioeconomically diverse as my son's, will have challenges even when it comes to something as simple as "daily zoom meeting from 10:00 - 11:30," so concessions will have to be made, some how, some way.
I don't see much of the population making as many concessions as were made at the beginning. I hope I'm wrong, and I hope the damage that's being done to the children isn't lasting.
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We have lots of them here too.
None here that I know of, fortunately.
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