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BEKA

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  1. BEKA

    Coronavirus

    I don't think the goal has ever been to have every single person in a geographical area tested. But to get to a statistically meaningful baseline, it has to be more than 2%. I'm not a public health expert or a statistician, but I would imagine at least in the range of 20-25% testing of a geographically-bounded set of a population would help us get a better grasp on what we're dealing with.
  2. BEKA

    Coronavirus

    Are we though? Every piece of information that I'm seeing tells me we're not nearly at the levels of testing that we need to be. Indiana, for example, has roughly 6.8 million residents. As of today, the state has tested ~130,000 people. That's less than 2% of the overall population. That's not going to cut it. We may be seeing "more testing", but on a per capita basis, we're way behind the curve. I'm not going to ascribe blame here, but this is just a fact.
  3. BEKA

    Coronavirus

    I was reading a Bloomington sub-Reddit thread on this company's predictions for Monroe County and a couple of folks were arguing about their methodology and it's flaws. I'm not a data scientist, so I can't judge one way or another. But just anecdotally as a resident of Monroe County, I have to question their conclusions. Because there are basically no students in Bloomington right now, all other things being equal, Monroe County is just kind of your average Indiana county across the state in terms of population. The positive test rate has remained relatively low compared to other counties, hovering ~11-12% over the past few weeks. Compare that to Bartholomew County, two counties over, and their positive rate hovering near *40%*!!!. It's already a hot spot, and has performed far few tests than Monroe. It kinda freaks me out looking at the numbers (sorry, I'd provide the numbers, but can't get the ISDH site to work display right now). I'm just not seeing a reason for Monroe to spike in the near future. From what I've observed during the few times I've been out the past month, Bloomington folks are doing a pretty good job at social distancing, masking up, and all that. Mind you, I only ever do grocery runs every 7-10 days, but for the most part, people are respecting each other and taking precautions. Again, I could be wrong, but I don't see a serious spike in positive cases here unless people start behaving like total idiots - which is always a possibility.
  4. BEKA

    Coronavirus

    I can't believe air travel is still a thing. I plan my essentials trips (which are already rare) like I'm going on a top secret mission into enemy territory. I can't imaging going through a TSA line and then sitting in a flying canister breathing recycled air for however long. This thing is going to drag out until everyone gets serious and stays the hell home.
  5. BEKA

    Coronavirus

    I've been doing rough "back of the envelope" calculations each day since the Indiana Department of Health started providing and updating their daily COVID dashboard. From what I've seen, positive results compared to the total number of tests administered have been hovering around 15%-16% (it spiked to over 17% yesterday) for the past couple of weeks. The death rate is concerning as it is currently sitting at around 2.5%, which is high. I suck at stats, but given that we've only tested a tiny fraction of the state's overall population, and that this thing is at least 2-3 weeks away from its peak, I'm worried that the death rate will be...not good. I'm in good health and have been taking all the normal precautions, but I live in a neighborhood that has plenty of older folks in the "higher risk" category, so I've been trying to check in to make sure they're okay as much as I can. I hope these numbers start to level out/flatten sooner rather than later, but I've been mentally preparing for the opposite to happen. Stay safe everyone and keep washing those hands!
  6. BEKA

    Coronavirus

    It's not what I feel, it's just what I'm hearing second hand. I honestly don't know and really hope this isn't the case, but it could have something to do with the way the state finances their public universities and the general economic malaise that will most likely get worse before it gets better. Again, this is just what I've heard and am praying that the IU system stays intact across the board.
  7. BEKA

    Coronavirus

    I live in Bloomington and my ex (who I stay in close contact with as we are co-parenting a teenager still) holds a relatively high-level position at IU. She is part of several teams within the university administration trying to navigate this mess. The primary concern, of course, is the health and safety of all students, faculty, and staff, which the university as a whole is doing the best that they can in that regard. However, she is really feeling the stress of this event and has broken down in tears several times over the last couple of weeks. She believes, as do I, that IU will survive this, but it will come out on the other side looking VERY, VERY different. Most or all of the regional campuses may not make it. Entire academic departments may be shuttered. And who knows what will happen to the athletics and other extracurricular departments. As a resident of Bloomington, I fear that the entire complexion of the town will be drastically altered in the coming months/years. The economy here revolves almost entirely around the university, and without knowing if/when students will be able to return to campus, I'm guessing that Kirkwood Avenue will have a lot of empty storefronts very soon. I keep those who depend on restaurant or retail work for their livelihoods in my thoughts every moment of each day. I write this as a member of HSN because, like me, I know that all of us here are either IU alums or proud supporters of IU athletics and the university itself and want to share what I'm seeing/hearing as someone very connected to the university and city of Bloomington. If I catch wind of any major developments, I'll be sure to share them here. Stay safe and healthy everyone, and GO HOOSIERS!
  8. I'm a bit behind you, but also from Chesterton originally! Here are mine: 1. My username (BEKA) stands for Brian Evans Kicks A**. My favorite era of IU basketball (I was a little too young for the 75-76 teams) 2. When I first moved to Bloomington, Garcia's Pizza and Karma Records were 2 of my favorite hangouts. 3. I was in middle school and there are two things I remember about March, 1981 - Ronald Reagan assassination attempt and IU winning the NCAAT. We were on our way back from a family trip to Pennsylvania and listened to everything unfold on the AM car radio the day it happened.
  9. My favorite time of year ruined by something not visible to the naked eye. I get it, but damn if this isn't a huge bummer. Stay safe everyone.
  10. I fear the dreaded Acute White Claw Syndrome (AWCS) emerging. I've never touched White Claw, but I heard someone say that "it tastes like internet dating."
  11. I guess I'm just not as sold on Lander as some of HSN's other members. Granted, I've only seen highlight reels and a few other videos, but the kid is rail thin. He may be a Steve Nash level passer (prolly not yet tho), but the B1G is the real deal physicality wise. He's going to have to really up his frame and conditioning to compete at this level, IMO. I hope I'm wrong, but I really don't see him as a sure-fire starter next year, assuming that he reclassifies.
  12. Are you serious? I respect this board and the intelligence of posters here, but this is pure conspiratorial BS. This is an actual pandemic that needs to be taken seriously. Italy (which we're way behind on reported/tested cases) is basically screwed. The goal is to flatten the curve on medical facilities being inundated with Covid-19 cases. We need to be cautious, if for no other reason than other vulnerable members of our society are susceptible to this virus. This isn't a political conspiracy. Facts are facts.
  13. This team is actually pretty good when they play hard and stay focused. The problem is they can't do it for 40 minutes. 30, maybe 32 minutes per game, but they have no killer instinct and just appear lost for 8-10 minutes every outing. That said, I love the energy and toughness that Race brings, especially on the glass - even if he missed a wide-open layup.
  14. I don't know how long it's been since my alma mater (Chesterton) has played for a sectional championship, but they'll get their chance today against Valpo. The Trojans have put up a pretty good record this year going 23-2 so far. Their only losses were by 1 point to Munster, and they got kinda clobbered in a holiday tournament by Blackhawk/Furst.
  15. My vote is for a guy that looks like Gene Hackman walking around with a severed ear asking random people if they know "who's ear" this is.
  16. He punched a clipboard out of one of his assistant's (Roberts) hands. It's kinda funny to watch.
  17. I'm more apt to take delight in a Boilermaker loss when, you know, we can actually beat them for once. Until then, facts are facts - Painter owns Archie.
  18. Exactly. Let's let our hate keep us warm enough tonight to bury Ricky Jr. tonight. God bless.
  19. Thanks for this. I'm just (anecdotally) using the 9 pm start time because when I REALLY started watching every IU game back in the 80s-early 90s, it just seemed like late games at The Barn are a curse, no matter who the coach, players, or whatever. I just hate that freakin court so much. It's dark, dumb, the floor is that creepy off-white. I hate Minny.
  20. Anyone have the energy to look up a stat? W-L, IU @ The Barn with a 9 pm EST start time between 1999-2019? Kinda specific, but I have the flu and can barely type a search term into Google without coughing a lung up.
  21. A late start game at The Barn + no evidence that this team can win anything on the road, and I'm not feeling very confident. I just don't sense that this team or the coaching staff understands what's hanging in the balance. No tournament appearance for four years and no improvement in Archie's three years (by any metric) has an impact beyond just this season and Archie's tenure. We're about to lose half the fan base if we don't make this train.
  22. There are are a couple of large parking garages right by the Bluebird. I haven't tried the Village Pub yet, but I've heard good things.
  23. I never like our odds at Minny because of that stupid thing they call a "basketball court". I've watched some of our worst performances ever at The Barn.
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