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six-hopper

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  1. Sure, but what I'm seeing is so widespread and on such a scale that it makes me think that it is a very large subset. Bars doing big business.. Thirty or forty people standing in line at a Dairy Queen, practicing something much closer to six-inch social distancing than the six-foot version. Tons of people milling around boat launches. Public docks full of people fishing right next to each other. Packed playgrounds. Busy beaches and lots of people swimming without any apparent concern about COVID-19. Baseball and softball teams with their players sitting right next to each other on the bench. People playing basketball with lots of closeness and contact. And many many people shopping without masks. I'm sure that there is still a contingent of people hiding in their homes, wearing masks wherever they go, and using copious quantities of hand sanitizer. But my observation makes me think that that contingent is not very large, and that it is shrinking rapidly.
  2. The concentration of concern about the coronavirus on this board is much much higher than I am seeing in the real world. Almost none of the small businesses I've visited in recent weeks are enforcing any sort of "social distancing" or mask-wearing. And two or three weeks ago, at big stores like Walmart and Meijer and Kroger, it appeared to me that about 90 percent of the customers were wearing masks. This week it was down to maybe 60 percent. And I've been in two large bars in the last week, and both of them were packed -- people sitting shoulder-to-shoulder at the bar, tables fully occupied, and no one but some of the employees wearing masks. The Free Press keeps telling us that polls show people in Michigan strongly supporting Whitmer's orders and seriously concerned about a "second wave." My observation makes me believe that is not true. It appears to me that most people regard the virus as yesterday's news.
  3. Many people in this society can't understand a garage door pull rope. So getting to understanding of something significantly more complicated is a very tall order. As for the death rate, the reported range from 0.15 to 0.4 percent is a very recent one, and coming from some widely disparate research sources. That is a far cry from the 3 or 4 or 10 percent figures that were hysterically thrown around early on.
  4. If the standard is the unrealistic one of nobody testing positive, this isn't going to go very far. We have gone way past the original goals of "flattening the curve" and "preventing the health care system from being overwhelmed" to the apparent unattainable goals of no one dying or even becoming infected. With epidemiologists now saying that the death rate is only 0.15 to 0.4 percent (meaning that somewhere between 1 in 250 and 1 in 650 infected people die from it), a very large percentage of the deaths being among the elderly (especially in nursing homes), the growing realization that many who get it experience no symptoms or at worst no serious ones, and studies suggesting that the virus may be mutating into a less virulent form, knee-jerk reactions every time someone tests positive (like closing "Spring" Training facilities) seem unwarranted. But if that is the standard that is followed, I am not optimistic about seeing Major League baseball this year.
  5. Wow. If the current version of Jimmy Kimmel is "evolved," he must have been a really low form of life twenty years ago.
  6. Yeah, I used to cover Formula One. Their garage door pulls were braided strands of gold with diamond-studded Tiffany bracelets at the end -- for the bottom-feeder outfits. The top teams didn't have doors at all -- they used force fields like the shields on the starship Enterprise or just beamed the cars and people in and out.
  7. Yeah, I have often misunderstood what a garage pull rope signifies.
  8. What, are you suggesting that someone would falsely characterize a garage door pull that was there long before Bubba was as a noose, just to take advantage of the BLM frenzy and get a ton of sympathy and publicity? No way! What's next, some ridiculous racist suggestion that Jussie Smollett wasn't really attacked by crazed white supremacists?
  9. I'll say it: They both belong in, as do Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Rafael Palmeiro, and everyone else whose numbers say they should be there but who are being excluded for the sake of stupid sanctimony. Leaving out one of the two best players in the history of the game, as well as the all-time hits leader and the greatest pitcher of at least the last 80 years and at least arguably the greatest of all time makes the Hall at best irrelevant, and in my view an outright joke.
  10. All the way to the betting window, or to the phone to call his bookie.
  11. Yeah, I was at all of those last three games against the Blue Jays. The final one was special because of the Tanana shutout and, of course, it clinched the division, but all three of them were crucial, and all of them were one-run games, so the tension was just a bit on the high side.
  12. Now that you mentioned it, seeing Nolan Ryan pitch is a candidate for my list, too. I was a few rows behind home plate in a game that he pitched, and he no-hit the Tigers for the first six innings or so. Seeing his ungodly stuff from right behind the plate made me wonder how anyone ever got a hit off of him.
  13. Well, I was at the ten I mentioned. (I just edited mine to make it a Top Ten list.)
  14. No contest: Kirk Gibson's eighth-inning home run off of Goose Gossage in Game Five of the 1984 World Series. Turned a one-run lead into a four-run lead and assured us that the Tigers were going to win the World Series at home. When he hit it, the ballpark shook and the noise was deafening. And Gibby's triumphant tour of the bases and the team celebration after he crossed the plate (memorialized in that iconic photograph by Mary Schroeder) were icing on the cake. Second is my first trip to Tiger Stadium -- for a July 12, 1970 doubleheader against the Orioles. Most of the heroes of 1968 were still on the team. The Tigers' starting pitchers were Mickey Lolich and Denny McLain. Lolich won the first game, which featured leadoff home runs by the Tigers in the first three innings, by Mickey Stanley, Bill Freehan, and Al Kaline. And the field was, of course, the most beautiful thing I had ever seen. Number Three is that last game in 1987, which was awesome as the culmination of that incredible final week. Number Four is Magglio's pennant-winning walkoff home run in 2006, because it was not only a great moment, but because my sons and my best friend were there to see it with me. Number Five for me would be your Number Two -- Robert Fick's grand slam on the roof as the last hit in Tiger Stadium, followed by the Tigers past and present coming out and occupying their positions on the field to say farewell to the best place there has ever been to watch a baseball game. Sixth place goes to a Kirk Gibson inside-the-park hone run. A no-arc line drive that hit the center filed fence by the 440 mark and caromed right past the center fielder. Gibby was flying and scored without a throw. Seventh is Gibson's line drive hit so hard that the opposing first baseman hit the f\dirt rather than try to catch it. The only time I ever saw something like that from a Major League infielder. That and the inside-the-parker I referenced above might have been the two hardest-hit balls I've ever seen live. Eighth is the Skeeter Barnes/Cecil Fielder triple play. Ninth is Lou Whitaker's home run over the roof. (Honorable mention to Gibby, whom I saw hit one out in a game but just barely foul. I also saw him clear the roof in fair territory in batting practice.) Rounding out my Top Ten is Brandon Inge charging a bunt, fielding it what seemed like about 15 feet from the plate, and turning and throwing a bullet to second base and getting the force. What an arm! The greatest defensive play I've ever seen live. Maybe the greatest period.
  15. Not sure those would be positives. Having a backup quarterback as the face of the team and the focus of media attention doesn't strike me as a good thing.
  16. Yep. Why sign a guy whom much of your customer base views unfavorably and who would create a media circus,, especially if he isn't all that good and especially if you don't expect him to be a starter? If he was an elite quarterback, someone would have jumped on him and dealt with the PR issues and the circus. But no one in their right mind would buy those problems with a guy who would probably be a mediocre starter at best, much less one who would be a backup.
  17. In recent years, the number of homicides in this country has ranged from about 14,000 to about 17,000 a year. The number of people killed by the police annually has been in the 900-1000 range. Last year it was 1004. Of those 1004, though, according to USA Today only 41 were unarmed, and only 8 of the unarmed were black. So the narrative that the police are both targeting unarmed black people and killing them in droves appears to be quite a stretch. Bottom line, there are many thousands of people killed every year by someone other than police officers. Also, the vast majority of assaults, batteries, robberies, rapes, home invasions, burglaries, and carjackings are also committed by people who are not the police. So yes, getting rid of the police does not seem like a prudent move.
  18. Well, my point is that, regardless of whether what has happened over the last few months was an overreaction, in the minds of many if not most people, the whole thing is pretty much over over. I base that upon what I have heard from many people, as well what I have been observing in terms of people's behavior. Whether their conclusion that the coronavirus is no longer something that should control the way they live their lives is a valid one is a different issue. Michigan typically averages about 8000 deaths per month. According to the state's records, there was a significant spike in March of this year, to about 9500, and a much bigger one in April, to more than 12,000. Presumably that was largely or entirely a result of he novel coronavirus. Several thousand extra deaths is certainly not trivial -- every one of those was, after all, a person, most if not all with relatives and friends for whom the deaths were tragedies. But statistically speaking. in a state of more than ten million people, it is hard to characterize it as the end of the world. Most of those deaths, apparently, were of comparatively elderly people. (I read recently that a staggering 68 percent of New Jersey's deaths attributed to the coronavirus have been in nursing homes.) That does not mean that those deaths don't matter, but it does have to be factored into a calculation of the magnitude of the threat to the overall population. Anyway, the gist of my earlier post was that it appears to me that many and probably most people, even if they ever structured their lives with the primary goal of avoiding contracting or passing on the coronavirus, are no longer doing so. As for whether that is a wise course, only time will tell.
  19. It appears to me that, as far as most people are concerned, coronavirus is yesterday's news. Over the last week, I have come across, among other similar things: A car show with hundreds of people in attendance, no semblance of "social distancing", and exactly two masks. Or maybe one -- I may have seen the same guy twice. Thirty or so people in line at a Dairy Queen, following a six-inch distancing rule, and not a single mask in evidence. A softball team practicing, with the girls all standing right next to each other in the outfield while one coach hit them fly balls and the other coach --standing right next to the hitter -- taking the throws coming in. And, again, no masks. A baseball team with the players sitting right next to each other on the bench and the parents and grandparents all bunched together -- with no masks. Several small-business stores saying that they are not requiring masks, and customers taking full advantage of that dispensation. It does seem that the one-way-aisle protocol at bigger stores is still being observed at its historical rate, though. That rate is, of course, 50 percent -- half of the people going one way down an aisle, and half going the other way. Through all this, I know exactly one person who has tested positive. She was sent home from her hospital job to quarantine, never had any symptoms, and was back at work after a couple of weeks. I mentioned that at a Secretary of State office the other day, and the woman at the counter said that she doesn't know a single person who has tested positive. People will not fear a pandemic for very long if they don't even know anyone who falls victim to it. Now a bunch of esearchers and epidemiologists are saying -- as some did months ago -- that the death rate from COVID-19 is actually very low -- like 0.15 to 0.4 percent, so only one infected person out of every 250 to 650 actually dies from it. Most people will take those odds over having their freedom and economic lives s***canned. Also, the claim that the virus is weakening, probably through mutation, and thereby becoming less dangerous, is gaining traction. Many did not believe that when some Euros announced it last week, but now University of Pittsburgh researchers are saying the same thing, and I suspect that many more will join that chorus. Plus, of course, once the Democrats who were so big on their "anti-coronavirus" rules abandoned them for the sake of protests and riots, the little that was left of their game was over. I didn't think that the coronavirus behavioral guidelines would survive the beginning of summer, especially in Michigan. And they haven't. As for Whitmer's relaxation of her rules and orders, I am easily cynical enough to believe that they happened principally as a face-saving measure, because of the fact that so many people were no longer following them, and there is nothing that a power-mad would-be dictator likes less than having her subjects openly ignore her. Even if there is a "second wave," I suspect that its effect on our society will be barely that of a ripple.
  20. I have guns, So do most of the people I know. But the police where I live in Oakland County do not routinely treat everyone as a threat to shoot them. Maybe that is because, while Detroit had 273 homicides last year, Oakland County -- with close to twice the population of Detroit -- had just 20 (according to The Oakland Press). Civilization rocks.
  21. I've had bad experiences with cops, and certainly don't have universal warm fuzzy feelings about them. After all, a large majority of the people killed by the police in this country are not black. and police misconduct is not confined to black victims. But none of my experiences with cops have risen to anything close to the level of the crimes against my friends and relatives listed above. The city of Detroit has had as many as 714 homicides in a year, and despite its huge drop in population still pushes 300 killings annually. Plus, of course, there are many nonfatal shootings and other attacks, as well as huge numbers of rapes, robberies, carjackings, burglaries, and other serious crimes. And not many of those are committed by the police. So while I am certainly opposed to criminal conduct and other misconduct by the police, I cannot see it as anywhere near the biggest problem in our society.
  22. Well, there certainly were riots. As for your perception that they have petered out, I hope you're right.
  23. No, I'm not. But if a peaceful protest is suddenly co-opted by violent rioters, I think it would be a good idea for the peaceful people to separate themselves from the mayhem. And that would allow us to, uh, focus on the criminals without risk to the law-abiding protesters.
  24. I am more concerned about the existence of people who are incompatible with civilization than why they are that way. If I am attacked by a rabid dog, I don't care how it got the rabies. The rioters and looters and arsonists and killers on the rampage in our cities -- like foreign terrorists -- are not rabid dogs who can't control themselves, any "psycho-social antecedents" notwithstanding. Which makes them worse, not to mention more dangerous and destructive, than rabid dogs. I judge people by their conduct. And I see a lot of very bad conduct -- rabid-dog-type conduct writ large -- happening in connection with the protests. It should be dealt with by something more effective than having a "national dialogue" about "feelings" and "root causes." That means going after both the rioters and the police officers who cross the line.
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