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  1. Might be better for SLU for Hughes Jr to take off later in the recruitment process, prevents any blue bloods from swooping in and snagging him away from the Bills.
  2. Hughes Jr will be a Billiken
  3. Either way, you have to love the positive SLU article next to the one about Wash U getting sued
  4. This is huge, and to be honest, long overdue. In reality, our education system has been bogged down over the past number of decades by teaching strictly to the test. Teachers don't like it. Students don't like it. For-profit testing companies love it. We need a return to the classical education of years past, where teachers could teach their students important life skills, not just standardized test taking strategies. Standardized tests have no true relationship to eventual future success. Grit, resilience in challenging times, motivation level, time balancing skills, etc. are all much better predictors of future success than standardized test scores. Though we can debate how exactly those might be measured. https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2016/09/the-failing-grade-for-tests/498407/
  5. Problem is, most work as we know it probably won't exist IMO. The pandemic simply accelerated trends that have been going on for years. https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/05/bridge-post-pandemic-world-already-collapsing/611089/
  6. Pretty good perspective on why the Sweden herd immunity approach should be taken with a grain of salt. Really brings into perspective just how many uncertain variables there are in all of this (e.g. specificity of the existing antibody tests, true prevalence of Covid in populations, etc). Opinion | Coronavirus and the Sweden Myth At the end of the day, being overly cautious from the get-go was most likely the correct move for the majority of nations, particularly the U.S. (even though our response time was significantly delayed). Here's the thing, America is probably the least physically healthy population of any developed nation in the world, and consequently the least equipped to deal with a pandemic. Rates of diabetes, HTN, other chronic underlying conditions are significantly higher than most other developed countries, not to mention our population just being less healthy in general due to higher rates of poverty, inequality, toxic stress, etc. Those factors all diminish immune capacity. Simply expecting a Sweden approach to work here is pretty naive, given that their population is more homogenous and is overall far more healthy than ours. I highly doubt that pockets of the U.S. which have higher poverty, higher inequality, more obesity, and more underlying health risks would be completely protected from a targeted herd immunity approach. If anything, such an approach would exacerbate the disparities that already exist for those people, since they would essentially be forced to lock down for many more months than everyone else, not to mention they may be more likely to become exposed to the virus. I get that people can't go on like this forever, and that there needs to be a balanced approach to ultimately start reopening things. I agree with Brian, it doesn't help that we have irrational fear mongering and irrational downplaying of the threat both occurring simultaneously right now. Honestly I think the only solution to preserve the economy and prevent people from simply starving is to implement some kind of universal basic income.
  7. Just when you thought 2020 couldn't get any worse... https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/02/us/asian-giant-hornet-washington.html
  8. Jimerson, Lorentsson, and French in the game at the same time.... Sweet Jesus. The Werewolf is going to have a feast in the wide open paint, or else our snipers will be raining 3's all day long. Yuri/Jacobs -- Goodwin -- Perkins/Jimerson -- Lorentsson -- French/Bell Deadly with that stretch 4 presence.
  9. Preliminary results from a vaccine human trial could here by mid June. Huge news. This is the best chance at a "silver bullet" that we've got. https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/30/uk/oxford-coronavirus-vaccine-trial-astrazeneca-gbr-intl/index.html
  10. A joke that anyone considers this a-hole anything but the absolute antithesis of a medical professional.
  11. https://www.stltoday.com/lifestyles/health-med-fit/coronavirus/protesters-gather-at-the-missouri-capitol-downtown-clayton-to-demand-state-reopen/article_a9da78ea-07f2-58b7-a33b-4815fd63558c.html
  12. Some good news for everyone this morning: https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/supreme-court-declines-to-hear-kroenke-rams-and-nfl-appeal-in-relocation-lawsuit/article_0d4614e1-b871-530f-b5e7-3514c2ffdba0.html#tracking-source=home-breaking
  13. I can't even fathom the pain of having a loved one die alone... https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/04/19/coronavirus-deaths-daughter-listens-hours-father-dies-alone/2986665001/
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