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  1. Sure, but what happened to 'we don't know' or 'we don't have enough data to say one way or the other' as responses? Bad information is much worse than no information. And if they were planning on keeping the lockdown going this long, they should've absolutely been clear about that, too. When this started, we were given no indications this would run anywhere close to the amount of time that it has: the internet was filled with articles like this stating that the full shut downs were only necessary for a few weeks, and thereafter we would be able to reopen, but vigilantly. And then there were all kinds of social justice online posts like this one, which indicated that people would be able to start socializing again within as little as 2 weeks' time. If they didn't want people to be upset by the moving of the goalposts, there should have been no goalposts in the first place.
  2. Not intelligent in the way that I meant though - if the cards are right, the virus will transmit whether the person is protesting for an important cause or just hanging out with their friends. The consequences of that transmission, if any, will, all else being equal, be the same. Which is why the about-face from the pro-lockdown crowd in light of these protests is staggering to me. Which is it? Do the lives of those vulnerable to COVID matter, or is it okay to discard them as long as we feel our reasons for doing so are just?
  3. There it is. https://www.cnbc.com/2020/06/09/who-scrambles-to-clarify-comments-on-asymptomatic-coronavirus-spread-much-is-still-unknown.html The way this entire crisis has been handled is truly shameful. Is it so much to ask that our officials have their story straight, instead of saying something they'll end up walking back later on? First we were told that the virus could live on contaminated surfaces for several days, then we were told that's not true. First we were told we should shut down for several weeks to give us time to beef up our health care and learn things about the virus, now some people are saying we should stay shut down until a vaccine that may never come. Asymptomatic transmission is a problem, then it's not a problem, then it actually is a problem. First we were told that we should not see anyone, go anywhere, or do anything for any reason whatsoever because we might transmit the virus to someone who might transmit the virus to someone who might transmit the virus to someone who might transmit the virus to someone who could die; now we are seeing it's actually okay to do so, as long as your motivation behind doing so is righteous rage. Because this virus is intelligent, and will walk right on by if it sees that you are out there for a good cause. But there is no righteous rage about famines, more abuse, every other disease on the face of the planet going untreated, each of these things being a direct consequence of lockdowns. I'm exhausted. This entire year has been like a step-by-step guide on how not to handle a crisis on every conceivable level.
  4. Well, if this tweet linked here is true, then we are on the right track: Surprise surprise!
  5. https://www.cnbc.com/amp/2020/06/08/asymptomatic-coronavirus-patients-arent-spreading-new-infections-who-says.html?__twitter_impression=true !!!
  6. Being the newest (besides the E-buses) in the fleet, wouldn't they want to use them as much as possible, at the expense of some older Orions?
  7. Sorry, I appear to be out of the loop here - wasn't North Queen used for surplus bus storage? Why are they sending some of the newest buses in the fleet there?
  8. Two FML moments from the last 24 hours: 1. Some weeks back, I pulled a muscle while lifting some soil at my work. I stopped lifting heavy things after that, but yesterday I helped a customer lift some garden wall blocks into her car and now my right arm is killing me again. How long am I supposed to go without lifting heavy stuff until this heals? 2. The EU has extended their travel ban on outsiders into their territory again until July 1st. How long is it going to be until it stops being illegal for me to see my home again?
  9. Wouldn't surprise me, considering there's still a bunch of hospitals that haven't yet resumed elective surgeries. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/covid-19-ontario-hospitals-elective-surgeries-1.5581177 You'd think that all other disease was put on hold, the way we're going about it.
  10. You know you've been reading entirely too much about viruses when you read "Škoda HN2" (the name of an axle used on old Škoda trolleys) and your mind instead thinks of H2N2 influenza.
  11. The Antonov today. Antonov AN-225 YYZ 1 by T3G, on Flickr Antonov AN-225 YYZ 2 by T3G, on Flickr Antonov AN-225 YYZ 3 by T3G, on Flickr Antonov AN-225 YYZ 4 by T3G, on Flickr Antonov AN-225 YYZ 5 by T3G, on Flickr Antonov AN-225 YYZ 6 by T3G, on Flickr
  12. https://www.thestar.com/news/city_hall/2020/05/22/mayor-john-tory-outlines-devastating-cuts-required-if-other-governments-dont-bail-toronto-out.html
  13. Did I trip and fall through a membrane into another reality on New Year's? How is this a real tweet I am seeing?
  14. You are correct! The 212 is the longest route, 12.1 km in length. The second longest is the 201, which is 10.9 km. The 204 is 9.0 km in length. 53 and 152 are Škoda 9 Trs. Not my favourite of theirs (that would be the 15 TrMs, which are numbered 6617-6639), but undoubtedly a handsome vehicle. Interestingly, this type of trolleybus made it out as far west as Bergen, Norway.
  15. Sure! Imhd.sk is the largest transportation enthusiast resource in Slovakia. They cover most large cities in the country, and they have a huge section just for Bratislava. They are both in Slovak and in English, so I am attaching their trolleybus photo gallery, where you can browse photos of the vehicles according to their type: https://imhd.sk/ba/gallery/26/Trolleybuses?gsd=0 Hope you enjoy
  16. As a retail worker, one thing about these restrictions that I wouldn't mind sticking around forever, though I know it's unrealistic to expect it to, is the capacity limits on stores. My store reopened to the public a few weeks ago. At first, it was relatively calm, but lately it's turned into a total zoo, even with a capacity limit on people. Fair play if you've lost your fear of the virus, but a] not everyone has, and b] customers who crowd around one spot and are all shouting in one voice asking questions the newbie is not qualified to answer in any way continue to be the worst, virus or no virus. It feels like it's so much worse than it was during regular times, though admittedly my old job was at a much smaller store so I might be lying to myself. I can't imagine how bad it would be if everyone and their dog got to go into the store all at once.
  17. There has not been much to celebrate this year, but this really cheered me up: my grandparents sent me a package with three books - one on the history of trolleybuses in Bratislava and two on the histories of individual bus manufacturers in the former Czechoslovakia - I had ordered and sent to their apartment, in the hope that I'd get to read them when I arrived in Europe. Well, if they can't bring me to the trolleybuses, at least I could, in a small way, have the trolleybuses brought to me. Hopefully I catch the live show before I'm old and grey!
  18. Something I haven't really done in great numbers before is nature photography (that is, zeroing in on flora or fauna - I have been doing landscapes for a really long time), or shooting in manual. These are some of my first attempts at doing so. All feedback is welcomed! Always Watchful by T3G, on Flickr Faded by T3G, on Flickr Chipmunk 1 by T3G, on Flickr Chipmunk 2 by T3G, on Flickr Chipmunk 3 by T3G, on Flickr Yellow Daffodils by T3G, on Flickr Chipmunk 4 by T3G, on Flickr Red Winged Black Bird by T3G, on Flickr Woodpecker by T3G, on Flickr The Angry Lake by T3G, on Flickr The Meeting of Two Roads by T3G, on Flickr The Path Not Taken by T3G, on Flickr Hidden Away by T3G, on Flickr Desolation by T3G, on Flickr Peeking Through the Mist by T3G, on Flickr
  19. Seems like a practical and workable solution! https://www.timeout.com/newyork/news/the-mta-could-consider-a-reservation-only-system-for-nycs-subways-and-buses-051320
  20. Are all the cars with VISION receiving the metal crowns over the cab like 4486?
  21. The problem with this notion is that it takes a long time to get a new order of vehicles built. IIRC a reasonable time frame for getting a new bus order online, from conception to entry into service, should be around a year, if we go by the timeframes presented on our wiki for various orders. And that doesn't account for any difficulties that manufacturers may have run into over the last few months. I haven't seen any articles on this front so I can't know for sure, but I assume business is not booming for transit manufacturers. What do you do in the mean time? And what will we do in a few years' time when these hundreds and hundreds of overflow vehicles are no longer required? To say nothing of infrastructure limitations. Building a garage takes a fairly significant amount of time. And the TTC is not known for their long headways - just how frequently will the Queen line have to run, if they want to entertain this idea? Are there going to be kilometre long streetcar lines down Queen Street while a single vehicle lays over inside Neville loop? I think that social distancing is going to go out the window once the economy gets restarted.
  22. https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2020/05/11/a-quarter-of-ex-transit-riders-wont-take-the-ttc-again-without-covid-19-vaccine-study-says.html A quarter of ex-transit riders won’t take the TTC again without COVID-19 vaccine, study says
  23. Thanks for your feedback. I've given some thought before to the idea of buying used equipment, but this purchase will not be mine alone - me and my dad have agreed to split the cost of the base camera kit, and he says that he's been burned by buying second hand equipment before - inevitably, it ended up breaking - so I doubt I'd be able to convince him to agree to buy second hand. Getting up close to the buses might not necessarily be a huge problem. In my experience, If I'm at the point where I have to get right up next to it, I feel like it may be worth foregoing the photo anyway, because at such a close up range, depending on the camera, the distortion can be bothersome. And even if it's not, there's not much value to an in-its-face shot of a bus, in terms of documenting it, IMO. It's a neat visual but if I want to actually document what the bus is then I often have to stand further back, anyway.
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