2016-07-08 Fri

Brexit

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The Media is awash with what-ifs; the usual stuff that Journalists pour out.

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I am tickled by the notion that now The People Have Spoken and they want to leave the European Union, The rules of the UKís labour party stipulate that he can be pushed out only if the Members of the European Parliament agree to it.

Hah hah!

Juno and the Toronto Transit Commission

From a Wikipedia article:

Juno is a NASA New Frontiers mission currently orbiting the planet Jupiter. Juno was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on August 5, 2011 and arrived on July 4, 2016.

Juno was originally proposed at a cost of approximately US$700 million for a June 2009 launch. NASA budgetary restrictions resulted in postponement until August 2011, and a launch on board an Atlas V rocket in the 551 configuration. As of June 2011, the mission was projected to cost $1.1 billion over its life.

Now of course, in some ways sending an object across space to a planet is pretty simple stuff; basic Newtonian Physics, some high-school calculus thrown in, and away you go. OK. I is a little bit more complicated than that, but in essence the positions and motions of our solar systemís planets are predictable. Unlike human beings.

Then, of course, we have the Toronto Transit Commission.

Since 1982 the Toronto Transit Commission hasnít built anything that resembles a decent add-on to the transit system. They (the Toronto Transit Commission) still refuse to operate co-operative transfers with neighbouring transit systems; we have an LRT that shuts down when it snows (who knew it was going to snow in Toronto in wintertime, right?) and a 4-stop subway to nowhere that carries less people per day than a regular bus route.

And now the mayor thinks that spending 3+ Billion dollars on a one-stop subway is a good thing.

Now no matter how you look at it, either Juno was proposed at $700 million whereas Toryís one-stop is proposed at $3,000 million, OR Juno ended up costing $1,100 million and Toryís one-stop will end up costing (your chosen multiplier times $3,000 million here).

Of course, the Juno project took only five years. The one-stop Scarborough system has no chance at moving more than one kilometre per year.

NASA will land someone on Mars before the Toronto Transit Commission and the GTA get their transit act together.

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To put things into perspective, when I left Singapore in 1982, Singapore had no subway system.