Monday, January 18, 2021

On line public nonsense

I make mistakes when I am writing. Quell horreur! But I am a averagely educated working class person. I am not a large multi million dollar private company nor a government health department. People are paid well enough to get these things right and I become very annoyed when they don't. 

How about this COVID instruction on our state health website? We've had around nine days without community transmission after a small outbreak. I know which rule I would choose from below. To save you the bother of checking, the places, the dates and the times of possible infection sites are all the same. Just the advice above about how to react is different. 

New train timetables begin at the end of the month. I've been looking at the extensive changes. I bumped the live timetable forward to the 31st of January and look at the nonsense on the PTV website. If you are familiar with the Sandringham train line, I despair. I gave up looking at this point. Ok, briefly explained, trains start at Flinders Street Station and terminate at Sandringham. They do not start at Richmond Station.






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  1. Yes.
    And I blame it on successive governments (of all persuasions) cutting public service numbers and demanding that they continue to do as much (and more) as they did before the numbers were cut.

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  2. Same all over. Ontario here has got so much wrong on the new Covid protocols (the cases are through the roof)that it is totally laughable. I'm sure consultants were paid a fortune to throw out conflicting regulations. Nobody understands them and people's lives are at stake.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. WWW, and aren't the good folk of Ontario paying the lock down price now.

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  3. I would quarantine for the 14 days simply because I do not mind staying home and that's certainly long enough to receive a negative result.

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    1. River, I wonder how I would deal with having to stay home for 14 days. Not well probably.

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  4. I just wish people would follow the Covid advice, and, when possible get vaccinated. Only then will we beat this wretched virus.

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    1. Cro, vaccinations haven't even begun here yet. For obvious reasons, we are a low priority.

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  5. For me the covid vaccine was easy. My employer called with record message saying if your interested in covid vaccine give the office a call the following day. I did and they send me over to local health dist.
    But now when comes to my advance tax credit, now that different story.
    Coffee is on and stay safe

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    1. Dora, do you have to receive a second dose in a couple of weeks?

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  6. Well Andrew

    I was going to say, get a soothing hobby, crochet is nice, but I remembered what I am like when stuck in a queue in Coles with the sign saying, "10 items or less", there I am, trembling with silent seething rage, thinking FEWER, FEWER, and hoping I can keep my lip buttoned.

    So, I feel your pain. Don't crochet.

    Marie in Perth

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    1. Thank you Marie. England I believe has dealt with 10 items or less. We apparently haven't. I did once many years ago think less/fewer through and came to the conclusion you clearly did too.

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    2. I wonder if this is because our education system is so far dumbed down many people wouldn't know what fewer means, yet everyone knows what less is.

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  7. I imagine in the relevant state government department, there is a team huddled in a small room, cautiously debating the wording and the layout. I worked for a very long time in the Public Service and loved it, but I realise mistakes were made.

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    1. Hels, you were in an artistic area where mistakes are tolerable and can be corrected and did not have a massive impact on lives.

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  8. Those departments should not get words wrong but they do, shows they are human.

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    1. Margaret, really after a year of COVID information these professional departments should have accurate information when putting it out to the public.

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  9. Different instructions when they all have the same dates and times, that is ridiculous...someone wasn't thinking!

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  10. That was a pretty substantial error Andrew, not good enough 😉

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    1. Grace, it is and could have a huge impact on some lives and put others at risk.

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  11. Very strange re. the Covid advice. Looks like someone was confused about the rules, prepared two versions of the same table and then accidentally published them both?!

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    1. Steve, that rather appears to be what happened.

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