Welcome to my cathartic pandemic scrapbook, I started it many months into the pandemic – most recent things are on the top 🙂 If you’re looking for chronological order, the bottom is the place to start!
There’s no overarching storyline (despite common trends), this is just what popped up in our day to day lives (via the internet, so almost our entire lives at that moment) as the pandemic continued on, it wasn’t sought out, honestly most of it was presented to me while passing time on the toilet.
I always enjoy a good zoom-oopsie story
No dystopian or apocalypse themed movie or book prepared me for this – life is truly stranger than fiction
Because no dystopia is complete without a discount will
In the first couple decades of my life I spent growing up in Alberta I had not once seen these flags
Today is May 11th, 2021 – nearly another couple decades since I left that home province
Just one small example of headlines that feel they belong in satire… but alas, life is becoming harder and harder to satirize
So I clicked on a Facebook advertisement – naturally the sales pitch of a “virtual earth” doesn’t include actual access to a virtual environment… but instead focuses on monetizing virtual regions
Y’know, I grew up around adults who would always criticize the government. Weirdly they thought they could solve their problems by just voting in the person whose lies they preferred more. I admit, as a child I didn’t understand how this solved their problems
Someone paid money so that I would see this ad. Let that sink in.
Saw some amazement that after a full 24hrs+ of horrible press that the BC Government didn’t change their “pop up” strategy of vaccination, some factoids on this particular one:
– Some people had camped out overnight
– At 7:30am an estimated 250~ people were in line
– Knowledge of the site slowly spread on social media until news outlets picked up on it
– Health Authority official channels didn’t acknowledge its existence until line up reached point where…
– … hundreds of people, some who had waited up to 4 hours, told to go home as they were out of vaccines
Disinformation, a personal short-story told in screen-snips
So I actually probably wouldn’t of remembered it always but now I will
Disinformation is the reason we can’t have nice things
It has not been a good year for the world. So many things are happening that if you stopped to think about any individual event and really reflect on it, any single one will be enough to set your innermost essential essence to shrivel up and weep.
Future me, this is where I’d like you to stop and think.
Vast amounts of money are poured into disinformation, it then snowballs into crowd-sourced reinforcement as people prefer to believe the comfortable disinformation as opposed to an uncomfortable reality
I may tend to really enjoy data but there’s a certain… earnestness to an anecdotal story. I like telling my stories, I enjoy listening to others stories. This is a story that I found had… layers.
I honestly couldn’t believe something as barbaric as conversion therapy was real, I thought it was just a dark-comedy skit from Shameless. It’s unfortunately so real that certain Canadian politicians are arguing for the practice.
This Alberta MLA (Janis Irwin) had the best possible response
So Canada’s House of Commons called an emergency meeting to debate whether we should change national strategies from… Covid Coping to Covid Elimination. Things are bad. They’re looking to get much worse before getting any better.
After catching the last bit of the live stream I saw this ad
Been having groceries delivered weekly for nearly the entire pandemic at this point (luggin’ a weeks worth of groceries without a car and not using public transit was a massive pain in the butt). Sometime during this pandemic the building we live in “upgraded” the buzzer system, instead of a hard-wired land line to or suite it now buzzes to a cell phone #.
That cell phone # is also the # used to order the groceries and also it’s with Rogers which has a nation wide disruption since the middle of the night yesterday.
Now to figure out what happens when your $200 worth of groceries just kinda disappears cause a major telecom company couldn’t keep critical infrastructure running.
The date is April 19, 2021 – Variants of Concern are still very much a concern, India has fostered a super-mutant variant and is in big trouble while flights from India and Vancouver have been happening every day for months.
Forget all that though, Stay Home because of all this other crazy shit that happens if you go outside. It was a single CBC news article that was quite massive about weekend events that happened in Vancouver, I appreciate this reddit user’s TL;DR:
My tolerance for politicians has dramatically taken a nosedive during this pandemic
As a world we are over a year into this. There is so much research tying schools to being massive vectors of transmission. Nevermind that just out of pure logic we know:
– Children rarely get severely ill and rarely show symptoms when infected
– Children *can* get infected
– Asymptomatic humans can spread the virus (studies actually show children have viral loads higher than adults!)
– Schools in BC are poorly maintained, have suffered budget cuts over the years (are looking forward to more budget cuts), and generally have very poor ventilation (seriously, if you’re not a parent ask to do a walk-through of a local school, just take a friggin’ look!)
Anyway, our provincial officials are dead-set on keeping schools open, to the point of obvious data manipulation (including contract tracers explicitly telling parents of children who received exposure notices that their child cannot receive a test for Covid unless they exhibit multiple symptoms)
Today is April 16th, 2021
I’m really really proud of it and am certain future me will enjoy seeing this again
Whoa, something I’ve been waiting for this entire pandemic (maybe it happened already and I missed it) – a Canadian politician (Alberta’s Premier) directly speaking to and denouncing the actions of anti-vaccination groups
Sometimes the things we’re looking for are found in the most unlikeliest of places
I made a live-tweet during a Throne Speech that got some attention, when I clicked on my Notifications to see what was up… well, look at what was trending
Oh, relevant context: BC’s Public Health Officer just last week said we were “one month behind Ontario” when it comes to how bad a time we’re about to have with Covid
Sweden was the poster child for what was called the “Great Berrington Declaration”, which was basically a sociopathic plan to just do nothing and let Covid run through the population in an effort to reach “Herd Immunity” quickly so we can all get back to our “normal lives” as fast as possible
Brazil tried something similar with a much higher population size, we have a deadly variant outbreak in BC here thanks to un-checked spread and rapid mutation in Brazil called the P.1. For the last week 3000~ people are dying per day in Brazil (April 9, 2021), truly heartbreaking
Sweden has the highest deaths per capita right now vs. all of their Scandinavian peers, oh, and that “normal life” they rushed to? Well, we’re a year into this and they never had a “lockdown” but their lives were anything but normal – oh, also they’re suffering from the worst economic impact vs. their peers as well. It really was a lose-lose-lose strategy, so I guess they opted to try a different… uh… PR approach…
So more and more people are noticing our provincial government is doing a poor job, and also that the stakes are quite high
It’s a fairly tense time and I’m spending too much of that time on social media (for further context on why this would pop out to me for 3pm on a Friday, scroll down)
Don’t let this all distract us from the insanity of a proposed Alberta School Curriculum, where Grade 3 Students are being trained to defend placing advertisements for escaped slaves – people seem quite upset about a number of things in the curriculum (like Kindergarteners needing to learn about Mesopotamia) and yet I don’t think anyone with sensibility can actually stop this from being taught in schools and replaced with… oh I dunno, knowledge and skills that match our modern age?
BC: “We’re going to hold a press conference after we break 1000 new cases, the majority of which are these pesky Variants of Concern – during that briefing, we’re going to report a very low number of those variants of concern that just 1-hr after the briefing will be invalidated by a much larger number by our own BC CDC public data. We’ll take up our talking time by chronically repeating information until reporters are severely limited during question period. While this will all look somewhat strange, it allows us to justify not increasing restrictions and upsetting the various groups who yell at us all the time threatening more Freedom Marches”
Ontario: “Hold my beer”
BC has just entered what the government is calling a Covid “Circuit Breaker” – basically, nothing changes for us in this household. Other people won’t be able to dine in restaurants, and most kids should be wearing masks in school. That’s what’s going to change our trajectory from 1000+ cases (it was 500+ last week….) apparently.
I’ve sent a letter to both my MLA and MP demanding our health minster be removed from their job. This is relevant to highlight how I feel my province has been handling the pandemic.
Anyway! Great segue to how Ontario is handling their own problems today.
If I was working for this enormous game industry entity my work would be contributing to this persons paycheck
If this information is accurate it means that 100% of our virus security leaks are due to British Columbians traveling outside of the province and bringing it back – because 0% come from travelers coming *into* BC
So a ship got stuck in a canal
March 23rd, 2021
Brazil attempted to aggressively ignore the pandemic, opting for a catastrophic “response” of “just let everyone get it”. So everyone got it. Then they got it again. Now they’re getting it again – and it’s mutated. It’s reported to be much more virulent and much more dangerous to middle-aged people.
Here in BC our government resists testing, so while we’re aware of what they’re calling “Variants of Concern” and we know there’s about 100+ daily being caught, we have no idea what the actual spread is here. Alberta tests though, and > 50% of their new cases are specifically the Variant of Concern that sprouted from and now plagues Brazil.
I put the date up there because this very moment is an incredibly high-anxiety moment, what I’ve snipped for this scrapbook isn’t a best guess, it isn’t some doomsday promise, this is reality for the people of Brazil right now. I feel transported a year back, desperately hoping my friends and loved ones keep safe.
What I want to be doing? Building some games that make me enough money to support my family before I head back into the corporate world in defeat
What I’m actually doing? Probably getting angry at my government on twitter (or an MP/MLA’s mailbox)
Random sampling of bizarre hatred thrown towards someone who collects data and puts that data in charts
Made sure to include the the date in the image
That escalated quickly. To follow-up the below post, I’ve been getting spammed via news highlights that the rich dude who threw billions of company dollars (note: it wasn’t his own money, this is lost on these reporters who use a single human to represent a corporation) at a cryptocurrency lost anywhere from 13 to 36 billion in personal wealth depending on source of the article. Then today I saw this and… the topic is heating up. It’s one thing for a bunch of “investors” to be conning each other and anyone willing to listen to them, but now they’re forcibly pulling otherwise sensible human beings into the con
As some people in this world get nervous about the collapse of various unsustainable economic systems they’re taking small slices of their wealth and storing it somewhere they hope isn’t effected. Then they’re spending another slice of their wealth to promote others to do the same thing, promising that if they invest their life savings (which they should do! because it’ll all disappear!!) they can skip rungs in the social economic hierarchy and they too won’t have to worry about life paycheck-to-paycheck.
The very fact vast amount of human resources are being spent purely to worry and prepare for these “doomsday” scenarios is yet more evidence that we have the resources to solve a lot of problems people are having today, but instead choose to spend that energy on anxiety over some imaginary wealth scoreboard.
I’m sure someone was very proud of their… clever solution
It was explosives at a gender reveal party (what even is this party? when did that become a thing? get off my lawn) that set most of California on fire in 2020. This just passed my news feed 😦
Been trying to take some downtime from the constant bombardment of horrible things in the world, but I couldn’t let this one slide. Throughout the pandemic the BC Government has pushed advertisements of a particularly dystopian flavor (if the fella hadn’t already passed I’d of thought they contracted out George Orwell to write the script for their “Please go to community centers!” video), and this… I wonder what future me will think of this.
I think I’ve been slowly desensitized to… whatever this is. From the paragraph of a name to the fact this exact product was pushed explicitly to me through whatever machine-learning nonsense they’re using.
Wondering how future me (or friends) will think of this, so leaving it here.
It’s a Tuesday, welcome to February 2021 – pandemic wise, two new variants are confirmed in our province and spreading rapidly (one dubbed the “UK” variant, the other “African”). Meanwhile, entitled assholes are feeling oppressed, and you know you’re really really oppressed when your show of defiance is… a house party featuring 100 McDonalds cheeseburgers.
It’s pictures of mostly text
One of the leading narratives around schools this pandemic has been “Children need to be in schools for their mental health”. While I’m sure this is very true in some communities, it seems like when school is brought up as a topic with most of my friends it’s usually associated with some kind of trauma.
It’s gone so far that our provincial health officer and premier have both – on camera – stated that Children do not spread the virus, so schools are safe. This is a lie. On camera. With full confidence. My rage is getting me off-track so I’ll just paste the image.
I won’t give them money to get past their paywall so all I’m left with his this bleak clickbait
My button would have been for a cup of Swiss Chalet Sauce
Oh no. So I looked at a news site (I wanted to read the below article, but not from my phone) and saw this
The words I would apply are significantly less charitable, but I appreciate the sentiment
America has a new president, we watched the video, it was a very fancy inauguration. Despite appearances by celebrities such as Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, and Garth Brooks… this is the person that stole the show for me
Conspiracy nuts are starting to realize they’ve been lied to. That’s also bombarding my social media – unfortunately it’s not all of them, this one (WTF @ the upvote/downvote ratio) seems to be trying to stoke some fires
One of the first provincial ads (supported by the government of BC) I saw after March 2020 (the period of time that the realities of the pandemic started setting in, and people started dying here) was an ad for Tourism BC.
Since then tourism in BC has been pushing hard against pandemic restrictions
It’s the morning of January 12th and I’m gettin’ ready to shut off the social media tabs as the coffee slowly forces my brain into moving. I think it’s relevant to say that this morning ritual (back in the before-days) used to yield hilarious or heartwarming things that I’d send on over to Angel. These days it’s flooded with… well, this, and instead ends up in this strange scrapbook.
If you started chronologically from the bottom, here’s the follow-up to an earlier post…
…if you’re starting here, spoiler alert
“Help we’re having such a hard time locating these mysterious suspects”
Me: “Didn’t there used to be fun, light-hearted things that could trend on twitter?”
Angel: “Yeah and now it’s dominated around some asshole”
Me: *clicks Explore*
Me: “Ooohhh! Grindr is trending but didn’t make the top trending dealie! At least that should be fun
Update: Right now it’s impossible to tell if Grindr was in the original broadcast (but at a different time) with whatever Starplay and V Live are, or if they were photoshopped over Spotify, Twitch, and Youtube. I don’t care enough to check further than googling “did grindr ban trump” and getting a whole bunch of weird related results where the trump administration forced Grinders previous Chinese “owners” to sell to Americans 🤷♀️
Vaccines are on their way, we (our household) probably won’t see them and be immunized for another half a year (no essential workers, no healthcare workers, no seniors, etc), so I haven’t been paying too much attention…
…but I have been paying enough attention to see that our province has decided to go against Health Canada and the manufacturers instructions around the second dose. The health officers in my province have decided that a vaccine which takes 2 doses has the second dose delayed so that more people could get the first dose. Kinda glad I’m not the Guinee Pig in this mass experiment.
Due to yesterdays performative coup there’s a dominant topic in this morning’s social media and news. This is basically the big take-away.
Translation: The behavior is supported by the party leaders
Welcome to 2021, Jan 6th
A significant slice of the tragedy pie from the “reopen the economy” or conspiracy nutbars that encourage spreading the virus is that chances are they themselves do not directly suffer consequences for their actions. They tend to only serve as a link in the chain of transmission to a vulnerable person or encourage others to do so
This is a rare, rare case of direct consequences
It’s been December and if you’re watchin’ for the dates you may notice I’ve stopped contributing to as much in here, that’s due to a very conscious effort to avoid social media (though I do peek in every now and again)
This is what today’s (28th) peeking revealed, the context added after the image. Now back to closing those tabs.
I found this to be a pretty condensed summary of the bombardment lately – it doesn’t get more real-life-super-exploits (and pay-to-win) than this
I promise I don’t go out of my way to look for American news, this was snipped from Twitter and posted on Facebook from someone, at which point I brought it here
Reminder that this is stuff that just crops up, not seeking it out. Started following this person who seems to embody their persona in a show called Brooklyn 99 that Angel and I really enjoyed. Her response is on point.
This is either
A: Accurate and a portrayal of the most disgusting type of human
B: Embellished to sell a product which is also a portrayal of the most disgusting type of human
Current global count, note – there have already been many studies in the world (in places that got hit bad, like Italy) where deaths are anywhere from 4x to 8x higher than regular looking at average deaths over the last decade during that time period. Covid only accounts for a fraction of those higher-than-average deaths
December 14th, 2020
Speaking of countries who showed the world how to do it right, New Zealand and Australia can party together while thousands of people are dying of the pandemic virus daily in North America.
2020 has not been a good year for a lot of people. A lot of unnecessary hunger, pain, and even death is rampant in many countries (not Australia or New Zealand) due to an argument of putting “the economy” before peoples lives – when you put “the economy” first these are the kind of people who benefit
Related to below – basically a group of politicians is refusing to move forward in Pandemic Relief aid to citizens unless corporations are immune to any covid related liabilities (continued to operate in an unsafe environment resulting in more spread/deaths)
This is the kind of plot point where you expect some super hero to come in and defeat the bad guys, instead all we get is a couple of “renegade” politicians whose own party is working against them
Totally predictable thing happening, zero accountability for the politicians that refused to acknowledge it as a potential problem (not just refusing to acknowledge, but mocking anyone who brings the topic up)
This directly effects a family member who’s one of those (quoting the letter itself) “lowest paid frontline workers”
Note the date. MERRY CHRISTMAS! We’re keepin’ yer Pandemic Pay!
…the “We” in this case, is our provincial government, it’s *their* frontline workers.
On December 3rd I decided to have some fun in this facebook group, special shout-out to my friend Keven who had no idea how many people were awaiting his anonymous response
December 2nd! We made it to the last month of 2020!
… oh no, Alberta why
I just can’t even today
It’s impossible to avoid being made aware that it’s “Black Friday” today, stuff like this is threaded into every internet moment on our slide towards idiocracy
Christmas is approaching! A cozy Christmas with the core household, looking forward too…
…oh wait, what’s this? complaining about your children in the household?
Things like this have been circulating on Angel’s social media in the mom circles. Nevermind that there are a number of highly accredited studies showing that children are critical in the circulation of the virus – no no, these moms have spent the entire pandemic complaining about their children and demanding schools be open.
Thanksgiving approaches in America
To bring context to the below – note, I’m using Positivity as the metric because as cases skyrocket in BC testing is not increasing – check out that number on the right, we’re (per population) half the testing throughput from the rest of Canada. This is BC CDC’s own data.
The reality of this is that we have absolutely no idea what our real infection numbers are, today we have 277 people in the hospital, 58 in the ICU, just over the weekend 17 deaths were reported in BC. If you extrapolate from that (the low % of people who suffer dire consequences touted by anti-pandemic-measure doorknobs) our actual infection cases are dramatically higher than what manages to successfully get caught by tests and reported, and despite current restrictions it is growing dramatically.
So I give you positivity, because when you don’t increase testing the percentage of people who are testing positive is as close as we’ll get to seeing the actual trend. Oh, and that purple, with the highest positivity? My region, the same region as that nail salon below.
Topic continued, won’t anyone think of the nail salons?!
It’s Nov 24th and I’m having an incredibly grumpy day, and then I see this hypocrisy – Canada’s own politicians promoting conspiracy garbage, but also please oh please stop auditing businesses that may have been taking advantage of “free money” (additionally rage-inducing as the same political party has been spreading baseless propaganda about businesses not being able to “keep employees because of government relief money” when in fact, maybe, just maybe, we’re in a global friggin pandemic so maybe no one wants to risk their family members over a minimum wage job?!)
Note: “Conservatives” and “Tories” are one and the same, the party changed their name some time in the past but some people hold on to the old one
While more than half the population of the world is struggling with a pandemic, China (who it hit first) locked it down and stopped transmission. They got to continue their internment camps of millions of Uighurs, continued suppression and indoctrination in Hong Kong, and oh! They’re planning massive space missions.
Oh this is special. To any conspiracy spreader this is only one small reason “The Great Reset” is a conversation topic. We are in the middle of a pandemic that has today verifiably (and the actual number is much higher, many, many unaccounted for deaths orders of magnitude higher than previous years) killed 1,383,353 people in under a year.
Clearly a global problem, that needs coordinated solutions. Testing is one of those methods to help understand a greater picture, understand what actions to take to help lower the spread.
So today in BC for just $75 you too can contribute to that data that could save lives! 🤦♀️ (note: Countries that are successfully enjoying low spread and closer-to-what-we’re-used-to-lives just… test their people)
A friendly sign reminding you that masks are mandatory while on the ferry
Elections Canada… why? I mean, I completely registered a business, did my taxes, and managed everything to do with well, me, as a Canadian Citizen online safely and securely and have for years.
In our last federal election we had messages on WeChat and QQ social media offering to pay people to vote for a specific party (not the party that won) – how is that not being addressed while we… brag about manually counting marks on paper by hand like they did back when we didn’t even have color photographs?!
Date: November 17 – and this is something that’s getting more and more attention
So uhm, groups of people (some of who claim to represent very large groups of people) are having very obvious lies called out, so they… all congregate in a safe digital space to spew their garbage without being harassed for it
I censored some of this because I worked with this person for years, and I would’ve never expected, well, this from them (I’m taking you with me on my journey on this one, so it may be tl;dr, sorry not sorry!)
Anyway, I *had* to google this and story checks out, there’s a group of humans that looked at what’s going on around the world and realized, hey, stuff is really screwed up, we need some kind of strategy to recover
So I kept digging, funny thing about big broad sales-pitches like “The Great Reset” – if you aren’t clear about what that means you leave it open for people to interpret it however they please and run with it. So can I really blame that dude I worked with for his incoherent rant?
Ah, the scrapbook did not exist back when the president of america suggested people find a way to inject cleaning fluids (like bleach) to combat the corona virus – the follow-up was a huge increase of ER patients who had ingested cleaning fluids
Clearly, as a people, we do not learn – at least it’s not bleach (mouthwash to combat a virus that attacks internal organs? C’mon)
The race is on for a vaccine, one claims 90% effectiveness and just today a new one announced 95% effectiveness – so hopefully these brutal anecdotal stories have a light at the end of the tunnel
Aaaand back to the insanity of the world. Coordinated spamming of conspiracy garbage seems to have its eye on Canada now – and no, that video did not mention any kind of “great reset”, it had the word “reset” in it within the context of resetting our efforts to hit 2030 targets for Canada
November 15th, 2020
In front of the white house, November 13th
Nov 11th, won’t anyone think of the tourism industry?! (during a… global… pandemic…)
Further Context – just months after the Pandemic started BC launched a Tourism campaign to get people moving around…
Province refuses to acknowledge aerosolized transmission or that children can spread to other children, put out orders to stop in-home socializing… but also no plan to enforce order (?) while ignoring exponential spread since schools opened
Went to reply to a comment:
Amazon Fulfillment Jobs,
“I’m still wrapping my mind over a proper letter-format comment that doesn’t capitalize mid-sentence i’s.
– Sincerely, an observer”
Except… all comments were deleted before I could! So what I was replying to no longer existed
Finally Nov 10th!
The Secretary of State for America in a news conference just… welp:
And also, while I’m sure that data isn’t scientifically accurate, I’ll forgive it for the rest of the message (bizarre overlap between believing crazy conspiracy theories with support for the old regime)
Follow-up to that 2020 joke about the landscaping company, they pivoted for profit right quick
This is a Canadian news station, I saw it cause Walter (kids step-dad) posted…
Also, optics, not good
…still… Nov 9’th…
(some commenters are pointing out that the optics on firing the head of the country’s defense after refusing to acknowledge the results of an election are… not good, not good optics)
Still Nov 9’th
November 9th, 2020
The election is over! The lies are over! The world can heal! …
… oh wait, status quo? What?
Not even a joke
November 7th, the day it was announced his rival was victorious
Yep, that’s about right, reality is not terribly important these days
Top comments to generic updates from government representatives
Scrapbook started here! There’s no more, I can’t go back in time and add things