It turns out — and really, to no one’s huge surprise — that the back-to-work movement at odds with majority public opinion on the COVID-19 lockdown ended up being as fake as a three-dollar bill. While it may have racked up a few followers here and there from the general public, at its core it has always been orchestrated and funded by deep-pocketed lobbying networks seeking to throw their weight around, and it remains so.
… or, in the more common parlance, astroturfing.
Posted on2020 June 01|Comments Off on Bird’s Eye View of a Burning Empire
Our hearts are on fire, our cities are on fire.
As massive coast-to-coast protests continue in the United States in the wake of the killing of George Floyd and displays of solidarity spring up around the globe, it’s safe to say this outpouring of grief has firmly switched gears.
What began as an outcry over institutionalized racism in policing has, over the last few days, evolved into a wider movement encompassing the generalized pain of the tragedies of COVID-19, the inadequate state of American political leadership, the decay of American institutions, and the toxic levels of socioeconomic inequality that have collectively led to escalating polarization and regressive standards of living for so many citizens.
On the matter of the protests themselves, the excesses of law enforcement, and the systems that support those excesses, news vlogger Phil Defranco put together a nicely balanced video summarizing the status quo, so I wanted to share that:
Posted on2020 May 20|Comments Off on COVID-19 Megapost Update
My COVID-19 resources page has gone live! You can click the link in the main navigation menu to view it. For now, the first two sections have been completed (immediate focus on BC and Canada, the remainder will be added later).
If you have information and resources that would be helpful to add, please contact me with the details. Strict vetting and quality controls will be in effect. (Yes, that specifically means I don’t want your conspiracy theories or political manifestos, there’s already enough of that crap floating around on Facebook.)
Over the past week, social media resharing of a large number of the same memes, websites, and news articles by many individuals and large groups of people has led Facebook’s algorithms to mistakenly flag a lot of important infographic memes, medical websites, and government resources as spam.
Because the Facebook platform is failing to function normally under these unexpected circumstances, these resources are frequently getting flagged as Community Guidelines violations — without an option for review — even though they are fully compliant with the Terms of Service. There simply is no way to appeal them, no way to fix the error at the end-user level, and no way to force the platform to accept those memes and links.
I am not without a backup plan, however.
As of next week, I will begin posting important COVID-19 stories and resources to this domain for wider dissemination.
With the URLs being unique for each blog post, hopefully this can act as a suitable workaround and let us to get the word out about vital resources while not being mistakenly affected by various social media platform content filtering system.
Stay tuned. We’re gonna be kickin’ it old school …