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Feb 18 7 tweets 2 min read
i have a couple comments here and main thing: have you heard or noticed that everyone is dying and everything's fucked up and its the narrow end of the deathspiral and we're not getting out

this petty shit doesn't matter. every NP in the #DTES is fkdup LOOK AROUND
YES everyone could be way less freaked out and weird about media. the history of such interactions is not great, and has been embellished over time. everything is shit, everyone defaults to treating others like shit in order to make one's place in an intricate hierarchy of shit.
almost six years of the overwhelming constant death of our friends, all our friends are dead. nobody can tread water forever. you can feel it, all hollowed out.
also i guarantee you that dozens of conversations have happened as a result of this series, eg "well i saw something WAAAY WORSE in such-and-such building run by whoever" and i say "its not a competition in the misery olympics can we please address our material conditions FFS"
sorry was busy with the deaths. if the point of this all was to follow the money, someone took a wrong turn. look - its not BC housing. its not the city. so where's the money from? and where does it go? how are these places funded? and workers paid? who runs this place?


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Feb 19
remember when the vaccine was first available and everyone had to find a doctor to prescribe it but most docs said, "no i think you might enjoy it"
so lots of people had to buy bathtub vax on the street and you could smoke it or inject but if the truckers saw you they would honk their horns and throw their children at you. confusing times. remember that
turned out it wasn't homemade vaccine, it was just bacon grease. so everyone died.
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% of substances that tested positive for benzos in fent/down samples in vancouver

the red dots are cheque weeks.

let me show you some other horrifying things.


alexbetsos.shinyapps.io/DC_BC/ % of substances that tested...
the @CDCofBC's useless chart in a TABLEAU and no useable data, THANKS.

ok ok.

the pattern of peaks and valleys is striking, yes?

these are 911 calls OD calls attended by ambulances. not deaths, not all events. by week.

bccdc.ca/health-profess… Image
Illicit Drug Toxicity Deaths in B.C. by month, Jan 2020-Dec 2021.

the average number of humans who died, each of whom were fully human unto themselves, each month in this province was 185.3 in 2021

from @bccoroners data.
www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/bir… Image
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Feb 19
austerity logic choosing who lives and who will die is a capitalist nightmare, it's awful
this is endgame of the I GOT MINE approach of both the emergency response and the "it's all about me" advocacy grounded in individual experience (which is not social justice or public health, and will not change the system); yes it's neoliberal capitalism
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Feb 19
no, they don't.

the managing editor of the vancouver sun is on the board of the Building Community Society
by the way

MacEwan is the former head of psychiatry at st pauls and currently is the psych at the downtown community court. he's also on the board of BCS. and the Odd Squad.

from june 12, 2020. opinion.
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Feb 17
so the majority of people dying are not eligible for the inaccessible, inequitable #SafeSupply pilot projects anyway? that is a huge failure by every policymaker involved. seriously. WOW. all of them.

maybe try a public health approach

*public* means EVERYONE
wow this is going to get so much worse, think about it
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