r/HermanCainAward Nov 27 '22

Fewer award recipients? Meme / Shitpost (Sundays)

It seems to me we're seeing fewer award recipients. The posts have changed and many seem to be older posts.

Did they all die or have they quit posting dumb shit?

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u/ProfanestOfLemons Meow Boing Splat 🙀 Nov 27 '22

A bit of both. In Delta times (lol) we'd see three or four awards a day. Sometimes more. Now we're seeing a combination of a less-fatal virus, a growing tendency of families to scrub decedents' social media before a death announcement, and slow, creeping increase of vaccination rates.

They're still posting dumb shit, it's just easier to live and/or not end up here.

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u/moisheah Laughing giraffe 🦒 Nov 27 '22 edited Nov 27 '22

I haven’t been around here long, but nearly all the dying I’ve seen on FB in the past few months don’t have the blatant anti-vax etc posts but are the uber religion posting folks (with a heavy sprinkling of MLM posts) 🤷‍♀️ The prayer warriors definitely have their hands full right now and I’d expect that to continue for some time.

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u/Haskap_2010 ✨ A twinkle in a Chinese bat's eye ✨ Nov 27 '22

I've been seeing posts asking for prayers for "unspoken" reasons. So I think some of them have been avoiding any mention of catching it if and when they do.

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u/greeneyedwench Nov 29 '22

Ah, for the days of yore when "unspoken" just meant "I'm being super mysterious so you'll wonder what grand drama I have in my life."

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u/johnnyleegreedo Nov 27 '22

Nowadays they're posting dumb shit about other things, not Covid anymore, now that just about everyone in general thinks Covid is "over."

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u/affordableweb Nov 27 '22

Will this sub die when Covid does?

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u/Fomulouscrunch Blood Donor 🩸 Nov 27 '22 Silver All-Seeing Upvote

Its eventual death was always a goal.

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u/bobbianrs880 Team Mix & Match Nov 27 '22

Right, like hopefully most of us didn’t want there to even be enough to create a subreddit for this, let alone an infinite number of posts.

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u/HermanCainsGhost Resident Poltergeist Dec 07 '22

Hell I can’t wait until I can retire this username.

It is hopefully not too far in the future

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u/Fomulouscrunch Blood Donor 🩸 Dec 08 '22

Getting closer every day.

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u/7sins-wrath Nov 27 '22

What Is Dead May Never Die

The sub will live on as part of the historical record, so that people can't white-wash the truth later on.

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u/LGBTQPlusChainsaws Nov 28 '22

Unless Musk buys Reddit next. :p

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u/aquarain Team Pfizer Nov 27 '22

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u/tmiw Tickle me ECMO Nov 28 '22

Honestly, Windows Phone actually had a pretty good UI (IMO). Too bad Android and iOS already had enough of a network effect to keep competitors out of the market by then.

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u/WintersChild79 💉Vax Mercenary💉 Nov 27 '22 edited Nov 27 '22

Doctors are getting much better at keeping people alive through the acute infection phase. I've noticed that most of the posts about recent recipients are "lifetime achievement awards." They survived their Covid-19 infection, but it royally messed with their health, and many of them may have a significantly shortened lifespan. If they die prematurely, their deaths won't be listed as Covid related, so they won't be awardees.

It also may have to do with people burning out. I haven't searched for nominees myself, but just from reading the posts, I can imagine that it would be emotionally draining to trawl through Facebook posts about suffering and death all of the time. When HCA had a lot of awardees, I had to step away from even reading the posts at times for that reason.

The shitposters may also have gotten tired of posting about Covid now that it's perceived as "over" and moved on to frothing at the mouth about drag shows or whatever else Fox is going on about now, so their Covid denial material may be buried and harder to find.

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u/Chemical_Growth2373 Team Pfizer Nov 27 '22

Yup now it's all about trans kids, drag shows, something something border crisis. Oh and Rinos/ Midterms! Lmfao

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u/boofdahpoo130 Nov 28 '22

And don't forget about Hunter Biden’s laptop!

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u/Chemical_Growth2373 Team Pfizer Nov 28 '22

Oh yeah that pesky laptop

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u/joecb91 Nov 29 '22

I remember seeing a clip from Tucker's show about how "They made the Green M&M less fuckable!!!"

They complain about the stupidest shit.

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u/Chemical_Growth2373 Team Pfizer Nov 29 '22

That's why they keep losing lol.

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u/SurvivinginLA Ms. Moderna 2021 Nov 27 '22

The more the pandemic is perceived as being over, the fewer anti-vaxxer posts can be found pushing back. The less governments are pushing for vaccinations, the fewer posts complaining about them exist. They are very much still out there, they just don’t think they need to fight about masks, for example, anymore as the mandates have gone away.

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u/jeweltea1 Viruses Don't Read Nietzsche Nov 27 '22

Exactly.

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u/Royal-Ad-7052 Nov 28 '22

Lol my brother is still carrying on the fight but he’s total antivax… expecting his decent to qanon before 2024.

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u/Haskap_2010 ✨ A twinkle in a Chinese bat's eye ✨ Nov 27 '22

In the case of one of my nominees, the relatives scrubbed the Facebook page, removed all mention of the nominee from their own pages, and haven't mentioned that person since.

I recently saw an obituary that is probably the nominee. The location is right, the first and last names are right, but the middle initial is different. So, since it's a fairly common name, I can't be 100% certain that it's the same person, but... it's a remarkable coincidence.

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u/MysteriousHat7343 Jaded Covid responder Nov 27 '22

Imagine getting your whole online experience being erased by your family because they wanted to avoid secondhand embarrassment because of your misguided views

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u/JackShaftoe616 Team Pfizer Nov 27 '22

This is part of the reason many LGBT people I know don't give bigoted family members their passwords. I have a friend whose partner died and there was a huge fight with the family because they wanted to "clean up" her Facebook (which was mostly photos of her and her partner and Buzzfeed quizzes.)

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u/CF_FI_Fly Team Bivalent Booster Nov 28 '22

That is horrible. They hadn't traumatized and abused her enough while she was alive?

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u/JackShaftoe616 Team Pfizer Dec 01 '22

Apparently not.

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u/whita309 Nov 28 '22

Only tangentially related but I saw some IG reel a week or two ago about walking into Thanksgiving dinner and "nobody wants to talk about how my 'conspiracy theories' were right", with one woman commenting about how her sister just ignores her or tries to shut her up when she starts talking about them. The commenter perceived it as her sister being embarrassed about "being wrong" but uh, probably sister is embarrassed that she's a fool and is trying to get her to quit showing her ass. It's wild to me how these folks shriek about being "silenced for the truth" when really they're just so goddamn embarrassing and they can't even realize it :l

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u/KerseyGrrl Reverse Ventilator Snowflake ❄ Nov 27 '22

This is so dystopian. This whole experience reminds me of Cowslip's Warren/Warren of the Shining Wires in Watership Down. There has been so much denial and gaslighting.

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u/Chemical_Growth2373 Team Pfizer Nov 27 '22

Fascinating

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u/Educational_Hawk1236 Nov 27 '22

I wonder if Facebook is making this more the default(possibly if you post that you have COVID-19 they make a not so subtle recommendation to update your memorial settings, not really going to experiment with that).

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u/Chemical_Growth2373 Team Pfizer Nov 27 '22 edited Nov 27 '22
  1. It's because they're scrubbing accounts clean.
  2. They are carefully avoiding the C word.
  3. Cheetoh fuckhead is gone.
  4. Anti Vax isn't as cool as it used to be.
  5. They think Covid is over.
  6. The unvaccinated didn't die by the millions.
  7. It's anti-ukraine pro-putin propaganda time.
  8. More people are vaccinated.
  9. They died.

Edit:

  1. They survive the acute infection but succumb to the cardiovascular damage months later so it is not so obvious that the Covid-19 is to blame,especially when an individual has other risk factors. This is what shows up in all case mortality statistics.

  2. There is a push to minimize the pandemic by both national parties, so the posters move on to another controversy. No masking, no more N95 distribution and pushing WFH staff back into a physical office for the sake of real estate investors and tourist dollars. NYC mayor and NY governor for example. RSV is respiratory, right in the name, yet there's not even a suggestion on the CDC website to mask up while pediatric beds run short.

Feel free to add.

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u/C3POdreamer Nov 27 '22
  1. They survive the acute infection but succumb to the cardiovascular damage months later so it is not so obvious that the Covid-19 is to blame,especially when an individual has other risk factors. This is what shows up in all case mortality statistics.

  2. There is a push to minimize the pandemic by both national parties, so the posters move on to another controversy. No masking, no more N95 distribution and pushing WFH staff back into a physical office for the sake of real estate investors and tourist dollars. NYC mayor and NY governor for example. RSV is respiratory, right in the name, yet there's not even a suggestion on the CDC website to mask up while pediatric beds run short.

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u/Chemical_Growth2373 Team Pfizer Nov 27 '22

Thank you! I'm adding that to the list :)

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u/Wpg-PolarBear-5092 Nov 29 '22

wow, I thought surely that has to be recommendation somewhere by the CDC... but it's not even a bullet point on the prevention section for RSV

https://www.cdc.gov/rsv/about/prevention.html

I'm shocked.

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u/Cultural-Answer-321 Deadpilled 💀 Nov 27 '22
  1. They survive the acute infection but succumb to the cardiovascular damage months later so it is not so obvious that the Covid-19 is to blame,especially when an individual has other risk factors. This is what shows up in all case mortality statistics.

This. There are a lot of Long Covid deaths that are not being counted. Unfornately, "a lot" is about as precise as we can get at this time, because of the above reason.

And those deaths will continue for years.

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u/WoodyAlanDershodick Nov 28 '22

Is #6 sarcasm? The unvaccinated have died by the million... No? What am I missing with understanding that one.

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u/Chemical_Growth2373 Team Pfizer Nov 28 '22

The covidiots and deniers expected all vaccinated to be dead by now.

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u/WoodyAlanDershodick Nov 28 '22

Oohhh ok I get it. Ive never been tested but I am nearly positive I'm autistic and that thing of being too literal screws me up on reddit all the time. I always feel embarrassed asking, because I think it comes off as being a pedantic asshole/ troll. Thanks.

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u/Chemical_Growth2373 Team Pfizer Nov 28 '22

You're good :)

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u/Seemseasy Dec 05 '22

Barely, 1.09 million total deaths

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u/jeweltea1 Viruses Don't Read Nietzsche Nov 27 '22

COVID is a dirty word to many people. I am a member of a group that discusses what is on sale at a certain grocery store. I started noticing people were posting "I have Cov**" or calling it "the disease". I found this odd but then found out the moderators would delete posts that had the word "Covid" in them. Other diseases are okay like cancer or whatever. I think a lot of people are deleting anything to do with Covid from their relatives pages. A friend of mine died last year from Covid. Her relatives did originally post that she died from it but later scrubbed her Facebook page from any mention of it. She wasn't exactly an anti-vaxxer since she did get one dose of the J&J but refused to get any boosters. She wouldn't take any precautions and posted a lot of the memes we see here. Everything has since been scrubbed.

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u/DifficultyLazy2828 Nov 27 '22

i've seen people call it the C or the vaccine the v. that sucks about your friend even though she was vaccinated.. interesting how she wasn't cautious and posting similar memes but still got vaccinated.

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u/jeweltea1 Viruses Don't Read Nietzsche Nov 28 '22

She was anti-vaxx but her doctor told her she would be likely to die if she got Covid (due to underlying health issues) so she reluctantly got the J&J right then in the doctor's office. She still posted all the memes about masks, mandates and not living in fear. In fact, it was on her Facebook page that I saw the one about Bill Gates tracking people with the vaccine for the first time. I think she regretted getting the vaccine. We were not close but we knew each other in school and reconnected on Facebook a few years ago.

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u/vinnybawbaw Nov 27 '22

Covid is less fatal in « People who think they’re healthy and young enough to survive the Virus »

More people are vaccinated

So many dumb people died that there’s less and less of them, and their relatives wouldn’t be as stupid as they were with social media.

USA lost over a million people because of Covid. That’s nearly 1 in 300.

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u/Cultural-Answer-321 Deadpilled 💀 Nov 27 '22

They are still dying by 2000-3000 per week.

But I agree that it's the lack of stupid posts, not stupid people still dying for the same reasons

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u/The_Patriot A concerned redditor reached out to them about me Nov 27 '22

Freedumb Convoy 2 comin soon...we'll see the demographics on the stupidest of the stupid.

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u/Chemical_Growth2373 Team Pfizer Nov 27 '22

I hope Trudeau freezes their accounts again.

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u/CantHelpMyself1234 Ask not for whom the dead cat bounces 😼 Nov 27 '22

What are they protesting now? Hoping if Bauder returns to Ottawa that his bail is revoked.

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u/The_Patriot A concerned redditor reached out to them about me Nov 27 '22

THEY DIDN'T KNOW THE FIRST TIME, THEY DON'T KNOW NOW

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u/AdvertisingLow98 Nov 27 '22

It's a function of the infotainment culture.
It's less of about Da Gub'mint trying to force the vaccine on people and stealing their rights and more about The Border.

In other words, being AV isn't as sexy as it was during the Trump era.
People are dying, but they are dying quietly, no longer brash and bold and wrong.

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u/powabiatch Nov 27 '22 edited Nov 27 '22

The number of nominees and awardees has always been tied to the covid infection numbers. Covid is in a lull, and that’s simply reflected here. As Bq.1.1 and other variants increase, we may or may not see another wave. If we do, then HCA will be slightly more active again.

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u/revmachine21 Nov 28 '22

Also the number of vaccinated people dying is increasing and vaccinated are ineligible. The irony of a successful vaccination campaign is that at some point during the campaign, the only people that can die have been vaccinated. It’s why herd immunity and sterile immunity is so important. We ain’t anywhere near either of those things unfortunately.

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u/jeweltea1 Viruses Don't Read Nietzsche Nov 28 '22

Exactly. See my post above about my friend who died last year. She fit every criteria for getting an award except for reluctantly getting one dose of the J&J.

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u/turner_strait Eobeard Game Gon 🙏🗡 Nov 28 '22

iirc the Russian invasion also put a halt to a bunch of those ridiculous memes made to bait these people, so there's fewer of them to share

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u/InorgChemist Nov 27 '22 edited Nov 27 '22

The pandemic has been calming down, and it has been for quite some time. At its worst (as of the writing of this comment) during the delta wave, we had about 3,000 people dying per day from COVID. Now it’s about 250.

The saddest part about the whole thing is that it’s only a small fraction of those who died who were actively shitposting memes about it all being a hoax. Most probably just followed the crowd of their social group. If the fraction of people dying who are shitposting remains the same, we should expect to see 1/10 as many awardees.

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u/Cultural-Answer-321 Deadpilled 💀 Nov 27 '22

It has not dipped below 300 per day in America since summer. That's still 2100 per week, on a slow week.

Also, official reporting has been crippled, so those low number are suspect as well.

The chart from the official Google U.S. Covid Deaths show a large spike last week from late past reports coming in. That spike showed a 2000 deaths per day spike for an entire week.

Becasue of this late reporting, there is no way to normalize the average past Nov 12th., but it does prove the numbers are vastly under reported.

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u/InorgChemist Nov 27 '22 edited Nov 27 '22

Fair enough. I was making a cursory observation based on the current 7-day moving average that Google was reporting. While yes, there was a large spike a week or so ago due to a backlog of reported deaths or something, the point is that we’re still roughly a factor of 10 lower than we were in Fall 2021. That’s probably the main reason HCA awards have dramatically slowed.

Edited to add:

I’m not implying that the pandemic is over or that COVID is a thing of the past. Far from it. 2100 per week is still a lot of death. But, mercifully we’re doing better than we were a year ago. Are the numbers undercounting? Probably, but I doubt it’s undercounting by a factor of 10.

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u/Cultural-Answer-321 Deadpilled 💀 Nov 28 '22 edited Nov 28 '22

I understand. I intended no snark.

I believe it's under-counted by a far larger factor than 10.

It has been since the very beginning.

https://www.washington.edu/news/2020/05/18/covid-19-uw-study-reports-staggering-death-rate-in-us-among-those-infected-who-show-symptoms/

edit: missing words

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u/FPOWorld Nov 28 '22

A lot of these shitheads already got got ☠️

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u/Ok_Mission_3168 Nov 28 '22

By now nearly everyone has gotten vaccinated or sick or both and therefore everyone who survived prior waves of COVID has some degree of acquired immunity. Put another way, the vast majority of those vulnerable to dying from infection have already died. The Washington Post reports that the majority of those dying of COVID these days are vaccinated. This is to be expected because 1) 80% of the population now has had at least one shot; 2) most of those dying are immuno-compromised or elderly patients for whom vaccines are not so effective; and 3) those who are opposed to vaccines and are at high risk of death can only die once, and most of them had their first death in the first two years of the pandemic.

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u/yolonomo5eva Nov 28 '22

Honestly, it would be a lovely day if there were no more HCAs

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u/Affectionate-Tip-164 Team Mudblood 🩸 Dec 01 '22

They're dead.

Unless this is the Harran Virus, then they'll come back.

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u/JVMGarcia Dec 02 '22

Are there still any high-profile awardees being posted here?

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u/AlexandersWonder Nov 28 '22

Omicron is just less deadly than previous strains. People are still dying and being hospitalized, but in much lower numbers than previously. Vaccination rates are creeping slowly upward, and 95% of the US has already had Covid at least once, providing some natural herd immunity.