Yves wanted to thank all of you who sent her good wishes for her surgery today and e-mailed her notes privately. An update of sorts: she and her MD made a battlefield decision late last week to do a bilateral hip replacement (both hips at once) rather than a “staged” surgery (recall the original plan was to do the other hip in August, which is early for a staged surgery; the normal wait time is three months). Her less bad hip deteriorated with remarkable speed in the last six weeks, to the degree that it is now worse for walking than the side originally scheduled to be operated on first.
This means Yves will probably be slower to get back in the saddle but will have less total recovery downtime than with Plan A. And bilateral operations have better outcomes than staged surgeries, not just from the “one operation less risky than two” standpoint but even for orthopedic outcomes. See here for a layperson’s writeup: When Two Joint Replacements are Better than One.
You may ask why they were going to be staged in the first place. The long version is tedious, and the short is, “It seemed like a good idea at the time.”
FDNY: 16 people injured after MTA bus crashes into building in Brooklyn ABC Eyewitness News. I heard the emergency vehicles rushing to the scene, a half a block from our home.
Which US vaccine plans actually helped hard-hit communities? MIT Technology Review
Wait, Vaccine Lotteries Actually Work? Wired (Dr. Kevin)
Brazil braces for third wave of Covid-19 Yahoo News
Our Famously Free Press
Pentagon Papers Failed To Prevent Perpetual Media Kowtowing American Conservative
Kissinger/Nixon in June 1971 on what to do about Bolivia’s new socialist President Juan Torres.
“A coup?” Nixon asks.
3 months on, the coup came, installing US client dictator Hugo Banzer.
In 1976, Torres was murdered in Buenos Aires by US terror network Operation Condor. pic.twitter.com/n8ybVvs2yA
— Matt Kennard (@kennardmatt) June 7, 2021
Police State Watch
This is probably the most overlooked part of still-expanding online censorship:
It’s not “just” being done by private corporations (which are monopolies). It’s being done in unison with state actors, often at the behest of those officials.
It’s merged state & corporate power: https://t.co/2x0elSeAOR
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) June 7, 2021
Fmr. Pres. Obama to Anderson Cooper on the GOP: “I thought that there were enough guardrails institutionally that even after Trump was elected that you would have the so-called Republican establishment [step in]…we did not see that Republican establishment say hold on, time out” pic.twitter.com/Ir717YJTG1
— CNN (@CNN) June 8, 2021
Mainstream Politics Offer Pretend Revolutions To A Discontented Public Caitlin Johnstone
Does he have to come back? https://t.co/16XTQJpdWX
— Matt Taibbi (@mtaibbi) June 7, 2021
China unveils new legal weapon to hit United States and other Western rivals with tougher sanctions South China Morning Post
Antidote du Jour. TH: “A Hooded Oriole visiting our Honeysuckle Trumpet Vine.”
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.