Yves here. I am ready to kill people. My mother has suffered multiple instances of neglect and mistreatment by the nurses at the supposedly best rehab facility in town, Encompass Lakeshore Rehabilitation Hospital, for which she is paying $2000 per day because it’s not in her Medicare Advantage plan. That includes nurses not implementing MD instructions, once abandoning her on the toilet for so long that she nearly fell asleep, which means she could have fallen off and broken tons of bones (she got a compression fracture of the spine for what for anyone else would have been a minor fall on well padded plush carpeting), leaving her multiple times with the nurse call button out of reach (a firing event in most hospitals and nursing homes) and putting ear drops in her eyes….and then to make matters worse, when our aide objected strenuously, it taking the nurse ten minutes to come back and flush her eyes out. There’s yet another major safety event that happened yesterday that I won’t belabor, but it led to an e-mail to her attorney.
Mind you, all this is happening despite my visiting every day for a few hours and having day and evening aides also on for much but not all of the time when she is awake.
I’d yank her out now, except the service delivering her hospital bed to her house screwed up and we probably won’t have it until late tomorrow at best, and one of her aides is off duty till Thurs due to her father being in the hospital, so we are short-handed.
The appalling part of this story is the alternatives clearly were much worse. Lakeshore has very good MDs, PTs, occupational and other therapists, and give patients 3 hours a day of therapy, while all the others are warehouses. But the nurses and admin staff are hazards to health.
I am determined to get someone fired over this. Frankly, the entire nursing staff on her floor should be canned but I will take what I can get.
Massive python goes viral after becoming stuck in a drain in Si Racha Pattya News (furzy)
How much do cats actually kill? Oatmeal (fk)
Can the Jaguar, King of the Forest, Save an Entire Ecosystem? Atlas Obscura (Chuck L)
The Science of Predicting When Bluffs in Southern California Will Collapse Smithsonian (David L)
When bacteria kill us, it’s more accident than assassination Aeon Essays (Anthony L)
DNA Has Four Bases. Some Viruses Swap in a Fifth. Quanta Magazine (David L)
Can Doctors Save their Jobs and the World Dr. David Healy (furzy)
Populism and Covid-19 VoxEU
Vaccines, reasons for concern, part 3 Alex Berenson
Hundreds of medical workers infected despite Sinovac vaccinations Bangkok Post. The issue is that immunity wanes quickly, apparently.
By opening on 19 July, we'll definitely have 10s or 100s thousands more deaths over the next 2 years AND, according to that statement:
1. A high risk of vaccine escape
2. Infection levels unmanageable by Test and Trace
3. High levels of #LongCovid
4. Chaos with people off work
— Jeremy Fisk #FBPE (@FiskJeremy) July 13, 2021
Census Data Show Half of Unvaccinated Americans Live in Lower-Income Households Truthout. Duh. As we said, aside from logistical challenges, low income people can’t afford to miss a day or two from work due to “routine” side effects.
Biden backs Trump-era position on South China Sea Christian Science Monitor
Biden to warn US companies of risks of operating in Hong Kong Financial Times
TikTok’s Chinese Owner Put IPO on Hold After Warning Wall Street Journal
Mexico’s Invisible Human Rights Crisis Intensifies Just Security
Former U.S. drug agency informant arrested in Haiti… Daily Mail. BC: “Coup de graceless? The Gang Who Couldn’t Run Straight? The speed that facts have unraveled in this coup is burning through all my popcorn.”
Imperial Collapse Watch
Gen. Milley looks for rebound war as Afghanistan moves on Duffel Blog (Kevin W)
US General Austin Miller relinquishes Afghanistan command, ending America’s longest conflict ABC Australia (Kevin W)
The left basically knows, but break it down right @RaniaKhalek
— John Blackman (@DefyMasters) July 13, 2021
Amy Coney Barrett’s first term was a master class in performing centrism. Slate (furzy). For some definition of centrism.
Trump Organization removed CFO Allen Weisselberg from leadership at dozens of subsidiaries amid tax fraud scandal: report Business Insider. And? This is bog standard when an exec is indicted.
Don’t Laugh Off Trump’s Lawsuits Against Big Tech; the Supreme Court Door is Propped Open for Him Counterpunch. Still an optimistic take since the Supremes turn down 99% of appeals.
Big Lie Believers in the Republican Party Are Running In the Midterms Charles Pierce, Esquire (furzy)
Gov. Abbott says 58 ‘hypocrite’ Texas Democrat runaways WILL be arrested when they return to Austin after jetting to DC on $100K chartered private jets to stop vote on GOP’s new state voting bills Daily Mail.
Also, is it good or bad to use maneuvers to prevent bills from passing which have majoritarian support? https://t.co/AwXkk6fL8H
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) July 12, 2021
‘Here we go again’: Texas power companies seek to shift storm prep costs onto consumers Houston Chronicle (Chuck L). From last week, still germane.
Critical race theory — a guide Lars P. Syll
This is my candid letter of resignation to my Harvard Dean. I try to tell the unvarnished truth about the decadence in our market-driven universities! Let us bear witness against this spiritual rot! pic.twitter.com/hCLAuNSWDu
— Cornel West (@CornelWest) July 13, 2021
Cheeky Cruise Company Lawyering Credit Slips. Vacationers beware!
Google Fined $593 Million in France Over Treatment of News Publishers Wall Street Journal
Neoliberalism’s Bailout Problem Boston Review (Anthony L)
Antidote du jour. Robert H’s Betsy dog:
And a bonus video (David L):
I badly need some comic relief. I must confess that this item from furzy amused me:
You don’t have to be from Thunder Bay to understand and enjoy this. This actually happened.
They went down the Trans Canada Highway, causing 3 accidents.
Yes, they went to jail… Yes, alcohol was involved.
The tell is that real moose would not fit so nicely into a car.
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.