Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 8:00am

5TtRT: Antibiotic resistance, Puerto Rico, Scott Pruitt, Russia & Facebook, & Mitch McConnell

5TtRT: Antibiotic resistance, Puerto Rico, Scott Pruitt, Russia & Facebook, & Mitch McConnell

Ok, seriously, WTF is up with Scott Pruitt? Is he suffering from some kind of clinical paranoia? I feel like someone should look into that – that dude is going way above and beyond what should be required for an EPA head’s security.

Meanwhile, if you’ve got a few spare bucks, holy crap do you ever need to throw them Puerto Rico’s way. And after you do that, you should probably call your senators and representatives and tell them to get off the stick and get some help together for them, ASAP. Anybody here who remembers Katrina? Yeah, like that, but probably worse.

5 Things to Read Today (9/27/17)

  1. Wired: The Post-Antibiotic Era Is Here. Now What? – “For now, it’s good news that the only person-to-person transmission of 100 percent resistant bacteria is taking place inside Lee’s supercomputer. There haven’t yet been any documented cases in the real world. But that’s what Patel and the CDC are looking for.”
  2. Vox: What every American needs to know about Puerto Rico’s hurricane disaster – “There’s still no power on the island, with the exception of a few generators powering only the highest-priority buildings like hospitals. That means in many places there’s no water to drink or bathe in or to flush toilets. There’s limited food, fuel, and cell service, and it’s taken several days for reporters and rescue workers to reach remote towns and villages.”
  3. Washington Post: EPA spending almost $25,000 to install a secure phone booth for Scott Pruitt – “The agency signed a $24,570 contract earlier this summer with Acoustical Solutions, a Richmond-based company, for a ‘privacy booth for the administrator.'”
  4. Politico: Russian-funded Facebook ads backed Stein, Sanders and Trump – “At least one touted Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate, who Clinton says ‘may well have thrown the election to Trump.'”
  5. FiveThirtyEight: The Republican Establishment And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day – “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the Republican establishment had a terrible day on Tuesday. First, Senate Republicans’ latest effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act was shelved. Then Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee announced he wouldn’t run for reelection in 2018. And finally, on Tuesday night, ex-Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore defeated McConnell-endorsed Sen. Luther Strange in Alabama’s Republican Senate runoff.”

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