Friday, September 22, 2017, 8:00am

Friday Tunes: ‘Rasputin,’ Boney M.

“‘Rasputin’ is a 1978 euro disco hit single by the Germany-based pop and euro disco group Boney M., the second from their album Nightflight to Venus. With a tune resembling the second half of the Turkish folk song ‘Kâtibim,’ it is a semi-biographical song about Grigori Rasputin, a friend and advisor of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and his family during the early 20th century. The song variously sensationalizes Rasputin as a playboy, mystical healer, and political manipulator.” (Wikipedia) You can read the lyrics here and a bit about the song and the history of the actual Grigori Rasputin here.

Supposedly the Graham-Cassidy Obamacare repeal bill will be discussed/voted on sometime next week, and the votes are tight. Call your senators. If you already called your senators, call them again. Keep calling. Seriously.

Apparently John McCain (R-AZ) is voting no on the bill, and Susan Collins (R-ME) seems to be leaning no. I don’t think Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) has said yet. But none of that matters. Don’t assume the bill is dead. Call. Email. Tweet. If you have friends in states with Republican senators, call your friends and ask them to call their senators.

The only way this bill dies is if we kill it, people.

5 Things to Read This Weekend (9/22-9/24, 2017)

Ars Technica: CCleaner malware outbreak is much worse than it first appeared
“The recent CCleaner malware outbreak is much worse than it initially appeared, according to newly unearthed evidence. That evidence shows that the CCleaner malware infected at least 20 computers from a carefully selected list of high-profile technology companies with a mysterious payload.”

Snopes: Trolls, Bots, ‘Useful Idiots’ Attack New Committee Aimed at Exposing Russian Propaganda Campaigns
“On 20 September 2017, just hours after a consortium of high-profile figures from the American entertainment industry, news media and intelligence community formally announced the formation of the Committee to Investigate Russia (CIR), social media bots, paid trolls, and ‘useful idiots’ kicked into high gear.”

NPR: How States Are Banding Together To Take On Trump
“Throughout U.S. history, states have traditionally acted as counterweights to presidential authority, challenging the way laws are enforced. It was the states, for example, that waged some of the earliest and most effective legal battles against the Affordable Care Act.”

New York Times: Trump’s Travel Ban to Be Replaced by Restrictions Tailored to Certain Countries
“President Trump’s ban on travelers from six majority-Muslim countries is set to be replaced as soon as this weekend with more targeted restrictions on visits to the United States that would vary by country, officials familiar with the plans said on Friday.”

TPM: EPA Pulls Agents Off Probes For Pruitt’s 24/7, 18-Member Security Detail
“Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt has an unprecedented round-the-clock security detail that now includes 18 people, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday, citing unnamed people briefed on the situation.”

Edmund Burke

“Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.” – Edmund Burke.

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