Abandoned Research, Lost Opportunities, and Closed Labs, All In This Week’s Government Shutdown Sci-Blog
Hello, Wonketeers! It’s time for another bizarre & disturbing Wonkette Sci-Blog. Get out your phones and come on in — we’re Drunk Dialing Congress!
We were looking forward to devoting this week’s blog exclusively to the celebration of one of the year’s most anticipated holiday seasons: Cephalopod Awareness Days. However, as you all know we’re almost two weeks into the meaningless shutdown of the U.S. Federal Government and still careening towards this coming Thursday’s economic default. Now I feel compelled to continue chronicling this international embarrassment of an ongoing crisis in our government. I am truly sorry. It’s hardly the Nice Time post that would make me happy to write about, but these are not nice times.
The relatively sane adults remaining in DC are now actually speaking (well, some of them still are) and working with each other to reopen shuttered agencies, restart Federal programs, pay Federal bills and avoid the global catastrophe of U.S. debt default. Whether anyone can talk the House Dumkopf Conference into anything less than total victory remains to be seen – they only listen to their very own tunes. This ridiculous shutdown standoff has to end sometime. If it does end with no capitulation to the radicals’ demands, removal of the debt ceiling as hostage and ending this cycle of manufactured governing crises, some will say it was worth it. They would be wrong.