Thursday, October 3, 2013

What else is the shutdown affecting?

I am sharing an article from today titled: “Locked Out of the Library”

“WASHINGTON -- A wide range of academic research across the country, from sophisticated biomedical experiments at the National Institutes of Health to undergraduate political science essays, was being interrupted Wednesday as the federal government shutdown continued for a second day -- with no clear path to a resolution”.

“In addition to forcing the closure of government buildings where research is conducted -- such as the Library of Congress and presidential libraries -- the shutdown was also cutting off access to myriad electronic resources on which many researchers depend. Websites that were not operational included those of the Library of Congress, the U.S. Census Bureau, the National Science Foundation, the Bureau of Economic Analysis at the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the Education Department’s research arm, the Institute of Education Sciences”.

School trips to DC have all of sudden become wasted trips because museums and monuments are closed, camping trips to national parks, etc.

First world problem yes, but it could have third world consequences for those struggling just to make it every day, and also to those whose passionate research is about to get interrupted.

This is real federal government!

Dr Flavius A B Akerele III
The ETeam

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