[Update--Removes reference to Scientific American piece on climate, which dates from the last threatened government shutdown, not this one.]
Now that the government has gone to bed, we're confronted online, in the papers, and on cable news with an unending stream of comment, mostly uninformed, about what will happen. How long with the shutdown last? Why isn't the president talking? Why can't veterans visit the open-air World War II memorial? And even WWRRTOD? (What would Ronald Reagan and Tip O'Neill do?)
The national parks are once again proudly in the news, something that happens only during shutdowns or when they are on fire. And we can thank Congress for generating more attention than ever before for the National Zoo's panda cam--which is dark for the shutdown.
Can we get past this piffle and move on to something that matters? For instance, what does the shutdown mean for federal science and science-related agencies?...