Thursday, October 10, 2013

Tales From the Shutdown

There are shutdowns ... and there are shutdowns. From the current financial crisis to the Big Shutdown of the Program ... they are all connected and the same.

From the world of science, to the life and times of the average person, the focus is on the ripple down affect of last week's partial government shutdown and the fear of what is to come on October 17, just one week away. This comes at a times with climate changes continue and the cold winter months are just ahead, which usually spell medical problems and more.

The clients are starting to come, not just because of the usual relationship and job issues, but out of fear of what lies ahead. Many people speak about what the country should have done. "In hindsight" never works. The best you can do is stabilize your life and those around you. Be prepared. With Mercury Retrograde starting on October 21, and the 3 stationary days before it taking us to October 18, one can expect anything and everything to be a "do-over". Perhaps this is why I am planning to take a vacation now and not wait. I also look forward to explaining reality in my class in Boca on 11/11. There's lots going to happen between now and then.

From CNN - Thursday: The government's still partially shut down. House Republicans say they aren't budging from that. But it looks like we could be spared the debt ceiling debacle. Late last night, GOP sources told us that lawmakers are preparing a proposal to temporarily raise it. And yesterday, President Obama said he would accept a short-term deal. The two sides meet today. We're keeping our fingers crossed.

What's the worst that could happen? 7 debt-default doomsday scenarios   NBC - October 10, 2013
Faced with some Republicans shrugging their shoulders at the thought of the U.S. defaulting on its debt obligations for the first time ever, notable economists are warning that the consequences would be the economic equivalent of a swarm of frogs and a plague of locusts.

NIH enrolls a dozen critically ill patients despite shutdown   NBC - October 10, 2013
A few desperately ill patients have managed to get into clinical trials at the National Institutes of Health's famed hospital, even though the government's partial shutdown has others being turned away, the agency said Wednesday.