Sep. 30th, 2013

starlady: The Welcome to Night Vale Logo, with clouds over the moon (welcome to night vale)
But the pleasant autumn weather disguises a government teetering on the brink. Because, at midnight Monday night, the government of this intensely proud and nationalistic people will shut down, a drastic sign of political dysfunction in this moribund republic.

The capital’s rival clans find themselves at an impasse, unable to agree on a measure that will allow the American state to carry out its most basic functions. While the factions have come close to such a shutdown before, opponents of President Barack Obama’s embattled regime now appear prepared to allow the government to be shuttered over opposition to a controversial plan intended to bring the nation’s health care system in line with international standards.

-- "Potential government shutdown: How would the U.S. media report on it if it were another country?"
Meanwhile on the left coast, Berkeley campus is shuttered until further notice as a result of multiple explosions this afternoon, currently presumed to be the result of people stealing the copper wire from the campus power grid last week.

I heard about the explosions while waiting in line at Voodoo Van at Off the Grid SF at Telegraph & Haste, which since it is already burnt out and abandoned makes a great place to park half a dozen food trucks for the evening. As I said on Twitter, "I just want my goddamn chicken sandwich before the end of the world." My sister called and was quite concerned that I hadn't already left the area, four blocks south of campus. Me: "I haven't gotten my creme brulee yet! Should I get Double Brownie or the one with nutella and strawberries and creme fraiche and mixed berry compote?" Her: "You aren't taking this very seriously!" Me: "Creme brulee is very serious!" 

*toasts* Bottoms up, America!

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