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.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.
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?"
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!