Personal disclosure: I am one of those curmudgeonly old people who hates the term YOLO, unless you use it in this context:


That’s right, I discovered another context in which I find “YOLO” acceptable, and it is the Twitter trend of #FurloughYOLO.


You can read more about that here.

Speaking of “YOLO,” Utah’s national parks have decided to Carpe Diem and reopen, for about 10 days, on their own funds.

“Utah agrees to pay the National Park Service (NPS) up to $1.67 million— $166,572 per day—to re-open eight national sites in Utah for up to 10 days. If the federal government shutdown ends before then, the State will receive a refund of unused monies” an official press statement explained.

The deal would reopen Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, and Zion national parks. The other three locations that will be opened are Natural Bridges and Cedar Breaks national monuments, as well as Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

“Utah’s national parks are the backbone of many rural economies and hard-working Utahns are paying a heavy price for this shutdown,” Herbert said in the released statement. “I commend Secretary Jewell for being open to Utah’s solution, and the world should know Utah is open for business and visitors are welcome.”

More on that here.

NPR has a couple of interesting, if sad, articles about how the government shutdown is effecting various government and non-government agencies. First, due to federal support, massively-important research (and the lab mice associated with it) through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is beginning to feel the strain. Lab mice used in cancer and Alzheimer’s research will have to be killed to save money and avoid overcrowding. As a science nerd, and someone who cares about the future of medical science, I find this distressing. Years’ worth of experiments will be shut down or halted, and the expense of reviving many of these experiments will put a strain on the NIH’s budget later.

Another article focused on the shutdown’s national effect, with this nice snippet about the arts:

The Arts Go Dark
Tourists in Washington know that productions at the historic Ford’s Theater have been suspended because of the shutdown, but innovative productions in other parts of the country have been scuttled, too. That includes the We Players performance of Macbeth planned for staging at San Francisco’s Fort Point, a Civil War-era fortress under the Golden Gate Bridge. We Players, says artistic director Ava Roy, has worked since 2008 with the National Park Service, staging Hamlet on Alcatraz Island, and The Odyssey and Twelfth Night on historic ships. “We had to cancel numerous shows, which affects over 1,000 ticket holders and could easily mean financial collapse for our small, nonprofit arts organization,” Roy tells us.

So grab beers and watch Netflix while you still can, because your ability to survive cancer or diabetes is on the line, and just about any non-profit activity will disappear if the shutdown lasts much longer. YOLO.

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