Each encounter with the phrase “government shutdown” sparks a detonation of euphoria. It could get quite distracting.

More here (with useful chart, and some acute comments).

Rick Moran, trying to stir up some gloom, makes the whole situation even more delicious: “And the hell of it is, the hard right wing in the House that has been pushing this futile strategy are not going to be blamed for the cave-in. It will be those who are deemed insufficiently supportive of a cause that never had a chance to succeed who will probably suffer the consequences.”
— Federal cardiac arrest and the accelerated disintegration of the GOP? Bliss was it in that twilight …


September 30, 2013admin 16 Comments »


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  • VXXC Says:

    When you’re operating at “high equilibrium” and very high levels of mistrust…so much so there’s an internal arms race, anything can bring down your juggling act.

    Take a good look at the Tea Party Republicans. That’s called “Democracy”. They’re listening to their voters. To the actual government this is terrifying.


    Posted on September 30th, 2013 at 9:50 am Reply | Quote
  • VXXC Says:

    And somewhat O/T…but with an eye to the Future of Up…if America is to remain a power, it’s future isn’t as a Global Power but and Off-World Power [UP]. Also good for Red Empire elements…



    Posted on September 30th, 2013 at 10:51 am Reply | Quote
  • Foseti Says:

    Don’t worry. I’ll still report to the office as usual. So many of the agencies are “independent” these days.


    Posted on September 30th, 2013 at 2:15 pm Reply | Quote
  • Alrenous Says:

    About one-third of the government will shut down. About 800,000 of about 2.1 million federal employees

    Is it fair to exclude companies that survive solely on government contracts, not to mention state and local employees, from the the generic ‘government’?

    Come to think, what about compliance departments?

    My point being that it’s not a third, it’s some tiny fraction of actual government activity.

    But if the shutdown were to persist for two weeks or more, the economy would likely begin to slow, economists say.

    How embarrassing will it be when the opposite happens?

    To be fair, I’m talking long term, not short term, because chaos = delta power.

    The government accumulates debt two ways: It borrows money from investors by issuing Treasurys. And it borrows from itself, mostly from Social Security revenue.

    Prime wealth-creating activities. How will the economy survive without having money taken away from investors?

    And the one-third of the federal workforce that lost pay would cut back on spending, thereby slowing growth.

    Right, because the money will just evaporate. More importantly, society will be deprived of all the goods formerly produced. By government bureaucrats.

    That, in turn, led to a 635-point plunge in the Dow Jones industrial average the next day.

    Funny. They can work out post hoc ergo propter hoc when it comes to debt ceilings, but not when Keynsian models predict a 2.3% growth with stimulus and you see 2.5% without stimulus.

    All this sounds pretty scary. Why aren’t financial markets panicking?

    Damn markets won’t panic when we tell them to panic. It’s almost like they can think for themselves. What rot!


    Posted on September 30th, 2013 at 3:29 pm Reply | Quote
  • VXXC Says:

    Yes. Jellystone Federal Employees are bracing for DOOM.



    Posted on September 30th, 2013 at 5:49 pm Reply | Quote
  • VXXC Says:

    More rapture…read the comments. Admin when are you going to start blogging about space again? Musk is imperfect, but he’s what we got.

    He’s got a great line about you’ll see his competitors space vehicle [he does have one] when “unicorns dance in the blue exhaust flames.”



    admin Reply:

    “… when are you going to start blogging about space again?” — OK, I’ll try to pick up roughly where LotV cut out, but some time still needed.


    Posted on October 1st, 2013 at 11:29 am Reply | Quote
  • VXXC Says:


    You left off with Oblivion and a Neo-Liberal TET destroying the earth for scrap.**

    Since AI is most likely to achieve consciousness in the Financial HFT related sector, that’s quite possible.

    But I’m trying to be positive. Could we have a post on where privatization is and is likely to go? I despise Musk, but he’s getting somewhere, or at least Space-X is…

    You see in the shall we say Reboot world, there will be opportunities. And as America needs a Frontier, and to remain a power, the Frontier should be UP, and it’s power off-world, not “global”. Globalization is the United States and United Nations of Detroit.

    **I get it.


    admin Reply:

    Sure, I agree, something sufficient to get a focused discussion going would be a first step.


    Lesser Bull Reply:

    Musk is an ideological ninny, but it doesn’t matter. The frontier is objectively pro-sanity, just like the modern urbanized West is objectively against it.


    admin Reply:

    “The frontier is objectively pro-sanity …” — Excellent.


    Posted on October 1st, 2013 at 6:14 pm Reply | Quote
  • VXXC Says:


    How did the Dutch conquer an Empire and invent capitalism while fighting an 80 year perennial war of Independence against Spain?


    How do we get into space [we must recognize the USG has passed from Heroin to Crack to Krokodile and now kills all healthy flesh it touches] however public non-USG interest is welcome…and if Dear Admin America 2.x were in a pro-longed state of what I will call Dutch Flux [see above] how could it still go UP?

    And what if Reboot were to include a Jubliee hard drive wipe followed by Atomic number 79 as the baseline new DNA, with free association from there [caveat emptor]?

    And I’m going now to refer to Prolonged Interregnum as Dutch Flux, if you don’t mind.

    The possibility cannot be ignored. That’s no reason to stop the species. There’s been quite enough of a pause on that front, indeed on all science they can touch. So for damn sure Dutch Flux has free association and free science. DF will have need of science.

    Of course I’m just writing Science Fiction here.


    Posted on October 1st, 2013 at 6:58 pm Reply | Quote
  • asdf Says:

    This ruins some vacation plans, as one of my favorite national parks will be closed during the peak season. Naturally, giving people access to the immense natural beauty of our land at low cost is just government we can’t afford.

    I expect this to be a complete failure that increases net suffering in the world.


    admin Reply:

    About that:

    “It’s a cheap way to deal with the situation,” an angry Park Service ranger in Washington says of the harassment. “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting.”


    Posted on October 1st, 2013 at 7:03 pm Reply | Quote
  • fotrkd Says:

    We have a report of a man on fire at 7th and Independence.


    Posted on October 4th, 2013 at 10:49 pm Reply | Quote
  • VXXC Says:

    I am beginning to wonder if the Estates were just dismissed….

    We should know more Oct 17th.


    Posted on October 5th, 2013 at 7:07 pm Reply | Quote

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