Miscalibrated Internet Receptor Stalks
Miscalibrated Internet Receptor Stalks
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US citizens are close to facing the second week of a federal government shutdown, and some of us are celebrating in the way we know best: by being jerks and tweeting about it.

US conservatives appear to feel as if they have the right to enter into closed down national parks and monuments. Even though such a thing is a bad idea for multiple reasons, but particularly for one practical reason: most of the time, the staff there aren't working. They're furloughed. This probably means that the US federal government will be partially liable for anyone injured in the parks/monuments during this time, but in most cases is unable to provide any actual support (no one has been eaten by a grizzly at Yellowstone to test this) (yet).

I'm not sure if it's good or bad to break other rules about national parks/monuments. More to the point, as a scientist, I'm unsure if it's good or bad for me to disobey rules about museums.

If families can go to Zion National Park, even though it's closed, can I go to the Smithsonian, even though it's closed? If I can break the rules during this shutdown, can I break the rules during other times? If not, why not?

Maybe I should tweet my congressman. I mean he ain't doing his job so he probably has time to reply to my tweets.


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