U.S. government shutdown forced NASA and other agencies into hibernation


Due to the shutdown of the U.S. government, several agency websites such as The FTC, USDA, NASA and the Library of Congress, are all out of commission for the time being. Others are still being updated but not on a regular basis, while some are still online but absent any form of updates. Basically, there’s no one around to keep these sites running as they should, which is a real shame.

Quite a few government related websites optioned to leave a note on the front page explaining the reason why nothing is happening. For example, the NASA website said, “Due to the lapse in federal government funding, this website is not available. We sincerely regret this inconvenience.” In addition, the USA.gov website said, “Due to the lapse in funding, the U.S. federal government has shut down. Call 1-800-FED-INFO (1-800-333-4636 ) for answers to government questions.

Other government websites such as The Justice Department and Department of Defense websites are static at the moment with little to no updates. The whole thing is a mess, and we hope the government kicks back into gear sooner rather than later.

Moreover, if you’re living in places where earthquakes are frequent, you’re in for some bad news lads and lassies. Here’s what the U.S. Geological Survey website has to say. “While the USGS will continue to monitor and report on earthquake activity, the accuracy or timeliness of some earthquake information products, as well as the availability or functionality of some web pages, could be affected by our reduced level of operation.”

It is clear the folks running the government no longer have superuser privileges. If they did, then they would simply utter the following command. “Sudo government restart.” The Linux guys should get this, no problem.

[via NASA.gov, USA.gov, USGS.gov, image via Guardian Express]

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  • Seamus McSeamus

    [@Ashraf] This is true. The problem is that the whole thing has devolved into a “mine is bigger than yours” contest, and all of them think they are bigger than they really are.

  • Ashraf

    Not to take sides on the issue but I believe the absurdity of this whole situation is summed up in one fact that most analysts accept: if a vote was called right now, there would be enough votes from both side of the line to end the shutdown. The only problem? Vote isn’t being called.

  • Mike

    And by the way: the vast majority of the people do not approve of the current standstill, Affordable Health Care Act or not. Rather, this all is being accomplished by the Teapotters, a vast minority to say the least (and who some might even term a fringe group). To allow them to hold the country hostage simply is not the way to do it. If this was done by an extreme left-ish group, people would be crying bloody murder.

  • Seamus McSeamus

    [@kevbo] Don’t forget the most revealing part of this monstrosity.

  • Mike

    [@kevbo] Actually, they’re not looking to debate, as a matter of first instance. Rather, they’re looking to hold the budget, the economy and the people hostage until they get their way. Can the Affordable Care Act be debated in 1-2 days and before we hit the debt ceiling? No. Moreover, it already was debated, prior to enactment. If legislators did this with every law they didn’t like, we would have a governmental standstill multiple times a year. This is not what responsible people do–it’s what your child does as he/she is growing up–it’s called the terrible two’s.

    They want a debate? Great. Pass the budget and raise the debt ceiling, and then debate. But to hold people hostage is not the way to do it–we don’t let people on the street do it, and being a Congressperson does not insulate them.

  • kevbo

    [@Mike] It is the right and duty of Congress, as representatives of the people, to make or abolish laws as they see fit; they do not serve at the pleasure of the President. For a law that was enacted through questionable parliamentary maneuvers, and passed by a slim majority of a previous Congress, they have every right to repeal, change, delay, or re-open debate on this law.

    And the latter is what they are requesting: to re-open debate. Debate has been a normal and expected part of the political process of this country since BEFORE we became a nation. Why has it changed since this man became President?

    I would rather have the government shut down (even it is a mere 15% shut-down), than an administration that feels it is above participation in the political process.

  • Mike

    [@Darcy] No one likes being blackmailed, what the Teapotters are doing/trying to do. Whether they like it or not, the Affordable Care Act was enacted, confirmed, and ruled Constitutional. If every Congress refused to allow legally-enacted and upheld legislation from going forward, we would be in the position of . . . well, the present.

    @David Roper: I don’t know who this “Barry” is that you refer to, but if you’re referring to President Obama, that is his name–the duly-enacted president of the U.S. Just as the former Presidents George Bush are referred to as that, and not as “Georgie’s.”

  • kevbo

    [@Seamus McSeamus] My theory also. Since these self-serving, grandstanding, dirty bastards will do anything to keep themselves in power, WE are the only ones who can effectively impose term limits.

  • Seamus McSeamus

    “We have a lot of idiots in government right now.”

    Surely a statement of fact upon which we all can agree!

    As for me, I keep telling people to stop voting for the incumbent, but no one listens.

  • [@Mike] Except that’s not true either. Neither side is trying to find a compromise and since both are refusing to talk, nothing gets done. Blaming one side or the other is only half the story.

    “Government is too big and too important to be left to the politicians.” – Chester Bowles US diplomat & economist (1901 – 1986)

    The truth of the matter is that this situation has built over many decades of abuse from all sides. Right now, none of them are willing to do what’s necessary to fix it because one side or the other will take credit for it, or it will be unpopular enough to lose votes for whoever backs it. Lincoln had a similar problem during the Civil War. Both sides would oppose whatever the other side tried to do. He solved it by making the Liberty Party, which every politician in Congress automatically belonged to. That way each side could claim credit for being involved or behind anything done, or place blame on the other side if needed. It got the job done during a time when co-operation was sorely needed.

    “When you talk about damage radius, even atomic weapons pale before that of an unfettered idiot in a position of power.” – Mark Stanley

    We have a lot of idiots in government right now.

  • n.n

    The tragic irony of Democrats opposing planned government and individual choice is lost on most members of that party. They value human life and liberty less than their policies and regulations.

    That said, as the sequestration, the so-called “shutdown” was a choice made by Obama and Reid. The federal government has receipts of around $2.7 trillion. It has a deficit of over $1 trillion. It has operated without a budget since Obama came to office.

    Did anyone else notice that Obama attacked Libya without provocation and without consulting Congress; but, when it came to Syria, he hesitated, if only because people became aware of his intentions. It’s the same thing with the sequestration and now the “shutdown”. Until now, he did his best to ignore Congress and the majority of taxpayers, but suddenly he demands a budget.

    As for Obamacare, insurance is not equivalent to health care. It does not address availability or total costs. It marginally increases subsidies, but simultaneously increases differential costs, and preserves a regular inflation of total costs. It is designed to preserve the status quo.

  • David Roper

    Mike, and I guess the fact that Barry will not even meet with Republican leaders to talk has nothing to do with it.

    The Government is 83% open. Barry just closed the National Parks and War memorials and Smithsonian Institution just to make life miserable.

    I, for one cannot wait until Obamacare, aka Democare, be implemented to let every feel how bad it really will be. Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi will be household words that everybody can remember. I hope no one ever forgets who forced Obamacare upon us.

    I feel sorry for my grandchildren and yours who will have to clean up this mess or pay for it.

  • Mike

    [@vandamme] Except that, that’s not the case. The entire mess and pain is being caused by a smallish group of Republican Teapotters who are acting like spoiled little children who didn’t get their way with the Affordable Health Care Act–having lost on that repeatedly, in Congress, with the voters, and in the courts–and who now are holding their breath and trying to hold the rest of us hostage, and a Republican House of Representatives leader who will not stand up to them for fear (perhaps justifiably so) of losing his Speakership.

  • Sequestration Theatre: the causing of maximum pain to taxpayers by the administration who wants their way. They spent extra money to rope off public access to monuments, and wrote new landing pages for websites when the old static pages would have done fine.

    Sudo government restart
    [sudo] Password for government: vote