I have been following the US government shutdown because it has been affecting the lives of a lot of our colleagues. It has also had direct implications in getting access to information about databases, etc.. that some of us use in our analyses.
Today I read This article from NPR Outlining how the US field stations in the Antarctic are now on "caretaker" status. In essence eliminating field work for Antarctic scientists this year (at least those associated with the US field stations).
I can't help but express some personal outrage at the fact that a government can even be shut down in the first place. In all honesty, I don't care who's fault it is, all I would like to see is that our friends and family overseas get back to work. The fact that petty political nonsense has the ability to completely halt a country like this is mind blowing.
In either case, for those Antarctic scientists who are reading this, my thoughts are out to you. And does anyone know if this is a temporary thing? Is the Antarctic field season completely shot for the US teams? Or is there opportunity to revitalize and get going part way through?
Today, I am an.. ANGRY seaBIRDer! Grant