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Shutdown’s Trickledown to Ministers, Soldiers, Goats

The shutdown’s effects cascade into the lives of many Americans not directly involved.

An exhibit showing the position of rangers at a crash site in Somalia.
An exhibit showing the position of rangers at a crash site in Somalia.

The consequences of political dysfunction in this country have a reach beyond the hundreds of thousands of federal employees furloughed. Because of the federal government shutdown:

A Painstakingly-Built Exhibit on the 20th Anniversary of the Battle of Mogadishu Went Unopened: A number of veterans and civilians did amazing work recovering weapons and vehicles from Somalia to recreate the scenes of the battle. "This is an emotional event for a lot of people, knowing that soldiers gave their lives in these, it means a lot to the families and the community,” Sgt. Maj. Mike McClenahan told Patch. “Our goal was to accomplish the logistical piece in a respectful, professional manner."

The exhibit was scheduled to open on the anniversary of the battle, which took place on October 3rd and 4th, 1993. It hasn't opened yet.

Catholic Masses and Other Services at the Washington Navy Yard Are Cancelled: The federal shutdown means that, just weeks after the mass shooting at the facility, many houses of worship at the Navy Yard will be closed on their holy days.

John Schlageter, general counsel for the Archdiocese for the Military Services, is aghast. "At a time when the military is considering alternative sources of funding for sporting events at the service academies, no one seems to be looking for funding to ensure the Free Exercise rights of Catholics in uniform," he wrote. "Why not?"

Stink Bugs’ Worst Enemies Are Off the Clock: Stink bugs, America’s top invasive insect, are burrowing into homes across the country right now in preparation for the winter. And the researchers tasked with figuring out how to fight them are banned from working.

"This is the only time you can do that work," said Chris Bergh, an entomologist working at Virginia Tech. But good news for the bugs: that work is not getting done.

...And So Are the Goats that Protect Us From Poison Ivy. The US government found an ingenious way to clear the ivy with hungry goats. But that only works when the parks are open.

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