The last time we dealt with a government shutdown was 17 years ago, when Home Improvement was up there in the TV ratings and things were just beginning to heat up between Monica and Bill. Government shutdowns are a little like cicadas. They only come around every so often. And we need to be reminded of just how horrifying they are when they make an appearance.
- What about the effect for Bostonians? (No Freedom Trail tours! No visitor center at Faneuil Hall!) More on that here from Boston.com.
- If you care how we got into this mess and want to re-live it in chronological order, The New York Times has a detailed graphic on the shenanigans that got us into this mess.
- Al Jazeera America's explainer offers information on everything from the shutdown's effect on taxes, recreation and science. Yes. SCIENCE. There will be no more science until Congress can get its act together.
- The Washington Post explains "absolutely everything" you need to know about the shutdown. (Note: There is no mention of what time looting is set to begin, so "absolutely everything" seems like a bit of an overreach.)
- Circa has a handy explainer on the effects of the government shutdown.
- The Guardian offers a government shutdown guide for non-Americans (or people who at least today want to pretend they are)
- The State Department has a guide. But you'll need another guide and a secret decoder to figure it out.
- TIME offers this feature on how to explain the shutdown to your kids. Here's my advice: don't explain it to your kids. Your kids don't care. At all. Or, if you can't help yourself, let your kids read the State Department's guide and then make them explain it to you.
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