There’s some SPACE in the Federal Shutdown

iss closedMany federal employs get to stay home without pay when the government shuts down. Some offices stay open like the Supreme Court, the F. B. I., and, of course, Congress continues to get paid even in the midst of a shutdown.

Who is affected?
9 million children who are under the Children’s Health Insurance Program — whose parents usually earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but not enough to afford private health coverage — will have less certainty about the future of their healthcare

About 1.3 million active-duty military will be expected to work potentially without pay. The military is currently paid through February 1.

In the 2013 government shutdown, about 850,000 government employees were furloughed each day — and there could be a similar number this time around
1.87 million civilian government workers could be exempt from furlough — including the workers at the Transportation Security Administration and food safety inspectors, border patrol officers and federal prison guards

Up to 417 national park sites could be closed, though the Trump administration is going to “try to allow limited access wherever possible.”

19 Smithsonian museums could be closed.

But how about those US astronauts aboard the International Space Station?

They continue to get support and funding.


The One that Flu Away

fluAt best, says Anthony Fauci (director of the National Institutes of Health National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease) flu vaccines are only ever about 60 percent effective. While that makes it at least 60 percent more effective than not getting a vaccine at all, it still means the rapidly mutating virus has a fighting chance.