CNET: Federal employees set up 1,000 GoFundMe pages amid government shutdown. “Government employees have set up roughly 1,000 fundraising pages as they seek help in meeting their expenses, said a GoFundMe spokeswoman in an email statement. Campaigns on the crowdfunding platform seek anywhere from a few hundred to thousands of dollars for everyday expenses, such as utilities and groceries.” 1. Don’t read the comments unless you’ve just given up on a healthy blood pressure. 2. There is some concern on Twitter (search gofundme ethics) that this kind of crowdfunding might violate ethics rules.
Nature: Scientists despair as US government shutdown drags on. “As the shutdown hits the two-week mark with no end in sight, its effects on science have begun to compound, leaving many government researchers weary, worried and demoralized. The National Science Foundation (NSF) has suspended reviews of grant proposals indefinitely, and is likely to delay panels scheduled to judge applications for postdoctoral fellowships in early January. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has taken widely used weather and climate databases offline. And at NASA, the shutdown threatens to disrupt preparations for upcoming spacecraft launches.”
Newsweek: National Parks Closed During Government Shutdown? How To Check Which Ones Are Shuttered. “Those who had planned vacations to national parks during this holiday season are asking similar questions about their planned destinations, and should be aware that many of the popular ones, such as Rocky Mountain National Park, are closed or operating with limited services and amenities. The Grand Canyon is open, and while the visitor center is closed, hotels, lodges and restaurants are open for business.”
The government shutdown of Maine means the Maine State Library has shut down. “All services of the Maine State Library will be unavailable until further notice. Books borrowed prior to the shutdown can be returned without penalties when the library reopens OR can be returned to the library book drop in front of the Maine State Library entrance.”