Shutdown: Here Is What Will Happen If Congress Doesn’t Get Its Act Together By Monday

From Think Progress:

FINANCIAL SERVICES. The Small Business Administration will stop making loans, federal home loan guarantees will likely go on hold, and students applying for financial aid could also see delays and backlogs in applications.

ARMED FORCES. U.S. troops serving at home and abroad could stop receiving paychecks if the shutdown continues for an extended period and changes of station would also be delayed and facility and weapons maintenance would be suspended. Families back home would also be impacted.

HEALTH CARE. The National Institutes of Health will stop accepting new patients and delay or stop clinical trials. Medicare and the Veterans administration will continue paying out benefits, but new filers could face delays and doctors and hospitals may also have to wait for reimbursements.

PUBLIC SAFETY. The Environmental Protection Agency would stop reviewing environmental impact statements and food inspectors would stop conducting workplace inspections unless there is an imminent danger. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms could stop processing applications for permits.

SECURITY AND TRAVEL. The Department of Homeland Security would suspend the E-Verify program, which helps businesses determine the eligibility of employees, creating hiring delays. The State Department will also likely halt new passport and visa applications.

PARKS AND RECREATION. The National Park Service sites and the Smithsonian Institution will be shutdown. During the 1990s, 368 sites closed down and approximately 7 million visitors denied entry.

DISASTER RELIEF. In preparation for a potential shutdown, the Utah National Guard is holding off on sending a team to help rebuild areas in Colorado devastated by massive floods last week. More National Guard engineers are desperately needed to repair major roads and bridges in Colorado. Roughly 240 Colorado National Guardsmen currently working on flood missions are also in danger of losing funding.

What The Monopoly Properties Look Like In Real Life

From Scouting NY:

What I didn’t know back then was that the properties in Monopoly were in fact named after the streets of Atlantic City. Monopoly itself has a long and complicated history, but the addition of Atlantic City-based street names can be traced to one Ruth Hoskins. Hoskins had learned a version of the game in Indianapolis, and upon moving to Atlantic City in 1929, made her own copy from scratch naming properties after streets where her friends lived.

This past weekend, I was driving through south Jersey, and decided to make a quick detour through Atlantic City to see what the Monopoly board looks like in real life. Everyone have their tokens picked out?

Sting operations on people answering Craigslist ads for housepainting

From Boing Boing:

Ted Balaker says: “Occupational licensing laws are implemented in the name of protecting consumers, but they’re often pushed by established businesses to thwart competitors. They end up hurting poor and minority entrepreneurs, and stymie cultural innovations like African hair braiding and fish pedicures (which are popular in Asia). Practitioners of such services have been forced to comply with standard cosmetology licensing regulations, which are often costly, time consuming, and irrelevant to the services they’re offering.
“In California, armed officers actually arrest landscapers, painters, and others seeking contract work. California’s State Licensing Board recently completed it’s ‘Summer Blitz’ operation. They set up sting operations all over the state and proudly post footage of the operation online.”

Kansas Group Wants to Press Charges Over Statue


A fresh effort is underway to bring criminal charges over a bare-breasted statue in Overland Park. This time, the push is empowered with a new law giving citizen groups more influence in the process.

The American Family Association of Kansas and Missouri said Monday it plans to start circulating petitions to empanel a grand jury to again investigate whether the sculpture at the Overland Park Arboretum violates state obscenity laws.

The case may signal whether other citizen-led prosecutions — including those launched by anti-abortion groups — can expect more success under the new law.

Overland Park City Manager Bill Ebel said the group has the right to seek another grand jury. He said the city would cooperate with any ensuing investigation. The city spent about $35,000 defending the statue last time.

Question of the Day

How do you stay in shape?

I’ve been getting a lot of emails from a post I did where I mentioned I lost 40lbs. 44lbs now actually.

In 2012, I was up to 248lbs (I’m 6 feet) which was my highest ever. I really wasn’t feeling very healthy and hated how my clothes were fitting. I decided to start putting some effort into getting back into shape. I started with the Wii Fit which in retrospect was a good way to start. The Wii Fit’s scale gave me a good graphical representation of my progress. The exercises weren’t too intense but enough to get me moving. I also started using Loseit to monitor my caloric intake. When I plateaued after losing about 20lbs, I started going to the gym a few days a week. Nowadays, I go about 5 days. I’m lucky because my apartment complex has a gym so I don’t have to go too far. I’m now down to about 204lbs and really feeling much better. I have far more energy than I did at my heaviest.

I did make some really big dietary changes. I eliminated fast food from my diet. I also stopped drinking soda, going out to chain restaurants where they really saturate their food in sugars and fat (I still go to a few local restaurants every once in a while of course but I don’t make it into a habit). I think the biggest thing I did to help besides exercise was using a calorie counter. Not so much to measure my daily intake but to get a grasp on how many calories I was actually eating.

I’m shooting for below 200 and then the trick will be maintaining.