posted on Oct, 11 2013 @ 03:11 PM
reply to post by Metallicus
Well, the government is only minimally shut down - if it completely shut down we would likely have nuclear meltdowns, just to name one situation that
I know about.
As far as the shut down is concerned, this is just what I have heard about through friends and checked on: we lost a year of research in Antarctica,
NASA shut down (including watching the skies for potential space threats), nuclear reactors across the nation have to cut staff, online databases
required for businesses to run (for example, economic data, water flow data, etc) are offline,
My dad works at a government hospital where they cut I.T. staff, which means that they can't do a lot of their medical work, my aunt and uncle work
for the Centers of Disease Control and are furloughed without pay (not to mention that the CDC is down).
So if that is just what I've heard of from people who have been affected in some manner, it sounds like a prolonged shutdown (even of non-essentials)
could result in a disaster here and there.
If our society was still based on hunter-gathering (which I don't think is a bad idea), or some kind of thing where local areas had localized
resources such as food, power, water, etc. then it wouldn't be that big of a deal -
But we are so interconnected at this point that it leaves us extremely vulnerable, even if there was a disease outbreak on one side of the country,
for example, the whole nation could get sick within weeks.
edit on 11-10-2013 by darkbake because: (no reason given)