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CNN warns that government shutdown could result in NASA not warning of destructive asteroids hitting the earth

While the debate over the government shutdown continues to be misguided, fueling more immigration talks and none on spending, CNN offered up their own concern: NASA’s asteroid monitoring service.

Yes, the earth could be wiped out by an asteroid.

CNN reporter Tom Foreman explained Friday that the last time the government shut down, NASA was forced to forgo its monitoring space-faring death rocks for a full two weeks, leaving Earth open to a collision that could devastate our world and wipe out humanity.

“Meanwhile many services would be stopped or delayed. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would back down its flu tracking program even as the nation faces the worst outbreak in years. Some senior nutrition programs would be paused. 200,000 passport applications went unprocessed in 1995,” Foreman explained.

“Congress funds much of the scientific research done in this country. In 2013, that meant some experiments went on hold in 2013 and suffered costly losses of data. In space same year, for more than two weeks, NASA reportedly stopped monitoring potentially dangerous asteroids.”

While this wasn’t a big deal in 2013, in 2018, there’s an asteroid headed right for us…well, sort of.

“A big one, by the way, is expected to brush by Earth on February 4th,” Foreman fretted.

The Russian meteor strike made headlines everywhere in 2013.

photo/ Pete Linforth

Here’s a transcript from Foreman’s report:

TAPPER: “It’s not the just government workers, if the shutdown happens. It will have a real cascading effect on the economy.”
FOREMAN: “Yeah that’s absolutely right. If there is no deal as these negotiations stand right now, nearly 800,000 undocumented immigrants who came as children, the so-called DREAMers would be thrust into a dangerous legal limbo. Some 9 million children covered by Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). But plenty of other Americans who have nothing to do with any of that could also feel the impact.”
[REPORT BEGINS]
FOREMAN: “850,000 government workers locked out of their offices and left out of their paychecks. That’s what happened when the government shut down in 2013 and it would likely be the same this time. Including many who don’t make much.”
THOMPSON: “I have a child and I want to make sure she eats and I want to eat. It is important that this gets done.”
FOREMAN: “Roughly 1.9 million government workers would be considered essential and stay on the job. Air traffic controllers, security officers, food inspectors, prison guards, Social Security checks would go out. The post office would be open. But at a steep price to many workers.”
MULVANEY: “The military will still go to work. They will not get paid. The border will still be patrolled. They will not get paid.”
FOREMAN: “Meanwhile many services would be stopped or delayed. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would back down its flu tracking program even as the nation faces the worst outbreak in years. Some senior nutrition programs would be paused. 200,000 passport applications went unprocessed in 1995. Congress funds much of the scientific research done in this country. In 2013, that meant some experiments went on hold in 2013 and suffered costly losses of data. In space same year, for more than two weeks, NASA reportedly stopped monitoring potentially dangerous asteroids. A big one, by the way, is expected to brush by Earth on February 4th.

“As for the 417 national parks, the administration wants to keep limited access wherever possible, but service would be reduced and 19 of the Smithsonian’s museums would shut their doors.”
[END REPORT]
FOREMAN: “The Smithsonian is trying on keep the doors open for the weekend. The current estimate of shutting down the government would cost taxpayers $6 billion a week. Jake?”

 

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- Roxanne "Butter" Bracco began with the Dispatch as Pittsburgh Correspondent, but will be providing reports and insights from Washington DC, Maryland and the surrounding region. Contact Roxie aka "Butter" at [email protected] ATTN: Roxie or Butter Bracco

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