It’s shutdown day. But The Walk of Shame is still here, so I’ll be conducting business as normal for you. At 7:40 this morning, I’m giving away a pair of passes to the screening of “Aerosmith: Rock For the Rising Sun” that’s happening on Thursday, October 17th, at Consolidated Ward Theatres. Listen and win! Also going on this morning is that Korn, Moby and Joan Jett have new albums coming out, and I’ll be letting you know other bands coming out with new releases. I’ll be giving you DVD and Blu-Ray releases as well!
Now for the news - The United States Government… now closed. Of course there’s all sorts of finger pointing going on but let’s get to the meat of the situation. How does this affect us? Here’s some things to keep in mind:
A shutdown means all federal government services deemed nonessential will be suspended. All federally funded museums, such as the Smithsonian, will close, as well as the nation's 401 national parks. Campers have 48 hours to leave sites like Yellowstone National Park, and government-run national monuments like the Statue of Liberty won't be open to visitors. NASA will also shut down, except for mission control, which is overseeing operations with the International Space Station.
The U.S. Postal Service and airports will operate as normal - I believe air traffic controllers and US border patrol will be working for IOU checks
When it comes to Social Security, you will still receive income payments. You will also receive help applying for benefits and you’ll be able to replace a lost or missing payment.
But the office will not be able to issue you a Social Security or Medicare card, and you won’t be able to get a proof of income letter.
In the federal court system, it will be business as usual, but only until Oct. 15. After that, hearings will continue and documents can be filed. However, officials don’t know what other services will be available because they’re still working on a plan.
Regardless of a shutdown, parts of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, will go into effect on schedule Tuesday. State and federally run exchanges were set to open up Tuesday, and the shutdown will not affect that.
And for the important stuff. Snakes in Hawaii? If you’re driving on Pali Highway this morning, look out for boa constrictors. A motorist said he was traveling town-bound on the Pali Highway near the entrance to the Nuuanu Reservoir when he ran over the five-foot long snake. He pulled over and picked up the dead snake with the intention of reporting it to the Department of Agriculture but first… he had to show it off at a party. Of course, that makes perfect sense. Usually at parties you got that one guy showing off the mahimahi or whatever that he caught on his boat. For once this is a chance to trump that guy. Nice fish, but check this out… a boa constrictor. Oh yeah, the line starts to the left, ladies.
In all seriousness - if you spot illegal animals or know of persons possessing illegal animals, call the state's PEST HOTLINE at 643-PEST(7378).
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