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Air Stagnation Advisory issued December 17 at 9:42AM PST until December 19 at 12:00PM PST by NWS

..LIGHT WINDS AND INVERSIONS WILL PERSIST THROUGH MUCH OF THE WORKWEEK. THIS WILL LEAD TOWARD STAGNANT AIR CONDITIONS OVER MUCH OF CENTRAL AND NORTHEAST WASHINGTON. ...AIR STAGNATION ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON PST FRIDAY... * AIR QUALITY...LIGHT WINDS AND STABLE CONDITIONS WILL INCREASE

Overnight

Lo33° Patchy Fog

Thursday

Hi38° Chance Rain/Snow

Thursday Night

Lo33° Rain/Snow Likely

Friday

Hi40° Rain/Snow Likely

Friday Night

Lo30° Cloudy

Saturday

Hi34° Rain/Snow Likely

Saturday Night

Lo32° Chance Rain

Sunday

Hi41° Chance Rain

Sunday Night

Lo35° Mostly Cloudy

Monday

Hi42° Partly Sunny

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The federal government is shut down, except for most of the federal government that isn’t. Most people are not non-essential federal employees who won’t get a paycheck, and so are not panicked. Most of what the federal government does, hand out money, is not affected. Social Security deposits still show up on bank statements and the doctor will still see you. I did get an email press release saying the Agricultural Research Service seminar on “bee disease resistance and colony health” in Davis, Calif., has been cancelled. Serious stuff for apiarians, but the rest of us should be OK.

What is troubling is not the current state of government services, but the tactics of politicians, who resort to extortion to stop the government from paying for more health care, when the government already pays for most of it. Extortion is a tactic using disaster and calamity for leverage. It requires a threat, that terrible, horrible, agonizing consequences will ensue if you do not follow instructions. Extortionists don’t succeed when they are bluffing. They have to be willing to follow through, lest future threats not be taken seriously. So when House Republicans in effect say, “This is nice little country you have here. Be a shame if anything happened to it,” it is time to worry. The Republicans make a demand difficult to impossible for their opponents to meet — defund Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act. Their first threat, that they would shut down the government, was no bluff. The second, that unless we cooperate the debt ceiling will not be raised and the United States will default and financial markets around the world will be wrecked, is vastly more serious. That happens in three weeks.

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