Despite last minute 'compromise' meetings, and continued "hopes" from various sides, the Senate failed to reach the 60 votes necessary to keep the government funded (even for a stopgap) and so the government has shut down.
"An MIT trained computer scientist and Silicon Valley video game designer gives 10 reasons for the 'Simulation Hypothesis': that our reality is a simulated, pixelated 3d world where we all have individual xp, levels, and quests run by some giant Artificial Intelligence..."
"...the international arena has long been shifting away from lone American leadership towards a more multipolar world in which other powers are gaining influence, but Trump’s political agenda seems to be speeding up this process..."
Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has accused the United States of working to carve out "an alternative government" on Syrian soil in statements made at a UN press briefing related to the recent Turkish military build-up.
"'They' keep calling this a boom, and it is often characterized in the mainstream as a big one...Economists are constantly characterizing the economy as great, therefore the norm has become the economy is great...And I keep asking where?"
"36-year-old Chinese engineer Pingzhi Liu went missing almost a month ago. It took Pakistani authorities three weeks to classify Mr. Liu’s disappearance as a likely kidnapping...Neither the United States nor China can afford a complete rupture, neither has a clear strategy to help Pakistan stabilize."