2011 Stanley Cup Playoff Scoreboard
Playoff scores 4/17/11 (Away vs. Home)
#1 Washington Capitals 2 vs. #8 New York Rangers 3
#8 Chicago Blackhawks 2 vs. #1 Vancouver Canucks 3
#5 Nashville Predators 4 vs. #4 Anaheim Ducks 3
PIT tied with TBL 1-1
DET leads PHX 2-0
WSH leads NYR 2-1
VAN leads CHI 3-0
NSH leads ANH 2-1
MTL leads BOS 2-0
BUF tied with PHI 1-1
SJS tied with LAK 1-1
Government Shutdown Explainer of the Day: The United States government will shut itself down in less than eight hours, unleashing a whole host of negative side effects, if Republicans and Democrats cannot resolve their budgetary differences.
One of the major, immutable sticking points appears to be government funding for reproductive health facilities, such as Planned Parenthood’s family planning clinics. Republicans are vehemently opposed to any agreement that doesn’t include the slashing of all federal funding (~$300 million/year) for women’s health care centers under Title X — a public health program signed into law in 1970 by Richard Nixon.
Despite the paltry sum (the US spends nearly twice that much on war every day), and the fact that it is illegal under Title X for any federal money to be used to fund abortions, Republicans insist that no federal funds should be appropriated to organizations that perform abortions.
But, according to Planned Parenthood’s 2009 report (as illustrated above), abortions accounted for 3% of all services performed — far outweighed by vital, lifesaving cancer screenings and STD examinations. Also, as Ezra Klein notes, cutting federal funds for family planning will ultimately result in increased spending to offset the additional cost of unwanted pregnancies “among people without the means to care for their children.”
With a heavily disruptive, potentially damaging shutdown only hours away, an ideological battle comes to a head — but at what cost?
and I swore dear / that I never / wanted to be / any better / than your weakest moment
My soon-to-be-manager announced that I’m joining his team at this week’s staff meeting. I have received nothing but welcoming emails and instant messages from my future office buddies. Never have I ever felt so included and welcomed by a group of people that I currently only know through online interactions. This has erased 99% of my nerves about moving.
It’s also nice to know that I have enough “let’s go out for drinks” offers to keep me fairly drunk for the entire summer.
In other news… my washing machine is on the fritz, so maybe it’s for the best that I’m moving. Hopefully I’ll have clean (and more importantly, dry) clothes for tomorrow.