Ever heard of the EIA? This is the US Energy Information Administration
, an organisation that can tell you all sorts of wonderful things, like how many barrels of oil China used last year, presumably to the nearest hundred million or so. Like much of the rest of the American Government, it has currently shut down in a dispute over bits of paper. Strange isn't it how that sort of thing never happens in war time?
Visitors to the EIA website will currently see a notice that tells them the agency is closed due to a lapse in "appropriations". And that word means?
The second screengrab below is from the dictionary.reference.com website. To appropriate is to steal. So now you know. The Bolsheviks, the criminal gang that seized control of Russia in 1917, used to call this sort of thing expropriations
, and they were not averse to murdering people in order to get their hands on the lucre, so the American people should be thankful for small mercies.
The good news is that although the EIA has shut down, you can still access its website, and if that or any other US Government websites shut down, you will be able to access them all through the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine. A notice to that effect was posted on its blog
on October 2.