Unfortunately for me, I have to keep writing these emails because talks have once again stalled in Washington. However, there have been a few uplifting stories from the shutdown. Some businesses in the D.C. area are giving out discounted or free items to furloughed workers. Unfortunately for you, you’ll be asked to pay double the retail price. The Ku Klux Klan had scheduled a rally on Oct. 5th at Gettysburg National Military Park, however that was cancelled due to the park being closed. So, thank you for preventing hate speech, even though some of your colleagues have been equating the Affordable Care Act to the Fugitive Slave Act or Nazi Appeasement. However, more scientific projects are being cancelled by the day; and in this email, I’d like to turn your attention to Antarctica. Please, turn your body to the South as you read this, as it will make you physically face the consequences of your actions. The NSF has officially closed Antarctic research bases for the entire season. As a result, a graduate student, who had planned a five month research project at one of these bases, traveled 6600 miles from Boston to Punta Arenas, Chile, boarded a boat, and travelled another 647 nautical miles of rough seas to the Palmer Station dock was beyond disappointed when he got there. Guess what happened. He was told not to get off the boat; not to even unpack. He was told the season had been cancelled because the NSF couldn’t afford to continue operations as a result of the shutdown, and to turn around and go home. His research has been pushed back an entire year because of you. BECAUSE OF YOU. I feel that it would be worth taking you on the same round trip. Please, waste over a week of your life traveling to the bottom of the Earth and back for nothing. No site-seeing for you; don’t even look out the windows of the plane. No dining at restaurants; the only thing you get to eat is airport sushi the whole way. Get onto that boat, and travel all the way to the Antarctic dock. Wave to the people on land, then turn around and go all the way home. Then maybe you will feel the level of disappointment and frustration that he, and others, feel. Congratulations, you’re wasting this country’s scientific resources everyday, and we severely dislike you for it.