Soo .. how is the USA today? Well : never mind that it’s day #8 of the US Government shutdown. 1. The debt ceiling deadline is approaching. Will we breach it? What will that do? Here’s erstwhile large animal veterinarian Ted Yoho, now a Tea Party congressman from Florida weighing in today : ‘I think, personally, it [not raising the debt ceiling], would bring stability to the world markets’, since they would be assured that the United States had moved decisively to curb its debt. 2. There’s a story on the front page of the USA today of a 9-year old boy that slipped through three layers of airport security, and got onto an airplane from Minneapolis to Las Vegas. How was that possible? 3. The new $100 bills are officially out. Over lunch time I actually went to the giant branch of Wells Fargo Bank to see if they have the newly designed $100 bill for me to trade for an old one. (No. Maybe by Christmas, said the teller).