Mic Check: This Heart-Breaking Photo Sums Up How Bummed Out We Are About the Government Shutdown

1. The U.S. Government is So Low On Cash, It’s Poorer Than These 9 Companies
 
Finally, a glimmer of hope out of Washington D.C. President Obama met with House Republicans on Thursday, and while they haven’t worked out a deal to raise the debt ceiling yet, it was definitely a step in the right direction. House Republicans offered to temporarily extend the nation’s borrowing limit in exchange for negotiations on a long-term plan to cut down government spending. Can they just work out a deal already? This photo of a kid in a bear costume clinging to the closed gates of the National Zoo does a pretty good job of summing up how bummed out we all are at this point. Hopefully the government’s low bank statement will give our leaders a kick in the pants: The government is so low on cash it’s poorer than nine American companies.
 
• This cartoon tells you everything you need to know about the debt ceiling (Morning News).
 
11 doomsday scenarios of the U.S. going dead broke (PolicyMic).
 
 
2. You Won’t Believe Who Won the Nobel Peace Prize
 
Well, this is a huge letdown. The Norwegian Nobel Committee passed over Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai for the Peace Prize today, instead giving the award to the chemical weapons watchdog in charge of destroying Syria’s chemical stockpiles. The Committee said it gave the award to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons because the group raised the possibility of destroying an entire class of weapons of mass destruction for the first time. The Peace Prize is sure to bring much-needed attention to the conflict in Syria, but isn’t it a lot less inspiring when the award goes to an organization? Malala’s incredible interview on The Daily Show showed just how inspiring she can be.
 
• I used to care about the Nobel Peace Prize – until I realized this (PolicyMic).
 
• Want to know which country has won the most Nobel Prizes? Check this map (PolicyMic).
 
 
3. These States Could Be the Next to Legalize Gay Marriage
 
Americans are celebrating coming out as LGBT or an ally today, the 25th National Coming Out Day. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Coming Out Still Matters,” and that’s definitely true since gays don’t have equal rights in the U.S. Gay marriage is only legal in 13 states, but that will change when New Jersey starts recognizing gay marriages on Oct. 21. Based on popular support, Michigan, Virginia, and Arizona could be next. It’s even more heartening that over 50% of Americans support gay marriage for the first time ever. There’s still a long way to go, but most Americans know the march towards equal rights is inevitable.
 
• 7 key moments that led to New Jersey’s gay marriage win (PolicyMic).
 
What it’s like to come out as an ally in straight-laced Singapore (PolicyMic).
 
 
4. Captain Phillips is This Weekend’s Must-See Movie
 
If you’re a fan of the Bourne movies, your weekend movie pick is a no-brainer. Paul Greengrass’ new movie Captain Phillips hits theaters today, and critics say it’s just as good as his previous efforts. Tom Hanks is no slouch either: His turn in the title role is already getting Oscar buzz. The film tells the true story of the container ship hijacked by Somali pirates in 2009, but it doesn’t get all the details right. Hanks portrays Phillips as an American hero, when in reality he ignored warnings to stay out of pirate-infested waters. There’s bound to be a long line for Captain Phillips this weekend, but don’t be surprised if Gravity dominates the box office for the second week running.
 
• Review: 'Captain Phillips' is two-hours of white-knuckle suspense (PolicyMic).
 
• A beginner’s guide to Somali piracy (VICE).
 
 
DESSERT
• Find out what the world would look like if countries were as big as their online populations (Atlantic).
 
• This is what happens when gourmet chefs cook with McDonald’s ingredients (Thrillist).
 
Take a tour through the most expensive house in the U.S. (PolicyMic).
 
• 14 of the most amazing Lego projects ever built (Wired).
 
• Do you live in a failing nation? Check this brilliant map (PolicyMic).
 
 
Thanks for reading!
Nick
 
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