I thought I had the wrong website.
I was searching for pictures of Martha the last known Passenger Pigeon on the Smithsonian website and this was the banner headline.
It's the temporary extinction of one of the world's finest museums that shows us what makes up our world, who were and are the earth's fabulous creatures.
On a whim. This crazy, dangerous first-world politician, a certain Donald Trump, has a temper tantrum because his cruel, misguided vision of a physical wall between nations has not been funded, and he punishes the American people by closing down their first-world government, costing them billions and perhaps the very fiber of their country.
The victims are both people and institutions.
Among others, this great museum is closed.
And there I was, yammering on about bird extinction, with cultural extinction happening before my eyes. No museum. Martha the last Passenger Pigeon is locked up.
*Note the semi-colon in the title: it's real, a piece of punctuation that's fallen out of use, left over from a time when people could communicate logically and peacefully. A semi-colon did not stop you in its tracks; it guided you to the next thought farther along in the sentence. People could express themselves in full sentences and yes, make some sense of what they were discussing!
Which is more than I can, after this latest hideous jolt.