Today, in the United States of America, our government has told many of our best and brightest not to come to work. For example, almost all of NASA has been furloughed until further notice thanks to the government shutdown.
While it's quite irritating for a journalist like myself, who spends a big chunk of his time keeping track of the space agency's myriad groundbreaking projects, to suddenly find the entire NASA.gov Web site taken offline and all my press contacts unavailable to answer calls and e-mails, I'm sure it's creating much more anxiety for the actual furloughed NASA employees.
But just a few days after the Web sites for NASA and many other federal agencies went offline, a new site, Unfurlough.US, popped up to connect furloughed employees with part-time or freelance work to help replace that lost federal income. It's like a highly targeted TaskRabbit for public servants caught in the political crossfire.… Read more