There is the recent internet sensation (not Miley Cyrus) … the Angolan Witch Spider! Allegedly, it feasts on dogs and cats and took several gunshots to kill. And was found in Texas.
The reality is less interesting. The photo was a fake. Here is the actual photo of the spider in question. It’s still a big spider, but hardly likely to eat a German Shepherd.
Speaking of hysteria, remember the dreaded “sequester?” Allegedly, 2.14 million jobs were at risk. And the Federal government partial shutdown? Allegedly, 700,000 jobs were at risk in the Greater Washington DC area.
Here is the September 2013 unemployment number for Washington DC and Arlington VA: 5.40%. True, the unemployment rate did hit 6% in Q2 2013. And compared to the rest of the USA, 5.40% is much better than 7.30%. And hardly the “tsunami” that was predicted.
While we don’t know the median household income figures for Washington DC and Arlington VA for 2013, it is clear that DC/NOVA were pulling away from the US after sequestration started on March 1, 2013.
The sequester (a small slowdown in Federal government spending) and the government shutdown (where Federal employees will receive their back pay in full) are the Angolan Witch Spider of big government budget cut hysteria.