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The Solar Eclipse Is Going to Cost the U.S. $700 Million? Good.

19 Aug 2017, 19:38 UTC
The Solar Eclipse Is Going to Cost the U.S. $700 Million? Good.
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A photo of the 2012 annular eclipse from Malibu, Calif., using an old digital camera and solar filter (Ian O’Neill)
The U.S. media is currently saturated with hot takes, histories, weird facts, “how to’s” and weather reports around the Great American Eclipse that will glide across the continent on Monday (yes, THIS Monday, it’s finally here). But, today, one news report stood out from the crowd:

The solar eclipse will cost America almost $700 million in lost productivity https://t.co/vSgPCc4fgF pic.twitter.com/312XEqRDSY
— NBC News (@NBCNews) August 19, 2017

Inevitably, Twitter had an opinion about this.

God fucking forbid anyone look around and notice the natural world when they're supposed to be making the boss richer https://t.co/t2hyuGwCvT
— LIPSTICK SOCIALIST (@MissFruitypie) August 19, 2017

Wow imagine being so obsessed with money that you relate it to everything including natural phenomena
— elexibeth warren (@LexiFC) August 19, 2017

Not just science but Mother Nature. What was @NBCNews thinking when they okay'd this report? #WhatAboutWhatTrumpIsCostingUSA?
— SteveBrant (@SteveBrant) August 19, 2017

Oh boo fucking hoo. Once in a literal lifetime for many many people. Take a damn day off.
— AJ Thompson (@AJThompson) August 19, 2017

On reading the NBC News report (that was ...

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