Sequester Spending: Robotic Squirrels, Magazine Photographs, Overweight Lesbians, Falling Insects

From the Washington Times.

Some of the toughest sequester spending decisions involve taxpayer-financed research, where funding today can produce huge benefits tomorrow — but can the government really afford to spend $227,437 to study pictures of animals in National Geographic magazines?

……For most taxpayers, the list of projects funded is way beyond their comprehension: “Linking Foraging Behaviors to Demography to understand Albatrosses Population Responses to Climate Change,” at $605,543; “How to Fall from Trees: Biomechanics and Ecology of Gliding Flight in Arthropods,” at $28,526; or “Geodesy Revealing the Earth in Action,” which at $2.4 million was the highest-dollar grant last week.

Some projects, though, do seem understandable — such as “Picturing Animals in National Geographic, 1888-2008,” which is designed to look at how the esteemed magazine has used animal photos.

…..That doesn’t go over well with Sen. Tom Coburn, the top waste-watcher in Congress, who last week posted a Twitter message about one project he had criticized that included building a robotic squirrel and testing under what conditions a rattlesnake would strike at it.

“Robot Squirrel lives as NSF will pay all grants,” Mr. Coburn tweeted, including a picture of the robotic squirrel under a bold, red “Sequester this” stamp.

In a report last year, Mr. Coburn, who has battled with NSF over a number of its funding grants, identified “RoboSquirrel” as one of the most wasteful projects of 2012.

And if that doesn’t show you just how fucking stupid the government is, someone thought it would be a good idea to give 1.5 million dollars to find out why lesbians are fat.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded $1.5 million to study biological and social factors for why “three-quarters” of lesbians are obese and why gay males are not, calling it an issue of “high public-health significance.” Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Mass., has received two grants administered by NIH’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) to study the relationship between sexual orientation and obesity.

Who the fuck cares why or if they’re fat??? I sure as hell don’t. But this is the kind of shit that gets funded every year. Billions of our dollars go for this idiocy.

It gets even worse. Try pot-smoking, menstruating monkeys.

National Institutes of Health (NIH), has spent $3,634,807 over the past decade funding research that involves getting monkeys to smoke and drink drugs such as PCP, methamphetamine (METH), heroin, and cocaine and then studying their behavior, including during different phases of the female monkeys’ menstrual cycles.

They were also given trail mix for the munchies.

Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) puts out an annual Pig Book; a compilation of the year’s biggest porkers (spenders) in government.  Go to their site and read over some of the ways in which elected officials spend our money. Take your blood pressure pills first.

Some of them are quite proud of the way they throw our money in the toilet.

More examples of how the Feds spend our money at their discretion HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE.

Had enough?

Tell the assholes to STOP. Keep track of how they spend our money and who they give it to.

Raise hell until they learn to be fiscally responsible, otherwise they will keep doing this.

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