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Old 05-26-2011, 01:07 PM   #1
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Tax dollars fund shrimp on treadmills, Jell-O wrestling in Antarctica

Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican the Senate’s top watchdog on government waste, in a new report Thursday, said taxpayer money has gone to fund such programs as Jell-O wrestling at the South Pole, testing shrimp’s exercise ability on a treadmill and a laundry-folding robot, all funded by the National Science Foundation.

The National Science Foundation agency paid $559,681 to test sick shrimp’s metabolism, which one researcher said was “the first time that shrimp have been exercised on a treadmill.”

The Science Foundation report noted that the researchers found sick shrimp “did not perform as well and did not recover as well from exercise as healthy shrimp.”

At a time when the federal government is struggling with record deficits and bumping up against its borrowing limit, Mr. Coburn said the agency is a prime example of the kinds of spending taxpayers should no longer tolerate.

“There is little, if any, obvious scientific benefit to some NSF projects, such as a YouTube rap video, a review of event ticket prices on stubhub.com, a ‘robot hoedown and rodeo,’ or a virtual recreation of the 1964/65 New York World’s Fair,” Mr. Coburn said in a letter to taxpayers he wrote introducing the 73-page report, documented by more than 350 footnotes.

National Science Foundation agency has an annual budget of $6.9 billion, and accounts for about one-fifth of all national taxpayer-funded research at colleges and universities.

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Old 05-26-2011, 01:12 PM   #2
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what a waste. that money should fund bailing out criminal bankers and stock brokers. damn obama.
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Old 05-26-2011, 01:15 PM   #3
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what a waste. that money should fund bailing out criminal bankers and stock brokers. damn obama.
come on now don't get your panties in a wad ..........$559,681 to test sick shrimp’s metabolism......... think about it?
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If Jell-O wrestling is wrong I don't want to be right.
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Old 05-26-2011, 01:20 PM   #5
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Coburn’s report makes clear that the agency itself cracked down on some of the problems, including firing the organizer of the South Pole Jell-O wrestling event.

In a letter after his dismissal, the dismissed employee complained of “fun nazis” who had clamped down on him. ......
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The shrimp experiments were done to test how they would adapt to higher levels of bacteria and pollution run-off in the water due to climate change. The purpose is to see what kind of effects a warming planet will have on our food supply. It's not quite the pointless stoner game you would like to it to be.
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These are the types of things we should be doing away with.

We should also look at reducing federal employee staff...those things are way out of control.
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I've seen stuff on the laundry-folding robot. Actually some good stuff there.
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The shrimp experiments were done to test how they would adapt to higher levels of bacteria and pollution run-off in the water due to climate change. The purpose is to see what kind of effects a warming planet will have on our food supply. It's not quite the pointless stoner game you would like to it to be.
Its unnecessary.

The science grant game should be looked at in depth. There are alot of fields, climate change being one of them, that are near quackery.
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Old 05-26-2011, 01:29 PM   #11
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If Jell-O wrestling is wrong I don't want to be right.
Well, it did kill Blue you know.
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The shrimp experiments were done to test how they would adapt to higher levels of bacteria and pollution run-off in the water due to climate change. The purpose is to see what kind of effects a warming planet will have on our food supply. It's not quite the pointless stoner game you would like to it to be.
Within fifty years, it is estimated that all of the world's coral reefs will be dead. Since the reefs are the foundation of the majority of seafood in the world, populations that rely on seafood as their main protein source will be at major risk of widespread starvation.
http://climateprogress.org/2011/01/0...n-record-2010/

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Its unnecessary.

The science grant game should be looked at in depth. There are alot of fields, climate change being one of them, that are near quackery.
Hahaha you're just trolling us right?
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Hahaha you're just trolling us right?
Haha, nope.

Everyone who runs a lab knows it.
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Haha, nope.

Everyone who runs a lab knows it.
How many people do you know that runs a lab? Because I actually know a non-zero number.
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How many people do you know that runs a lab? Because I actually know a non-zero number.
Lets see...upwards of 50 or so?

Here's the game: tell 'em what they want to hear.

Its actually what they teach you in college. You tell your prof what they want to hear, and you get the A.

In the grant game, you apply for grants in fields that are political hot buttons and boom...money.

Are you familiar with the science behind aging?
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Lets see...upwards of 50 or so?
You are so full of ****.
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Are you familiar with aging science?
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What about it?
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What about it?
Since you know so much about everything, maybe you can explain to me who gets grants.

So who gets grants?
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No matter what you think about the shrimp running on a treadmill example, this is still complaining about $500k while billions are wasted elsewhere.
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No matter what you think about the shrimp running on a treadmill example, this is still complaining about $500k while billions are wasted elsewhere.
Every bit is important. 500K is 50 teacher salaries.
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Every bit is important. 500K is 50 teacher salaries.
Who pays teachers $10k (I'm assuming a year)?
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