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Stimulus Funds ‘Erectile Dysfunction’ Study

From the San Francisco NBC affiliate, KNBC:

Stimulus Dollars Fund Studies into Sexual History and Erectile Dysfunction

By Tony Kovaleski, Liza Meak, and Felipe Escamilla
Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The NBC Investigative Unit has raised questions about two grants totaling nearly $1.5 million dollars distributed to the University of California San Francisco. The money was part of the federal stimulus program and went to studies into the erectile dysfunction of overweight middle aged men and the accurate reporting of someone’s sexual history

Where have they been for the last three years? Still, better late than never, we suppose.

Grant number 1R01HD056950-01A2 was among the thousands of grants funded, receiving $1.2 million dollars. This grant studied how to improve the accuracy of how people responded to questions about their sexual history

[Scott Amey] is the general council for POGO, the Project on Government Oversight, a Washington D.C. nonpartisan non-profit government watchdog group. During our interview with an NBC crew he tried to explain why the government used that many tax dollars to improve self reports about high risk sexual behavior.

"I don’t think most tax payers would think that would be a justified spending of stimulus money to conduct a sex study over fixing bridges and roads that are crumbling every day," Amey [said].

According to the grant, a good portion of the study will "Improve the accuracy of responses to questions," specifically questions about a person’s sexual behavior

The NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit discovered that for $1.2 million dollars, taxpayers funded a study that included 200 videotaped interviews at $6000 per interview

Amey was also left questioning another UCSF grant… a study into erectile dysfunction involving overweight middle aged men.

The grant totaled more than a quarter million dollars. Although UCSF was willing to discuss our questions about the sexual history grant, the University declined to provide an expert to talk with the NBC Investigative Unit about the erectile dysfunction grant.

In a written statement provided they said in part, "Obesity related health issues currently cost $147 Billion per year in direct medical costs in the United States….. Health providers therefore continue to search for incentives to encourage people to live a healthier lifestyle, to benefit both indviduals [sic] and society….

Preliminary analysis indicates that is is feasible to enroll men in this type of research, they successfully lose the expected weight over a 12-week period, and they see an improvement in ED symptoms."

But after all, what is more appropriate to fund with ‘stimulus’ dollars than ‘erectile dysfunction’? Unless, perhaps it is pornography.

In fact, as we noted back in July 2009, Obama’s stimulus has also been used to fund pornography in ‘Art Houses.’ (And they were also in San Francisco.)

In fact, it was found the stimulus funded a $50,000 NEA grant for an art film house which screened movies like ‘Thundercrack.’ Which was described as "the world’s only underground kinky art porno horror film, complete with four men, three women and a gorilla."

The same report also found that stimulus money went to fund the weekly production of "Perverts Put Out" at a San Francisco sex club, where the "long-running pansexual performance series" invites guests to "join your fellow pervs for some explicit, twisted fun."

Still, aren’t you glad to learn that your tax dollars aren’t being wasted?

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, May 16th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “Stimulus Funds ‘Erectile Dysfunction’ Study”

  1. untrainable says:

    Now all we need is a study to see why it costs $6000 to interview an overweight middle aged man and his penis.

    “The video series included such titles as : “Freda Does Fattys”, “Linda Does Limpys”, “Olivia Does Old Guys”, and an experimental film called “Wally and his Willy, Masturbatory Rape in Obama’s America”. (I had to get a plug in for Obama. I figured if I didn’t, his people would.)

    Good to see our tax dollars put to good use, while teachers and police and firefighters are being threatened with layoffs.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Captain Dumbass does seem to be “inserting himself” in a lot of historical places lately, doesn’t he?

  2. GetBackJack says:


    ABC News Headline: “This is not a joke. Government Issues Study of a Study About Studies”

    Quoting Inigo Montoya – I do not think you know what that word means …”

  3. GetBackJack says:

    BTW – I think erectile dysfunction perfectly describes Washington, this administration and Congress

    Old men who can’t get it up on their own and need help to f*** over people they want to dominate but not live with

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      I used this during the Weiner-private-parts-pics-posting some months ago but it is just as appropriate now:

      “Erections have consequences”.

  4. yadayada says:

    I think there is a very telling pattern.
    it appears that a large percentage of “sexuality” studies come out of frisco.
    the only reason I can think of to do so many studies about other people’s sex lives is in some
    weak attempt to find all the strange idiosyncracies or whacko abnormalities out there and use them maybe
    somehow to make your own abnormalities appear “normal” in comparison.

    • untrainable says:

      Or possibly to justify an entirely overlooked, new, but downtrodden class, hang a ribbon on them (whatever color that isn’t taken yet) and Praise Obama for instinctively understanding their plight.

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