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Taxpayers Funded ‘Shrimp On Treadmills’

From ABC News:

Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn Report Shows Taxpayer Money Spent on Robots That Fold Laundry, Shrimp on Treadmills

By JONATHAN KARL and MATTHEW JAFFE
May 26, 2011

You’ve probably heard of shrimp on the barbie, but what about shrimp on a treadmill? The National Science Foundation has, and it spent $500,000 of taxpayer money researching it. It’s not entirely clear what this research hoped to establish.

But it’s one of a number of projects cited in a scathing new report from Sen. Tom Coburn, a Republican from Oklahoma, exclusively obtained by ABC News.

It’s not just shrimp on a treadmill. The foundation spent $1.5 million to create a robot that can fold laundry. But before you try to buy one to save some time, consider that it takes the robot 25 minutes to fold a single towel.

Towel-folding being a job that even illegal aliens won’t do.

The list goes on. Lots of people love to use FarmVille on Facebook, but lots of people probably don’t love the government’s spending $300,000 in taxpayer money to study whether it helps build personal relationships

The National Science Foundation has its headquarters in Arlington, Va., just across the river from Washington, D.C., a building it pays $19 million a year to rent. But now that the 20-year lease is nearly up, it has decided that it is time to move; into a new building that will cost $26 million annually to rent.

Even gelatin wrestling has been the subject of an agency project. In Antarctica, no less

‘Jello wrestling in the South Pole.’ And here we were thinking that the government was so broke we had to borrow half of the money we spend from China.

As we noted back in September 2009, the National Science Foundation spent $1.1 million of ‘stimulus money’ to study of Alaskan grandparents. So it is highly probable that these studies were also funded from Obama’s stash.

Meanwhile, lest we forget, this is the same ‘foundation’ whose employees like to surf for porn all day on the government’s dime. (Which, come to think of it, might explain their scientific interest in ‘Jello wrestling.’)

From the Washington Times:

Porn surfing rampant at U.S. science foundation

Jim McElhatton
September 29, 2009

Employee misconduct investigations, often involving workers accessing pornography from their government computers, grew sixfold last year inside the taxpayer-funded foundation that doles out billions of dollars of scientific research grants, according to budget documents and other records obtained by The Washington Times.

The problems at the National Science Foundation (NSF) were so pervasive they swamped the agency’s inspector general and forced the internal watchdog to cut back on its primary mission of investigating grant fraud and recovering misspent tax dollars

[R]ecords obtained by The Times through the Freedom of Information Act laid bare the extent of the well-publicized porn problem inside the government-backed [National Science] foundation.

For instance, one senior executive spent at least 331 days looking at pornography on his government computer and chatting online with nude or partially clad women without being detected, the records show.

When finally caught, the NSF official retired. He even offered, among other explanations, a humanitarian defense, suggesting that he frequented the porn sites to provide a living to the poor overseas women. Investigators put the cost to taxpayers of the senior official’s porn surfing at between $13,800 and about $58,000

The independent foundation, funded by taxpayers to the tune of $6 billion in 2008, is tasked with handing out scientific grants to colleges, universities and research institutions nationwide. The projects it funds ranges from mapping the genome of the potato to exploring outer space with powerful new telescopes. It has a total of 1,200 career employees

Of course, it’s probably better that these public servants spend their days watching pornography rather than waste our money funding harebrained ‘research projects.’ 

But on the other hand, those Democrat votes aren’t going to buy themselves.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, May 26th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Taxpayers Funded ‘Shrimp On Treadmills’”

  1. Right of the People says:

    Yet another agency that needs to be defunded. We used to kid about them paying for studies of the “Mating habits of fruit-flies” which they actually did but this other stuff is just over the top.

    I’m willing to bet they could build a building to their exact specs for at least the 26 million they’re going to pay for a lease. Even it it cost 100 million to build, at the end of 4 years it would pay for itself. Just more lunacy.

    Is it too early in the morning for an adult beverage? My head hurts.

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    ” The foundation spent $1.5 million to create a robot that can fold laundry. But before you try to buy one to save some time, consider that it takes the robot 25 minutes to fold a single towel. ”

    Half a Million Dollars for lean, physically fit shrimp?
    $1.5 Million for an out of work Lobbyist to fold 1 (one) towel in 25 minutes.

    Now where did I hide my Hi-capacity clips?

  3. proreason says:

    I’m with Steve. Let the bureaucrats surf porn instead of doing more damage to the country.

    I wish all of the congressional criminals had full-time paid access to the porn sites of their preference. On their cell phones too. Give em computers and cell phones that can’t even be shut down and jam it onto the monitors so they can’t avoid it.

    Every second they are occupied on something other than “the people’s business” is a second of reprieve from their crimes.

    • Mithrandir says:

      That’s right. A government shut-down is a fantastic idea. So what? You have to pay these people to sit at home and do nothing? PERFECT! –it’s better to pay them to do that than create mischief. Better to let them watch porn than spend money doing garbage!

      Same with Congress. Do we really need them to create another 100 federal laws this year to criminalize every portion of our country?–No. shut down, and let them set at home while their law-pens cool down.

  4. Mithrandir says:

    Listen, even GOD flooded the Earth and started over when it was beyond fixable.

    Don’t worry about shrimp on treadmills, as it’s a microcosm of the millions of other things that are beyond repair.
    ~Feds storming the Amish with guns drawn over unpasturized milk?
    ~Feds threaten family for selling rabbits to pet store and rabbit meat?
    ~Police can enter your home anytime they want in Indiana.
    ~Sexual groping at the airport.
    ~Obama ignores Constitutional laws whenever he wants?

    We have BOTTOMED OUT! If milk and rabbits will get a gun stuck in your face with heavy penalties, what WON’T they do to you? How can it get any lower and petty than that?


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