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Microsuck
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10/26/2012 7:14:00 PM
Posted: 4 years ago

What do robotic squirrels, menus for Martian meals and a musical about climate change have in common?

They've all been made possible with taxpayer assistance, according to the latest survey of government waste put out by Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla.

Known simply as the Waste Book, the report is a watchlist of eye-opening expenditures, which Coburn blames on a "let them eat caviar" attitude in Washington -- at a time when "23 million of our fellow Americans do not have good jobs," Coburn notes.

Coburn, while chiding the agencies that spend this money for their "lack of judgment," said Congress is also to blame for failing in its oversight duties.

"We're running trillion-dollar deficits. The way you get rid of trillion-dollar deficits -- a billion at a time," Coburn told Fox News on Tuesday.

Here are some highlights of the report:

-- Though skeptics say there's no such thing as a free cellphone or service funded by the federal government, Coburn's report shows otherwise. It estimates that taxpayers are subsidizing phone service at a cost of nearly $1.5 billion a year. Though the roots of the program can be traced back to an effort in the 1930s to make sure all Americans had access to telecommunications, it has morphed into a program that provided free cell service to some 16,500,000 participants last year.

-- Though NASA has no plans or budget for any manned spaceflights to Mars, the agency spends about $1 million each year on developing "the Mars menu." It's an effort to come up with a variety of food that humans could eat one day on Mars.

-- A $325,000 grant for the development of "Robosquirrel" - a robotic rodent designed to test the interaction between rattlesnakes and squirrels.


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Yes, that's right, $325,000 F*CKING DOLLARS FOR THIS!

Who else is OUTRAGED at the government waste?
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10/26/2012 7:17:06 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
INB4 Libertarians bring up wars, TSA, increased security, ect.

But, yeah this is junk. Kinda like this thing called the affordable care act...
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10/26/2012 7:18:34 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 10/26/2012 7:17:06 PM, OberHerr wrote:
INB4 Libertarians bring up wars, TSA, increased security, ect.

But, yeah this is junk. Kinda like this thing called the affordable care act...

Yea, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. Look at the wasteful spending such as robo-squirrel and the sidewalk to nowhere http://www.wnd.com...
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10/26/2012 7:25:55 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 10/26/2012 7:17:06 PM, OberHerr wrote:
INB4 Libertarians bring up wars, TSA, increased security, ect.

But, yeah this is junk. Kinda like this thing called the affordable care act...

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10/26/2012 7:29:54 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
It's wasteful, sure, but no more wasteful than other scientific studies subsidized by government (which I oppose anyway, but still).

The squirrel study did have an actual application to the real world. And while someone may then say that "Oh, that's a really specific thing to study, it's useless zomg," that's what EVERY study is like. They aren't exactly useless.

The only reason people are up in arms here is because the idea of a "robot squirrel," sounds ridiculous.
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10/26/2012 7:32:42 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 10/26/2012 7:29:54 PM, DetectableNinja wrote:
It's wasteful, sure, but no more wasteful than other scientific studies subsidized by government (which I oppose anyway, but still).

True, I suppose i'll have to give you this point.


The squirrel study did have an actual application to the real world. And while someone may then say that "Oh, that's a really specific thing to study, it's useless zomg," that's what EVERY study is like. They aren't exactly useless.

How did the squirrel study have an application to the real world? If it had an application to the real world, let' the private sector be all over it.


The only reason people are up in arms here is because the idea of a "robot squirrel," sounds ridiculous.

Of course it's ridiculous! Government funding of science is ridiculous!
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10/26/2012 7:35:27 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 10/26/2012 7:32:42 PM, Microsuck wrote:
At 10/26/2012 7:29:54 PM, DetectableNinja wrote:
It's wasteful, sure, but no more wasteful than other scientific studies subsidized by government (which I oppose anyway, but still).

True, I suppose i'll have to give you this point.


The squirrel study did have an actual application to the real world. And while someone may then say that "Oh, that's a really specific thing to study, it's useless zomg," that's what EVERY study is like. They aren't exactly useless.

How did the squirrel study have an application to the real world? If it had an application to the real world, let' the private sector be all over it.

It was studying the interaction patterns between squirrels and rattlesnakes. There can conceivably be environmental/ecological/agricultural applications to such knowledge.

Regardless, I do already agree that government shouldn't be involved. I was just saying that there's no real reason to single this one out.

The only reason people are up in arms here is because the idea of a "robot squirrel," sounds ridiculous.

Of course it's ridiculous! Government funding of science is ridiculous!
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Or any man that breathes on earth.

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10/26/2012 7:36:42 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 10/26/2012 7:35:27 PM, DetectableNinja wrote:
At 10/26/2012 7:32:42 PM, Microsuck wrote:
At 10/26/2012 7:29:54 PM, DetectableNinja wrote:
It's wasteful, sure, but no more wasteful than other scientific studies subsidized by government (which I oppose anyway, but still).

True, I suppose i'll have to give you this point.


The squirrel study did have an actual application to the real world. And while someone may then say that "Oh, that's a really specific thing to study, it's useless zomg," that's what EVERY study is like. They aren't exactly useless.

How did the squirrel study have an application to the real world? If it had an application to the real world, let' the private sector be all over it.

It was studying the interaction patterns between squirrels and rattlesnakes. There can conceivably be environmental/ecological/agricultural applications to such knowledge.

Regardless, I do already agree that government shouldn't be involved. I was just saying that there's no real reason to single this one out.

Yea, I suppose. Either way, private sector could do better.
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10/27/2012 2:27:54 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 10/26/2012 7:18:34 PM, Microsuck wrote:
At 10/26/2012 7:17:06 PM, OberHerr wrote:
INB4 Libertarians bring up wars, TSA, increased security, ect.

But, yeah this is junk. Kinda like this thing called the affordable care act...

Yea, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. Look at the wasteful spending such as robo-squirrel and the sidewalk to nowhere http://www.wnd.com...

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