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Jul 29 2011

Government Waste Too Massive?

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Even as our rulers pretend that the debt ceiling must be raised to prevent Armageddon, they continue to shovel our money at projects like the investigation into the well-worn joke, “That’s what she said.” From Big Government:

The University of Washington recently received graduate research fellowship funding from the [taxpayer-funded National Science Foundation] in excess of $14 million. The Computing Research Association received an additional $14 million from the NSF.

Look what we’re getting for the money:

“That’s What She Said: Double Entendre Identification” summarizes research dedicated to the double entendre “that’s what she said”. The researches assigned values for “noun sexiness”, “adjective sexiness”, and “verb sexiness”. Once inserted into a mathematical equation, these values predict whether use of this double entendre would be appropriate.

How do these parasites justify wasting our money so brazenly?

A closer look at the Computing Innovations Fellows Project abstract provides insight into why these two researches received funding for this double entendre project. According to the abstract, “This project will forestall a permanent loss of research talent likely to occur if new PhDs are forced to seek employment outside of the field due to the sharp cuts brought about by the recent budget crisis.”

In other words, it’s make-work.

Notably, the worst villain in Atlas Shrugged is Robert Stadler, who sells out his principles to become head of the State Science Institute. Government science is a contradiction in terms. It functions as a jobs program for people who have the skills to find far more productive work in the free market.

According to our ruler, there is no problem with this sort of deliberate waste, because spending other people’s money is an end in itself.

On a tip from Henry.

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  • AC

    Money is a scarce and fungible resource. Every science dollar spent on idiocy like this is a dollar unavailable to NASA or other institutions producing useful research; or, in the absence of pressing public research priorities, the money can be returned to the people instead of squandered maintaining the upscale lifestyle of the reliably liberal bloc voters known as “social scientists.” (as I science enthusiast, yes, the scare quotes are necessary for these sorry excuses for scientists)

    Even the Marxist maniacs running the Soviet Union understood the economy-killing waste of useless “bourgeois science.” That our malignant ruling class does not understand this is concerning indeed.

  • SN

    If you have an Obama that lasts more than 4 years seek medical attention immediately!
    (sorry, not covered under obamacare)

  • Dr. 9

    This simply proves what i’ve been saying. We need to reinstitute public hangings. It’s the only to rid our society of these leftist maggotts.

  • mega

    OT -> Obama at 40% on gallup, lowest level EVER

    Please, Lord, give me 39 % tomorrow morning. That is all I ask. 39 %. The media will not be able to ignore approval in the 30′s.

  • Naqamel

    This is offtopic, but I really don’t know where else to post it, and I think it’s too good an idea to not post….

    If I had any artistic ability, or skills with Flash, I’d do this myself.
    AD:
    Scene opens with George W. Bush driving a van labeled “US Economy”… labeled 2007… there is a right turn ahead. Bush attempts to make the turn, but as he does, Pelosi, Reid, Barney Frank, Barack Obama, and others all jump to the left side of the bus, causing it to spin into the ditch – and Bush is ejected from the bus.

    Scene 2 is 2009, where all passengers are out of the bus, crashed in a ditch, and the Dems are are claiming they aren’t letting the Republicans drive the bus.
    Fade out…
    Scene 3 is 2011, fades in and Obama is behind the wheel, “driving” the bus – in reality the Dems are making engine noises like a 4 year old would, and the US Economy bus is still firmly implanted in that ditch.
    Scene 4 is 2012… a Tow Truck pulls up, Labeled “Perry Towing”, and Rick Perry hops out of the truck, and says… “Need Help?”

    It doesn’t have to be Perry, it can’t be Romney… but the point of the ad is that while Bush was behind the wheel with the economy crashed, it was the Democrats retaking Congress that drove that bus into the ditch – and instead of getting the economy out of the ditch – they’re just making it worst by pretending to drive – and that it’ll take a real leader (someone like Rick Perry) to get the economy out of the ditch and back on track.

    Again, I know this is technically off-topic, and I apologize, but wanted to post the idea *somewhere*.

  • KHarn

    >According to the abstract, “This project will forestall a permanent loss of research talent likely to occur if new PhDs are forced to seek employment outside of the field due to the sharp cuts brought about by the recent budget crisis.”<

    In other words, they will have to get

  • KHarn

    That’s the second time this has happened. I’ll try again.

    >According to the abstract, “This project will forestall a permanent loss of research talent likely to occur if new PhDs are forced to seek employment outside of the field due to the sharp cuts brought about by the recent budget crisis.”<

    In other words, they will have to get REAL jobs in the PRIVATE SECTOR where they will actually have to produce something tangable.

    For the neo-socialists that post here, let me explain government handouts to you:

    Your good friend, "government", offers to take you out to a lavish dinner. For himself, he orders a steak, vegtables, salad, appitiser, desert and drinks. For you, he orders a burger and small frys. When the check comes, government grabs your wallet, pays the check with your money, takes 10% for "his trouble" and calls you a CHEAPSKATE because you didn't tip the waiter.

  • Proud Kuffar

    A lot of research done in psychology, sociology, political science, women’s studies, and African American studies departments in universities across the country is completely useless and a waste of money. This is money better spent for meaningful scientific research in hard sciences.

  • LarryG

    What is the real world application for this preposterous crap?

  • Ghost of FA Hayek

    I was using my entrepreneurial spirit just the other day to try and figure out why the government demand for all these used rat holes.
    But then I figure we will find out soon enough.
    http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/world/north-koreas-politlcal-prisoners-eat-rats-to-survive-watch-public-executions/story-e6frea8l-1226050077060

  • ATLGeek

    I’m a conservative – but I rely on government money to support my career in cancer research. I’m not getting rich by any measure, I could have landed a lucrative position at a pharma company but I felt I could better serve patients in an academic role. Every dollar spent on garbage like this is one dollar less for debilitating diseases like cancer or Alzhiemer’s – areas where progress can have a significant economic impact. And regrettably stories like this sour opinions about legitimate publicly funded research.

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