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.