government waste

Feds Grant $384,949.00 to Study Duck Genitalia

Posted May 17th, 2013 by snowdog2012

"Thanks to your generous donation to the federal government, you helped bankroll a Yale University study on the evolution of duck genitalia. The price tag for taxpayers — over $384,000."

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Waste in your underwear? Not what you think...

Posted May 9th, 2013 by Sussex County Angel

Do you need underwear that senses cigarette smoke? Guess what, the federal government has spent almost half a million dollars making that possible!

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Your Taxes Build Robotic Squirrels & Menus for Mars says Waste Book

Posted October 16th, 2012 by snowdog2012

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.

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FAIL: Robots, X-Rays, Cops Battle Empty Cooler for 4 Hours

Posted August 11th, 2012 by snowdog2012

It took police nearly four hours at the scene with robots and X-ray cameras before they determined the cooler was empty.

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2 girls climb US-Mexico border fence in less than 18 seconds

Posted July 2nd, 2012 by snowdog2012

On average, each mile of border fence costs US taxpayers about $4 million to build and will cost another $6.5 billion over the next 20 years to repair and maintain.

Are we getting our money's worth? Is the border fence an effective deterrent? To find out, I asked two young women—both only about 5'5"—to see if they could climb the wall.

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Government Issues Study of a Study about Studies

Posted May 14th, 2012 by driveallnight

The GAO has released its conclusion on a study commissioned to study a Pentagon study on its own studies. The study's conclusion was that the study of studies was ineffective. The taxpayer-funded cost for the worthless studies was not released, however.

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Panel backs sharing studies of lab-made bird flu

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. government's biosecurity advisers said Friday they support publishing research studies showing how scientists made new easy-to-spread forms of bird flu because the studies, now revised, don't reveal details bioterrorists could use.

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Sybolic of Government: Escalator to Nowhere...

Posted December 21st, 2011 by baraka66

MONTREAL - Taxpayers doled out $200,000 for an escalator in downtown Montreal that leads right into a solid white wall.

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The Well-oiled Machine of Governance

Posted August 2nd, 2011 by Donnie Love

Non-Sequitur comic strip commenting on "the well-oiled machine of governance".

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$1 Billion That Nobody Wants

Posted June 28th, 2011 by phonon

Politicians in Washington hardly let a few minutes go by without mentioning how broke the government is. So, it's a little surprising that they've created a stash of more than $1 billion that almost no one wants.

Unused dollar coins have been quietly piling up in Federal Reserve vaults in breathtaking numbers, thanks to a government program that has required their production since 2007.

And even though the neglected mountain of money recently grew past the $1 billion mark, the U.S. Mint will keep making more and more of the coins under a congressional mandate.

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