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Feds Grant $384,949.00 to Study Duck Genitalia

Posted May 17th, 2013 by snowdog2012
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"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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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