Climate Scientists Rescuing Penguins In Antarctica

The Senate’s top watchdog on government waste, in a new report Thursday, said taxpayer money has gone to fund such programs as Jell-O wrestling at the South Pole, testing shrimp’s exercise ability on a treadmill and a laundry-folding robot, all funded by the National Science Foundation.

Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican, said he identified more than $3 billion in mismanagement at NSF, ranging from questionable studies to exorbitant operating costs, and in some cases duplication by the science agency of operations performed by other agencies.

At a time when the federal government is struggling with record deficits and bumping up against its borrowing limit, Mr. Coburn said the agency is a prime example of the kinds of spending taxpayers should no longer tolerate.

“There is little, if any, obvious scientific benefit to some NSF projects, such as a YouTube rap video, a review of event ticket prices on, a ‘robot hoedown and rodeo,’ or a virtual recreation of the 1964/65 New York World’s Fair,” Mr. Coburn said in a letter to taxpayers he wrote introducing the 73-page report, documented by more than 350 footnotes.

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12 Responses to Climate Scientists Rescuing Penguins In Antarctica

  1. glacierman says:

    It’s not easy to catch a greased pig.

  2. Paul H says:

    Not doubt all peer reviewed!

  3. PhilJourdan says:

    Jello wrestling is a valid science project! I am doing my masters on it. 😉

  4. Jimash says:

    At -100º doesn’t jello get a little dangerous ?
    And what about the cowboy poetry ?

  5. suyts says:

    An interesting term of address for the MD. turned conservative republican senator. “Mr. Coburn.”

  6. Jimbo says:

    What a gravy train. No wonder they continue to lie and deny in the face of observed facts.

  7. Andy Weiss says:

    It is obvious that there are way too many people on the gravy train that never did an honest day’s work in their life. They would be totally helpless in the real world.

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