Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Captain Gaffetastic and Stimulus Funds for Academic Research....

From the Chronicle of Higher Education, an article by Kelly Field about Biden oohing and aahing to a bunch of college presidents about how critical academic research is to the stimulus effort.  BTW, there was $18 BILLION in the stimulus bill earmarked for academic research.

The paragraph that kind of stuck out to me: 
Mr. Biden said he was "always amazed" by criticisms of federal spending on research. "Some of our critics act like we've come up with some new social intervention," he said.

"The rest of the world gets this, and we can't afford to lag behind," he said, adding, "we cannot afford to not rededicate ourselves to the work you guys around the table do."

Now let's just go to THIS article (ht Himself at Middle of the Right):
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), spent $823,200 of economic stimulus funds in 2009 on a study by a UCLA research team to teach uncircumcised African men how to wash their genitals after having sex.

Nope, don't know why anyone would criticize federal spending on research.....    Glad Biden doesn't want us to lag behind in personal hygiene matters and I hope he rededicates himself to assiduously washing his genitals every time he has sex--just to set an example of course.

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