Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Our Governments at Work

Today's Link
TrailBoss

Today's Saying
Children are unpredictable. You never know what inconsistency they're going to catch you in next.
~Franklin P. Jones


Today's Picture
Alex

The Government funds the National Institute of Health. That means your tax money is at work there. We have so many health related problems that it has to be hard for the NIH to decided where to put the grant money they give away. But please rest assured it is being well spent.

For example a grant of $400,000 was given to the New York Psychiatric Institute to discover why gay men have risky sex in Argentina.That study is bound to have an impact on every day life in Argentina. And you thought they were wasting money.

Then there is the $2.6 million NIH grant to Wayne state University to learn the best way to train prostitutes to drink alcohol responsibly and thus reduce the women’s willingness to engage in risky sex. Now all this is being done in Guangxi province in China. Obviously essential research.

But before you start to think that we have the greatest government in the world I have to tell you about a study made by the University of Oxford in Britain . The study made over three years proved that ducks are more comfortable under a sprinkler than floating in a pond. It cost their government a measly $500,000 of tax payer money but the value of the results can not be calculated.

So if you are a gay man planning on traveling to Argentina, a Chinese prostitute, or a duck know that somebody out there loves you.

Our governments make us proud.
News from Pigeon Falls
The little town in my basement where the trains still run, dragons fly, and life is back to normal
Eino and Tommy UK watched the incoming video until about ten last night when Tommy UK had to go home. They saw nothing out of the ordinary.
This morning Tommy left for school early and stopped at Eino’s to see if anything had been reordered last night. At exactly 2:00 the end of the trench opened and a ball bounced out. Well it seemed to be a ball but a closer look showed it had eyes, ears and a mouth. It seemed to move by bouncing and moved off into the woods. Eino said “ there is no way that thing exists. Somebody is faking us out. But Tommy was not so sure. He felt that on Friday night, since he had no school the next day, at 2:00 he should be at the trench .
Since some of Eino’s friends also saw the recording the information quickly moved around town and the “ Bouncing head” became the center of gossip at Nancy’s Coffee Shop. One can imagine how that gossip went.
Petrovich thinks that he will have a meaningful driblet translated as early as tomorrow.

Wrap UP
My oxygen was a bit higher today but it is 96 degrees outside. It is going to be hot for the rest of the week. I visited all the blogs that commented yesterday plus those that commented on Friday that I hadn't been able to visit. Thom and I have taken over the stewardship of the Portrait of Words blog. The first set of pictures came from Melli and is up. We hope to get the first stories on June 30th. Take a look and join us in this fun writing. This was my 1600th blog entry. Now I need a breathing treatment.
GBYA
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21 Comments:

Blogger anthonynorth said...

The amount of ridiculous projects at our universities funded by the tax payer in the UK are hilarious if they weren't so worrying. The study into why toast lands butter-side down comes to mind.

1:24 AM  
OpenID Thom said...

Alex is another handsome young man. How fun these last pictures of the kids have been. Hmmm I guess our government makes us proud. What studies I tell ya. Can you imagine where our tax paying dollars are going? The bridge to NoWhere in Alaska comes to mind....Our government hard at work.

So it's got eyes a nose and a mouth. hmmm. Interesting...Pigeon Falls never ceases to amaze me :)

1:36 AM  
Blogger Gattina said...

This part of Italy is not really vacation for me ! I have been here already more than 25 times! My husband is from here and vacation is more visiting family and friends ! I am already bored, lol !

1:39 AM  
Blogger The Old Fart said...

Governments all over the world spend money like this. It's not just your wonderful country. Look at our former Liberal Government that funded a Pornography Movie. They did it in the name of Canadian Culture.

2:40 AM  
Blogger Alastair said...

I have been thinking lately about how much my children teach me, so today's quote was perfect, thank you Dr John....

2:42 AM  
Blogger Melli said...

Well now... I have to say - in all honesty... I would rather my tax dollars go toward making sure that ducks live at a maximum comfort level than to pay $400 per for toilet seats! I'm just sayin'.....

BOUNCING Heads in Pigeon Falls now! WHAT next? (personally, I think it might have been a marble - lost by the Great Creator!)

By the way... you've got mail!

4:48 AM  
Anonymous quilly said...

And I know a hard-working Amoeba who has to fight for every penny he gets to fund his bio-fuels research, which might actually have some kind of positive impact on both the environment and the government -- not to mention that is is one of the few bio-fuels projects that is NOT trying to use food producing crops for fuel. (If we don't have enough agricultural land to grow the world's food, how can we advocate using huge sectors or it for creating fuel resources?)

And I knew I saw a bouncing head the other night! I blamed it on jet lag!

8:15 AM  
Blogger Jeni said...

Ah, the excellent wisdom that comes forth through government! There is an airport in a city in southwestern PA that has some big, expensive device there (I can't remember if it is something to deal with weather-forecasting or something else) but anyway, it cost the government a fortune to have it put in there even though, it can not be used, for some reason or other. (I can't recall all the details now -obviously.) But the money for it came through at the insistence and pushing from the Congressman for that district who has a reputation for being a big, big purveyor of pork. Thing is, they say in maybe 15-20 years this thing will be extremely useful at that airport, and it will serve as a draw somehow to companies to get them to consider relocation to that city too -because of all the "forward thinking" that brought this thing there to begin with. You can tell how interested I was to learn about yet another way the government plays with our hard-earned dollars, huh?

8:23 AM  
Blogger Nessa said...

I love the pictures of the boys. Such very handsome happy kids.

I hope you are feeling better today.

8:55 AM  
Blogger Jill said...

Too bad Alex is too young or me. I recently read that out tax dollars are also going to a project to determine why men don't want to use condoms. Go figure.

10:25 AM  
OpenID kcinnova said...

Now if we can only get the government (particularly the District of Columbia Metro system) to replace those unsafe commuter trains!
I had a bit of a panic yesterday for the 3 minutes it took to get in contact with my husband, who commutes via light rail.

10:27 AM  
Blogger aims said...

Commenting from Canada - so what do I know?....but....

Did these projects start the instant the new government took over or? Or were they already in the works?

10:53 AM  
Blogger Akelamalu said...

Makes you wonder what goes on in the head of the people who decide how the money is spent!

If you drop by my place tomorrow you will find a little something for you. x

10:55 AM  
Blogger Cat said...

Someday s I think being a dusk would be easier - but not today.

1:34 PM  
Blogger Mama Zen said...

Did the duck fill out a survey?

1:47 PM  
Anonymous Alice Audrey said...

Alex sure looks happy.

lol on the bouncing head. I can so easily see the rumors flying.

1:58 PM  
Blogger Cindy said...

Maybe the money would be better spent in a study to determine what is wrong with these idiots. Or in why we put up with it...

3:35 PM  
Blogger Peter (Worldman): said...

Your examples of good government work made me smile a lot. The bad thing is that we have to have governments. The good thing is that they change. And then, sometimes things will improve.

4:09 PM  
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