Friday, June 29, 2012

Crazy Grants : June 28th

Humanitarian Assistance to Cuba $6,000,000
There is an embargo on Cuba to make Communism unpleasant. Instead we will give them money for nothing. They don't have to work for it.
Digital Democracy $6,000,000
"Digital Democracy" is intended to produce free flow of information to Cuba through the internet. Stated problems : few Cuban's have access ( less than 10% ), it is expensive, it is slow, it is censored. Throw money at the problem! Irony : SOPA, PIPA.
Cooperative Development of a Freshwater Contaminants Monitoring $59,000+
Since the 1970's people have been able to monitor their pool water to see if it is safe to swim in. It is the year 2012 and the government doesn't know how to test water? Is there not some freshwater testing program already being used somewhere that can be copied? There must be because the EPA fines a whole lot of people!
Improving Coordinated Transportation Systems for Transportation Disadvantaged Populations $1,000,000
I have no problem with helping disabled people, but this is a feel good bureaucratic double talk project. A lot of money to get disabled people to give their 2 cents about public transportation and determine out of all the communities across the U.S. who best serves the disabled. The idea is that this will be used to redesign public transportation to be more responsive to the disabled. Sounds good, but not likely.
Recovery activities for the endangered plant Nipomo Lupine $44,000+
Nipomo Lupine is an endangered plant growing in the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes region where it is threatened by veldt grass, pocket gophers , and a proposed highway realignment for development. Someone is needed to plant more of these suckers in the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes region to avoid these threats, even though the recovery area is where the threats are in the first place. Huh?
River of Raptors Project Fall 2012 $48,000
Counting birds in Mexico. This isn't even for wildlife in the U.S.
Least Chub Habitat Sensitivity Study $40,000
Measure and predict water levels. What for?
Texting ban Enforcement $550,000
Advertisements and advertisement strategy for the texting ban where it applies. Doesn't this already exist? Don't you always hear "don't text and drive?"

Today's Total $13,741,000+

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