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Rand Paul’s Festivus $482 Billion Waste Report Includes Fauci, Thanos, and Parrot Romance

Rand Paul’s Festivus $482 Billion Waste Report Includes Fauci, Thanos, and Parrot Romance

“Of course Fauci is in the lead for government officials doing dumb or evil things – but he’s far from the only one.”

December 23rd is Festivus, a day to air your grievances! It’s a great day.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) released his annual Festivus Report detailing wasteful government spending.

The 2022 report totals $482, 276,543,907 in waste. The press release points out:

  • National Institutes of Health (NIH) spent $2.3 million injecting beagle puppies with cocaine.
  • NIH spent $187,500 to verify children love their pets.
  • Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) spent $689,22 on parrot romance.
  • NIH spent $3 million to watch hamsters on steroids.
  • Census Bureau spent $2.5 million on Super Bowl ads.

On Twitter, Paul said he could devote a whole bunch to Fauci.

Look at the last item.

The National Science Foundation gave Georgia Tech researchers $118,971 to see “if a real-life Thanos could actually snap his fingers while wearing the Infinity Gauntlet.”

In the report:

In the movie, Thanos sports an “Infinity Gauntlet,” which gives the wearer extraordinary powers merely by snapping one’s fingers. Inspired by the film, researchers at Georgia Tech convinced grant reviewers at the National Science Foundation (superhero fans themselves, one assumes) to give them $118,971 to study if a real-life Thanos could actually snap his fingers while wearing the Infinity Gauntlet.

The study ultimately determined wearing metal gloves while attempting to snap does not generate enough friction between one’s fingers to successfully create a snap. In their own words, “[o]ur results suggest that Thanos could not have snapped because of his metal armored fingers. So, it’s probably the Hollywood special effects, rather than actual physics, at play!”

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Comments

“Watching hamsters fight on steroids — $3,000,000”
I’m almost positive you can do that for free on YouTube.

If we had real accountability, not black ops this would be an issue.

The Gentle Grizzly | December 23, 2022 at 3:44 pm

Off topic: 5.3 deg F at my place in NE Tennessee at 3:45pm.

I hope my fellow LI-ers are keeping safe.

    Here in the sunny S., we bottomed out at 15 last night.

      gmac124 in reply to txvet2. | December 23, 2022 at 5:53 pm

      Our high where I am in Nebraska was -6 yesterday. With the wind it felt much colder. Today we are having a heat wave and have gotten above zero 😉

    #FJB <-- Disco Stu_ in reply to The Gentle Grizzly. | December 24, 2022 at 6:00 am

    Waking up to +3 deg. this morning here in Central N.Y. Thank Gaia yesterday’s nasty winds have slowed. Not that much snow in our area but it sure is drifted; someone should get out there and shovel it sometime.

That the state of Kentucky can provide the Senate with both Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell is the political mystery of our time.

I’m uncomfortable with research described by cherry-picked parts of it: It’s not like there’s a lack of stupid spending targets. Here’s three:

– S n M-ing rats, counting their tail flicks to measure “distress.”

– Electrodes in squid axons. We’re making Kaiju here?

– Cloud chamber rave, making it rain with lasers.

I’m not a fan of the first one, but in the same order…

— Calibrating stress responses and side-effects of hormonal responses to stress.

— Reverse-engineering nerve impulse transmission, providing biochemical basis for interventions against deterioration disease. Lou Gherig’s disease, for example.

— Reverse-engineering chemical reaction mechanisms, for better modeling of bulk operation over time; selection and even design off catalysts; reaciton engineering to reduce side-reaction byproducts.

Bridges to nowhere are a different kind of fair game.

The true tell on what to expect in 2023 and going forward after passing the recent Omnibus appropriations bill of $1.6 Trillion Dollars knowingly that in 2022 we paid with our tax dollars $475,000,000,000. in interest on current debt.
Can only fathom what the interest will be on the under funded Trillion Dollar appropriations bill on the line for Current Interest Paid on Outstanding Debt. This is a vote made during a time American families are already having to use credit cards to live month to month and pay 24%-28% interest on forwarding outstanding balances every month. Both a loser in the long run ending with filed bankruptcies.