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Archive for "Jun 20 2009"

When They Said “Stimulus Spending,” I Didn’t Think They Meant It Literally

via Patterico, we get pointed to this bit of Obama-funded “science”:

The federal government is spending $423,500 to find out why men don’t like to wear condoms, a project government watchdogs say is a nearly-half-a-million-dollar waste of taxpayer money.

Researchers at Indiana University’s Kinsey Institute, with funding from the National Institutes of Health, are investigating why “young, heterosexual adult men” have problems using condoms. The study will include “skill-based intervention” to teach grown men how to use protection.

The first phase of the two-year study called “Barriers to Correct Condom Use” will be a simple Q&A, but doctors say the second phase will plumb uncharted territory.

“The second phase involves a laboratory study, and focuses on penile erection and sensitivity during condom application,” reads the abstract from Drs. Erick Janssen and Stephanie Sanders, both of the Kinsey Institute.

I bolded those bits because they struck me on two fronts: 1) You can have endless fun imagining what a bunch of white-jacketed lab nerds’ definition of “skill-based intervention” about how to use a rubber means… I’m thinking, “they’ll hire hookers to do the demo”, and 2) Phase 2 of this “study” sounds like a really bad sado-porn skinflick script, featuring electrodes and vintage Vanessa Del Rio film clips.

Honestly, they need damn near a half million bucks for something this simple to understand? Guys don’t like condoms for the simple fact that you have to THINK, while Mr. Happy has control over every still-firing cranial neurons, and all of your body’s sensory inputs….
Mr. Happy is on a mission, and will brook NO distractions.

Walk into any bar, buy a bunch of pitchers, ask the question, and you’ll get all the data you’ll ever need.

WHAT THEY DO WITH REAL SCIENCE: “Barack Obama promised repeatedly to “restore science to its rightful place” as President during his campaign, repeating the Left’s accusation that George Bush ignored scientific conclusions in favor of his own policy preferences. How has that promise worked so far? Ask Dr. Roger Pielke, professor of environmental studies at the University of Colorado, who saw his research misrepresented and manipulated to support conclusions on global warming completely at odds with his findings.”

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