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NIH Spends $358K to Reduce Health Disparities among LGBTQ Youth of ColorCNS
July 1, 2014
The National Institutes of Health has awarded $357,783 to the Fenway Community Health Center in Boston, Mass., to reduce health disparities in LGBTQ youth of color.
Pentagon Spends $81K on TVs for Gitmo While Civilian Workers Are FurloughedCNS
Jul 17th, 2013
Just two days after the Pentagon began furloughing hundreds of thousands of civilian personnel due to budget cuts, the Army ordered its second batch of televisions for the terrorist detention center at Guantanamo Bay, an expense totaling more than $80,000 in the last two months.
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State Department to Spend $95,000 Teaching Haitian Inmates How to SewCNS
Jul 16th, 2013
The State Department through its Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs is planning to spend $95,000 to provide vocational training to Haitian inmates in textile production and assembly.
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$487K Study of Viking Textiles During Little Ice Age To ‘Mitigate Climate Change’CNS
Jul 15th, 2013
The taxpayer-funded National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a $487,049 grant to a Brown University archaeologist for her “three-year study exploring gender, textiles and society in Iceland from the Viking Age to help to "mitigate climate change."
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NIH Spends $3 Million To Study Health Risks of Dating Mexican ProstitutesCNS
Jul 12th, 2013
Just how dangerous is it to your health to shack up with a Mexican hooker? That’s the question at the heart of a five-year, $3,029,663 study by researchers at the University of California San Diego funded by the National Institutes of Health.
AP
Inspector General: State Department’s Facebook ‘Digital Diplomacy’ Falls FlatCNS
Jul 10th, 2013
The mission of the State Department’s Bureau of International Information Programs (IIP) is to communicate U.S. diplomatic goals with foreign audiences abroad. But a recent report (insert) released in May by the Office of the Inspector General found that the bureau’s use of social media to advance that mission – including spending $630,000 to increase its number of Facebook “friends” – has produced disappointing results.
AP
Taxpayers Billed $94K to Fly Scientists to Cyber Workshop in VietnamCNS
Jul 10th, 2013
A team of U.S. scientists will spend more than $94,000 of taxpayer money on travel costs when they attend a cyberinfrastructure workshop later this year in Vietnam instead of using existing technology to hold the conference online.
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Commerce Dept. Spent $2.7 Million to Fix Nonexistent Computer VirusCNS
Jul 9th, 2013
The Commerce Department destroyed more than $170,000 worth of working computers, televisions and cameras, all in response to a cyber threat that “did not exist.”
AP
$64K NIH Grant To Improve Mental Health Treatment In Brazil’s State-Run Health Care SystemCNS
Jul 3rd, 2013
U.S. taxpayers will pay more than $64,000 for a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to develop a computer-based treatment program for schizophrenics in Brazil's state-run, government-funded healthcare system.
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Feds to Spend $900,000 to Put 'LGBTQ' Teens in 'Transitional Living Programs'CNS
Jul 3rd, 2013
The Department of Health and Human Services through its Administration for Children & Families plans to spend almost $1 million on “transitional living programs” for homeless lesbian, gay, lesbian, transgender and/or questioning (LGBTQ) youth.
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Federal Govt. Spends $500,000 to Make Apps More Energy EfficientCNS
Jul 2nd, 2013
The federal government hopes spending half-million dollars researching ways to develop more energy efficient software for mobile applications – instead of a longer lasting battery – could eventually produce more energy efficient software for much larger programs.
AP
$357K Federal Project Will Use Spanish Ads to Promote Condoms Among Gay Foreign-Born MenCNS
Jul 2nd, 2013
The National Institutes of Health has provided a $375,087 federal grant to fund a Spanish-language ad campaign to convince gay, “foreign-born” Latinos – including illegal aliens – to take advantage of widely available taxpayer-funded healthcare services offering free condoms and HIV testing.
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DOT to Spend $1.8 Million to Encourage Kids to Walk, Bike to SchoolCNS
Jul 2nd, 2013
The Transportation Department’s Federal Highway Administration is planning to spend $1.8 million to encourage students to bike and walk to school through the establishment and operation of a National Safe Routes to School Clearinghouse.
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$21K Dissertation Grant Aims to Help Political Campaigns Motivate VotersCNS
Jul 2nd, 2013
The National Science Foundation has agreed to give a Rice University graduate student a $21,000 grant to determine why some people are interested in politics while others are not.
AP
$2.44M Fed Study: ‘Deportation and Loneliness’ Led Former Illegals to Use Drugs, WhoresCNS
Jul 1st, 2013
An ongoing federally funded research project that has cost taxpayers $2.44 million has concluded, among other things, that "deportation and loneliness" led former illegal aliens in Tijuana, Mexico to use drugs and patronize prostitutes.
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Feds Dig Up $98,000 to Study ‘3rd Millennium BC Mortuary Traditions’ in OmanCNS
Jun 28th, 2013
The National Science Foundation is paying two scientists $98,349.00 to “conduct three field sessions of bioarchaeological and geospatial research on the Bronze Age (ca. 3100-2000 BC) mortuary sites in northern Oman.”
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NIH Awards $254K to Study Workforce Safety of Male Prostitutes in Boston CNS
Jun 28th, 2013
The National Institutes of Health is spending $253,800 in federal taxpayer money to study ways to educate Boston’s male prostitutes on safe-sex practices.
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$286K Study of Maya Politics Hopes to Promote Ecotourism in GuatemalaCNS
Jun 21st, 2013
A team from Williams College in Massachusetts will study the “political dynamics” of the Maya people between 600-830 AD in the ancient town of Motul de San Jose. According to the grant application, the study will help grant application was that the study will promote “sustainable stewardship and ecotourism in this important area of northern Guatemala.”
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Feds Commit $2.5 Million to Improve Building Safety--in BangladeshCNS
Jun 21st, 2013
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs has announced it will award a grant of up to $2.5 million to improve fire and general building in Bangladesh.
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Gov’t to Spend $300,000 Helping LGBTQ Domestic Violence VictimsCNS
Jun 20th, 2013
The Department of Health and Human Services is devoting $300,000 of taxpayer funds to help LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning) victims of domestic violence through its agency Administration for Children & Families.
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USDA Spending $167,650 to Lure Customers to D.C. Farmers' MarketsCNS
Jun 20th, 2013
The Washington DC area has received $167,650 in US Department of Agriculture (USDA) grants to increase participation in Washington D.C. area farmers markets.