A $509,840 taxpayer-funded grant by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will pay for a study encouraging gay methamphetamine users to put on condoms and use less illegal drugs by sending them text messages. The study began in February.
The study, which will cost U.S. taxpayers $228,147, seeks to encourage Kenyan homosexuals, including prostitutes, to avail themselves of the AIDS treatment known as antiretroviral therapy (ART) – and to continue taking it once they start.
The State Department through its Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) is planning to spend $450,000 in taxpayer dollars “to support programs that increase protection of transgender persons who face acute forms of violence and harassment.”
The 2009 stimulus law financed a $431,363 project in Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s California district to study the “psychological distress” of homosexual fathers. The study took three years to publish its results, and it created no jobs.
Rep. Marcia Fudge (D- Ohio) says her work to promote urban agriculture includes a $132,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) funded program for hoop houses “to grow fresh vegetables and give them to people in their neighborhoods.”
“Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced $32 million in grant awards to assist more than 1,300 extremely low-income persons and families living with HIV/AIDS annually,” HUD said in a press release on Thursday.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced on May 24 that the agency is giving a $1.3 million grant to the Newtown Public School District “to help with ongoing recovery efforts following the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, where 20 first-graders and six educators were killed in December 2012.”
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is planning to spend $40,267 in taxpayer funds to provide the public with a centralized drop off location for pet tortoises and tortoises found in developed or urban areas and provide for their temporary care.
According to an audit report released in January 2013 by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), the Internal Revenue Service spent $1 million in taxpayer dollars to purchase BlackBerry™ smartphones and wireless internet “aircards”— that subsequently went unused.
Contrary to its claims, the City of Chicago’s red light cameras are not based on safety, according to an Inspector General (IG) audit of the program that brought in more than $71 million in revenue for the city last year.
The National Institutes of Health issued a $536,526 grant to the University of Illinois, Chicago, for a two-year program ending in July to study the smoking cessation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender population.
One of the “shovel ready” projects funded by the 2009 stimulus law included more than $400,000 to test a “mixed reality” game for Latina middle schoolers so they are better able to resist peer pressure to have sex.
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism has awarded a grant of $287,967 for the development of a virtual reality simulation with a virtual woman to focus on alcohol’s role in sexual aggression.
The federal government is spending $146,944 in taxpayer funds to research sending automated text messages to people with depression to remind them to take their medication and monitor their mood and thoughts.