Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Rand Paul on robotic squirrels and Chinese prostitutes


From CNN, "Rand Paul warns of GOP becoming dinosaur, cites robotic squirrels":
Paul cited examples of what he considers wasteful spending and argued an increase in tax rates would be futile while the government spends "$300,000 a year on robotic squirrels" and $2 million "on how we can convince Chinese prostitutes not to drink so much on the job."

As for as the first claim, Paul was referring to a project at the University of California at Davis, where researchers examined why squirrels are willing to confront rattlesnakes, their main predators, in the wild.

The project was awarded a grant worth $390,000 by the National Science Foundation in 2010, according to the university.

In November 2008, the Wayne State University School of Medicine announced that the National Institutes of Health awarded one of its researchers a 5-year grant worth $2.6 million to study "whether an alcohol and HIV intervention center can assist in reducing the spread of HIV/AIDS among sex workers in China."
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