What The NIH Paid $39 Million For Instead Of Developing An Ebola Vaccine


We like to lampoon the great wastes of grant money from the National Institutes of Health and they like to moan and groan over budget cuts.  Well, the Washington Free Beacon identified over $39 million worth of grants that could have been used to develop a vaccine to fight Ebola in the current crisis after the NIH blamed the lack of a vaccine on budget cuts:

$2,873,440 trying to figure out why lesbians are obese

$466,642 on why fat girls have a tough time getting dates

$2,075,611 encouraging old people to join choirs

$674,590  for a study where researchers sent texts to drunks at the bar to try to get them to stop drinking

$372,460 for texting older African Americans with HIV

$693,000 for texting HIV and drug users in rural areas

$763,519 for texting HIV smokers

$380,145 for texting pregnant smokers

$243,839 for texting teen moms

$360,113 for texting meth addicts

$2,707,067 for text message interventions to try to get obese people to lose weight

$2,101,064 on wearable insoles and buttons that can track a person’s weight in an effort to fight obesity

$374,670 to put on fruit and vegetable puppet shows for preschoolers

$275,227 for a restaurant intervention to develop new children’s menus

$430,608 for mother-daughter dancing outreach to fight obesity.

$105,066 for a study following 16 schizophrenic LGBT Canadians around Toronto to learn about their community experiences (this one isn’t even in the U.S.)

$692,697 total for a project on why gay men get syphilis in Peru

$718,770 for a study about postpartum depression in “invisible sexual minority women”

$2,466,482 to develop “origami condoms,” in male, female, and anal versions (The inventor Danny Resnic has been accused of massive fraud for using grant money for full-body plastic surgery in Costa Rica and parties at the Playboy mansion.)

$194,788 to find out how transwomen use Facebook

$5 million committed to “mine and analyze” social media to study American’s attitudes toward drug abuse

$306,900 to use Twitter for surveillance on depressed people

$15,313,372 on smoking cessation studies

$571,799 went to Yale University to study how to get “Heavy Drinkers” to stop smoking

$659,469 to use Twitter to provide “social support to smokers”

$1,763,048 to study yoga as a way to quit.

$53,282 for a project studying sighs

The grand total for all of this according to the Free Beacon is  $39,643,352.  Not that some of the studies are not worthy and are needed in the long term for one reason or another, but since the Ebola vaccine work is being outsourced to a private company at less than a quarter of the cost of these studies put together, this is really wasting tax payer cash.

Origami condoms?  Really?

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Cultural Limits
A resident of Flyover Country, Cultural Limits is a rare creature in American Conservatism - committed to not just small government, Christianity and traditional social roles, but non-profits and high arts and culture. Watching politics, observing human behavior and writing are all long-time interests. In her other life, CL writes romance novels under her nom de plume, Patricia Holden (@PatriciaHoldenAuthor on Facebook), and crochets like a mad woman (designs can be found on Facebook @BohemianFlairCrochet and on Pinterest on the Bohemian Flair Crochet board). In religion, CL is Catholic; in work, the jill of all trades when it comes to fundraising software manipulation and event planning; in play, a classically trained soprano and proud citizen of Cardinal Nation, although, during hockey season, Bleeds Blue. She lives in the Mid-Mississippi River Valley with family and two cute and charming tyrants...make that toy dogs.