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mharwick wrote:This is a public service from Fox News and Sean Hannity.51: Grant application from a Pennsylvania university for a researcher named in the Climate-gate scandal (Rep. Darrell Issa is calling on the president to freeze the grant) ($500,000)50: Studying the impact of global warming on wildflowers in a Colorado ghost town ($500,000)49: Bridge built over railroad crossing so 168 Nebraska town residents don't have to wait for the trains to pass ($7 million)48: Renovating an old hotel into a visitors center in Kentucky ($300,000)47: Removing overgrown weeds in a Rhode Island park ($250,000)46: Renovating 5 seldom-used ports of entry on the U.S.-Canada border in Montana ($77 million)45: Testing how to control private home appliances in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts from an off-site computer ($800,000)44: Repainting a rarely-used bridge in North Carolina ($3.1 million)43: Renovating a desolate Wisconsin bridge that averages 10 cars a day ($426,000)42: 4 new buses for New Hampshire ($2 million)41: Repaving a 1-mile stretch of Atlanta road that had parts of it already repaved in 2007 ($490,000)40: Florida beauty school tuition ($2.3 million)39: Extending a bike path to the Minnesota Twins stadium ($500,000)38: Beautification of Los Angeles' Sunset Boulevard ($1.1 million)37: Colorado Dragon Boat Festival ($10,000)36: Developing the next generation of supersonic corporate jets in Maryland that could cost $80 million dollars each ($4.7 million)35: New spring training facilities for the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies ($30 million)34: Demolishing 35 old laboratories in New Mexico ($212 million)33: Putting free WiFi, Internet kiosks and interactive history lessons in 2 Texas rest stops ($13.8 million)32: Replacing a single boat motor on a government boat in D.C. ($10,500)31: Developing the next generation of football gloves in Pennsylvania ($150,000)30: Pedestrian bridge to nowhere in West Virginia ($80,000)29: Replacing all signage on 5 miles of road in Rhode Island ($4,403,205)28: Installing a geothermal energy system to heat the "incredible shrinking mall" in Tennessee ($5 million)27: University in Minnesota studying how to get the homeless to stop smoking ($230,000)26: Large woody habitat rehabilitation project in Wisconsin ($16,800)25: Replacing escalators in the parking garage of one D.C. metro station ($4.3 million)24: Building an airstrip in a community most Alaskans have never even heard of ($14,707,949)23: Bike and pedestrian paths connecting Camden, N.J. to Philadelphia, Penn. when there's already a bridge that connects them ($23 million)22: Sending 10 university undergrads each year from North Carolina to Costa Rica to study the rainforests ($564,000)21: Road signs touting stimulus funds at work in Ohio ($1 million)20: Researching how paying attention improves performance of difficult tasks in Connecticut ($850,000)19: Kentucky Transportation Department awarding contracts to companies associated with a road contractor accused of bribing the previous state transportation secretary ($24 million)18: Amtrak losing $32 per passenger nationally but rewarded with windfall ($1.3 billion)17: Widening an Arizona interstate even though the company that won the contract has a history of tax fraud and pollution ($21.8 million)16: Replace existing dumbwaiters in New York ($351,807)15: Deer underpass in Wyoming ($1,239,693)14: Arizona universities examining the division of labor in ant colonies (combined $950,000)13: Fire station without firefighters in Nevada ($2 million)12: "Clown" theatrical production in Pennsylvania ($25,000)11: Maryland town gets money but doesn't know what to do with it ($25,000)10: Investing in nation-wide wind power (but majority of money has gone to foreign companies) ($2 billion)9: Resurfacing a tennis court in Montana ($50,000)8: University in Indiana studying why young men do not like to wear condoms ($221,355)7: Funds for Massachusetts roadway construction to companies that have defrauded taxpayers, polluted the environment and have paid tens of thousands of dollars in fines for violating workplace safety laws (millions)6: Sending 11 students and 4 teachers from an Arkansas university to the U.N. climate change convention in Copenhagen, using almost 54,000 lbs of carbon dioxide from air travel alone ($50,000)5: Storytelling festival in Utah ($15,000)4: Door mats to the Department of the Army in Texas ($14,675)3: University in New York researching young adults who drink malt liquor and smoke pot ($389,357)2: Solar panels for climbing gym in Colorado ($157,800)1: Grant for one Massachusetts university for "robobees" (miniature flying robot bees) ($2 million)GRAND TOTAL: $4,891,645,229
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