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When You See What The Government Spent a Quarter of a Million Dollars Studying, It’ll Make You Weep

Beyond ridiculous.

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It’s no secret that the government’s super power is finding creative new ways to waste our tax dollars, but sometimes, the way they use our hard earned money — which they gleefully deduct from our checks before we even see it — is so stupid, so immoral, and so egregiously ridiculous that it simply blows the mind.

A new report has revealed that the U.S. government has used up a quarter of a million dollars on a study to find out if people like having sex with condoms.

Yes, this is for real.

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According to a report from the National Institutes of Health, a grant for $347,176 dollars (and counting) went to the University of Wisconsin-Madison for a project that studies different types of contraception, their rates of use, and couples’ satisfaction with their preferred method of birth control over the course of a year. The study is supposed to provide results that will help manufacturers better market those contraceptives couples don’t mind using in order to promote childlessness.

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“High rates of contraceptive dissatisfaction, switching, and discontinuation in the U.S. demand new approaches to contraceptive acceptability and promotion,” the project’s grant says. “Behavioral models of contraceptive use have failed to address sexuality, even though contraception is designed for sexual activity.”

“The proposal catalyzes a patient-centered approach to contraception that has the potential to improve women’s experiences with their methods,” the grant continues, according to WFB. “Research from this program could ultimately be used to help match women with the method(s) they will find the most sexually acceptable—methods they will like and use—thereby helping women fully realize the social, economic, and health benefits of contraception.”

In other words, the University would ultimately like to make the argument that childlessness has plenty of “social, economic, and health benefits,” but researchers — and “reproductive health experts” — are concerned that people simply give up on birth control and have children not because they want to surround themselves with a loving family, but because it’s just not fun to have sex with a condom on.

This is the sort of thing that makes you want to yank your hair out, as it is simply beyond human comprehension why anyone in their right mind would sign off on the usage of tax dollars for something this stupid.

It’s obscene, absurd, and everything in between.

This is why, if we’re going to leave the whole income tax thing in the Constitution — we shouldn’t by the way, as it’s morally wrong to take someone’s hard earned money — we the people paying taxes, should have some sort of say in how they are spent. Apparently those we elect to office aren’t bright enough to do the job right, so it should be up to us to figure it out.

Source: The Daily Wire

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Amazon Rolls Out Creepy ‘Pay By Palm’ Hardware at Whole Foods

Is this one of the harbingers of a cashless society?

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Throughout much of modern history, Americans and their cash were two separate things.  One was a human being, breathing and walking about, earning money.  The money was an inanimate commodity of varying value that we used to keep the organism alive, fat, and happy. But in the future, it seems as though we may find ourselves intrinsically, and anatomically indistinguishable from our bank account.  In fact, it appears as though Amazon is banking on it. Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) said it is rolling out biometric technology at its Whole Foods stores around Seattle starting on Wednesday, letting shoppers pay for items with a scan of their palm. The move shows how Amazon is bringing some of the technology already in use at its namesake brick-and-mortar Go and Books stores to the grocery chain it acquired in 2017. The system, called Amazon One, lets customers associate a credit card with their palm print. It offers a contact-less alternative to cash and card payments, Amazon said. Of course, the move is being regarded as a terrifying leap into Orwellian territory by privacy experts, as it appears to push us ever closer to a cashless society where hackers and power failures could doom us all to poverty in the blink of an eye.

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Fraternal Order of Police Responds to LeBron James’ Tweet Fiasco

And they were NOT happy.

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The politicization of American sports has been ongoing for some time, perhaps decades, but the most recent acceleration of this melding has come thanks to the power of social media and the blurring of the line between celebrity and athlete. At the forefront of this movement has been the NBA, and, more specifically, superstar LeBron James. This week, James came under fire for a tweet in which he referenced the Derek Chauvin trial’s guilty verdicts, with a photo of another officer who was involved in the shooting of a young black girl and text stating “you’re next”. The tweet was seen as a threat by many, including the Fraternal Order of Police who responded harshly. On Wednesday, James tweeted a photo of the officer involved in the shooting with a caption reading “YOU’RE NEXT #ACCOUNTABILITY.” The tweet has since been deleted. James was reacting to the deadly police shooting of 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant. Hours later, the National Fraternal Order of Police tweeted a photo of James’ original tweet, saying: “[email protected], with his vast resources & influence, should educate himself and, frankly, has a responsibility to do so, on the facts before weighing in. This is disgraceful & extremely reckless. The officer saved a young girl’s life. No amount of gaslighting will change that fact.” James attempted to walk back the tweet after deleting it, by issuing an explanation that garnered only a lukewarm response online.

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