from Campus Reform:
Rand Paul’s annual Festivus Report reveals how government forked over millions to universities for ridiculous studies
Sen. Rand Paul’s annual government waste analysis showed that federal bureaucracies wasted millions of dollars commissioning strange research studies at universities.
These studies involved giving cigarettes to kids, developing a smart toilet that videotapes users while they defecate, and testing whether consumers like the taste of cricket powder.
Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-Ky.) annual government waste report revealed that the federal government spent millions of dollars commissioning strange research studies at universities.
Senator Paul’s annual Festivus Report seeks to make taxpayers aware of how their dollars are wasted. During the 2020 fiscal year, the report dissected nearly $55 billion in wasted taxpayer dollars — enough funds to build enough paved two-lane roadways to stretch around the entire earth eighteen times.
Stanford University used a National Cancer Institute grant to create a “smart toilet,” which uses artificial intelligence, a fingerprint scanner, and multiple cameras for the “long-term analysis of a user’s excreta.” The data is then stored in a digital cloud.
The grant was intended for “early detection and management of cancer.”
The report also notes that the National Institute of Health (NIH) gave researchers at Colorado State University, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of Michigan over $1.3 million to study whether consumers liked the taste of cricket powder in their foods and beverages.
“The researchers believed ‘the current pressures on global food security, including climate change… have ignited a search for more environmentally sustainable protein sources,’” explained the report. “Got to find a protein substitute when the Green New Deal environmentalists kill all the farting cows!”