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Government Malfeasance Update: Feds Spend Over $3.5M To Find Out Why Most Lesbians Are Fat

U.S. Taxpayers Fork Out More Than $3.5M To Find Out Why 75% Of Lesbians Are Obese – Daily Mail

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has now spent over $3.5 million of taxpayer’s money to try and determine why the majority of lesbians in the US are obese.

The study entitled, ‘Sexual Orientation and Obesity: A Test of a Gendered Biopsychosocial Model,’ is aimed at concluding why nearly three-quarters of adult lesbians are dangerously overweight.

The study is also investigating why heterosexual men are twice as likely to be obese when compared to gay males.

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Fat disparity: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has now spent over $3.5 million of taxpayer’s dollars in an effort to determine why the majority of lesbians in the U.S. are obese

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‘It is now well-established that women of minority sexual orientation are disproportionately affected by the obesity epidemic, with nearly three-quarters of adult lesbians overweight or obese, compared to half of heterosexual women. In stark contrast, among men, heterosexual males have nearly double the risk of obesity compared to gay males,’ says the study.

The NIH has cited public health and the risks associated with obesity in their continued funding of the project.

The study first began in 2011 and it will continue until June of next year.

Free Beacon reports that the total funding for the research is now $3,531,925. Funding has more than doubled since the study was first reported on by CNSNews.com in 2013.

A scientific paper associated with the study asserted that lesbians have lower ‘athletic-self esteem’ that could be linked to higher rates of obesity.

A separate research paper found that lesbians are more likely to see themselves as a healthy weight even if they are not.

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Athletic confidence: A scientific paper associated with the study asserted that lesbians have lower ‘athletic-self esteem’ that could be linked to higher rates of obesity and that they exercised fewer hours when compared to their heterosexual female peers

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A study published last month by the project’s lead investigator, S. Bryn Austin, concluded that young gay and bisexual men were more concerned with being lean than their heterosexual male counterparts . The study found that both heterosexual and homosexual males were concerned with their muscles at a young age.

‘Latent transition analyses revealed that sexual minority males (i.e., mostly heterosexual, gay, and bisexual) were more likely than completely heterosexual males to be lean-concerned at ages 17-18 and 19-20 years and to transition to the lean-concerned class from the healthy class,’ said the scientific paper.

‘There were no sexual orientation differences in odds of being muscle-concerned.’

The study also investigated body issues among young men and suggested that they should be screened to ensure they didn’t have too much of a preoccupation with their biceps.

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Leftist Nightmare Update: Obamacare Exchanges Spend Average $922 Per Enrollee

Report: Obamacare Exchanges Spend Average $922 Per Enrollee – The Foundry

Federal and state-run insurance exchanges on average spent $922 per enrollee to sign up people for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, according to a new report by a Washington class-action law firm.

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The report calculates the health law’s federal and state-run insurance exchanges spent more than $7.39 billion through the March 31 open-enrollment deadline.

The report came from Jay Angoff, a partner with Mehri & Skalet PLLC who previously worked for the Health and Human Services Department, and cited data from HHS and the Congressional Research Service.

States that opted to set up their own exchanges under the health law known as Obamacare paid an average $1,503 per enrollee. The federal exchange operating in 36 states averaged $647 in costs per enrollee, the report said.

Ingrid Babri, an associate at the firm and co-author of the report, said she was surprised such data had not been calculated sooner. “It’s important for policy makers to know how much it costs each state to insure people,” she said.

The five jurisdictions with the highest cost-per-enrollee costs were Hawaii ($23,899), District of Columbia ($12,467), North Dakota ($7,089), Delaware ($6,825) and Wyoming ($6,323), the report said. The District yesterday voted to apply a new tax on all health-related insurance products to help pay for its Obamacare exchange.

Alyene Senger, a health research associate at The Heritage Foundation, said the latest federal data from late April shows the government has sent at least $5 billion to states to help build state health exchanges.

“What’s unclear is if the federal government will recoup any of the millions of taxpayer dollars that have been wasted on botched state exchanges such as those in Oregon, Maryland and Massachusetts,” she said. “It’s also uncertain how much more it will cost to keep the state exchanges going or to transfer the systems onto the federal exchange.”

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U.S. State Department To Spend $95,000 On Sewing Circles For Criminals In Haiti

U.S. Govt. To Spend $95,000 On Sewing Circles For Criminals In Haiti – Independent Journal Review

As millions of American citizens struggle to find decent-paying jobs and make ends meet, the U.S. State Department is blowing millions of taxpayers’ dollars on sewing circles for criminals… in Haiti.

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CNS News reported the spending oddity in its popular “Waste Watch” column:

The State Department through its Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs is planning to spend $95,000 to provide vocational training to Haitian inmates in textile production and assembly.

“The applicant should demonstrate an ability to conduct job training on clothing production (including skills such as sewing, tailoring, and/or clothing assembly) within individual prisons in Haiti’s Ouest Department. This training should be hands-on and allow prisoners to get real practice working with textile materials,” the grant said.

The International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) specifically targeted the textile industry, “which is projected to grow in Haiti as the Caracol industrial park and other textile-export businesses commence operations in the upcoming years,” the grant explained.

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Awesome! U.S. To Spend $771M On Planes Afghans Can’t Use

U.S. To Spend $771M On Planes Afghans Can’t Use – Washington Free Beacon

The U.S. government is about to spend more than $771 million on military aircraft that the Afghan people “lack the capacity to operate,” according to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR).

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The Department of Defense says that it is moving forward with the purchase despite SIGAR’S warning that the planes will go to waste.

SIGAR only discovered the DOD’s plans while performing an audit of its Afghan Special Mission Wing (SMW).

“SIGAR is recommending that DOD suspend all activity under the contracts awarded for the 48 new aircraft until capacity issues are properly addressed,” it said in a press release Friday morning.

SIGAR additionally discovered that “DOD awarded $553 million to Rosoboronexport, a Russian government agency, after receiving SIGAR’s recommendations that moving forward was imprudent,” according to the release.

Lt. Col. James Gregory, a Pentagon spokesman, told the Washington Free Beacon that it does “not concur with the SIGAR report recommendation” and that a delay in shipment is not in the United States’ security interests.

SIGAR’s audit of SMW found that the planes are not useful because the Afghans have hired illiterate and untrained pilots to fly them.

The Afghan forces have experienced “difficulty finding recruits who are literate and do not have associations with criminal/insurgent activity,” according to the audit.

“Only seven pilots are qualified to fly with night vision goggles, which is necessary for most counter-terrorism missions,” SIGAR reported.

The SMW program also has poor U.S. government oversight, leading to waste and problems in sustaining what the DOD believes is a critical project in post-war Afghanistan.

“NATO and DOD do not have a plan with milestones and dates for achieving full strength for the SMW to justify the fleet size,” SIGAR reported, noting that most maintenance projects are still performed by the United States.

“DOD performs 50 percent of maintenance and repair and 70 percent of critical maintenance and logistics management for SMW and does not have a plan for transferring these functions to the Afghans,” SIGAR said.

The United States still intends to spend $109 million per year despite the flaws, “for oversight, maintenance, training, and logistics support for the next several years,” according to SIGAR.

These deeply entrenched problems have contributed to the program’s slow growth.

“SMW had less than one-quarter of the 806 personnel needed to reach full strength and during the length of the audit made no tangible growth,” SIGAR found.

In addition, the “Afghan Ministries of Defense and Interior do not have an agreement on the SMW command and control structure, impacting growth and capacity,” according to SIGAR.

SIGAR predicts that once the United States fully exits Afghanistan in the coming year the Afghans will not be prepared to maintain or operate the planes.

Gregory said delaying the shipment of planes until SIGAR’s performance criteria are met “would not be in our national interest.”

“Delaying contract award pending agreement between the ministries on transition of SMW administrative control would unacceptably delay our efforts to develop the SMW into a capable force,” Gregory said.

“The contract for the PC-12 [planes] was signed on Oct. 13, 2012, and the contract for the Mi-17 [planes] was finalized on June 16, 2013,” he said.

The SMW is still a relatively new creation, meaning that improvement efforts are already underway, the official said.

“The SMW was formally established less than a year ago and sustainment efforts, including training, are presently underway,” Gregory said. “Delivery of the aircraft in question will take place over the next eighteen months. This will include training on how to operate and maintain the aircraft and associated equipment.”

“DOD has been implementing or has agreed with implementing the other recommendations in the report, which will help avoid the adverse outcome that it warns against,” he added.

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