The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is paying a researcher $17,500 to make students at New Mexico State University wear a fat vest for “weight sensitivity training.”
The 20-pound fat vest will be worn for an “empathy exercise” so non-obese students can experience what it is like to be obese. The premise of the project is to fight “weight prejudice.”
The Veterans Affairs Inspector General referred at least 17 cases tied to allegations of wait-time manipulation to the Department of Justice for prosecution, and the agency has declined to prosecute all of them. Both agencies have refused to comment on the reasons behind the lack of prosecutions.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) paid $88,529 to make a hip-hop cd about obesity.
Several U.S. senators are considering reforms to federal civil asset forfeiture laws—which allow the government to seize citizens’ property even if they are not convicted or charged with a crime—following several high-profile investigations by news outlets.
Macy’s decision to yank Israeli-made SodaStream products from its shelves is unrelated to pressure from the anti-Israel boycott movement, a source familiar with the decision told the Washington Free Beacon.
Nazi war criminals are still receiving Social Security benefits from the U.S. government despite their past crimes against Jewish people, prompting outrage from numerous Jewish organizations.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is spending over $40,000 to determine whether women drink more when they are about to get their menstrual period.
I enjoy writing about D.C.’s taxi drivers, some of which have been organized by the Teamsters, and their inconveniencing of customers and pushing for anti-competitive laws. I enjoy doing this because I love reminding people just how terrible both D.C. taxi drivers and unions are. It brings a smile to my face, in part because they’re doing all the work for me! I don’t even have to launch into a pro-free-trade tirade or carefully explain all of the awesome benefits competition brings consumers. Nope. To get your blood boiling, all I have to do is excerpt this Washingtonian piece:
Republicans on the Federal Election Commission are vowing to fight regulations on online political advocacy that they say would chill free speech and potentially lead to politicized targeting of Internet writers and video-makers.