"Wednesday Waste"

Fruit Fly Mating Habits, Wednesday Waste

Wednesday Waste | October 31, 2012

The National Institutes of Health in Michigan and Texas funded an experiment that tested fruit flies in order to discover whether malefruit flies are more attracted to younger females or older ones.

Wednesday Waste: Bridges to Nowhere

October 24, 2012

According to the Dayton Daily News, Greene County in Ohio received federal funding to rehabilitate a covered bridge that is considered to be “historic.” A $520,000 federal grant was awarded to the county by the U.S. Department of Transportation to help fix the Stevenson Road Bridge, which is located in alightly traveled area.

Wednesday Waste: Serious Stamps

Wednesday Waste | August 22, 2012

This quarter the U.S. Postal Service posted a loss of $5.2 billion. The loss was no real surprise to those who have been following the Postal Service’s struggle against insolvency over the past year, but what does come as a surprise is that the agency wasted $1.2 million in printing costs on commemorative stamps that were later destroyed.

Wednesday Waste, Library of Congress Edition

Wednesday Waste | June 13, 2012

Waste has piled up like stacks of aged books in the Library of Congress. For over a decade leadership changes and a lack of communication have led to misspent funds, no-bid contracts and expiration of funds appropriated to the library.

Wednesday Waste: Duplicate Catfish Inspection Programs

June 6, 2012

Smell something fishy? It’s probably a component of this week’s hotly contested Farm Bill that would implement a new catfish inspection program. To start this new program, it would cost taxpayers $30 million dollars up front and more over time, all to do a job the FDA is currently doing.