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Old 12-01-2012, 01:01 AM
Location: Gulf Coast Texas
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Many liberals, when the topic of spending cuts arise, immediately look to the defense department.

Well here you go.

$5.2 million
Less knowledge, more power: Uninformed can be vital to democracy, study finds

A Princeton University-based research team reports Dec. 16 that this finding — based on group decision-making experiments on fish, as well as mathematical models and computer simulations — can ultimately provide insights into humans' political behavior.

The research was supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the Searle Scholars Program, the U.S. Navy Office of Naval Research, the Royal Society and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency administered by the U.S. Department of Defense.


Do I Look Bigger With My Finger On a Trigger? Yes, Says Study

UCLA anthropologists asked hundreds of Americans to guess the size and muscularity of four men based solely on photographs of their hands holding a range of easily recognizable objects, including handguns.

The research, which publishes April 11 in the scholarly journal PLoS ONE, confirms what scrawny thugs have long known: Brandishing a weapon makes a man appear bigger and stronger than he would otherwise.

The study is part of larger project funded by the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research to understand how people make decisions in situations where violent conflict is a possibility.


Winged dinosaur Archaeopteryx dressed for flight

Since its discovery 150 years ago, scientists have puzzled over whether the winged dinosaur Archaeopteryx represents the missing link in birds’ evolution to powered flight.

The study, which appears in Nature Communications, was funded by the National Geographic Society and the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research.


$39,999 per electric vehicle
Military adding more electric vehicles to fleet

Electric vehicles are becoming a more common sight on military bases as the Department of Defense adds “road-capable” electric cars such as the Chevy Volt to a fleet of thousands of smaller battery-powered vehicles.

So far, the military has acquired 168 road-capable, plug-in electric vehicles, such as the Volt, and more are on the way, according to Air Force spokeswoman Tonya Racasner, whose service branch is overseeing the military’s effort to acquire more electric vehicles.

The Army alone is placing electric vehicles at more than 40 installations, she said, and the DOD aims to integrate about 1,500 road-capable electric vehicles over the next few years.

The Volt sells for $39,999

So basically, the military is buying the Volts since consumer don't want them. But if you follow the money, tax payers are purchasing the Volts for the military. But then if you read this...

GM's Volt: The ugly math of low sales, high costs

... you will read that the Volt costs $89,000 to produce - meaning each car sold at $39,999 is a $49,000 loss for GM, which is also TaxPayer Motors.
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