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Um…are taxpayers paying for those?

posted by Susan Johnson

A U.S. research base in Antarctica received a shipment of 16,500 condoms so that the researchers wouldn’t be embarrassed buying them. Isn’t nice that we can save them the embarrassment, huh?

“Since everybody knows everyone, it becomes a little bit uncomfortable,” Henriksen told the Southland Times newspaper.
About 125 scientists and staff are stationed at McMurdo base, the largest community in Antarctica, during the winter months when there is constant darkness.



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ZZ

posted June 10, 2008 at 9:50 am


Remember Michelle, anybody who makes enough money to actually pay any significant taxes is a robber baron and a corporate fat cat and deserves no sympathy.



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Michele McGinty

posted June 10, 2008 at 10:02 am


Well, I’m not really looking for sympathy, I would just like to know why I have to pay for someone else’s good time?



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jestrfyl

posted June 10, 2008 at 11:51 am


Forget who is buying them. That is 125 people and 16,500 condoms or 131 condoms per person or (making what may be some rash assumptions here) 260 condoms per relationship! Obviously Antarcitca is a “hotter” place than anyone would have imagined! Embarassment is the least of their concerns – I think exhaustion may be a greater one!!



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Karen Brown

posted June 10, 2008 at 12:09 pm


Well, what else are they gonna do?
Its Antarctica, after all.



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Rob

posted June 10, 2008 at 12:41 pm


Since the whole base is taxpayer supported and any medical care is likewise paid by us taxpayers, I think I’d rather pay for their condoms than for their STDs or pregnancies.



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Rob

posted June 10, 2008 at 1:45 pm


Hmm. And I found statistics that note that men stationed in Antarctica outnumber women 8 to 1….Exhaustion might be an understatement, or not.



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neo

posted June 10, 2008 at 4:12 pm


Normally I’d be outraged by such a stupid expense but there are bigger issues of corruption in our gov’t than this.
no bid contracts come to mind. What does it cost us wallgreens has it $25 for 36 thats ~$11,100. And antartica is probably getting cheaper ones.
$11K waste vs. several billion. hmmm.
Sorry not outraged. I wonder if there was a no bid contract on this. Then I might be.



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neo

posted June 10, 2008 at 4:35 pm


The BBC has the offical tally of waste for the war at: 23 billion.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/7444083.stm
Its sad when you have to ask the UK whats going on in the US.



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anonymous reincarnate

posted June 10, 2008 at 5:46 pm


now we’re talking! $23B would buy a lot of condoms! make love, not war. ;)



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Looney

posted June 11, 2008 at 4:42 pm


I think y’all are not considering the cost of your typical MIL-spec, ISO-9000 certified, state-of-the art, carbon nano-tube condom that works in a cryogenic environment and is provided by a supplier that is fully compliant with the Federal Acquisition Regulations. Remember the $1,000 toilet seat?



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anonymous reincarnate

posted June 11, 2008 at 8:26 pm


military-spec? wow… that could take this thread so many directions… not to mention i don’t think i’d want to cover my missile with carbon nano-tubes. and i’d be afraid to do anything with it in a cryogenic environment.



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Michele McGinty

posted June 12, 2008 at 11:28 am


“Normally I’d be outraged by such a stupid expense but there are bigger issues of corruption in our gov’t than this.
no bid contracts come to mind. What does it cost us wallgreens has it $25 for 36 thats ~$11,100. And antartica is probably getting cheaper ones.
$11K waste vs. several billion. hmmm.
Sorry not outraged. I wonder if there was a no bid contract on this. Then I might be.”
Sorry but I’m going to be nuts about everyone I read because I refuse to accept this type of spending.



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anonymous reincarnate

posted June 12, 2008 at 11:17 pm


right, you’re outraged about this spending without knowing how much it cost, yet you’re just hunky-dory with the billions literally lost in iraq. true colors, michele.



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