Ever wonder how people in Russia or North Korea believe (or at least tolerate) the most blatant lies? We’re currently being desensitized by spending of taxpayer money so reckless and ridiculous it’s almost beyond comprehension. A dozen lucky rabbits were given Swedish massages four times a day thanks to your hard earned tax dollars, according to the Washington Times.
Glenn explained more on radio this morning:
Sen. Tom Coburn released his fifth Wastebook Report, which looks at some of the incredible out of control and wasteful spending going on in Washington.
In the case of the rabbits, they weren’t put on treadmills but were forced to exercise in order to create stress.
Some of the rabbits were then given immediate massages, some were given delayed massages, and the unlucky ones weren’t given any massages at all. Scientists then tried to figure out if the massages helped.
Taxpayers paid $387,000 for the two-year study, which concluded that other studies were right, and massage seemed to help in recovery — though it wasn’t clear that rabbit physiology could be extrapolated to humans. The rabbits were euthanized at the end of the study, Mr. Coburn’s report says.
"May I ask, besides athletes in the NFL, who really needs this -- I mean, after I work out, if I'm in the NFL, I need to know, will this help me recover faster? If I'm a normal person, I don't have the money to have a Swedish massage four times a day. If I'm a regular guy who is without working all the time, what -- what do I need this for? I don't have the time nor the money to have the bunny rabbit massages four times a day. What are we spending this money for?" Glenn said.
And by the end, all the study did was show that other studies before were right. Massages help rabbits recover - just don't try to draw the same conclusions about humans.
"It just showed that other studies that had been done... This study just confirmed the other studies that had been done. However, it's still not clear that rabbit physiology can be extrapolated to humans," Glenn said.
The guys couldn't believe the bunnies were killed at the end of the study.
"They cannot acclimate to the world after massages. They have to kill them," Jeffy joked.
"Wouldn't we wean them off two massages for a year and another year with one massage a day," Stu said. "And give them a chance to cross the highway. Maybe they'd make it into the forest? I don't know. Seems like that's a good way to go."