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   Not particularly useful against a terrorist attack: a fish tank

07 Dec 2012 05:19 AM   |   2971 clicks   |   Seattle Times
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DanZero    [TotalFark]  
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Tell me about it, they lack training to go against them

07 Dec 2012 12:08 AM
sexorcisst     
Use it to investigate any fishy behavior.

07 Dec 2012 05:21 AM
david_gaithersburg     
In order to save money you must increase spending.

/haveigotthisrightyet?

07 Dec 2012 05:29 AM
thatboyoverthere    [TotalFark]  

david_gaithersburg: In order to save money you must increase spending.

/haveigotthisrightyet?


0/10. Man you're not even trying anymore.

07 Dec 2012 05:34 AM
abhorrent1     
I don't know. $21 for a fish tank is actually a good deal depending on the size.

07 Dec 2012 05:47 AM
Arctic Phoenix     
Well, water is known to help stop/slow down the speed of a bullet, so it COULD be useful!

Right? Right?

07 Dec 2012 05:48 AM
Xai     
But spending money on defence and security automatically makes us safer!

07 Dec 2012 05:49 AM
bloobeary     
You could always bonk a terrorist on the noggin with it. That counts, sorta.

07 Dec 2012 05:52 AM
B.L.Z. Bub     

Xai: But spending money on defence and security automatically makes us safer!


As surely as spending on education automatically makes us smarter...

07 Dec 2012 05:53 AM
I sound fat     
In before "but but but REPUBLICANS spent money on stuff, so this is okay"

07 Dec 2012 05:57 AM
nmemkha     
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07 Dec 2012 06:01 AM
KrispyKritter     
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hotlink

07 Dec 2012 06:02 AM
kertus     
This is the training ground for a squad of bird catching catfish.

07 Dec 2012 06:12 AM
Singleballtheory     
As long there's some ill-tempered Sea Bass in there I think we're good.

07 Dec 2012 06:23 AM
Resident Muslim    [TotalFark]  
Quick, someone call Adam and Jamie!

07 Dec 2012 06:34 AM
DrPainMD     
If they would just re-label all the wasteful spending as "stimulus" then it would add to the economy instead of draining it.

07 Dec 2012 06:43 AM
Enemabag Jones     
DrPainMD
If they would just re-label all the wasteful spending as "stimulus" then it would add to the economy instead of draining it.


I am not sure spending $200,000 on armored vehicles and hardening stadiums is the best way get money to cascade down.

/$100,000 on food stamps trickles down much nicer then $100,00 on a luxury boat.

07 Dec 2012 07:17 AM
hershy799     
HOMER: Relax, Marge, if someone tries to get in here, my burglar alarm will let us know.
Homer indicates a contraption by the front door. A fishing line attached to the door holds an alarm clock above a goldfish bowl. Somebody tries the door handle. Marge gasps.
HOMER (relaxed): Watch the fish, Marge.
A hand reaches through the mail slot and grabs the fish.
MARGE: D'oh...

07 Dec 2012 07:35 AM
PirateKing     
It was for a Betta they named George Herbert Marion Francesca Ulysses Carolyn Kevin Yolanda Oscar Ursula Walker Bush.

So it's fine.

07 Dec 2012 07:48 AM
yequalsy     
It's where you put the heads during the zombie apocalypse.

07 Dec 2012 08:17 AM
Firethorn     

abhorrent1: I don't know. $21 for a fish tank is actually a good deal depending on the size.


At $21, I wonder if it's more intended for being part of some water monitoring program, or as a prop in some training class about the possible hazards of water contamination as a terrorist act. I actually find the 'latrine on wheels' or underwater robot with no real need for one a bigger waste. Though even the latrine might be something special to justify it's existence, much like the ultra-expensive toilet seat that turned out to be an entire toilet system, on a submarine(IE piping can't operate solely through gravity).

Enemabag Jones: /$100,000 on food stamps trickles down much nicer then $100,00 on a luxury boat.


Why? In either case you have workers making the product(s), marketing, and selling it. Armored vehicles are likely at least made in the USA with non-minimum wage labor, which is part of why they're so expensive, and should have about equal benefit as welfare as long as the executives aren't taking insane profit(and most of them are fairly small businesses, where even the 'CEO' gets his hands dirty helping at times).

That being said, I'd prefer they were buying infrastructure - stuff that will help productivity in the future, and of course I'd always like to see money spent more efficiently, but I know that totally eliminating fraud, waste, and abuse is effectively impossible, so the best we can hope for is to keep a lid on it. If a $21 fish bowl is capable of making the 'short list' of examples of FW&A in a multi-billion plan, you're doing pretty good.

07 Dec 2012 08:28 AM
uberaverage     
Those SOB's bought a fish tank for their office!? Do they expect us to buy the fish and fish food too!?

07 Dec 2012 10:40 AM
FSTFKL     
I'd need more info on the underwater robot, what exactly it was and why they wanted it. There are small ones you can get for less than $500, and Columbus does have a river running through the middle of town as well as a couple of nearby reservoirs. I could imagine a scenario in which someone would have a need to have an underwater video camera to examine something underwater.

07 Dec 2012 11:11 AM
FSTFKL     
I take that back-- that's a pretty expensive underwater robot for Columbus. I can't imagine what that would even be that they bought for $90,000.

07 Dec 2012 11:13 AM
Tsubodai     
Ethan Hunt might beg to differ............

Red light......green light!

07 Dec 2012 11:23 AM
abhorrent1     

FSTFKL: I can't imagine what that would even be that they bought for $90,000.


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07 Dec 2012 12:19 PM
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"Schieß dem fenster!" 

07 Dec 2012 02:44 PM
Firethorn     

FSTFKL: I'd need more info on the underwater robot, what exactly it was and why they wanted it. There are small ones you can get for less than $500, and Columbus does have a river running through the middle of town as well as a couple of nearby reservoirs. I could imagine a scenario in which someone would have a need to have an underwater video camera to examine something underwater.


$500 is worth having it on hand. At $98k you might as well rent it and have it flown in if necessary. They get points back if the robot is intended to be more regional than just Columbus. Still, you have the Hoover Reservoir and state parks alum creek, buckeye lake, buck creek, and deer creek all within 50 miles, and they look to be fairly big bodies of water on the map

I'll note that keeping a couple of certified divers on the payroll to handle things like drowning probably costs more money per year, even if they're dual purpose. In my area there's a few that are also firefighters and police as their main jobs, but the state still picks up their equipment and continuing training.

07 Dec 2012 04:49 PM
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