The National Institutes of Health spend $2.6 million to persuade prostitutes in China to drink less alcohol.
You may think this was not what the Framers of the Constitution had in mind back in 1787. You may think the Constitution was designed to limit government power. Well, that’s all ancient history. No one in the executive branch believes in “original intent.” What a bunch of guys in powdered wigs and funny-looking shoes thought they were doing is irrelevant today.
The U.S. government has a job to do: to police the world. Chinese ladies of the night are spreading HIV. This must be stopped. HIV infects male homosexuals. So, Chinese FSW’s — female sex workers — should drink less.
If this sounds like a scene discarded from Alice in Wonderland, because it was just too bizarre, you are beginning to understand this report. The cheshire cat is just around the corner. He is still smiling — at the gullibility of America’s voters.
Fox News reports:
Researchers will visit 100 houses of ill repute — a whole hamlet of harlots — to collect data on 700 prostitutes and 150 pimps and madams, referred to as “gatekeepers” in the study’s sterile abstract.
Phase one of the study is intended to research “alcohol use/abuse and related sexual risk among FSWs in China,” according to the abstract — a cold hard look at why prostitutes engage in dangerous sex while drunk.
The study’s director says the information gained from the study will then be used to tailor HIV prevention programs for the bawds from Beihai, a coastal tourist town in Guangxi province, which has the third-highest HIV infection rate of China’s 22 provinces.
The project comes thanks to a grant from the NIH’s National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, which is also funding a $400,000 study of bars in Buenos Aires to find out why gay men engage in risky sexual behavior while drunk — and just what can be done about it.
How many people are infected in China, total? About 700,000. That is in a population of 1.3 billion, give or take 100 million.
In short, as a percentage of the population, it’s a minor problem in China.
The study — tailored specifically for use in China — was approved in November, and the government has already spent $469,903 to fund it.”The proposed intervention program will be a cultural adaptation and integration of existing evidence-based programs in Asian settings,” reads the study’s abstract, which singles out China as a special challenge because of unique cultural circumstances (and 10 million working prostitutes) there.
When you require American taxpayers to police the world, you have a lot of prospects for government funding. Researchers are busy, busy, busy securing this funding.
Alert readers may recognize this as a follow-up to the $400,000 government study that researched why homosexuals engaged in dangerous sex in Argentinian bars.
The quest for tax-funded knowledge will never end . . . until the funding runs out.
It will not run out because of outraged voters. American taxpayers are too busy watching American Idol to notice.