utoh

Butler, MO

#1 Mar 4, 2012
Sample of 102 ways the government is spending your tax dollars: PAGE 1

102: Protecting a Michigan insect collection from other insects ($187,632)

101: Highway beautified by fish art in Washington ($10,000)

100: University studying hookup behavior of female college coeds in New York ($219,000)

99: Police department getting 92 blackberries for supervisors in Rhode Island ($95,000)

98: Upgrades to seldom-used river cruise boat in Oklahoma ($1.8 million)

97: Precast concrete toilet buildings for Mark Twain National Forest in Montana ($462,000)

96: University studying whether mice become disoriented when they consume alcohol in Florida ($8,408)

95: Foreign bus wheel polishers for California ($259,000)

94: Recovering crab pots lost at sea in Oregon ($700,000)

93: Developing a program to develop "machine-generated humor" in Illinois ($712,883)

92: Colorado museum where stimulus was signed (and already has $90 million in the bank) gets geothermal stimulus grant ($2.6 million)

91: Grant to the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance to support the traditional arts apprenticeship program, gathering and festival ($30,000)

90: Studying methamphetamines and the female rat sex drive in Maryland ($30,000)

89: Studying mating decisions of cactus bugs in Florida ($325,394)

88: Studying why deleting a gene can create sex reversal in people, but not in mice in Minnesota ($190,000)

87: College hires director for a project on genetic control of sensory hair cell membrane channels in zebrafish in California ($327,337)

86: New jumbo recycling bins with microchips embedded inside to track participation in Ohio ($500,000)

85: Oregon Federal Building's "green" renovation at nearly the price of a brand new building ($133 million)

84: Massachusetts middle school getting money to build a solar array on its roof ($150,000)

83: Road widening that could have been millions of dollars cheaper if Lousiana hadn't opted to replace a bridge that may not have needed replacing ($60 million)

82: Cleanup effort of a Washington nuclear waste site that already got $12 billion from the DOE ($1.9 billion)

81: Six woodlands water taxis getting a new home in Texas ($750,000)

80: Maryland group gets money to develop "real life" stories that underscore job and infrastructure-related research findings ($363,760)

79: Studying social networks like Facebook in North Carolina ($498,000)

78:18 North Carolina teacher coaches to heighten math and reading performance ($4.4 million)

77: Retrofitting light switches with motion sensors for one company in Arizona ($800,000)

76: Removing graffiti along 100 miles of flood-control ditches in California ($837,000)

75: Bicycle lanes, shared lane signs and bike racks in Pennsylvania ($105,000)

74: Privately-owned steakhouse rehabilitating its restaurant space in Missouri ($75,000)

73: National dinner cruise boat company in Illinois outfitting vessels with surveillance systems to protect against terrorists ($1 million)

72: Producing and transporting peanuts and peanut butter in North Carolina ($900,000)

71: Refurnishing and delivering picnic tables in Iowa ($30,000)

70: Digital television converter box coupon program in D.C.($650 million)

69: Elevating and relocating 3,000 feet of track for the Napa Valley Wine Train in California ($54 million)

68: Hosting events for Earth Day, the summer solstice etc. in Minnesota ($50,000)

67: Expanding ocean aquaculture in Hawaii ($99,960)

66: Raising railroad tracks 18 inches in Oregon because the residents of one small town were tired of taking a detour around them ($4.2 million)

65: Professors and employees of Iowa state universities voluntarily taking early retirement ($43 million)

64: Minnesota theatre named after Che Guevara putting on "socially conscious" puppet shows ($25,000)

63: Replacing a basketball court lighting system with a more energy efficient one in Arizona ($20,000)
utoh

Butler, MO

#2 Mar 4, 2012
Sample of 102 ways the government is spending your tax dollars: PAGE 2

62: Repainting and adding a security camera to one bridge in Oregon ($3.5 million)

61: Missouri bridge project that already was full-funded with state money ($8 million)

60: New hospital parking garage in New York that will employ less people ($19.5 million)

59: University in North Carolina studying why adults with ADHD smoke more ($400,000)

58: Low-income housing residents in one Minnesota city receiving free laptops, WiFi and iPod Touches to "educate" them in technology ($5 million)

57: University in California sending students to Africa to study why Africans vote they the way they do in their elections ($200,000)

56: Researching the impact of air pollution combined with a high-fat diet on obesity development in Ohio ($225,000)

55: Studying how male and female birds care for their offspring and how it compares to how humans care for their children in Oklahoma ($90,000)

54: University in Pennsylvania researching fossils in Argentina (over $1 million)

53: University in Tennessee studying how black holes form (over $1 million)

52: University in Oklahoma sending 3 researchers to Alaska to study grandparents and how they pass on knowledge to younger generations ($1.5 million)

51: Grant application from a Pennsylvania university for a researcher named in the Climate-gate scandal (Rep. Darrell Issa is calling on the president to freeze the grant)($500,000)

50: Studying the impact of global warming on wildflowers in a Colorado ghost town ($500,000)

49: Bridge built over railroad crossing so 168 Nebraska town residents don't have to wait for the trains to pass ($7 million)

48: Renovating an old hotel into a visitors center in Kentucky ($300,000)

47: Removing overgrown weeds in a Rhode Island park ($250,000)

46: Renovating 5 seldom-used ports of entry on the U.S.-Canada border in Montana ($77 million)

45: Testing how to control private home appliances in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts from an off-site computer ($800,000)

44: Repainting a rarely-used bridge in North Carolina ($3.1 million)

43: Renovating a desolate Wisconsin bridge that averages 10 cars a day ($426,000)

42: 4 new buses for New Hampshire ($2 million)

41: Repaving a 1 mile stretch of Atlanta road that had parts of it already repaved in 2007 ($490,000)

40: Florida beauty school tuition ($2.3 million)

39: Extending a bike path to the Minnesota Twins stadium ($500,000)

38: Beautification of Los Angeles' Sunset Boulevard ($1.1 million)

37: Colorado Dragon Boat Festival ($10,000)

36: Developing the next generation of supersonic corporate jets in Maryland that could cost $80 million dollars each ($4.7 million)

35: New spring training facilities for the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies ($30 million)

34: Demolishing 35 old laboratories in New Mexico ($212 million)

33: Putting free WiFi, Internet kiosks and interactive history lessons in 2 Texas rest stops ($13.8 million)

32: Replacing a single boat motor on a government boat in D.C.($10,500)

31: Developing the next generation of football gloves in Pennsylvania ($150,000)

30: Pedestrian bridge to nowhere in West Virginia ($80,000)

31: Developing the next generation of football gloves in Pennsylvania ($150,000)

30: Pedestrian bridge to nowhere in West Virginia ($80,000)

29: Replacing all signage on 5 miles of road in Rhode Island ($4,403,205)

28: Installing a geothermal energy system to heat the "incredible shrinking mall" in Tennessee ($5 million)

27: University in Minnesota studying how to get the homeless to stop smoking ($230,000)

26: Large woody habitat rehabilitation project in Wisconsin ($16,800)

25: Replacing escalators in the parking garage of one D.C. metro station ($4.3 million)

24: Building an airstrip in a community most Alaskans have never even heard of ($14,707,949)
utoh

Butler, MO

#3 Mar 4, 2012
Sample of 102 ways the government is spending your tax dollars: PAGE 3

23: Bike and pedestrian paths connecting Camden, N.J. to Philadelphia, Penn. when there's already a bridge that connects them ($23 million)

22: Sending 10 university undergrads each year from North Carolina to Costa Rica to study the rainforests ($564,000)

21: Road signs touting stimulus funds at work in Ohio ($1 million)

20: Researching how paying attention improves performance of difficult tasks in Connecticut ($850,000)

19: Kentucky Transportation Department awarding contracts to companies associated with a road contractor accused of bribing the previous state transportation secretary ($24 million)

18: Amtrak losing $32 per passenger nationally but rewarded with windfall ($1.3 billion)

17: Widening an Arizona interstate even though the company that won the contract has a history of tax fraud and pollution ($21.8 million)

16: Replace existing dumbwaiters in New York ($351,807)

15: Deer underpass in Wyoming ($1,239,693)

14: Arizona universities examining the division of labor in ant colonies (combined $950,000)

13: Fire station without firefighters in Nevada ($2 million)

12: "Clown" theatrical production in Pennsylvania ($25,000)

11: Maryland town gets money but doesn't know what to do with it ($25,000)

10: Investing in nation wide wind power (but majority of money has gone to foreign companies)($2 billion)

9: Resurfacing a tennis court in Montana ($50,000)

8: University in Indiana studying why young men do not like to wear condoms ($221,355)

7: Funds for Massachusetts roadway construction to companies that have defrauded taxpayers, polluted the environment and have paid tens of thousands of dollars in fines for violating workplace safety laws (millions)

6: Sending 11 students and 4 teachers from an Arkansas university to the U.N. climate change convention in Copenhagen, using almost 54,000 lbs of carbon dioxide from air travel alone ($50,000)

5: Storytelling festival in Utah ($15,000)

4: Door mats to the Department of the Army in Texas ($14,675)

3: University in New York researching young adults who drink malt liquor and smoke pot ($389,357)

2: Solar panels for climbing gym in Colorado ($157,800)

1: Grant for one Massachusetts university for "robobees" (miniature flying robot bees)($2 million)

GRAND TOTAL:$4,891,645,229
utoh

Independence, KS

#5 Apr 18, 2012
TIDES FOUNDATION AND TIDES CENTER
part 2

Chip Berlet sits on the Board of the Campaign to Defend the Constitution, a Tides Center project formed in 2005 to combat “the growing power of the religious right” and to “fight for the separation of church and state.” Berlet is a senior analyst for Political Research Associates, and has had affiliations with the American Civil Liberties Union, the American Friends Service Committee, the Christic Institute, the Socialist Workers Party, the National Lawyers Guild, and the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The Tides Foundation promotes a multitude of leftist agendas, as evidenced by its assertion: "We strengthen community based organizations and the progressive movement by providing an innovative and cost effective framework for your philanthropy." Among the crusades to which Tides contributes are:
Radical environmentalism;
The "exclusion of humans from public and private wildlands";
The anti-war movement;
Anti-free trade campaigns;
The banning of firearms ownership;
Abolition of the death penalty;
Access to government-funded abortion-on-demand; Radical gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender advocacy.
The Foundation is also a member organization of the International Human Rights Funders Group, a network of more than six-dozen grantmakers dedicated to finaning leftwing groups and causes.

Immediately after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Tides formed a "9/11 Fund" to advocate a "peaceful national response." Tides later replaced the 9/11 Fund with the "Democratic Justice Fund," which was financed in large measure by the Open Society Institute of George Soros, who has donated more than $7 million to Tides over the years. Reciprocally, the Tides Foundation is a major funder of the Shadow Party, a George Soros-conceived nationwide network of several dozen unions, non-profit activist groups, and think tanks whose agendas are ideologically to the left, and which are engaged in campaigning for the Democrats.

Tides also set up a Peace Strategies Fund
Iraq Peace Fund, the latter of which has granted money to such groups as MoveOnorg,
the National Council of Churches,
the Arab-American Action Network,
Physicians for Social Responsibility,
and the pro-Castro groups United for Peace and Justice and Center for Constitutional Rights.
In addition, Tides funds “A Better Way Project,” which coordinates the activities of United for Peace and Justice and the Win Without War Coalition/Keep America Safe Campaign.

Tides and the organizations it supports interact closely with one another on a regular basis. For example, Drummond Pike sits on the Board of the Environmental Working Group along with David Fenton, founder of Fenton Communications.

One particularly notable donor to the Tides entities is Teresa Heinz Kerry, wife of Senator John Kerry. From 1994 to 2004, the Heinz Endowments, which Mrs. Kerry heads, gave the Tides Foundation and Center approximately $8.1 million in grants. Until February 2001, Mrs. Kerry also served as a trustee of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, which has given Tides numerous six-figure grants.

The Tides Foundation and Tides Center also receive grants from the U.S. federal government. Between 1997 and 2001, these grants included the following:$395,219 from the Department of Interior; $3,350,431 from the Environmental Protection Agency; $3,487,040 from the Department of Housing and Urban Development; $208,878 from the Department of Agriculture; $39,550 from the Department of Energy; $93,500 from the Small Business Administration; $10,986 from the Department of Health and Human Services; and $84,520 from the Centers for Disease Control U.S. Agency for International Development.
utoh

Independence, KS

#6 Apr 18, 2012
TIDES FOUNDATION AND TIDES CENTER
part 3

Recent recipients of Tides Foundation grants include:
A.J. Muste Memorial Institute;
AdBusters Media Foundation;
American Civil Liberties Union;
ACORN Institute;
Agape Foundation;
Alliance For Justice;
American Family Voices;
American Friends Service Committee;
American Immigration Law Foundation;
American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee; Amnesty International;
Border Action Network;
Brennan Center for Justice;
Campaign for America’s Future;
Center for American Progress;
Center for Community Change;
Center for Constitutional Rights;
Center for Reproductive Rights;
Changemakers;
Children’s Defense Fund;
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics Washington;
Council on American-Islamic Relations
Democracy Now!;
Earth Day Network;
Earth Island Institute;
Earthjustice;
Environmental Defense;
Environmental Media Services;
Environmental Working Group;
Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting;
Feminist Majority Foundation;
Free Press;
Funding Exchange;
Global Exchange;
Grantmakers Without Borders;
Grassroots International;
Greenpeace;
Human Rights First;
Human Rights Watch;
Immigrant Legal Resource Center;
Institute for America’s Future;
Institute for Policy Studies;
Institute for Public Accuracy;
Israel Policy Forum;
Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law;
Lawyers' Committee on Nuclear Policy;
Jane Addams Peace Association;
League of Conservation Voters;
League of United Latin American Citizens;
League of Women Voters;
Liberty Hill Foundation;
MADRE;
Medecins Sans Frontieres;
Media Matters for America;
Mercy Corps;
Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund;
Mexico Solidarity Network;
Middle East Children’s Alliance;
Mothers & Others for a Livable Planet;
Ms. Foundation for Women;
NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation;
National Assoc for Advancement of Colored People;
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers;
National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty;
National Council of Churches;
National Lawyers Guild;
National Network of Grantmakers;
National Organization for Women Foundation; National Wildlife Federation;
Natural Resources Defense Council;
Nature Conservancy (of California and of New York);
New Israel Fund;
New World Foundation;
Nonviolent Peaceforce;
Nuclear Age Peace Foundation;
Oxfam America;
Pacifica Foundation;
Peace Action;
Peace Development Fund;
People for the American Way;
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals; Physicians for Social Responsibility;
Planned Parenthood;
Ploughshares Fund;
Population Connection;
Progress Unity Fund;
Project Vote;
Proteus Fund;
Public Citizen Foundation;
Rainforest Action Network;
Rainforest Alliance;
Rockefeller Family Fund;
Ruckus Society;
Sentencing Project;
September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows; Sierra Club;
Shefa Fund;
Sojourners;
Threshold Foundation;
TrueMajority Action;
Trust for Public Land;
Union of Concerned Scientists;
USAction;
Veterans For Peace;
Waterkeeper Alliance;
Wilderness Society;
Witness For Peace;
Women's Action for New Directions;
World Wildlife Fund.

Tides also runs a tax-exempt “alternative media source” called the Institute for Global Communications (IGC), a leading provider of Web technology to the radical left.
utoh

Independence, KS

#7 Apr 18, 2012
TIDES FOUNDATION AND TIDES CENTER
part 4

Between 1993 and 2003, at least 91 foundations made grants to the Tides Foundation. These included:
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation;
Annie E. Casey Foundation;
Arca Foundation;
AT&T Foundation;
Barbra Streisand Foundation;
Bauman Family Foundation;
Ben and Jerry's Foundation;
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation;
Blue Moon Fund;
Bullitt Foundation;
CarEth Foundation;
Carnegie Corporation of New York;
Changemakers;
ChevronTexaco Foundation;
Columbia Foundation;
David and Lucile Packard Foundation;
Energy Foundation;
Fannie Mae Foundation;
Ford Foundation;
Foundation for Deep Ecology;
Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation;
Heinz Family Foundation;
Hoffman Foundation;
Homeland Foundation;
Howard Heinz Endowment;
J.M. Kaplan Fund;
James Irvine Foundation;
JEHT Foundation;
Jenifer Altman Foundation;
Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation;
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation;
Joyce Foundation;
Lear Family Foundation;
Liberty Hill Foundation;
Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation;
Ms. Foundation for Women;
Nathan Cummings Foundation;
New World Foundation;
Open Society Institute;
Pew Charitable Trusts;
Ploughshares Fund;
Proteus Fund;
Public Welfare Foundation;
Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund;
Righteous Persons Foundation;
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation;
Roberts Foundation;
Rockefeller Family Fund;
Rockefeller Foundation;
Schumann Center for Media and Democracy;
Stern Family Fund;
Stewart R. Mott Charitable Trust;
Summit Charitable Foundation;
Surdna Foundation;
Threshold Foundation;
Turner Foundation;
Vanguard Public Foundation;
Verizon Foundation;
Vira I. Heinz Endowment;
W.K. Kellogg Foundation;
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation;
Woods Fund of Chicago.

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