Porn at the NSF?

For those of you who dont know, Chuck Grassley, ranking member of the Finance Committee on the Senate is doing an investigation into the National Science Foundation. Why? Well, because people have been spending time looking at porn instead of doing what they’re suppose to do (look through our grant proposals perhaps?)

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Chuck Grassley knows it when he sees it.

The “it,” of course, is pornography. And Grassley has seen it deep in a demurely titled section of a report from the National Science Foundation — a report that says NSF employees have been spending significant amounts of company time on smut sites and in other explicit pursuits….

In one particularly egregious case, the report says one NSF “senior official” was discovered to have spent as much as 20 percent of his working hours over a two-year interval “viewing sexually explicit images and engaging in sexually explicit online ‘chats’ with various women.”

Investigators calculated the value of the time lost at more than $58,000 — for that employee alone.

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I dont think this spells good news for people trying to get grants right now. Amongst my friends and I, we can already imagine the responses to grants.

Prof. So and So,

We are unable to fund your proposal because….it costs money to investigate people looking into porn at work.

Sincerely,

The NSF and the Senate

For more, here’s the link: Grassley launches porn inquiry into the NSF

9 Comments

  1. When we assume those leadership positions there will be senators saying, “50% of this senior NSF official’s time was spent on blogs! Think of the children.”

  2. What is really sad is the comments that have been posted about the article. This really doesnt help the image of science being important and we should spend money on it. Oye.

  3. Hmm… Government workers misusing government resources?

    Color me shocked.

  4. The best part is the dude setting up a webcam at work for video sex and then complaining to the IT department that it’s slow. That guy has guts.

    I don’t think “pr0n watching” is what Obama meant by a stimulus. (Thanks, I’ll be here all week! Don’t forget to tip your blogger!)

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  6. It’s pretty much the same story in the UK, anything slightly out of the ‘norm’ get’s next to no consideration.

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