From today’s New York Times story on $6.6 billion in federal earmarks that Congress is moving toward approving:
Senator [Ted] Stevens got $2 million for the University of Alaska to study “hibernation genomics.”
Martha A. Stewart, director of federal relations for the university, said scientists were studying the hibernation of Alaskan ground squirrels and black bears. If medics could induce a state of hibernation in humans, she said, they might be able to increase the survival chances of wounded troops being evacuated from the battlefield.
Wouldn’t it be better if she’d just said scientists want to study hibernation, and Stevens got the money?