Welfare for academic wasters

The annual trough-fest for academic wasters, loons, nut jobs and troughers has just been announced…and boy are there some whack jobs getting government coin.

Take the $300,000 awarded to Dr Moewaka-Barnes of Massey University to study the “Affect and identity in contemporary television drama”.

How about the $847,826 being paid to Dr Atkinson of the University of Auckland to study “Tongues, trees and Bayesian inference – towards a global language phylogeny”?  

Or $521,739 to Dr Abbenhuis at the University of Auckland to study something that has been extensively studied for nearly 100 years – “A global history of the Hague Peace Conferences, 1899 – 1914”?

And who can go past the $826,087 to Professor Brunton at Massey University to study “Untangling genes and culture: sex-based song traditions in New Zealand bellbirds”?

The list goes on and on and on for millions of dollars on useless shit.

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