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$760,000 in Obama Stimulus to Visual Dance Program Produces 2.06 Jobs

Original post made by StopTheMadness, Amador Estates, on Sep 20, 2011

But don't worry, Obama's new Stimulus push for an additional $447 billion will be different! (not)

Our hard earned money is just dancing away with the leftist Obama Administration. (Yes, I know this particular fund amount was also approved by Bush...and I fault him somewhat but Obama is capitalizing on flawed and fraudulent Keynesian economics. It was his leftist friends who determined where the funds should be spent.)

According to, the website that tracks the money spent under the Recovery Act, The University Of North Carolina is receiving a $762,372 grant for it’s ‘Dance.Draw’ project.

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According to, the website that tracks the money spent under the Recovery Act, The University Of North Carolina is receiving a $762,372 grant for it’s ‘Dance.Draw’ project.

The website grant summary explains the project, “The Dance.Draw system will enable dancers' motions, tracked via small RF transmitters worn in satin cuffs, to act as input streams that can be flexibly applied as control parameters for interactive visualizations. The system will log dancers' motions and will be able to composite video of the dancers with different visualizations, enabling post-hoc analysis of the choreography and exploration of prospective mappings between the motion and the projected media."

The "interactive visualizations" are shown in a Dance.Draw pilot video as a series of projected shapes that move along with the dancers.

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Posted by Craig
a resident of California Somerset
on Sep 20, 2011 at 3:22 pm

Jimfol fails to see how the stimulus money might contribute a great deal to our understanding of human kinesics. Jimfol fails to see quite a lot. Angry old man who can't seem to keep a single thought straight in his head; always reveals himself, despite posting under different names, because of his distinctive inability to remove intrusive symbolism from his postings. What a guy.

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Posted by Mike
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Sep 20, 2011 at 3:55 pm

I'm encouraged that groups continue to draw attention to spending at the federal level. While the stories of thousand-dollar hammers and door knobs, and 100%-cost overruns totaling millions if not billions of dollars boggle the mind, not all money spent by the government is wasted. I point to funding in basic research as an example. Basic research is done with general as opposed to specific goals. The results of such research are published and filed. Yet these results provide keys to other researchers working on other projects, the kind of keys that become critical links to breakthroughs worth billions in returns, not only financial, but also in terms of saved lives and improved quality of life for uncountable numbers of people.

We should also keep in mind that no administration escapes the charge of wasteful spending, the Obama administration being only the most recent in a long line. Sometimes, however, waste is defined as money spent on someone else's program rather than mine.


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Posted by Rick
a resident of Del Prado
on Sep 20, 2011 at 5:49 pm


The so-called stimulus plan was supposed to create jobs. This particular expenditure reportedly created two jobs. Please explain how this is beneficial to the US economy.

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Posted by Craig
a resident of California Somerset
on Sep 20, 2011 at 6:09 pm

Think big picture, Rick. Some part of stimulus might create jobs from the get-go, others might take a while. Some that may appear to create jobs, short- or long-term, might not pan out. This happens in private industry all the time, by the way. It remains to be seen whether the investment in dancers' motions proves to be highly valuable to society or not so much. I'd rather my tax money go toward this type of project rather than putting more people onto arms assembly lines or border patrol agents situated along the border in SUVs staring at dirt. Lastly, I seemed to miss that part about stimulus money being used solely to create jobs. Probably convenient for you to think such and say such, even though it isn't true.

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Posted by Black Hole
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 21, 2011 at 10:47 pm

Craig, you are so right, stimulus was not to 'just solely create jobs".... after 2 1/2 years of a nightmare with 12 % UNemployment in
CA, we can first hand verify, it was NOT to provide jobs...tragically ! !,,,,Billions down a very black hole !.

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Posted by Leland
a resident of Ruby Hill
on Sep 21, 2011 at 11:04 pm

I'm not quite a billionaire yet, but my Daddy's hundreds of millions in inheritance has got me off to a good start. This past 5-6 years -- it started well before Obama, you know -- has been very good for me. When I hit a billion, I intend to do what a good billionaire does: continue to protect my assets in off-shore accounts, and continue hiring foreign labor on the cheap. Now, if California were to reduce minimum wage down to $2.00 an hour, I'd be happy to bring my money back. Til then, see ya later, suckers! Have fun blaming Obama!

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