infowars.com stirred the pot: “A solicitation which appears on the FedBizOpps website asks for 16,000 rounds of .40 S&W jacketed hollow point (JHP) bullets, noted for their strength, to be delivered to locations in Ellsworth, Maine, and New Bedford, Mass. A further 6,000 rounds of S&W JHP will be sent to Wall, New Jersey, with another 24,000 rounds of the same bullets heading to the weather station in St. Petersburg, Florida.” An unorthodox, low caliber cloud-seeding experiment, part of a desperate attempt to end the drought that’s been parching so much of the country this summer? Militarization of the Weather Serice? Nope. washingtontimes.com reports it was all a simple mistake . . .
“Due to a clerical error in the federal business vendor process, a solicitation for ammunition and targets for the NOAA Fisheries Office of Law Enforcement mistakenly identified NOAA’s National Weather Service as the requesting office,” said Scott Smullen, deputy director of NOAA Communications & External Affairs. “The error is being fixed and will soon appear correctly in the electronic federal bidding system.
“The ammunition is standard issue for many law enforcement agencies, and it will be used by 63 NOAA enforcement personnel in their firearms qualifications and training,” Mr. Smullen said.
Tin hats off lads. But don’t get to thinking that the NOAA are above suspicion when it comes to spending your tax dollars wisely.
In May, NOAA withdrew a $5,000 purchase solicitation for a magician to show up at “the Magic of Change,” a two-day training conference for agency personnel. Organizers had originally wanted someone who could transform “magic and [principles] of the psychology of magic, magic tools, techniques, and experiences into a method of teaching leadership,” according to a lengthy contractor solicitation. It took only four minor mentions in the press before the ad was yanked.
Well, I guess they know how to make $5k disappear.