Rant and warning - census worker mean to my dogs

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  1. mistylady

    mistylady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Last evening I had a very rude visitor. An unknown car was sitting in the driveway around 6:30. Now our driveway is not one of those cute little things that you can just motor right up. Its a decent length of the main road and has a few "No trespassing" and "Private property" signs that you can not miss on it. Its meant to keep people out of here that are not friends .... like salespeople and such. So seeing a vehicle at all is odd but that late is really strange. I see a female back walking towards her car and I went down stairs to see if she if it was a friend of ours lady in a car that I just didn't recognize. By the time I got down the inside stairs and opened the door there she was back at the door. She said she was from the census and is verifying addresses. She had no id on that was visable. I told her to talk to my husband. I shut the door and went back upstairs. I looked out the window and there she was taunting our kenneled dogs. After all they couldn't get to her. So why not be mean to two big dogs since you know you can't get bitten. I went back down to open the door to yell to her to leave the dogs alone but she had already pulled away. And to think ... we the taxpayers are footing her paycheck. I'm still ticked.

    And a warning: they plan to walk your property mapping. Watch your animals.

    Census Bureau Adopts GPS to Find American Homes
    by Dan Charles
    All Things Considered, July 31, 2006 · Two-and-a-half years from now, in early 2009, the Census Bureau plans to send an army of 100,000 temporary workers down every street and dusty, dirt road in America. They will be armed with handheld GPS devices.
    Robert LaMacchia, head of the Census Bureau's geography division, says they'll capture the latitude and longitude of the front door of every house, apartment and improvised shelter they find.
    "We will actually knock on doors and look for hidden housing units," he says. "We will find converted garages; from the outside, it may not look like anybody lives there."
    But census workers will add each dwelling, legal or not, to the Census Bureau's Master Address File.
    Recent proposed budget cuts have put part of this plan in jeopardy. But if Congress restores the money, the census will end up with the geographic coordinates — accurate to within 10 feet — for about 110 million residences.
    But the Census Bureau can't, by law, share that list with anyone, even local governments. LaMacchia says the information has to be treated as confidential. Otherwise, people might lie, and the census wouldn't be accurate.
    "People would not tell us about hidden housing units," LaMacchia says. "People would not respond to the questionnaire if they believed that that information would be turned over to law enforcement or code enforcement and become public information."
    Mapping Might Save Lives
    Shoreh Elhami, director of Geographic Information Systems in Delaware County, Ohio, says this sort of information can save lives.
    "Having a geographic dataset that is accurate, comprehensive and current is priceless," Elhami says.
    Her passion and devotion have made Delaware County, a fast-growing area just north of Columbus, one of the most meticulously mapped areas of the country.
    At her computer, with a few clicks of the mouse, Elhami can pull up a complex, multi-layered picture of Delaware County. Standard commercial software lets her highlight sewer lines, flood plains or real estate tracts. She can pick any address and retrieve pictures of that building from overhead and from the street, along with information about its owner.
    The map can answer questions you never expected to ask, she says. Last year, a big storm came through. A reservoir on the Olentangy River, just upstream from the town, was in danger of overflowing, and authorities thought they might have to release water through the dam.
    Nobody knew how many people in the town of Delaware might be flooded out of their homes. Elhami rushed to her electronic map. She added a new layer to the picture — an image she'd received from the Army Corps of Engineers showing low-lying areas that would end up under water.
    The image showed the outline of the "inundation zone," and within it, lines and clusters of little red dots. Each of those dots was a house that lay within the potential flood zone.
    "The software allows you to do a count of every one of those residences and produce a file of those addresses," she says.
    Elhami delivered that file to emergency managers, and they quickly called the people at each address. Fortunately, the storms subsided, and no flood came.
    Every address in the county is in a database, complete with geographic coordinates so it will show up accurately on a map.
    Assembling that data is a time-consuming effort. On one recent summer morning, Caleb Gutshall and Sheri Feasel trudged down North Winter Street, in Delaware, checking each address on this commercial strip and making sure that the county's list of occupants was accurate. They also take pictures of any new buildings. One door was unnumbered and locked. Gutshall peered in the window, but learned nothing. "It doesn't look like anybody's in there," he said.
    Now the Census Bureau is planning to undertake much the same kind of effort, on a massive scale, covering the entire country. Elhami says that the Master Address File could be a priceless resource for many counties that don't have the resources to collect that information on their own.
    Private Companies Push for Data
    Pressure is growing to change the law and make this information available. Demand for geographic data is booming.
    Private companies would love to get their hands on the Census Bureau's data. Web sites like Mapquest.com or maps.google.com, usually show addresses within the correct city block, but they will point to the correct house less than half the time.
    Don Cooke, an executive from the mapping company TeleAtlas, says the Census Bureau's database would immediately solve that problem, and he'd like to use it.
    "The laws basically say the intellectual property that's generated by the government belongs to us citizens, so I'd like to get it," he says. "Because I don't want to spend the money to go out and compile it!"
    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5590541
     
  2. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Fabulous [​IMG]
     
  3. Mojo Chick'n

    Mojo Chick'n Empress of Chickenville

    That blows.

    all I could think of, however, was...

    "You all from the bank?"
    "No young feller, we aint from the bank"
    "Papa said I wuz to shoot anyone from the bank servin' papers"
    "Well, we aint from the bank"
    "I nicked the census man the other day"
    "There's a good boy, now is your daddy ta home?"

    meri
     
  4. Whispering Winds

    Whispering Winds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:I just read somewhere that they have had more applications for census takers than ever before because of the economy. The guy in charge said people have swallowed their pride and applied. I am a realtor and one of my clients who transferred to Illinois from Ga. told me he was called for an interview the week he was hired here in Illinois with the census bureau in Atlanta, and it was a $90,000 a year salary. GPS sure make sense, those tom-tom's are amazing.
     
  5. TheOLDNewChick

    TheOLDNewChick I'm an original

    Jun 12, 2007
    Tioga, Louisiana
    I'm tempted to house a small family in a foxhole now.
     
  6. LOVELY
     
  7. mistylady

    mistylady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've tethered a big goat with horns where he can block people from the doorway and getting anywhere near the house. I did put up a warning sign about him - he butts - it hurts. But hey, I need the grass trimmed in that area. [​IMG]
     
  8. mistylady

    mistylady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I talked to the UPS lady (she came up while I was in the yard) and told her what happened. She was shocked that anyone would be mean to dogs especially my lovejunkies.

    And the goat is 100% happy eating grass and has even made friends with the dogs! Something good!
     
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  9. rhondapiper

    rhondapiper Chillin' With My Peeps

    I had some little twerp who was sticking pizza delivery ads on everyone's door taunt my dog- when I went out to tell him to scram, he called me all sorts of names. So I called the cops. Luckily, I've now moved so far from civilization that I've never gotten a flier on this door.

    Last census, I ignored the form that came in the mail and then got harassed forever by a census taker until I finally sat down and answered a longer form than I would have had to answer if I had just responded to the one that came by mail. The lady was nice, but she wanted to come inside my house and I refused and filled out the form from the porch. I don't let strangers in my house.

    Guess I'll be sure to send back my census right away this year.
     
  10. jnjross

    jnjross Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 3, 2008
    edwards, ms
    darn it's that time again, joy [​IMG]
     

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