An Answer to the Census Taker Cometh! Yes, I’m the Crazy Enumerator Running Around Like a Crazy Man

Doug over at Poinography, pointed me to a column that was posted today over at the “Hawaii Reporter”.

The article is entitled “The Census Taker Cometh! and it mentions a few things:

...Beware, the 2010 Census Taker (CT) , now happening in your neighborhood, albeit a year early. And something new has been added. The CT is armed with a GPS unit to log the GPS coordinates for your front door. Why? This has all the earmarks of the USDA wanting to tag every animal in America with an RFID chip. What’s next? RFID chips for people? It sounds even more like gun registration, or Obama’s desire, under a National Health Care System, to put your medical records on the Internet. To the government, you are just a numbered idiot…

And one other thing. To let a real live census taker on your property is an invitation for them to collect huge volumes of data about you and your property, including your GPS coordinates. Why does the Federal Government need your GPS coordinates anyway? They already have your address…

I don’t have the direct answer to his question above other then the fact that many people don’t have physical addresses and locating them for the census is important because each person represents tax dollars coming into the state.

The people without physical addresses are often those that use the most public resources such as public assistance.

Right now, the census enumerators are only locating places that people later on can collect the data of how many people are in each living space.  If the government doesn’t have a way to find these people… then they will have no way to collect the information.

Quite simply put… not all people in Hawaii receive mail.

And for what it’s worth… all information given to the Census is held confidential for 72 years before being released to the public.

This is a picture of the Hand Held device I carry around with a GPS in it.

This is a picture of the Hand Held device I carry around with a GPS in it.

It’s really weird that this issue is now coming up.  Just yesterday, I asked Andrew Cooper a few questions about my GPS that I was carrying with me while I was doing the census work:

I called it “Another Stupid Damon Question”

I’m working with a hand held GPS device for the Census stuff.

On occasion I will be stationary and the (YAH) “You Are Here” indicator will start to move.

Does that mean the Satellite above me is moving?  Mind you I’m stationary and the GPS shows that I’m moving anywhere from 10 – 100 feet at a time…

At first I thought I had a malfunctioning GPS.  Then I tried other enumerators GPS’s and the same thing happened.

Could they be calibrated to a mainland city that sits at a different latitude/longitude?

I have no idea why this is happening.

Hope this isn’t a stupid question.

I just had the feeling that asking a Keck Engineer that worked with telescopes would have an excellent answer for me… and of course he had the answer I was looking for:

…The actual latitude and longitude fix should be stable once you have sat at a point for a while. Some GPS units also try to estimate a course and speed, useful when in a car or aircraft, but sometimes less than reliable when standing still or moving very slow. They do this by taking the difference between each location fix, if those fixes are close together or the difference is near zero I have seen the math get a bit wacky and give an odd result.

So I took his word for it and told him I’d tinker with some things today. He then mentioned:

A GPS unit is two processors. The first is the purpose built GPS receiver that takes the radio signals and calculates position. This is a chipset with a fixed set of functions made by a silicon chip manufacturer. The info supplied by this chipset is location, time and satellite signal info. Some chipsets include a course and speed estimate that is calculated by averaging the difference between successive fixes. But this is a local calculation and can only be considered an estimate, one that you can fool by stopping, starting and suddenly changing direction. It takes a few moments of moving in straight line before it figures out what you did…

So being the idiot that I am… I wanted to try my best and fool this GPS into thinking I was somewhere I wasn’t. I found a dead end street and I got out of my car.

I jigged left… I jigged right… went forward… went backwards… and sure enough… the GPS was getting fooled into thinking I was in a spot where I had never been.

This was pretty cool watching the little YAH (You Are Here) indicator trace around the screen trying to find me. I felt like I was playing tag with a satellite up in the sky.

Only after a few minutes did I notice someone watching me at the entrance of that dead end doing my little GPS dance with the satellite. Of course the guy came towards me and asked me what I was doing… I had to laugh and just told him that I was trying to get my GPS to work.

I showed him my Badge and Bag and he went on his way. I’m sure he was having a good laugh at this little dance I was doing with my GPS at the end of this culdesac.

Mr. Cooper… I’m blaming you for using the GPS for having fun on company time if I get in trouble for this little two-step!

4 Responses

  1. Oh,Damon. You know the Census Bureau is following YOU on your rounds and reporting where you are at all times with your little GPS. So, be careful where you take it.

    Our Census taker came by today and did what you are doing.

    Does this training qualify you to be a FEDEX driver or USPS letter carrier?

  2. Does the mysterious device referred to by @notscarenews go by the acronym ‘TV’?

  3. Damon, you seldom ask stupid questions, that one is actually rather interesting. Glad to hear you had fun seeing how the technology worked.

  4. I have to make it public. It’s suppose to be secret, however most people in Austin, Tx knows about it. The police department has machine that can read your mind. A machine that can read someone’s mind will be used to violate EVERYONE’S CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS!!! It can also change the way you feel. Sexual impulses, anger, and paranoia are all feelings they can induce to you at their fingertips. This means it can cause a girl or boy to feel sexual, and get raped thinking they wanted to. Its like a drug. This is just one of the many crimes they commit with this machine RIGHT NOW!!!! They are using it right now to spy on their citizens RIGHT NOW!!! People will be spied on in there homes, without a warrant. (this means someone will be able to watch you during sex without your knowledge.) There are a lot of people all over the United States knowing about this machine. The police department is able to use it to spy on people in their own home. During interrogation they keep a person dazed, confused and not sound of mind to cohersed them into making certain statements. This is a violation of these people’s constitutional rights. Start thinking about how the government has given the police department a weapon to commit not only one of the biggest civil and constitutional rights violations of all time, but to commit war crimes such as rape, brainwashing, and toturing people without the victim’s knowledge. I know it is hard to believe, however if you happen to know someone in the police department who cares for you enough, just ask if they have a machine that can read and control people’s mind. After that, I would also like people to think about how we are able to get the government to stop letting the police department violate the people’s civil and constitutional rights, and committing war crimes against there own citizens. Major media companies have knowledge of this, but are not willing to broadcast it. People need to find out and talk about this issue.

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