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V.21 No.50 |

news

The Daily Word in 8-tracks, cigarette hats, condom-porn and poverty

In the news: Espanola, Mike Tyson, traffic will suck, Milton's Restaurant closed, stupid Facebook crap, 8-track museum, not allowed to shoot in L.A, Read, delicious sounding beer, all be gone, neat-sounding British movies, cigarette case hat, television coverage of mass shootings, blame for mass shootings, one out of two people in America are poor

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V.20 No.10 |

news

The Daily Word: Japan, Politics, Politics, Politics, Hitler, Politics, Boob Jobs, Politics

In the news: hyping, Japanese workers evacuate the troubled nuclear plant, radioactive snow, climate change is real, immigrant license bill, New census data, publicly declare, repealing, vote to defund NPR and PBS, raises taxes on Girl Scout Cookies, raises taxes for the working poor, 4-year-old to pursue an Ivy League education, say no to boob jobs, forced to cancel, walk off, never-before seen photos of Hitler, worlds greatest holes, Snoop, conspiracy to sell heroin, 14 years ago this week, Lean Cuisin, You can only choose one!, deposition, haggle, bringing back, Pete & Pete!, suicide attempt, R.I.P. Nate Dogg, another, Happy birthday Jerry Lewis!

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V.19 No.18 | 5/6/2010

Number Crunching

2010 Census: New Mexico Among the Worst States for Returning Forms

In biblical times, if the king told you to drop everything ride a donkey back to your hometown to be counted, you did it. But this year's 10-question survey received a more lukewarm response from New Mexican citizens. The Associated Press reports that New Mexico had the second lowest return rate for this year's census forms. Only 63 percent of New Mexicans mailed back their forms, narrowly beating out Alaska's 62 percent return rate to avoid worst-in-show honors.

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V.19 No.13 | 4/1/2010

News

Census Cartography

Google and the United States Census have teamed up to create an interactive Google Map of 2010 Census participation. You can check it out right here. From what I can tell, it’s intended to inspire some sort of competitive state spirit in the hopes that we’ll fill out our census forms quickly so we can seem more on the ball than freaking Oklahoma.

As a slogan, “Beat your Census 2000 mail-back rate!” lacks a certain zing. The other problem, of course, is people have obviously bought into the paranoia that the population census is some evil government plot. Fill it out and the information will be sent directly to Satan and Darth Vader, who will show up at your house and kill your pets. Right now, for example, 18 percent of New Mexicans have filled out their census forms. By this point in 2000, 65 percent of us had filled them out. Montana, by the way, is the current mail-back leader at 33 percent. At this rate, we should have the U.S. population counted by ... the 2020 Census, at least.

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V.19 No.4 | 1/28/2010

Today: Get a Job

Is the economy improving, or isn't it? Numbers and predictions are being thrown around like aimless pebbles, and millions of Americans are still without jobs. To remedy the situation, the U.S. Census Beureau is holding a job fair at the John Marshall Center (1500 Walter SE) today from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. A variety of full- and part-time positions promise to be available to hundreds of thousands of people, boasting great pay and flexible scheduling. After all, those bills are doing a pretty crappy job of paying themselves. For more information, visit 2010censusjobs.gov or call 1-866-861-2010

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V.17 No.14 |

$48.68

Last week there was a story about census officials having trouble with the handleheld computers that they had planned to use in the 2010 census. What struck me was that there was a $600 million contract for the computers. I remember wondering: how can it cost that much to count people? $600 million is a lot of money. It sounds like a waste of money, to repay some contractor that funded someone's campaign, all in the name of flashy high-tech that probably doesn't work any better than pen and paper.

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Today's Events

Gov't Mule • Southern rock at Sunshine Theater

The Wonder of Learning Exhibit at New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science

22 Jump Street at UNM Student Union Building, Atrium (ground floor)

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