Do Americans really believe in “ The Black Helicopters ”? Reflections of a Census 2000 Non-Response follow-up (NRFU) enumerator from the Colorado Front Range. Paul Sutton [email protected] Department of Geography University of Denver February, 2001 Association of American Geographers
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* the universe of households that had responded to the census and would not need a personal visit by an enumerator
Denver Rocky Mountain News (October 20, 2000)
Population of the city and county of Denver
Census Bureau: 499,775
Colorado Demographer 542,000
Denver Post (July 7, 2000)
‘………official estimates of Park County population vary from one agency of the government to the next. However, all estimates are probably underestimates because a large fraction of the homes and population live way out in the boonies at the end of long dirt roads.”
What the Census Bureau provided:
What we actually used:
We also used Jefferson
The high and mighty of both Jefferson County Government and the
The U.S. Census Bureau were committed to cooperation…
Needless to say, none of the enumerators really noticed.
We used Jeffco resources for identifying land owners with
The address wizard via the web; however, beyond that
interoperability issues interfered with most of the potential
Opportunities for interagency cooperation.
I sincerely hope that these interagency-interoperability issues are
Resolved by Census 2010. The potential benefits are enormous
and the rewards will be great.
Jefferson County’s GIS database and the human capital backing it up
Are state-of-the-art. Unfortunately, they missed that ‘Sesame Street’
Episode about “SHARING”.
The ‘Pandora’ enterprise GIS available at the via Jefferson County Web Page‘Taj Majal’ if you say ‘Mother may I’.The cadastral GIS layer used in these images is yours for a mere $20,000 (no joke)
Jefferson County Government
Building referred to by locals
As: ‘The Taj Majal’
These screen-shots of the ‘Pandora’ System
Showing speaker’s property e-mailed to author
Courtesy of recent department graduate who is
An employee of Jeffco IT department.
Because Data is not free.
Jefferson County demands $20,000 for their cadastral GIS data.
(BTW: they haven’t sold one copy as far as I know)
I wanted to compare the Census Bureau counts for
Jefferson County to the Cadastral data that Jefferson County
Assembled. My reasoning was that the vested interest nature
that property taxation engenders would ensure higher data
quality. The parcel data Jeffco has has a ‘# of housing units’
Attribute for every polygon. This could easily be compared at the
block, block group, or tract Level to the Census 2000 results and
shed some light on the Nature and magnitude of the errors
in the Census data. (Assuming Jefferson County has a better data set)
Stay tuned… I’m still working on this
What Are Black Helicopters?
Black Helicopters (BH) are not just helicopters with a black paint-job as you may have been told. They are, in fact, autonomous agents—lifeforms—created by New World Order agencies via nanobiotechnology. Their purpose is to spy on the activities of Americans in order to gather tactical information and discover "subversives" who are not bowing to the will of the Liberati's UN-backed Federal Government. Furthermore, when the NWO Invasion takes place in the not-to-distant future, they will round-up citizens for internment in concentration camps or carry out the elimination of the more vocally anti-Liberati.
The Reproductive Cycle Of Black Helicopters
Black Helicopters have a complex reproductive cycle with different phases. They start out as seed crystals that are injected in a biological host organism, typically cattle but occasionally humans, by either human technicians or other Black Helicopters. The seed crystal uses nanobiotechnology, a combination of robotics and genetics on a microscopic scale, to grow with material synthesized from the host's organs. After being injected into the head of a cattle, the seed crystal of a typical BH usually enters the blood stream where it travels to the intestines, along the way gathering various needed compounds from different systems. Once there, it quickly develops
into a Microscopic Black Helicopter (MBH).
From the following web site: http://www.zapatopi.net/blackhelicopters.html
Strangely enough, I did not encounter
anyone who was concerned about these
….the scariest error: next slide
BTW: many people on the street thanked me for
Working as a census enumerator
(I think they thought I was a volunteer)
1) use GIS to distance and network based hierarchically allocate enumeration tasks
2) Assess coverage by comparing census results with local cadastral data layers
3) Reduce undercount