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Since: 30.1.02
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Has anyone else gotten one of these? I finally opened mine after delaying a month or more and started to fill it out. It never occurred to me to NOT fill it out.-- But after page 4 I looked ahead at the other 19 pages (yes, there are 23 F'N pages!) and was appalled at the information they want me to provide!!

I started doing a little gooooogle detective work and found this blog that has steadily received comments for almost TWO YEARS on this topic. Some of the people posting are obviously paranoid, but some of them are like me: annoyed at the information the census bureau wants and not willing to spend what they estimate to be 40 minutes (frankly, I wouldn't be surprised to find out that it takes closer to 90 minutes....) giving it to 'em. I'm not ready to run throught the streets crying out "1984! 1984!! Run for your lives! Big Brother is HERE!!", but I'm not very happy to be imposed upon either.

I haven't found any documentation of someone actually being fined or prosecuted for non-response, but I don't want my family to be harrassed by these jackasses either. Any ideas?



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Wow....the Canadian cenus is two pages long: it just asks for the names of whomever lives there, who lives there on a part time basis, and...well, that's just about it.



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If the Census Police haven't chased you down yet, just file it away in a drawer. Probable worst case scenario is they either send you a letter or another form. In that case, just fill out the form, as it will be tucked away safely in a drawer.

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Now that I see the penalty, you might need to do it. Plus, the bastards have changed the fine for refusing or willfully neglecting to do it from not more than $100 to not more than $5000. $99.99 is easier to get away with ignoring than $4999.99. And, since you stated you have it, you would be willfully neglecting doing it.


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I was always under the impression that the Census was voluntary.
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This is a few days old, but I just found it: http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=2983 There is a link to a pdf file in the story, containing a memo detailing a list of advertisers that want to be balcked out of Air America programming.
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