maoxian + government   228

U.S. Census director resigns amid turmoil over funding of 2020 count - The Washington Post
“They’re not accounting for inflation; they’re not accounting for the 30 million more Americans, for the fact that people don’t have hard [telephone] lines anymore. And you’re going to do the census for the same amount of money? That’s not possible.”
GOVERNMENT 
may 2017 by maoxian
USAFacts
USAFacts was inspired by a conversation Steve Ballmer had with his wife. She wanted him to get more involved in philanthropic work. He thought it made sense to first find out what government does with the money it raises. Where does the money come from and where is it spent? Whom does it serve? And most importantly, what are the outcomes?

GLAD HIS GOY WIFE PUSHED HIM TO DO THIS
Government  data 
april 2017 by maoxian
National Center for Public Policy Research
The National Center for Public Policy Research is a truly independent think tank, funded through hundreds of thousands
of small gifts rather than a handful of large ones.
Ninety-four percent of our revenue comes from 80,000+ individual supporters, 4.5% comes from philanthropic
foundations, and just 1.5% comes from companies and corporations.
No contributor – whether an individual, corporation, or foundation – accounts for more than 1% of our
total revenue
GOVERNMENT 
january 2017 by maoxian
About the National Center for Public Policy Research - A Conservative Think Tank
we started The National Center to provide the conservative movement
with

WHO FUNDS THIS?
GOVERNMENT 
january 2017 by maoxian
Eligible Food Items | Food and Nutrition Service
“Junk Food” & Luxury Items

The Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 (the Act) defines eligible food as any food or food product for home consumption and also includes seeds and plants which produce food for consumption by SNAP households. The Act precludes the following items from being purchased with SNAP benefits:  alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, hot food and any food sold for on-premises consumption. Nonfood items such as pet foods, soaps, paper products, medicines and vitamins, household supplies, grooming items, and cosmetics, also are ineligible for purchase with SNAP benefits.   

Soft drinks, candy, cookies, snack crackers, and ice cream are food items and are therefore eligible items
Seafood, steak, and bakery cakes are also food items and are therefore eligible items
Since the current definition of food is a specific part of the Act, any change to this definition would require action by a member of Congress. Several times in the history of SNAP, Congress had considered placing limits on the types of food that could be purchased with program benefits. However, they concluded that designating foods as luxury or non-nutritious would be administratively costly and burdensome.

CRAZY!
FOOD  HEALTH  GOVERNMENT 
january 2017 by maoxian
Questionnaire Archive
WE FILLED OURS OUT AWHILE BACK
Government 
june 2016 by maoxian
Basic Income - Y Combinator Posthaven
We’d like to fund a study on basic income—i.e., giving people enough money to live on with no strings attached.  I’ve been intrigued by the idea for a while, and although there’s been a lot of discussion, there’s fairly little data about how it would work.

DOESN'T WORK LOL
Government 
january 2016 by maoxian
Reason’s Bizarre Portrayal of Flint’s Water Crisis — Medium
I understand why Reason wanted to go with the narrative that it did. The players in charge at the state level in this story were so criminally indifferent to their duty to ensure public safety that there is no way to defend them at this point. So it is easier to cast them as wanting to create a “stimulus project” for Flint, because then the governor isn’t worth defending as a conservative leader.
Government 
january 2016 by maoxian
Malheur Wildlife Refuge HQ
ON HIGH GROUND? CHILDERS HAY RANCH LOOKS NEAT FROM THE AIR
Government 
january 2016 by maoxian
Large Group Of Armed Militia Members Take Over Federal Building | ThinkProgress
protest the conviction of two local ranchers for arson on federal land.

LAND DISPUTE LIKE IN THE MOTHERLAND
Government 
january 2016 by maoxian
The Lobbyist With a Six-Figure Government Job - The New York Times
"While earning more than $100,000 a year as executive director of a tiny federal agency called the Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad, which has only one full-time federal employee, Mr. Farrow has simultaneously helped collect as much as $750,000 a year in lobbying fees. "

THE DONALD WILL CLEAN THIS UP :)
Government 
september 2015 by maoxian
Learn what documents you need to get a Social Security Card
If you need to change your name on your Social Security card, you must show us a recently issued document as proof of your legal name change. Documents Social Security may accept to prove a legal name change include:

Marriage document;
Divorce decree;
Certificate of Naturalization showing the new name; or
Court order approving the name change.
Government 
august 2015 by maoxian
How do I change or correct my name on my Social Security number card?
To get a corrected Social Security card, you will need to:

Show the required documents. You will need proof of your identity. Sometimes you also may need to prove your current U.S. citizenship or lawful noncitizen status. See Learn What Documents You Need for more information. Under the heading, “Type of Card,” select “Corrected” for a list of the documents you need;
Fill out and print an Application for a Social Security Card; and
Take or mail your application and documents to your local Social Security office.
Government 
august 2015 by maoxian
Questionnaire for National Security Positions
MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS, MONEY PROBLEMS, KINKY SEX QUESTIONS CONFINED TO INTERVIEWS WHICH ARE NOTED ELSEWHERE ... HUGE SECTION ON RELATIVES, JUST IMAGINE THE LINKS THAT ARE EXPLOITABLE
Government 
june 2015 by maoxian
Standard Forms
Imagine if the information you put on your SF 86 (National Security Positions) fell into the wrong hands ...
Government 
june 2015 by maoxian
fin02-07
Office of Personnel Management (OPM) background investigations are released to designated employees of agencies in the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of the federal government for use in granting security clearances or making determinations regarding qualifications, suitability, or loyalty to the United States. Non-National Foreign Intelligence Board (non-NFIB) agencies adjudicate OPM background investigations and grant Top Secret clearances prior to requesting eligibility for access to Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). The CIA has requested that OPM's Investigations Service (IS) permit the release of OPM background investigations to the CIA by non-NFIB agencies with their SCI access requests.

HOW DEEP WOULD YOUR COVER HAVE TO BE TO AVOID BEING COMPROMISED BY THIS HACK? (asking for friend)
Government 
june 2015 by maoxian
analytics.usa.gov | The US government's web traffic.
Where's My Refund? - It's Quick, Easy and Secure.

NUMBER ONE HIT, PREDICTABLE
Government  internet 
march 2015 by maoxian
Berggruen Institute on Governance | Nicolas Berggruen
Mr. Berggruen was born in Paris, where he studied at l’Ecole Alsacienne before attending Le Rosey in Switzerland. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Finance and International Business from New York University in 1981. Prior to Berggruen Holdings, he worked for Bass Brothers Enterprises on the real estate side of this family-held investment firm, as well as for Jacobson and Co., Inc., a leveraged buyout company. In 1988, Mr. Berggruen co-founded the Alpha Group, a hedge fund operation, which was sold to Safra Bank in 2004. He is a member of the WPO-Angeleno; a board member of Promotora De Informaciones, S.A. (Prisa) and Le Monde.
Government  HEDGEFUNDS 
january 2015 by maoxian
Why the internet of things could destroy the welfare state | Technology | The Observer
"we know everyone who breaks the law, we know when you're doing it. We have GPS in your car, so we know what you're doing. By the way, we don't supply that data to anyone."

TL;DR
politics  surveillance  government 
july 2014 by maoxian
You'll Never Guess Where This FBI Agent Left a Secret Interrogation Manual | Mother Jones
"The 70-plus-page manual ended up in the Library of Congress" ... ANYONE MADE A SCAN OF IT YET?
Government 
december 2013 by maoxian
Blog: IRS terminates audit of Bill Elliott
HARDER TO PERSECUTE THE LITTLE GUY IN THE DIGITAL AGE
Government 
december 2013 by maoxian
Capital gains: Spending on contracts and lobbying propels a wave of new wealth in D .C. - The Washington Post
"So much money to be had if you know where to look. The avalanche of cash that made Washington rich in the last decade has transformed the culture of a once staid capital and created a new wave of well-heeled insiders." .. MORE PROOF THAT THE WEST IS TURNING CHINESE, NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND
Government  corruption 
november 2013 by maoxian
Silicon Valley Nerds Seek Revenge on NSA Spies With Coding - Bloomberg
"The companies, burned by disclosures they’ve cooperated with U.S. surveillance programs, are protecting user e-mail and social-media posts with strengthened encryption that the U.S. government says won’t be easily broken until 2030." ... SPARE ME, THEY'RE STILL COLLABORATING ... BUT THE SURVEILLANCE / COUNTER-SURVEILLANCE BATTLE WILL GROW FOR SURE
Government  privacy 
november 2013 by maoxian
How McDonald's and Wal-Mart Became Welfare Queens - Bloomberg
"We should get corporate welfare queens off of the public teat." ... QUITE AN IMAGE, BARRY!
Government 
november 2013 by maoxian
Wal-Mart to Widows Will Feel U.S. Food Stamp Cuts - Bloomberg
"“I don’t bother them or worry them with adult issues or adult problems,” Crist, a 30-year-old self-employed babysitter in Lancaster, Ohio, southeast of Columbus, said in a telephone interview. “But if they ask me, ‘Well, why can’t we get this? We always get this,’ how am I going to explain that?”" ... YOU CAN EXPLAIN THAT YOU GOT KNOCKED UP TWICE BY A ROTTEN GUY AND YOU HAVE NO EDUCATION OR SKILLS

"Monthly enrollment for what’s officially called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program peaked last December at 47.8 million. It was 47.6 million in July, according to the most-recent data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That’s up from 28.2 million five years ago" ... IT AIN'T TRICKLING DOWN YET, BEN
Government 
november 2013 by maoxian
Census Bureau: Means-Tested Gov't Benefit Recipients Outnumber Full-Time Year-Round Workers | CNS News
"Among the 108,592,000 people who fit the Census Bureau’s description of a means-tested benefit recipient in the fourth quarter of 2011 were:

82,457,000 people in households receiving Medicaid,
49,073,000 beneficiaries of food stamps,
20,223,000 on Supplemental Security Income,
23,228,000 in the Women, Infants and Children program,
13,433,000 in public or subsidized rental housing, and
5,854,000 in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program.

Also among the 108,592,000 means-tested benefit recipients counted by the Census Bureau were people getting free or reduced-price lunch or breakfast, state-administered supplemental security income and means-tested veterans pensions." ... EXPECT ALL THIS STUFF TO GET CUT TO THE BONE IN COMING YEARS

MEDICARE, SOCIAL SECURITY NOT MEANS-TESTED BUT SHOULD BE ... MY MILLIONAIRE OLD RELATIONS ALL GET THIS STUFF
Government 
october 2013 by maoxian
Reagan Revolution Misses Tax Fiefdoms Flourishing in U.S. - Bloomberg
"people frequently overlook a significant chunk represented by under-the-radar government -- quiet, sleepy, unaccountable" ... NOT TRUE IF YOU PAY 25K IN PROPERTY TAXES A YEAR
GOVERNMENT 
october 2013 by maoxian
Entrepreneur Park Among Team Assembled to Fix Obamacare - Bloomberg
"Park, 40, is “incredibly energetic, incredibly precise and incredibly dedicated,” Bush said from his Watertown, Massachusetts, office. “If anybody can snatch this from the jaws of the bureaucracy, he can.”" ... LOL, NO WAY, THE BUREAUCRATS WILL BURY THIS KID
Government 
october 2013 by maoxian
ASPE
Health Insurance Marketplace Premiums for 2014 Databook
health  Government 
september 2013 by maoxian
U.S. Sues S&P Over Ratings - WSJ.com
The Justice Department sued Standard & Poor's Ratings Services late Monday, alleging the firm ignored its own standards to rate mortgage bonds that imploded in the financial crisis and cost investors billions.
BANKS  BONDS  GOVERNMENT 
july 2013 by maoxian
washingtonpost.com: Viva Italian Comfort Food!
In 1950, when Edward Marrocco opened the original Marrocco's, it was on Pennsylvania Avenue in the heart of Foggy Bottom, a regular hangout for both George Washington University students and pre-platinum card era feds. Marrocco's has been on 20th Street NW for 15 years now, and the clientele is a little more heavily weighted toward business types -- "you're uptown, you gotta upgrade some," as he puts it -- but the restaurant's style is pretty much the same, with homemade pastas and pizza, a nice-but-not-formal burgundy-accented dining room upstairs and an outdoor patio. ... THAT'S WHERE BIG PAUL LIKED TO EAT IN THE OLD DAYS
Restaurants  Government 
june 2013 by maoxian
Susan Rice - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Rice was born in Washington, D.C.,[5] to Emmett J. Rice (1919–2011), Cornell University economics professor and the second black governor of the Federal Reserve System;[5] and education policy scholar Lois (née Dickson) Fitt, currently at the Brookings Institution.[6] Her maternal grandparents were Jamaican.[7] Her parents divorced during her youth. Rice attended Stanford University, where she received a Truman Scholarship, and graduated with a BA in history in 1986. She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.[9][10]
Awarded a Rhodes Scholarship, Rice attended New College, Oxford, where she earned a MPhil in 1988 and DPhil in 1990. ... CAN SEE A LOT OF JAMAICAN IN HER ... DAD ALSO A LIGHT-SKINNED BLACK
people  Government 
june 2013 by maoxian
Statement by the President’s Working Group on Financial Markets 10/6/2008
NOT SCRUBBED, THEY JUST CHANGED THE URL, PUT AWAY YOUR TINFOIL HAT
markets  Government 
may 2013 by maoxian
Data and Statistics | Food and Nutrition Service
FOOD STAMPS, EXCEL, NUMBERS NOT IN HTML

Dec 2012 HOUSEHOLDS: 23,064,554 PERSONS: 47,791,996

SO 48MM PEOPLE (15% OF POPULATION) ON FOOD STAMPS NOW
government  statistics 
march 2013 by maoxian
Unfit for Work: The startling rise of disability in America | Planet Money
"The number of Americans on disability has skyrocketed in the last three decades, and the Social Security Administration says the reserves in the disability insurance program are on track to run out in 2016:" ... 95% OF CASES ARE FRAUD, IT'S THE NEW WELFARE
Government  politics  money 
march 2013 by maoxian
Lei Feng Movie Debuts in Nanjing, Zero Tickets Sold – chinaSMACK
An employee of the movie theater said, “We too are very surprised. Normally, a movie, no matter what it is, will still manage to sell at least some tickets.” ... CHUCKLING
china  movies  Government 
march 2013 by maoxian
Webb posts PECS
BE NICE IF HE CONVERTED THE PDF TO HTML
Hongkong  corruption  government 
march 2013 by maoxian
Print - Do We Really Want to Live Without the Post Office? - Esquire
I'VE LIVED WITHOUT THE POST OFFICE FOR OVER A DECADE (but i'm also a fdx shareholder)
Government 
february 2013 by maoxian
SNAP Annual Persons Partipating - Average
TOTAL 28,222,630 33,489,975 40,301,878 44,708,726 46,609,072 ... THERE IT IS
BLS  STATS  GOVERNMENT 
february 2013 by maoxian
F.B.I. Inquiry Into E-Mails Raises Questions on Motives - NYTimes.com
YEAH, IS MY BUDDY AT THE FBI GOING TO DO ME A FAVOR AND OPEN A CASE ON EVERY CRAZY OLD GIRLFRIEND WHO EMAILS A MUTUAL ACQUAINTANCE?
privacy  crime  Government 
november 2012 by maoxian
The CIA Burglar Who Went Rogue
“What we really exist for is stealing secrets.” ... STORIES FROM A DISGRUNTLED EX EMPLOYEE
Government 
october 2012 by maoxian
Overrun by Crime, Camden Trades In Its Police Force
"generous union contracts have made it financially impossible to keep enough officers on the street" ... NO MONEY IN CAMDEN TO START ... "a new law prohibiting communities from raising property taxes more than 2 percent a year." ... OOOPH, TERRIBLE ... "Camden’s budget was $167 million last year, and of that, the budget for the police was $55 million. Yet the city collected only $21 million in property taxes." ... WELL, THERE'S YER PROBLEM ... "liberal sick time and family-leave policies have created an unusually high absentee rate: every day, nearly 30 percent of the force does not show up" .. IS THAT ALL? ... "“More officers could change the complexion of this neighborhood.”" ... NO PUN INTENDED
crime  government 
september 2012 by maoxian
Federal Voting Assistance Program - Home - To Vote Absentee, Start By Telling Us Who You Are
For United States citizens who are living outside the U.S. for work, school or other reasons.
government 
september 2012 by maoxian
FinSpy Software Is Tracking Political Dissidents
"The software has been identified as FinSpy, one of the more elusive spyware tools sold in the growing market of off-the-shelf computer surveillance technologies that give governments a sophisticated plug-in monitoring operation. Research now links it to servers in more than a dozen countries, including Turkmenistan, Brunei and Bahrain, although no government acknowledges using the software for surveillance purposes." ... WHERE'S THE COUNTER-SURVEILLANCE VERSION?
apps  privacy  law  Government  surveillance 
september 2012 by maoxian
8,733,461: Workers on Federal 'Disability' Exceed Population of New York City
I BELIEVE IT, IT'S THE MOST WIDESPREAD FORM OF FRAUD I'VE SEEN IN AMERICA
fraud  Government 
july 2012 by maoxian
Home Page | National Endowment for Democracy
"The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is a private, nonprofit foundation dedicated to the growth and strengthening of democratic institutions around the world. Each year, with funding from the US Congress, NED supports more than 1,000 projects of non-governmental groups abroad who are working for democratic goals in more than 90 countries." ... MENTIONED BY @NIUBI, NEVER HEARD OF IT? TAX DOLLARS AT WORK?
Government 
april 2012 by maoxian
Engineer tried to stop Challenger launch
"The 1986 explosion that destroyed the space shuttle Challenger and killed seven astronauts shocked the nation, but for one rocket engineer the tragedy became a personal burden and created a lifelong quest to challenge the bureaucratic ethics that had caused the tragedy." ... "Boisjoly was not the only engineer who attempted to stop the launch and suffered for blowing the whistle. Allan J. McDonald was Thiokol's program manager for the solid rocket booster and became the most important critic of the accident afterward. When he was pressed by NASA the night before the liftoff to sign a written recommendation approving the launch, he refused, and later argued late into the night for a launch cancellation. When McDonald later disclosed the secret debate to accident investigators, he was isolated and his career destroyed." ... CAN'T FIGHT THE MACHINE
Government 
february 2012 by maoxian
‘Super PAC’ Filings Show Power and Secrecy
"some checks came from sources obscured from public view, like a $250,000 contribution to a super PAC backing Mr. Romney from a company with a post office box for a headquarters and no known employees." ... HEY AT LEAST IT DIDN'T COME IN A CARDBOARD BOX ... DON'T BE NAIVE ABOUT THE EXTENT OF POLITICAL CORRUPTION IN THE N'UNITED STATES
Government  politics 
february 2012 by maoxian
U.S. Government Threatens Free Speech With Calls for Twitter Censorship
If the U.S. were to pressure Twitter to censor tweets by organizations it opposes, even those on the terrorist lists, it would join the ranks of countries like India, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Syria, Uzbekistan, all of which have censored online speech in the name of “national security.”
twitter  GOVERNMENT 
january 2012 by maoxian
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