"a fish, a barrel, and a smoking gun"
for 11 June 1999. Updated every WEEKDAY.

With a nearly 300 percent cost increase and a benchmark lawsuit under its belt, the 2000 US Census is infuriating people even before it starts miscounting them. With its tedious "sampling"-versus-"actual enumeration" debate, its 8-million-person math errors, its contentious battles over gerrymandering, and most of all, the suspicious fact that neither we nor anyone we've ever met has actually encountered a representative of the US Census Bureau, this might seem a topic of eyelid-tightening boredom. But we've looked over some of the recent news coverage of the upcoming national head count, and take our word for it, the US Census, like the average American, is not a pretty sight.


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