In light of current concerns and conspiracies regarding the 2010 Census in the United States, I thought it might be appropriate to give a Survival
Guide on how to take the Census and live to tell the tale.
There are already mounting concerns about the violation of privacy that the 2010 Census represents.
Some Say Census is Getting Too Personal
is one good ATS thread which addresses this
Another concern is that there are penalties that will be enacted for failure to answer these questions that violate one's privacy in the 2010 Census.
The Census Questions and Penalties For Not Answering Them
is another ATS thread that
addresses this subject. The penalty for not completing the Census in full is $5,000.00 which is a severe enough to not take it seriously.
My answer to resolving both of these concerns are as follows:
1.) Comply with answering the entirety of the Census but do so with the following rules.
2.) Familiarize yourself with the Census questions so that you will be prepared ahead of time, knowing what will be asked and how best to answer them
without surrendering your Privacy. You can find the currently proposed 2010 Census at
3.) Use "Other" as often as you feel necessary. There is no penalty for using the categorization of "Other" even if you fulfill one of the other
4.) For any dollar amounts, such as Household Income, put the amount in a different currency (i.e., Euros, Yen, Rubles, or Silver Ounces). Let them
figure out the Conversion to American Dollars.
5.) Provide more information to the Census Taker than can fit in a box. When asked what languages are spoken in your home, tell them "Klingon, Elven,
Jawa, Goblin" etc. and watch them try to fit that into that tiny little box provided. When asked what religion you are, tell them "Neo-Platonic,
Kemetic Orthodox, Kabbalistic, Hermetic, Pythagorean Theurgist with Zoroastrian and Chaldean leanings." No Census Taker is going to know what the
heck you are talking about, let alone how to write that down, yet you provided the information that was asked of you.
6.) Never underestimate the power of N/A. Non-Applicable is a satisfactorily legal response to any question on any Federal form. Use it whenever you
don't want to respond with private information.
7.) For any distance amounts, such as distance traveled to and from work, use a different scale of distance (i.e., kilometers instead of miles, or
leagues, or Astronomical Units). Just because the Census Taker doesn't know the Metric System isn't your fault!
8.) Use a different dating system than the Gregorian Calendar. I have always used Thelemic Calendar Notation on written checks, IRS 1040 Forms, Court
Documents, etc, and never once had anyone say a single word to me about it. Use Julian Dates, or the Islamic, Hebrew or Persian Calendars. There is no
law that states that you have to use or be familiar with the Gregorian Calendar.
9.) Randomize your responses to ensure Statistical Privacy. Failure to complete the Census may be punishable by a Fine, but I haven't seen anything
that says that you can be punished for providing knowingly false or random responses.
10.) For your phone number, provide your Skype User Name or the IP Address of your VoIP device/application. If you have Skype or VoIP, and this is a
valid way to contact you, then you cannot be penalized even though it doesn't fit the 10 digit field that is provided on the form. There is no law
that states Americans must have a 10-digit phone number through the TelCos.
It is your Constitutional Duty to take part in the Census. However, it is also your Constitutional Right to Privacy and Free Speech. It is possible to
have the best of both worlds with a little creativity.