In Rebecca Solnit's latest LRB piece on San Francisco's tensions around the tech boom there,
she makes an unsourced reference about "Google set[ting] itself up with the help of a $4.5 million dollar government subsidy". The LRB is very respectable but this claim seems a bit wobbly.
Perhaps my Google Google-fu is failing me but I can't find a reference or more detail for this claim online. All I get is very vague and untrustworthy CIA funding conspiracy theories on tinfoil hat crank sites. I can't find anything re: that $4.5m figure. Solnit likely may not mean the CIA at all but some other kind of government subsidy.
Can the MeFi hive mind help factcheck this claim? Are there reliable sources with more detail on this?
posted by zresearch
on Feb 13, 2014 -
I remember hearing about a restaurant with dishes named after city organizations. For example, the "department of sanitation sandwich" or the "FDNY sandwich." It is probably in NYC. It may have shut down. Can you help me find this restaurant?
posted by yaymukund
on Dec 7, 2013 -
On NPR today, I heard an explanation of why there are less safety requirements for cargo planes than for passenger planes: Every time the government (USA) wants to implement a new safety measure, they are required to run a cost/benefits analysis. Since an accident on a passenger plane can kill a whole bunch of people, while one on a cargo plane is likely to only kill the pilot and the copilot, it's more difficult to get a safety measure past the required threshold on the cost/benefits for a cargo plane than for a passenger plane. This to me implies that they must have put a dollar value on each human life; otherwise they couldn't compare cost in dollars versus benefit in lives saved. What is that price? [more inside]
posted by Flunkie
on Aug 16, 2013 -
My Google-fu sucks. Help me find a specific argument for government regulation of society that I came across in the past. [more inside]
posted by hamandcheese
on Jun 25, 2013 -
In order for any web site to charge one for services or goods, in this case services, what are they legally required to record and produce? I'm having a little trouble wording my exact question so maybe this will help.
The web site in question provides phone service for inmates in correctional facilities and in order for one to receive calls from a loved one in the correctional facility you have to set up an account and attach a phone number to it while loading money for the overpriced service... $5 for 15mins. The company charged me a fee of $5 every time I was to load money on the account which did not show the rate for a call per min and also charged me numerous unknown fees. I could not tell why or how much I was charged which was made worse by their not being a way to track credits and charges to the account. When I contacted customer support they also could not account for the charges and would not refund them, refused to refund my visa purchase, and claims to have no way of producing charges and credits to my account. Their customer service is no help and I'm not sure how to handle the situation.
posted by isopropyl
on Jun 9, 2013 -
My state, like many, has referendum on our ballot requesting permission to borrow money. Where does the money come from? [more inside]
posted by Librarygeek
on Oct 28, 2012 -
Got a Government research contract - now everybody needs to start tracking their time with some kind of DCAA compliant time card system. We're a small 10 person start-up and there's a bewildering range of people and companies offering time tracking solutions. So I'm seeking the hive mind's experience. Should I just use a paper time-cards? If so, where can I find a good template or sample? Should I go with a software or web-based solution? We only have one contract and it encompasses almost everything we do so there's not a lot of complexity tracking multiple proposals. Our business is not to be a government contractor - this project is more in the line of a small business incubator grant.
posted by Long Way To Go
on Sep 27, 2012 -
Please Help Naming a Blog: I work for a government agency that helps other agencies (state and local) with records management issues and public records law. We've been instructed to start a Records Management Blog and are trying to think of a title for the blog. [more inside]
posted by marxchivist
on Jun 5, 2012 -
When did the US Government (State/Federal) begin making laws, and or giving benefits to married couples? [more inside]
posted by SteveFlamingo
on Feb 7, 2012 -
I'm looking for research or advocacy groups that are critical of governments that hire consulting firms such as KPMG for budgetary advice or auditing purposes. Other than The Yes Men, please ;) [more inside]
posted by copystar
on Jul 28, 2011 -
Can anyone explain to me the reason why the pay for members of the United States Congress is paid by the federal government and not their respective states? Was such a system ever considered and rejected and, if so, why? I recognize that the offices are federal, but their ties to their state is the very reason they are there. Wouldn't state legislatures want that control or were they happy to dump the costs onto the federal government? This seems like something that would have been debated very early in our history yet I can't find any info on it.
posted by Jamesonian
on Jul 7, 2011 -
After a rather disappointing year on the academic job market, I've been contacted for a phone interview at Big Government Laboratory for a position in Research Area of My Expertise. What to expect? How to prepare? [more inside]
posted by logicpunk
on Apr 4, 2011 -
I have Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK. Am I permitted to register with the UK electoral roll if I am not yet a British citizen? [more inside]
posted by Vrai
on Mar 31, 2011 -
Where did the "America is a republic, not a democracy" argument come from, and how much truth is there to it? [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi
on Jan 17, 2011 -
How many small business owners earn more than $1,000,000 a year in taxable income? [more inside]
posted by Chris4d
on Nov 15, 2010 -
Need advice for friend wrongly dismissed by the federal government. [more inside]
posted by mbx
on Oct 22, 2010 -
Philosophy+PoliticalScienceFilter: What are the philosophical foundations of egalitarianism? [more inside]
posted by edguardo
on Jul 19, 2010 -
Recent/Obscure web applications and tools filter. I am talking with a government department (Economic Development) about using web based applications and tools both internally and externally. I've got the basics covered, but it would be nice to include mentions of some less-than-famous apps or tools that have been of use elsewhere. If there are any that have provided some mileage for you or your organisation, especially govt ones, I'd love to hear about them.
posted by Sparx
on Jul 3, 2010 -
Where can I find video or analysis of the Cyber Shockwave
joint exercise held today in Washington, D.C? An article in The Atlantic
mentioned it would be filmed, and I'm just nerdy enough to watch it...
posted by Gussio
on Feb 16, 2010 -
A group of men from the US Government, a van and some dirty/emaciated kids? Where did I read about this supposedly true story? [more inside]
posted by ellighi
on Aug 5, 2009 -
Revenue Quebec Filter: I mailed my taxes to Revenue Quebec somewhere around the 3rd or 4th of May. That's slightly late, but it's OK because they owe me
money. I even sent it express post so it wouldn't get lost. Two months later, I've received no cheque, no direct deposit, no notice of assessment--nothing. [more inside]
posted by Decimask
on Jul 5, 2009 -
Can a former US President serve in a powerful capacity in a subsequent administration? They clearly wouldn't be able to serve as VP, but could they hold some other high office such as Secretary of State? If not, do those of you living in the US regard this as a desirable or undesirable attribute of your political system?
posted by Lolie
on Jun 27, 2009 -
« J'en ai besoin d'améliorer mon français, » or: "I need to improve my French." I'm looking for advice from anyone who has worked on improving or regaining their nth
language. [more inside]
posted by Decimask
on May 10, 2009 -
Are BLS occupational projections data
flawed? I've often heard that their projections data is flawed, but I can't find any recent (like 2002 and forward), publicly accessible explanations of how it is flawed or even if it has become less flawed (updated their formula, etc.)? [more inside]
posted by anniecat
on Mar 24, 2009 -
Australian (and U.S.) Mental Health/Legal Filter. Can you just go and talk your GP into having someone put through a psychiatric evaluation? [more inside]
posted by metalheart
on Feb 1, 2009 -
I've searched high and low, on Google and MeFi, and I can't find the site that shows, graphically, connections of corporate board members, CEOs, and politicians. I promise to bookmark the darn thing if it can be re-discovered for me.
posted by tomierna
on Nov 29, 2008 -
Trying to figure out if there is an "ism" or "acy" word for a governmental system of ruler worship (i.e. like the ancient Egyptian systems which considered their rulers Gods). Any specific terms for this?
posted by l33tpolicywonk
on Aug 29, 2007 -
How do government employees with security clearances keep track of which information is classified and which information isn't, when they get asked questions about work that they do? [more inside]
posted by brain cloud
on Jan 5, 2007 -
There's a commission in New York State
that's going to force closure of a bunch of hospitals across the state, including a few in my area (Buffalo
). They are also going to force a few private organizations to merge. What gives them the ability to dictate this sort of thing? Is it the threat of withholding funding? I've read many news articles on the closure recommendations, but have missed out on a good ultimate explanation. [more inside]
posted by voidcontext
on Nov 29, 2006 -
I heard recently on NPR a story
about the new Clinton Presidential Library and how all of the gifts of original artwork sent to the President were kept as it was illegal to throw or give away any of it. The story went on that all the artwork was at the library but that there was so much that only a slight minority of it would ever be displayed. My question is, does anyone know more about this law obligating the President to keep the drawing I send him/her? Would they have to keep it even if it stunk or was otherwise somehow unappealing? I imagine you know what I'm getting at with our friend W in office for another four years...
posted by pwb503
on Nov 24, 2004 -