Friday, November 09, 2007

Some Info You Didn't Have Before,Or Rolling Out The Pork Barrel

You've heard about congressional earmarks and that infamous "Bridge To Nowhere".
Now, what has largely been hidden from taxpayers is being made public with thanks to some enterprising advocates of government transparency through technology and Google.
Using GoogleEarth, you can now look them up and pinpoint them.

Just click > here(you will need GoogleEarth installed. If you don't have it, download it at It's free, easy, and fun to use for just recreational purposes as well.)

What you will see is a satellite view of the good ol' USofA, with a thousand or more 'stick pins' highlighting the various earmarks. All these are tucked away just within the latest House Defense Bill.
Click on a stick pin, and you can get further details of that particular earmark. Including such information as to how much the receiver of the largess has invested in government lobbyists (according to, whose links are also included within the project's highlights)

Cool stuff,eh?


Brian said...

I don't think blogger likes the way you linked to that. I can't get it to work.

And that music is just hateful.

Gino said...

i just fixed it.

Jade said...

Heh... kind of like a reversal on Big Brother, isn't it?

Gino said...

Jade: i have a google earth fetish.
sometimes, i'll spend hours on vacation without ever leaving the computer.