Archive for June 24th, 2014

24
Jun
14

More night owl chat – Flash mobs

So, time for some more flash mobs

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Walmart Workers

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Glee

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Denver Airport

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Antwerp

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Mob on, night owls!

24
Jun
14

Night owl chat – The Pogues!

I have a very very very soft spot for all things Celtic. Probably because I’m convinced I’m James Joyce’s reincarnation. So, for tonight, a little bit of that awesome band, The Pogues.

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If I Should Fall From Grace With God

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With Kirsty MacColl, Fairytale of New York

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24
Jun
14

A Tweet Or Two

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24
Jun
14

President Obama’s Policies = Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!

POTUS Thumbs Up

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Paul Davidson: Local Government Hiring Picks Up

After laying off workers through most of the recovery, city and county governments are adding jobs at the fastest pace in five years, providing support for the economy’s overall payroll gains. Stronger economic growth is driving higher municipal revenue, allowing local governments to add police officers and firefighters, reopen shuttered parks and make long-deferred street repairs. “We’re beginning to see cities and towns coming out of the Great Recession,” says Neil Bomberg, a program director for the National League of Cities. Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics, notes that total U.S. payroll gains have topped 200,000 each of the past four months.

Local governments are on more solid financial footing in part because of a gradual rise in home values that have boosted property tax collections, says Michael Pagano, dean of the college of urban planning and public affairs at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Earlier this year, Columbus, Ohio, passed an $807 million operating budget, its largest ever, that restores six recreation centers that had been open part-time to full-time status. The city’s finances have been stable since it raised its income tax to 2.5% from 2% in 2009, says Dan Williamson, spokesman for Mayor Michael Coleman.

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