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9 things I’ll never do again with social media

The Orange County Register

“I promise I will never again talk about something that I’m really grieving about on social media. People have a tendency to be flippant and make jokes out of things that can be very serious.. mostly because they don’t know what else to say.” — Donald Patterson, quub.com

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Sigh...I'm bored.

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Colorado Springs is playing hard ball, with no ball

This article about cuts in services in Colorado Springs is scary:

"COLORADO SPRINGS — This tax-averse city is about to learn what it looks and feels like when budget cuts slash services most Americans consider part of the urban fabric.

More than a third of the streetlights in Colorado Springs will go dark Monday. The police helicopters are for sale on the Internet. The city is dumping firefighting jobs, a vice team, burglary investigators, beat cops — dozens of police and fire positions will go unfilled.

The parks department removed trash cans last week, replacing them with signs urging users to pack out their own litter.

Neighbors are encouraged to bring their own lawn mowers to local green spaces, because parks workers will mow them only once every two weeks. If that.

Water cutbacks mean most parks will be dead, brown turf by July; the flower and fertilizer budget is zero.

City recreation centers, indoor and outdoor pools, and a handful of museums will close for good March 31 unless they find private funding to stay open. Buses no longer run on evenings and weekends. The city won't pay for any street paving, relying instead on a regional authority that can meet only about 10 percent of the need.

Full article - The Denver Post

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Thanks CNN for your reporting


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UCI Flavor of the Day

UCI headline UC Irvine Feature: Social media

"UCI's Donald Patterson discusses the good and bad, current role and future of social media"

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7 fixes for social media’s faults - Lansner on Real Estate : The Orange County Register “A new word to describe a relationship on a social network rather than ‘Friend’” — Donald Patterson, quub.com

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