10.15.12 Your Morning Buzz

Felix Baumgartner lands after flying faster than the speed of sound



Government, Geography, and Growth – According to the economist Daron Acemoglu and the political scientist James Robinson, economic development hinges on a single factor: a country’s political institutions. More specifically, as they explain in their new book, Why Nations Fail, it depends on the existence of “inclusive” political institutions, defined as pluralistic systems that protect individual rights. These, in turn, give rise to inclusive economic institutions, which secure private property and encourage entrepreneurship. The long-term result is higher incomes and improved human welfare.

Decisions plague state when highway work stalls – Lincoln County Commissioner Terry Thompson can remember a childhood trip along Highway 20 through the Coast Range with his father in the 1960s.

Half of cities have lost a manager in Ventura County – The lengthy tenure is notable for a city manager, who serves at the pleasure of an elected body whose personality, priorities and desires can shift with any given election cycle.

The Developing World’s Most Innovative City for Trash Management Is … Bangalore? In the peak of the afternoon heat, Sami Ahmed sits in a sliver of shade. Bearded, with a Muslim prayer cap, he watches his workers wade through newspapers, plastics, metals and scores of other materials in Jolly Mohalla, a vast scrap yard in the city’s center. For three generations, his family has worked as wholesale traders, collecting recyclable materials and selling them to manufacturers. He reckons there are 250 similar traders on site now, bringing in 700 trucks filled with scrap a day. They all operate under the city’s watchful eye but without its stamp of formality.

The Fiscal Cliff


Outside Portlandia


Get Involved

County seeks help in health care policy – Clackamas County commissioners are seeking five volunteers to serve on the county’s Community Health Council. Membership requirements are guided by bylaws and federal regulations.

ELGL Central Oregon Presents Brenda Bartlett, CPA – Thursday, October 25th, Redmond City Hall, Address:  716 SW Evergreen Ave, Time: Noon-1pm (bring lunch with you), Occupational Fraud – Is Your Government at Risk?


The Workplace

 3 Secrets of Happy Employees – Of course you don’t want your employees to be miserable, but should you make your employees happiness a business priority? In a word, yes. In addition to creating a more pleasant work environment and reducing turnover, happy employees are more productive and collaborative,according to 2010 research by Harvard University business administration professor Teresa M. Amabile and independent researcher Steven J. Kramer.

24 Ways To Be Uncommonly Productive Today – So why is it then that some people are just so much more efficient at squeezing more out of every moment of every day?

Managing Your Career – On the eve of Halloween, here’s a scary thought: You can blow a promising opportunity by talking too much during a job interview.

If You’re Too Busy to Meditate, Read This – Research shows that an ability to resist urges will improve your relationships, increase your dependability, and raise your performance. If you can resist your urges, you can make better, more thoughtful decisions. You can be more intentional about what you say and how you say it. You can think about the outcome of your actions before following through on them.

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