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MSNBC Virtual Earth mashup ‘cries of help to Obama’

MSNBC published an interesting little Virtual Earth mashup highlighting mayoral cries from around the nation. The topics include economy (by far number 1), energy, health care, immigration, infrastructure, national security, public safety, taxes and budgets and “other.”

The application uses a simple dashboard interface to turn on and off the different data layers. It’s pretty interesting / humorous to read some of these requests and the format they’re written in. Some of them sound like letters to Santa Claus – “Two issues I would like on President-elect Obama’s to do list: Universal health care and fix our economy,” Willie W Herenton, Mayor, Memphis, TN. Yeah, Mr. Obama, if you could fix those that would be great. I’ll spare my political views for a guaranteed firestorm will ensue, informs Chris Pendleton.

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