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May 26, 2018 / 9:51 am


  • WA5th – County Data
  • Catholic Conservatism
    • Organizations
      •  The Witherspoon Institute
        • Simon Center on Religion and the Constitution
        • The Center on the University and the Intellectual Life
        • Funders: Simon Foundation, Bradley Foundation (where Robby George is a board member)
        • Board of Trustees: largely consists of very wealthy private investors, many of whom are closely connected to the Catholic Church
      • James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions
        • Funders
          • Foundations: Olin, Bradley, Scaife
          • Individuals: Steve Forbes, Paul Singer, John DeLilio
      • James Madison Society (related international community of like-minded scholars with an interest in political thought, constitutional law, and the moral foundations of democratic governance)
        • strikingly Catholic and conservative, specifically on matters of religious freedom, bioethics, the family, marriage, and sexuality
        • Governing Board – Hadley Arkes, John Finnis, Leon Kass, Harvey Mansfield
        • Member List
          • Catholic Universities – Notre Dame, Catholic University, Villanova
          • Straussian Strongholds – University of Chicago, Claremont McKenna College, St. Johns College
    • Individuals
    • Ideas


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May 9, 2018 / 12:48 pm

The Washington State News Journalism Initiative takes as its starting point the emergence of localized and regional “news deserts” thorughout America, often in the nation’s smaller towns and rural regions. The goal of the Initiative is to develop a scalable, non-profit model for serving the news needs of rural America and for supporting the local news institutions of these regions.

  • journalism nonprofit – revenue from syndication, licensing to media outlets, political campaigns, support from donors, sponsors
  • regional focus – rural/urban market segmentation
  • data-driven reporting
  • shortform / podcasts
  • focus on data, policies, people, trends – American Business Journals for politics
  • market sweet-spot no local, not national, but regional<=>state
  • partnerships with local public radio organizations
  • consortia with local newspapers, public radio, AP, Pro Publica, etc.
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May 9, 2018 / 11:17 am

Opinion Journals

  • Daily Beast
  • NPR
  • Wired
  • Guardian – Culture/Books/Politics
  • Quartz
  • Wired
  • The Nation
  • Vanity Fair
  • London Review
  • Harper’s
  • New Republic
  • Vox
  • Slate
  • Rolling Stone
  • GQ
  • Washington Monthly
  • New York Magazine
  • New York Times
  • Politico
  • Mother Jones
  • Boston Review
  • 538
  • The Intercept
  • Pro Publica
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Beautiful Complexity

We live in difficult times, more difficult, perhaps, then they should be. Or perhaps not. This website is dedicated to a multi-faceted exploration of complexity as a way to think about and interpret the challenges of our age. Its premise is is that virtually every assumption we make about our status and significance as humans is incorrect. This is our moment to reassess.

The video you see (generated by Mehrdad Garousi) illustrates the fractal / fragile beauty of our world as a recursive, layered, evolving orb of unfathomable complexity, an unfurling set in motion by a quite simple set of mathematical rules. That is the contradiction – creation as an existential messiness, liberated and disciplined by a self-contained, self-referential, abstract, and elegant logic.

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