Items Feb 2012

The course 'Model Thinking' will go live very shortly. When it does go live, we'll be asking you to officially register and agree to some standard terms and conditions. In the interim, you can now go to the site ... and watch the first two sets of lectures. [See mail]
  • The first set of lectures covers the benefits of modeling and provides a framework for the course. 
  • The second set covers Thomas Schelling's seminar model of segregation as well as a model of standing ovations that I developed with John Miller of Carnegie Mellon University.
     I’m beginning a new project at Stanford/CDDRL called “The Governance Project.” The intention is to focus on conceptualizing and measuring governance, and applying those measures to two specific countries, China and the United States....
     I discuss these issues at greater length in a paper on authoritarian government in Asia for the Journal of Democracy, and a draft discussion paper on how to define and measure governance (pdf) for The Governance Project.

Gov 2.0 year in review ... A look at the Gov 2.0 themes, moments and achievements that made an impact in 2011.

Coming Apart: The State of White America

David Frum recently reviewed .... "Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010".
     [by Charles  Murray] -- Feb 9, 2012

Charles Murray [perhaps] does a Tucker Carlson, provoking me to unleash the usual torrent of graphs
      -- 8 February 2012,

Citizens Untied

The Media’s Shameful, Inexcusable Distortion Of The Supreme Court’s Citizens United Decision
     by Dan Abrams  -- February 8th, 2012

Corporate Leveraging of Campaign Contributions Under Citizens United
     Posted by Beverly Mann | 2/10/2012

WWS 594, Economics of the Welfare State,  [Paul Krugman]

Class #1 -- Feb. 8: Introduction,Class #2, February 15,

Berin Szoka: "Privacy, Analytics & the First Amendment" at GSM Workshop
November 11, 2011, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

 Political Polarization (VoteView)

Obama the Moderate (a plot of the last 11 presidential positions Liberal/Conservative) [Forwarded to: Edward G. Carmines] carmines@indiana.edu 

An Update on Political Polarization (through 2011) -- Posted on January 30, 2012 by voteview

Obama's Economic Speech

President Obama's speech in Oklahoma

The Most Important Economic Speech of His Presidency [Robert Reich]

The Options for Payment Reform in U.S. Health Care // By UWE E. REINHARDT, February 17, 2012

Wow: Larry Lessig Interviews Jack Abramoff

‘Repeal’ of Glass-Steagall Irrelevant to Financial Crisis by Thomas E. Woods, Jr.

Social Security: The Elevator Pitch, Posted by Steve Roth | 1/29/2012 

Nick Kristof and the School Reform Straw Man 01/23/2012 by Peter Hart

The Best App Discovery App for iPhone ... , Discovr Apps makes it easy to find what you're looking for by mapping apps you like (or any app at all) to related options you may enjoy as well.

Create a Bootable Linux Flash Drive in Three Easy Steps By Rick Broida, PCWorld    Feb 13, 2012



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