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General Resources

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Nicholas Johnson Topics & Resources

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Nicholas Johnson Web Site

FromDC2Iowa Blog

Samples of Nicholas Johnson’s Topics

The samples, below, are examples of the topic pages and their possible contents.


•”Football-Related Blog Essays,” 2006-2015 (40 essays regarding football and the football industry, and its relations to crime, gambling, alcohol and negative neighborhood impact)


•Iowa Environmental Project (AKA, “Earthpark,” “Iowa Child,” “Rainforest;” 2004-2006; hundreds of pages, links and analyses of attractions that succeed and why others fail)


• “Bicycles as Problem Solvers”


• TIFs and Crony Capitalism: Links to 40 TIF Blog Essays, 2006-2015

 Advocacy – General

Activism.netAmerican Friends Service CommitteeCenter for Auto SafetyCenter for Science in the Public InterestCombined EffortsCommon CauseConsumer ReportsCorporate Crime ReporterFair VoteGovernment Accountability ProjectHonor the EarthInnocence ProjectInstitute for Policy StudiesIowa Citizens for Community ImprovementKivaNational Family Farm CoalitionNational Nurses UnitedPublic CitizenPIRG, U.S.Ralph NaderResources for LifeU.S. PIRGVeterans for Peace

Advocacy – Cyber Watch

Activism: Cyber Rights and Online Civil LibertiesCenter for Digital DemocracyCPSR (Computer Professionals for Social Responsibilityeff (Electronics Frontier Foundation)epic (Electronic Privacy Information Center)Wired

Advocacy – Media Reform

FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting)Knowledge Ecology InternationalOn the MediaProject CensoredVoices


“Alcohol’s Effects on the Body,” National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism


142 Links to Wide Range of Sports-Related Online Resources
“Football-Related Blog Essays,” 2006-2015 (40 essays regarding football and the football industry, and its relations to crime, gambling, alcohol and negative neighborhood impact)


Iowa Environmental Project (AKA, “Earthpark,” “Iowa Child,” “Rainforest;” 2004-2006; hundreds of pages, links and analyses of attractions that succeed and why others fail)


Nicholas Johnson, “Bicycles as Problem Solvers”


See Nicholas Johnson, Columns of Democracy and ColumnsOfDemocracy.com/Resources


TIFs and Crony Capitalism: Links to 40 TIF Blog Essays, 2006-2015

Entertainment Business

Actors’ EquityAmerican Association of Community TheatreCombined Efforts TheatreAmerican Film InstitutefilmsiteSAG-AFTRAVarietyNational Film Board of CanadaWriters Guild of America, EastWriters Guild of America, West


National Resources Defense Council
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Appalachian Trail


Federal Communications Commission
“A Day in the Life: The Federal Communications Commission”


Grant Sabatier’s Millennial Money Blog; “Millionaire By Age 30? One Blogger Offers a Few Not-So-Easy Steps,” Here & Now, WBUR, April 25, 2017

For the life that enables the savings that become wealth, see Nicholas Johnson, Test Pattern for Living

General Semantics

The Institute for General Semantics


USA.gov (“Official Guide to Government Information and Services”)
The White House
The U.S. Government’s Open Data
“City of Iowa City” (vast range of government and community information)
“If the Lieutenant Governor Becomes Governor, May She Then Appoint a New Lieutenant Governor?” Iowa Attorney General Opinion, #17-04-1, May 1, 2017, p. 16 (a pdf file)
Steve Ballmer’s “USA Facts”


American Cancer SocietyAmerican Heart AssociationAmerican Medical AssociationCenters for Disease Control and PreventiionFood Safety and Applied Nutrition, FDA Center forJournal of the American Medical AssociationLancet, TheMayo ClinicMercy Hospital, Iowa City, IowaNational Library of MedicineNew England Journal of MedicineNutrition Action Healthletter, Center for Science in the Public Interest’sResources for Life, Gregory Johnson’sUniversity of Iowa Health CareUniversity of Iowa Hospitals and ClinicsWebMD

Higher Education

The Chronicle of Higher education
American Association of University Professors

Iowa Blogs

(a very small sample)
Chris Liebig’s “A Blog About School”Trish Nelson’s “Blog for Iowa”John Deeth’s BlogGregory Johnson’s “Resources for Life”

K-12 Education

“K-12 Education Research and Reference Links” (a more extensive listing of some 150 links)
Education Week
Iowa City Community School District”
National Education Association


American Bar Association
U.S. Supreme Court

Legal Education

American Association of Law Schools“Random Thoughts on Law School Rankings” and “So You Want to be a Lawyer: A Play in Four Acts”University of Iowa College of Law


Media – Major

Asahi Shimbun, TheAssociated PressBloombergBBC NewsCBS SportsChristian Science MonitorDaily Iowan, TheDawnDes Moines Register, TheFive Thirty EightGazette, TheGuardian, TheIowa Watch (Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism, The) • Iowa City Press-CitizenLe MondeNACIÓN, LA (Costa Rica) • nprNew York Times, ThePBS NewshourProPublicaReutersRudawSalonSlateSouth China Morning PostUSA Today (and “topics”) • Washington Post, The

Media – Alternative

AdbustersAlterNetCommon DreamsDemocracy NowHightower Lowdown, TheHuffington PostNaked CapitalismNation, ThePoliticoReal Clear PoliticsTalking Points MemoThink ProgressTruth DigTruthoutVox


John CravenBill GrubbeWendell JohnsonFrannie RieckenMargaret VaseySteve VaseyDavid VernonWillis Weber


Joint Chiefs of Staff
Military Colleges and Academies”
U.S. Department of Defense


Democratic National CommitteeGreen PartyLibertarian PartyRepublican National Committee
Resources for Trump Watchers (includes links to sites of 11 media organizations’ daily postings to collections of stories covering President Trump) • Politics Section, The Washington Post

Public Health

American Public Health Association
Public Citizen Health Research Group
University of Iowa College of Public Health
APHA, “What is Public Health?

Public Policy – Communications

Aspen Institute Communications & Culture ProgramBenton FoundationHarvard Program on Informations Resources Policy (papers from 1973-2011) • Public KnowledgeSyracuse University Newhouse School (subjects/experts list) • University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley Law, Berkeley Center for Law & TechnologyUniversity of Iowa Department of Communication Studies (Media Studies) • University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Communications Arts (Research Centers)

Public Policy – Housing

Affordable Housing, United States Interagency Council on Homelessness” [or just link to USICH] • Homelessness, New York Times archive • National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty

Public Policy – Human Rights

Universal Declaration of Human Rights, United Nations
Center for Human Rights, University of Iowa


Marine Insight, “10 Largest Container Shipping Companies in the World,” April 26, 2017 • N.S. Savannah (world’s first nuclear-powered merchant ship) • Shipping PortsShipyard ReportsU.S. Merchant Marine AcademyU.S. Maritime Administration


FBI – What We Investigate – Terrorism
Links to 14 Essays on Terrorism and War

University of Iowa

University of Iowa