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Raven Rock

As the nuclear threat bled into the Cold War, the US government began a massive and secrete program around Continuity of Government – the systems that would ensure all necessary and crucial branches of government could survive a decapitating strike by the USSR.

Raven Rock chronicles several of these black sites, maintained by the CIA and built with the tacit cooperation of locals (who couldn’t help but suspect the reasons for massive infrastructure projects such as the book’s titular Raven Rock facility south of Gettysburg towards the Maryland border).

The Greenbrier is also featured, but ironically this colonnade-fronted building painted white would not house the Executive branch but the Legislature in the event of a catastrophic attack. I grew up visiting the Greenbrier, where my grandparents had retired. As Raven Rock notes, the resort’s TV repairmen (who my grandparents knew!) turned out to be CIA agents keeping the site ready in case something happened. This was into the early 90’s, until the Washington Post revealed the site’s existence in 1992.

Very interesting book if you are into shadow government structures/processes. But perhaps not if you are too inclined to paranoia ????.

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Less, More, and None

My friend Ethan shared his Less, More, and None list (inspired by Jacoby Young). Cool idea, thought I’d give it a try. Always good to remind yourself of your better aspirations.

Lenfest Institute and Digital First Media?

Notes on dynamic meters

Notes on newsletters

Notes on the membership model for news


Capturing Shawmont Station before its $1,000,000 preservation begins – the oldest extant passenger rail station in America

Originally a 18′ by 36′ stone house (Wissahickon Schist), the structure wouldn’t have stood out from the other country homes in this part of Philadelphia, at the tip of the Manayunk Reach, situated at the end of today’s Manayunk Canal Towpath.

Testing WordPress Gutenberg on a high volume news site

Water, sand, and societal change

The best restaurant? Matunuck Oyster Bar

Does Perry Raso run the best restaurant? Yes, I think he does.

EverQuote and patent medicine

In a thread begun October 2016, Washington Post technology director Aram Zucker-Scharff tweeted about the shady advertising practices of EverQuote, a Boston-based startup. Since then these ads have become prolific on the web (and nearly as prolific are Aram’s tweets documenting the malfeasance).

Lenfest Institute and Digital First Media?

What if Alden let another organization manage its newspaper assets as a blind trust? It would lose a great deal of flexibility in using DFM assets to leverage other companies it owns, but it would be able to wash its hands of the growing public relations crisis. Furthermore, it would give space for the strategic direction of DFM to be explored and pursued without the added baggage of hedge fund cross-percolation.

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