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‘The Bridge’ Series Premiere Review

‘The Bridge’ Series Premiere Review | Als Return to Education | Scoop.it
FX's new series, 'The Bridge,' brings two wildly different detectives together in a bizarre murder mystery that also focuses on political tensions along the U.S.-Mexico border.
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Why this in a geography type class..well this good show is set in a real location, The Bridge of the Americas that links El Paso, Texas to the Mexican city of Ciudad Juarez.  It shows, although with some dramatic license, what can go on in this very charged area of the US and Mexico.  Juarez is called the murder captial of the world, why??  This is one of the major drug routes of the drug trade into the US...and of illegal arms in Mexico.  This show tracks a serial killer, but it shows how the officals have to work together across international borders.

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Salton Trough

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Along the border of Mexico and the U.S., a geologically and tectonically complex area serves as a visual reference point for astronauts on the International Space Station.

Via Seth Dixon
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Wow, amazing picture.  Can see alot of features in the area.  Was surprised to see how the urban patter just continues right over the border especailly in the San Diego/Tijuana area and it alomost looks like Yuma just runs into Mexicali, and I believe Calexio, Cailf. is just north of Mexicali, Mexico.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 4, 2013 1:27 AM

What a great teaching image! Plate tectonics and rifting, agriculture, international borders, urbanization, dry climates, human and environmental interactions...the applications are endless. 

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The U.S. Plan to Invade Canada: War Plan Red

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A time-honored tradition in the U.S. military, contingency plans have been drawn up for the defense against, and invasion of, most major military powers. In fact, in response to recent events on the Korean peninsula, the U.S.
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And you all thought that the US/Canadian border was going to be safe...well it is...now.  Seems that both sides made plans to invade each other in the 1920s.  Seems that there are contingency plans for everything.  With the relations that we see today, its had to believe that such plans are even necessary...however don't forgot your history.  The US was invaded from Canada by the British during the revolution and we also invaded Canada in both the Revoultion and the War of 1812.  Check out this little article for a brief War of 1812 history http://forgottenhistory.blogspot.com/2007/05/united-states-invades-canada.html ; So imagine now if we did not enjoy what is considered the longest undefended border on the planet??  What would life be like along an unfriendly border that stretches from the Atlantic to the Pacific and the long Alaskan/Canadian border??  Nice to live next to a counrty and not have the North Korea/Sout Korea mentality.

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Lax U.S. gun laws enable killing in Mexico

Lax U.S. gun laws enable killing in Mexico | Als Return to Education | Scoop.it
U.S. needs to help end the violence....

 

When I say "illegal goods trafficked across the U.S.-Mexico border," most of us immediately think about narcotics from Mexico coming into the United States.  However, the border is more complicated than that--the violence on the border isn't only a problem with Mexican governance, but many of the deaths are directly attributable to guns coming form the United States.  This is an op-ed piece arguing the the United States' gun laws are a part of the ongoing problems along the border.   


Via Seth Dixon
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Illegal trade runs in both direction, drugs from Mexico north and guns and ammo south from the US.  Some of the trade was a badly handled "sting operation" to trace where the gun eventually went, but the government lost track of where they went and were not able to find the bigger bosses in the cartels.  Compared to gun laws in Mexico, yes ours are lax, however I think to state them as lax or weak in general might be an overstatement.  Some countries are even more strict, like Great Britian and there are some areas of the world where a child can buy an AK-47 off the street in broad daylight.  It is all taken in contex. 

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