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Americans remember where they were when JFK was shot

Americans remember where they were when JFK was shot | Als Return to Education |
The axiom is that everyone of his generation knows just where they were when they heard Kennedy was shot. The reality is that many also recall precisely how it felt as word broke, in a staccato series of news bulletins.
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Fifty years ago on this exact day and date, November 22, 1963 was also a Friday, President John F Kennedy was assassinated at Dealey Plaza, Dallas Texas at about 12:30pm.  Fifty years ago seems like a long time but this even is still burned into the memories of somany Americans.  Events like this are linked to geography in the sense, like the article states, people remeber where they where when they head the news.  Both of my parents, my Mom was 21 and my Dad was 19 when this happedened, know exactly where they were to the spot when this happened.  However, like most people they will not remeber where they went last year on a regular day.  We attach a place to the event that was so big.  Both my parents were at work, their first real jobs out of high school.  This happeneds to this day, I can remeber where I was exactly when the shuttle Challeneger exploded in 1986, Jan 28, 1986. I was in Cranston, RI in my then Junion High School biology class, and when the World Trade Center was attacked on 9/11/01, I was in Warwick RI getting ready for work.  Like most people I remember those days like I had just left there but I can't remember where I even went two weeks ago.  We attach specific places to serious event that have hapened in our life.  The big question is Why?????? As we try to answer that just take time today to rember JKF and what some see was the end of American innocence.

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Ghosts of War

Ghosts of War | Als Return to Education |
The remarkable pictures show scenes from France today with atmospheric photographs taken in the same place during the war superimposed on top.


In this fastinating set of images, Dutch artist and historian Jo Teeuwisse merges her passions literally by superimposing World War II photographs on to modern pictures of the where the photos were originally taken.  This serves as a reminder that places are rich with history; to understand the geography of a place, one must also know it's history (and vice versa).   


Tags: Europe, war, images, historial, place. 

Via Seth Dixon, Joe Andrade
Al Picozzi's insight:

Incredible to see this kind of work.  I really hope this helps people remember what happened and what was given up in World War II.  As we lost more vets every day, we really need to make sure their scarifice is not forgotten.  Incredible piece of work here.

Samuel D'Amore's curator insight, September 10, 2:56 PM

Very interesting, I've seen similar things done with Russian cities and parts of the Ukaranian country side.

Jennifer Brown's curator insight, December 8, 2:13 PM

This is probably the best scoop it I've seen to date. I love the way it's created an insight into the past and present. To see history in a modern day past and present atmosphere is fascinating.

Wilmine Merlain's curator insight, December 18, 2:47 PM

This Dutch historian does a great job at interweaving places that were ridden by the second world war to its modern reconstruct. As a child, I use to question a lot what a place looked like prior to it being destroyed. In the context of Europe a continent, ridden by war, the historian not only does a great job at depicting past and present, her photographs also show how the country's government went to great lengths to preserve some of its land's historic sites.

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For Migrants, New Land of Opportunity Is Mexico

For Migrants, New Land of Opportunity Is Mexico | Als Return to Education |

"With Europe sputtering and China costly, the 'stars are aligning' for Mexico as broad changes in the global economy create new dynamics of migration."

Via Seth Dixon
Al Picozzi's insight:

Looks like time are changing.  As Mexico becomes more business friendly and with cheap labor and less government regulations more and more people, as well as businesses are going to go there.  NAFTA only increases this more.  Mexico is in the perfect position literally. Right next to the United States and closer to Europe than China dramatically lowers transportation costs, which in turn leads to greater profits for the company.  This will eventually lead to more jobs and great opportunity in Mexico, both for Mexicans and people immegrating into Mexico.  As NAFTA takes hold and the economy so sluggish in the US, rising costs in China, and with the EU have economic crisis after economic crisis, it seems for the the time the Mexico is the place where you want to do business.

Jacob Crowell's curator insight, October 20, 11:15 AM

As jobs become less and less available in the United States, it does not surprise me that the number of migrants from the US to Mexico is growing. Globalization is shifting the job markets for production through North America. That is bolster by NAFTA and because production is cheaper in Mexico for US companies, more jobs in production are popping up. My question is that will we see this happen in the future as Mexico continues to grow, will we see migrations of lower wage workers more south to countries that are cheap for companies. 

Wilmine Merlain's curator insight, November 18, 11:33 AM

For decades America's large producing companies transferred their industries to Asia where the cost of production was set at a rate no one could refuse. With a demand in markets, companies have decided to migrate their companies to Mexico where they can receive the cheaper labor cost. This in turn has the possibility of reducing air pollution, at the same time also has the possibility of increasing air pollution in Mexico.

Edelin Espino's curator insight, December 5, 11:44 AM

After US and Canada, Mexico is the next choose and of the three "the easiest one". Mexico has a high rate of poverty, but it also has a lot of opportunities for people who really want to work. Asians love Latin America, specially Mexico.

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Cities on Border With Mexico Burdened by Calls for Medical Help

Cities on Border With Mexico Burdened by Calls for Medical Help | Als Return to Education |
From San Diego to Brownsville, Tex., requests for assistance have become a drain on the resources of fire departments in cities on the United States border with Mexico.


This is a poignant example of how site and situation impact the local geographic factors. 

Via Seth Dixon
Al Picozzi's insight:

These border towns should be getting some help from the federal government.  They handle ther calls of all the border medical emergencies from immigrants, both legal and illegal, and from people who left the US to live better in Mexico, but return to the US for medical care and suffer an "event" at the border to get to the hospital faster.  It also hurts the towns own citizens as sometimes these small towns only have one emergency vechile to do all the calls.  Maybe they should be given a grant to expand their emergency services since alot of the calls they take are from a federal source, ie border control.

Cam E's curator insight, February 4, 12:05 PM

This is one factor I never thought about before reading the article. Borders are one of the defining concepts of what constitutes a nation, and yet in emergencies these boundaries can become much more fluid. Of course borders in the first place are a human creation, but I imagine that along any border in the world, someone in dire need would want to get to the closest hospital, even if they're crossing a border to do so. At this point the idea of the authority implicated alongside borders might begin to seem less important. Though this makes me wonder if there are some locations which have international treaties so that local foreign departments may cross the border to help.

Jess Deady's curator insight, April 24, 4:43 PM

Medical expenses are a burden on millions of people each and every year. With conditions like this on the border there is no wonder why the Calimex fire department and responders needed funds. They also need to do something about the conditions on the California/Mexican border.