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Urged to Multiply, Iranian Couples Are Dubious

Urged to Multiply, Iranian Couples Are Dubious | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
The country’s leadership is offering incentives to begin and enlarge families, but experts say little will change while economic prospects are grim.
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Russia has been our most notable example, but Iran may join the club as well - how do countries encourage their population to have more children. These are policies known as pro-natal policies - how do we encourage this?

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Angelina Jolie Angers China During 'Maleficent' Promotional Tour

Angelina Jolie Angers China During 'Maleficent' Promotional Tour | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
The actress (and U.N. ambassador) is accused of "disrespecting" the nation — an important market for Hollywood.
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If you ask the Chinese, and most people don't, but if you did, they'd say this: "There is ONE China, and Taiwan is part of China." Of course the US agrees with this, but there's a better way to say it. Way to go Angelina - stick to bad Disney movies. Good thing she's not a diplomat. What? You mean she's an goodwill ambassador for the UN? Sheesh.

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Palace of Squatters Is a Symbol of Refugee Crisis

Palace of Squatters Is a Symbol of Refugee Crisis | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
The overcrowding of Salaam Palace is a crisis within a larger, nationwide emergency set off by a fresh surge of more than 50,000 migrants to Italy since the beginning of the year.
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Take a look at these squatter settlements - and we can start to understand the importance these small, unorganized, and overcrowded communities will have as the rest of the world urbanizes.

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How — and where — Eric Cantor lost, in 1 map

How — and where — Eric Cantor lost, in 1 map | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Cantor got walloped in the Richmond suburbs.
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The biggest political story of the summer so far has been the shocking defeat in a primary by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, once thought to be the next Speaker of the US House of Representatives. Geography can help us explain why and how he lost - such as this map by the Washington Post.

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Map: Where Europeans speak English

Map: Where Europeans speak English | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
English is widely spoken in northern Europe. Not so much in the south.
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Language is a big deal, and in terms of languages, ENGLISH is huge - it's a Lingua Franca (vocabulary alert!), so this map took a chance to look at how the English Language is used amongst members of the European Union. Check this out - but don't make travel plans based on it!

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The World Cup of Everything Else

The World Cup of Everything Else | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
How the World Cup 2014 would play out if 32 countries were competing in things other than soccer.
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Just because I'm not a soccer fan doesn't mean I can't get into the spirit of the World Cup - check out this cool infographic of the World Cup of EVERYTHING ELSE - especially focusing on demographic indicators, which will be a major part of our discussion in Unit 2 of the course.

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The Sad Stories of Muslim Women in Pictures

The Sad Stories of Muslim Women in Pictures | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
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How women of different cultures thrive is important to understand. Take a look at these windows into others lives, the lives of women born in Muslim nations around the world.

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Map: How a $10.10 minimum wage could affect workers in every congressional district

Map: How a $10.10 minimum wage could affect workers in every congressional district | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
A new report sheds light on the relative impact of a federal minimum wage hike.
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Economic development is a key part of how populations develop - so how would a change in minimum wage affect portions of the US that are in need of development - take a look!

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What Is Your State’s Reading Level Based On 500,000 Tweets?

What Is Your State’s Reading Level Based On 500,000 Tweets? | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
We looked at the reading level of 500,000 unique tweets around the country to find out.
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Education is one of the major factors in development - and when we can start measuring that by our tweets. Um, we might be in trouble. #badspelling #badgrammar #YOLO

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The Mixed-Up Geographic Allegiances of World Cup Soccer

The Mixed-Up Geographic Allegiances of World Cup Soccer | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Nearly three-quarters of all World Cup players play in European professional leagues.
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I will openly admit, I'm not a soccer fan. This might be why - I can't keep it all straight! Take a look at the mixed up geographic alliances of modern football and see if you can identify some trends.

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This map shows how violence in Iraq could threaten the oil supply

This map shows how violence in Iraq could threaten the oil supply | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
So far, the turmoil has only affected a fairly small slice of Iraq's oil infrastructure — though there's still the potential for things to get worse.
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ISIS and Oil. One of America's largest economic interests in Iraq could be at stake. How will the two interact - check this out for a better description.

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Distort Geography in Amusing Ways with This Mercator Map Generator

Distort Geography in Amusing Ways with This Mercator Map Generator | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
The Mercator map, created in 1596 to help sailors navigate, is also why so many people think Greenland is larger than China. Now you can better appreciate how two-dimensional maps mess with geography, thanks to a site that lets you move the poles to anywhere in the world.
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As we will discuss during the first few weeks of school, Mercator is just a little bit off. Why? And How? And why that is important? For further discussion - for now, take a look at this generator and see how badly you can distort Mercator's projection.

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Have you used the Apple Maps?

Have you used the Apple Maps? | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Apple maps still seem to be outdated
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Ah, Apple Maps. If you own an iPhone or iPad, you know this pain. How can they get maps of the same places so wrong when compared with Google or other groups? Take a look at this article going into some detail on Apple's problems.

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Here are the 32 countries Google Maps won’t draw borders around

Here are the 32 countries Google Maps won’t draw borders around | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
This post has been corrected. Google may be standing up to government surveillance, but on Google Maps it shies away from conflict. The company displays the borders of 32 states differently than the other 162 members of the United Nations. Many of these countries have long had disputed borders or are currently facing military conflicts. Google Maps is customized in...
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More on the political implications of maps - why would Google NOT want to offend or anger these countries? Take a look at the trends and the reasons.

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40 maps that explain food in America

40 maps that explain food in America | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Where our food comes from, how we eat it, and what we drink to wash it down
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40 more maps! This time, on food in the United States. Remember that our scale is important, so it'd be fascinating to take these maps global, but bear in mind that they only show American trends. For now.

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Phyllis Convery's curator insight, July 24, 2014 4:39 PM

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AmandaWilhiteee's curator insight, August 22, 2014 10:14 AM

This article really opened my eyes to what is going on in our beautiful country. I had no clue about most of the information in this article. I was especially surprised by  number six. I thought that wheat and grains would be harvested than anything else, so to find out that corn is actually harvested the most was a huge shocker.

 

I have fifty words, yay! AW

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Here's Which Disease Is Most Likely To Kill You Depending On Where You Live

Here's Which Disease Is Most Likely To Kill You Depending On Where You Live | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Most of the world will die of heart disease.
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The epidemiological transition is a key element of the demographic transition - in itself explaining how and when differently developed portions of the world lose population. Take a look at this map and see if you can locate any major trends!

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AmandaWilhiteee's curator insight, August 27, 2014 9:32 AM

Heart disease makes sense for a place like the United States, but other countries, I was surprised about. In a lot of countries, people were most likely to die from HIV or AIDS. Some of those countries are expected, but others, I wouldn't have expected. Also, in a few countries, people were most likely to die from Liver Cancer, which also came as a surprise. AW :)

Riley Tuggle's curator insight, August 27, 2014 10:00 AM

I believe heart disease is the most likely disease to kill citizens of the US because we have so many fatty foods to choose from up and down the aisle in about every local grocery store. Our kids are raised to think that eating junk food is perfectly okay, but once they get older it won't be. They will eat more and more fat-filled food until they weigh 300 pounds and have multiple diseases, including heart disease. We need to educate kids, especially in elementary school, how harmful these foods can be to our bodies. I realize that we try now, but maybe we need to try a little harder. I suggest we could replace cookies which a healthy but still delicious treat, such as a sweet fruit. This would help tremendously to help keep young children healthier in my opinion. Overall, we would making these changing for the better, keeping our country healthy and our bodies moving. 

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A Map Explaining What Happened To The Population Booms Of 10 Years Ago

A Map Explaining What Happened To The Population Booms Of 10 Years Ago | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Is your town growing or shrinking? This map gives you an answer for your area -- both now and 10 years ago.
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Population growth is a fascinating issue to try and understand, especially when you try and look at the trends especially here in the United States. Check out these maps that outline those trends specifically in the last 10 years - can you predict what might happen next?

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Modern Genes Suggest Neolithic Farmers Traveled by Sea - Archaeology Magazine

Modern Genes Suggest Neolithic Farmers Traveled by Sea - Archaeology Magazine | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
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Where did our society start? In Unit 5, we will explore some of the various theories - but add this one to the list of where our Neolithic forefathers came from.

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100 years of growth of the American shopping mall, animated

100 years of growth of the American shopping mall, animated | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
A uniquely American idea conquers the continent.
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Shopping malls were originally a uniquely American thing, now that they have spread globally, take a look at how that growth has occurred and why it's important especially to the growth of our cities. As the rest of the world urbanizes, will they follow suit?

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This Is How Much More States Spend On Prisoners Than On Students

This Is How Much More States Spend On Prisoners Than On Students | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Perhaps if states spent more money on educating students, they would not have to spend so much money keeping prisoners incarcerated.

New maps compiled by research engine FindTheBest show how much states spend on funding their average K-12 pupil, ...
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Education is crucial to development, in fact it accounts for half of the overall formula for the Human Development Index. So why would spending more on prisoner's be dangerous? Think about the trends and the direction of trends.

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A 900-year-old map isn’t the best way to draw borders in the South China Sea

A 900-year-old map isn’t the best way to draw borders in the South China Sea | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
This Chinese map, made from rubbing of a stone engraved in 1136 AD, depicts China's reach as described in the Yu Gong, an ancient text that dates back to the fifth century B.C. Even though the drawing is clearly ancient history, it and other maps from dynasties and centuries past are resurfacing in the volatile...
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So that's how China's doing it? Again, some more information on the South China Sea, and partially where some of China's claim to the entire sea is coming from!

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Why Renters Are Ending Up in the Suburbs

Why Renters Are Ending Up in the Suburbs | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Most new homes being built in the U.S. are multifamily apartments, but more and more people are opting for an even cheaper rental option: the traditional suburban single-family home.
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Suburbs and people moving to them is a new trend - what could be next for the large modern city?

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'There Will Be No World Cup': What's at Stake in Brazil

'There Will Be No World Cup': What's at Stake in Brazil | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
I witnessed protests before South Africa's tournament, too. But something bigger is happening in the land of soccer.
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For Soccer fans, the next month is pure joy - the best players, the best teams, and the best competition that the World Cup provides. But underneath the surface in Brazil, something is brewing. The question is, does it bubble over before the champion is declared next month?

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MAP: How ISIS is carving out a new country

MAP: How ISIS is carving out a new country | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
As the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) continues to seize cities in Iraq, here is a look at the radical group's strongholds and key moments that show their control over various cities.
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Some more on ISIS - a group that is going to have a huge impact on the future of Iraq, now that the United States has withdrawn.

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These 4 maps show the insanity of US health care prices

These 4 maps show the insanity of US health care prices | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
There is crazy variation from place to place.
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Health care leads to life expectancy, and as we will soon learn in Unit 2, have a tremendous impact on something called the Demographic Transition. Take a look at these maps discussing US health care and start to think if and why they might be important.

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