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Venice wants out of Italy

Venice wants out of Italy | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
VENICE, Italy – Venice, renowned for incomparable Gothic architecture and placid canals plied by gondolas that make it one of the most recognizable cities in the world, may have had enough of Italy.

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In Unit Four: Political Geography we discussed forces that lead to devolution.  This article highlights which of these forces?

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Jared Medeiros's curator insight, February 18, 6:10 PM

Although I understand the people of Venice are tired of financially bailing out the Southern regions of Italy, these people are just being egotistical and acting like snobs.  Whether they like it or not, they are Italians, regardless if they see themselves different than the rest of the country or not.  It remindes me of Vermont a few years back when they said that they wanted to become their own country.  These places want to be their own with their own identity, that is until something happens and they come begging for assistance from the place they just left.  If a blizzard covered Vermont and they were in a state of emergency, they would be begging the U.S. to come help.  Same goes for Venice.  If this does happen, lets see how they are acting when the city is about to be under water and the tourists have dried up and the residents have moved on.

David Lizotte's curator insight, February 20, 12:48 PM

The Italian North, historically speaking was graced by the Industrial Revolution whereas the agricultural south never truly was. This is one of the reasons as to why Southern Italy has no money, there is simply no Industry. 

Throughout the 1800's Northern Italian States developed industry, going along with the rest of Western Europe. Being closer to the west certainly influenced this need of an industrial sector. Northern Italian provinces were also at once ruled by Napoleon, "The Kingdom of Italy" (1805-1814) thus having a share of western influence. In any case the Industrial Revolution reached Northern Italy. The production of war based machinery was developing throughout Europe, in case of another "Napoleon" like person. This created jobs, thus a fluctuation of money. This never reached the agrarian south. 

Southern Italy is not the only area to go untouched by Industry. Eastern Europe was very slow at developing and producing and it can be argued it still is. For example, look at Greece. It has very little industry and a horrid economy to complement it. Due to no industry/no money the North has to take care of the South with its taxes. Citizens of Northern Italy are getting tired of it and want to succeed. 

I understand why they want to succeed. But then what would happen with Southern Italy. It would just remain a tourist attraction with farmers scattered throughout the country side. It sounds nice but it probably isn't These people already have a low standard of living, Northern Italy succeeding would determine an even lower standard. 

A positive aspect of this article is that no one wants to bear arms over the issue. Its a peaceful movement, although there was a homemade tank made from a bulldozer, but still, its peaceful.  Could violence occur if not grow? Perhaps... if the economic loss is great enough to promote such an outcome. 

This article truly does pinpoint the fact that Italy is very much a divided country. The North claims they are a different people, a different identity. Perhaps its not just economic reasons but cultural aspects as well that generate the want of succession. In either case, both the economic and cultural reasonings are products of the Industrial Revolution gracing the North. 

Joshua Mason's curator insight, March 16, 3:03 PM

Nobody wants to feel like they're not in control and Venice is no different. Large money making cities or regions often try to break off from their states or countries. New York City has talked about becoming its own state (And with a population of 8.406 million as of 2013, it's bigger than some states) before defending that its taxes aren't going to it and that Albany isn't meeting its demands. Venice is in the same boat (dare I say gondola) and simply wants to have a little more autonomy like way back. Secession is a bold move to make and judging from the article, it seems as if it's not wanted by all and maybe just a little more interest in the region will be taken by the government. Sometimes making bold claims is all that's needed to get what you want.

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The Second Languages Of Every Part Of The World In One Incredible Infographic

The Second Languages Of Every Part Of The World In One Incredible Infographic | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Some of these will surprise you.
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Opinion: Want to Make a Dent in World Hunger? Build Better Roads

Opinion: Want to Make a Dent in World Hunger? Build Better Roads | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
The absence of quality roads leads to hunger, poverty, political instability, and even terrorism.

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Matt Richardson's curator insight, October 14, 2014 11:50 AM

Infrastructure is one of the key elements of development. This article makes that case nicely.

Payton Sidney Dinwiddie 's curator insight, October 20, 2014 5:42 PM

I like this article because it shows that better roads can make an increase on our population because with better roads cause farmers to more access and that would cause people to reproduce because we have the food and resources to reproduce. Payton Dinwiddie

 

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Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi Are Awarded Nobel Peace Prize

Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi Are Awarded Nobel Peace Prize | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
A well-known teenage Pakistani and an Indian veteran of children’s advocacy were recognized for their work promoting education and protecting children. At 17, Ms. Yousafzai is the prize’s youngest recipient.
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Why India's sanitation crisis needs more than toilets

Why India's sanitation crisis needs more than toilets | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it

New research reveals that building toilets may not be enough to stop people from defecating in the open.


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Allison Anthony's curator insight, October 8, 2014 7:22 AM
Sometimes culture overrides modernization.
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Russia Wants Bulgarians to Stop Vandalizing Soviet Monuments

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Russia is demanding that Bulgaria try harder to prevent vandalism of Soviet monuments, after yet another monument to Soviet troops in Sofia was spray-painted.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 20, 2014 11:22 AM

Generally speaking, if you don't want icons of your culture desecrated by other people, you shouldn't export them to other places through imperialistic practices.  Personally, I love what they've done with this monument.

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Map reveals global interest in referendum

Map reveals global interest in referendum | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Thousands of people across the globe tweet messages of support and encouragement as Scotland awaits the referendum decision.
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Map reveals global interest in referendum

Map reveals global interest in referendum | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it

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Matt Richardson's curator insight, September 22, 2014 8:29 AM

Where in the world do people pay attention to UK politics? Why?

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This map shows what Europe will look like if every separatist movement gets its own country

This map shows what Europe will look like if every separatist movement gets its own country | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it

If these places go the way of Scotland, geography quizzes just got a lot harder.


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Jake Red Dorman's curator insight, October 29, 2014 1:21 PM

I never knew how many progressive nationalist regions there were in the European are. This map shows to me the how separate Europe is, and how different the European map will change if every separatist nation gets their own country. It simply doesn't look right and I hope that this doesn't happen with the momentum of Scotland getting their own country.

 

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Why all men should be able to read a map

Why all men should be able to read a map | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
New research suggests that map reading is a dying skill in the age of the smartphone. Perish the thought, says Rob Cowen

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As we begin to really did into the meat of Geography, this article does a great job of explaining the importance of map knowledge!

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Truthbehere2's curator insight, September 3, 2014 1:21 PM

My dad could read maps but he refused to pull the paper out due to pride..obviously some humans aren't born with a compass, so its a life saver to ask for directions and read a map.

MsPerry's curator insight, September 6, 2014 4:41 PM

APHG-U1

Emily Bian's curator insight, September 28, 2014 9:31 PM

I agree that people should be able to read physical maps, instead of always relying on their gps or smartphone. Although it is more convenient, I think everybody should still be able to read a paper map, in case something goes wrong. Did you know that 1 in 3 people nowadays can't read a map? I believe it is a skill that takes time and practice, so start practicing now! It took me a while to be able to use the map, because it seemed so much more confusing than my phone or a GPS, but eventually I got it, and it gets easier each time. 

            This article basically says that physical map reading is a ding skill, and raises awareness. This would help future APHUG students, because it reminds them that relying on only your smartphone GPS is not always a good thing. Reading map is a basic skill that everyone should learn. 

1) key geographical skill

 

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How extensive is California's drought? Compare the photos

How extensive is California's drought? Compare the photos | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
After enduring 3 years of drought, water conservation continues to be a major concern for Californians.

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Here is another example of an obvious "N."  However drought also has a serious impact on issues that are Political, Social, and Economic.  As you look at the world around you, begin to think in terms of ESPN!

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 21, 2014 9:30 PM

The pictures really say it all. 

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On World Population Day, Unpacking 9.6 Billion by 2050

On World Population Day, Unpacking 9.6 Billion by 2050 | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
The United Nations predicts the human population will hit 9.6 billion by 2050. How do demographers devise that figure?

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The second-largest religion in each state

The second-largest religion in each state | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it

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With religious liberties currently in the news, this map gives us a nice view of future issues in that field.

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Matt Richardson's curator insight, June 5, 2014 7:56 AM

This is a fascinating & surprising map.

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Don't Panic - The Truth About Population

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Objective: To build up a modern day view of global population issues using the work of Hans Rosling and the 'Don't Panic' documentary 7th November 2013 -    Don't Panic - The Truth About Population...

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Proposed routes for Dallas-Houston high-speed rail revealed

Proposed routes for Dallas-Houston high-speed rail revealed | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Texas Central Railway is looking at Union Station, near Interstates 20 and 45, and near I-45 and Loop 12 for a terminus in Dallas.
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Airpocalypse hits Beijing... and breaks devastating new record

Airpocalypse hits Beijing... and breaks devastating new record | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Usually it's only locals that have to suffer through Beijing's notorious air pollution. But as records in air quality are smashed, celebrities and sport stars in town this week are forced to power through as well. Mariah Carey, top cyclists and football star Lionel Messi will get a taste today of Airpocalypse – episodes of

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It’s Columbus Day. Let’s talk about geography (and Ebola).

It’s Columbus Day. Let’s talk about geography (and Ebola). | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Why knowing where countries are in Africa matters for how the rest of the world thinks about Ebola.

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Matt Richardson's curator insight, October 14, 2014 7:03 AM

Here is a good article on the geography of Ebola. 

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Why India's sanitation crisis needs more than toilets

Why India's sanitation crisis needs more than toilets | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it

New research reveals that building toilets may not be enough to stop people from defecating in the open.


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Allison Anthony's curator insight, October 8, 2014 7:22 AM
Sometimes culture overrides modernization.
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U.S. government to American people: Stay away from these countries

U.S. government to American people: Stay away from these countries | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
In total, the State Department has travel warnings in place for 41 nations across the globe

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Matt Richardson's curator insight, September 29, 2014 7:01 AM

I routinely suggest that my students travel abroad "anywhere" as soon and often as they get a chance. There really is no substitute for the education one receives by leaving one's home for a time. Here is a map that provides a distressing countermessage: Yankee, stay home. 

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As World’s Population Booms, Will Its Resources Be Enough for Us?

As World’s Population Booms, Will Its Resources Be Enough for Us? | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
As world population projections soar, there are rising concerns about the impact billions more people will have on the planet.

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Matt Richardson's curator insight, September 22, 2014 8:36 AM

Human population increase is the greatest single factor in nearly all major ecological stresses on the planet. 

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Matt Richardson's curator insight, September 19, 2014 11:58 PM

Here's the Scottish independence vote. It will be interesting to see if this is the end of the independence movement or the beginning.

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Ukraine and Isis threat set to dominate talks as Nato summit starts

Ukraine and Isis threat set to dominate talks as Nato summit starts | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Organisers hoped summit would mark new era in Afghanistan but talks are set to focus on eastern Europe, Iraq and Syria
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Today our "question of the day" was about NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization).  Here is an article, published today, about what NATO is hoping to do about the situations with ISIS and in the Ukraine.

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The Islamic State's Own Photos Were Just Used to Find One of Its Training Camps

The Islamic State's Own Photos Were Just Used to Find One of Its Training Camps | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
A British journalist teamed up with analysts and reporters to determine exactly where Islamic State fighters train near the Tigris River in Mosul, Iraq. By Kabir Chibber

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If this article does not get you interested in maps, I am not sure what will.  We will be looking at this article more when we talk about GIS in the very near future.

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Iceland Investigating Two Volcanoes After Overnight Eruption

Iceland Investigating Two Volcanoes After Overnight Eruption | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it

Activity at two volcanoes in Iceland, Bardabunga and Askja, continues to worry geologists and international aviation interests after an overnight eruption.

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We have been studying ESPN this week.  Volcanic eruptions are obviously "N"-eNvironmental, however, this will effect other sectors as well.  How might a volcanic eruption also impact the  "E"-economy, "P"-politics, and "S"-society?

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'Facekini women': China's weirdest beach sensation

'Facekini women': China's weirdest beach sensation | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Bikini babes are out. These fearless Qingdao ladies are the new beach icon in China
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Summer is here folks!  Do not miss out on the latest trends in swim wear!

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This map shows which disease is most likely to kill you depending on where you live

This map shows 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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Matt Richardson's curator insight, June 16, 2014 8:17 AM

Here is a map showing which diseases will likely kill people in various places in the world.