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Where Does the South Begin?

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Roads? Religion? Accent? Food? Which factor dictates where the North ends?

 

This is a great intellectual exercise to help students think about regions and how we define them.  The article can help also inform some of their thinking since one of the main problems for students in drawing regional boundaries is a lack of place-based knowledge.   

 

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Matthew DiLuglio's curator insight, October 12, 2013 6:49 PM

Borders... the first thing I think of was a giant bookstore near my hometown... it now ceases to exist, having been replaced by Barnes and Nobel...  As for the political organization of space, I could apply this situation and laugh.  Borders will cease to be, and they will be called after people's last names!  I think this has already happened, when people unite together in countries such as the USA- although borders are specific, the general federal laws and many policies still apply in all states... generally. And people's names are often the namesakes of places.  I don't like the idea of borders, though, it seems like a bunch of warmongers trying to get ahead in a world where they can't truly cheat death, so they cheat other people of land that may have been decreed in ancient documents as property of their ancestors, or even in accordance with the righteousness of the universe and what should be alloted to whom.  Ownership is a concept of denial, because no one can truly own anything, not even our bodies, which contain trillions of infinite universes the size of the large one around us that we commonly refer to.  Borders are relative, and will likely become recognized as obsolete.  I know this was abstract, but it's my thoughts on the topic.

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Pastafarians rejoice as Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is granted permission to register as a religion in Poland

Pastafarians rejoice as Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is granted permission to register as a religion in Poland | AP Human Geography @ Hermitage High School - Ms. Anthony | Scoop.it

"A church that worships an invisible flying spaghetti monster can now apply to be registered as an official religion in Poland, after a 2013 court ruling was overturned in April, 2014."

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2015 Gates Annual Letter

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See how the lives of people in poor countries will improve faster in the next 15 years than they have in any other time in history. And join us!
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Gastrodiplomacy: Cooking Up A Tasty Lesson On War And Peace

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An international relations scholar is using her students' love of food to teach them about global conflicts. It's a form of winning hearts and minds that's gaining traction among world governments.
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One County Provides Preview Of China's Looming Aging Crisis

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Eastern China's Rudong County began implementing the one-child policy 10 years before the rest of the nation. Now, an estimated 60 percent of the county's residents will be 60 or older by 2030.
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New and now: Cultural landscapes, solar-power hotel, Poconos water park, Dollywood music fest

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NEW YORK — EXPLORING CULTURAL LANDSCAPES An ancient pueblo inhabited for centuries by indigenous people. A city park inspired by the Midwestern prairie. A Hudson River estate designed as a three-dimensional work of art.

 

What do these places — the Acoma Pueblo in New Mexico, Columbus Park in Chicago and Olana in New York — have in common? They're all cultural landscapes — places that are important because of their history or association with individuals, communities or events. And they're included — along with 1,700 other sites — in an online database called What's Out There, created by the Cultural Landscape Foundation in Washington D.C.

 

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How languages evolve - Alex Gendler

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Over the course of human history, thousands of languages have developed from what was once a much smaller number. How did we end up with so many? And how do we keep track of them all? Alex Gendler explains how linguists group languages into language families, demonstrating how these linguistic trees give us crucial insights into the past.
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10 foreign Christmas traditions that Americans might want to adopt

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Christmas Eve in a sauna, blue Santa Clauses or cozy winter villages -- the list is long.
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Jacqueline Garcia pd1's curator insight, January 8, 11:00 AM

this shows cultural diffusion since they are trying to get others to adopt the traditions for Christmas 

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Wilbur Goes To Work: New, Very First-Class Video On Village Life

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Wilbur Sargunaraj, a YouTube star in India, tests his workaday skills in his family's village: balancing a water jug on his head, climbing a coconut tree, and doing laundry the very old-fashioned way.
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Iran unveils a memorial honoring Jewish heroes

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It's a sign of the Islamic Republic's embrace of the country's much-diminished Jewish population
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Foreign fighters flow to Syria

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An estimated 15,000 militants from at least 80 nations are believed to have entered Syria to help overthrow the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. Related story.
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The n-word: An entrenched racial slur now more prevalent than ever

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After the NFL made the controversial decision to ban the n-word on the field this year, a team of Washington Post journalists explored the history of the word, its evolution and its place in American vernacular today.
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Mapping the State of the Union

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An interactive graphic shows the 1,410 different spots on the globe presidents have referenced in 224 speeches.
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The colourful propaganda of Xinjiang

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"China is in the midst of a crackdown on what it describes as 'terrorism driven by religious extremism'. The campaign is focused on the western province of Xinjiang, home to China's Uighur ethnic minority who are predominantly Muslim."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, January 13, 3:11 PM

China does not have a good track record of dealing with ethnic and religious minorities and the murals that can be seen in Xinjiang are a testament to that fact.  This has led to many Muslims in Western China being attracted to more radical ideas.  While I certainly don't condone radicalism nor China's heavy-handed tactics, I am fascinated by the cultural messages that are strategically being placed in the landscape to influence the politics and culture of the region.  


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The Global Cities That Power the World Economy Now

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10 awesome international borders

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Amazing images of international borders across the globe from Asia to America.
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Map: Literally every goat in the United States

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The geography of goats.
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Coffee Cultural Landscape of Colombia - UNESCO World Heritage Centre

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Of course!  Coffee is part of the cultural landscape!

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The Decline in U.S. Fertility

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The U.S. total fertility rate stood at 1.9 births per woman in 2013, down from 2.1 at the onset of the recession in 2007.
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Climate Change Creates New Geography of Food - Truth-Out

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The countryside is the first sector directly affected by climate change.
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Photos: Tea Rituals Around the World

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A cup of tea isn’t merely a drink: It’s the history of the world itself.
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Cuba releases American Alan Gross; Obama to overhaul relations

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U.S. contractor Alan Gross, held by the Cuban government since 2009, was freed as part of a deal with Cuba that paves the way for a overhaul in U.S. policy.
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Police in Sydney: 3 dead in raid to free captives held by Iranian-born gunman

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