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A Shockingly High Number of Americans Experience Poverty

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ReutersAmericans have a habit of talking about poverty as if it were a deep gulch somewhere at the fringe of the U.S. economy. We imagine a few unfortunate souls fall in forever—but only a few.

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Tess S's curator insight, November 13, 2013 11:34 AM

Poverty is a big problem worldwide and I don't think people realize it's happening in their own neighborhoods.

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Guide to Earth Explorer for Landsat 8

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The Landsat Data Continuity Mission is now Landsat 8, and that means images are now public (woohoo!). NASA handed control of the satellite to the USGS earlier this year (May 30, 2013), and calibrated imagery is available through the Earth Explorer. Unfortunately, the Earth Explorer interface is a bit of a pain, so I’ve put together a guide to make it easier.


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, November 7, 2013 1:32 PM

If you have been afraid to download remotely sensed images, this is a very-user friendly, step-by-step guide on how to download Landsat 8 data (and many other geospatial datasets)  using Earth Explorer from USGS.  


Tagsremote sensing, geospatial.

Sharrock's curator insight, November 7, 2013 1:36 PM

Looks like a cool tool for mapping activities.

Chris Cividino's curator insight, November 8, 2013 12:09 AM

The Landsat program is an essential tool for geographers when they are studying GIS. Without this data, Google Earth and many of the other mapping programs we love so much would not be possible.

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Water 48 - The Challenge - short video to inspire students to find a solution to the World water problems

This video is about The Water Problem - a collaborative project in 2013

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23 Health Benefits of Sea Buckthorn: The Miracle Berry

23 Health Benefits of Sea Buckthorn: The Miracle Berry | ApocalypseSurvival | Scoop.it
Sea buckthorn has been used for centuries to heal various disorders by all walks of medicine. Here are 23 health benefits of sea buckthorn.

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Yardstick of Wealth

"In the last of a series of programmes exploring global population for the award-winning This World strand, Rosling presents an 'as live' studio event featuring cutting-edge 3D infographics painting a vivid picture of a world that has changed in ways we barely understand – often for the better."


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Kibet Koskei's curator insight, November 2, 2013 4:19 AM

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Sue Bicknell's curator insight, November 4, 2013 7:37 AM

Another fantastic presentation by Rosling

Rola Fahs's curator insight, November 13, 2013 10:27 AM

Rosling does a great job speaking of poverty and population. This would be an awesome text to use in a unit about poverty. This can be incorporated in a history class, economics class, sociology class, even an anthropology class if it is offered in highschools. 

It is a perfect length video that can be used to introduce a writing assignment, a research project, or an in class group assignment. But it also shows the extremety of poor vs. rich. From what I have seen students like to state their opinions about issues like this. Teachers may have to watch out how they introduce this into their topic or discussion, but it is a worthwhile source to use. 

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Grow salmon in rice fields? Just add water!

Grow salmon in rice fields? Just add water! | ApocalypseSurvival | Scoop.it
Juvenile salmon grow quickly in off-season rice field nurseries. The dual use of agricultural land could benefit both salmon populations and farmers.

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Increase Your Energy Levels – Try These 9 Great Energy Foods

Increase Your Energy Levels – Try These 9 Great Energy Foods | ApocalypseSurvival | Scoop.it
Here is another great post from our guest blogger, Julie Parry-Jones.

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World Just Witnessed A Stunning Watershed Moment In History

World Just Witnessed A Stunning Watershed Moment In History | ApocalypseSurvival | Scoop.it

Today one of the top economists in the world told King World News the world has just witnessed, “a watershed moment in history.”  This is without a doubt one of the most important interviews KWN has ever done with Michael Pento.  Below is what Pento, who heads Pento Portfolio Strategies, had to say in this remarkable and timely interview.

 

This is from the interview at CNBC:  “Does the Fed have a limit to its balance sheet?  Charlie, is there a limit?  You are headed towards $4 trillion.  Could it be $5 trillion?  Could it be $12 trillion?  What limits the size of the Fed’s balance sheet?”  And here is the answer from the Fed President Charles Evans, who happens to be simpatico with Janet Yellen and Ben Bernanke:  

 

“Well, I think the Fed needs to do whatever is necessary to help meet our dual mandate objections.  I don’t really think about it as far as limits are concerned because I think there is a tremendous amount of capacity.  We can go as long as necessary.” ...

 


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Hal's curator insight, October 24, 2013 2:18 PM

Be sure to click through for the full post. Pretty stunning admission on behalf of the FED. I guess we are quickly getting to the point where hidding such things from the populace doesn't matter as they can't do anything about it.

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Water bomber crashes in Australia, sparking another wildfire

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SYDNEY -- A plane dousing wildfires in bushland south of Australia's biggest city crashed into a national park on Thursday, killing the pilot and sparking a new fire to add to 55 still burning across the state of New South Wales.

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NatGeo to explore grid-down survival scenario with 'American Blackout' premiering Oct. 27

NatGeo to explore grid-down survival scenario with 'American Blackout' premiering Oct. 27 | ApocalypseSurvival | Scoop.it
NatGeo to explore grid-down survival scenario with 'American Blackout' premiering Oct. 27

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The man who lives without money

The man who lives without money | ApocalypseSurvival | Scoop.it

 

Mark Boyle gave up using cash over a year ago and loves his new lifestyle.

 

Mark Boyle, 31, gave up using money in November 2008.

 

He lives in a caravan that he got from Freecycle (uk.freecycle.org), which is parked at an organic farm near Bristol, where Boyle volunteers three days a week.

 

He grows his own food, has a wood-burning stove and produces electricity from a solar panel (it cost £360 before the experiment started).

 

He has a mobile phone for incoming calls only and a solar-powered laptop...

 


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Don Carter's curator insight, October 22, 2013 6:36 PM

Country Boys can survive. Great story. The human spirit will find a way to remain free or break free. It is good to learn from these pioneers as we "prepare for life" becuase it is coming at us and it is not slowing down!

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Study: Food Stamps Most Rapidly Growing Welfare Program

Study: Food Stamps Most Rapidly Growing Welfare Program | ApocalypseSurvival | Scoop.it

Food stamps are the most inefficient, vastly expanding social welfare program in the country, according to a new study. Forty-seven million people participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps, and costs have increased over 358 percent since 2000. The increase in recent years cannot be attributed to the economic recession, according to Michael Tanner, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, but lax eligibility requirements and an aggressive campaign by governments to boost their rolls. “This program has expanded rapidly over the last decade in a way that is not justified by the recession that we went through,” Tanner said. “There’s very little bang for all this increased buck.” Tanner’s report, “SNAP Failure: The Food Stamp Program Needs Reform,” finds that in 2000 the cost of the food stamp program was just $17 billion. It has risen in cost to $78 billion today. Spending on advertising and outreach for food stamps by federal and state governments has also increased, now amounting to $41.3 million a year. States like Florida have hired “food stamp recruiters,” who have a quota of signing up 150 new recipients each month. Rhode Island hosts “SNAP-themed bingo games,” and the USDA tells its field offices to throw parties to get more people on their rolls. Despite the additional spending, the USDA claims 18 million Americans are still “food insecure.” Tanner notes the program is more successful in breeding dependence on government, which was apparent last weekend when the EBT system shutdown in several states, resulting in chaos. “The left is correct when they talk about how small food stamp benefits are, about an average of $4.50 a day,” Tanner said. “And yet we’re told that people can’t survive without them.” “There’s something wrong in our society when people can’t survive without getting five bucks from the government,” he said. Food stamps have become the second most costly means-tested program behind Medicaid, and its expansion is credited to both Republicans and Democrats. Tanner traces the modern food stamp program back to President Lyndon B. Johnson, who signed the Food Stamp Act of 1964. Not until the presidency of George W. Bush, however, did the program increase dramatically, and the pace has only accelerated under President Barack Obama.


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Red Cross launches UK food campaign

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The British Red Cross is to start collecting food for families in the UK who are struggling to feed themselves.

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, October 11, 2013 2:43 AM

Never forget that unionists tell us this is as good as it gets.

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Lessons in Leadership from the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

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Three widely cited investigations of the Fukushima disaster — one by the Japanese government, one by an independent team of experts in Japan and a third by The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace — have now concluded that the nuclear disaster of March 2011 was not, as it first seemed, the inevitable result of events no one could have predicted.

 

“It was a profoundly man-made disaster that could and should have been foreseen and prevented,” said Kiyoshi Kurokawa, chairman of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission, established by the National Diet of Japan.

 

In an effort to understand what went wrong and what lessons in leadership the tragedy can offer, leaders directly and indirectly involved in the disaster spoke candidly at the Tokyo panel on Fukushima sponsored by Wharton’s Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership (IGEL). Based on their presentations in Tokyo and the analyses of others in Japan and elsewhere, three areas emerge as essential to leadership in a crisis: preparation for emergencies, leadership style and communications.


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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, November 5, 2013 4:03 PM

What can we learn from the Fukushima disaster in Japan? Part of a special report.

Paul Chance's curator insight, November 11, 2013 9:19 AM

From the terrible incident come three good lessons of leadership.

Mike Klintworth's curator insight, November 11, 2013 2:56 PM

Three lessons we can all learn from.  Additionally, this incident demonstrates how a lack of leadership can have disasterous consequences.

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Flash brings weather disasters to life in your browser

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Read more about Flash brings weather disasters to life in your browser at CreativeBloq.com Agency Secret Location was engaged to create both the 3D animation and companion digital documentary for History Canada's Perfect Storms – a six-part...

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Water in the Anthropocene

Water in the Anthropocene is a 3-minute film charting the global impact of humans on the water cycle. Evidence is growing that our global footprint is now so…

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Social Media Survival Contests

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SOS Island Competition - Brought to you by Samsung SOS Island. &k4=6820&k5=568991” target=“_blank”]Click here to...

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Time to Survive >> Prepare Today, Survive Tomorrow

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CAUTION:

Always Double-Check with experts before trying.

 

 

The Preppers List of Safety Survival Hacks [Infographic]

Many household objects can be used for something entirely different than their main purpose.

 

When disasters strike, emergencies occur, or you just get bored and want to be creative, there are many ways to transform the common item into a life-saving tool.

 

"We scoured the web and found the best survival hacks that include: turning a headlamp and a jug of water into a bright light, using dryer lint and petroleum jelly as fire starters, turning glasses into a signaling device, creating an all-natural refrigerator, turning a watch into a compass, converting batteries with tin foil, creating a homemade generator, using a condom to store a gallon of water, how to pick a lock, purifying water with bleach, making an air horn from household items, and using cardboard to create a solar oven."

 

 

Source:

http://bit.ly/19QQbJi

 


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Steve Landry's curator insight, November 26, 2013 8:49 PM

Survival Hacks - kinda fun for students to view and then create. Problem solving skills used.

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Take This State And Shove It: The New Secession Movement

Take This State And Shove It: The New Secession Movement | ApocalypseSurvival | Scoop.it
Residents of rural areas feel shut out of their states' politics, so why not create their own?

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Heather Ramsey's curator insight, November 18, 2013 2:25 PM

On election day this year, several Colorado counties voted on whether to secede from Colorado and create a new state. Many of the counties voted in favor of the idea. (See the link below for more info on the Colorado secession movement.) This is not the first time groups of Americans have considered (and voted on) breaking away from their state. When political issues come up and decisions are made by the government and/or the people, some get their way and others do not. The article explains one way that some people have decided to take action when they do not feel their interests are being served.

 

BONUS for my students:

1) What steps do you think should be taken before people consider seceding from their state?  

2) What are some possible pros and cons of breaking away from a state to create a new one?  

3) Hypothetically speaking, what would it take for you to want to create a new state?

 

Here is the link to the article about Colorado's secession movement:

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/colorado-rural-voters-approve-secession-idea-20850962

Victoria McNamara's curator insight, December 11, 2013 11:43 PM

Some states urban and rural areas have had differences and beliefs when it comes to politics. For example Virginia and West Virginia have had their differences and this is what has caused them to seperate. If every state did this there would be too much craziness because im sure each state would have a different belief and nobody would agree on anything. 

Nathan Chasse's curator insight, February 1, 2014 7:57 PM

This article is about segments of California, Colorado, and Oregon wanting to separate and become their own states so their voices can be heard in Congress.

 

If, hypothetically, new states were formed out of existing ones this kind of gerrymandering would likely only lead to even more new states. It might even lead to a secession arms race to gain more Democrat and Republican seats in the Senate. With so many new states, it could lead to increased division, with no Democrat or Republican wanting to set foot in an opposition’s state. In the long run though, political affiliations do eventually change and we would have a precedent analogous to attempting to take the ball home when the other kids don't want to play the same game as you, which is not how a democratic republic works.

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12 Volt Battery Hack!

 

Quite Handy

 


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What TED Talks Will Be Like When the Zombie Apocalypse Arrives

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"In the wake of the zombie apocalypse, innovative ideas have become more important than ever. Watch and take note on how to survive the "human apocalypse" in a special DED Talk presented by a zombie who has seen it all."
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Smarter Food: Does big farming mean bad farming?

Smarter Food: Does big farming mean bad farming? | ApocalypseSurvival | Scoop.it
In Minnesota, ‘industrial’ operation shows effort to balance economic, environmental sustainability.

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Pranav Pradeep's curator insight, February 27, 2014 11:24 AM

Yes it does because in all large scale endeavors, regardless of what for, the quality is always sacrificed for the quantity because it becomes cheaper to produce and profits are greater.

Jason Wilhelm's curator insight, February 27, 2014 11:33 AM

The large-scale agricultural practices of modern America tend to lend to the bad image of commercial farming. However, the practices are actually helping feed more people in the US, but they also use genetically modified crops and other highly debated techniques.

Lauren Sellers's curator insight, May 20, 2014 11:45 AM

Yes it does because in all large scale endeavors, regardless of what for, the quality is always sacrificed for the quantity because it becomes cheaper to produce and profits are greater.

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The science of survival - CBS News

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(CBS News) Bouncing back from this month's fiscal crisis is a job for the entire nation.

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A Thirsty Civilization: Our Risky Relationship With Water in Photographs by Edward Burtynsky

A Thirsty Civilization: Our Risky Relationship With Water in Photographs by Edward Burtynsky | ApocalypseSurvival | Scoop.it
Salton Sea #1, Eastern Shore, California 2009
Edward Burtynsky's stunning water photographs are aren't exactly pretty. The Canadian photographer's aerial shots show a planet fractured and gouged to quench humanity's thirst.

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Detroit on the edge

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Bob Simon reports on the decline of America's former industrial capital and the people determined to bring it back

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, October 16, 2013 8:32 PM

Detroit is the largest city to declare bankruptcy and more importantly the first major American city to essentially fail as a major metropolitan area.  Sections of the city are reminiscent of a post-apocalyptic bestselling novel:  80,000 buildings stand empty, 40% of the streetlights don’t work, and it routinely takes police one hour to respond to a 911 call.


Tags: urban, economic, industry, Detroit

Gregory S Sankey Jr.'s curator insight, November 19, 2013 12:21 PM

The Detroit "Renaissance"  is an interesting one to say the least. There is an obvious opportunity to lay the foundations for something new and bold after clearing the rubble that has become detroit. But who is going to be displaced once the rubble's cleared and the trendy cafes, art studios, and co-ops are erected? Who amongst the poor and already displaced will be held up high, encouraged, and supported to help create this new Detroit? Cutting costs from health care and pensions, from those who already live in this city and are struggling, doesn't sound particularly productive. Especially after referencing having posession of extremely valuable art pieces that could be sold off. This article really sheds a light on the pro's and con's that are associated in capital investment in a bankrupt and wartorn American city.

I don't think that the poor and hungry care about paint on a canvas. They need access to opportunity and the resources to seize it.