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See where the wealth and poverty are in America using this great map.
This picture shows the cocentrations of poverty and affluence. The areas hilighted in yellow show the areas which are wealthy and the dark blue showing the poor. This coincides with the amout of pay and the education levels in these countries. Areas such as Boston, New York and Washington show high cocentrations of affluence. These areas also have much higher education systems and more well -paid jobs. Countries which are highlighted in dark blue are countries with lesser education and lesser paid jobs. This shows the extent at which poverty can affect a country.
Wal-Mart de Mexico was an aggressive and creative corrupter, offering large payoffs to get what the law otherwise prohibited, an examination by The New York Times found.
Some reactions that I had about this article were that the corporate Walmart took steps in order to enforce their way into the new making of a Walmart store in Mexico. Some things I would ask would be are what regualtions would the Mexican people know to follow in realation to the fact that Walmart had broken rules in order to expand their monopoly.
Wal-Mart is sometimes considered to be the embodiment of globalization. Unfortunately, these things come at the cost of not only the quality of life of many people, but also at the cost of these people's culture itself. This is especially sad in Teotihuacon, where the tourism that is brought by the ruins helps support locals small businesses (their livelihood). As the article states, and which has been seen wherever a Wal-mart pops up, these small, local business get shut-out quickly. According to the evidence, it seems as though most of Wal-Mart de Mexico's stores were established through bribery. With such a huge corporation showing such sure signs of corruption, what else in Mexico is made possible through bribery?
WalMart is looking to build a new store to an important site in Mexico, the pyramids of Teotihuacán. I believe that WalMart is looking to build on this location because it is a great tourism spot and centered at a location where thousands of people would be likely to visit. Even though the permission was obtained illegally, Walmart was able to provide some powerful incentives to Mexico in exchange for doing so. In other words, they were able to bribe zoning commissioners in order to get their compliance. It is easy to understand why there are some in Mexico that would oppose this. The pyramids hold a lot of religious and cultural influence to Mexicans and they do not want to lose a part of their culture to the modern world. Money is not enough of a motivation for citizens to lose a party of their cultural identity. If Walmart attempted such a move in the United States, I think there would a lot of opposition from groups bent on protecting US historical sites and monuments. I think Walmart would have faced a much tougher time obtaining permission to build their store in the US.
Roads? Religion? Accent? Food? Which factor dictates where the North ends?
This is a great intellectual expercise to help student 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.
Tags: regions, USA.
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.
The the United States, 9/11 is memorialized in our landscapes and is etched in our collective consciousness. This coming Tuesday is the anniversary and Teaching History has put together a host of teaching materials about the importance and impact of the terrorist attacks of Septemper 11th, 2001 on the U.S. and the world.
Tags: Landscape, terrorism, conflict, states, political, place, historical, unit 4 political.
Think everyone should just pull themselves up by their bootstraps? Try this one on for size.
Just incredibly awesome, but so, so sadly true.
Educating in poverty
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This map is a fantastic geovisualization that maps the spatial patterns of languages used on the social media platform Twitter. This map was in part inspired by a Twitter map of Europe. While most cities would be expected to be linguistically homogenous, but London's cosmopolitan nature and large pockets of immigrants influence the distribution greatly.
Tags: social media, language, neighborhood, visualization, cartography.
Facebook most social cities: People everywhere use Facebook to check in to places. Here you can see the 5 top hotspots of the most "social"cities.
Questions to ponder: What attributes do these commonly 'checked into' landmarks have in common? Are you surprised that some are or are not on the list?
Tags: socialmedia, place, tourism, infographic, London, NYC, Paris.