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Why Are States So Red and Blue?

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Theories about our right-wing and left-wing mind-sets don't explain why they are tied to geography.

 

While not endorsing all the cultural assumptions in the article, this is still an interesting exploration into expalining why distinct places are are politically aligned with particular parties. 

 

Questions to ponder: What portions of the author's argument do you agree (or disagree) with?  What do you see as the reasons behind the spatial distributions of "blue" and "red" in the United States? 

 

Tags: political, place, USA, culture, unit 4 political.


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BraydenJulietteGeo's comment, November 21, 2013 1:26 PM
this is a extremely interesting article on how certain portions of our country are know for voting for certain political party's during presidential elections. We have seen this political pattern all through our history, and can now almost always guess what states will be red or blue when it comes time for elections. Because this talks about political party's I have put this under political
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China buying up American land, resources, and Communities: Detroit to be the first major city..?

China buying up American land, resources, and Communities: Detroit to be the first major city..? | toler GEO 152 | Scoop.it
The borrower, really is a slave to the lender and we are starting to see the truth of that here in America. The United States is being sold of to the Chinese at a very alarming rate, but most Americans are completely oblivious to this truth.

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Business Languages In Africa

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"The Main Languages of Business in Africa."


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Kevin Cournoyer's curator insight, May 6, 2015 10:46 PM

This map is a simple but powerful one. Africa is the continent that contains the most nations (53), yet it uses only six languages for business. Not surprisingly, all of the languages (with the exception of Arabic) are European in origin. Clearly, the effects of colonialism are still felt around the world in former colonies. The languages that were forced upon various African countries by their colonizers have endured and become the main languages of business in their respective countries. What is just as unfortunate as the roots of colonialism holding fast, if not more so, is the absence of any indigenous languages being used as the language of business in any of the countries of Africa. While using a business language that is spoken by much of the world is surely a matter of practicality and logistics, it is still robbing African countries of their heritage and culture to some degree.

 

This brings up the issue of globalization and how it is constantly at odds with the preservation of culture and tradition. In order for Africa (or any continent or region or country) to function in the modern world, it must be capable of conducting business in a language that is spoken by its business partners. The ability to do business with virtually any person, company, or country in the world is an obviously invaluable one. At the same time, however, it allows for the subtle and gradual erasure of unique culture and traditions. So while it would be ideal for cultural preservation for countries to conduct business in their indigenous languages, it seems to be a necessary evil for smaller and less influential countries to adopt the languages of their more powerful and influential business partners if they wish to survive in today's world. 

Chris Costa's curator insight, October 29, 2015 4:24 PM

The lingering effects of colonialism, so strongly relevant in every aspect of African ways of life, are perhaps most evident in the "lingua franca" of African nations today. With a multitude of different ethnicities and languages in use in every African nation today, the result of the arbitrarily drawn national borders made by European colonizers, necessitates the use of the one language that's commonly spoken across every independent nation- a European tongue. This system, while a necessity in today's world, is a solution that no one is quite happy with. It reminds Africans of all ages of the power still held by their colonizers over their everyday lives, a stark reminder of the horrors of the previous century at every business meeting and every exchange of goods. This harms the national psyche of each nation, as well as undermining the importance and pride Africans deservedly maintain in their own native languages. European-made borders, however, make it difficult to find another, native language that every ethnic group can agree upon. As a result, the European languages are still in use in Africa, and will most likely still be in use for some time to come. It's a system that no one likes but, for the time being, everyone must accept as reality.

Mark Hathaway's curator insight, October 30, 2015 7:26 AM

This map is a great resource in showing the diversity of language in Africa. Of course, this map discounts the many native African languages. It instead focuses on the language of business in the continent. That language, has been influence by the European colonization of Africa. The chosen language of business is often tied to the colonizer of the region. The diversity of language in Africa is staggering to say the least.  

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I'm ready for Gay fight - Museveni

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He says besides the Bible being against the act, even long ago, among African cultures, homosexuals were referred to as ekifiire (walking dead)

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Jodhpur - India's Blue City

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DB: The aesthetics of architecture within a society not only reveal the communities interpretation of what is considered beautiful or pleasing in appearance but also differentiates between what is considered sacred or important. The symbolic significance of aesthetics in colors, designs and a place of residence can be indicative of socioeconomic standing is within society and what the community values.  Jodhpur, India is well known for the beautiful wave of blue houses that dominate the landscape of a rather dry region. However, it is believed that these blue houses originally were the result of ancient caste traditions. 

 

Brahmins (who were at the very top of the caste system) housed themselves in these “Brahmin Blue” homes to distinguish themselves from the members of other castes. Now that the Indian government officially prohibits the caste system, the use of the color blue has become more widespread. Yet Jodhpur is one of the only cities in India that stands steadfast to its widespread aesthetics obsession with the color blue which is making it increasingly unique, creating a new sense of communal solidarity among its residence.

 

Questions to Consider: How has color influenced the cultural geography of this area?  How are the aesthetics of this community symbolic of India’s traditional past, present and possible future?

 

Tags: South Asia, culture, housing, landscape, unit 3 culture.


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never knew this city existed. Blue City!

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Alec Castagno's curator insight, December 17, 2014 11:27 PM

The blue color shows how traditional Hindu society has influenced the overall aesthetic of the area. Because the blue signified the elite class of the society, everyone took to the color and the entire city reflects its popularity. The fact that almost every building in the city is painted the same color shows how dominant the Hindu society and culture was.

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Mind-Boggling Facts About the Nation of Israel

One cannot see all the miraculous changes that have taken place in the Nation of Israel since 1948 and not see the hand of God on this tiny nation. Geography ■Israel is only 1/6 of 1% of the landmass in the Middle East. ■Israel is roughly half the size of Lake Michigan


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Changes on the Cape Cod Coastline

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Beaches are dynamic, living landscapes. The coast off of Chatham, Massachusetts, provides a prime example of beach evolution.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, June 5, 2014 11:52 PM

To quote coastal geologist Robert Oldale, "Many people view coastal erosion as a problem that needs to be addressed and, if possible, prevented.  However, storm and wave erosion along the shore of Cape Cod has been going on for thousands of years and will likely continue for thousands of years more. It is a natural process that allows the Cape to adjust to rising sea level. Erosion is only a peril to property. If we build on the shore, we must accept the fact that sooner or later coastal erosion will take the property away.”


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The NASA Earth Observatory is a teaching tool used to assist educators in teaching students about the environmental, including natural hazards with visualizations depicting the date and time these vast changes in the climate occurs. There are multiple global maps which  depict data over a period of time which can be used as a tool to see the effects of global warming it’s the implications on the environment on a global scale. Animations, videos and side by side images are also available to teachers to show how sustainable choices or designs can influence our environment. I really enjoyed looking at all of the real-world images on this site and it opened my eyes to how creating a more sustainable environment could influence our world on a global scale. 

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Study Shows: 99.9% Likelyhood That Humans Have Caused Global Warming

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A new analysis found the carbon-dioxide from burning fossil fuels has the greatest impact on our climate, which means we caused climate change – it’s not a natural phenomenon.

 

McGill University physics professor, Shaun Lovejoy crunched numbers and applied a statistical methodology, to determine the probability that global warming is NOT a natural phenomenon.

He did this because one of the most heated debates revolves around whether or not global warming is something we can counter, because if it’s a natural process, there may be nothing we can do.

 

The debate is fierce in the United States, where politicians, scientists, and big oil and gas companies fight for their own specific interests.


Big oil companies in the United States have released their own findings onclimate change, and not surprisingly, their research says global warming is a natural process, which occurs over time.

Numerous American politicians with a track record of backing oil companies, have used these studies to defend the oil and gas industry. They argue against any policies that negatively impacts that industry. Some have even gone as far as denying global warming entirely.

 

American scientists for the most part agree that global warming exists, but depending on who’s paying for the research, have differing views as to whether it is the natural warming of our planet, or if our burning of fossil fuels are to blame.

 

“This study will be a blow to any remaining climate change deniers,” Lovejoy says. “Their two most convincing arguments – that the warming is natural in origin and that the computer models are wrong – are either directly contracted by this analysis, or simply do not apply to it.”

 

Lovejoy’s study uses “multi-proxy climate reconstructions” which is a scientific method of taking historical temperature data, along with natural markers left by climatic events over time, such as tree rings, ice core samples and lake sediments, to map out our climate over a very long time period.

Lovejoy’s analysis found the carbon-dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels to be the greatest impact on our climate, which means we caused climate change – it’s not a natural phenomenon.


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The FUNDAMENTALS OF PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY

Assignment - Read Chapter 1 of this Online Textbook.  Thanks, Mr. Perry


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read Chapter 1.  nice information on the history behind Geography!

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jfraley0032's curator insight, July 8, 2013 6:19 PM

Assignment 1 useful for geography lessons on longitude/ latitude or about what is geography. Could use some of this information for lots of potential lessons with my students maybe pair with a fun game on coordinates a scavenger hunt or a poster on what geography is. The possibilities are endless.

Jessica L. Price's comment, July 11, 2013 10:11 AM
This information is very valubale when dealing with our course work!
RachaelDurbin's curator insight, July 4, 2014 1:28 PM

Needed for Unit 2: Part 1 and 2

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World Map / World Atlas / Atlas of the World including Geography Facts and Flags - worldatlas.com

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World Atlas Atlas of the World is an educational resource for world maps, atlases, and in-depth geography information. Teachers and students: free maps of Africa, Europe, USA, Canada, Florida, Caribbean Islands and much more. Worldatlas.com
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awesome information on different regions of the world. just click the area you want to study!

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Our Energy Future

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Use our classroom poster to excite your students' curiosity about the future of energy.

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Protecting predators in the wildest landscape you've never heard of

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The Serengeti, the Congo, the Okavango Delta: many of Africa's great wildernesses are household names, however on a continent that never fails to surprise remain vast wild lands practically unknown to the global public.

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Central Asia Islamist concerns over US pullout from Afghanistan

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The neglected region of Central Asia faces a new threat from Islamic militancy as the US withdrawal from neighbouring Afghanistan nears, reports guest columnist Ahmed Rashid.

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littlebytesnews's curator insight, October 5, 2013 3:19 AM

The wild savages can't wait for us to leave Afghanistan so they can run rampant across the country and spread like a disease everywhere else. 

Marissa Roy's curator insight, November 19, 2013 10:37 AM

The countries including and surrounding Afghanistan are severely worried about what will happen to them after the US troops withdraw in 2014. They feel as though there is still no political stability and that the minute the forces leave, the door will be open to terrorism and drug trafficking. These Central Asian countries can also not come to terms on a solution for protection after 2014. The most vulnerable countries are Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, and they fear terrorist rule the most, as the share a common border with Afghanistan. There is much uncertainity and fear on this part of the world. They need to come up with a common plan for protection as soon as possible to prepare.

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A large part of Europe could be flooded by the middle of the century

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Moscow (Voice of Russia) Feb 28, 2014 -
The recent climate change study quoting vice-president of the International Expert Group on Climate Change Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, says the recent floods in the UK are just a first sign of dramatic changes threatening our world. The repercussions of global climate change are tremendous and affect the world's entire population.


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climate change affecting Europe.

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Gil Grosvenor's Why We Need Geography Video

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Assignment:  Watch the Gil Grosvenor's Video on Why We Need Geography.  Thanks, Mr. Perry


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Crystal Million Gumm (Geo 152 Summer 2012)'s comment, May 16, 2012 1:09 PM
Hate that Polar Bears & Walrus's are losing their habitats. This was also an interesting video!
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Need it for Unit 2: Part 2

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Watch this video by Gil Grosvenor, former CEO of the National Geographic Society.  Gil explains why we need Geography.

This video will help you answer the Learning Unit 2: Part 1 Discussion Question.

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William Pattison - 4 Traditions of Geography

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jfraley0032's curator insight, July 10, 2013 3:04 PM

NIce explaination of the four traditions breaks it down well on page 3

Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 10, 2013 9:02 AM

This article is a classic; one of the most well-cited articles from the Journal of Geography.  


Tags: Geography Education, Geography, Unit 1 GeoPrinciples.

RachaelDurbin's curator insight, July 4, 2014 1:23 PM

Great for Unit 2: Part 1

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The Physical Environment: Table of Contents


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Starting out: Chapter 1 gives a deeper insight to what Geography is. Both Chapter 1 and 2 give what I like to call "fun facts" about the world we live in. 

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roger banta's curator insight, July 3, 2014 6:23 PM

It is nice to have these quick links to click on for the index.

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Read Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 in this Online Textbook for Learning Unit 2: Part 1 and Part 2.

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Geographic Calibrations

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"Occasionally we need to be reminded that the concepts of distance and area are important to the day-to-day understanding of breaking news stories, as well as many of our daily personal decisions. Although modern communications and transportation have reduced the roles of distance and area in some activities, by no means has it eliminated the utility of these concepts."


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Jordan Schemmel's curator insight, May 21, 2014 12:56 PM

We tend to forget how easy it is to compare the sizes and distances, especially when considering the move form 3D to 2D. Something to consider when reading and interpreting maps.

Jason Wilhelm's curator insight, May 22, 2014 12:35 PM

A central theme of geography is place and the spacial organization of it. The USA is an extremely large area and its citizens often don't recognize this fact. Manifest destiny was a concept that stated that it was an American's duty to expand into the frontier to further the dominion of the American government. This imperialistic tendency ended when the US reached the Atlantic Ocean, but the land conquered was vast. Many countries in the world can fit many times over into the continental United States, but the citizens of the states take this fact for granted. This article serves as a needed reminder of this fact, and helps people put America's spacial consumption into perspective. 

Clarissa Rangel's curator insight, May 28, 2014 8:50 PM

Really puts the size of countries into perspective... 

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Geography: Climate & Vegetation

An introduction to climate and vegetation in world regional geography. IU Southeast Instructor: Clint Franklin.
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