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A Love Letter To Johnny Depp's "Lone Ranger" And Ethnic Characters Played By White Actors

A Love Letter To Johnny Depp's "Lone Ranger" And Ethnic Characters Played By White Actors | GeographyfortheMasses | Scoop.it
OK, so it's not warm and fuzzy at all.
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There are several Native Americans actors working in the film industry today.  You would think they could find one of them to play the role of Tonto in the Lone Ranger. Then again the role is pretty divisive so most self-respecting Native Americans I know would ask you if you had lost your mind if they were approached to play this part.  As a nation America has come a long way with respect to race relations but we have quite a bit more work we need to do. 

 

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Lesser-Known Youth Culture – Chicago Gousters

Lesser-Known Youth Culture – Chicago Gousters | GeographyfortheMasses | Scoop.it
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It is interesting that every generation creates its own cultural niche when it comes to fashion. Unfortunately in my generation it is males with their pants hanging down somewhere around their knees.  This phenomenon started with black youth but soon caught on in every ethnic group it seems.  I have seen more male underwear and behinds than I care to.  Love them or hate them, these fashion participants are my generations Gousters.

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Imprisoned by Innovation

Imprisoned by Innovation | GeographyfortheMasses | Scoop.it
Technology can redeem even the most dreadful situations and environments — but this doesn’t obviate the need to fight them.
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"Citizens, self-tracking can get us to optimize our behavior within the constraints of an existing system"...

Now we want our prisoners to incarcerate themselves and modify their own behavior?  With a smart phone? The reason they are incarcerated is because they broke the law.  They obviously do not have a grasp of, or they chose to ignore what is right.  A phone with a self-tracking system is not going to help prisoners modify their behavior.

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A New perspective on China

A New perspective on China | GeographyfortheMasses | Scoop.it

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This is not how we typically see China displayed on a map. On most maps China is located under Kazakhstan and Mongolia.   Maps can shape our perspective on certain issues.  This map is clearly stating that China is important, more important than the surrounding countries. 

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Geography Teachers' Association of Victoria Inc. (GTAV)'s curator insight, August 7, 2013 7:32 PM

This doesn't pertain to a specific CD.

 

This is not how we typically see China displayed on a map. On most maps China is located under Kazakhstan and Mongolia. Maps can shape our perspective on certain issues. This map is clearly stating that China is important, more important than the surrounding countries.  

Marina Costanzo's curator insight, October 10, 2013 11:36 AM

Interessante prospettiva.. quando il mondo non è più eurocentrico..

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Iran Intelligence Crisis Showed Difficulty of Assessing Nuclear Data

Iran Intelligence Crisis Showed Difficulty of Assessing Nuclear Data | GeographyfortheMasses | Scoop.it
Discerning the intentions of Iran’s leaders on the crucial steps to building a nuclear bomb is the most covert aspect of one of the world’s most difficult intelligence collection targets.
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The US is putting geospatial technology to work in an attempt to keep nuclear weapons out of the hands of people they call Muslim extremists.  After intercepting chatter about Iran’s nuclear program, American spy agencies feel that the production of weapons of mass destruction is inevitable.   Iran has informed everyone that they are not involved in attempts to create a nuclear weapon, but their actions, uncovered by geospatial technology, indicate the opposite.  Using this technology as a way to protect Americans from foreign attack is warranted.  My concern is that the US may at some point in the future begin using this technology to monitor their citizens as well.

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In Mexico, U.S. border 'surge' proposal stirs outcry

In Mexico, U.S. border 'surge' proposal stirs outcry | GeographyfortheMasses | Scoop.it
MEXICO CITY — The U.S. Senate 's proposal to spend $46 billion to help secure the country's southern border may or may not persuade skeptical colleagues in the House to support broader immigration reform .
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Shoring up the border with more border patrol agents is not going to stop illegals from finding a way to get to the US.  Poor economic conditions in Mexico brought on by the North American Free Trade Agreement and post colonialism are fueling the flight of illegals.  They are in search of a better way of life just as the pilgrims were.  The US is a nation of immigrants and if we study its immigration patterns we find that when other countries experience economic, agricultural, and/or issues of freedom, people begin to immigrate to the US by whatever means they can find.

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Welcome to 'Geography Education'

Welcome to 'Geography Education' | GeographyfortheMasses | Scoop.it

Finding Materials: This site is designed for geography students and teachers to find interesting, current supplemental materials.  To search for place-specific posts, browse this interactive map.  To search for thematic posts, see http://geographyeducation.org/thematic/ (organized by the APHG curriculum).  Also you can search for a keyword by clicking on the filter tab above.


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Rich Schultz's curator insight, November 18, 2014 2:10 PM

Geography and current events

Olivier Tabary's curator insight, November 28, 2014 12:06 PM

Many interesting tools to practice and to discover

Jamie Mitchell's curator insight, March 8, 1:04 AM

Amazing resources about places and topics in Geography

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White deaths outnumber births in US

White deaths outnumber births in US | GeographyfortheMasses | Scoop.it
Deaths of white people outnumbered births for the very first time in US history, the Census Bureau revealed Thursday. The census predicts that significant drops in birth rates v death rates will be regular by 2025.

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Shrinking white demographics will definitely have an effect on voting blocks in the future.  I would not be surprised if redistricting becomes a very important issue in upcoming elections.  And why was there an attempt to down play the significance of this statistic in the NY Times.  Are they trying to hide this fact from the public? What do they think will happen when it is discovered?

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, July 6, 2013 1:00 PM

The United States as a whole does not have demographic numbers similar to European countries with declining populations...but 'white' America does.  The NY Times also noted that this statistical benchmark happened, but it was quietly mentioned with many other demographic statistics without an analysis of how this will impact the United States.  

Question to Ponder: how will this impact the United States in coming generations?  What will the cultural, economic and political impacts be?  Why explains the differents between the distinct populations in the United States?


Tags: USA, declining population, population, demographicsethnicity.

Sara Kanewske's curator insight, July 12, 2013 10:08 PM

Population

Miles Gibson's curator insight, December 21, 2014 9:14 PM
Unit 2 population and migration
This article explains the u.s. population change and how it's birth rate is lowering. In America the CDR was officially greater than the CBR for the first time ever. This was specifically for white people though. This article is a good example of a developed country entering stage 5 on the DTM.
This article relates unit 2 because it shows how the population in America is declining as a nation. This also proves how migration is what is sustaining the American population. The Crude death rate is finally higher than births on an odd occasion meaning America is entering stage 5 of the DTM.
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The Separatist Map of Africa

The Separatist Map of Africa | GeographyfortheMasses | Scoop.it
When African states gained independence, the continent's new leaders agreed to respect the old colonial borders to avoid endless wars.

 

This interactive map shows the major conflicts on the African continent where the combatants have geopolitical aspirations to separate from the state and create a new, autonomous state.  Click on the red arrows and you can read about the warring factions and the current situation in that region.   

 

Tags: political, governance, Africa, unit 4 political, war, conflict, states, colonialism.


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It seems as though African countries are actually trying to go back to their pre-colonial boundaries. The agreement they made to respect the old colonial borders to avoid war has never been effective.

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Arya Okten's curator insight, March 27, 2014 11:48 PM

Unit IV - Non American

Edelin Espino's curator insight, December 5, 2014 11:04 AM

is sad to see how people just refer to it as "Africa" when every part has its own name. Even myself don't know many of them since they are irrelevant for the western people.

Samuel D'Amore's curator insight, December 17, 2014 12:08 AM

This interactive map does a great job of not only showing the sate of political struggles and military conflict within the whole of Africa. This shows the new countries many dissidents  and rebels wish to establish in order to give their people a cultural and ethnic home land. This give a good picture of simply how chaotic some parts of Africa truly are and how destabilized many regions are. 

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Schools Try to Match the Jobless With 3.4 Million Jobs

Schools Try to Match the Jobless With 3.4 Million Jobs | GeographyfortheMasses | Scoop.it
With the unemployment rate still high, colleges are tailoring their continuing-education programs to suit current and future job openings.
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This is an attempt to use geospatial technology for good.  Colleges and universities using the unemployment market to tailor their continuing-education offerings to where the job openings are and where the jobs of tomorrow will be, is a very good idea.  Companies are constantly complaining that they are not able to find competent workers but this approach will train future employees with the specific skills these companies are looking for.

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Alternative Tube Maps: Life Expectancy

Alternative Tube Maps: Life Expectancy | GeographyfortheMasses | Scoop.it

Creative mapping projects are great for conversation and highlighting spatial relationships.


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This is an excellent example of using a map to create the illusion of a shrinking planet.  Everything on this map is shown approximately equal distance from the next city or hamlet.  In reality we are aware that these cities are not really that close to each other but this map makes them seem as if they are by creating spatial relationships that don’t really exist. 

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UNDP responds to the Horn of Africa crisis |

UNDP responds to the Horn of Africa crisis | | GeographyfortheMasses | Scoop.it
The Match Against Poverty on 13 December will raise proceeds for the Horn of Africa, where more than 13 million people have been left in need by famine, drought, conflict and high food prices.
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The crisis in Somalia is increasing on a daily basis and there seems to be no end in sight.  The world has been slow to respond to the issues Africa faces many of which are a direct result of colonialism.  The former colonial powers have a duty to find remedies to Africa’s growing famine if only for humanitarian reasons.

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'Africapitalism' promises new model of African self-empowerment

'Africapitalism' promises new model of African self-empowerment | GeographyfortheMasses | Scoop.it
Continent's investors increasingly drawn to development model based on using private-sector investment to stimulate growth, reports Afua Hirsch

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Re-examining the Battle of Gettysburg with GIS

Re-examining the Battle of Gettysburg with GIS | GeographyfortheMasses | Scoop.it

"GIS has given us the chance to re-examine how the Civil War battle was won and lost." 


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Todd Pollard's curator insight, February 4, 2014 10:34 PM

I really like this interactive map application.

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, August 28, 2014 1:13 PM

unit 1

Rich Schultz's curator insight, November 18, 2014 3:14 PM

Just another of the millions of uses for GIS...