A house near Seattle is in danger of plunging over a cliff due to sudden - and rapid - erosion. Lisa Sylvester reports.
Courtney Burns's insight:
I found this video to be very sad, but interesting as well. This video tells a story of a family in seattle who is in danger of losing their home. The cliff they live on is eroding, and it was not something that they could even see coming. There was an underground water flow that came out of nowhere that's causing pieces of the cliff to erode. It is steadily eroding, but they have already lost 50 ft of land. They hope that it stops before it reaches their home. However is it scary to think how quickly this all happened and without warning. This is happening to many places in the world. It is amazing to me how much damage nature can cause to the environment, and just how quickly it can do it. Hopefully the erosion will stop before it reaches the families home. Unfortunately there is no way to tell at the moment.
"The evidence is clear: The best predictor of a state's stability is how its women are treated."
This article, based on the research derived from the Woman Stats Project (http://womanstats.org/ ), outlines clearly the political significance of cultural values. Discussion questions: Why would the levels of gender empowerment be a factor in state stability? What connections are there between cultural and political institutions within a state?
This article is extremely eye opening. When I think about Women's freedom in america compared to other countries in the world I feel that most countries cannot compare. Women in america have so much freedom that women in other countries don't have. However one fact in the article that I thought was shocking was that when we invaded Iraq and Afganistan we urged that women be more involved in the government because the numbers were very low. However now both of those countries exceed the percentage of women involved in the U.S. We went in arguing for something we don't even have in our own country. That is so shocking to me. However I do believe that women in other countries have it a lot worse. It is hard for me to wrap my brain around the fact that in some countries it is frowned upon that women can recieve an education. In some places it is not just frowned upon, but forbidden. The women in Saudi Arabia just passed a law for some women to play sports. That is amazing! I believe that the United States sets an example of how women should be treated and for every country to get to that point will take a very long time. Thus, I'm not sure if we will ever get world peace. A lot of countries will never view women as equals, at least not in the near future. That is truly sad to think about. Again that goes back to the culture of the location that you grew up in. It's hard for countries to change their cultural beliefs.
Unfortunately the fact that this building being torn down and repainted does not surprise me at all. The world is becoming more and more urbanized. Personally I have a lot of mixed feelings about this. It is sad to see the work of so many artists destroyed. Also I don't really understand why everything needed to be painted over if the building is just going to be torn down anyway. I think there could have been something done to try and perserve the art work. However on a positive note, by building these apartments it will create a lot more homes and studios for artists. The builders also intend to create a wall for graffiti artists to use. However that won't replace what has already been destroyed. Authentic culture is becoming less and less important to people as the world becomes more and more urbanized, which is why this incident is not surpising at all.
The route to my ancestral home is etched into my heart. Unfortunately, not knowing the address is a problem in the ever-changing urban geography of Chenghai, an industrial town 30-minutes from Shantou in China's Guangdong province.
Courtney Burns's insight:
Places in the world are becoming more and more urbanized each day. This article tells the story of a boy who returned home to China to go see his family. However not having an address to use made things a lot more difficult since everything there is becoming more and more unrbanized. Many building and sky scrapers are being built. Metro systems were being built in three cities. This is the future for many cities and country's. The world is becoming more and more urbanized. This makes me think of the city of Detriot that just recently claimed bankruptcy. However they have big plans of urbanization to get back on the map. If all goes well Detriot will no longer have the reputation it has today, but rather the reputation of a great vacation spot.
It is no surprise to anyone that one day the beautiful city of Venice will one day be completely submerged under water. However looking at this map makes it hopeful that the process may be slowed down or even stopped! Looking at the map the green boxes represent the parts of Venice that have been uplifted, while the red boxes represent the parts that are sinking. What was surprising was that there appeared to be more green boxes on the map than red. Most of the boxes, both green and red, are along the coastline. I would think since most of the damage is along the coast line it would be a little easier to try and uplift. Hopefully the green boxes can make up for the red boxes in order to keep Venice from continually sinking. With these advances who knows where we will be in even another twenty years. We may be able to continue to uplift Venice to prevent it from submerging under water. It appears that the city is making progress in this process from the data given in the map.
Foods from around the world...This is a playful video clip that leads students to have more questions than answers about different places. The spirit of exploration and experimentation is at the heart of this global traveler's montage of delightful dishes. Watching this encourages viewers to open their minds to new ideas, cultures and places.
Even though this video barely had any words it still said a lot. It showed so many different foods from so many different places. It was pretty awesome to see the different foods that different cultures put together. One thing that I thought was funny was when the guy was eating the candy apple with popcorn attatched to it. I've had a candy apple and I've had popcorn, but never together. It would be intersting to know what country that was from. Also another thing that really cuaght my eye in the video was when the guy ate the cricket! What country eats crickets as part of their meal? That is so crazy. Meals really do tell a lot about the culture of a particular place. It is amazing to me that just from a simple dish you can learn so much about a countries culture. The first thing I always do when I go somewhere new is try the food. I have to say I loved Italy!
Looking at these photos reminded me of the video that we watched in class where water was rushing under a road and within minutes the road started to fall apart and eventually ended up completely divided in half. It is amazing how quickly the water can erode what is underneath and cause such damage to the road and area around it. Looking through the pictures it almost makes you nervous to drive on such a rode again because it all happens so quickly. It goes to show you just how powerful that water is to cause destruction like that. It is not easy to destroy a road like that. Again it goes back to the goegraphy. This type of thing doesn't just happen everywhere. Having a river like this presents the possibilities of something like this happening. Once is starts eroding it happens quick. A road that may look driveable one minute may be completely eroded 5 minutes later. It is amazing how a rush of water can cause such damage. Even if there are set systems to get the water through, sometimes the water rush is too powerful and breaks through and erodes the earth underneath anyway like we saw in the video in class. I have never seen anything like these picture before, and it really is amazing to see what can happen.
When we first looked at this picture in class there was no way that I thought this map could be true. We are warned all the time to be careful what we look at on the internet, because for the most part a lot of the information is not true. When we looked at this photo in class we zoomed in on the area in the circle and first determined what was included in that circle. Once we were able to detrmine what cities were within that circle we were then able to look up the population in each of those cities. We added up the total of each city to get the total population of the places within the circle. Then we researched the total population of the world. Once we were able to find this we subtracted the population from within the circle from the total population, and what we were left with was smaller than the total population within the circle. Which means that the map was true. I was shocked. There was no way that I thought this was true. What was interesting to me was the process we went through to determine that this map was even true. We had to detrmine the area we were working with and then research the information to get a solution. I think you learn a lot just by this simple picture. This map happened to be true however there are many picture listed under this map that are untrue that we are faced with all the time, that if we took the time to research we woudl realize are silly pictures. Just by researching information about a picutre like this can teach us a lot about a place.
"A year after Superstorm Sandy stranded many New Yorkers without power for days, a federal judge has ruled that New York City's emergency plans violate the Americans with Disabilities Act. Those shortcomings, the judge found, leave almost 900,000 residents in danger, and many say the ruling could have implications for local governments across the country."
It is really sad that there wasn't a plan in place already for diabled people in such a time. However I don't think that the city of New York should be fined for it. This poor planning most likely exists all around the U.S and this was an eye opening experience as to what needs to be done for the future. Any money they are fined should be used towards a relief program or for a plan for future crisis's. However instead of fining them I think the government should order a new plan of attack for the futre, and all of the money should be put into that plan. The city might be able to create a sort of transportation sytem for disabled people or even warn the city earlier next time. It is tough to accomodate everyone in a crisis because there is so much commotion goin on, but I do belive that there can be a better plan put in place to make sure everyone has a fair shot to evacuate. No person should be stranded because of a disability. New York needs to put their money into creating a plan of attack for the future and other states need to follow suit so that we can prevent something like this in the future.
Washington (CNN) -- Democratic governors and gubernatorial candidates are gathering in the nation's capital Monday to plot strategy ahead of next year's elections, when three dozen governorships are up for grabs.
Courtney Burns's insight:
Personally I'm not a huge politics fan. I am usually the person who walks away from the political conversations when they start. However what I found interesting this semester was the concept of gerrymandering. I have never heard of this process until this semester. Gerrymandering is basically redistricting in favor of your party. However readying this article it is pretty much the same thing. Democratic governors and gubermatorial candidates are already getting ready for the 2014 election. However what is intersting to me is that the republicans are already at a disadvantage because the democrates take up 21 of the 35 seats already. There has to be a fairier way to go about the election. With this sort of thing going on in the govrnment no wonder we had a government shut down this year. There is too much corruption in politics, and we need to take notice and try to fix these things so it doesn't get any worse.
In my opinion I believe that the milk companies are trying to add sweeteners to their products in order to increase sales. So many drinks now are containing such things as aspertame. However I don't agree with putting it in a childs milk unless it is made known. I understand the milk company's argument that no one else has to put it on the front of the label, but I think that is because those products were not known to be made without aspartame so most people consuming the product would check. However in order for milk to keep up with competitors it has to take a step in the direction of adding sweeteners to their products. However I think they should have to state artificial sweeteners on the front of the product if it is still called milk. However if they change the name to something other than milk then I would say it would be fair to put artificial sweeteners on the back. Kids comsume drinks all the time with artificial sweeteners, so I still think milk would have sales if people knew there were artificia sweeteners in the milk. But trying to hide it is unfair. People should be made known what they are consuming in their milk, especially since it has been around for so long and is considered a healthy choice for kids. Lastly I think if such a product is put in schools that kids should have the choice between regular old fashion milk and the artificially sweetened milk.
Typically when I think about different cultural foods I think about lunch or dinner rather than breakfast. When I think about Italy I think about meatballs, pasta, pizza, and gelato. When I think about Germany I think about a lot of meats. However what never really comes to mind is breakfast. Breakfast is one of my absolute favorite meals on the day. I love going out to breakfast and getting some eggs, homefries, sausage, and maybe even a grilled blueberry muffin. This summer I traveled to Italy and that was the first time I realized that breakfast is just as different in their Culture as their lunch and dinner. It was interesting how different things were. They had toast and yogurt, but the yogurt didn't taste the same as it does in America. It is amazing how different each countries breakfast is in comparison to what we are used to. Some things we consider lunch might be served in another countries breakfast meal. For example Deli meats. It is interesting to see how different each culture really is.
Satellite images of one of North Korea's largest political prison camps suggests its inmate population is expanding, Amnesty International said Thursday in a report detailing rape and torture in the North's notorious gulag.The report by the...
This Satellite image shows us that North Korean prison camps have expanded, but it still doesn't tell the whole story. People within these camps are being brutally killed and forced to dig their own graves beforehand. Women are being raped and killed so that no one will find out. Even though people in North Korea may say it's a secret, people know what is really going on. The U.S has urged China to stop supporting North Korea since the discovery of the prison camp expansion. Amnesty has demanded that North Korea close its prison camps immediately. However I don't believe much progress has been made. It really is amazing to me that things like this are still occuring in the world. North Korea is torturing, raping, and killing its own people. For what reason? It is amazing the difference in culture there compared to such places as the U.S. Women especially are still seen as inferior to men around the world. It is scary to think that that may never change in some places in the world.
Looking at these pictures it it is amzaing to think that by 2033 Detroit could look like this. However I think the most confusing part to me would be where the money is coming from to rebuild this city. The city was recently declared bankrupt. How is it that they are going to be able to afford the billions of dollars needed to get detroit to this point? However if the plan does go well and detroit ends up building all of these attraction sites and educational building I believe that Detroit will no longer have a fear of debt, and the culture there would be a lot different. I think this would be a place that families and people vaction to. There would be many nice state parks to visit, a beautiful downtown area with hotels and other attractions. This is the exacct opposite of the type of experience you would have going to Detriot today. By making these changes and moving forward I think there is a huge culture change to will occur for the better of Detroit. If they can pull it off I don't think Detriot will have to worry about bankruptcy in the future.
Children who live in smart growth neighborhoods, designed to improve walkability, get 46 percent more moderate or vigorous physical activity than those who live in conventional neighborhoods, finds a new study.
It really is amazing how much location can effect a persons life. In this article researchers did a study on children's physical activity. What they found was that children who grew up in smart growth neighboorhoods got 10 more minutes of exercise than kids who do not. Kids these days seem to be getting less and less physical activity with all of the technology we use now. So 10 extra minutes really adds up and makes an impact in a childs life. This all has to do with the location of where a child lives. It is amazing how much location plays a part in peoples lives without them even realizing. I bet no one would have ever even really though kids in smart growth neighborhoods would get more exercise if a study like this wasn't done. Studies like this may make parents more aware of where they decide to buy a home. It really is amazing the impact location makes on a persons life!
"One of their lessons [in a series involving geologic sciences] involved teaching the kids about the structure of the Earth. One of her friends came up with the idea of presenting a model of the Earth made out of cake. So my sister asked me if I could make a spherical cake with all the layers of the Earth inside it."
I think that this came out awesome! I definetly don't think that I would be able to pull something like this off. However what I found intersting about this was that it was like a cake map. Students were able to get a visual about what the earth's core is like. It visually shows them all the different layers of the earth. Just by visually seeing the cake like this will help a lot more kids to remember this lesson. Also by the baker putting the countries in their accurate locations makes this cake even that much better. They are veiwing a map and they don't even know it. I think this cake is a great tool to use to show students just how the earth is actually made up. By allowing the students to visually see it also makes it more likely for them to remember the material. Viewing maps can teach so much, which is why I think this "cake map" is an awesome way to teach and get the kids attention!
Every time you look at a Naturall Disaster you most likely see the end result. You see the before and after pictures. What you don't usually see is the process. Watching this video really puts it into persepective just how fast these things occur. It was literally 5-6 minutes before the once calm area was beginning to get flooded with water. It was amazing how much damage the tsunami caused and how quickly it caused it. I couln't imagine sitting up on a rooftop watching my home be destroyed before my own eyes. Fortunately for the people of Japan they were able to find high enough ground to avoid getting killed by the Tsunami, but the same couldn't be said for their city. It really is so shocking. It started off with just a bell warning and calm waters. Then minutes later the water was rushing in faster and faster causing more and more damage. Then in the same video we see it slow down again. Within 25 miunutes the storm came destroyed families homes and then was gone again. You always see the after math of what happenes during such a disater, but you never see the process in which it happens. Many people of Japan witnessed their city destroyed in front of them, and it was all within 25 minutes. It is truly mind blowing that something like this occurs in such a short period of time and causes so much damage.
The Future Agricultures Consortium is an Africa-based alliance of research organisations seeking to provide timely, high-quality and independent information and advice to improve agricultural policy and practice in Africa.
Courtney Burns's insight:
In today's world most of our food in mass produced. There are barely any small farms leading successful buisness like they used too. Most small farms produce goods for local people. Many people if asked would say that large-scale commmercial farms are the way to go. But are they? There is so much talk about the pestisides that go into foods today so that food can be mass produced. Resturants such as Chipotle are using all organic meats to promote getting rid of these chemicals. Not only is there the health argument, but there is the argument that is large-scale farming right for every country? In my opinion I don't believe large-scale commercial farming is the best idea for Africa. There have been many failures in the past when Africa tried to take this route. However Africa can still head in the direction on commercial farming in a small-scale. I think that is a good plan for them. I think people get so caught up in mass producing to keep up with the demands, but I believe the world is heading toward a more organic route and there will be a lot of changes in the food production industry in the near future.
The idea of the Maldives seems very exciting as a tourist so it is of no surprise that they make most of there money off of tourists. However when tourists go there they are not actually getting the full effect of the islands. It may seem relaxing and fun while you are there visiting, but in actuality that is not how it is at all. The people there are not allowed to drink of wear bathing suites by the beach. In actuality none of the people who live participate in such activities. In terms of geography it would be of no surpise that the islands would be under water at some point in time. The city doesn't sit up that high above sea level. There is so much talk about Venice being underwater eventually, and I wouldn't be surpised if the same thing happens to Maldives. Also they have no real political system in place. This always causes problems. No political system sometimes leads to a places downfall. It may seem like a fun place to visit, but I think eventually the Maldive Islands will be a place of the past.
Whenever there is a natural disater there is always trouble to get enough resources and aid to help the particular place who was hit with the disaster. Typically places who are hit with such disasters get immediate aid to try and help the victims as well as restore the area effected. However you never think about the geography of a place in means of getting aid there. We think of geography in the sense of it is not surprising such a distaster occured there, but not in a sense of can we get aid there. That is exactly what is being thought of about the Phillipeans. There is a lot of thought going into how aid can get there. People need water, sanitary conditions, food, and medical assistance. Not only do they need it, but they need it fast because the situation is getting worse. However there is no real way of getting it there. There location is making things extremely difficult to get that. Airports a such down, no way to get things there by sea on a good day, and their communication systems are down. The location of where these people live can potential kill them. You tend to think about location as a cultural sense, but location can also effect a person's well being. It is amazing how much location of where you live effects a person. Hopefully there will be things done soon to try and help the people in the phillipeans before things get even worse than they already are.
"As a kid, I grew up watching the Rocky movies, shadow boxing with my brothers and doing push-ups during the workout montages. One on my favorite scenes was in Rocky II when Rocky runs through the whole city of Philadelphia, thronged by adoring fans as he runs to the top of the stairs to the Philadelphia Museum of Art (and yes, of course I re-enacted that scene when I was there)."
I too loved this movie growing up. Everytime Rocky was brought up you always remebered the part when Rocky ran up the stairs to the statue after his long training run. Just from his run you see the type of community they lived in. His town was very rundown, but you still got a sense of community by the way people yelled and cheered for Rocky as he ran by. They may not have had much as a community, but they supported each other and took pride in their city. You were able to get all of this just from the different landmarks you saw Rocky pass by on his run. You may not think about it at the time, but the location and scenary really paints a picture of the type of lifestlye and culture Rocky grew up in, and what makes him the man that he is. That is all just from simply paying attention to the landmarks that he runs by. Location really effects a person and you can see that in this movie. Rocky was a fighter who never gave up. His community was the same way. And looking at the map I don't think I was would ever want to run that far. It appeared a lot shorter in the movie than it actually is!
"American tragedies occur where middle America frequents every day: airplanes, business offices, marathons. Where there persists a tangible fear that this could happen to any of us. And rightfully so. Deaths and mayhem anywhere are tragic. That should always be the case. The story here is where American tragedies don't occur. American tragedies don't occur on the southside of Chicago or the New Orleans 9th Ward."
It is truly amazing how much location has an impact on society and the way we view things. When we experienced such tragedy's as the Boston Marathon bombing or Columbine it was national news. The city was in an uproar and no matter what radio station you had on or what tv channel you were watching you were hearing about it. Everyone was mourning for those families and people effected by the tragedies. When you think about it, those sort of things are not expected to happen in those places which is what makes it so upsetting to people. Because it is not expected to happen there it becomes national news. However what does that mean about places like compton, New Orleans, and etc? Since people expect violent things to happen there it doesn't make national news because it is of no surpise to anyone that something like that were to happen there. Even if it is expected that doesn't make it right. The shooting at the mother's day parade should be treated like any other tragedy. Unfortunately the location of the tragedy makes it "less" of a tragedy in the eyes on the public because "those sort of things always happen there". It is amazing how much our perception of location can taint the way we see tragedy. It shouldn't be that way, but unfortunetly it's what happens in the world today.
"Can you recognize it by its Starbucks locations? Let’s find out. This quiz shows all of the Starbucks locations within the city boundaries of 20 domestic or foreign cities, and for each you must name the city depicted from four choices."
Unfortuntaley I wasn't very good at this game. I believe I ended up getting 5 answers correct. However what was intersting about this article was to see how each starbucks was placed in certain areas. There were so much more starbucks locations in city areas. The starbucks' also typically were off of main highways or corners. This is for similiar reasons to what we dicussed about dunkin donuts in class. People are only going to travel so far for coffee. If it is not convienent then people will go else where. It is not like car dealership where people will drive out of their way to look. For a coffee people on average may drive 5 minutes. Anything too out of the way people will avoid. That is why there are so many starbucks and dunkins so close to eachother. They are set up equdistant from each other in locations that are convient for people around the area to try and get them to choose their coffee. It is typical to put a coffee shop on the main roads like we see in the maps, as well as in numerous locations to convience the whole area. The more convient the shop the more money they will make. That is why there are some many locations so close to each other. It is interesting to see it visually on a map just how many locations there actually are.
Two of CNN's experts came on the show to discuss this case out of Ohio of an adopted boy being returned to child services....
Courtney Burns's insight:
I found this story to be very interseting. I have mixed feelings about the issue since we could not hear the parents point of view. However what was said to be happening was a family had adopted a 3 month old foster child, who is now 9 years old, and decided to give him back recently. The government is stepping in and saying that what the family is doing is not right, and the parents could potentially face criminal charges. At the moment the family has fled their home and it is still up in the air of the wearabouts of the family. Personally I think this shows a lot about the culture we have in the world today. I think may years ago we wouldn't be faced with an issue like this. In the past if things were broken people fixed them. They didn't just throw them out and get a new one. However I think in today's society we are so easy to just say oh well and buy another one. Take a TV for example. In the old days families would get their TV fixed if it was broken. They wouldn't just throw it out and get a new one. That is exactly what I think this family is doing. Raising this foster child is difficult, but that doesn't mean you can just give the child back. I think this shows a lot about the culture we live in today, and it is kind of sad to think about.
"Halloween and Thanksgiving are just around the corner and pumpkins are already showing up at roadside stands. Jack o’lanterns, decorative displays and pumpkin pies are the main destinies of most pumpkins in the United States. Elsewhere in the world, however, the pumpkin is nearly exclusively considered a food crop or animal feed."
Every year it is expected around halloween that my family and friends will carve pumpkins. Then around chrstmas time it is expected that we will get our christmas tree to decorate. This is something lots of people do around this time. However what I never really linked together was that I was thinking about the geography of things by doing this. I know it is part of our culture and most people do it because it was a tradition. However what I never really thought about was where these pumpkins or christmas trees actually came from. There is a process that farmers have to go through to produce pumkins and pine trees, a process we probably don't even think about because we are so used to having these things around the holidays. When we think of pumpkins we thing of Jack-o-laters and pumkin pies, but to some people pumpkins are considered a crop and food source. We may not see it that way because our culture uses them around Halloween and for processed canned pumpkin for cooking. However not all cultures are like that, which is interesting to think about. Something that is considered seasonal in our culture might be an everyday crop for another culture. It is interesting to see how different places in the wolrd use such things as pumpkin so much different that we do in our culture.