This map is interesting because it shows where the former British Empire had its influences , especially in British-Africa territories. The only four countries that use the light blue are all in the southern hemisphere as the article points out, and the American model can be largely seen in the western hemisphere, However, there is the American model in Saudi Arabia. It seems that the rest of the world uses the light green or the dark green models.
Although I have grown up around technology, I've always been a little skeptical about its reliability. It is a good thing to have a GPS, but we should not rely solely upon it. Relying solely upon technolgy is not as good as it sounds. In some cases the GPS could be wrong and in instances such as these we need to be able to think for ourselves. Not having this ability is a dangerous situation.
This video, although it is a Chipotle Grill advertisment, does make a clear point. The industrialization of agriculture has made our food unhealthy and has taken away jobs from the farmer. Although we are a highly industrialized and developed nation today, it is still necessary for our necessary food to be naturally grown on farms rather than in factories where it was not meant to be grown.
"93% of Americans want the FDA to label genetically engineered foods. Watch the new video from Food, Inc. Filmmaker Robert Kenner to hear why we have the right to know what's in our food."
Clearly this video has a political agenda, but this is a pertinent video to show in an Agriculture unit. Many countries around the world require the labeling of genetically modified food products, while the United States (currently) does not.
Looking at the issue of GMOs, I think it is important to label the foods that we are consuming. As it is stated over and over in the video, we do have a right to know. If cigarettes are labelled to be dangerous and hazardous to your health, shouldn't we do the same thing with our foods that we eat on a daily basis? I feel that the map that was given in this video was very helpful and exposing.
Unfortunately in today's society, in order to participate successfully in the global economy, you have to have a big farm. Foods must be grown in a certain way in order to have the best yield and appease the consumers. The small farming approach just won't yield enough for the 7 billion people living on the planet. As bad as big farming may be, it has kept us all afloat and has even yielded surplus. In my opinion the problem is not with the big farming equation, the problem is what we do with the abundance of surplus we do away with.
The outbreak of the Salem Witch Trials really are really something that produces many questions. Perhaps the most obvious question is why did these trials happen all of a sudden? A community largely based off of agriculture produces an atmosphere of superstition. This can be seen in the events that led up to the Salem witch trials. With the land barely producing enough to sustain the town, people look for a scapegoat to blame. Neighbors turned on neighbors in order to obtain more land claiming that each other were witches. It is interesting to see that in a time of crisis one can a helping hand is not always the popular choice; as seen in the Salem Witch Trials the opposite extreme is taken place.
Below street level in Mexico City, archaeologists have found a jumble of bones dating to the 1480s.
In the 1970s, construction workers unearthed numerous archaeological finds as the subway was being constructed. The Mexican government decided to clear the several block of old colonial buildings to reveal the Templo Mayor, the ancient Aztec religious center. Not coincidentally, the Spaniards built their religious center in the same place. During the colonial era, the indigenous residents who spoke Spanish in Mexico City still referred to this portion of the city as la pirámide. Today more finds such as this one are continuing to help us piece together the past of this immensely rich, multi-layered place filled with symbolic value.
Tags: Mexico, LatinAmerica, historical, images, National Geographic, colonialism, place and culture.
I think it's always awesome when something like this is discovered about the ancient Aztecs or Mayans. It portrays to us a picture of a complex society and culture much like the European society during that time. Their cities were massive, with a population of over 100,000 at one time (greater than the city of London or any other European city). I especially liked the picture of the artists recreation of the Aztec city. It's no wonder why the Spaniards were in awe when they came upon the city of the Aztecs. It was interesting to look at the religious sacrifcing aspect of the society. It was this aspect that the Spaniards and other colonizers used to justify their killing of them. Pagan sacrifices were seen as most unholy and barbaric. However, it is forgotten that the Spanish were doing the same thing during the Spanish Inquisition. So, perhaps the only thing that separated these two societies was techonolgy rather than cultures.
I've never celebrated Halloween mainly because I feel like it's open season for offensive things like this to occur. Although some of them may be a little funny, I can see how these costumes can be offensive to certain cultures. However, what i find really offensive is that people actually try to defend their blatantly racist costumes. Yet, for many Halloween is a cultural norm and any perceived attack on a cultural/social norm will be strongly defended even if that practice is openly/purposefully offending another group of certain people.
It is interesting to find Muslim (Moorish) Architecture in places such as Spain. It's easy to forget that that country was taken over and occupied by the Moors for centuries. I find their architectural design much more sophisticated and intricate than that of the European architectural designs at the time. It's interesting to note that we often associate the center of innovations of all kinds as Europe, when actually places like the Middle East and Far East were more advanced than European cultures were at the time.
This is an interesting video explaining words heard in different parts of the country. The video displays not only the cultural diversity of America but also how difficult it is to learn the English language. Although I was born and raised in Rhode Island most of the terms I am familiar with are the ones from the south (my dad's from Texas/California) and Massachusetts (my mom's from Fall River Mass). However, I have always used bubbler, but dandle board....really?
Anyways this video is pretty entertaining and informing.
While technology does has its pros it also comes with its cons. GPS batteries can die; the map on the screen may be unreadable due to size, the GPS itself could break if not handled properly. When it comes to maps, it is durable and legible in any position. However, I can not read a map while driving my car to a certain place. It is rather difficult to find a place when i'm in unfamiliar territory. In this case the GPS is able to direct me to where i need to be. If handled properly, the GPS is, at least in my opinion, better than the map. However, it is nice to keep and extra map in the glove compartment, just in case.
These three charts (Fruit, Vegetable and Herbs) are an excellent reasource for teaching about agriculture and food systems. Many cultural festivals and traditions revolve around the seasonal availability of crops and many modern eating trends often call for a return eating foods within their season.
I feel that when you do consume foods within their season of growth it tastes better. I like to believe that because they are in season, it is cheaper to buy them because they are in abundance but it don't think that is the case. Although there is the push to try to eat the foods within their seasons, it is probably not likely to happen since we live in a global economy, that urges food to be made regardless of what season they are best grown in.
This infographic shows the main causes of death in 1900 in the United States and compares that with the 2010 figures. The United States, during that time underwent what many call the epidemiological transition (in essence, in developed societies we now die for different reason and generally live longer) What are the geographic factors that influence these shifts in the mortality rates? What is better about society? Has anything worsened? How come?
The thing that is positive about this infograph on how we die, is that our mortality rate has indeed gone down a whole lot since 1900. As the article states, we have become more aware of the bacteria taht surrounds us and have learned to be more clean because of it. This has surely cut down the rate in which people die by infectious diseases. However, it is interesting to see that heart diseases remains in one of the top ways that we die, even to this day. Accident deaths have also significantly dropped, probably due to the safety measures taken in the workplaces, or the technological advances that have made fighting wars, less deadly than during the 1900s.
I am not in full agreement with using a lot of technology in the educational sphere. There are important things that can be used, such as emailing, using powerpoints (limited), and other presentation aspects. Personally I feel that a student gets more out of a lecture if they sit, listen to a lecture and take their own notes, (if there are any questions/discrepencies they can always ask the teacher/professor). This type of habit of taking notes from a lecture, rather than mindlessly copying down words from a powerpoint/presentation, develops a certain character in that student. Forcing yourself to pay attention, even if you have a hard time, develops a better character in a person. In an age where too much technology opens the way for being easily distracted, there is a need for a little conservativism in the classroom.
This is interesting in that it doesn't show the world as devestating as I had originally thought it would be. Although, this is in itself devestating, probably resulting in the deaths of millions, it is not as bad as what the media portrays it to be. There still would be land, in fact there still would be lots of land, and the water levels would rise to about 216 feet. However, this would more than likely eliminate much of the animal life in the sea as the the sea level rises as well as the average temperature from 58 degrees (farenheit) to 80 degrees. If all the ife were to melt, it would indeed, be devestating to human, animal, and plant life on both the land and the sea/ocean. Yet it would not be as devestating as the media or Hollywood would have us believe.
Both of these maps represent a Hispanic settlement pattern. However, one represents the Mexican settlement pattern while the other represents the Puerto Rican settlement pattern. Between the two there are some differences in where each ethnic group settles when migrating to the US. The Mexican settlement pattern is much more dispersed than the Puerto Ricans. However, there are large Mexican settlements located throughout California (the largest being in the SoCal region). There seem to be mostly settled in the big city areas, which include states such as Texas, Arizona, and even as far east as the Great Lakes region.
The Puerto Ricans, however, seem more inclined to coastal areas of the US. The large cluster of Puerto Ricans settling on the New England Coast seems to represent this idea, as well as the large cluseter in Florida.
The Pentagon has upset patriots by labeling the body of water between Korea and Japan in an exhibition depicting various battles fought during the 1950-53 Korean War as "Sea of Japan" rather than "East Sea."
I agree with Peter Kim and others that are fighting to have the name changed to the East Sea. The term "Sea of Japan" was used in colonial times of South Korea. Now that those times are long gone, it I can understand why South Korea would want to get rid of anything related to that time period. This actually reminds of something that I'm going over in my colonial history class; the Pueblo Revolt (1680). During this time Indians revolted against the Spanish colonizers oppressing them and taking away their traditions, forcibly converting them to Christianity. During their revolt the Indians destroyed many of the Spanish institutions, especially those related to religion. They destroyed churches and even defaced the statues of the saints, and returned to their traditional practices.
This article also reminded of Sri Lanka changing the its colonial name on Government institutions from Ceylon to Sri Lanka. This happened not to long ago. The Island's colonial name (Ceylon) was dropped when they became their own country in 1972. However, the name Ceylon remained on many of the Government institutions (e.g. Bank of Ceylon or Ceylon Fisheries Corporation). However, in 2010 the name was dropped for good.
When asked why I study history and why is it even important in today's society I've always fallen short of a clear answer. However, this article has made a clear cut arguement as to why the study of history is important. Quoting directly from the article the author states that "Historians do not perform heart transplants, improve highway design, or arrest criminals." Yet, the study of the past does has its benefits. The two reasons that I most readily agree with are that: (1) History helps us understand people and societes and (2) History helps us understand change and how the society we live in came to be. If we can understand people, societies, and the aspects of change we can be a more tolerant people.
The before and after images in this picture are insane. Living on the east coast it's hard to picture losing your home (your whole life) in a matter of mere seconds or minutes. It is really sad to see pictures such as these, and even more devastating to see the families affected by this with looks of disbelief. However, what is encouraging to see from tragedies such as these, is the community helping each other regardless of whatever background a person may have. Unfortunately it is moments like these that force people to help others without the thought of asking or seeking some sort of favor in return.
As a history major, when i first saw this, immediately I couldn't help but cringe a little when I saw that the first search item (Historians are dangerous people). True, historians are past caring, writers, and to an extent, I guess, are prophets in reverse. However, I later recalled reading a 1932 article written by, historian, Carl Becker. Titled "Everyman His Own Historian," Becker discusses that the job or work of a historian is as simple as any eveyday job or occurence of the common man (of the 1930s that is). Using the illustration of Mr. Everyman who, after some research, realizes that he has to pay a coal bill. While paying the bill, he realizes that, after a bit of research by the coal company, he does not owe this particular company money. Rather the company states that he owes the money to another company. This company gladly confirms the findings of the former one. The bill is paid, and Mr. Everyman's and the company's research has left him satisfied.
What I am trying to say is that, this simple illustration of an everyday event, of a common person, is relatable to the work of a historian. Although, historians, may seem dangerous, scholarly writers who are overcaring about the past, or even prophets in reverse, Their work is as simple as research of the past and observation of present events in comparison to events of the past.
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