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Rural romance: Online dating for farmers

Rural romance: Online dating for farmers | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
The online dating site FarmersOnly.com was launched in 2005 as a niche site that allows singles to meet in rural areas. CBS News' Michelle Miller meets a couple that connected on the site.
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How just 6 cities dominate America's economy — in one astonishing chart

How just 6 cities dominate America's economy — in one astonishing chart | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
These cities make up nearly a quarter of the entire U.S. economy

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Fun and Beautiful Maps of the World Made From Signature Regional Foods

Fun and Beautiful Maps of the World Made From Signature Regional Foods | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Food stylist Caitlin Levin and photographer Henry Hargreaves have collaborated on a series of food-based country maps composed of signature national ingredients. The typography is by Sarit Melmed. "Exploring new places through the food you eat is often a portal to the cultural complexities of that place," Hargreaves wrote in an email. "In this series we...

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Russia recognises Crimea as nation

Russia recognises Crimea as nation | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

"Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree recognising Crimea as a sovereign state, paving the way for it to be absorbed into Russia. The decree said it had taken into account Sunday's referendum in Crimea, in which officials said 97% of voters backed breaking away from Ukraine."


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Allison Anthony's curator insight, March 17, 2014 5:57 PM

Actually, it should say Russia recognizes Crimea as a STATE...

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Trans-Dniester pleads to join Russia

Trans-Dniester pleads to join Russia | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

Pro-Russian politicians and activists in Moldova's breakaway Trans-Dniester region have asked the Russian parliament to draft a law that would allow their territory to join Russia.


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Coach Frye's curator insight, March 20, 2014 10:46 AM

The Trans-Dniester region functions as a working state, but is not internationally recognized as such.  Members of this region are hoping Russia will annex them for political and economic stability.

Jacob Crowell's curator insight, October 15, 2014 1:08 PM

A nation that is not internationally recognized, Trans-Dniester reflect how borders are subject to changed based on cultural differences. The region identifies with Russia more than it does with Moldova. After the USSR broke up, the borders were created without considering demographic and cultural makeup of each region of the new states. With the Ukraine and with Trans-Dniester we see how many eastern European regions still identify with Russia. As Russia seems more willing to expand, many borders are likely to change in the area.

Felix Ramos Jr.'s curator insight, April 1, 2015 8:10 PM

This situation only further complicates Eastern European dynamics.  One thing that stood out to me after reading this aritcle is the reality that anti-Russian Ukraine is sandwiched between pro-Russian eastern Ukraine and pro-Russian eastern Moldova.  This situation can only get uglier.

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What Does the World Eat for Breakfast? - YouTube

Where should your taste buds actually live? Post to Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1ep1sRf Like BuzzFeedVideo on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1ilcE7k Post to Twitter...

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Ricard Garcia's curator insight, March 18, 2014 8:45 AM

Use this video to illustrate how people from across the globe have their breakfast, and don't go saying this isn't good for language learning!! :-)

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"Portlandia," starring America's quirkiest city

"Portlandia," starring America's quirkiest city | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
"Portlandia," an IFC original series created by Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, puts a comic slant on life in Portland, Oregon, a city known for its liberal leanings and fierce independent streak. Mo Rocca visits the show on location to see if being a Portlander is all it's cracked up to be
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Despite international condemnation, Crimea holds referendum

Despite international condemnation, Crimea holds referendum | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Crimea's residents head to the polls to vote in a referendum that will determine whether Crimea will secede from the Ukraine and join Russia. As Elizabeth Palmer reports, in the first few hours of voting turnout appeared to be heavy, and is likely to hand supporters of annexation to Russia a decisive victory.
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Useful Geographies - What Geographers Can Bring to the Table

Useful Geographies - What Geographers Can Bring to the Table | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
While some geographers find it hard to demonstrate the incredible potentials of their field to the public (in one hand), there is a growing curiosity from a very wide (non specialized) audience for...

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Nancy Watson's curator insight, March 16, 2014 8:44 AM

Nature and perspectives. Why we need Geography

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22 Eye-Opening International Borders From Around The World

22 Eye-Opening International Borders From Around The World | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
From North America to the Middle East, here are some of the coolest pictures of international borders. Check out the full thread by Quora that this list was inspired by.

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Joy Kinley's curator insight, March 24, 2014 9:57 AM

It is interesting to see how the borders look between different countries - some of the borders are natural and others are man-made but I have no desire to cross that bridge between Panama and Costa Rica, it is scary looking.

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Exit polls show Crimea votes for secession

Exit polls show Crimea votes for secession | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Russian media says exit polls show 93 percent of voters elected to join Russia, in a move the West deems illegal.

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Utah Geographical Alliance's curator insight, March 17, 2014 2:30 PM

Seth Dixon's insight:
The vote wasn't a surprise, but it now means there are more questions than answers about the political future of Crimea, both regionally and internationally. Also is interest is how this impacts Turkey, which feels kinship with the Crimean Tatar population. Historically they've been Black Sea rivals and Turkey was a key NATO ally during the Cold War. However since the fall of the the Soviet Union they've improved diplomatic relations and Turkey is reluctant to damage relations with Russia. We all know by now that the majority of Crimean residents speak Russian as their native language, but what's the linguistic geography of Crimea look like at a at a different scale?

Aimee Knight's curator insight, March 19, 2014 9:52 AM

While everybody argues over whether or not the referendum complies with international laws and peace treaties, we have to ask, is it right? Does one country have the right to take control of another? We teach our children not to bully one another, and then Russia goes and bullies the people of Crimea into agreeing to secede. What are we teaching people? What messages are we sending to young people by saying that this is okay?  We are spreading the word that it is okay to threaten others into cooperation. If we allow for acts such as this to go unpunished, how can we guarantee that something much worse will not be in our foreseeable future? 

BandKids13-14's curator insight, April 3, 2014 9:56 AM

Russia is just a big bully. If Crimea joins Russia will Russia want to take over other places in the Ukraine? Will they have enough power then? Why do they even want Crimea? How will they benefit if Crimea goes over to Russian power? Will the Ukraine allow Crimea to ever join Russia?

~Jessica 

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Worst drought in Brazil in decades doubles the price of your coffee beans

Worst drought in Brazil in decades doubles the price of your coffee beans | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Brazil drought puts froth on coffee prices (via AFP)
The morning caffeine hit is about to get more pricey as drought in top producer Brazil has sparked fears of a global shortfall of coffee this year, sending the price of beans soaring.

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Farmers finding love on niche online dating site

Farmers finding love on niche online dating site | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
FarmersOnly.com caters to unique needs of farmers, often in far-flung areas seeking rural romance; website now has one million users
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Brazilians protest against World Cup in São Paulo – video

Hundreds of people march in São Paulo, Brazil, to protest against their poor living conditions in contrast to the cost of their World Cup

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The Chart That Explains Why Ukraine Can't Fight Russia

The Chart That Explains Why Ukraine Can't Fight Russia | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
The right statistic is often worth a thousand words—and sometimes much more than that. These five weekly data points, put together by Ian Bremmer, president and founder of the risk consultancy Eurasia Group, provide a glimpse into global trends, political dangers and international power dynamics. Some are counterintuitive facts. Others are small...

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Equality of Opportunity

Equality of Opportunity | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

"Is America the “Land of Opportunity”? In two recent studies, we find that: (1) Upward income mobility varies substantially within the U.S. [summary][paper] Areas with greater mobility tend to have five characteristics: less segregation, less income inequality, better schools, greater social capital, and more stable families. (2) Contrary to popular perception, economic mobility has not changed significantly over time; however, it is consistently lower in the U.S. than in most developed countries [summary][paper]. "


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15 Famous Landmarks Zoomed Out To Show Their Surroundings

15 Famous Landmarks Zoomed Out To Show Their Surroundings | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
This collection of photographs of majestic landmarks around the world do a great job of just how important framing, perspective and lighting are to a photograph. All of these photo pairs are of the same object, but the changes in perspective can make them seem more or less grand. A change of ...

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In Pictures: Nomads of the sea

In Pictures: Nomads of the sea | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
The Bajau people live on their boats in the coral-rich ocean between Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines.


"From my grandfather to my grandchildren, we all live on the boat. We don't have gods, so my grandfather is like a god to me. He said I cannot stay on land. It's like a curse from him," says Bungsali, an older man who does not know his exact age. 

Bungsali is one of the Bajau Laut, also known as sea gypsies - an indigenous ethnic group who have a seaborne lifestyle. They originally come from the Philippines' Sulu Archipelago, coastal areas of Mindanao and northern Borneo. But they roam freely throughout the so-called "Coral Triangle" between Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines, living on their boats. The ocean is their home, their main source of food and income and, for the children, their playground.

In Malaysia's eastern Sabah state, the Bajau are believed to be the second-largest ethnic group. However, their exact numbers are unknown. 

But fewer and fewer Bajau Laut still practise a boat-based lifestyle. Many have moved to live in small stilt houses built on coral reefs or on small islands. One hundred years ago, the waters off Malaysia's Semporna district were full of gypsy boats. But now, only a few remain. In the near future, there might not be any Bajau Laut left living on the boats, only legends and stories will be all that remain.


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Conflict in the Central African Republic: It’s Not Just About Religion | Africa UP Close

Conflict in the Central African Republic: It’s Not Just About Religion | Africa UP Close | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
The Central African Republic’s crisis has left humanitarian orgs frantically looking for ways to stop the conflict http://t.co/96ZAtsCu5E

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Poachers threaten survival of the African elephant

Poachers threaten survival of the African elephant | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
The elephant holds a special place in our hearts as they are not only intelligent but share many of the same emotional attributes as humans. But they're being poached at record numbers for their ivory tusks by organized gangs of poachers. CBS News contributor M. Sanjayan travels to the wilds of Kenya to report on the fierce battle being waged to save the elephants.
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NASA: Two Months of Precipation in 25 Seconds


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Geography in the News: Bali, Past Trouble in Paradise

Geography in the News: Bali, Past Trouble in Paradise | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM Bali: Past Trouble in Paradise In August 2009, an elite Indonesian police squad killed a man believed to be the most wanted Islamic terrorist in Southeast Asia. Noordin Mohammad Top, a Malaysian born militant, was linked to bombings in Jakarta, Indonesia, and the 2002…

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Neal G. Lineback's curator insight, March 16, 2014 11:11 AM

This is a geographic perspective on the island of Bali with reference to past terrorist activities that influenced tourism. Things are much quieter now and the tourism industry appears to have rebounded.

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Five myths about the Cold War

Five myths about the Cold War | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Our friends and enemies were so much clearer then — right?

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, March 16, 2014 3:55 PM

With U.S.-Russian relations strained, many are using historical comparison to the Cold War.  This article is a nice reference point to see where such an analogy breaks down. 

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Here Are Some Runways Where Missing Malaysia Jet Could Have Landed

Here Are Some Runways Where Missing Malaysia Jet Could Have Landed | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

The latest revelations about the missing...


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