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Tax The Rich? Taxes Aren’t The Problem, Inequality Guru Says

Tax The Rich? Taxes Aren’t The Problem, Inequality Guru Says | JWK Geography | Scoop.it

Raising taxes on the rich is often touted as an effective way to narrow growing income gap, this article poses some other options for solving the problem.

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6 hours in Jakarta

Sure it's a camera commercial,but it provides a stunning look into life in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta. 


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Stacey Jackson's curator insight, May 8, 2013 8:52 PM

This commercial is a beautiful and authentic look at Jakarta. I love the detail you gather from the piece-- from the bicycles to the fish market to the man selling watches. It gives you a sense of the people who inhabit the city as well as the culture, economy and infrastructure of Jakarta.

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ORBIS

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Thanks to Seth Dixon and http://geographyeducation.org/ for this find and many others.

 

Site of focus: http://orbis.stanford.edu

 

 

This is a tremendous resources understanding the historical geography of the Ancient Roman Empire and the transportation network.  Using ORBIS you can simulate travel logistics in the pre-modern e...

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Twenty years later: Have ecosystems recovered from Exxon Valdez?

Twenty years later: Have ecosystems recovered from Exxon Valdez? | JWK Geography | Scoop.it
We are at the two-year anniversary of the BP oil spill, and some recent accounts paint a pretty bleak picture of the state of the Gulf of Mexico. The immediate...
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The Mexican Celebration That's Not Mexican At All

The Mexican Celebration That's Not Mexican At All | JWK Geography | Scoop.it
Cinco de Mayo is celebrated across the United States as a tradition of Mexican origin.
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Bin Laden’s documents: Al-Qaida letters show the moral and political failure of terrorism.

Bin Laden’s documents: Al-Qaida letters show the moral and political failure of terrorism. | JWK Geography | Scoop.it
Osama Bin Laden killed people. He taught others to kill. He built a global network of mass murder. He gave his life to death. But that wasn’t his goal.
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D.C. Offers a Bold Vision for a More Sustainable Future | Sustainable Cities Collective

D.C. Offers a Bold Vision for a More Sustainable Future | Sustainable Cities Collective | JWK Geography | Scoop.it

Washington D.C. sets out an ambitous plan for sustainability

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The Arab Spring: Changing the Lives of Women in the Middle East and North Africa? | Morocco World News

The Arab Spring: Changing the Lives of Women in the Middle East and North Africa? | Morocco World News | JWK Geography | Scoop.it

Morocco knows that development and modernization of its country depends on increasing women's rights, yet challenges in realizing this still remain.


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Bangkok heatwave sparks urban planning criticism

Bangkok heatwave sparks urban planning criticism | JWK Geography | Scoop.it

This article relates well to our recent urban planning project.  

 

Thailand's capital is facing a near record heat wave, stoking debate over urban planning.

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London to test 'smart city' OS

London to test 'smart city' OS | JWK Geography | Scoop.it
An operating system developed to connect services in the cities of the future will be put through its paces in London.
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Time to Stop Worrying and Learn to Love Industrial Agriculture?

Time to Stop Worrying and Learn to Love Industrial Agriculture? | JWK Geography | Scoop.it

Are current agricultural methods sustainable?  Is organic farming a realistic substitute for current practices?  This article looks into both sides of the argument.

 

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6 cameras, 6 cyclists, 6 different ways to commute...

6 cameras, 6 cyclists, 6 different ways to commute... | JWK Geography | Scoop.it

LA is known for some of the worst traffic in the U.S.

and its subsequent air quality problems.  Here's a fun video about how six people are searching out their own alternative through cycling.

 

6 cameras, 6 cyclists, 6 different ways to commute to work via bike in LA.

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How To Make Area Cartogram Maps in ArcGIS | GIS Lounge

How To Make Area Cartogram Maps in ArcGIS | GIS Lounge | JWK Geography | Scoop.it
If you have data with disparate values between areas, making an area cartogram is an effective way to map out those values.  Unfortunately, making area cartogram maps within ArcGIS can’t been done natively so external scripts and programs are needed.
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Curiosity "Feats of Agricultural Biotechnology"

Curiosity "Feats of Agricultural Biotechnology" | JWK Geography | Scoop.it
Our feats of agricultural biotechnology pictures show technology at work. Check out our feats of agricultural biotechnology pictures to see for yourself.
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Science fiction no more: The perfect city is under construction

Science fiction no more: The perfect city is under construction | JWK Geography | Scoop.it

There's more than one way to skin a city, I mean cat.  Read this article and let's dissect a couple of different ways to approach urban development.

 

"Cities as technologically precise as a Formula One race car are being built now. Do we really want to live in them?"

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Kings of the carnivores

Kings of the carnivores | JWK Geography | Scoop.it

Who eats most meat? Vegetarians should look away. The world has a burgeoning appetite for meat. Fifty years ago global consumption was 70m tonnes.

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Africa's Biggest and Best

Africa's Biggest and Best | JWK Geography | Scoop.it
Whats wonderful about Africa? Plenty! Discover our amazing continents tourism bounty.
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Living in the New Metropolis

Living in the New Metropolis | JWK Geography | Scoop.it
Documenting the megacities of our time....
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The battle for Brazil's rainforest

The battle for Brazil's rainforest | JWK Geography | Scoop.it
Will proposed changes to Brazil's forest code set the Amazon on a path to speedier deforestation, as feared by many?
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Devolution: A Beginner's Guide

Devolution: A Beginner's Guide | JWK Geography | Scoop.it
What is devolution and how has it changed how Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales are governed?

 

This article with videos, charts and images was designed as a primer for UK voters for the 2010 election to understand who devolution in Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland were reshaping the political landscape in the United Kingdom.  It is general enough that even though it is outdated as a news story, it serves as a concrete example from geography students to understand the processes and reasons for a decentralization of political power.


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chris tobin's curator insight, March 22, 2013 4:23 PM

Here is an article March 2013 updating the latest in Wales

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-politics-21683771

 

"Silk Commission:  Mixed Reaction Over Devolution Power" 3/16/2013 BBC

 

     Since 1997 there have been many changes in the devolution processes Westminster still holds the most governing decisions but it seems that the UK taxpayers do not want their money to go to other countries for public services. 

Railing is a big issue since there have been alot of plans for improving infrastructure in transportation to build up the economy.  This will be particularly interesting to follow in the news.

     Liberal Democrat Leader Kirsty Williams stated a need for a new model of devolution  with clear definitions and the Conservative Lib. Dem. coalition's 114 page document to the Silk Commission states policing, broadcasting, and energy projects should remain under Westminster but to devolve teachers pay and rail franchises.

 

 

 

    

    

Paige McClatchy's curator insight, October 6, 2013 9:51 PM

The devolution of the United Kingdom is taking place at a legistlative level right now- if/when will Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland vote to actually secede? The article made mention that people in Britain are starting to get angry that they are subsidizing programs in Scotland that the English pay for themselves. What are the benefits to being a part of the United Kingdom? What's the best balance of power for all involved?

Jacqueline Landry's curator insight, December 17, 2013 6:21 PM

This shift can reshape the countries in many ways, financially, and the over all quality of life. A place will do better with connections than standing alone. This may help with international relation issues and build new relationships. When places depend on one another it can reshape the Country. It can also help with investment and jobs. 

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475 Free Movies Online: Great Classics, Indies, Noir, Westerns, etc.

475 Free Movies Online: Great Classics, Indies, Noir, Westerns, etc. | JWK Geography | Scoop.it

An extensive list of some great movies, and it's free!

 

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Scientists: Extinctions Just as Damaging as Climate Change

Scientists: Extinctions Just as Damaging as Climate Change | JWK Geography | Scoop.it
A new study finds that species loss is changing Earth's ecosystems in all the bad ways and just as fast as global warming, ozone holes, acid rain, and nutrient pollution.
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The ideas and vision behind Occupy activism

The ideas and vision behind Occupy activism | JWK Geography | Scoop.it

Over the last year, we seen a series of revolutions and populist movements.  Many of the ideas have galvanized an otherwise wide array of individuals and interests under the Occupy movement.  Yet is this movement sustainable, and will it be able to achieve its goals?  

 

A new startup may have a promising future as a supplement to the disorganized Occupy movement.

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Amory Lovins: A 50-year plan for energy | Video on TED.com

Simply fascinating TED Talk.  Hopefully we can formalize and adhere to such a plan.

 

TED Talks In this intimate talk filmed at TED's offices, energy theorist Amory Lovins lays out the steps we must take to end the world's dependence on oil (before we run out).

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How family-planning programs in countries like Burkina Faso, Niger, Zambia, and Malawi can help the whole world.

How family-planning programs in  countries like Burkina Faso, Niger, Zambia, and Malawi can help the whole world. | JWK Geography | Scoop.it

What really is the impact of our continual population growth?  What ways can we hope to manage this issue?  Well, one of the key tools at our disposal according to this article is family planning.  Every dollar spent on family planning in Africa creates $90-$150 in benefits.  Now that's a healthy multiplier!

 

 

In this series, Bjorn Lomborg explores the smartest investments to respond to global challenges like hunger, disease, sanitation, and climate change—and readers get to have their say. See the other  articles here.

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