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Why Australia hates thinkers

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Australia is a vast, sunny, intellectual gulag. But why?
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This is true. And sad. While I'm no Einstein, I do have very clear memories of being teased because of the stuff I knew. And not just by other kids at school, but by their parents (to a lesser extent) as well. This article also makes me think about the Tea Party situation that arose in the States. It seemed to me that being ignorant of issues was being celebrated and anyone who showed the slightest sign of intelligence was shouted & howled down by the baying beast that is the digital media. It makes think of the Cultural Revolution in China and the Khmer Rouge takeover of Cambodia. 

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Geodude's curator insight, October 4, 2013 11:15 AM

This article is about intellectuals. It tells about how the Australian government cutting funds from colleges to fund education. I don't this makes a lot of sense, and in the article it says that Australia "hates thinkers."

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Inequality and Sustainability

Presentation at the Environmental Audit Committee of the UK Parliament, British Academy, London, 15 Oct 2014
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This is a perspective I had never considered. What a brilliant idea! Very thought provoking.

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#Volcano forms new Japanese #island #Nishinoshima

#Volcano forms new Japanese #island #Nishinoshima | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
A brand new island emerging off the coast of Japan offers scientists a rare opportunity to study how life begins to colonise barren land - helped by rotting bird poo and hatchling vomit.
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This is awesome! I think it would a very interesting exercise to monitor this island (somehow) to observe the changes that occur over time. What an amazing opportunity!

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Treasure hunt

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IN GINZA, Tokyo’s best-known shopping district, a dozen-odd tour buses disgorge crowds of determined Chinese shoppers at their first stop: a suitcase emporium from...
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This is very interesting. And it confirms suspicions I have had for the last 6 months or so. I teach quite a lot of Chinese & South Korean kids. Many of them (maybe 50%?) have visited Japan in the last 12 months. Very timely as my first year IB Geographers move into our optional theme on Leisure, Sport & Tourism.

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The great sprawl of China

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IN ANCIENT times, Beijing built towering city walls that helped to prevent undefendable sprawl. These days it builds ring roads, stretching built-up areas ever...

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See How Humans Have Reshaped the Globe With This Interactive Atlas

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Earth is changing rapidly, and an increasing number of scientists say that humans have become the dominant force driving these changes. While the term has no formal definition, many agree that we are now living in an age shaped by human activity: the Anthropocene.

Evidence for the Anthropocene ranges from worldwide population booms to the expansive transformation of the landscape. But solutions are cropping up at the local level that could help create a more resilient global community." 

 

Tags: ESRI, anthropocene, environment depend, sustainability. 


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Truthbehere2's curator insight, December 5, 2014 10:01 AM

Well duh...we are very greedy leeches that don't want to take the time to restore and repair what we take and destroy...

Kristen McDaniel's curator insight, December 8, 2014 10:58 AM

Excellent use of an Esri Storymap to outline how humans have changed Earth over time.

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How McDonald's conquered India

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How McDonald's, a beefburger company, penetrated and grew a business across India.
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This is a very interesting article. I know it's about McDonalds and lots of people don't care for McDonalds. However, it is a good explanation of how TNCs go about adapting their products to fit in to a new market with a very different culture. This is a really good example to use to explain the differences between globalisation and glocalisation. 

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Pattern Library

Patterns for the people, by the people
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In case you're interested, the background image for Mr Tony's Geography Stuff & Mr Tony's ICT Stuff come from The Pattern Library which has been developed by Tim Holman & Claudio Guglieri.

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In the name of the father: the ancestors haunting APEC

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On the eve of APEC, rampant nationalism, hostile acts and intertwined personal histories in the Asia-Pacific could be a greater threat to the global order than ISIS or Putin's Russia.
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This is a very interesting article. I like the symmetry of Park, Abe & Xi having fathers who were powerful politicians/leaders. The up-coming APEC meeting Beijing could be pivotal in world history. 

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Inside story of how Melbourne became marvellous all over again

Inside story of how Melbourne became marvellous all over again | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it

About 30 years a program to transform the dead heart of Melbourne began that was to become so successful that the city is now hailed as the world's most liveable.

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I thought this was very interesting. Trawling through data collected in their surveys would make for interesting reading. This fits the IB Geography topic Urban Environments nicely.

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When did globalisation start?

When did globalisation start? | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
“GLOBALISATION” has become the buzzword of the last two decades. The sudden increase in the exchange of knowledge, trade and capital around the world, driven by...
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Good article for IB HL Geography Global Interactions.

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The hidden force in global economics: sending money home

The hidden force in global economics: sending money home | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
In 2013, international migrants sent $413 billion home to families and friends — three times more than the total of global foreign aid (about $135 billion). This money, known as remittances, makes a significant difference in the lives of those receiving it and plays a major role in the economies of many countries. Economist Dilip Ratha describes the promise of these “dollars wrapped with love” and analyzes how they are stifled by practical and regulatory obstacles.
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Shared with me by a colleague (thanks @edtechbailey) this morning. My Year 12 Geographers have started looking at Migration. Absolutely brilliant timing:) 

 

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Why Abbott's faith in coal could be wrong - very wrong

Why Abbott's faith in coal could be wrong - very wrong | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
While Prime Minister Tony Abbott insists coal will be around for a long time, others say the world is on the cusp of a once-in-a-century shift towards renewable energy, writes Tom Allard.
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Interesting read about the (possible) future of energy resources. It does make Mr Abbott seems a wee bit backwards!

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Incredible Close-Up Drone Video of an Erupting Volcano in Iceland | WIRED

Incredible Close-Up Drone Video of an Erupting Volcano in Iceland | WIRED | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
This epic video isn’t a CGI outtake from Lord of the Rings. It’s proof that a guy with a quadcopter managed to get very, very close to an erupting Icelandic volcano---close enough to melt the face of the GoPro camera that shot the video.
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This is amazing footage! 

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World Population Growth — Our World in Data

World Population Growth — Our World in Data | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
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Wow! There is so much data in this. It's kind of overwhelming in a sense. Love that there is so much stuff on the changes that have occurred over time. Brilliant.

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geteach.com

Free site dedicated to help teachers educate and engage students using Google Geo Tools
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This is really very good. For people familair with Stratalogica, this is an excellent FREE alternative. I am looking forward to seeing what my guys can do with it!

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China’s Pearl River Delta overtakes Tokyo as world’s largest megacity

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Several hundred million more people are expected to move to cities in East Asia over the next 20 years as economies shift from agriculture to manufacturing and services, according to a World Bank report

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Tour Builder - Put your story on the map.

Tour Builder - Put your story on the map. | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
Tell your stories with photos, videos and rich text on Google Earth.
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I came across something called myHistro a couple of years ago. It is a web based app that lets users create location based time lines using maps. Really very good, but students found it a little bit clumsy to use. I was so excited when I found Google's TourBuilder. It does pretty much the same as myHistro but is more user friendly. My students really like using it. So, I cannot for the life of me understand why they would make impossible to use in Chrome. Does this mean they're going to can it? I hope not!

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Alarm bells toll for human civilization as world's 12th largest mega-city to run out of water in just 60 days

Alarm bells toll for human civilization as world's 12th largest mega-city to run out of water in just 60 days | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
The city of Sao Paulo is home to 20 million Brazilians, making it the 12th largest mega-city on a planet dominated by shortsighted humans. Shockingly, it has only 60 days of water supply remaining. The city "has about two months of guaranteed wa...
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This is just a little bit scary. While they don't mention it, I think Australia is moving into similar territory. Just a few years ago, the reservoir that supplies my hometown (amongst others) had fallen to 4% of its capacity. Luckily then rains came (eventually!) and things are ok for the time being. Until the next severe drought. I think this article hits the nail on the head when it makes the point that "Modern humans will not acknowledge reality until it slaps them hard in the face." There needs to be a very serious readjustment of how we use all resources, not just water. But we already knew that. Didn't we?

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Stop Trying to Save the World

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Big ideas are destroying international development.

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This is really interesting article. It would seem that international aid is similar to education in that it is trying to find the 'one big idea' that will solve everything. It's just not going to happen like that. People don't need to think outside the box so much as work with what is in the box already. The big dreams are important as an ultimate goal, but we need to understand that to reach that ultimate goal is going to take time. And that's ok as long as there work being done to get there.

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Why "International Development" needs a rethink.

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Home - gisrecord2014

Home - gisrecord2014 | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
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This is a really cool idea! I am looking forward to participating next week. 20000+ students from 160+ schools around the world. Can't wait to see the data generated.

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The Berlin Wall in the cold war and now - interactive

The Berlin Wall in the cold war and now - interactive | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
The city of Berlin will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in November. The wall split the city from 1961 to 1989 and became the iconic symbol of the cold war. Sean Gallup has photographed locations around Berlin today to match with archive images of when the city was divided
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I have scooped posts about war photography before. This perhaps doesn't qualify as war photography but it is very interesting indeed. My wife said "it looks healed".  

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Our ageing population not necessarily bad news

Our ageing population not necessarily bad news | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
Politicians and economists have been banging on about the ageing of the population for ages, but how much do we actually know about the likely economic consequences? Not much - until now.
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This is an interesting angle on what is traditionally seen as a negative phenomenon. 

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South Korea’s Education System Hurts Students

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South Korean education produces ranks of overachieving students who pay a stiff price in health and happiness.
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Being at the top of the PISA tables means what exactly? It is interesting that over the last 10 years or so countries such as Korea, Japan, Singapore & China (Hong Kong, Macau & Shanghai) have become well entrenched at the top of the table. Having lived/worked in Japan and now Singapore where I work with a lot of Korean and Chinese kids, it is very clear that the results in the PISA are due in large parts to long hours of attendance at cram schools (i.e. juku in Japan, hagwon in Korea, Buxiban in China). The mental stress caused by this must be horrible. Sand but true.

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Containerization Shaped Globalization

"Sometimes a single unlikely idea can have massive impact across the world. Sir Harold Evans, the author of They Made America, describes how frustration drove..."


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I loved watching this because I had no idea about how this happened. Perfect for the Globalisation topic in Higher Level IB Geography. Definitely showing it tomorrow!

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Alyssa Dorr's curator insight, December 7, 2014 5:26 PM

I always enjoyed TED videos. What really struck me was the opening sentence of the video, "everything is everywhere these days." This is so true in so many ways. The video uses different examples that you can find in different stores from places all over the world. How many things can you could in your bedroom that says "Made in China" or some other place other than the US? This is very common as we all know. Products and goods come from all over the world and even over seas. This is a process that we call globalization. However, the video introduces a process called containerization. This process saves an ample amount of time for the workers. The process was a success. "shrinking the world and enlarging human choice."

Michael Mazo's curator insight, December 10, 2014 7:48 PM

Globalization has connected the world in such a way that we hadn't thought possible. This idea has created rising economies all over the world and has made transport of goods and services move faster and continues to increase this rate with advances in technology. Containerization is a staple of globalization and without it, none of these products would be able to get from country to country. In essence it has developed the world of import and exports. To add to this success, globalization has also created jobs and communities which revolve heavily around the transport of goods. It saves time by using massive containers to move goods and it creates opportunities in places where it had not been possible before. 

Ricardo Cabeza de Vaca's curator insight, May 27, 3:45 AM

I believe this video is very interesting. It tells us that everything we have today is thanks to globalization and the reason we have it so fast is because of shipping containers! In the video it told me that before my time it was impossible to get swordfish from Japan or cheeses from France, but now thanks to globalization it is all possible. Globalization is even behind the reason how our phones were made! 

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See How Humans Have Reshaped the Globe With This Interactive Atlas

See How Humans Have Reshaped the Globe With This Interactive Atlas | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
Zoomable maps reveal the scope of humanity’s influence on Earth—and the innovations aiming to create a more sustainable future
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This is an interesting set of maps. I'm sure Geography teachers will find it very useful. Enjoy:)

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