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The Real Problem With a Service Called 'Ghetto Tracker'

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When it comes to navigational apps, where's the line between utility and racism? 
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▶ How Many Countries Are There? - YouTube

Discuss this video: http://www.reddit.com/r/CGPGrey/comments/1p2m6g/how_many_countries_are_there/ Help support videos like this: http://www.cgpgrey.com/subba...
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state or not a state? Good for the Political unint

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Colleen Blankenship's curator insight, May 18, 12:24 PM

What constitutes a "state?"  Watch this video and make a determination.

Annie Pack's curator insight, June 25, 10:10 AM

Country or not?? Interesting/confusing question! 

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‘China’s Second Continent,’ by Howard W. French

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More than a million Chinese pioneers have built new lives in Africa.
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Imperialism? investment?  Opportunity ? For  Chinese? For Africa?

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Where Do Borders Need to Be Redrawn? - Room for Debate

Where Do Borders Need to Be Redrawn? - Room for Debate | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
What parts of the world should rethink their maps? Why and how?

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, July 7, 8:28 AM

Maps are always changing as a new nation gets added and old lines cease to make sense. Territory is claimed and reclaimed.  This series of seven articles in the New York Times explores regional examples of how borders impacts places from a variety of scholarly perspectives.  Together, these article challenge student to reconsider the world map and to conceptualize conflicts within a spatial context.

 

Tags: bordersmapping, political, territoriality, sovereignty.

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ENGAGE Snapshot: Changing Population Age Structure

Using examples from Thailand and Rwanda, this PRB ENGAGE Snapshot illustrates changing population age structure using population pyramids.
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Excellent intro by PRB on demographic structure and population policy using Rwanda and Thailand

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China publishes new map

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China has published a new map of the entire country including the islands in the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea) in order to "better show" its territorial claim over the region.

Via Seth Dixon
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It seems that claims are often made to reinforce political claims. conflicting claims are difficult to resolve 

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Linda Alexander's curator insight, July 6, 11:39 AM

China holds forth a new map to share with the world all its land claims...

Susan Kelly's curator insight, July 6, 6:22 PM

Seems like using a wikipedia entry to validate these claims.

Kaylin Burleson's curator insight, July 7, 9:59 AM

Great for geographical discussions on why maps are important, how maps are used, etc.   

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Why do competitors open their stores next to one another? - Jac de Haan

Why do competitors open their stores next to one another? - Jac de Haan | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Why are all the gas stations, cafes and restaurants in one crowded spot? As two competitive cousins vie for ice-cream-selling domination on one small beach, discover how game theory and the Nash Equilibrium inform these retail hotspots.
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Hotelling

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This Is the Traffic Capital of the World

This Is the Traffic Capital of the World | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
There are only 650 major intersections here—but somehow only 60 traffic lights.

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Teresa Gallego Navarro's curator insight, July 7, 3:43 AM

¿movilidad urbana?  -¿algo habrá que gestionar aquí?

 

Stephen Zimmett's curator insight, July 7, 7:45 AM

seth dixon:This is an excellent article to explore some of the problems confronting megacities.

Jade ten Kate's curator insight, July 9, 10:01 PM

Megacities

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Expanding tropics will play greater global role, report predicts

Expanding tropics will play greater global role, report predicts | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
State of the Tropics study aims to call attention to region
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Track a Century of U.S. Development With a Tool That Centralizes Old Maps

Track a Century of U.S. Development With a Tool That Centralizes Old Maps | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
The full catalog of USGS topographic surveys is now all on one site and searchable by city.
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Looks like a great resource for the Urban unit.

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Map: The largest company by revenue in every state

Map: The largest company by revenue in every state | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
A look at some of the biggest economic drivers in each state.
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Another interesting map

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Annie Pack's curator insight, June 25, 10:55 AM

Interesting map to consider! What do you think? Does anything surprise you? 

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South Korea profile

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Interesting history and political geography of the Korean peninsula.

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changes to APHG course

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The Iraq-ISIS Conflict in Maps, Photos and Video

The Iraq-ISIS Conflict in Maps, Photos and Video | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
A visual guide to the crisis in northern Iraq, updated daily.
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Great visuals 

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The World's Biggest Cities Will Be in Asia and Africa by 2030

The World's Biggest Cities Will Be in Asia and Africa by 2030 | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
New York, Osaka, and Sao Paulo won't even make the top 10.
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Good article for the Urban Unit. Mega cities of the world are growing in Asia and Africa as some MDC are seeing a decline in population and more slowly growing cities.

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Donut Holes in Law of the Sea

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This includes the conflicting claims of Korea and Japan over the Dokdo Islands. 

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Harnessing the Demographic Dividend

The ENGAGE Presentation, "Harnessing the Demographic Dividend," aims to improve understanding of the demographic dividend, what it takes to realize that dividend, and the potential for the countries of sub-Saharan Africa to achieve the demographic dividend and associated economic growth.
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The Demographic Dividend, slowing population with fewer children and more workers provide a window of opportunity for development.

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NOVA | Human Numbers Through Time

NOVA | Human Numbers Through Time | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Examine global population growth over the past two millennia, and see what's coming in the next 50 years.
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Good visual on population growth over time

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Map: Here's how much every country spends on food

Map: Here's how much every country spends on food | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Americans spend 7% of their budget on food. Pakistanis spend 47%.
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And we think food is expensive. 

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Why China Will Reclaim Siberia - NYTimes.com

Why China Will Reclaim Siberia - NYTimes.com | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Like love, a border is real only if both sides believe in it. And on both sides of the Sino-Russian border, that belief is wavering. By Frank Jacobs.
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Maps on the Web : Photo

Maps on the Web : Photo | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Post anything (from anywhere!), customize everything, and find and follow what you love. Create your own Tumblr blog today.
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Sunni vs Shia Map

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Here are the 32 countries Google Maps won’t draw borders around

Here are the 32 countries Google Maps won’t draw borders around | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
This post has been corrected. Google may be standing up to government surveillance, but on Google Maps it shies away from conflict. The company displays the borders of 32 states differently than the other 162 members of the United Nations. Many of these countries have long had disputed borders or are currently facing military conflicts. Google Maps is customized in...
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Where Do the Smartest People Move?

Where Do the Smartest People Move? | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
A new report finds that higher intelligence is linked with rural-to-city migration, and with city-to-suburb movement.
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interesting Finish study on where "smart" people move.

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Five myths about organic food

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Is it healthier? Or better for the environment?
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Advertising is a type of propaganda to get you to believe a certain way.  It often works. 

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What does it mean when someone says they're Shia or Sunni?

What does it mean when someone says they're Shia or Sunni? | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
The words Shia and Sunni appear a lot in the news these days. But what do they mean and where did they come from?
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Sunni and Shia are both branches of the religion of Islam, just a Catholics and Protestants are branches of Christianity.

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Annie Pack's curator insight, June 25, 11:04 AM

This article could help some of you with your country profiles. 

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America’s most gerrymandered congressional districts

America’s most gerrymandered congressional districts | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
A brief overview of crimes against geography in the 113th Congress.
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Good or evil? Depends on who is in power at the time.

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Global MPI | Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative (OPHI)

Global MPI | Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative (OPHI) | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Global Multidimensional Poverty Index GLOBAL MPI 2014 Visit the Global MPI 2014 pages to access a wealth of resources, including case studies, infographics
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Great material for a lesson on poverty

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Annie Pack's curator insight, June 25, 11:05 AM

Poverty Lesson