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For Both Parties, Spanglish Is The Unofficial Convention Language : NPR

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If you grew up in a bilingual Hispanic household, listening to the Democratic and Republican conventions may have sounded a lot like home. In this year's presidential election, Latinos are a major voting bloc — and Spanish is getting its close-up.

 

Why are cultural politics such a major issue? 


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Jesse Gauthier's comment, September 11, 2012 6:32 PM
Cultural politics are such a major issue, because politicians have to be aware of new cultural population changes, and cater their campaigns to the changes, in order to get more supporters. The Latino population is currently expanding in the U.S. and these candidates are trying to communicate with both the English speaking and Spanish speaking Americans. That is why these politicians are speaking "Spanglish."
Mark V's comment, September 12, 2012 12:22 PM
The issues of politics and cultures being intertwined is nothing new, but recently, the active courting of the Hispanic vote is becoming the norm. We saw it in the 2000/2004 election of George Bush where the president would use Spanish words and phrases and proactively engaged Latino's. Now we are seeing it in 2012, and it will only become more of an issue over the years, because of the demographic shift toward a more Latin USA. Also, politicians know the importance of capturing first generation Americans so that they may win over future generations who follow their parents to the voting booth.
Don Brown Jr's comment, September 12, 2012 12:25 PM
In a demographically homogenous country the pluralism of the political system may revolve around certain ideologies. However in a heterogeneous state, political factions can be greatly influenced by ethnicity. The completion for the Latino vote in this upcoming election between the nation’s two political parties seems to demonstrate how the Republican party’s platform needs to change. Like the city of Detroit is to specialized as they seem to target the cultural values of WASP. Therefor they are going out of their way to disprove this conception but in doing so they risk alienating some of their own supporters.
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Twitter Languages in London

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This map is a fantastic geovisualization that maps the spatial patterns of languages used on the social media platform Twitter.  This map was in part inspired by a Twitter map of Europe.  While most cities would be expected to be lingistically homogenous, but London's cosmopolitan nature and large pockets of immigrants.

   

Tags: social media, language, neighborhood, visualization, cartography.


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Thank you – again – for your tremendous partnership
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thanks for this! we have shared!
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Make your own Mega Map

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I love National Geographic’s MapMaker Kit as a great way to have students produce their own oversized Mega Maps  (8 rows of 17 columns), especially if you only have access to a printer that p...

 

Here are 6 lessons and activities designed around National Geographic’s Mega Maps and Tabletop Maps that can be printed with ordinary 8.5 x11 sheets of paper.  This is a perfect way to celebrate and get ready for the upcoming Geography Awareness Week (Nov . 11-17). 

 

Tags: mapping, K12, National Geographic, Geography Education. 


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Video: City of Endangered Languages

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New York has long been a city of immigrants, but linguists now consider it a laboratory for studying and preserving languages in rapid decline elsewhere in the world.
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Geography of Gangnam Style

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Geography of Gangnam Style...Nice shout out to Seth Dixon

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Interactive World Statistics

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The Brazilian government's geographic department (Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística-roughly equivalent to the U.S. Census Bureau) has compiled an fantastic interactive world factbook (available in English and Spanish as well as Portuguese).  The ease of navigation allows the user to conduct a specific search of simply explore demographic, economic, environmental and development data on any country in the world.    

 

Tags: population, worldwide, statistics, mapping, zbestofzbest.


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Leonardo Martins's comment, October 20, 2012 8:08 AM
So cool…thank you very much!
Jesse Gauthier's comment, October 24, 2012 7:23 AM
The world, here, is literally at your fingertips. It is a simple way for anyone to locate a multitude of data about any given place around the world. It is another way that brings the whole world that much closer in this technological era.
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Pakistan girl switches hospitals

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A 14-year-old Pakistani activist in critical condition is moved to a new hospital, two days after she was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen. The article includes an interview by her in 2011.

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As EU basks in peace prize glory, separatists from Belgium to Spain are on the march

As EU basks in peace prize glory, separatists from Belgium to Spain are on the march | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
ANTWERP, Belgium — Historic world port and fashionista capital, Antwerp has always lived on the crest of the wave.

Great look at supranationalism and the risks of devolution in the European Union.  #mwc

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Thomas Malthus and Population Growth

Learn more: http://www.khanacademy.org/video?v=r1ywppAJ1xs Thomas Malthus's views on population. Malthusian limits.

 

This is a succinct (but not perfect) summary of Malthusian ideas on population.  What do you think of his ideas?  Any specific parts of his theory that you agree with?  Do you disagree with some of his ideas?  What did history have to say about it?  

 

Tags: Demographics, population, models, APHG,  unit 2 population. 


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Lauren Jacquez's curator insight, October 25, 2013 8:01 PM

We will be learning about Malthus in Chapter 2.  Take a sneek peek!

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The Malthusian ideas maintain that food growth is only linear, while population growth is geometric, so soon population will outgrow food production and famines will occur,

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This video very well explains the malthusian theory and how it is associated with population

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Geo-Literacy

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The Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance seeks to promote geo-literacy here in the Ocean State.  So what is geo-literacy? The National Geographic Society’s Educational team...


As the Alliance Coordinator for the state of Rhode Island, I organized  these three videos (two from National Geographic) and some pictures to provide a basis for understanding what geo-literacy is and why it is important for society and within the workforce.  In the spirit of sharing, I thought I'd share these links beyond the borders of Rhode Island. 

 

Tags: GeographyEducation, NationalGeographic, geo-inspiration, RhodeIsland.


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Pew report: More people now moving from U.S. to Mexico

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The Monterrey call center industry employs thousands, many of them English speakers who grew up in the U.S. The city, with a population of 1.14 million and with millions more in the metro area, is primarily a manufacturing center.
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The Global Food Waste Scandal

TED Talks Western countries throw out nearly half of their food, not because it’s inedible -- but because it doesn’t look appealing. Tristram Stuart delves into the shocking data of wasted food, calling for a more responsible use of global resources.

 

No one should be surprised that more developed societies are more wasteful societies.  It is not just personal wasting of food at the house and restaurants that are the problem.  Perfectly edible food is thrown out due to size (smaller than standards but perfectly normal), cosmetics (Bananas that are shaped 'funny') and costumer preference (discarded bread crust).  This is an intriguing perpective on our consumptive culture, but it also is helpful in framing issues such as sustainability and human and environmental interactions in a technologically advanced societies that are often removed form the land where the food they eat originates. 

 

Tags: food, agriculture, consumption, sustainability, TED, video, unit 5 agriculture.


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Shelby Porter's curator insight, November 4, 2013 7:39 AM

It isn't surprising that the more a country has developed, the more wasteful they are. I just think that we need to change this standard. We can not keep this up if we want to sustain ourselves for centuries to come. If we are going to change our consumption culture, we need to look at why it has become the way it is. Why do we see food as unappealing? This is an interesting video and certaintly makes you think twice about throwing anything away. 

Kenny Dominguez's curator insight, November 29, 2013 3:13 PM

Ted explains it well how we all waste perfectly good food that people would like to eat. Also it was amazing how much food was in the dumpsters that was just a day or week old. That meat could feed hundreds of people that are struggling to eat and all that meet to waste. 

megan b clement's curator insight, December 15, 2013 10:51 PM

Ted talks about just how wasteful our planet is. How we just ignore the issue and act like it will  not affect us in the future. When he shows you video and pictures of massive piles of the ends of a loaf of bread or all the food that Stop and Shop throws out because it does not "look" good for the customer. How every little bit of help counts you can try to make a little bit of an effort to be less wasteful. We have so much unnecessary waste. Like when he uses the example of how many people throw away the ends of a loaf of bread then he shows the waste of the ends of bread in massive piles it makes you sick. Especially with all of the hungry people in the world we need to be more resourceful.

 

 

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UN Urges Countries to Plan for Aging Populations

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As the world ages rapidly, a United Nations report warns of challenges posed by longevity...
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Gangnam Style, Dissected: The Subversive Message Within South Korea's Music Video Sensation

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Beneath the catchy dance beat and hilarious scenes of Seoul's poshest neighborhood, there might be a subtle message about wealth, class, and value in South Korean society.

 

This is a pretty insightful cultural analysis of the sensation. 


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Young women in Chechnya

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Photojournalist Diana Markosian spent the last year and half covering Russia's volatile North Caucasus region.
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Iconic cityscapes of the world. Urban landscapes reflect culture.

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The Cultural Geography of a Viral Sensation

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The Gangnam Style! sensation is all over the internet, complete with parodies that both honor and mock the original.  This first video is the original, which in a few short months received well ove...
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Spanish Crisis Revives Calls For Catalan Secession : NPR

Spain's dismal economy has residents of the country's richest region, Catalonia, wondering if they'd be better off going it alone. With their own language and distinct culture, Catalans have long pushed for independence from Spain.
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International Migration

Almost everywhere on the world, international migration is a hot topic. Most of the time the debate about migration is fierce and charged with prejudices and...
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The Legend of the Potato King

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A story in potato prints....
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Making Sense of Maps

TED Talks Map designer Aris Venetikidis is fascinated by the maps we draw in our minds as we move around a city -- less like street maps, more like schematics or wiring diagrams, abstract images of relationships between places.

 

This video touches on numerous themes that are crucial to geographers including: 1) how our minds arrange spatial information, 2) how to best graphically represent spatial information in a useful manner for your audience and 3) how mapping a place can be the impetus for changing outdated systems. This is the story of how a cartographer working to improve a local transportation system map, which in turn, started city projects to improve the infrastructure and public utilities in Dublin, Ireland. This cartographer argues that the best map design for a transport system needs to conform to how on cognitive mental mapping works more so than geographic accuracy (like so many subway maps do).

 

Tags: transportation, urban, mapping, cartography, planning, TED, video, unit 7 cities.


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Jesse Gauthier's comment, October 14, 2012 12:42 PM
When trying to graphically represent spatial information in a useful manner for your particular audience, you will have a lot to take into consideration. How familiar are the travelers with the area you map out? Are there visuals to precisely mark on the map so that will they accurately correspond to the area?
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Changing Face of the US/Mexico Border

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This lesson plan was specifically designed with Arizona examples and aligned to the Arizona state standards, but it be easily adapted.  I saw a presentation based on this lesson at the NCGE conference as was incredibly impressed.  Also, you'll note that like this one, there are many other lesson plans freely available on the Arizona Geographic Alliance website.  

 

Tags: K12, borders, political, landscape, migration, unit 4 political.


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oyndrila's comment, October 14, 2012 8:40 AM
I found very useful resources on the website. Thank you for sharing it.
Jess Deady's curator insight, April 17, 12:25 PM

This is an important lesson, especially for those who actually live in Arizona/Mexico and have seen the border itself. Learning about the Arizona/Mexican border is important and shouldn't be left solely to teaching it only in those areas. The maps included in the lesson plan are efficient and could be used in the high school setting.

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In Venezuela Housing Crisis, Squatters Find 45-Story Walkup

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An unfinished skyscraper occupied by squatters is a symbol of Venezuela’s financial crisis in the 1990s, state control of the economy and a housing shortage.
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A European Union of More Nations?

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The euro zone crisis has accelerated calls for independence from the richer regions of member countries, angry at having to finance their poorer neighbors.
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Meet The Natives: USA - Sneak Peek

Five men from the remote Pacific island of Tanna arrive in America to experience western culture for the first time, and force us to look at ourselves throug...
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