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The Geography of a Pencil

A film from the Competitive Enterprise Institute, adapted from the 1958 essay by Leonard E. Read.


This year's Geography Awareness Week's theme was "Declare Your Interdependence!"  The GAW poster for 2012 focused on the Geography of a Pencil and this video works together nicely as a supplement to that poster.  You may see the economics of capitalism and globalization in a less optimistic light than Leonard Read, but the theme of interconnectedness makes this a great resource. 


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, October 17, 2013 1:17 PM

This year's Geography Awareness Week's theme was "Declare Your Interdependence!"  The GAW poster for 2012 focused on the Geography of a Pencil and this video works together nicely as a supplement to that poster.  You may see the economics of capitalism and globalization in a less optimistic light than Leonard Read, but the theme of interconnectedness makes this a great resource.

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The Language of Maps Kids Should Know

The Language of Maps Kids Should Know | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it
The vocabulary and concepts of maps kids should learn to enhance their map-skills & geography awareness. Concise definitions with clear illustrations.
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Altered Food, GMOs, Genetically Modified Food - National Geographic

Altered Food, GMOs, Genetically Modified Food - National Geographic | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it
Want disease-free grapes? Add a silkworm gene. How about vitamin-enhanced rice? While technology promises new ways to help feed the world, some see risks to the land and to human health.
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The Next Breadbasket

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Can Africa's fertile farmland feed the world?
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Mourn the fall of the mall

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The symbol of US consumerism, the shopping mall, is crumbling.
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Fragile States Index

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How Brazilian Soccer Players Get Their Names

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The 2014 World Cup in Brazil has seen host-nation stars such as Hulk and Fred roam the pitch. In 2006, Nick Schulz addressed why so many Brazilians are known by single names. The article is reprinted below: The World Cup kicked off on Friday, and defending champ Brazil will take...
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San Francisco Would Be a Better City With Twice as Many People

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California is an earthly paradise. Yet there is something badly broken about the Golden State. At its best, California is America’s America, where the young and adventurous go for a fresh start. The trouble is that housing in much of California has become so expensive that the young and adventurous...
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Eritrea's Communications Disconnect

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Eritrea is the least technologically connected country on earth
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Global Refugee Population Surging Amid Conflicts, Persecution: U.N. - NBC News

Global Refugee Population Surging Amid Conflicts, Persecution: U.N. - NBC News | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it
The number of people displaced by bloody conflict and persecution has exceeded 50 million for the first time since the post-World War II era — a vast populat...
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Why Does China Even Care About Scottish Independence?

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China is well-known for
cracking down on areas seeking self-rule at home. The breakaway regions of
Tibet and Xinjiang have become perpetual objects of Beijing's displeasure. That
opposition to regional autonomy is now making itself felt abroad. On Tuesday,
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang scolded Scots seeking independence from
London.
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The rise and fall of Australian slang

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Notice all of the different factors that contribute to the development of slang!

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The U.S. Cities That Sprawled the Most (and Least) Between 2000 and 2010

The U.S. Cities That Sprawled the Most (and Least) Between 2000 and 2010 | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it
Two maps and six charts take sprawl rankings to another level.

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One of the great results of the decennial census is that geographers, demographers, sociologists, urbanists and countless others, can track the same population or spatial pattern and note historical changes over a 10 year span.  This series of maps and charts highlights some of the major changes.  You shouldn't be surprised that Atlanta is the United States' most sprawling major city and that San Francisco is the most compact, but this article dives beneath surface in a way that is still very accessible.   


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François Arnal's curator insight, June 6, 11:18 PM

L'étalement urbain aux Etats Unis.

 

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What Is Your Race? For Millions Of Americans, A Shifting Answer

What Is Your Race? For Millions Of Americans, A Shifting Answer | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it

There's been a lot of talk about the millions of Latinos who changed their racial identification during the last census. But researchers said Latinos were not the only ones switching and it's not new.


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Dahr Jamail | Farming for the Future

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On the outskirts of Houston, Texas, a small farm that runs a community-supported agriculture operation and offers educational programs, is preparing people for the intensifying impacts of anthropogenic climate disruption.
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Stop Romanticizing Farms - Modern Farmer

Stop Romanticizing Farms - Modern Farmer | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it
Far too many farms no longer function except as beautiful (and expensive) event spaces that play to false nostalgia for a romantic, rural life.
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Are We About to See Three New Nations Replace Iraq?

Are We About to See Three New Nations Replace Iraq? | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it
It's coming: the imminent end of Iraq. Here's what no one has told you. A former CIA deputy director tells us the shape of things to come.
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No Pressure, Belgian National Team—Just Keep the Country From Splintering Apart

No Pressure, Belgian National Team—Just Keep the Country From Splintering Apart | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it
Belgium’s gaffe-happy former Prime Minister Yves Leterme once famously said that the only things all Belgians have in common are “the King, the football team, some beers.” Say what you will about the pressure on Team USA heading into Tuesday’s showdown against Belgium—at least nobody’s expecting them to keep the...
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The Map ISIS Hates by Malise Ruthven

The Map ISIS Hates by Malise Ruthven | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it
The importance ISIS places on the 1916 Sykes-Picot agreement about the Middle East may seem puzzling. But jihadist groups have long drawn on a fertile historical imagination, and on old grievances about the West in particular.
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Borders matter.

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World War I's lasting bootprint

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One hundred years later, the 'war to end all wars' is still shaping the geography and geopolitics of the modern world.
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Eritrea's National Soccer Team, the World Leader in Defections

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Eritrea's soccer players regularly use overseas matches to flee their country
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With Memories And Online Maps, A Man Finds His 'Way Home'

With Memories And Online Maps, A Man Finds His 'Way Home' | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it
When Saroo Brierley was 4, he hopped on the wrong train in rural India, losing his way and his family. But as he recounts in A Long Way Home, Google Earth helped him return decades later.
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Caution: Elves

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Young Russians never knew the Soviet Union, but they hope to recapture days of its empire

Young Russians never knew the Soviet Union, but they hope to recapture days of its empire | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it
Russian youth have no memory of the Soviet Union, but some feel nostalgic for the days of empire
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France's flaws

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Urged to Multiply, Iranian Couples Are Dubious - NYTimes.com

Urged to Multiply, Iranian Couples Are Dubious - NYTimes.com | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it

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