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Vietnamese Motorbikes and the Amazing Things They Carry

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In Vietnamese cities, high population densities, narrow streets, and a tradition of shopping locally have made motorbikes the preferred way to transport just about anything. Photographer Hans Kemp arrived in the country in 1991 just before Tet, the Vietnamese New Year, and was immediately overwhelmed by the rushing crowds preparing...
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Should U.S. Immigration Policy Be More Like Qatar’s or Sweden’s?

Should U.S. Immigration Policy Be More Like Qatar’s or Sweden’s? | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it
Yet again, House Speaker John Boehner is in trouble with conservative lawmakers. This time it’s because he wisecracked at a Rotary Club luncheon about his fellow House Republicans’ failure to take action on immigration reform. “Here’s the attitude: ‘Oooooooh, don’t make me do this! Ooooh, this is too hard!’ ”...
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This Is the Most Linguistically Fascinating State in the Country

This Is the Most Linguistically Fascinating State in the Country | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it
The 4 hour and 46 minute drive from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh is marked by several things: barns, oddly timed roadwork projects, four tunnels that lend themselves to breath-holding competitions, turnpike rest stops featuring heat-lamped Sbarro slices and overly goopy Cinnabon. But perhaps the most noteworthy—and useful—hallmark of that road trip...
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This fascinating article includes video examples of Pennsylvania dialects--a delightful resource for teaching dialect!

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Explaining the Economic Geography of Somali Piracy

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Why have some parts of the Somali coastline become havens for maritime piracy while other areas want nothing to do with it? For Anja Shortland, the evidence is clear – a lack of infrastructure and economic development can make piracy more profitable than ‘legitimate’ forms of trade.

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Palestinian university students’ trip to Auschwitz causes uproar

Palestinian university students’ trip to Auschwitz causes uproar | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it
A Palestinian professor took his students to Auschwitz to teach empathy and tolerance.

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The white tourist’s burden

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"Growing Western demand for altruistic vacations is feeding the white-savior industrial complex.  Volunteerism presents an escape, a rare encounter with an authenticity sorely missed, hardship palpably and physically felt – for a small price."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, April 23, 2014 6:02 PM

As stated in this article, "Under this program, well-to-do tourists sign up to build schools, clean and restore riverbanks, ring birds and act as caregivers to AIDS orphans for a few weeks. This led to the creation of a profitable industry catering to volunteer tourists. The orphans’ conditions are effectively transformed into a boutique package in which 'saving' them yields profits from tourists. The foreigners’ ability to pay for the privilege of volunteering crowds out local workers."  For a satirical look at this type of tourism, the Onion absolutely delivers.  

Albert Jordan's curator insight, April 29, 2014 2:22 PM

Why not take advantage of "I feel guilty because Im doing exponentially better than them?" or the less politically correct term - "white guilt." Arguably this can be seen as the "those that have" feeling guilty and thinking that by volunteering for a few weeks will make them feel better about their rampant consumerism. As the article points out though, this is not a problem solver. You can build homes for people but without giving them a foundation(and education) in how to take "proper" care of themselves, as well as the proper infrastructure to support them, they will continue to beg, or be unable to find work(if there is any) that will give them the security they need to support the house given to them, or take care of any well water that has been established, etc, etc. Unfortunately, many of the volunteers who pay to volunteer do not want to fix the bigger picture but instead want to get a small taste of it so that they can talk about it over cocktails or use their Kodak moment for a new Facebook default.

Tracey M Benson's curator insight, May 5, 2014 5:59 PM
I have heard from people working long term with schools and orphanages the short term volunteer culture causes more harm than good.Seth Dixon sums this article up:

As stated in this article, "Under this program, well-to-do tourists sign up to build schools, clean and restore riverbanks, ring birds and act as caregivers to AIDS orphans for a few weeks. This led to the creation of a profitable industry catering to volunteer tourists. The orphans’ conditions are effectively transformed into a boutique package in which 'saving' them yields profits from tourists. The foreigners’ ability to pay for the privilege of volunteering crowds out local workers."  For a satirical look at this type of tourism, the Onion absolutely delivers.  

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A Map of Baseball Nation

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"Fans may not list which team they favor on the census, but millions of them do make their preferences public on Facebook. Using aggregated data provided by the company, we were able to create an unprecedented look at the geography of baseball fandom, going down not only to the county level, as Facebook did in a nationwide map it released a few weeks ago, but also to ZIP codes."


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Greg Russak's curator insight, April 29, 2014 12:53 PM

Maps and baseball - a good combination!

Wyatt Wolf's curator insight, October 30, 2014 7:46 PM

My favorite baseball team is the Philadelphia Phillies, here's everyone else's.

Global Speechwriter's comment, November 4, 2014 2:52 AM
Jays? C'mon.
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This Map Shows How Fast Old People Are Taking Over the World

This Map Shows How Fast Old People Are Taking Over the World | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it
In a recent Simpsons episode, a Japanese tourist moves in with Comic Book Guy, infuriating her father, who exclaims: “Daughter, you are coming back to Japan; there are 87 old people who need you to take care of them!” Japan’s exceptionally old population—23 percent of it is 65 or older,...
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A Jewish Photographer’s Portrait of Arab Israeli Teenagers

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Turning 18 is the start of an important year for young Israelis. They typically finish high school, become legal adults, and get the right to vote. It’s also the year when the differences between two strata of Israeli society crystallize: While virtually all Jewish men and women join the military,...
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Concentric Zones of Building Age in Chicago

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  Hughie, hold my halo.I’m sick of being a saint:Got to teach youngstersTo hit ‘em where they ain’t.-Ogden Nash  Many of the original and innovative contributions to the field of urban sociolo...
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In Central African Republic, a town embodies the nation's conflict

In Central African Republic, a town embodies the nation's conflict | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it
Christians and Muslims used to mix freely in the town of Boda. But both communities are now under attack, and the devastation here speaks to the toll a violent year has taken on the nation.
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Home - Years Of Living Dangerously

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YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY combines the blockbuster storytelling styles of Hollywood’s top movie makers, including James Cameron and Jerry Weintraub, with 60 Minutes® Joel Bach and David Gelber’s reporting expertise to reveal critical stories of heartbreak, hope and heroism, for the Showtime series about climate change.
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The History of Humanity Is a History of Hunger

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The history of humanity is a history of hunger. Pretty much every society in recorded time has been wracked by famines, and a few have been destroyed by them. Sometimes these famines are spurred or exacerbated by political or military campaigns. Sometimes they’re due to human error. But the rather...
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Kellogg's Kashi Cereal Will Drop Its "All Natural" Label

Kellogg's Kashi Cereal Will Drop Its "All Natural" Label | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it
Health-conscious cereal brand Kashi is dropping the terms "all natural" and "nothing artificial" from its labeling. The changes come as part of a class-action lawsuit settlement, which also includes a $5 million payment for Kellogg, the food corporation behind Kashi. The suit, which was filed in California in 2011, accused...
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Why Mexicans are the Most Successful Immigrants in America  - SPONSORED CONTENT presented by University of California

Why Mexicans are the Most Successful Immigrants in America  - SPONSORED CONTENT presented by  University of California | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it
Who’s more successful: The child of Chinese immigrants who is now a prominent attorney, or a second-generation Mexican who completed high school and now holds a stable, blue collar job? The answer depends on how you define success. In fact, according to a study by University of California, Irvine, Sociology...
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Rich Countries Are Buying Up Poor Countries’ Land

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Chhek Sambo works a little farm on the fertile plains stemming from a sacred Cambodian mountain known as Phnom Kulen. For 17 years this tropical plot has given Sambo and her family rice, cassava, mangoes, bananas, lychees, “everything we can eat.” She and her neighbors raise chickens and ducks (free-range)...
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▶ Countries inside Countries: Bizarre Borders


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Colleen Blankenship's curator insight, May 18, 2014 2:52 PM

Talk about landlocked!  How would you form policy for a country that is completely surrounded by another country?

MsPerry's curator insight, August 12, 2014 8:02 PM

APHG-U4

Tori Denney's curator insight, May 27, 2015 5:30 PM

nature, meaning, and function of boundaries - The most common boundaries are nation's borders. This video shows many landlocked or mostly surrounded states, that don't decisive as much freedom as states with many neighbors or open borders. These surrounded states value their borders and boundaries, because even if they are smaller or do not have as much freedom, they have their own state that they rule that is all theirs. The function of these borders as boundaries are to mark the edges of their state and to keep other states out.

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Freakonomics » The Great Gefilte Fish Shortage

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The Great Gefilte Fish Shortage: a case where increase in demand did not raise the price. http://t.co/FDRuA2P83e

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Comparing Rhode Island's Size

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I recently received this incredible shirt (I think the Easter bunny must stalk my Facebook page…but the shirt is also available online here).  I loved the idea behind it; the T-shirt mingles big-state bravado that declared regional superiority, with small-state insecurity that begs not to be forgotten. Both sentiments, even if they are on opposite side of the spectrum, display an enormous sense of regional pride and communal identity.  My first thought to check the truthfulness of this map was to see how many “Rhode Islands” there are in state Texas using this clever website that shows the number of areal units equal to the size of Rhode Island that are in any given country. And despite what that southwest bravado may lead you to believe, Texas isn’t its own country. So I needed to find a different website which lets you overlay any two places one on top of the other. This is a fantastic resource for help leverage your students’ local knowledge to teach them about places that are more remote and where their mental maps might have very little data.  So using those two websites, how accurate is this T-Shirt?  Now, any ideas on how to verify/debunk the oft repeated statement that Rhode Island is 3% larger at low tide?  Any geospatial ideas on how to conceptually go about answering this question? 

 So never mess with the Ocean State…even if this is Texas’ version of Earth Day.


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Why Apple's iPhone Success in BRIC Countries Is a Big Deal

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Apple's iPhone was a smash hit in the BRIC countries last quarter, setting sales records in the emerging markets of Brazil, Russia, India and China, CEO Tim Cook said on the earnings call today.

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How Clever Design Can Help You Learn Chinese

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Learning to speak Chinese is a daunting task. There are tens of thousands of characters that take years to master. But Taipei-born, London-based entrepreneur ShaoLan Hsueh wanted to find an easier way to help teach 200 characters required for basic reading comprehension to her own English-speaking children. She deconstructed frequently-used...
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Why Aren't Italian Women Having Babies?

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The Wall Street Journal reports today that more women in Italy are foregoing children. This isn’t a problem on the individual level, but on a societal level, it’s dicey. By 2050, the statistical institute Istat projects that there will be 263 elders for every 100 young people, which means retirees...
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Cultural Appropriation 101: Feat. Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus And Selena Gomez

Cultural Appropriation 101: Feat. Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus And Selena Gomez | Ms. Postlethwaite's Human Geography Page | Scoop.it
Last night, Katy Perry opened the American Music Awards with a rendition of "Unconditionally" that appeared to be, well, "geisha-inspired" -- a confusingly executed theme, which included cherry blossoms, The Great Wave off Kanagawa and a Chinese fan dance performed by kimono-clad women who were seemingly neither Chinese nor Japanese. In other words, the performance seemed to "unconditionally" pull influences from across the Eastern continent, much like the Asian food stands in most American malls.
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Wyoming, Washington State landslides: Natural or human-caused?

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Landslides are a natural occurrence, but human activities can trigger them as well. Scientists are looking for causes of a landslide in Wyoming as well as one in Washington State that killed at least 39 people.
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How the Military Is Preparing for Climate Change War

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The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has just completed a series of landmark reports that chronicle an update to the current state of consensus science on climate change. In a sentence, here’s what they found: On our current path, climate change could pose an irreversible, existential risk to civilization...
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