Normally we see erosion on a piece of land over a long period of time. In this short video, we see what erosion can do to in mere minutes. It is scary to think how much the roads we drive on are eroding right underneath our cars. It is amazing how much the environment around us can change due to the weather.
The first time I saw this, my jaw dropped. The fact that this city is so used to just setting up market around when a train comes right through the middle of it is just crazy. But this just shows how this overpopulated city has had to adjust. To them, moving their market to fit the train schedule is a part if everyday life in this "megacity". Living in an urban city like this one is what these people are used to, and this type of market is how they remain sustainable.
I never would have imagined that our veterans would have a problem identifying which planes to shoot at, but i guess painting stripes on their planes was a good idea! Tactics for battle during WWII are very interesting and this is something I had never heard of before. I have seen stripes on some planes from the past, but I always thought they were merely decoration or to show patriotism. Who knew they were there for battle purposes?
These pictures are very interesting and makes you think about the kinds of breakfast you saw when growing up. These pictures allow us to see the kinds of food cultivated in these areas of the world and how they interprete the use of each one. The pictures also show us how each place is related. For example, some of the dishes looked alike in that most of the plate was breads. It makes you wonder where that tradition came from. These pictures also let the viewer in on the development or wealth of the country. Some countries only have a piece of bread and a coffee for breakfast, where other places have huge platefuls of all different kinds of food. Does the amount of food you eat for breakfast have to do with how developed your country is? Food seems so simple, but it can lead to many different interpretations for people.
A very insightful video into the organic farming movement. Chipotle is taking a leap into spreading the word about this, and personally I find it enlightening. It is nice to see such a widely known restaurant take in interest in the food they serve and it makes it seem like they care about their customers. When you eat at Chiptole, you know what you are eating, but with other fast food places you can't be sure exactly what went into making that hamburger. They want people to see that they can get organic food made fast and it still tastes good. Chipotle is starting a consumption cultural revolution.
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.
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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.
This video probably set some of the leading fast food chains and restuarants on edge. Chipotle is starting an organic agricultural revolution, and with good reason. Most fast food cooperations are like the scare crow foods in the video, not using one hundred percent animal products, and using chemicals to enhance them. It is like that in other places too. Mnay farmers now are breeding chickens to have much larger breasts because that is what is in demand. But none of this is good for our bodies. Chipotle is one of many organic companies trying to go back to the basics and feed us food that is also good for us. They are showing us that this agricultural revolution can feed the people of the world.
A nine-year-old boy managed to pass through a security checkpoint at a Minnesota airport and hop on a flight to Las Vegas without a boarding pass, authorities said.
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This is scary to think that this boy went unnoticed until they were in the air on their way to their destination. It makes you wonder what else airport officials have missed. Hopefully after this incident, crew memebers and security personal will keep a closer watch. And hopefully, this boy is not traumatized by the whole event.
While access to education for females has improved dramatically over the past few decades in the Middle East, many are still excluded. Education helps women prepare for the labor force and helps them understand their legal and reproductive rights.
Very interesting way to look at which names have become popular and where. I never would have guessed that there would be such a difference between the north and south, the east and west, or the more populated states versus the larger in land. I guess place and space even effect how names are picked. It would be interesting to see the map for previous years and compare. I would also be curious to see the map of the year I was born.
"As a child growing up in North Korea, Hyeonseo Lee thought her country was 'the best on the planet.' It wasn't until the famine of the 90s that she began to to wonder. She escaped the country at 14, to begin a life in hiding, as a refugee in China. Hers is a harrowing, personal tale of survival and hope."
The globalization of food is becoming more apparent in todays culture than ever before. More and more restaurants from different parts of the world are showing up and alot of the food we as Americans are familar with are taking on some new ethnic influences. The currywurst is a great example of one country's culinary favorite around the time of WWII and enhancing it with an American and Indian by way of London flavor. And now it is one of the most popular treats someone can buy while in Germany. Many of our cultures foods are being influenced by others now and flavors are beginning to mix as well as our idea of where foods come from. The diffusion of cultural practices as well as the globalization of food will only grow stronger as time goes on, and so will our taste for a new culinary delight.
In North East India just north of Bangladesh is the province of Meghalaya.
This is an astounding video that shows a (literally) natural way that local people have adapted to an incredibly flood-prone environment. The organic building materials prevent erosion and keep people in contact during times of flood. The living bridges are truly a sight to behold.
An amazing use of the surroundings these people have! These people have been dealt a hand that may seem hard to deal with, but they have figured out a way to adapt and work with and use the environment instead of trying to go around it. To avoid building a new bridge every year because of the monsoons, this man has worked with nature to build something incredible and sustainble. He is not afraid of the weather any longer, he actually seeks its help in the aide of his growing bridge. This truely is an amazing sight to see!
"In India, China and many other parts of the world today, girls are killed, aborted and abandoned simply because they are girls. The United Nations estimates as many as 200 million girls are missing in the world today because of this so-called 'gendercide' or femicide."
This is very difficult to watch. Being a female myself and also having six sisters (no brothers), I feel priviledged to be born outside these countries and not experience that gender bias. I personally couldn't imagine having to kill a child because it was female, if that was the case then my parents would be left with no children. I know that this culture has been imbedded in their heads, but I would like to ask these people if there has ever a point in their life when they just stop and wonder why things are like this? And with so many girls "disappearing" every year, I would like to imagine that at some point the United Nations or someone will eventually step in and try to fix some of these problems. I am not sure at this point if the gender bias will ever see an end in certain cultures, but I would hope that one day we can solve the issue of killing innocent babies based on their gender. By doing this, yes they are controlling the population in some places, but they are also wiping out a valuable/potentail member of the labor force. Maybe that could be relevent to why some of these countries are not remaining sustainable? Just a thought to ponder.
There’s a cloning tool in Photoshop that would probably be great for creating the illusion of monstrously repetitive high-rises in a mythical megacity. Unfortunately, that tool was notused in this series of images captured by German photographer Michael Wolf in Hong Kong.
“Architecture of Density” is a fascinating and haunting study of the tremendous density that can be found in most major Chinese cities. Wolf crops the sky and the land out of his shot to create a natural illusion of unlimited size that captures the experience of being in a megacity. “You have no idea how big the building is. It could be 100 stories or 200 stories, it could be a mile long,” says Wolf in an interview with the New Republic.
These apartments in Hong Kong do look photoshopped because they are exactly alike. It is hard to imagine people living in such a small amount of space. With such little living space, I can imagine the hard life they must live eveeryday, trying to find the best ways to use what little space they have. And if there were ever a natural disaster that hit this building, the death toll would be huge. I know Hong Kong is highly populated and needs places like this to house alot of people, but i do not think this is the best or safest way to do so.
I have tried geocaching and it really does make you use geospatial tools. You have to know exactly where you are in reference to a map, you have to know directions in which you must travel, and you know you have to reach a certain place. While a fun activity, it is also a great geographic learning tool.
McDonald's, Burger King, and Taco Bell all agreed last week to promise to stop using ammonia-treated meat as more and more people learn that this "pink slime" is an earlier version of their finished product. This meat has been treated with Ammonium Hydroxide, is no longer good enough for our fast food restaurants—but it IS still good enough for our schools (they don't need a PR slogan to sell).
This is disgusting. I do not understand how our culture has allowed us to accept the fact that this is considered food. This is barely meat anymore, and the fact that fast food chains have stopped using ammonia-treated meat but our schools still do is a serious problem. This obviously isn't healthy and with schools so concered with an obesity epidemic, maybe they should focus more on what they are feeding their students than adding more physical education classes.
It is sad that so much foods gets wasted all the time because it doesn't look appealing to buyers. Just because some potaoe is shaped funny or is a little darker or lighter than what is considered "normal", it is thrown away. To me, that is ridiculous when so many people are starving around the world. Or that these imperfect foods are given to animals for consumption. Why is it acceptable to animals to eat bad food when we are going to eat those animals? Somewhere down the line of history, the way we view food has been changed and not for the better. If we want to be able to sustain ourselves and this world for many more centuries, we need to revalute how we look at food.
The supercheap and palatable noodles help low-wage workers around the world get by, anthropologists argue in a new book. And rather than lament the ascendance of this highly processed food, they argue we should try to make it more nutritious.
It is great that this cheap food has become a staple in poor places and are relieving people of starving, even if it is not the most nutricious meal out there. They way I see it is, if people spend so little on these noodles, maybe they will have saved some money and be able to buy fruits and vegetables. But even if they don't, the noodles are a meal that is quick, easy, and inexpensive and it is saving people from dying from starvation all while being more tasty than some of the other options.
TED Talks What can economists learn from linguists?
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This insightful video focuses on the idea of language and how it affects a person’s ability to save money. The speaker, Keith Chen tries to prove that people who speak a “futureless” language such as Chinese have been known to save more of their money rather than people who speak a “future” language such as the United States speaking English. He says this is because people who speak a “future” language think about the future being much farther off, where someone who speaks a “futureless” language associates the future with being much closer. In the video he says that future languages have to change words to describe something. For example, in English we say “it is going to rain tomorrow” or “it rained yesterday” or “it is raining today”. The speaker says that in Chinese, they say “it rain tomorrow” or “it rain yesterday” or “it rain today”. They do not change their entire sentence while an English speaker would have to. Chen feels this has something to do with how people perceive the future, and therefore how they plan and save their money. He also relates religion, education, marital status, and children as playing factors into how people save money. I have never encountered a study like this, but after watching the video I do see his point of view. I can see many people around me interpreting the future as being farther in distance. I can see many different people treating their money differently based on the things listed above, but never before have I heard of language playing a role. I believe saving money has more to do with how we are taught to treat money, and if language plays a factor in that, than he has stumbled across a great economic discovery.
Just another great example of how much Muslim culture and beliefs play a role in these womens' everyday lives. These women do not have equal rights to men, and many are standing up against this. I hope that in our lifetime, we will see the day Muslim men and women will have equal rights. I think these women are very courageous to go against their government for something they truely want and believe in.
10 ways a government shutdown would affect your daily life.
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A scary thought to realize this might actaully happen, and it would change our lives. The government shutting down means national amusements such as parks and zoos shut down too. Federal employees can't go to work, and the militarry would not get paid right away. We rely on the government so much that if it were to shut down, our country would be at a loss.
The new health-insurance exchanges open for enrollment on Tuesday, but a new Kaiser Family Foundation/NBC survey shows most Americans are...
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Obamacare is set to open for enrollment on Tuesday October 1 (tomorrow). Many people are still feeling perplexed as to what will happen and how it will work. But good news, the opening of the new exchanges doesn't affect anyone who already has health insurance (through employer or state). The exchanges are a new way to buy health insurance that let people compare the plans available to them and to also see, within minutes, whether the federal government will pay for part of the premiums.There are many different plans and the government is encouraging people to talk to representatives or research it. The opening of the exchange is opening Tuesday but other changes will take place January 1, 2014.
It is a rare opportunity that the world gets to witness the birth of a new nation. But with the birth of South Sudan, it seems the world was ready to welcome them in. After Sudan became free from Egypt and the United Kingdom in 1956, 39 of thier 55 years of freedom have been in war between the northern part and southern part of the country. It made sense to divide the two. They had different religion focuses, different terrain, and different ways of life. The split was based on a nation wide vote, which well over three million votes were cast. There was really no dispute about a border, one was already mad eby the land. The Sudan was a desert region and as you traveled South it turned into swamp and forests (apparently you can see the border clearly form an aerial view). The border was put in place and now the South Sudan is the 193 nation to join the United Nations. While the Sudan is much larger than the South Sudan, it seems this plan to seperate has worked for the better. Becoming a nation in July 2011, it recieved assistance from the U.N. in its period of transition. Overall, I think the South Sudan and the Sudan seperating was for the best. Now the countires are free to practice their own religions and lifestyles. All that is left to say is #Welcome193
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