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Where North Korea wants to Attack!

From the NY Times: "North Korea, which seemed to be running out of tubs to thump, found a new target for its ire in a propaganda video released Saturday on Uriminzokkiri, a government Web site.

To a soundtrack of fervent synthesizers and inspirational light rock, the video announces that North Korea will aim nuclear weapons (that it may, or may not, be able to launch) at Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Honolulu and… Colorado Springs, Co.

The unorthodox move — apparently an attempt to target the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or Norad, and the United States Air Force Academy — is compounded by the fact that Pyongyang does not quite know where the city is. The map shown in the video places it somewhere in Louisiana."


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After watching this video it makes it really hard to believe any of this is possible at all to anyone in the world watching it, other than making the people of North Korea believe it to keep up moral in the contry itself.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, April 15, 2013 5:23 PM

I wish this had sub-titles, but it is an incredibly awesome bit of North Korea's famous jingoistic propaganda from their media that essentially is the least free press in the world (maybe subtitles would ruin the unintentional comedy).  I find this equal parts hilarious and unnerving, but totally mesmerizing.


TagsNorth Korea, war, conflict.

Jess Deady's curator insight, May 4, 9:35 PM

We watched this video in class and its just absurd. North Korea has no idea what they are doing and what are they going to attack? Nuclear weapons are no joke but this video is pretty funny.

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A cash-bath selfie is a bad idea if you're suspected of tax evasion

A cash-bath selfie is a bad idea if you're suspected of tax evasion | The World Planet | Scoop.it
It's really tough to keep track of all the things you're not supposed to do if your mom is suspected of helping the Philippine parliament embezzle $230 million and you're under suspicion of tax evasion.
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priceless...

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Well, now, lookie here: There's actually plenty of water on Mars

Well, now, lookie here: There's actually plenty of water on Mars | The World Planet | Scoop.it
Curiosity's latest discovery should pour water on any reservations you might have had about our inevitable move to Mars.
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I guess this is a.... water,water everywhere but none to drink moment... but pretty cool discovery

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Putin calls Kerry a liar over Syria al-Qaida comments

Putin calls Kerry a liar over Syria al-Qaida comments | The World Planet | Scoop.it
Russian President Vladimir Putin said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was aware al-Qaida is fighting with the Syrian opposition.
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Here's some good reading before the G-20 summit in Russia in regards to Syria in the next few weeks.

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Hosni Mubarak appears in court

Hosni Mubarak appears in court | The World Planet | Scoop.it
The former Egyptian President, Hosni Mubarak, appears in court, three days after being released from prison and placed under house arrest.
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note to self..I think you do not want to wind up in a Egyptian prison... look what happened to this guy in the last few years.

 

He looks like a extra on the Walking Dead TV show

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'Ferris Bueller' Ferrari sells for $235,000

'Ferris Bueller' Ferrari sells for $235,000 | The World Planet | Scoop.it
'Ferris Bueller' Ferrari sells for $235,000 - The iconic car that crashed through Cameron's window is one of 3 made for the film. It's also a symbol of bad 1980s parenting. 
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Now thats a car for the ages.... It only went for $235,000. a steal if you had the money to burn on that.

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Satellite eye on Earth: June 2013 – in pictures

Satellite eye on Earth: June 2013 – in pictures | The World Planet | Scoop.it
Wild fires of Canada and Indonesia, sand storms and steam spewing volcanoes were among the images captured by European Space Agency and Nasa satellites last month

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Wow...the images from Nasa is unbelievable, the new technology allowing for these great images really gives us these awesome shots of the planet.

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Chad Ewell's comment, September 13, 2013 11:25 PM
Its incredible how much we can see on maps now a days. Our technology now a days never stops amazing me and this just shows how advanced we actually are in the technology field. This definitely takes maps too a whole new level.
Hoffman's comment, September 14, 2013 1:18 PM
man, and geologists say we see a volcano, or an earthquake. well you could but you wouldn't be there for long.
Byron Northmore's curator insight, November 29, 2013 9:00 AM

CD 4: The human causes and effects of landscape degradation

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Lobster lovers, rejoice: Prices are falling

Lobster lovers, rejoice: Prices are falling | The World Planet | Scoop.it
Lobster lovers, rejoice: Prices are falling - Thank booming populations due to global warming and strong Canadian production. Maine fishermen, however, aren't exactly happy. 
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well...if your a lobster fan...than time to get some with a big surgeq in population of them, the price has come way down due to warmer ocean temps.

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Antarctic Glacier Calves Iceberg One-Fourth Size of Rhode Island

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This week a European Earth-observing satellite confirmed that a large iceberg broke off of Pine Island Glacier, one of Antarctica's largest and fastest moving ice streams.

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In this story we find the true scale of global warming...A iceberg 1/4th the size of RI broke off the Antarctic Ice sheet and the main part of this story is that it happened in the heart of the Antarctica's winter. Something to think about

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Population Density

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"[This map's] an unabashedly generalized interactive population density map inspired/stolen from a map by William Bunge entitled Islands of Mankind that I came across on John Krygier‘s blog. I thought Bunge’s map was a novel way to look at population density, and I’ve tried to stay close to the spirit of the original."


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This is a great map to show the populations of the world and the density of the people of the world are taking to much of the worlds resources are happening.

This map and the map of overfishing in the world go hand and hand together to show that something has to be done to deal with these world problems.

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Kamaryn Hunt's comment, October 7, 2013 6:22 PM
I really liked this map, because it showed me how spread out we are. I actually didnt realize the world was THIS populated!
Matthew DiLuglio's curator insight, October 12, 2013 5:23 PM

This interactive map shows the varying intensities of population density, and the first thing that I thought of was how low the population density is in my hometown, compared to some of the bigger cities or areas around the world.  I am from a rural area of Rhode Island, and there are plenty of farms near my home, as well as woods and ponds.  It really is a beautiful area, which made me think that if population densities were so high- the maximum density on the interactive map was over 500 people per square kilometer- that there would  be less room for the beauty of the natural world in those densely populated areas.  I grew up playing in my woods, and I am always shocked by city-dwellers that live in places where their yards have one or two trees (and are considered to live in 'woodsy' areas of their towns), or have no yards at all.  My town has a low population density, and much of the land is occupied by the reservoir, farms, and woodland areas that are not permissible for development.  Although my hometown is not a city, it serves the more populated areas- such as Providence- by providing water to their city.  It seems the more populated areas drain the surrounding areas of their natural beauty and resources.

Steven Flis's curator insight, December 17, 2013 12:31 PM

Mindblowing interractive map dealing with the population desinty of the world.  From tinkering around with this ive seen some scary things. As we all know the North East metropolis area is compact with people from rhode island to delaware and everything in between. but when you take the map to 100 people per square to kilomete it almost disapears. This in itself wouldnt be that bad but when you move the image to 500 per kilometer almost the entireity of India is still there. This is a perfect compaitive example of how jam packed south eastern asia is and its actually pretty scary.

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San Jose Skyline About to Change Forever

San Jose Skyline About to Change Forever | The World Planet | Scoop.it
Crews broke ground Tuesday morning on a new 23-story, $135 million residential high-rise project in downtown San Jose at the corner of Market and Santa Clara streets.
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This is a good story on the changes to the inner city of San Jose, Ca and how the old downtown area will jump into the 21st century modern city building. But if you lok at how fast thing change these days, this ultra modern building will be old school soon enough.

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Hawaii offers homeless one-way ticket off islands

Hawaii offers homeless one-way ticket off islands | The World Planet | Scoop.it
Hawaii hopes the "return to home" program will help the state save on the millions it spends each year on food, shelter and other services for the homeless.
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I wanted to post this, since we were talking about this in class today. That even in a place like Hawaii has taken the plight of the homeless to the next level.

 

They are offering them one way airline tickets to the mainland US if they leave Hawaii for good... give it a read.

 

 

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Can Europe Survive the Rise of the Rest?

Can Europe Survive the Rise of the Rest? | The World Planet | Scoop.it
The European Union will never manage to compete with China and other rising powers unless it unites politically, scales up and becomes a genuine giant.

 

This author argues that the main driving forces that led towards European unification in the decades after WWII are now gone or are diminished in importance.  As many of the economies of Europe, especially southern Europe are struggling, it is time for the European Union to rediscover and restructure it's raison d'être--it's reason for being--if it wants to continue to compete on a global level.   

 

Tags: Supranationalism, Europe, political, unit 4 political and economic.


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In reviewing this change in economic power in the world would show how business in moving to other parts the world due to how cheaply they can be produced.

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Amy Marques's curator insight, July 29, 2013 9:05 AM

This is a great overview of what is truely happening in the world. How Europe is still seen as a travel destination and perhaps turism is one of its strengths in terms of keeping the economies going in European countries, but its true that much of the economic activity is starting to shift over to Asian countries and its something the "big three", China, the US, and Europe are going to have to look at. These three primarily relied on eachother, but maybe its time to start looking at buisness affairs with other nations like Singnapore and Japan.

Cam E's curator insight, February 27, 11:10 AM

Many of Europe's initial reasons for uniting have disappeared, but there lies another reason to continue doing so, that being the ability to compete with the US and China as a major superpower. Of course Europe isn't united in the same way that those countries are, and are still individual countries, but a strong economic union might be in their best interest economically. This doesn't mean it would be a good thing though, as consolidating the many countries and identities into one governing body is potentially dangerous, both for the freedom of the people, and for the stability of the region. One could imagine a scenario in the future where former Croatians are being dictated to by a government based out of France or Germany, that have no local or ethnic connection to them.

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How new student loan bills could affect you

How new student loan bills could affect you | The World Planet | Scoop.it
A look at the crucial differences between a student loan reform bill proposed by the Senate and one already passed by the House.
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Here's something to read for anyone taking student loans and how you will pay them back in the future.

This is a must read if you want to understand how it works...

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Most and least expensive states for car owners

Most and least expensive states for car owners | The World Planet | Scoop.it
Find out which 5 states take the biggest bite out of your annual car ownership budget and which 5 take it easy on your wallet.
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What at shock...read this.

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Money keeps rolling in for Boston homeless man

Money keeps rolling in for Boston homeless man | The World Planet | Scoop.it
Glen James made headlines when he turned in a bag containing $42,000. A fund set up for the homeless man has now taken in more than double that in donations.
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I guess all I can say about this article, if your a TV fan of " My Name is Earl" is " do good thing and go things happen" very cool story to what has happened to this guy.

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Peru to build tramway to Machu Picchu's 'sister city'

Peru to build tramway to Machu Picchu's 'sister city' | The World Planet | Scoop.it
If you want to visit Peru's Choquequirao, you have to fly to Cuzco, drive several hours on mountain roads, then hike as much as 16 hours. Peru's government wants to change that with a tramway.
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Heres a very cool idea to get to historic places in Puru. check out the video

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Car information, new car prices, used car values, used car reviews, new car reviews - MSN Autos

Car information, new car prices, used car values, used car reviews, new car reviews - MSN Autos | The World Planet | Scoop.it
Get car information and expert advice from MSN Autos. Find safety ratings, Kelley Blue Book values and new and used car listings help you make the right choice whether you are looking to buy or sell a vehicle.
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Hi... you can check here and see if your car is on the top10 list that most people don't want to be on ...

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Egyptian Islamists vow more protests

Egyptian Islamists vow more protests | The World Planet | Scoop.it
Thousands of Islamists are defying a national state of emergency and continue protesting in response to days of a bloody government crackdown.
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I think this is not the spring that the world was hoping for in this part of the world.

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Discovery Channel defends dramatized shark special 'Megalodon'

Discovery Channel defends dramatized shark special 'Megalodon' | The World Planet | Scoop.it
With all of the fake sharks flying around TV lately, some viewers wish the Discovery Channel would stick just to the facts.
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It would be kinda cool if a few of them were in the worlds oceans...I guess you can never say never and the show was very cool.

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Nearly 1.4 million lack power amid unrelenting heat - CNN.com

Nearly 1.4 million lack power amid unrelenting heat - CNN.com | The World Planet | Scoop.it
Blistering temperatures will continue in many states Tuesday, as hundreds of thousands were still sweating and stuck without power.
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I would have to say... even with that very hot week, we have been lucky this summer.

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This summer's wacky weather explained

This summer's wacky weather explained | The World Planet | Scoop.it
If you live in certain parts of the U.S., you haven't had to use your air conditioner much. Whatever happened to global warming?
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This a good explanation of whats going on with the weather this summer...I think that as the planet warms and moves the weather patterns around to larger and larger extremes, that are changing what would be a normal seasonal expectations...

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Glaciers protect Alps mountain peaks

Glaciers protect Alps mountain peaks | The World Planet | Scoop.it
Rather than wearing mountains down, glaciers act like a protective lid and shield the highest mountains from erosion, a study suggests.
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I liked this article because it shows us that we have to slow down warming of the planet. So we can protect glaciers in the high mountain regions to slow erosion down in these areas, that will effect crop areas in the lowlands below.

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Geography in the News: World Fisheries

Geography in the News: World Fisheries | The World Planet | Scoop.it
By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM DECLINE IN OCEAN FISHERIES The world may be running out of places to catch wild fish.

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This really shows how the worlds oceans are being fished out and something has to be done about it before this map even worse.

 I think more pressure has to be put in places like the UN on the guilty countries to slow fishing down around the world.

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Sally Egan's curator insight, August 5, 2013 6:42 PM

Useful for consideration of Fish as a resource in the topic Natural Resource Use in Global Challenges. 

Josue Maroquin's comment, August 12, 2013 9:11 PM
its scary to see how much fishing grew over the pat years due to the growing population
Victoria McNamara's curator insight, December 12, 2013 1:39 PM

Overtime as the population has increased you can see on the map that areas have been over fished. This has caused people to move near the water to fish and it has created some jobs for them. This could be bad becuase as the population increases the fish will decrease due to the over fishing. 

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Providence, RI Downtown Providence in 1945

Providence, RI Downtown Providence in 1945 | The World Planet | Scoop.it
Main Streets of America. Westminster Street at Mathewson, looking north to Dorrance Street. This is the center of the shopping district. From the National Archives 111-SC box 692 329494.

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This is a very cool story on how things were in Providence back at the end of WW2 and how much downtown has changed and the new parts of the city look today... good stuff

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Al Picozzi's curator insight, July 29, 2013 5:08 PM

Downtown Providence in 1945.  Look at all the activity, people shopping and walking, streetcar rails still in the street, cars parked along the side, retail shops, eating establishments, just a hub of activity.  I still think this is what it means to be downtown, an area of large activity, a place where stuff is done.  What stuff is done, is what changes over time.

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Peru To Power 2 Million Of Its Poorest by Solar Energy

Peru To Power 2 Million Of Its Poorest by Solar Energy | The World Planet | Scoop.it

 

July 15, 2013  Peru last week initiated a new program that will provide electricity to more than two million of its poorest residents using solar panels.

 

Energy and Mining Minister Jorge Merino said that the program will allow 95% of Peru to have access to electricity by the end of 2016. Currently, approximately 66% of the population has access to electricity.

 

“This program is aimed at the poorest people, those who lack access to electric lighting and still use oil lamps, spending their own resources to pay for fuels that harm their health,” said Merino.

 

The first phase of the program, called “The National Photovoltaic Household Electrification Program” was initiated on Monday (July 8) in the Contumaza province, where 1,601 solar panels were installed. These installations will power 126 impoverished communities in the districts of Cupisnique, San Benito, Tantarica, Chilete, Yonan, San Luis, and Contai.

The program plans to install about 12,500 solar (photovoltaic) systems to provide for approximately 500,000 households at an overall cost of about $200 million.

 

 Peru is the third-largest country in South America, with a population over 24 million. It has average solar radiation levels which can reach 5 kWh per m2 a day in the Sierra (foothill of The Andes). Peru is also home to the first major PV installation in Latin America.

 

This follows Peru’s public commitments to accelerate renewable energy development, as reported here previously by CleanTechnica.

And also:

 Peru Unveils Plan to Use Solar Panels to Provide Electricity to 2 Million People, Latin American Herald Tribune


  http://cleantechnica.com/2012/05/31/peru-south-american-nations-turn-to-reverse-auctions-to-accelerate-renewable-energy-development/


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This is a great idea to show how solar power can make a difference in reducing  our use of fossil fuels and making green energy the wave of the future.

 

During last semester I did a paper on Puru that was fun to do.

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jminium courses's curator insight, August 1, 2013 1:37 PM

If only other countries could do something like this....

Cam E's curator insight, February 11, 11:32 AM

A very bold move. Peru definitely is in a good position to utilize Solar Energy well, the question is how much extra it will cost to install electricity into many households in Peru which have none. A big initiative like this will be what it takes for more countries to adopt Solar energy if it works out well. The global warming debate aside, it's still a really empowering notion to have your own energy generated by the sun which can be created in your own backyard.