The World Planet
Follow
218 views | +0 today
The World Planet
a web page on world events.
Curated by Louis Culotta
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Rescooped by Louis Culotta from Geography Education
Scoop.it!

The Top Ten places to visit in Africa

The Top Ten places to visit in Africa | The World Planet | Scoop.it
Africa has a lot to offer the adventurous traveller. We've compiled a list of the must-see places any trip should include.

Via Seth Dixon
Louis Culotta's insight:

it's very cool spot on the plant, thats for sure.

more...
Jess Deady's curator insight, May 4, 2014 8:23 PM

Just like the rest of these scoops, this is filled with awesome vacation and tourist spots. This bridge overlooks a fabulous waterfall that everyone should get to see something like it in their lives.

Giselle Figueroa's curator insight, November 4, 2014 11:00 PM

 Even though their is a bad situation going on in some parts of Africa, we can not discount the beautiful places  in this beautiful continent. I really love the ten places, but there was three places which I will love to go some day. The first one is Victoria Falls in Zambia is a beautiful place I love it, its looks like The Niagara falls but much better. The second one is Valley of the kings in Egypt, this place is an ancient place, very interesting. The last one is Cape Town in South Africa, this is an amazing place, it have beautiful beaches, the nature in there is awesome, and I could read that has great cuisine. Definitely is in my plans to go someday.

Alyssa Dorr's curator insight, December 11, 2014 8:37 PM

I have never been outside of the country. Although I would really love to visit a country in each continent before I die. Being a huge Disney fan, all that comes to mind when I think of Africa is The Lion King. However, the top places ranked on this website were just as beautiful. A must see for me would be The Maasai Mara located in Kenya. It looks like a replica of the opening scene in The Lion King. Another beautiful sight to see would be Mount Kilimanjaro. I'm not sure I would make it to the top, but even seeing it from a distance looks like a breath-taking view. Number one on this top places to visit list was Cape Town, which consisted of beaches, food, and amazing scenery. Sounds perfect for a relaxing day!

Scooped by Louis Culotta
Scoop.it!

Obama to offer budget that cuts Medicare, Social Security

Obama to offer budget that cuts Medicare, Social Security | The World Planet | Scoop.it
President starts where he left off during "fiscal cliff" fight, offering big entitlement cuts in exchange for new revenues in bid to cut deficit by $1.8 trillion.
Louis Culotta's insight:

whats next!!! sometimes you hve to ask yourself if they are on different sides of the table or is it all show.

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Louis Culotta from Geography Education
Scoop.it!

The "Seinfeld of Saudi Arabia"

"[This video] explores the idea Western “cultural invasion” into Saudi Arabia, and satirizes Saudi views of America in the process. The influence of Western, particularly American, culture is a big, touchy topic in much of the world, with people torn between their love of Michael Jackson and their desire to patronize compatriots over foreigners. It’s about national pride and about preserving one’s own culture.  For English captions (click the little 'CC' button in the bottom-right corner after pressing play).

 

Skip to about 3:15 to see the segment on the Western 'cultural invasion' of Saudi Arabia and, appropriately, a very funny bit on attempting a 'reverse cultural invasion' of Saudi cultural in America."

--Max Fisher in the Washington Post


Via Seth Dixon
Louis Culotta's insight:

well, we all need a good laugh in the troubled world we live in.

more...
Seth Dixon's curator insight, April 4, 2013 12:59 PM

Given that Saudi Arabia's government is a strict theocratic kingdom, many people imagine that those ideas and values are representative of the general population and imagine austere and unyielding personalities.  This video shows something we ratherly see in the West, local humor from Saudi Arabia that critiques their own cultural institutions.


Tags: Saudi Arabia, Middle East, globalization, culture.

Jess Pitrone's comment, April 29, 2013 9:42 PM
Throughout the world, American pop culture is what defines us, and it is definitely what we use to define ourselves, as well. When we look to other countries, we look to see what their popular culture is like and compare it to our own. I love this video because I think that it is poking fun at both American popular culture and Saudi culture. Where American pop culture is so large and all encompassing, Saudi pop culture is small and not nearly as significant in defining its people.
When we, as Americans, see Saudi Arabians, we see a repressed culture, but just because they don’t have the pop culture that we have, it doesn’t mean that they don’t have a distinct identity. Obviously the Saudis have a distinct identity, and obviously they aren’t afraid to poke fun at what Americans think of their culture.
Peter Siner's comment, April 30, 2013 9:29 AM
It seems as though throughout history there have always been tendencies for the Middle East to fall under a westernized mindset. Organizations and rulers throughout Middle Eastern history had challenged this idea. However, especially in todays society we are seeing a shift where the people of the middle east are becoming more and more accepting of westernized practices. The biggest hump however seems to be overcoming the religious boundaries that tie down the Middle East to its traditional ways. This process of westernization is not one that can be completed over night and it will most certainly be a very slow process that takes the time and effort of the people to make it happen. We are already seeing popular westernized culture integrate with the traditional culture of the middle east. With time, it is almost inevitable for the views of the western world to completely influence the people especially since the younger generations are so willing to change.
Scooped by Louis Culotta
Scoop.it!

Can the EU stop Hungary's controversial constitutional amendments?

Can the EU stop Hungary's controversial constitutional amendments? | The World Planet | Scoop.it
Hungary's new constitutional amendments, which critics say erode the power of the Constitutional Court and violate EU law, came into effect on Monday.
Louis Culotta's insight:

This is a good example of issues in hungry and being part of the European U and delealing with overall EU rights of people.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Louis Culotta
Scoop.it!

N. Korea bars S. Koreans from entry to joint factory complex

N. Korea bars S. Koreans from entry to joint factory complex | The World Planet | Scoop.it
Amid increasing hostility from Pyongyang, North Korea barred South Korean workers from entering the Kaesong industrial complex, the last remaining symbol of detente between the rivals.
Louis Culotta's insight:
it's not a good sign when North Korea shuts off revenue into country.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Louis Culotta
Scoop.it!

How far can North Korean missiles reach?

A look at North Korea's missile arsenal and potential reach.
Louis Culotta's insight:

Here some some math nobody wants to deal with in the world of politics.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Louis Culotta
Scoop.it!

Stunning Turquoise Ice on Ancient Lake | Weather Underground

Stunning Turquoise Ice on Ancient Lake | Weather Underground | The World Planet | Scoop.it
Russian landscape photographer Alex El Barto Trofimov says Lake Baikal is one of his favorite places to photograph.
Louis Culotta's insight:

I guess this lake is very clean in Russia for now...a bottled water plant would make a great business for those people living there.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Louis Culotta
Scoop.it!

Videos on MSN Entertainment

Videos on MSN Entertainment
Louis Culotta's insight:

This is a very cool video on how new land masses form...

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Louis Culotta
Scoop.it!

Earth Hour Global Channel

Earth Hour Global Channel | The World Planet | Scoop.it
This Earth Hour, turning out the lights is just the beginning. Create your own challenge at youtube.com/earthhour.
Louis Culotta's insight:

I will take part in this...pass it on.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Louis Culotta
Scoop.it!

How Skynet Could Help Save the Planet - Scientific American

How Skynet Could Help Save the Planet
Scientific American
There are also security and hacking concerns that will reduce service and increase cost in to the system. The ongoing cost of security maintenance do not feature in most cost models.
Louis Culotta's insight:

after reading this... one would have to ask themselves if all the 'Terminator" movies are looking a little bit more realistic.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Louis Culotta
Scoop.it!

Mars Rover Drills Into Planet for First Time - Newser

Mars Rover Drills Into Planet for First Time - Newser | The World Planet | Scoop.it
Daily Mail
Mars Rover Drills Into Planet for First Time
Newser
(Newser) – NASA's Mars rover has busted out a new tool to pry into the planet's secrets.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Louis Culotta
Scoop.it!

More on the Blizzard for New England

More on the Blizzard for New England | The World Planet | Scoop.it
Historic blizzard to hit New England with 2 feet of snow. Wow!
Louis Culotta's insight:

Heres a great video clip of the upcoming Blizzard from Accuweather...its taking a track like the Blizzard of 1978...Wow 35 years ago and enjoy video.

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Louis Culotta from Makamundo (Earthly)
Scoop.it!

Season 5 of Whale Wars Announced

In this clip, Paul Watson and members of the Sea Shepherd crew give viewers an idea of what to expect in Season 5 of Animal Planet's Whale Wars.

 

Source: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10100220307913077


Via Save Dolphins, Angela Colmenares
Louis Culotta's insight:

Here are a group of people from all over the world on ships for months at a time to protect the worlds whales from unnessasary killing be some fisherman from Japan.

Only to end up sitting in a giant freezer because nobody is using the products from killing these animals...keep up the fight

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Louis Culotta
Scoop.it!

Animal Planet Sets Up Cockroach Cam

Animal Planet Sets Up Cockroach Cam | The World Planet | Scoop.it
The Internet loves a good kitten and puppy cam, but what about for the Earth's most understood creatures? Enter Cockroach Cam.
more...
Louis Culotta's comment, April 5, 2013 12:29 PM
Animal Plant really wants viewers...why would you watch something you don't want to see in your house.
Rescooped by Louis Culotta from Geography Education
Scoop.it!

The Golan Heights

The Golan Heights | The World Planet | Scoop.it

In early November 2012, three Syrian tanks entered the demilitarized zone (DMZ) of the Golan Heights. The move by Syria is the first violation of the zone in 40 years and concerns countries of the region. Since then some of the Syrian rebels have also been reported operating in Golan Heights.


Via Seth Dixon
Louis Culotta's insight:

Heres some info on how poeple have been living in regards to a troubled area of the world.

more...
Jamie Strickland's curator insight, April 3, 2013 9:10 AM

This map can be used to illustrate not only the political and cultural significance of the Golan Heights, but also its environmental significance as a source of water for the Jordan-Yarmuk River Valley

Elizabeth Bitgood's curator insight, March 19, 2014 9:08 AM

This article stresses the importance of geography when discussing political situation with neighboring countries.  The fact that the heights are such a strategic advantage to whoever owns them explains why they are so contested.  As long as these two countries are not friendly nations this disagreement over the strategic point will continue.

Shanelle Zaino's curator insight, October 29, 2014 5:13 PM

To say the area of the Golan Heights is futile would be a drastic understatement. This area of land bordering Syria and northern Israel is of great importance to both of these sets of people. Over 40 years ago Israel claimed this land for their citizens because of it's high elevation and prime access to water supplies.Now in modern times Syria is making drastic moves to claim the land ,which they believe belongs to it's citizens. It is in the persistence of both of these sets of people that turmoil is being created. This is an important ares to both of these groups of people.If Syria is persistent in their attempts to claim this region it is fearful that Israel may need to fight back at some point. With these two countries at odds with each other it is possible more countries may also get involved.

Scooped by Louis Culotta
Scoop.it!

The Colonization of Africa

The Colonization of Africa | The World Planet | Scoop.it
Louis Culotta's insight:

Heres some great info on how Africa was colinised in the 1700 and 1800's and how it effects that world politics today. From Europes conquest to take over Africa then.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Louis Culotta
Scoop.it!

10 cities where rents will rise least in 2013 - MSN Real Estate

10 cities where rents will rise least in 2013 - MSN Real Estate | The World Planet | Scoop.it
Many of the markets on this list haven't seen much recent improvement in home values, which can spill over to the rental side of the market.
Louis Culotta's insight:

Here's some good news on affordable rents around the world.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Louis Culotta
Scoop.it!

Weekly Strange: The Super Volcano

Weekly Strange: The Super Volcano | The World Planet | Scoop.it
Some 1800 miles beneath the surface of the earth crust grows a force so powerful it could destroy life as we know it;
known as the Super Volcano.
Louis Culotta's insight:

I guess we forget, that what is under our feet every day is not just hot but could take out the human race as well.

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Louis Culotta from Geography Education
Scoop.it!

What the Internet Looks Like

What the Internet Looks Like | The World Planet | Scoop.it
You are looking at, more or less, a portrait of the internet over an average 24 hours in 2012—higher usage in yellows and reds; lower in greens and blues—created by an anonymous researcher for the "Internet Census 2012" project.

Via Seth Dixon
Louis Culotta's insight:

if you ever wondered who online at any given time..check this out.

more...
Zakary Pereira's comment, April 30, 2013 5:02 PM
Whoa. This is awesome. Never before had I seen internet usage across the globe before. I wasn’t too surprised by the map its showing. Obviously the United States and Europe would have the highest internet traffic of the world although I was quite surprised to see such massive internet activity in Central America, near Panama and Costa Rica. This data was collected illegally and it was interesting how they did it. It was a bot who hacked into Linux computers with no password (really…) or a default password (still really…) and then tracked their IPv4 address to see their activity. It was a non-threatening bot and they created a readme file on each computer that explained what it was doing however it was still an invasion of privacy and no matter how cool the map came out I cannot agree with their methods of obtaining this information. What interested me at first about this was activity in the Middle East. You can see a lot of activity in Turkey and around the Nile in Egypt, but other than that the rest of the region is fairly dim. It is unfortunate that is so because of how it could help people there, just look at the Arab Spring.
Kevin Cournoyer's comment, May 1, 2013 12:51 AM
I found this collection of data very interesting. It reveals a number of different things about the internet across the world and the intensity of its usage.
Most obviously, perhaps, you can see what areas of the world have the most internet usage, or at least access. The areas of highest use seem to certainly match up with what you would expect: high internet usage and access in first world countries in Europe and in the United States, lower internet usage and access in more impoverished areas such as Africa and the Middle East. The amount of internet usage can also be seen increasing and decreasing as the animation moves from right to left, indicating the twenty four hour cycle of a day and presumably decreased internet usage during the night and increased usage during the day. This animation provides fascinating and valuable information about the internet in a unique geographic context. Economic geography is apparent in the concentration of internet usage, while physical geography is evident in the correlation between what parts of the world are accessing the internet at higher rates and when, in contrast to other parts of the world.
Thomas D's comment, May 2, 2013 11:32 AM
I find that this article of Internet usage is very interesting and somewhat helpful in understanding the development of countries. You can see from this that over a 24 hour period of time that the entire United States is lit up with a color. When over this 24 hour period there are places on the map that never once do you see a light or you only can see it for a small period of time. I think this goes to show how greatly our society depends on the Internet nowadays. That we basically use the internet or a computer for just about everything at all times of the day. That in some countries they are so underdeveloped that they barely have access to computers. According to this picture Africa is barely lit up and it’s mostly lit up in South Africa which is one of the growing countries in the world. I think this information although gathered illegally is very interesting to look at and see who uses the internet the most.
Scooped by Louis Culotta
Scoop.it!

Keri Russell Joins “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” — Slice of SciFi

Keri Russell Joins “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” — Slice of SciFi | The World Planet | Scoop.it
Keri Russell will take the female lead in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. She will be playing opposite Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Kodi-Smit McPhee and Gary Oldman. While at this time we don't have any further details on her ...
Louis Culotta's insight:

Here's something to look forward to for you "Planet of the Apes" fans...

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Louis Culotta
Scoop.it!

All We Need To Fix The Planet Is More Cash - Co.Exist

All We Need To Fix The Planet Is More Cash - Co.Exist | The World Planet | Scoop.it
Co.Exist All We Need To Fix The Planet Is More Cash Co.Exist In 2013, the residents of planet Earth will likely emit around a billion tons more CO2 than they did in 2012, where in turn they emitted almost a billion tons more CO2 than they did in...
Louis Culotta's insight:

heres a interesting way to put a cap on pollution...more cash

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Louis Culotta
Scoop.it!

How the Planet Earth was Made PART 1

The idea of how Planet Earth was made. The whole history and future of the Planet Earth, included discoveries.
Louis Culotta's insight:

Wow...This is some very interesting information on how our planet was made.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Louis Culotta
Scoop.it!

Report: 1,000 injured by meteorite in eastern Russia

Report: 1,000 injured by meteorite in eastern Russia | The World Planet | Scoop.it
As Russians survey the damage caused by a nearly 10-ton meteorite's explosion in the sky Friday, updated reports claim as many as 1,000 people were injured by shattering windows and debris.
Louis Culotta's insight:

Hi, Heres something we don't find happening to offen in your backyard. A 10 ton meteorite exploding over your area... give it a read.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Louis Culotta
Scoop.it!

Boston Weather, New England Weather, Interactive Radar, Closings & Stormforce Coverage 7NEWS WHDH-TV WHDH.COM

Boston Weather, New England Weather, Interactive Radar, Closings & Stormforce Coverage 7NEWS WHDH-TV WHDH.COM | The World Planet | Scoop.it
Stay with Pete Bouchard, Jeremy Reiner and Chris Lambert for complete Stormforce Coverage in and around New England.
Louis Culotta's insight:

Wow..It looks like were in for a historic noreaster...anyone from new england want to chime in..

more...
No comment yet.