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Will American Pot Farmers Put the Cartels out of Business?

Will American Pot Farmers Put the Cartels out of Business? | Things People want to see | Scoop.it
They've driven prices so low that Mexican growers are giving up.

 

For the first time ever, many of the farmers who supply Mexican drug cartels have stopped planting marijuana, reports the Washington Post. "It's not worth it anymore," said Rodrigo Silla, a lifelong cannabis farmer from central Mexico. "I wish the Americans would stop with this legalization."  Facing stiff competition from pot grown legally and illegally north of the border, the price for a kilogram of Mexican schwag has plummeted by 75 percent, from $100 to $25.


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, May 9, 10:32 AM

Events that we think of as local (Washington and Colorado legalizing marijuana use) have national and global implications, especially in a globalized economy.  This article is but one example of why geographers try to approach every issue at a variety of scales to more fully comprehend the ramifications and ripple effects of any given phenomenon. 


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Why Finnish babies sleep in boxes

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"For 75 years, Finland's expectant mothers have been given a box by the state. It's like a starter kit of clothes, sheets and toys that can even be used as a bed. And some say it helped Finland achieve one of the world's lowest infant mortality rates."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, June 30, 12:58 PM

This is a fascinating article that can be a great case study to share with students to allow them to analyze the factors that can improve infant mortality rates.  In Finland the government provided oversight to improve infant mortality rates, pre-natal care and promote good parenting in a way that has had tangible results.  


Tags: Finland, medical, population,demographic transition model, unit 2 population.

Rebecca Renck's curator insight, Today, 7:52 AM

The gratitude of the Finnish people is to be admired.  Here is a people that instead of accepting a gift from the government as an entitlement see it as a gift with all the excitement and appreciation that a new baby brings with it.  It makes my heart smile to think of how these boxes available to everyone, rich and poor, are received.  This is also a direct look at how family life and babies are being received with love.... lucky babies!

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The world's megacities that are sinking 10 times faster than water levels are rising

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Scientists have issued a new warning to the world’s coastal megacities that the threat from subsiding land is a more immediate problem than rising sea levels caused by global warming.

 

A new paper from the Deltares Research Institute in the Netherlands published in April identified regions of the globe where the ground level is falling 10 times faster than water levels are rising - with human activity often to blame.

In Jakarta, Indonesia’s largest city, the population has grown from around half a million in the 1930s to just under 10 million today, with heavily populated areas dropping by as much as six and a half feet as groundwater is pumped up from the Earth to drink.

The same practice led to Tokyo’s ground level falling by two meters before new restrictions were introduced, and in Venice, this sort of extraction has only compounded the effects of natural subsidence caused by long-term geological processes.

 

Tags: coastal, climate change, urban, megacities, water, environment, urban ecology.


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Tom Cockburn's curator insight, July 29, 1:31 AM

Troubling issue

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Megaciudades amenazadas por el agua.

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Ever had that sinking feeling?

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This Is the Traffic Capital of the World

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There are only 650 major intersections here—but somehow only 60 traffic lights.

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seth dixon:This is an excellent article to explore some of the problems confronting megacities.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, July 4, 7:19 PM

Dhaka is the capital of Bangladesh and (as I often tell my students) it is the biggest city that nobody has ever heard of.  The infrastructure is so incredibly limited that traffic jams cost the city an estimated $3.8 billion in delays and air pollution.  This is an excellent article to explore some of the problems confronting megacities. 


Tags: Bangladeshtransportation, planning, density, South Asia, development, economic, megacities.

Teresa Gallego Navarro's curator insight, July 7, 3:43 AM

¿movilidad urbana?  -¿algo habrá que gestionar aquí?

 

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Megacities

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My Mom Fooled the Doctor about her Memory--How does that happen?

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90 days in jail for self-defense? Occupy activist charged with 'assaulting officer' - YouTube


Occupy Wall Street activist Cecily McMillan has been sentenced to three months jail. It's believed to be the most serious conviction against hundreds of the movement's members. McMillan was found guilty of assaulting an officer, despite claims she acted in self-defence. 

FULL STORY: http://on.rt.com/frqmlg


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'I will sell them,' Boko Haram leader says of kidnapped Nigerian girls

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Fears for the fate of more than 200 Nigerian girls turned even more nightmarish when the leader of the Islamist group that kidnapped them said he'll sell them.

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Every one should see this video 4 reasons why Boko Haram does what it does. A bunch of idiots

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, May 7, 6:46 AM

I have hesitated to post about this topic for several reasons (unsure of the regional context, painful topic, religious overtones, etc.) but feel that it is important enough that it simply can't be ignored.  The abductions have triggered massive protests as we see the convergence of modern social mobilization and intelligence versus old-fashioned brute force.  This video is a quick introduction to the group Boko Haram and this article discusses their current activities.  Boko Haram came to power because of ecological disaster, oil politics and corruption.  Amnesty Internat'l answers the difficult question, "what can be done?"

 

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SwagQueen's curator insight, May 8, 5:28 PM

i think Boko Haram is a Stupid moron who should be put into jail. the Nigerian government to save our girls. Innocent girls are being taken away from their homes and their parents want them back.

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Monarch Butterfly conservation is in the news. AMAZING MATILDA is too!

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READ ALL ABOUT IT! Award-winning Monarch Butterfly Picture Book 'AMAZING MATILDA' teaches life lessons Monarch Butterfly conservation is in the news. AMAZING MATILDA is too! Her storyline and illus...

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Easy ways to optimize your LinkedIn profile - YouTube

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Whether you want a company to recruit you, speaking engagements to find you or simply more connections to reach out to you, the key is to appear at the top o...

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Using Linkedin will get you what you want but its expensive

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Steve Cassady's curator insight, May 8, 11:08 AM

Yumi Wilson, corporate communications manager at LinkedIn, explains. Her top tips are:

1. Complete your profile. Even if you have keywords in your profile, you won't appear very high in searches if your profile isn't complete.

2. Have a photo: Adding a photo will make your profile 11 times more likely to be viewed.

3. List a second position: Listing more than one position in your work experience will make your profile 12 times more likely to be viewed.  Multiple positions with similar key words post your profile.  (My Editorial:  Don't Stuff your profile with fake duplicate jobs to win here.  Remember the human eye will read your profile)

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How Should Great Content Be Shared on LinkedIn?

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Are you sharing too little, losing opportunities to increase visibility - and recognition ?Are you sharing too much on LinkedIn, annoying people?The addition of Posts (Expanding LinkedIn's

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I use Linkedin every day to get results

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Sharing too much on Linkedin I doubt it

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A great framework for developing a content strategy in your LinkedIn community.

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Russia urges caution in east Ukraine

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"The new administration in Kiev is struggling for credibility in the east of the country and several towns and cities were effectively taken over by pro-Russian groups over the weekend."


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The news on Ukraine changes every day

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, April 14, 5:26 AM

The official U.S. State Department's analysis of the data that concludes that Russia is behind the pro-Russian uprising can be seen here.

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Matt Black: The Geography of Poverty

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Mapping poverty and powerlessness through geotagged photographs.

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Interesting photos all in California

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, April 22, 9:37 AM

This is a beautiful and somewhat haunting curation of poverty images that are all geotagged and index with the hashtag #geographyofpoverty.  The black and white photograph adds a great dimension to the stark images. 

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, June 18, 8:42 AM

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The Way Forward in Ukraine

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"During the meeting in Geneva, the participants agreed on initial concrete steps to de-escalate tensions in Ukraine and restore security for all citizens.  In a joint press availability with European Union High Representative Catherine Ashton, Secretary Kerry outlined several of these initial steps."


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Russia Hates Nato http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2014/03/why-do-they-hate-russia-201435102838387692.html

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, April 21, 8:42 PM

Geography is never a completed story; the world is in a constant state of becoming.  The geography of a place and region are only glimpses from one historical vantage point as Russia and Ukraine are demonstrating now.  The Head of NATO is saying that Ukraine is not the only part of Putin’s geopolitical ambitions and other experts are describing the current situation as a new Cold War.  Collectively this means that diplomats and government officials everywhere are seeking solutions to stabilize Ukraine and the region.  NATO has expanded into what was once the Soviet Union’s buffer zone as a resurgent Russia is now prepared to exert more regional influence.  As Russia has confirmed moving troops closer to Eastern Europe, many are suggesting a stronger NATO presence on the eastern border of NATO to counter Russia’s moves.    


Question to Ponder: What do you think the United States (or any other country) should or shouldn't do in this region? 


Tag: Ukraine, political, conflict.

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Tweet from @JustReIatabIe

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102 years ago today, the Titanic sank http://t.co/yeDbFbEAVG
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Perseid meteor shower kicks off! Fireballs detected this weekend | EarthSky.org

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Earth has just entered the stream of debris left behind by Comet Swift-Tuttle, the parent comet of the Perseids. Now is the time to start watching for meteors.
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Earth/Sky news a great publication

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Welcome to Baku, the Fiercely Modern, Millennia-Old, Capitalist-Socialist, Filthy-Rich Capital of Azerbaijan

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"Since 2006, when the opening of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline prompted a surge in crude oil exports -- up to a million barrels a day travel through neighboring Georgia and on to Turkey and the West -- there’s been no shortage of cash in Baku. Now, the city is eager for the prestige that goes with it."


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A very interesting article by Christopher Bagley

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, June 8, 8:32 AM

Baku is described in this article as an East-West, socialist-capitalist, Muslim-secular, ancient-modern mishmash due to the numerous cultural and political interactions that it has had.  This makes for a fascinating cultural landscape emerging in a city that has been dubbed "the Dubai of the Caucasus" but still has a rich Silk Road history.  Caspian Sea oil lies at the heart of Azerbaijan's geopolitical importance and cultural aspirations. 


Tags: Azerbaijan, political, Central Asia.

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China’s hungry cattle feasting on alfalfa grown on Utah farm

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strong>Seth Dixon's insight:China has long depended on the U.S. breadbasket, importing up to $26 billion in U.S. agricultural products yearly. But increasingly, Chinese investors aren’t just buying from farms abroad. They’re buying the farms.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, July 6, 2:36 PM

Globalization is often described as a homogenizing force, but is also pairs together odd bed fellows.  A small Utah town near the Colorado border, Jensen is now home to the largest Chinese-owned hay farm in the United States. Utah's climate is right for growing alfalfa, and China's growing cattle industry make this a natural global partnership.  Large container ships come to the United States from China, and return fairly empty, making the transportation price relatively affordable.  While this might make economic sense on a global scale, local water concerns in the west show that this isn't without it's problems.  Water resources are scarce and many see this as a depletion of local water exported to China.  Some states see this as a threat and are considering banning foreign ownership of farmland.  This article shows the merging of various geographic themes: the global and local, the industrial and the agricultural, the human and the physical.         


Tags: agriculture, agribusinesstransportation, globalizationwaterChinaindustry, economic, physical, Utah.

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The tragedy of the Arabs

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"A THOUSAND years ago, the great cities of Baghdad, Damascus and Cairo took turns to race ahead of the Western world. Islam and innovation were twins. The various Arab caliphates were dynamic superpowers—beacons of learning, tolerance and trade. Yet today the Arabs are in a wretched state. Even as Asia, Latin America and Africa advance, the Middle East is held back by despotism and convulsed by war.  

Pluralism, education, open markets: these were once Arab values and they could be so again. Today, as Sunnis and Shias tear out each others’ throats in Iraq and Syria and a former general settles onto his new throne in Egypt, they are tragically distant prospects. But for a people for whom so much has gone so wrong, such values still make up a vision of a better future."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, July 4, 7:57 PM

While the title of the article is more inflammatory than I would prefer, the analysis in this article from the Economist does a good job linking the cultural, economic and political struggles in the Middle East.


Tags: political, culture, economic, Islam, MiddleEast.

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Will American Pot Farmers Put the Cartels out of Business?

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They've driven prices so low that Mexican growers are giving up.

 

For the first time ever, many of the farmers who supply Mexican drug cartels have stopped planting marijuana, reports the Washington Post. "It's not worth it anymore," said Rodrigo Silla, a lifelong cannabis farmer from central Mexico. "I wish the Americans would stop with this legalization."  Facing stiff competition from pot grown legally and illegally north of the border, the price for a kilogram of Mexican schwag has plummeted by 75 percent, from $100 to $25.


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I wonder how true this story actually is??

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, May 9, 10:32 AM

Events that we think of as local (Washington and Colorado legalizing marijuana use) have national and global implications, especially in a globalized economy.  This article is but one example of why geographers try to approach every issue at a variety of scales to more fully comprehend the ramifications and ripple effects of any given phenomenon. 


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Crimea, Nagorno-Karabakh and the Gordian Knot

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Is this an opportune moment for Eurasian powers to tackle the festering Nagorno-Karabakh conflict?

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You can find this on https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nagorno-Karabakh

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, May 18, 1:00 PM

Recently Crimea has has been a hot topic and in years past Chechyna was another much discussed topic.  Both of these ‘hot spots’ have some important geographic reasons as to why they are hot spots.  The collapse of the Soviet Union and the subsequent re-emergence of the Russian Federation have created geopolitical ripples that reverberate throughout the region.  Transnistria, Abkhazia and Novorussiya are places that few have ever heard about, but are now becoming critical locations for international relations because of they have an uncertain status that might shift soon.  One place to add to that list is Nagorno Karabakh, a region that is ethnically Armenian but nestled within Azerbaijan.  This article argues that now is an opportune moment to settle this issue that has been festering since the 90s, even if many feel that the international community is indifferent on the issue.    


Tags: political, sovereignty, territoriality, statesAzerbaijan, Armenia.

Jason Wilhelm's curator insight, May 27, 9:44 AM

The Crimea region has been hotly debated and fought over for quite a while now. The collapse of the USSR created a power vacuum in Eastern Europe which led to the contest for power in many of the former Soviet Satellite countries, including Ukraine. The Crimean peninsula, while mostly occupied by Russians, is legally a part of Ukraine, but maybe not for long. The Russian government is seemingly working to annex the peninsula while the Ukrainian government is working to keep it. The region will continue to be under lots of tugging and pulling for a while until a single government wins in to their nation. 

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10 Best Dog Breeds to Help You Lose Weight

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We’ve asked American Kennel Club spokesperson Lisa Peterson to share a list breeds that can help keep you fit, along with some tips for beginning an exercise routine with your dog.

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 I sure get a lot of information about dogs

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julilaami's curator insight, May 6, 1:08 AM

run away 

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How Should Great Content Be Shared on LinkedIn?

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Are you sharing too little, losing opportunities to increase visibility - and recognition ?Are you sharing too much on LinkedIn, annoying people?The addition of Posts (Expanding LinkedIn's

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I use Linkedin every day to get results

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A great framework for developing a content strategy in your LinkedIn community.

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Ensure Humane Treatment of Chickens

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Chickens held in battery cages face cruel and inhumane treatment. However, the Missouri Attorney General is trying to reverse humane protections for chickens. His frivolous lawsuit must be stopped.

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Garry Rogers's curator insight, February 20, 10:18 PM

Sign the petition.

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This single one video should be enough to convince you to buy an ABS bag

Freeskier Aymar Navarro was at a film shoot in the Spanish Pyrenees when he suddenly triggered a massive avalanche.


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Interesting Video and I believe he lived right through it

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Guillaume Decugis's curator insight, February 6, 11:27 PM
He was clearly lucky but luck is not the only factor here.
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25 Most Scariest Places on Earth

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Death zone, Mt. Everest, Nepal: 13 people died hear recently

Death zone, Mt. Everest, Nepal

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, April 18, 6:54 AM

Some of these are shrouded in mystery, haunted stories or strange geologic formations.  Many of these would be a great place to visit; others I would avoid at all costs.  Which ones would you like to go to?

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2014 NHL Draft Lottery to be conducted Tuesday, April 15

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Thirteen of the 14 Clubs not qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs – or the Clubs that have acquired the First-Round drafting positions of those non-playoff teams – will have a chance at winning the right to the first overall selection. The New Jersey Devils will not be eligible to win the Draft Lottery and will select 30th overall in the First Round.



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Christina Guenther's curator insight, April 15, 8:10 AM

My guess is that it's going to Edmonton or Florida.