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Cameron Sinclair: The refugees of boom-and-bust | Video on TED.com

TED Talks At TEDGlobal U, Cameron Sinclair shows the unreported cost of real estate megaprojects gone bust: thousands of migrant construction laborers left stranded and penniless. To his fellow architects, he says there is only one ethical response.

 

Raises a lot of ethical questions about the treatment of migrant labor. Shows the dark side of what can happen when migrant labor goes terribly wrong resulting in forced homelessness and poverty. Modern day indentured servitude all in the search for remittances to send home.

 

Questions to ponder:

 

1) Why is so little done to help these migrant laborers in their camps?

2) Where are most of these laborers coming from? How does this relate to distance decay?

3) Is there an ethical (right, fair, or just) way to build skyscrapers with migrant labor?

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Yu Heng Andrew Hsia's comment, October 14, 2012 10:24 AM
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Terrified and shock. The video gave us a clear view of what a migrant workers’ life is like. “Mainly Indian Pakistani, Sri Lankan, and Nepalese, these laborers risked everything to make money for their family back home.”(00:53). All these worker came overseas, away from their families to make money. However, after they arrived, the environment they lived in was harsh. “And when they arrive, they find themselves in labor camps with no water, no air conditioning, and their passports are taken away” (01:03) Those workers have no way to get back home and with their harsh living environment, none of the us can manage to survive. This video is meaningful to me as it raises social awareness that actions must be done to help those migrant workers. It also makes me realize that how lucky it is for me to live here in Taiwan. All the workers come from “the Rest” to “the West”. “The West” being more financially active should care more for the migrant workers. Democratic societies always talk about equal rights and stuff; however all these rights are only given to the citizens in those particular countries. How about migrant labors? No. they were treated like slaves. After watching this video, I just can’t stop thinking about how corrupt “the West” was. I hope that this video can make more and more people realize that we must take actions to help those migrant workers.
Alex Hsu's comment, October 14, 2012 10:53 AM
Alex H. 9B #6
After I watched this video, I was extremely surprised that many migrant labors have to suffer from this type of work. They risk their lives at work to feed their families. "These laborers risked everything to make money for their family back home." (00:50). Also, these workers get treated very unfairly, they don't get the essentials they need nor any fair treatment. "Last summer, more than 10,000 workers protested for the non payment of wages, poor quality of food, and inadequate housing." (01:30) With this harsh living environment, I don't think anyone's body can handle it. I don't think these workers are treated with any bit of respect. These workers are working so hard to support their family but their income is just unbelievably low. "And when they arrive, they find themselves in labor camps with no water, no air conditioning and their passports taken away." (00:57). In the end, i realized that "the west" takes advantage of these workers and I now know i am lucky to be born in a family like mine.
Areta Chu's comment, October 14, 2012 11:51 AM
Areta C. 9A #10 After watching this video, i was shocked for what benefits they give for the migrant labors. "40 present of of the countries 1,098 labor camp had violated minimum health and fire safety regulations."(1:23) i feel like "the west" shouldn't take unessential benefits from the migrant laborers that are already in a difficult situation. "The Rest" has to send back most of the money that was made at the work place but finding them selves in a place where there's no water, no air conditioning and their passports taken away.(00:57) There's no way back home, and there's no way, and no proof of arrival." (1:55) i feel lucky for what i have and live around in where people are comfortable and eat well, where people aren't usually living in such harsh conditions, i feel blessed with a family like mine.
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NPR-Radiolab: The Bad Show (Fritz Haber)

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From approximately 25:00-45:00 tune in to hear the story of Fritz Haber, a noted German scientist from the late 19th century, and his contributions to Green Revolution fertilizer technology as well as to Chemical Warfare (circa WWI).

It's an intriguing talk that delves into how the history of scientific achievement can dip into several topics (Green Revolution and agricultural development, WWI and WWII and the development of military technology). 


 

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From approximately 25:00-45:00 tune in to hear the story of Fritz Haber, a noted German scientist from the late 19th century, and his contributions to Green Revolution fertilizer technology as well as to Chemical Warfare (circa WWI).

It's an intriguing talk that delves into how the history of scientific achievement can dip into several topics (Green Revolution and agricultural development, WWI and WWII and the development of military Chemical Warfare). 

 Here's a link to a relevant BBC article on Haber:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-13015210 

 

Here's a link to an article on America's Guano Islands Act (1856), it illustrates the point of just how "bat poop crazy" the world was becoming with regard to nitrogen demands:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2014/07/08/by-kevin-underhill-the-guano-islands-act/ ;

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Inside The Indiana Megadairy Making Coca-Cola's New Milk

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Coca-Cola got a lot of attention in November when it announced it was going into the milk business. In fact, its extra-nutritious milk product was invented by some dairy farmers in Indiana.
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Coke is making milk? Wow that's a scary thought.

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The Agricultural Revolution: Crash Course World History #1 - YouTube

Crash Course World History is now available on DVD! Visit http://dft.ba/-CCWHDVD to buy a set for your home or classroom. You can directly support Crash Cour...
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Here's a crash course video that overviews how human society may have progressed from Hunter-Gatherer societies to Sedentary Farmers. It also introduces a concise discussion of pros and cons of agriculture.

Also 99 cent double cheeseburgers are disgusting... 

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Dhaka: fastest growing megacity in the world

A five-part, multimedia series on the coming dystopia that is urbanization.
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A five-part video and article series on megacities and Dhaka.

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Detroit by Air

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The stark contrast between the haves and have-nots is apparent from above, so too is the city’s rebound.


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Ancillary Core Model Reading.pdf - Google Drive

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Check it out for more information on each of the following:

Concentric
Sector
Multiple Nuclei 

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TEDCity2.0

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Citizen Powered Change
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An incredible resource for learning more about cities, TED talks about cities, and how you can get involved in a movement to change the world.

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WE THE ECONOMY 20 Short Films You Can't Afford To Miss

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The Economy. Everyone’s talking about it, but who can explain it? 20 award­-winning directors and 10 of our most respected economists add their voice to the chorus with a thought­-provoking short­-film series.
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An INCREDIBLE series that looks into a few essential questions on the nature of the American and global economy through a series of 20 short films.

Brought to you by Morgan Spurlock the creative genius behind Supersize Me and 30 Days 

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Urban Geo Reading 2 (EQ 3: Periphery Models).pdf - Google Drive

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Here's our 3rd reading for Urban Geography.

EQ 3:  How are Periphery and Semi-periphery cities organized, and how do they function?

Complete 4-Column notes for this reading. Come to class with your questions and connections! Be ready to make comparisons to the Core city models we studied earlier!

 

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BzfRP9O-7j7EaE9Qc1hJYjRKUTg/edit

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23 maps and charts on language

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Did you know that Swedish has more in common with Hindi than it does with Finnish?
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Here is an incredible resource on language.

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Zombie Short Story Outline.docx - Google Drive

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Complete this outline as part of your rough draft planning.

Remember you will need to write out your plans to create the rough draft of your Zombie Survival and Migration Short Story. 

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Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse.pdf - Google Drive

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Here's the project write-up, rubric and class zombie fact sheet for our short story project.

Please consult the document and bring your questions to class. 

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Demographic Transition

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Here is an EXCELLENT overview of the Demographic Transition Model. Review it and know the various qualities of each stage.

Also make note of migration trends that are typical of each stage.

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Seeds of suicide and slavery versus seeds of life and freedom

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Contrary to its claims, Monsanto's monopoly on seeds in India are the root cause behind the sharp increase in suicides.
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Check out this Op-Ed written by Dr. Vandana Shiva, one of India's leading critics of the Monsanto corporation.

As you read think about the implications of privatized industrial agriculture, (i.e. patenting seeds as intellectual property for mass production and sale).

What are the implications of this system for Monsanto? For India?
 

Why does Dr. Shiva contend that Monsanto seeds are the seeds of suicide and slavery rather than of life and freedom?


More from Dr. Shiva: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfKi47Vfriw 

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▶ Coal, Steam, and The Industrial Revolution: Crash Course World History #32 - YouTube

John Green teaches you the history of the world in 42 episodes!
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Your every waking second? INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION

This video will provide a concise overview of the industrial revolution and how the mechanization of the world overhauls they way that human society lives and thus leads to A MAJOR CHANGE IN OUR AGRICULTURAL PRACTICES, TRADE, AND FOOD SYSTEMS!

Start with this thought:
Before the IR 80% of the world's population was engaged in farming to feed the world, TODAY in the US less than 1% claim farming as their occupation.

Without the IR, we would never have had THE GREEN REVOLUTION! 

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See What Happens To Millions Of Pounds Of Las Vegas Buffet Leftovers

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Watch the complete episode clip >
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The business insider deems this practice to be "putting an innovative spin on food recycling."

Would you agree with that? Is feeding food waste from all you can eat Las Vegas casino buffets to local pigs the sustainable answer?

There's a definitive connection between the buffet consumers, their food waste and the pigs who eat this waste. Here's a couple of thoughts:

1) How are the buffet diners and pigs similar?
2) What exactly are the pigs eating? Are there any moral or health implications?
3) Could these pigs return to the buffet as a main course? Why not?


Here's a youtube link to the full episode from Bizarre Foods America, it covers the whole behind the scenes story to food and culinary arts in Las Vegas:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_DizQZdQkw


Here's a link to a short documentary film that has been made about this subject, Buffet: All You Can Eat Las Vegas. WATCH THE TRAILER!

http://www.buffetmovie.com 

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The Rustbelt Roars Back From the Dead - Daily Beast

The Rustbelt Roars Back From the Dead - Daily Beast | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it

The butt of jokes for decades, the industrial heartland is booming in surprising ways as new businesses and industries thrive while young professionals seek its affordable charms.


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Why Save a Language?

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Hint: It’s not to preserve a different way of seeing the world.
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Preserving a different way of seeing the world is one reason, but there are others.

 

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8 ideas for the future of cities

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In 2012, the TED Prize was awarded to an idea: The City2.0, a place to celebrate actions taken by citizens around the world to make their cities more livable, beautiful and sustainable. This week, The City2.0 website evolves.
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Ever wonder how you can save the world? It's really simple, change the cities we live in.

With over 50% of the human population (that's about 3.5 billion people) cities have an ENORMOUS impact on the entire world.

The choices made by city inhabitants affect the world over. So how can we reshape cities and life in cities to benefit the world and ultimately save it from our unsustainable practices? 

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Urban Geo Slides (EQ 2:US/Core Models) - Google Drive

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Here's our 2rd reading, my slides from class, for Urban Geography.

 

EQ 2: How are [Core] cities organized, and how do they function?

Be ready to compare and make connections between these three models. You will discuss and present in small groups utilizing these slide materials. 

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Urban Geo Reading 1 (EQ1) - Google Drive

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Here's our first reading for Urban Geography.

EQ 1: When and Why did people start living in cities? 

Complete 4-Column notes for this reading. Come to class with your questions and connections!

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BzfRP9O-7j7EdVV0YU04eElSWXc/edit ;

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How do you decide where to go in a zombie apocalypse? - David Hunter - YouTube

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-do-you-decide-where-to-go-in-a-zombie-apocalypse-david-hunter Can geography save your life in case of, say, a...
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1) What are push and pull factors where you live?

2) What are reasons for human migration?

3) Why would we analyze the connection between 2 locations even wen there isn't a zombie outbreak?

4) How would you analyze movement to determine where to put a new sports stadium? 

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World Map Blank.doc - Google Drive

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Here's a map for outlining your path of escape and survival in the zombie apocalypse.

Remember you'll need to annotate for items such as travel time, number of stops, length of time lived at stop, method of travel etc.

A map key is required! 

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How To Survive a Zombie Attack on Campus

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Here's a really fantastic resource for understanding the imminent Zombie Apocalypse.

As you read through this resource think about how this might affect your plans for migrating through and surviving the Zombie Apocalypse.

GOOD LUCK! 

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