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Most Americans live in Purple America, not Red or Blue America

Most Americans live in Purple America, not Red or Blue America | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it

"We're far less politically divided by geography than it may seem....Of course, it’s true that Americans aren’t of one mind on many political issues.  But it is important that we not look at these maps and infer that we are so politically polarized by geography.  In fact, most Americans live in places that are at least somewhat politically and ideologically diverse — even if that’s not reflected in how congressional district boundaries are drawn.   In terms of the most important driver of political choices — partisanship — most of us live in a purple America, not a red or blue America."


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I like this article because it shows that the preference of a political party doesn't divide america completely so that that some states are completely republican or completely democratic. Showing that america isn't as politically divided in certain areas means we can view other's views in those areas as a unique view.

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Victoria McNamara's curator insight, December 11, 2013 11:47 PM

America has always had more than one political view on how the country should be ran. Before looking at this map I always thought each state was very clear if they were a democrat or republican but the map shows a mix. If there is a mix then maybe they should try to create  a new political group that combines both parties views and ideas to make the country an even better one. 

Jess Deady's curator insight, April 16, 2014 2:01 PM

Americans are entitled to their own beliefs. If they want to be a democrat thats fine. If they want to be a republican thats fine too. Back in the day, this map may have looked different and more on the red and blue sides than purple, but in todays world people have changed. They are not entitled to be a democrat just because they live in a democratic society. People live in areas of purple (more so than just red or just blue), not red or blue and the purple color gives Americans a chance to think for themselves.

Gabby Watkins's curator insight, May 13, 2014 7:50 PM

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Rodman apologizes for not helping US missionary

Rodman apologizes for not helping US missionary | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
BEIJING (AP) — Former basketball star Dennis Rodman apologized on Monday for not being able to help an American missionary detained in North Korea while he played there to celebrate the birthday of his friend and leader Kim Jong Un.
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Here's a man who's not afraid to go to a place where our culture thinks of as unsafe. And this man, who is a part of our culture, tries to help communicate with such a place through himself and basketball. However, we haven't really, fully understood his thinking yet.

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Herricks Middle School Hosts 2014 Spelling and Geography Bees - Patch.com

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Herricks Middle School Hosts 2014 Spelling and Geography Bees
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It's a part of cultural tradition within a community where a school has an annual geography bee.

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NDIS: disability commissioner warns against cutbacks

NDIS: disability commissioner warns against cutbacks | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
Graeme Innes worried over future of national disability insurance scheme after government sounds alarm at trial cost blowouts
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I was thinking that this article talks about people of different traits recieving different attention to the common person. People are advocating to get those people of different traits as in this article, disabled people, to recieve better care.

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Court delays Obamacare contraception mandate for 2 nonprofits

Court delays Obamacare contraception mandate for 2 nonprofits | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
Updated 11:31 a.m. ET, 1/1/2014

(CNN) -- The U.S. Supreme Court has temporarily exempted two Catholic Church-affiliated nonprofits from requirements to provide contraceptive coverage to its employees under the Affordable Care Act.
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This has to do with cultural relgiions and how people are loyal to their religions' morals. Each religion is unique.

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All the Countries That Contribute to a Single Jar of Nutella

All the Countries That Contribute to a Single Jar of Nutella | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
Turkish hazelnuts, Malaysian palm oil, Nigerian cocoa, Brazilian sugar, French vanilla...

 

Some 250,000 tons of Nutella are now sold across 75 countries around the world every year, according to the OECD. Nutella is a perfect example of what globalization has meant for popular foodstuffs: Not only is it sold everywhere, but its ingredients are sourced from all over the place too.


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This is a great article on diffusion of nutella. The first time I tasted nutella, back when it wasn't as popular; I loved it. But I didn't think it would diffuse this far.

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Jessica Rieman's curator insight, January 28, 2014 1:26 PM

Some things that we take for granted are and come from all over the world. As you said in last class just because something says that it is not made in China doesnt mean that their arent any resources that the company used to creat the item that didn't come from China or any other power house place. In this case the Palm Oil comesd from Malaysia, Hazelnut comes from Turkey, Cocoa from Nigeria, Vainilla from Brazil and, Vainilla and Sugar from France.

Mrs Parkinson's curator insight, February 12, 2014 3:48 PM

GCSE Globalisation info - great case study

Amanda Morgan's curator insight, September 18, 2014 10:55 AM

I was surprised to see how many countries contribute to s single jar of nutella. I have always assumed it came straight from Italy just because it is an Italian commodity. It is a positive thing to see because you look at the commerce and trade that is generated throughout the world through this one brand alone

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Saudis expel 100,000 illegal Ethiopians

Saudis expel 100,000 illegal Ethiopians | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
Ethiopia foreign ministry announces up to 50,000 more citizens to return after crackdown on illegal immigrants.

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And I thought we had illegal immigrant issues. There are many illegal immigrant issues in the world because of religious persecution or the want of a better living.

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Most Americans live in Purple America, not Red or Blue America

Most Americans live in Purple America, not Red or Blue America | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it

"We're far less politically divided by geography than it may seem....Of course, it’s true that Americans aren’t of one mind on many political issues.  But it is important that we not look at these maps and infer that we are so politically polarized by geography.  In fact, most Americans live in places that are at least somewhat politically and ideologically diverse — even if that’s not reflected in how congressional district boundaries are drawn.   In terms of the most important driver of political choices — partisanship — most of us live in a purple America, not a red or blue America."


Via Seth Dixon
Chamath Gunawardena's insight:

I like this article because it shows that the preference of a political party doesn't divide america completely so that that some states are completely republican or completely democratic. Showing that america isn't as politically divided in certain areas means we can view other's views in those areas as a unique view.

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Victoria McNamara's curator insight, December 11, 2013 11:47 PM

America has always had more than one political view on how the country should be ran. Before looking at this map I always thought each state was very clear if they were a democrat or republican but the map shows a mix. If there is a mix then maybe they should try to create  a new political group that combines both parties views and ideas to make the country an even better one. 

Jess Deady's curator insight, April 16, 2014 2:01 PM

Americans are entitled to their own beliefs. If they want to be a democrat thats fine. If they want to be a republican thats fine too. Back in the day, this map may have looked different and more on the red and blue sides than purple, but in todays world people have changed. They are not entitled to be a democrat just because they live in a democratic society. People live in areas of purple (more so than just red or just blue), not red or blue and the purple color gives Americans a chance to think for themselves.

Gabby Watkins's curator insight, May 13, 2014 7:50 PM

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Michael Jordan's College Transcript Reveals He Took Beginning Tennis ... - NESN.com

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An original copy of the diploma that Jordan received from UNC in 1986 while playing in the NBA is also being auctioned off.
Chamath Gunawardena's insight:

It's part of our culture to see famous peoples' belongings be auctioned off for a huge amount. And sometimes we find the humuor of the items that are being auctioned. It's just a part of cultural activities.

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University of Tampa baseball team flies to Cuba for cultural exchange - Tampabay.com

University of Tampa baseball team flies to Cuba for cultural exchange - Tampabay.com | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it

 

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The University of Tampa's baseball formed a sea of red polos at Tampa International Airport Sunday as they prepared for a week-long trip to Cuba.

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Two cultures mixing in one another through baseball, is what I get out of this exchange. Both culutures have a similarity of favoring baseball and that's how they will comminucate and express their cultures.

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Iraq suffers worst year of violence since 2008

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Violence in Iraq surged in 2013 to its worst level in five years, figures released Wednesday showed, fuelled by discontent among the Sunni Arab minority and the civil war in neighbouring Syria.
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When I read this article, I thought about how long the sunnis and shiites have opposed each other. And I was surprised that they still oppose each other so strongly. The sunnis are angered by the shiite lead government in Iraq. And death tolls are rising which means Iraq is slowly getting worse and worse.

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Nelson Mandela: A look back in time

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A timeline spanning the extraordinary life of the anti-apartheid activist and former president of South Africa. (#Mandela: A timeline spanning the extraordinary life of the anti-apartheid activist & former president of S.

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The death of a national icon and how this news spreads around the world so quickly shows how we are all connected as the planet earth.

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Sochi 2014: Russia to set up protest zones at Winter Olympics

Sochi 2014: Russia to set up protest zones at Winter Olympics | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics will feature designated public zones where protestors will be able to demonstrate, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced.

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To think the comittee would let people express their preferences and values on a big event like this.

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Safe drinking water disappearing fast in Bangladesh

Safe drinking water disappearing fast in Bangladesh | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
Extreme weather increases salinity of water in coastal areas while excessive demand in Dhaka leaves dwindling supply

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Lack of water in bangledesh can change peoples' attitudes. Many may change their ways of living just so they can live with good water.

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Chris Costa's curator insight, November 9, 2015 2:39 PM

For over 20% of the population, finding safe drinking water in Bangladesh is a daily struggle that is only expected to worsen in the coming decades.These Bangladeshis live in "hard-to-reach" areas of the nation, along the swampy marshlands of the inlands and coastal outlets, where access by roads is severely restricted. This makes it difficult to transport the necessary aid to these regions, placing them disproportionately at the peril of natural disasters and other such catastrophes. The increasing salinity of the water in these areas- the result of acid rain and other man-made climate changes- has made it extremely difficult for the people of these regions to find the drinking water necessary to replenish their exploding population. With the effects of climate change only worsening, the plight of these people can be expected to get worse and worse. Millions of people face increasing health risks and even death as we move forward into the 21st century; I hope that the powers that be are able to find a solution to help these people receive the aid they so desperately need. 

Mark Hathaway's curator insight, November 10, 2015 6:34 AM

Water is essential to human survival. Contaminated water is a detriment to human survival. Extreme weather has caused a dwindling of the safe drinking water supply in Bangladesh. The consequences of this dwindling are catastrophic.  A lack of safe drinking water will inevitably lead to the demise of many people. Warfare is often a consequence of a lack of precious resources. No resource in the world is more precious than water. This issue was caused by extreme weather increasing the salinity of water in the costal areas. Physical geography plays a huge role in the availability of safe drinking water. Areas more prone to extreme weather are far more likely to experience these same kinds of issues. Unfortunately, Bangladesh in one of those areas that is effected by this type of scenario.  

Sarah Cannon's curator insight, December 14, 2015 10:04 AM

Access to safe drinking water is a physical and human geography issue because it all depends on location. For example, in Dhaka, a heavily populated area, fresh water is limited. Besides waters/rivers in Dhaka being polluted, this is a poverty filled area and government funds can only get so much for people. Dhaka is a poor, urban, and populated community.

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kengo kuma connects iiyama plaza cultural complex in japan

kengo kuma connects iiyama plaza cultural complex in japan | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
'iiyama plaza', designed by kengo kuma, is a cultural complex which will be constructed to coincide with the completion of a new railway line in japan.
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It's something that I haven't really seen before. But I think that this idea may become an object of diffusion and acculturation in Japan.

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