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The end of a world of nation-states may be upon us – City-states will be the future (Urbanism)

The end of a world of nation-states may be upon us – City-states will be the future (Urbanism) | HOMEHISTORY | Scoop.it
Return of the city-state
Nation-states came late to history, and there’s plenty of evidence to suggest they won’t make it to the end of the century

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#U.S. dollar, not #OPEC, driving markets, #Russian oil boss says. #Oil industrial output 

#U.S. dollar, not #OPEC, driving markets, #Russian oil boss says. #Oil industrial output  | HOMEHISTORY | Scoop.it
The value of the U.S. Dollar is having more of an impact on oil markets than the OPEC effort to trim production, the head of Russian oil company Rosneft said.

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Edu King Priest's curator insight, September 8, 2017 6:46 AM

"The value of the greenback has moved steadily lower when weighed against the euro since U.S. President Donald Trump took office. A briefing from currency trader XE said Friday the dollar is under pressure from hurricane threats to the U.S. mainland and geopolitical tensions with North Korea, U.S. economic policy notwithstanding.'

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Arrival of modern humans in Southeast Asia questioned

Arrival of modern humans in Southeast Asia questioned | HOMEHISTORY | Scoop.it
Humans may have exited out of Africa and arrived in Southeast Asia 20,000 years earlier than previously thought, a new study involving University of Queensland researchers suggests.

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"The Last of the Free Seas"

"The Last of the Free Seas" | HOMEHISTORY | Scoop.it

"The Last of the Free Seas is the title of this fantastic map of the Great Lakes made by Boris Artzbasheff.  It was published in Fortune Magazine in July 1940."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, July 14, 2017 5:23 PM

The inland waterways were absolutely critical to the demographic and economic development of the eastern part of the United States, especially from 1820-1940.  Before World War II, Great Lakes shipping exceeded the tonnage of U.S. Pacific Coast shipping (see hi-res map here). World War II and the beginning of the Cold War led to a consolidation of naval power for the United States and its allies, greatly expanding Pacific shipping trade and spurring fast-developing economies countries. 

 

Great Lakes shipping dramatically declined, in part because steel production has gone to lower-cost producers that were connected to the U.S. economy through the expanded trade.  Some could see irony since the steel warships created from the Great Lakes manufacturing enabled expanded Pacific and Atlantic trade that led to the decline of Great Lakes manufacturing and regional struggles in the rust belt.  Still, more than 200 million tons of cargo, mostly iron ore, coal, and grain, travel across the Great Lakes annually.

 

This deindustrialization clearly is a huge economic negative but the environmental impacts for lakeside communities has been enormous.  Industrial emissions in the watershed and shipping pollution in the lakes went down as waterfowl populations returned and more waterfront property became swimmable again.  Still this map of the environmental stress on the Great Lakes shows they are far from pristine.    

 

Tagsenvironment, historicalwater, resources, transportation, industry, economicregions, globalization.

 

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If #Petronas Can't Beat U.S. #LNG Suppliers, It Could Join Them. #Energy Canada Ltd. 

If #Petronas Can't Beat U.S. #LNG Suppliers, It Could Join Them. #Energy Canada Ltd.  | HOMEHISTORY | Scoop.it
The Malaysian scrapped a $27 billion terminal in British Columbia but still needs to find a home for the gas produced by its Canadian unit

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Edu King Priest's curator insight, July 28, 2017 2:17 AM

"With its Pacific Northwest LNG project now dead, Petronas, as the state-owned company is known, needs to find a home for the gas produced by its Progress Energy Canada Ltd. unit in Canada’s massive Montney formation -- and exporting from the U.S. might be its best bet."

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A History Of Sudan's Civil Wars & Conflict

This is the story of how Sudan became two nations, and of an ongoing conflict in the Nuba Mountains that has changed the lives of millions of people. In parts 2–5 of our VR series, We Who Remain, follow the lives of four people living through the war: http://ajplus.co/nuba360. Produced in partnership with Nuba Reports and Emblematic Group.

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Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, August 31, 2017 7:58 PM
Global Challenges: political geography
Deanna Wiist's curator insight, September 12, 2017 9:01 PM

The first video in this 5-part video is a bit slow, but provides the historical and geographic context needed to understand the developmental, ethnic, and political issues that remain so difficult to resolve.  The Subsequent four videos provide a more human, personal glimpse into facets of the conflict. 

 

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Matt Manish's curator insight, May 2, 11:47 PM
From this video one can see how crucial borders can be to neighboring ethnic groups, especially in Sudan. North Sudan is made up of mostly Arabs and Muslims, while mainly Christians live in South Sudan. Also, the majority of North Sudan is black while the majority of South Sudan is white. Due to these two ethnic groups being so different and previously being grouped into one country, much fighting and a devastating civil war has broken out over the past few decades. Recently within the last decade Sudan was officially divided up into two nations because of the ongoing fighting and cultural differences which seems to be a step in the right direction to reduce the amount of fighting between the two countries.
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Blockchain Democracy: Government Of The People, By The People, For The People

Blockchain Democracy: Government Of The People, By The People, For The People | HOMEHISTORY | Scoop.it
  Protesters opposing Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi wave flags in Tahrir Square in Cairo. Shortly afterward, the military staged a coup, ousting Morsi and suspending the constitution. We live in a crisis-wracked world. “The once-heralded Arab Spring has given way almost everywhere to conflict and repression,” wrote Kenneth Roth, executive director of [...]

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John Lasschuit ®™'s curator insight, April 5, 2017 12:25 PM

By Alex Tapscott co-author of the Blockchain Revolution. Technology is a powerful tool but it alone cannot achieve the change we need. In the spirit of the saying “The future is not something to be predicted, it’s something to be achieved,” let’s reinvent government for a new era of legitimacy and trust. It’s time to stop the tinkering.

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The Pentagon Papers

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"The Pentagon Papers" (1971) is a secret, 7,000-page history of the Vietnam War ordered by US Defence Secretary Robert McNamara in 1967. Although much of it was marked "secret" or "top secret", Daniel Ellsberg, who helped write it, gave a copy to the New York Times in 1971. President Nixon stopped the Times from printing…

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Artificial Intelligence: What is It and Why Now?

Artificial Intelligence: What is It and Why Now? | HOMEHISTORY | Scoop.it
Artificial Intelligence (AI) represents a paradigm shift that is driving at the same time the scientific progress as well as the industry evolution.

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John Lasschuit ®™'s curator insight, March 17, 2017 2:48 PM

Good wriiten article on Artificial Intelligence. By Datafloq.

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Researchers are using Darwin’s theories to evolve AI, so only the strongest algorithms survive

Researchers are using Darwin’s theories to evolve AI, so only the strongest algorithms survive | HOMEHISTORY | Scoop.it

For the better part of three decades, most of AI’s brain-inspired development has surrounded “neural networks,” a term borrowed from neurobiology that describes machine thought as the movement of data through interconnected mathematical functions called neurons. But nature has other good ideas, too: Computer scientists are now revisiting an older field of study that suggests putting AI through evolutionary processes, like those that molded the human brain over millennia, could help us develop smarter, more efficient algorithms.


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John Lasschuit ®™'s curator insight, March 23, 2017 5:32 AM

By David Gershgorn. AI as a living object.

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How to exercise for free

How to exercise for free | HOMEHISTORY | Scoop.it
Staying fit can be expensive when you factor in gym memberships and class costs. Here, we show you eight ways to exercise without shelling out any money for the privilege.

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Edan Joy Gelt's curator insight, February 16, 2017 5:11 PM

Although I love the classes and studios - gotta love FREE alternatives to staying fit!

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Would You Turn Your Loved One's Ashes Into A Vinyl Record?

Would You Turn Your Loved One's Ashes Into A Vinyl Record? | HOMEHISTORY | Scoop.it
Now you can commemorate your loved ones by converting their ashes into a vinyl record that plays back their voice. This concept would allow you to playback your loved one's recollections using their own remains with the push of a button.


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My unsolicited advice for Sean Spicer, Kellyanne Conway and the team

My unsolicited advice for Sean Spicer, Kellyanne Conway and the team | HOMEHISTORY | Scoop.it

During my eight years in the Obama administration, there was an offhand comment uttered from time to time in the hallway after something went off the rails, "It's a communications problem."

 

The reality is that is the case sometimes, but most of the time the problem is much larger.

 

Some of the major fumbles of the first few weeks of the Trump administration have been due to the communications team: whether it was the sloppy rollout of the executive order on immigration or the series of television interviews with senior officials who were either unprepared, out of the loop or pompous enough to think they could wing it with a network anchor.

 

But not all the problems are communications issues....


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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, February 19, 2017 11:14 AM

Former Obama communications director Jen Psaki says the communications team may not be able to rein in President Trump but there are other things they can do to improve their outreach to the public. A fresh and not fake. perspective.

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Why geography matters now more than ever

Why geography matters now more than ever | HOMEHISTORY | Scoop.it

"Students need to know human geography; they need to understand the relationships that exist between cultures."


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LRC's curator insight, September 4, 2017 6:08 PM
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Ivan Ius's curator insight, September 5, 2017 11:38 AM
Geographic concepts: Patterns & Trends; Interrelationships; Geographic Perpsective
Uart.com's curator insight, September 8, 2017 5:22 AM

Geography is more important than ever to explain and understand the art market in globalization and digitization turn.

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In 1974, Hirō Onoda Became The Last Japanese World War Two Soldier To Surrender

In 1974, Hirō Onoda Became The Last Japanese World War Two Soldier To Surrender | HOMEHISTORY | Scoop.it
World War II ended in Europe on May 8, 1945. As for Southeast Asia and Oceania, peace only came several months later on September 2, when Japan finally sur

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Joy Kinley's curator insight, August 20, 2017 6:40 PM
It is amazing that he was able to adjust back to life in Japan after so many years.
Module doc L3's curator insight, March 14, 11:42 AM
La guerre au Japon !!
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Tribal Nations of Wisconsin - 22"x22"

Tribal Nations of Wisconsin - 22"x22" | HOMEHISTORY | Scoop.it
Comprehensive Tribal maps of the Native American and First Nations / Inuit Nations of North America

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Why 80% of Singaporeans live in government-built flats

Why 80% of Singaporeans live in government-built flats | HOMEHISTORY | Scoop.it
Lots of countries show off their public-housing projects, but few are quite as devoted to them as Singapore, where four-fifths of the permanent population live in subsidised units built by the government, most of them as owner-occupiers. The city-state’s suburbs bristle with HDB towers, painted calming pastel hues. This vast national housing system surprises visitors who think of Singapore as a low-tax hub for expatriate bankers and big multinationals. But HDB is a linchpin of economic and social policy and an anchor for the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP), which has led Singapore since independence. It is also a tantalising but tricky model for Singapore’s fast-urbanising neighbours to follow.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, July 10, 2017 12:39 PM

Singapore is such a fascinating case study.  Over 90% of the Singapore’s land is owned by the government and the American ideal of independent home ownership is seen as antithetical to cultural norms.  The government heavily subsidies young couples to live near their parents and create tight-knit communities with homelessness was eradicated (that’s the optimists’ perspective).  This is all well and good for young, straight couples that choose to support the ruling political party, but critics often point out that the housing focus has also created a paternalistic component to the government that is much stronger in Singapore than in other countries.  This article nicely goes with the 2017 APHG reading professional development talk entitled “The Geographies of Home” that focused on Singaporean and Japanese examples.    

 

Tag: Singapore, urban, neighborhood, economicplanning, housing, cultural norms.

Mr Mac's curator insight, July 24, 2017 9:26 AM
Unit 4 - Political, Government; Unit 7 - Urban Spaces, housing, Urban Planning
Cherise Chng's comment, August 27, 2017 9:50 AM
As a young Singaporean, I am really proud of such an unique architecture that is representable of Singapore. These flats, or what we call HDB, provides us with many Singaporeans with a roof over their head despite land scarcity in Singapore. Some HDB flats has a sky garden while majority of the others has a gathering area on the ground floor to provide an opportunity to mingle with our neighbours. It is truly a Singaporean memory to be living in a HDB flat.
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Against All Odds, England's Massive Chalk Horse Has Survived 3,000 Years

Against All Odds, England's Massive Chalk Horse Has Survived 3,000 Years | HOMEHISTORY | Scoop.it

Cleaning up the Uffington Horse is the neigh-borly thing to do

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Brexit, UK, Great Britain, and England

"An update of an earlier sketch we did before Brexit, the situation has become a little more unclear since."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, March 15, 2017 8:56 PM

The difference between the UK, Great Britain, and England can be confusing (the short version can be shown on a map, but the long version is much more complicated than this).   This is an amusing look at how these complexities lead to real-world complications besides using the right toponym. 

 

Taylor Doonan's curator insight, February 15, 7:14 PM
This video quickly defines the different terminologies that can be used to define England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Ireland. The different terms include England, for England, Great Britain, when talking about England, Scotland and Wales, and the United Kingdom when talking about England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The video also talks about  how in different sporting events this group of countries competes differently, sometimes they are Great Britain, sometimes the United Kingdom, sometimes the countries compete individually sometimes Northern Ireland competes with Ireland. This video described all these differences very well. 
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Tribal Nations of California - 22"x28"

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The curious origins of the ‘Irish slaves’ myth

The curious origins of the ‘Irish slaves’ myth | HOMEHISTORY | Scoop.it
There’s a fiction about Irish immigrants circulating on and among white supremacist sites and groups. But there are people trying to correct the historical record.
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Christopher L. Story's curator insight, March 18, 2017 11:32 AM
After reading, I seem to recall another article recently read which sought to bring light to the anti-Irish sentiment in America and how disproportionate the perception form reality. I am of Irish ancestry, where does this fit in AP Human Geo? Culture seems best fit.
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1949 in 12 songs

1949 in 12 songs | HOMEHISTORY | Scoop.it
Here are the songs that went to number one in 1949 on the US R&B chart. Most are blues rather than R&B. Some are jump blues, which was more uptempo and would give rise to rock and roll and actual R&B in the 1950s. John Lee Hooker: Boogie Chillen: Big Jay McNeeley's Blue Jays: The…

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Hamas names hardliner as new Gaza leader

Hamas names hardliner as new Gaza leader | HOMEHISTORY | Scoop.it
Hamas names one of its most hardline figures as its new leader in the Gaza Strip, a move analysts say is a sign of the growing influence of the group's military wing.

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Iraq begins battle to reclaim Mosul's west from Islamic State

Iraq begins battle to reclaim Mosul's west from Islamic State | HOMEHISTORY | Scoop.it
US-backed Iraqi forces launch an offensive to dislodge Islamic State militants from the western half of Mosul city, which has been in the hands of extremists since 2014.

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From The Archive: Fascinating Photos Of 1930s Gangster Culture

From The Archive: Fascinating Photos Of 1930s Gangster Culture | HOMEHISTORY | Scoop.it
This collection of black and white portraits documents the colorful characters of American gangsters back in the Great Depression.


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