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Utahns, Mainers and Wyomingites: The ultimate guide to what to call people from each state

Utahns, Mainers and Wyomingites: The ultimate guide to what to call people from each state | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it

"For most states, you’re safe adding an –n, and maybe a few other letters, to the state’s name – a la Coloradans, Nebraskans and Californians. For three states, Wyoming, Wisconsin and New Hampshire, the correct method is to add an –ite. For a handful of states in the northeast, the style is to add an 'r' – New Yorker, Vermonter, Mainer, Marylander, Connecticuter and Rhode Islander."


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Michael Amberg's curator insight, May 26, 2015 10:21 PM

This is a really interesting view on a map projection and shows how many possibilities there are for differences.  

Shane C Cook's curator insight, May 27, 2015 9:17 AM

This map has data allocating what people are called based on their region. What concerns me is that there is no information depicting what one would be called depending on which city you are from. For example I am from Austin, Texas so you would call me an Austinite but since I am from Texas you would call me a Texan.

MsPerry's curator insight, May 27, 2015 9:31 AM

Intro-Ch 1 Toponyms

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A City For Abandoned Mothers In India

Thousands of widows have been making their way to the holy city of Vrindavan in northern India to spend the rest of their lonely lives. Cast out by their families, or simply alone in the world, some travel hundreds of miles to get there.

 

Tags: gender, India, SouthAsia,  culture.


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Eden Eaves's curator insight, May 24, 2015 5:10 PM

There are 15,000 widows living in the city of Vrindavan and most of them come from over 1300 km away; West Bengal. After their husbands death, these women have been beaten and tortured by their own children for money they don't have and have had to escape to this holy city for safety where, even though they are away from the beatings, they much beg and sing for money. Many wish for death over this humiliation. 

A woman, capable of bringing life into the world, should never be treated like this and especially by her own family. 

Shane C Cook's curator insight, May 27, 2015 4:32 AM

It is crazy to think Indian families would abuse these widows, but what questions me is the reason to flee for spiritual fulfillment. I understand why one would leave because their family betrayed them but why spiritual fulfillment?

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London's Dominance Becomes A British Election Issue

London's Dominance Becomes A British Election Issue | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it

"London completely dominates the political, cultural and economic life of the U.K. to an extent rarely seen elsewhere. That imbalance has been an issue in the run-up to Thursday's election."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, May 6, 2015 8:37 AM

The problems with primate cities are hardly unique to London (see here resources for teaching about primate cities using the example of Mexico City).  The lack of a balanced urban hierarchy that we would see in countries where the rank-size rule applies is a political problem as stated in this NPR podcast.  This additional BBC article bemoans Britain’s lack of a true second city, arguing that London’s shadow looms too large for sustained national development outside of the primate city. 


Tags: APHG, urbanunit 7 cities, megacities.

Blake Joseph's curator insight, May 6, 2015 6:02 PM

I remember seeing a road map of the United Kingdom once and wondering why almost every single road eventually seemed to make its way to the massive urban sprawl of London in the country's southeast. Even cities as far away as Inverness in Scotland or Belfast in Northern Ireland seemed to inevitably revolve around the massive capital. Having such a dominance on the country, I can see why other distant communities are gradually losing interest in the political and economic influences London still has on them, especially if other closer urban centers are greatly growing in population and influence. The recent election for Scotland's independence from England shows that even today many people are looking to branch out away from London's reach, and that these reasons are perhaps not totally influenced by historic tensions and rivalries between the two places. Populations centers like Birmingham and Manchester have grown immensely in the last decade, and with that has came a growing independent sense of culture and identity as well. Residents in smaller towns and villages feel that these other closer  urban areas would be a better representative of them in country-wide politics than distant London. Some of these distant communities are nearly 500 miles away from London. That is like Detroit, Michigan being politically and economically dominated by New York City. Even with London being massive in size and influential reach, I can see why far away towns in the U.K. don't always consider London too important.

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Iran, Saudi Arabia fighting bloody proxy wars across the Middle East

Iran, Saudi Arabia fighting bloody proxy wars across the Middle East | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Airstrikes on Sanaa herald Yemen's emergence as the latest theater for the proxy war between Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shiite-dominated Iran.
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Vibrant, burgeoning modern China belies cold-war stereotypes - Alaska Dispatch News

Vibrant, burgeoning modern China belies cold-war stereotypes - Alaska Dispatch News | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
OPINION: Our historic paranoia in the U.S. with anything to which the label “communist” can be attached occludes our vision of China’s modern reality.
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Digging In: Land Reclamation and Defenses in the South China Sea

Digging In: Land Reclamation and Defenses in the South China Sea | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
The U.S. Department of Defense’s latest assessment of the Chinese military provided new detail on China’s land reclamation efforts on several of the islets that it occupies in the South China Sea. These include Fiery Cross Reef, Gaven Reef, Johnson South Reef, Mischief Reef, and Subi Reef in the Spratly archipelago. By December 2014, the report estimated that China had reclaimed as much as 500 acres of new land, creating full-fledged islands where only coral reefs or sand spits existed before. Since then, China has only accelerated its efforts, expanding the total land area that it has reclaimed to 2,000 acres and building military facilities, ports, and at least one airstrip on the islands.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, May 11, 2015 4:18 PM

We've heard in the news recently that China is reclaiming land from the South China see to presumably construct an air strip to strengthen their claims in the region.  China is not alone in this...


Tags: borders, political, conflict, waterChina, East Asia.

Marc Meynardi's curator insight, May 13, 2015 1:49 AM

By doing so, China is not only digging land, but also preparing futur heavy discord. It's so strange : China critisize US hegemony and try to balance it. As result, China is having the same agressive attitude that US Bush era. Of course, not using bombs, but "pacifically" invading south China Sea.

Gene Gagne's curator insight, December 1, 2015 8:15 PM

I was wondering with the world being 80% ocean how much ocean can be transformed into land with these man made islands. Once again creating military strategic posts.

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Historian Says Don't 'Sanitize' How Our Government Created Ghettos

Historian Says Don't 'Sanitize' How Our Government Created Ghettos | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it

"We have a myth today that the ghettos in metropolitan areas around the country are what the Supreme Court calls 'de-facto' — just the accident of the fact that people have not enough income to move into middle class neighborhoods or because real estate agents steered black and white families to different neighborhoods or because there was white flight.  It was not the unintended effect of benign policies, it was an explicit, racially purposeful policy that was pursued at all levels of government, and that's the reason we have these ghettos today and we are reaping the fruits of those policies."

 

Tags: economic, race, racism, historical, neighborhood, podcast, urban, place, poverty, socioeconomic.


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Eden Eaves's curator insight, May 24, 2015 3:57 PM

Ghettos were created because of many factors; one of these being in the 20th century real estate agents "blockbusting" basically meaning scaring white folks into thinking their neighborhood was becoming a slum causing them to quickly sell their house to real estate agents for an extremely low price and then turning around to sell the same house to black folks for much more because of limited homes for them to live in.

The ethnic neighborhoods and ghettos that still exist now are the result of people not having enough income to move to middle class neighborhoods and because real estate agents steered black and white families apart. 

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Ten of the best hidden foodie highlights - Lonely Planet

Ten of the best hidden foodie highlights - Lonely Planet | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Read Ten of the best hidden foodie highlights by Lonely Planet

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Ties better but India-China border tensions remain: Pentagon

Ties better but India-China border tensions remain: Pentagon | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON: Days ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's maiden China visit, the Pentagon today told the US Congress that despite improved political and economic relations between the two Asian...

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Could you imagine what would happen if India and China got into a territorial war!

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Sanctions and Russia: Lessons from the Cold War

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Are the sanctions currently being applied against Russia effective or are they also harming those who are imposing them? Further, will the sanctions eventually change Moscow’s behavior towards Ukraine?
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Caroline Ivy's curator insight, May 20, 2015 1:05 PM

This article is about the attitudes towards the US sanctions with Russia and, historically, how similar attitudes and similar situations were present in the Cold War, as well as the lasting impressions that war has left. 

 

The ushering in of Putin to political office was backed by a promise of greater prosperity for Russia—in exchange for certain freedoms. Now, Russia faces economic sanctions by order of the US, with whom relationships have always been rocky. The upward spurt in Putin's approval ratings that followed exemplifies the dynamic Russian political system. Historically, imposed sanctions have rarely had a huge effect on the course of target countries. Therefore, by doing so, has the US really done nothing more than look like a petulant child? "You don't do what we want? Fine. We won't share our toys!" But the case could be made that these sanctions carry an important message  to Russia: that the US could take more drastic measures to balance the conflict with Russia. It is extremely unlikely (hardly even considered) that the US will take direct military action in Donbas and that conflict, but the power the US wields is enough to ensure formidablility. So what is the effect and scope of the limited asset freezes and travel bans? 

Campbell Ingraham's curator insight, May 26, 2015 10:59 AM

This article talks about the sanctions applied to Russia recently by the US. It discusses the pros and cons of the situation, and asks many inquisitive questions of its results. Questions such as will this actually change Russia's plan toward Ukraine? Or will it hurt the West's economy and do more harm than good. The article also states that we can learn from the Cold War and the USSR's actions around that time.

 

This article relates to the Fall of communism and legacy of the Cold War. It talks about how Russia is becoming territorial again, and US relations with Russia are rocky as a result. Based on the USSR's actions during the Cold War, this article attempts to examine the possibilities of Russia's reactions to western sanctions. Will they continue their territoriality? Or will they back off Ukraine in order to relieve western sanctions?