Pentagon’s 2016 Defense Budget: $1.6 Billion for a Proxy Army Against Russia By Melissa Dykes For a $612 billion bill, you’re probably thinking “$1.6 billion… is that all?” In the 2016 defense budget, hundreds of millions of dollars — funds that could be spent improving America for Americans — are openly going to train and arm “rebel” forces in Iraq, Syria and Ukraine in what amounts to little more than a thinly veiled proxy war with Russia (and a payday for American defense contractors). Four Corners 50 Years - Home Welcome to a celebration of 50 years of ABC Television’s premier News and Current Affairs program, Four Corners. This website is a celebration of our history, which is not only TV programs, it is the successful collaboration of people: executive producers, reporters, researchers, editors, producers, crews and administrators, all of whom have played a significant role in the program’s history, identity and success, from 1961 to the present day. Four Corners’ reports have explored cultural and social change, political upheaval, conflicts, disasters and terrorism, with an eye on national and international events. This website will showcase the key stories, people and events we have covered over the past 50 years, and will stand as a living archive to five decades of vigorous reporting on ABC TV. You can explore our vast archive of programs by decade or by theme.
40 maps that explain the world Maps can be a remarkably powerful tool for understanding the world and how it works, but they show only what you ask them to. So when we saw a post sweeping the Web titled "40 maps they didn't teach you in school," one of which happens to be a WorldViews original, I thought we might be able to contribute our own collection. Some of these are pretty nerdy, but I think they're no less fascinating and easily understandable. A majority are original to this blog, with others from a variety of sources. I've included a link for further reading on close to every one. [Additional read: How Ukraine became Ukraine and 40 more maps that explain the world]
The National Map: Small Scale The National Map is now offering a collection of small-scale datasets that can be downloaded for free. Although the 1997-2014 Edition of the National Atlas of the United States was retired in September 2014, The National Map recognizes the importance of continuing to make a collection of the small-scale datasets, originally developed for the National Atlas, available to users. Small-scale maps have an advantage over large-scale maps when there is a need to show a large area in a single view.
20 maps that never happened Maps are a powerful way of illustrating not only the world that is, but worlds that never have been. What follow are not fictional maps — there's no Westeros or Middle Earth — but plans and hypotheticals that never came to pass. You'll see military plans for invasions that didn't happen or conquests that were hoped-for and never achieved. You'll also find daring infrastructure schemes that would have remapped cities and even whole continents. There are proposals for political reform — some serious and some more fanciful — as well as deeply serious plans for entire independent nation-states that have never been brought to life.
Donald Sutherland Explains the Real Meaning of Hunger Games and Why its Message Must be Understood By Matt Agorist Hollywood actor, Donald Sutherland, just dropped a bombshell on the military industrial complex. Sutherland, who plays President Coriolanus Snow in the blockbuster movie series Hunger Games, was recently asked what the movie was really about – he held no punches in his answer. If there’s any question as to what it’s an allegory for I will tell you.It is the powers that be in the United States of America.It’s profiteers.War is for profit. It’s not “to save the world for democracy” or “for king and country.”No, bulls**t.It’s for the profit of the top 10%, and the young people who see this film must recognize that for the future ‘blind faith in their leaders,’ as Bruce Springsteen said, “will get you dead.”
Age of Distraction: Why It’s Crucial for Students to Learn to Focus Digital classroom tools like computers, tablets and smartphones offer exciting opportunities to deepen learning through creativity, collaboration and connection, but those very devices can also be distracting to students. Similarly, parents complain that when students are required to complete homework assignments online, it’s a challenge for students to remain on task. The ubiquity of digital technology in all realms of life isn’t going away, but if students don’t learn how to concentrate and shut out distractions, research shows they’ll have a much harder time succeeding in almost every area.
What One Product Makes the Most Money For Each Nation? Check This Map Mali makes makes the most money from exporting cotton. New Zealand's most valued export is dairy. India profits most from selling precious stones abroad, and Sri Lanka's hottest export is tea. The export topography of each country's most valuable product demonstrates where countries trading in the world market are yielding financial gains. Although some are extremely obvious, other countries benefit financially from unlikely sources. Predictably, oil is the most traded commodity in the global market.
Map Collection - World Sites Atlas World Atlas A physical and a political map of the world, divided into tiles for easy navigation. Maps of Continents and Regions Inside The Most Amazing Map Library That You've Never Heard Of The American Geographical Society Library at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. (Photo: Luke Spencer.) Within the campus of University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is a geographer’s treasure trove: over a million artifacts from the American Geographical Society, one of the most incredible collections of maps, atlases and globes to be found in America. But, ironically, the library is practically unexplored territory.