GeoCurrents http://www.geocurrents.info Map Illustrated Analyses of Current Events and Geographical Issues Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:42:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 NPR’s Incomplete Story on “Trimmigants” in the California Marijuana Industry http://www.geocurrents.info/place/north-america/northern-california/nprs-incomplete-story-trimmigants-california-marijuana-industry http://www.geocurrents.info/place/north-america/northern-california/nprs-incomplete-story-trimmigants-california-marijuana-industry#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:42:12 +0000 http://www.geocurrents.info/?p=11719

On December 4, 2014, National Public Radio (NPR) ran an interesting story on a severely underreported matter: international seasonal labor migration to the “Golden Triangle” of marijuana cultivation in northwestern California. This report—“With Harvest Season, ‘Trimmigrants’ Flock To California’s Pot Capital”*—captured many of the more intriguing and important aspects of the phenomenon. But it also missed some significant things and ...

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Simultaneous Flooding and Drought in California: Human-Caused Climate Change? http://www.geocurrents.info/place/north-america/northern-california/simultaneous-flooding-drought-california-human-caused-climate-change http://www.geocurrents.info/place/north-america/northern-california/simultaneous-flooding-drought-california-human-caused-climate-change#comments Fri, 12 Dec 2014 19:49:53 +0000 http://www.geocurrents.info/?p=11709

Although droughts and floods are generally thought of as opposites, they can occur simultaneously, as droughts tend to be long and cumulative while floods are generally short-lived and episodic. Much of the U.S. state of California currently finds itself in this paradoxical situation. Several storms have hit the state since the beginning of December 2014, and that of December 11-12 ...

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The Uncertain Role of Religion in Indonesia’s 2014 Presidential Election http://www.geocurrents.info/geopolitics/elections/uncertain-role-religion-indonesias-2014-presidential-election http://www.geocurrents.info/geopolitics/elections/uncertain-role-religion-indonesias-2014-presidential-election#comments Wed, 10 Dec 2014 22:00:04 +0000 http://www.geocurrents.info/?p=11696

The on-line maps that I have found of Indonesia’s 2014 presidential election are not very helpful. That of the Wikipedia is particularly poor. To begin with, it merely shows which candidate received a majority of votes in each province, with no information provided on the margin of victory. But the returns actually varied quite significantly across the country, with the ...

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Sexualized Dangdut Performances in Indonesia and Resulting Controversies http://www.geocurrents.info/place/southeast-asia/sexualized-dangdut-performances-indonesia-resulting-controversies http://www.geocurrents.info/place/southeast-asia/sexualized-dangdut-performances-indonesia-resulting-controversies#comments Tue, 09 Dec 2014 19:06:15 +0000 http://www.geocurrents.info/?p=11691

As the most recent GeoCurrents post explained, heavy-metal music has been of some political importance in Indonesia, with the country’s new president, Joko Widodo, being a major fan. Although cultural tension between “metalheads” and conservative Muslim organization is an on-going issue, overt clashes have been relatively rare and restrained. Religious groups in Indonesia have, however succeeded in shutting down musical ...

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Indonesia’s 2014 Presidential Election and the Geography of Heavy Metal Music http://www.geocurrents.info/geopolitics/elections/indonesias-2014-presidential-election-geography-heavy-metal-music http://www.geocurrents.info/geopolitics/elections/indonesias-2014-presidential-election-geography-heavy-metal-music#comments Thu, 04 Dec 2014 20:09:15 +0000 http://www.geocurrents.info/?p=11682

When lecturing in my course on the History and Geography of Current Global Events, I always begin by showing an enigmatic map or other image and asking if anyone can make sense of it. This week the topic was Indonesia, focusing on the country’s 2014 presidential election (which is admittedly rather old news). I began the class with the image ...

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Intriguing Features on the Oxford Map of the English Wikipedia http://www.geocurrents.info/cartography/intriguing-features-oxford-map-english-wikipedia http://www.geocurrents.info/cartography/intriguing-features-oxford-map-english-wikipedia#comments Sun, 30 Nov 2014 19:45:08 +0000 http://www.geocurrents.info/?p=11673

As a habitual Wikipedia reader, I am particularly intrigued by the map and article entitled “Mapping English Wikipedia” found at Information Geographies (at the Oxford Internet Institute). Here, almost 700,000 dots have been placed on a world map to show the locations of geotagged articles in the English-language Wikipedia. As the authors explain:
Not all articles are geotagged, but almost all ...

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Mapping the Global Distribution of Information at Oxford http://www.geocurrents.info/cartography/mapping-global-distribution-information-oxford http://www.geocurrents.info/cartography/mapping-global-distribution-information-oxford#comments Fri, 28 Nov 2014 19:04:51 +0000 http://www.geocurrents.info/?p=11668

A variety of interesting and informative maps and other visualizations of global information flow can be found at the website called Information Geographies put out by the Oxford Internet Institute. The goal of the larger project is to:
[P]roduce a comprehensive atlas of contemporary information and Internet geographies, that will draw on four years of focused research conducted at the Oxford ...

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Do Swedish-Americans Vote for Democrats? National Origins and Voting Behavior in the United States http://www.geocurrents.info/geopolitics/elections/swedish-americans-vote-democrats-national-origins-voting-behavior-united-states http://www.geocurrents.info/geopolitics/elections/swedish-americans-vote-democrats-national-origins-voting-behavior-united-states#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 20:39:36 +0000 http://www.geocurrents.info/?p=11659

In responding to a recent GeoCurrents post comparing electoral geography in Minnesota and northern California, commentator Barzai makes some important points about ethnicity and national background. As he notes, people of Scandinavian and German descent are a much more significant factor in Minnesota than in California. More importantly, he argues that the concept of a monolithic “White” population is challenged ...

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The Geography of Iowa’s Republican Shift http://www.geocurrents.info/geopolitics/elections/geography-iowas-republican-shift http://www.geocurrents.info/geopolitics/elections/geography-iowas-republican-shift#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 20:18:57 +0000 http://www.geocurrents.info/?p=11646

As mentioned in the previous post, one of the few parts of the United States in which White-majority rural (or small-city-focused) counties regularly vote for Democrats in national elections is the “greater Upper Mississippi Valley,” as outlined on the map posted here. Across the country more generally, non-metropolitan White-majority “blue” countries are found on the Pacific Cost and in the ...

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Minnesota and Northern California: Political Twins or Political Opposites? http://www.geocurrents.info/geopolitics/elections/minnesota-northern-california-political-twins-political-opposites http://www.geocurrents.info/geopolitics/elections/minnesota-northern-california-political-twins-political-opposites#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 03:11:17 +0000 http://www.geocurrents.info/?p=11636

Two U.S. states that largely bucked the Republican trend in the 2014 election were Minnesota and California, which count among the “bluest” states in the union. Since 1976, only Minnesota has supported the Democratic candidate in every presidential election. California has more recently entered the Democratic fold, having voted for a Republican presidential candidate as recently as 1988, but in ...

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