Posts by: emily sciarillo

Valentine’s day is this Saturday so I thought I’d made a few maps in honor of this lovers holiday. Since one thing lovers do is travel, I made a map of the 50 most romantic places in the world…at least according to Travel + Leisure in 2005. Each icon on the [...]

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Maps by Emily Sciarillo and William Benjamin

Last week President Obama presented the Congress and the American people with his examination of the state of the union after his first year in office. He outlined his achievements as well as some of his failures in the past year and presented his plans for the [...]

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This summer, the FIFA Soccer World Cup will take place for the first time in an African country, South Africa. The Final Draw, the decider of which teams will be grouped together took place on December 4th. For many, this highly anticipated event officially kicks off the World Cup season. I am [...]

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A few weeks ago I did a blog on the country’s foreclosure rates. For that blog I made maps that showed those rates at the state level based on our regularly updated datasets from RealtyTrac in Finder!. Recently, we have added a dataset from HUD that estimates foreclosure rates at the [...]

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Thanksgiving is a time for giving thanks and for many it is also a time for giving. I thought I would show how GeoCommons can be used to promote giving back this holiday. One way many individuals and families give during Thanksgiving is by donating to or volunteering at a local food bank’s Thanksgiving [...]

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The big news this week was the republican victories in Tuesday’s general elections. Since I work in Arlington Virginia (although admittedly I am a Baltimore native and by no means familiar with local Virginian politics) I thought it would be appropriate to take a closer look at Virginia’s gubernatorial election in which Republican [...]

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Although there are some signs that the economy is on its way to recovery, the foreclosure rate is not one of them. The most recent data from RealtyTrac show that rates are at an all time high. In the third quarter of 2009, one in every 136 homes in the U.S. were foreclosed on. [...]

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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. According to the American Cancer Society, nearly one in eight women (12%) in the US will develop invasive breast cancer in their lifetime. Globaly it was the second most common cancer in incidence and death for women according to the World Health Organization. [...]

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Well its official, Rio has beat out Chicago, Madrid, Tokyo, Prague, Baku and Doha to host the 2016 Summer Olympics. Many are happy to see a country other than the regulars get the honor. Of the four countries that made it to the final round, Japan has hosted three previous Olympics, the US eight, and [...]

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What does socialized medicine really mean? Well it depends who you ask but in general it refers to “medical care that is publicly financed, government administered, or both”. In other words, it’s much like our education, fire department and police department only for health care.

Socialized medicine, which in the case of US politics [...]

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