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Lessons from 1911: Taal Volcano, American Colonialism, and Philippine Disaster Nationalism

Posted: February 19, 2020

Read this post on the updated SHGAPE Blog website. By Dr. Theresa Ventura Taal Volcano crowns an island in the middle of Lake Taal in Southern Luzon. Its wide-mouthed cone is filled with water, giving Taal the Ripley’s Believe It or Not distinction of containing the largest lake on an island in a lake that […]

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The Weather Forecast Company and the Business of Prediction

Posted: September 10, 2018

Read this post on the updated SHGAPE Blog website. In October 1903, the Weather Forecast Company of St. Paul, Minnesota, printed a testimonial from the editor of the St. Paul Dispatch endorsing the company’s predictions as “an unqualified success” and the newspaper’s most popular feature.[1] The Dispatch, which claimed to be the only newspaper west […]

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