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INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO
“In the business world, the rearview mirror is always clearer than the windshield.” Warren Buffet
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Christmas Tree Farmers Invest Long-Term In The Holiday Spirit - NPR

Christmas Tree Farmers Invest Long-Term In The Holiday Spirit - NPR | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Americans buy 25 million Christmas trees every year. They're slow-growing crops, but the trees can be a smart investment for small farmers like the Carroll family in Louisa, Va.
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Map: How much each state pays its government workers

Map: How much each state pays its government workers | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
State and local government employees in New York, New Jersey and Washington earn the highest salaries, according to a new Census Bureau report.
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Random Acts of Coffee

Random Acts of Coffee | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
The Italian custom of a “suspended coffee” is being revived, according to this piece in The New York Times.
A caffe sospeso is a random act of kindness whose origins remain murky.
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He Sees You When You're Sleeping, and Gives You Nightmares - New York Times

He Sees You When You're Sleeping, and Gives You Nightmares - New York Times | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
In Germany, misbehaving children had better watch out. The Krampus, a devilish goblin who tears through the streets as St. Nick’s evil counterpart, is making a comeback.
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Why American Jews Eat Chinese Food on Christmas

Why American Jews Eat Chinese Food on Christmas | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
If there’s a single identifiable moment when Jewish Christmas—the annual American tradition where Jews overindulge on Chinese food on December 25—transitioned from kitsch into codified custom, it was during Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan’s 2010...
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Amazing X-ray picture of the sun

Amazing X-ray picture of the sun | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
NASA's NuSTAR telescope was designed to search for black holes; now it's helping to unlock the sun's mysteries
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The 2014 Story: A Year of Ideas, Inspiration From TED Talks

What were the most powerful ideas of 2014? Watch our 8-minute highlight reel of the Year in Ideas. Explore a fun, interactive playlist of the TED Talks of th...

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, December 24, 2014 10:41 AM

Lots of folks have been putting together the "best of 2014" lists and this one is my favorite so far. It's inspirational and just what we need during the holidays.


2014 was a remarkable year and I can hardly wait to see how we progress in 2015.


Enjoy!

Art Jones's curator insight, December 24, 2014 9:35 PM

Watch this 8.32 minute compilation of the best of TED in 2014 and I guarantee  one of these voices or perhaps all will serve to inspire you. 


Enjoy!

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$14 Million An Hour: War Costs Top $1.6 Trillion Since 9/11, Say Congressional Researchers

$14 Million An Hour: War Costs Top $1.6 Trillion Since 9/11, Say Congressional Researchers | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
American taxpayers have shelled out roughly $1.6 trillion on war spending since 9/11, according to a new report from Congress’ nonpartisan research arm. That’s roughly $337 million a day -- or nearly a quarter million dollars a minute -- every single day for 13 years.

The $1.6 trillion estimate, which comes to $14 million per hour since 9/11, from the Congressional Research Service is up roughly half a trillion dollars from its 2010 estimate, which found that the post-9/11 military operations are second only to World War II in terms of financial cost. 

In its report, which was released earlier this month, CRS finds that the 92 percent of the war-related expenditures since 9/11 have flowed into the Pentagon. Just 6 percent has been spent on foreign assistance and diplomacy, and 1 percent on medical services for veterans. 

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Hip-Hop, Cultural Authenticity and Appropriation

Hip-Hop, Cultural Authenticity and Appropriation | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
The whole hip-hop community has finally taken Azalea to task for building her career by stealing black musical sounds and styles and using her whiteness to sell them to the masses. In the process, she has done little to actually give back to the hip-hop community except be flagrantly offensive. And black hip-hop artists aren't standing for it any longer.

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Lydia Tsao's curator insight, March 24, 12:17 AM

This is a very interesting article. I do agree with her critics that she is culturally insensitive. She has made numerous racist about not only black people, but Hispanic and Asian people too. This is another of example of cultural appropriation, and this demonstrates cultural conflicts. On one side, the people of hip-hop culture are criticizing her. One the other side, Iggy Azalea is defending herself from the cultural divide that exist between her and the real of the hip-hop community. I think this is also an example of cultural assimilation. Because Azalea grew up primarily listening to hip-hop and moved to areas of the U.S. with very high black populations, she has in a way assimilated to the hip-hop culture, though not completely. 

Ricardo Cabeza de Vaca's curator insight, March 24, 3:45 AM

I believe what Iggy Azalea did was wrong. She took an African American culture and transformed it into something it wasn't. It was a way to escape from the ghetto and she made it something for her own personal gain. I think it was right how she was attacked on Twitter and how she should stop stealing something that she has no right to.

zane alan berger's curator insight, March 25, 7:41 PM

This article is about the success of rapper Iggy Azalea with her shattering records and proceeding to be a nominee for a multitude of awards. On the other hand, however, it notes her large collection of critics against her overwhelming "control" of the hip-hop community. (POP CULTURE)

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19 Of The Best Snow Scenes In Art

19 Of The Best Snow Scenes In Art | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Today marks the official start of winter in the Northern Hemisphere, otherwise known as the Winter Solstice. Or, if you prefer, the most wonderful time of the year. 'Tis the season of rosy cheeks, icy sidewalks and hot chocolate, all the makings of a...

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11 Things You Might Not Know About Reindeer

11 Things You Might Not Know About Reindeer | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Beyond their sled-pulling capabilities and discrimination towards those with red noses, what do you really know about reindeer?
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10 Award-Winning Microscope Images That Turn Science Into Art

10 Award-Winning Microscope Images That Turn Science Into Art | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
10 Award-Winning Microscope Images That Turn Science Into Art. http://t.co/yJpjVAP9Wm
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Random, Interesting, Amazing Facts - Fun Quizzes and Trivia | Mental Floss

Random, Interesting, Amazing Facts - Fun Quizzes and Trivia | Mental Floss | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Test your knowledge with amazing and interesting facts, trivia, quizzes, and brain teaser games on MentalFloss.com.
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Map: Where American toys are made

Map: Where American toys are made | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Many of the toys sitting wrapped in boxes under American Christmas trees today no doubt carry a familiar label: Made in China. But the U.S. still produces its fair share of toys.
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The dude map: How Americans refer to their bros - Quartz

The dude map: How Americans refer to their bros - Quartz | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
That's a sweet dude map, bro.
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This video will make your heart stop

Veteran BASE jumpers Vince Reffet and Fred Fugen break a world record by BASE jumping off the world's tallest building.
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Why the Future Looks Bleak for Bones

Why the Future Looks Bleak for Bones | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Somewhere in a dense forest of ash and elm trees, a hunter readies his spear for the kill. He hurls his stone-tipped weapon at his prey, an unsuspecting white-tailed deer he has tracked since morning.
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ClassicPics on Twitter

ClassicPics on Twitter | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
How to Kiss a Girl, 1911. pic.twitter.com/YcMozerONe
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States move closer to taxing you by how far you drive

States move closer to taxing you by how far you drive | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
With gas tax revenues falling, one state plans to explore a different way of taxing fuel
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A Collection Of The Best Education-Related "Most Popular" Lists For 2014

A Collection Of The Best Education-Related "Most Popular" Lists For 2014 | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
With the end of the year rapidly approaching, many educators and organizations are putting together various "most popular" lists. I thought I'd bring together the best of them in one place, and wil...

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Silent Monks Sing the Hallelujah Chorus - YouTube


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Cultural and Historical Geography of Santa Claus

Cultural and Historical Geography of Santa Claus | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
A look into Smithsonian's vast archives reveals that Father Christmas tends to get a makeover with every generation that embraces him

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, December 12, 2014 12:03 PM

The picture archives show the historical evolution behind the cultural representations of Santa Claus.  Additionally this ESRI story map shows some of the regional differences in Santa Claus, showing how the cultural diffusion of this icon of a Christian holiday takes on real local attributes.  I also enjoyed these pictures from the BBC of Christmas around the world.  Merry Christmas to those that celebrate it and a Happy New Year to all.

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How cooking saved Bobby Flay's life

How cooking saved Bobby Flay's life | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Flay's new restaurant, Gato, in New York City, is white-hot, with reservations hard to come by. With his own TV show, books and cooking products, he is at the forefront of America's growing love affair with food.
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7 Ways Gesture Recognition Technology Will Revolutionize Education

7 Ways Gesture Recognition Technology Will Revolutionize Education | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
7 Ways Gesture Recognition Technology Will Revolutionize Education http://t.co/KiJ5NREqTV
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The 7 Weirdest Things That Have Been Left On The Moon

The 7 Weirdest Things That Have Been Left On The Moon | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Golf balls, a word from the Queen and a rude picture of Andy Warhol: just some of the treats awaiting visitors to the Moon...
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