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Study: Stephen Colbert More Effective Than Journalists At Explaining Campaign Financing During Last Election Cycle

Study: Stephen Colbert More Effective Than Journalists At Explaining Campaign Financing During Last Election Cycle | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it

A new report warns just how much this country stands to lose when Stephen Colbert shutters his Comedy Central late-night show to take over for David Letterman at CBS. According to the Annenberg Public Policy Center, viewers of The Colbert Report who watched Colbert set up a super PAC and 501(c)(4) organization during the last presidential election cycle were better informed about campaign financing and the role of money in politics than viewers of actual news channels and other, actual-news shows.

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malek's comment, June 9, 2014 1:06 PM
Thank you for introducing me to this "Nerdy" stuff
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The Value of Unstructured Play Time for Kids

The Value of Unstructured Play Time for Kids | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
German psychologists find people who were allowed to play freely as children have greater social success as adults.

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Great Web Tools for Searching Historic Newspapers

Great Web Tools for Searching Historic Newspapers | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
Countless millions of historic newspapers all over the world are now revealing their secrets as they are being digitally published online. And that means they are much more accessible to family historians—if they know where and how to find them.

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Derek Davey's curator insight, May 28, 2014 9:59 AM

Newspapers are such a wonderful resource for doing genealogy research.  

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How Jules Verne Invented Astronautics

How Jules Verne Invented Astronautics | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
A lot is made of how prophetic SciFi is supposed to be. And it certainly has seemed to hit the mark pretty often and pretty remarkably. But some of its most impressive hits depend on just what you mean by "prophecy."
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271 Years Before Pantone, an Artist Mixed and Described Every Color Imaginable in an 800-Page Book

271 Years Before Pantone, an Artist Mixed and Described Every Color Imaginable in an 800-Page Book | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
In 1692 an artist known only as "A. Boogert" sat down to write a book in Dutch about mixing watercolors. Not only would he begin the book with a bit about the use of color in painting, but would go on to explain how to create certain hues and change the tone by adding one, two,

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The lost Mod who may have inspired The Who’s ‘Quadrophenia’

The lost Mod who may have inspired The Who’s ‘Quadrophenia’ | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it

In the climactic scenes of the film Quadrophenia, based on The Who’s concept album, Jimmy (Phil Daniels) rides a prized Mod scooter along the cliffs at Beachy Head, East Sussex, before hurling it over the cliff on to the sea-lashed rocks below. It’s a symbolic end to Jimmy’s life as a Mod, as a follower believing in false idols, like his hero Ace Face (Sting) (whose scooter he stole), a local Mod leader, who turns out be nothing more than a bell-boy lackey. Jimmy’s fall is central to the film, and to Pete Townhend’s album. But Jimmy’s symbolic crash may have actually been inspired by the death of Mod teenager, Barry Prior in 1964.

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Superhero Saying Mini Cupcake Toppers/ Food Picks, Set of 12 Pop Art

Superhero Saying Mini Cupcake Toppers/ Food Picks, Set of 12 Pop Art | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
Superhero Saying Mini Cupcake Toppers, Set of 12 - Pop Art Superhero Sayings, Wow, Pow, Bang, Boom, Crash, Crush, Zap - mounted on
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Map - The most common language in each US state, after English and Spanish

Map - The most common language in each US state, after English and Spanish | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it

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Shorter men live longer, scientists find - Telegraph

Shorter men live longer, scientists find - Telegraph | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
Shorter men are likely to live longer, scientists find, with those under five-foot-two reaching the greatest age

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malek's comment, June 9, 2014 1:11 PM
"lower blood insulin" factored in again
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The internet just changed: Net Neutrality is dead.

The internet just changed: Net Neutrality is dead. | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
The FCC sided with Comcast and decided to let ISPs censor the internet. The Internet needs to stop this from happening: http://cms.fightforthefuture.org/tellfcc/
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Looking Good?: A map of bookstores and libraries in the USA

Looking Good?: A map of bookstores and libraries in the USA | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
Here's a gem from Google Maps - a look at all the public libraries and bookstores across the country as of Summer 2013. (RT @PublishersWkly: Still Looks Pretty Good: A map of bookstores and libraries in the U.S.

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How to Criticize with Kindness: Philosopher Daniel Dennett on the Four Steps to Arguing Intelligently

How to Criticize with Kindness: Philosopher Daniel Dennett on the Four Steps to Arguing Intelligently | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
"Just how charitable are you supposed to be when criticizing the views of an opponent?"

"In disputes upon moral or scientific points," Ar

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Sharon Bakar's curator insight, April 24, 2014 10:54 AM

How to compose a successful critical commentary:

  1. You should attempt to re-express your target’s position so clearly, vividly, and fairly that your target says, “Thanks, I wish I’d thought of putting it that way.
  2. You should list any points of agreement (especially if they are not matters of general or widespread agreement).
  3. You should mention anything you have learned from your target.
  4. Only then are you permitted to say so much as a word of rebuttal or criticism.
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The History Essay Checklist

The History Essay Checklist | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
Students are often disappointed by the mark they receive for their History essay. Not always. Sometimes they get a grade above what they were expecting - underestimating the nuance of their own wor...
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Ten Reels Of Explosives

Ten Reels Of Explosives | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
My research regarding this photo probably got me put on a half dozen watch lists, thanks to early film technology.  Here's Kay Johnson to explain, from the September 1930 issue of Screen Romances: ...
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SOC 2014 - The Motion Picture Camera: Past, Present and Future

For the Society of Camera Operators 2014 Lifetime Achievement Awards. Edited by Bob Joyce Music: "Sunshine (Adagio in D Minor)" by John Murphy soc.org

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Andrea Air Purifier uses plant to filter your room's air | Home Harmonizing

Andrea Air Purifier uses plant to filter your room's air | Home Harmonizing | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
The innovative Andrea Air Purifier incorporates living plant and advanced technology to achieve its naturalistic purifying power.

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Ad Campaign Challenges Beauty Ideals By Replacing Female Models With Ph.D.s

Ad Campaign Challenges Beauty Ideals By Replacing Female Models With Ph.D.s | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
How’s this for subverting conventional standards of beauty? In their new spring fashion campaign, clothing brand Betabrand replaced professional models with Ph.D.s and aspiring Ph.D.s. Challenging the ridiculous cultural notion that women can’t be both beautiful and ambitious, th
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Scent of the familiar: You may linger like perfume in your dog's brain

Scent of the familiar: You may linger like perfume in your dog's brain | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
An area of the canine brain associated with reward responds more strongly to the scents of familiar humans than it does to the scents of other humans, or even to those of familiar dogs.

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Why your dog listens to you.

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, March 19, 2014 6:36 PM

Dog love is awesome

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JRR Tolkien's translation of Beowulf to be published after 88 years

JRR Tolkien's translation of Beowulf to be published after 88 years | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it

JRR Tolkien’s translation of Beowulf, the epic that helped inspire The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, is to be published for the first time almost 90 years after completion.


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bobbygw's curator insight, March 19, 2014 4:56 PM

It's bound to be wonderful. Can't wait.

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50 years later, old soul finds new fans - KALW

50 years later, old soul finds new fans - KALW | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it

No matter how talented they were, many singers who recorded in the 60s did not rise to stardom, leaving a surplus of soul singles behind.

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Delete Yourself From Web Services

Delete Yourself From Web Services | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it

JustDelete.me is a directory that allows you to permanently remove yourself from different web services such as Facebook, PayPal, Amazon, etc.

Why can’t you just go to the listed sites on your own and delete yourself that way, you ask? It’s not that easy.

A lot of sites have dark patterns — interfaces created to trick users into agreeing to terms they otherwise wouldn’t — and JustDelete.me is designed to work around those patterns.

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Unfortunately, some are impossible...

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Inventor's Notebook - illustrated by Robert E. Mueller

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Fashion Models Vie With Engineers for Skilled-Worker Visas

Fashion Models Vie With Engineers for Skilled-Worker Visas | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it


"The U.S. government grants hundreds of visas to models every year. Although more than half don’t have high school diplomas, according to a Brookings Institution analysis of federal data, the government puts them in the same H-1B category as scientists and software engineers, who need a college degree to qualify. Fashion models only have to show immigration officials that they’re well-known in the industry."


1 in 4 fashion models immigrating to the U.S. are from Brazil. 


One percent of H-1B visas go to fashion models - approximately 800 per year. 



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Community Village Sites's curator insight, February 28, 2014 7:12 PM


Beauty or Brains will help you get into the U.S. 


In addition to the H-1B for fashion models, there is an H-1B3 Visa for Fashion Models


WATCH: Bloomberg video explains fashion model immigration law since 1990


Community Village Sites's comment, February 28, 2014 7:28 PM
There are approximately 800 H-1B visas annually granted to fashion models.
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Furniture porn: Hugh Miller’s folded record bureau

Furniture porn: Hugh Miller’s folded record bureau | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
Created by U.K. furniture designer Hugh Miller, this stunning record bureau gives you a place to store your vinyl collection, and also a place to play it.
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Visual treats and archive wonders from Radio 3, the BBC's arts, culture and music station, established in 1946 (it was called the Third Programme back then)

Visual treats and archive wonders from Radio 3, the BBC's arts, culture and music station, established in 1946 (it was called the Third Programme back then) | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
Before the BBC’s Radiophonic Workshop existed, a small group of engineers and producers inside the BBC pioneered ‘synthetic music’ with the simplest of home-made electronic tools and analogue...
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Curated by Deanna Dahlsad
An opinionated woman obsessed with objects, entertained by ephemera, intrigued by researching, fascinated by culture & addicted to writing. The wind says my name; doesn't put an @ in front of it, so maybe you don't notice. http://www.kitsch-slapped.com
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A Marketing Mix
Adventures in advertising and marketing - the contemporary, the historical, and the hysterical. http://deanna.dahlsad.com/
Antiques & Vintage Collectibles
Collecting old things; heirlooms and new to you things! Companion to http://www.inherited-values.com/
Colorful Prism Of Racism
Racism past and present. Companion to http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/category/colorful-prism-of-racism/
Consumption Junction
Consumerism meets marketing; who & what manipulates the free market of goods & services. See also: http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/category/ze-big-mouth-promotions-stuff/
Crimes Against Humanity
From lone gunmen on hills to mass movements. Depressing as hell, really.
Cultural History
The roots of culture; history and pre-history.
Dare To Be A Feminist
I do. http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/category/hey-sister-can-you-spare-some-social-change/
For Art's Sake-1
Art, crafts, and the people who make them. To inspire and purchase. Companion to http://www.ululating-undulating-ungulate.com/
Herstory
History as this woman sees it. The serious, the kitsch, the opinionated. Companion to http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/
In The Name Of God
Mainly acts done in the name of religion, but also discussions of atheism, faith, & spirituality.
Kinsanity
Let's just say I have reasons to learn more about mental health, special needs children, psychology, and the like.
Kitsch
Mostly vintage and retro "badness" but you can decide how delicious it is. http://www.kitschy-kitschy-coo.com/blog/
Nerdy Needs
The stuff of nerdy, geeky, dreams.
Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic
The meaning behind the math of the bottom line in publishing and the media. For writers, publishers, and bloggers (which are a combination of the two).
Sex Positive
Sexuality as a human right.
Vintage Living Today For A Future Tormorrow
It's as easy to romanticize the past as it is to demonize it; instead, let's learn from it. More than living simply, more than living 'green', thrifty grandmas knew the importance of the 'economics' in Home Economics. The history of home ec, lessons in thrift, practical tips and ideas from the past focused on sustainability for families and out planet. Companion to http://www.thingsyourgrandmotherknew.com/
Visiting The Past
Travel based on grande ideas, locations, and persons of the past.
Walking On Sunshine
Stuff that makes me smile.
You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important
Links to (many of) my columns and articles.