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Sherman A1

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December 1, 2015

Daily Holidays - December 1

National Pie Day Each year on December 1, dessert lovers across the United States celebrate National Pie Day. http://www.nationaldaycalendar.com/latest-posts/

Eat a Red Apple Day Apples are delicious and nutritious, as well as being incredibly varied – we only tend to eat a few varieties, however. Start small, and expand your apple horizon by eating a red apple on Eat A Red Apple Day. https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/eat-a-red-apple-day/

Giving Tuesday takes place on the Tuesday directly after American Thanksgiving, which in turn takes place on the 4th Thursday of November. Giving Tuesday was created to help the “giving season” get started, reminding people that there is more to holidays than consumerism and commercialization. https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/giving-tuesday/

Rosa Parks Day Rosa Parks Day is an American holiday celebrated on February 4 or December 1 in honor of the civil rights leader Rosa Parks. http://www.nationaldaycalendar.com/latest-posts/


December 1, 2015

Economist Has Convincing Theory on How Extreme Inequality Creates Extremist Violence


Influential French economist Thomas Piketty is begging important questions this week after positing a theory that the rise of the Islamic State (or ISIS) can be attributed, at least in part, to extreme regional inequality in the Middle East fueled largely by oil wealth.

Piketty argues in a column published Le Monde last week and translated by the Washington Post on Monday that the concentration of wealth in the hands of just a few petro-monarchies has made the region the "most unequal on the planet."

In those states, Piketty says, the have-nots, including women and refugees, are often kept in a state of "semi-slavery." This, combined with a series of foreign interventions, have created what he described as a "powder keg" for terrorism.

The Post notes that "Piketty is particularly scathing when he blames the inequality of the region, and the persistence of oil monarchies that perpetuate it, on the West."
November 30, 2015

Daily Holidays - November 30

National Mousse Day The word mousse in French literally means foam. A mousse is typically made with whipped egg whites or cream. Its consistancy can vary from light and airy to thick and creamy. Whether sweet or savory, a mousse can compliment any meal. From a smokey salmon mousse as a first course to a tart lemon or rich chocolate mousse for dessert, there is virtually no limit to the flavors we can incorporate into a mousse. http://www.nationaldaycalendar.com/latest-posts/

Computer Security Day Security is an important consideration when working with computers, the Internet or indeed any electronic devices. Use Computer Security Day to ensure that your passwords are regularly updated, that your personal information is safe and secure, and that your systems are protected. https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/computer-security-day/

Stay Home Because You're Well Day Isn’t it a shame to waste your day off feeling sick? When you finally get some time away from the monotony of the office, isn’t it better to actually enjoy it? Of course it is! And that’s the thinking behind ‘Stay Home Because You’re Well Day’. https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/stay-home-because-youre-well-day/

November 29, 2015

Daily Holidays - November 29

Electronic Greetings Day Save the cost of a stamp and help the environment out by sending electronic greetings rather than paper cards. Electronic Greetings Day is all about sending birthday cards and conversations by email and over the Internet. https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/electronic-greetings-day/

Square Dancing Day Square Dancing Day exists to celebrate the square dance form of folk dancing, and is a great excuse to get out and “Dosey Do”. This fun, healthy and simple form of dance with a long history definitely deserves a holiday all of its own, and it has one! https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/square-dancing-day/

November 28, 2015

Daily Holidays - November 28

National French Toast Day French toast is a food made by frying bread in egg mix, though many variants exist by region and by ingredients – some including sweet additions such as fruit, syrups and milk. French Toast Day encourages you to try this delicious dish (also known as eggy bread and poor knight’s pudding) in place of your normal breakfast (or dessert). https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/french-toast-day/

Small Business Saturday In an age of global markets and capitalism, it’s far too easy for small businesses to struggle and fail, even if they have superior products and services. We have the power to change this, and Small Business Saturday encourages people everywhere to shop with small businesses for just one day, and to change the world a little bit. https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/small-business-saturday/

November 27, 2015

Daily Holidays - November 27

National Bavarian Cream Pie Day To make a Bavarian Cream Pie, Bavarian cream, also called crème bavaroise, is poured into a baked pie crust and refrigerated. French chef Marie Antione Careme, is given credit for the invention of Bavarian cream, which is a gelatin-based pastry cream, that was originally served in gourmet restaurants and luxury hotels, in France, in the early 19th century. http://www.nationaldaycalendar.com/latest-posts/

National Buy Nothing Day When was the last time you went a whole day without buying anything? In this day and age, is it actually possible to buy nothing for twenty four hours? Supporters of ‘Buy Nothing Day’ think it is. And what’s more, they think we should all try it. At its core, Buy Nothing Day is a protest against the consumerism the organizers felt was necessary in our world, governed by the need to “have things”. https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/buy-nothing-day/

Maize Day Maize Day is celebrated every year to mark the special role that maize has played in food history. Maize, which the Europeans came to call “corn,” has an ancient and interesting history and plays central roles in many native myths and legends. And anyone who’s ever eaten corn on the cob with fresh creamy butter and a pinch of salt knows that corn more than deserves its own holiday! https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/maize-day/

Flossing Day encourages the regular use of dental floss to promote healthy teeth and gums. https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/flossing-day/

Systems Engineers Day With the world becoming more and more digitized every day, there is a group of people that has rather suddenly become one of the most important groups of people in the world: systems engineers. Systems engineers make enormous contributions to the world as we know it every single day, allowing us to live the increasingly comfortable lives we are accustomed to, and neither our personal nor our professional lives would be the same without them. Systems engineers work on numerous complex projects: spacecraft design, computer chip design, robotics, software integration, and bridge building. The computer you’re using right now to read this article would not exist if it weren’t for systems engineers, nor would the plane you’re taking to go to your exotic holiday destination, and nor would the bridge you need to cross to get to work every day. And let’s not forget the International Space Station, one of the most impressive examples of what systems engineering can accomplish. Though systems engineer is a very young profession, there is no disputing that it is one of the most important ones in today’s world. https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/systems-engineer-day/

November 26, 2015

Daily Holidays - November 26

National Cake Day “Qu’ils mangent de la brioche!” or, “Let them eat cake!” Perhaps the most famous quote about cake ever, these were the words of a great French princess, often likely Marie Antoinette herself, upon being informed that the peasants were so poor that they had no bread to eat during one of the famines that occurred in France during the reign of her husband, Louis XVI. Needless to say, the ignorance and arrogance of that disdainful statement did not win either Marie Antoinette or her husband any respect or sympathy from their people, who then proceeded to behead both of them during the French Revolution. https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/cake-day/

Thanksgiving Day Thanksgiving Day is celebrated each year in the United States on the fourth Thursday in November. http://www.nationaldaycalendar.com/latest-posts/

National Day of Mourning The National Day of Mourning is an annual protest organized since 1970 by Native Americans of New England on the fourth Thursday of November, the same day as Thanksgiving in the United States. It coincides with an unrelated but similar protest, Unthanksgiving Day, held on the West Coast. http://www.nationaldaycalendar.com/latest-posts/

Turkey Free Thanksgiving Day There are several supportive perspectives for the removal of the turkey from the Thanksgiving feast. From the foodie point of view, there are many more scrumptious proteins than the humble turkey. There is also the vegetarian and the animal rights view points, which are self-explanatory. http://www.nationaldaycalendar.com/latest-posts/

November 25, 2015

Daily Holidays - November 25

National Parfait Day Fancy a fancy fruit sundae? Parfait Day is a perfect opportunity to indulge – and Parfait means ‘perfect’ in French! How convenient, eh? Layer up the fruit, cream and nuts and create something incredible. https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/parfait-day/

International Day For the Elimination of Violence Against Women Day November 25th has been designated as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women by the United Nations General Assembly.

One in three women worldwide have experienced physical or sexual violence — mostly by an intimate partner.
Globally, 35% of women and girls will experience some form of physical and/or sexual violence. This percentage is even higher in some countries. http://www.nationaldaycalendar.com/latest-posts/

Shopping Reminder Day You’ve less than a month until Christmas, so it’s time to make sure that you’ve bought all of your gifts! If you’ve still got presents to buy, Shopping Reminder Day is a stark reminder that you’re running out of time! https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/shopping-reminder-day/

November 24, 2015

Daily Holidays - November 24

National Sardines Day They might be packed with water, oil, tomato sauce or even mustard but they have been cleaned and cooked and are packed in an airtight container and are ready for you to eat. Some people are afraid to even taste these small, silver fish but sardines have a delicious taste that is loved by millions across the United States.

Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day What do you excel at? What gifts, talents or skills are uniquely yours? Take the opportunity to share your unique gifts with friends and colleagues on Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day. https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/celebrate-your-unique-talent-day/

November 23, 2015

Daily Holidays - November 23

National Eat A Cranberry Day Found in acidic bogs throughout the cooler regions of the northern hemisphere, cranberries are a group of evergreen dwarf shrubs, or trailing vines, that grow up to 7 ft. long and 8 in. high. Their stems are slender and wiry, and they have small evergreen leaves.

National Cashew Day The cashew nut is a seed that is harvested from the cashew tree. Northeastern Brazil was the original native home to the cashew tree however, it is now widely grown in tropical climates for its cashew apples and nuts.

National Espresso Day (/ɛˈsprɛsoʊ/; Italian pronunciation: [eˈsprɛsso]) is coffee brewed by forcing a small amount of nearly boiling water under pressure through finely ground coffee beans. Espresso is generally thicker than coffee brewed by other methods, has a higher concentration of suspended and dissolved solids, and has crema on top (a foam with a creamy consistency). As a result of the pressurized brewing process, the flavors and chemicals in a typical cup of espresso are very concentrated.



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