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remembering the fallen -- today and every day

“And they who for their country die shall fill an honored grave, for glory lights the soldier’s tomb, and beauty weeps the brave.” — Joseph Rodman Drake
“And they who for their country die shall fill an honored grave, for glory lights the soldier’s tomb, and beauty weeps the brave.” -- Joseph Rodman Drake
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there's a kitchen tool for that (infographic)

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It's never too late for an "Aha!" moment.

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This is a cool infographic on Hillary Clinton. I hope to see similar infographics on other presidential candidates.

This infographic was made by +Anna Vital for  +Funders and Founders.


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Just in time for some weekend reading...a new bookmarks post on My Name is Not Matt. Enjoy!

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Articles Things We Think We Know: First Impressions Are Usually Wrong. Unfortunately, They Usually Turn Into Stereotypes, Which Then Turn Into the Truth -- Chuck Klosterman Going Gaga for Math -- N...
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Bookmarks is back! There is more content in volume 5, issue 1, because of the haitus. There are plenty of good articles, videos, and a jazz spotlight. Something for everyone. Enjoy!
Articles Maria Popova: Staying Present and Grounded in the Age of Information Overload -- Jocelyn K. Glei Meditation Tips for the Easily Distracted -- Alex Orlov There’s a Word for That: 25 Express...
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you don't need to be a sci-fi buff to enjoy ex machina - a very intriguing film.

I cannot say that I am a full-fledged Sci-Fi fan, but if Ex Machina is representative of the genre…count me in. This is a very thought-provoking film. I said on Facebook that it’s like Her and Skynet. I don’t know if that’s really the best description,…
I cannot say that I am a full-fledged Sci-Fi fan, but if Ex Machina is representative of the genre...count me in. This is a very thought-provoking film. I said on Facebook that it's like Her and Sk...
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Rest In Peace -- B.B. King

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Riley B. King September 16, 1925 – May 14, 2015 The music world lost an icon yesterday. As much as I love music, I must admit that I don't know much about the blues. It is a genre that I would like...
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Cinco de Mayo (language grabbed from +HISTORY's website).

Cinco de Mayo—or the fifth of May—commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). A relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations. Cinco de Mayo traditions include parades, mariachi music performances and street festivals in cities and towns across Mexico and the United States.

History of Cinco de Mayo: Battle of Puebla

In 1861 the liberal Mexican Benito Juárez (1806-1872) became president of a country in financial ruin, and he was forced to default on his debts to European governments. In response, France, Britain and Spain sent naval forces to Veracruz to demand reimbursement. Britain and Spain negotiated with Mexico and withdrew, but France, ruled by Napoleon III (1808-1873), decided to use the opportunity to carve a dependent empire out of Mexican territory. Late in 1861, a well-armed French fleet stormed Veracruz, landing a large French force and driving President Juárez and his government into retreat.

Certain that success would come swiftly, 6,000 French troops under General Charles Latrille de Lorencez (1814-1892) set out to attack Puebla de Los Angeles, a small town in east-central Mexico. From his new headquarters in the north, Juárez rounded up a rag-tag force of 2,000 loyal men—many of them either indigenous Mexicans or of mixed ancestry—and sent them to Puebla. Led by Texas-born General Ignacio Zaragoza (1829-1862), the vastly outnumbered and poorly supplied Mexicans fortified the town and prepared for the French assault. On May 5, 1862, Lorencez drew his army, well provisioned and supported by heavy artillery, before the city of Puebla and led an assault from the north. The battle lasted from daybreak to early evening, and when the French finally retreated they had lost nearly 500 soldiers. Fewer than 100 Mexicans had been killed in the clash.

Although not a major strategic win in the overall war against the French, Zaragoza’s success at Puebla represented a great symbolic victory for the Mexican government and bolstered the resistance movement. Six years later—thanks in part to military support and political pressure from the United States, which was finally in a position to aid its besieged neighbor after the end of the Civil War—France withdrew. The same year, Austrian Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian, who had been installed as emperor of Mexico by Napoleon in 1864, was captured and executed by Juárez’s forces. Puebla de Los Angeles was renamed for General Zaragoza, who died of typhoid fever months after his historic triumph there.

Cinco de Mayo in Mexico

Within Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is primarily observed in the state of Puebla, where Zaragoza’s unlikely triumph occurred, although other parts of the country also take part in the celebration. Traditions include military parades, recreations of the Battle of Puebla and other festive events. For many Mexicans, however, May 5 is a day like any other: It is not a federal holiday, so offices, banks and stores remain open.

Cinco de Mayo in the United States

In the United States, Cinco de Mayo is widely interpreted as a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with substantial Mexican-American populations. Chicano activists raised awareness of the holiday in the 1960s, in part because they identified with the victory of indigenous Mexicans over European invaders during the Battle of Puebla. Today, revelers mark the occasion with parades, parties, mariachi music, Mexican folk dancing and traditional foods such as tacos and mole poblano. Some of the largest festivals are held in Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston.

Confusion with Mexican Independence Day

Many people outside Mexico mistakenly believe that Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of Mexican independence, which was declared more than 50 years before the Battle of Puebla. That event is commemorated on September 16, the anniversary of the revolutionary priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla’s famous “Grito de Dolores” (“Cry of Dolores”), a call to arms that amounted to a declaration of war against the Spanish colonial government in 1810.
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A brand new bookmarks post is up on My Name is Not Matt. Lots of variety. Enjoy! 

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Articles Did Tony Die at the End of The Sopranos?: David Chase Finally Answers the Question He Wants Fans to Stop Asking -- Martha P. Nochimson André 3000: What I've Learned -- Cal Fussman 12 Dalai...
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Do you own a Nexus 6? If so, please share your experience with the phone. I'm trying to decide on an iPhone 6 or 6+, or switching back over to Android, and the Nexus 6 is on the list.

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