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Mark Thomas
Works at Indianapolis Area School Corp.
Attended IU East
Lives in Indianapolis, Indiana
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▶ Obama & White House  - 
 
While I love the idea of an Elizabeth Warren in the White House, I believe she can do more good from the outside, pushing, or shaming if necessary, the Democratic front-runner. I even fantasized of Warren as a front-runner, but that would likely soften her contrast, her effect, on a party desperately in need of some progressive leadership.
When Elizabeth Warren hits the road to promote her memoir, the senator likely will draw a critical group of Democrats that the front-runner has had trouble connecting with before.
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True let's win this Nov and not get tea party crazy!
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Revolution through Civil War  - 
 
By now most Americans are, (or should be), familiar with the story of the 54th Massachusetts Infantry, the subject of the motion picture Glory.
Here is an account of an equally worthy of praise unit, also from Massachusetts. 
The renewed historical interest in the role of black troops in the Civil War has put a spotlight on the 54th Massachusetts Regiment and its colonel, Robert Gould Shaw. And rightly so. That regiment of black soldiers performed gallantly in the attack on Fort Wagner, S.C., and is commemorated in the St. Gaudens statue that stands on Beacon Street across from the Statehouse.
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+Mark Thomas Nice recommendation. I wish I could afford to become a member. LOL.
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Nature and Environment  - 
 
On this 102nd anniversary of the Titanic tragedy, I'm sharing a TV version of Walter Lord's A Night to Remember, introduced by Claude Rains.

The book was portrayed in the excellent 1958 motion picture of the same name. 
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Civil Rights  - 
 
I was teaching on this year's anniversary of Dr. King's assassination. I paused the lesson long enough to ask if any among the racially diverse group of high school student knew the significance of the date. As I reflect on what's happened since April 4, 1968, I now wonder if any of us understand.
It's worth asking if anyone even cares to remember King, Kennedy and the promise of justice seen in Broadway Park that sad April night so many years ago?
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+Mark Thomas
You are spot on. And, as long as the wealthy elites can convince poor and middle-class whites to engage in racial barrier-building to "keep out" African-Americans and Hispanic Americans, instead of redressing the economic imbalance of our country, they will continue to exploit, egregiously, this economy and use that wealth to tip the political structures and institutions in their favor.

I am considering using 2 hashtags to express my frustration toward by Progressives for their latent and active participation in this: #BenignNeglect and #ThereWillBeNoProtest

Despite the hideous nature of the ongoing series of facts, studies, and surveys which reveals a continuing, abiding, deepening racial oppression in the country, there is no sense of outrage of protest from whites about it.

No matter which study or fact is presented to show the suffocating, stifling, and life-killing effect of racial oppression, #ThereWillBeNoProtest
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Culture, literature, arts  - 
 
What (non-fiction) books on American History do you most recommend?
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Only recently have I discovered two magnificent books that have clarified and expanded my understanding of history more than any other books I've read.

The Impending Crisis, by David Potter illuminates like no other source I've found the circumstances leading up to the Civil War.

A Peace to End All Peace, by David Fromkin, is indispensable  resource for understanding the history of the present Middle East as well as the tangled intrigues and missteps that led to the First World War.
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Any fan of history will rejoice in this!
 
Oh. If you are a history buff...
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WOW,WOW thanks Mark.
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I only today discovered this teleplay of Walter Lord's A Night to Remember on YouTube. Best of all, there not a moment of Celine Dion's singing to be heard! #tragedyaverted  
 
On this 102nd anniversary of the Titanic tragedy, I'm sharing a TV version of Walter Lord's A Night to Remember, introduced by Claude Rains.

The book was portrayed in the excellent 1958 motion picture of the same name. 
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Teaching American History  - 
 
Today is the final day of this year's annual meeting of the Organization of American Historians. The coverage of the event brings with it some exciting developments in history, but a bleak picture for the future of historians, and therefore, the interpretation of our past.
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Will check that out!
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If you ever needed a great reason to not use Dropbox, here she is. Didn't anyone learn a damned thing from Mozilla? 
 
Condoleezza Rice is joining the board at Dropbox.

Cue Internet revolt:

http://wrd.cm/1hEgqDe
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She'll ignore an internal memo titled "Google Drive Threatens to Overtake Dropbox".
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I'm more than a little happy to give a shout-out to +Mozy Online Backup!
I've used Mozy's home edition for several years now. They say you never know how good a service is until you have to use it, and this weekend I used Mozy to transfer years of important data to my new computer. It worked so well that I kept waiting for the proverbial other shoe to fall, but the fall never came.
The restoration worked as promised and all of my "old" files are now where they should be on the new computer and backed up on Mozy in case of issues with my new machine. I'm a very happy customer!
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I received my student pilot's license on my 16th birthday. I'm an Eagle Scout. I was promoted, meritoriously, to Sergeant in the Marine Corps. I completed college in my mid-30s. I ran a small, hometown newspaper. I served a term as a council member in my hometown. I presented at a statewide conference on gifted education. Oh, and I saw Stevie Ray Vaughan four times during his final year on Earth.
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