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Mark Thomas
Works at Indianapolis Public Schools
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The act of recovering and returning the remains of these 36 Marines embodies the essence of our motto: Semper Fidelis.
 
Tarawa Marines Return Home After 70 years

On July 25, 2015, Marines with Marine Corps Forces Pacific (MARFORPAC) honor the remains of 36 Marines who fought and died during the Battle of Tarawa.

"For us it's accountability and bringing our Marines home after the fight is over." states Maj. Gen. Richard L. Simcock, 3rd Marine Division commanding general.

Semper Fidelis Marines!

(U.S. Marine Corps video by Staff Sgt. Jason W. Fudge // RELEASED)

#Marines #USMC #Tarawa #SemperFi #Honor  
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Always Faithful - Shown by deeds, not by words alone.  Thank you and bless you, faithful Marines, and many other faithful Armed Services members, too! :)
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Weekly Theme - What have you learned about the Seneca Falls Convention?

I've learned how inextricable the story of women's rights is to the story of all civil rights.
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..foundation stones
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I don't get dressed for the day until after I've had my coffee.
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Trinity - 70 years ago today

I stopped by, briefly, at the White Sands museum and visitor center on my way to my daughter's, +Nicole Thomas-Gonzalez,  home. Tired of driving and anxious to see family, I didn't tarry at the site - some miles from where the actual detonation occurred seventy years ago today, but I did want to at least stop at this significant location.
The deadly legacy of nuclear tests in New Mexico continues to impact communities around the White Sands site
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+Mark Thomas when I looked at teh preview on my phone, it eliminated the carriage return between the first and second lines giving this:
"Trinity - 70 years ago today I stopped by, briefly, at the White Sands museum"
Which you have to say is pretty funny.
One of my former clients did a lot of site engineering there during the war. Ted Jenson was also the guy that designed a lot of Disney World's underground and innovative flood control system.
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Thanks to +LeNae Iscience for sharing this!
 
+Keith Wilson This is the website I was talking about a few weeks ago. 
theGRIO REPORT - A new website has announced that 1.5 million handwritten records of newly freed slaves will be digitized and available for free so that millions of African-Americans can trace their ancestry further back then ever before...
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Though a highly romanticized version of the real events, this film highlights the exploits of, among others, the Marine Corps detachment, including Smedley Butler and Dan Daily, both Congressional Medal of Honor recipients.
http://www.jcs-group.com/military/warsmaller/1900boxer.html
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Here's an online version of General Buler's, War is a Racket.
http://www.ratical.org/ratville/CAH/warisaracket.html
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Special Theme: Hiroshima: Was it Necessary?

This coming Thursday, 16 July, marks the 70th anniversary of the first detonation of an atomic weapon, which occurred at the Trinity test sight at White Sands Range, New Mexico. I've linked what I found to be an invaluable portal site for anyone asking the historically critical question, was the use of the bomb necessary?

Please comment, debate and share resources on this topic as it will remain pinned for the next four weeks. 
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Weekly Theme - WWI enters its second year - American neutrality is tested. 
The U.S. was determined to adopt a stance of rigid neutrality at the start of the war, and President Wilson announced the American stance to this effect shortly after war broke out, on 19 August 1914, reflecting U.S. popular opinion. During his address, he warned U.S. citizens against taking ...
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Wilson soon changed his tune, if he ever was neutral, in 1918 he had Eugene Debs arrested for speaking out against US involvement in the war.
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July 18 is the anniversary of the famous (second) assault on Fort Wagner, led by the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, the unit portrayed in the 1989 movie, Glory.
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Darius E. Caverly - Death listed as July 25, 1863 ... He may have lingered about a week after being wounded in that battle ...
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Prior to a vacation to the American West, one that had me in my car while driving 4,000 miles, I ordered from my local library system several books on CD. I enjoyed three of them during the drive, but the newest selection, Erik Larson's 'Dead Wake', didn't arrive until after my return. I'm now about one-third the way through the rich account of the Lusitania's last voyage and I'm truly enjoying the book, er, CD.

I was somewhat disappointed in the last book of Larson's I listened to, In the Garden of the Beasts, and so I found myself hoping Dead Wake would find, at least for my tastes, the author of Devil in the White City back on top of his game. So far, I find the story of this maritime disaster well written and chocked full of relevant detail that leaves me anxiously awaiting my next trip in my car, even to the grocery, during which I'll hear the next installment of the book.
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Time to make a bit of time for a summer of reading... heck it's half over... LOL
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He's describing a Libertarian dream-world, but with reality.
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I like and respect this guy. This is the type of survival show that hasn't been touched much, and I think he is using his Generation Kill fame in a good way.

Politics partly aside, I tend to see many former military become "preppers" or "survivalists." I can't help but wonder how it is that they become so concerned about a collapse like this, even if I identify with these ideals to a degree.

Sorry my comment is a bit off of the intended topic.
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This coming Thursday is the 70th anniversary of the first detonation of a nuclear weapon. Within three weeks of that successful test at Trinity, two atomic bombs were used against the Japanese, no doubt contributing to that empire's decision to surrender, ending the Second World War.

I've linked what I found to be an indispensable resource for gaining a good understanding of the many complicated issues surrounding these events. 

If you enjoy learning about American history and the past's impact on today's world, please consider joining the open Google Plus Community, History as Prologue.
 
Special Theme: Hiroshima: Was it Necessary?

This coming Thursday, 16 July, marks the 70th anniversary of the first detonation of an atomic weapon, which occurred at the Trinity test sight at White Sands Range, New Mexico. I've linked what I found to be an invaluable portal site for anyone asking the historically critical question, was the use of the bomb necessary?

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    Education, 1992 - 1997
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Avid Google+ fan, teacher, proud progressive liberal, history blogger and foodie.
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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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  • Indianapolis Public Schools
    High School Social Studies Teacher, 2014 - present
    I teach sections of American History, World Geography and Current Events in one of our district's alternative education programs. I support students seeking to complete credit courses in social studies as they make their way towards graduation.
  • Indianapolis School Corp.
    Classroom Teacher, 2012 - 2014
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    Content Editor, 2011 - 2012
  • Indiana & Ohio Public Schools
    Teacher, 1997 - 2009
  • U.S.M.C.
    Sergeant, 1979 - 1983
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When Mike Huckabee suggested that Jay Z was a pimp, he was tapping into an ugly history – and, likely, on purpose

White Bronze - A Monument for All Time
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A Look Back at the Vicitms of Jack the Ripper
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What went wrong with Google GLASS? | LinkedIn
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It was a cold Thursday morning on February 21, 2013 in central Indiana. I was on my first cup of Starbucks dark French roast for the day and

A Simply Spook-tacular Idea, Horror Fans
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Last summer, I wrote two blog posts about horror show hosts. Many readers wrote back about their favorite memories of local horror hosts and

Jersey Jazzman: Why Do We Need Tenure? Ask Belleville's Teachers
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In the wake of the truly awful Vergara decision, there have been plenty of reformy types crowing that we just don't need teacher tenure any

Out of Our Past: Beer, base ball exciting in 1881
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Samuel Taylor Coleridge claimed, “No mind is thoroughly well organized that is deficient in a sense of humor.”

Stop Expecting to Change Your Habit in 21 Days
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I'm writing a book about habit formation -- such a fascinating subject. I identify the multiple strategies that we can use to make or break

Google Debuts Classroom, An Education Platform For Teacher-Student Commu...
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Google is tackling the persistent need in education for better software with Classroom, a new tool launching in beta preview to help teacher

Scallop Platter - an Amuse-Bouche
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A deliciously spicy amuse-bouche in the form of a mini scallop platter

Seething hate even Fox News can’t deny: Cliven Bundy is not an outlier
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There should be no surprise here: GOP thinking is that government "free stuff" is a form of slavery

Gates and the Teacher Wars: It Matters Where You Stand - Cult of Pedagogy
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Does staying out of the education reform debate make you out of touch, a peacekeeper, or a self-serving a-hole?

Defining the terms of my review, I've just returned from a tour of the Madame Walker Theater and my sole regret is having not visited the landmark sooner. There was no stage production or even rehearsal taking place during the tour. In fact, including my guest and me, I doubt there were ten people in the structure during the two hours of the visit. What made the experience so memorable was a 91 year old docent, a D-Day veteran who spent his youth living, playing working and learning along Indiana Avenue on which the theater was built when he was only aged five. Thomas Ridley, with the recall and energy of a man half his age, described the history of the building's namesake, Madame C.J. Walker, the nation's first self-made female millionaire who, as the child of two former slaves, built a thriving enterprise manufacturing and marketing hair care and beauty products largely for fellow African-American women. The theater, however, was built five years after the company matriarch died, by her also dynamic daughter and the Indianapolis attorney who managed the company both before and after Madame Walker's death. Built two years before the start of the Great Depression, the theater's four stories rose at the center of Indianapolis' thriving Black community. Mr. Ridley described how the theater showed both silent films as well as the new phenomenon of "talkies". As the Crossroads of America, Indianapolis was a regular stop for the top jazz bands of the day and Ridley believably saw them all. The architecture borrows from the flatiron style on the exterior, while the theater itself displays reminders of East Africa and Egypt, a preference of M. Walker's fashion conscious daughter, A'Lelia. The physical community described by Mr. Ridley is gone, an unintended consequence of desegregation in the 1950s and 60s and the unthoughtful effect of urban renewal of the 1970s. If you visit the theater, do so with an appreciation of the story represented by the building and not with the gauche idea of comparing it with some contemporary venue built with little consideration for community. If you're very lucky, Thomas Ridley will be your guide.
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