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The history of Memorial Day is a story few ever know.

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It Wasn’t Always
Memorial Day…

  • Tradition dates back to Civil War.
  • Leader of veterans group proclaimed May 30th – Decoration Day – a day to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice by decorating soldiers’ graves with flowers.
  • May 30th chosen reportedly because flowers bloomed nationwide.
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About 25 Cities Claim Ties To First Memorial Day…

incl. Columbus, Miss., April 1866.

According to lore, a group of women visiting a cemetery to decorate the graves of Confederate soldiers, saw neglected graves of Union soldiers and decided to place flowers on ALL the graves despite the war ending a year earlier.

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The first “Memorial Day” at Arlington spearheaded by Gen. Logan (Civil War vet who led a veterans group).

Fmr. Union General & soon-to-be-elected President Ulysess S. Grant attended.

About 5,000 people gathered & put small American flags on graves ~ About the same # of people attend in modern times and do exactly the same thing.

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Federal Holiday: 1971
Last Monday of May

MEMORIAL DAY: “a day for remembering and honoring military personnel who died in the service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle.

VETERANS DAY:  “largely intended to thank LIVING veterans for their service…”

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“We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance...Let no neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic.”

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“Straws are a luxury, we do not need straws to have our drinks, and I think it’s an easy step forward where we can have a great impact for our environment.”

Brooklyn City Councilman Rafael Espinal introduced a bill which would ban NYC establishments from providing plastic straws. Several million tons of plastic waste sit in our oceans, but studies show less than 5% consists of straws.
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“Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook 2018 — 70% likelihood of 10-16 named storms of which 5-9 could become hurricanes, including 1-4 major.”

Gov't forecasters at the National Oceanic Atmosphere Admin predict a near-normal hurricane season for the Atlantic Ocean, which runs from June 1 to November 30.
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“It wasn’t like a movie opening… it was like an earthquake.”

Actress Carrie Fisher, who played Princess Leia, later described "Star Wars" opening credits to Time Magazine. The 1st of the George Lucas' Star Wars movies "Episode IV: A New Hope" opened on this day in 1977 raking in $800M in worldwide ticket sales. The saga continues this weekend as "Solo" hits theaters.
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“We will neither beg the U.S. for dialogue nor take the trouble to persuade them if they do not want to sit together with us.”

Statement from Choe Son Hui, North Korea’s vice minister of foreign affairs threatening to call off President Trump & Kim Jong Un's June 12th Summit, calling VP Mike Pence a "political dummy."
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“We are writing the next chapter of Georgia’s future. Where no one is unseen, no one is unheard, and no one is uninspired. We are writing a history of a Georgia where we prosper — together.”

Stacey Abrams, in her May 22 victory speech after becoming Georgia's Democratic candidate for governor and our country's FIRST black female major-party gubernatorial nominee.
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“This case requires us to consider whether a public official may, consistent with the First Amendment, ‘block’ a person from his Twitter account in response to the political views that person has expressed, and whether the analysis differs because that public official is the President of the United States. The answer to both questions is no.”

NYC federal judge ruling Pres. Trump cannot block his critics on Twitter.
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“We urge parents, caregivers and retailers who sell them to heed our warnings and not use over-the-counter products containing benzocaine for teething pain.”

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb as federal regulators warn parents about the dangers of teething remedies that contain a popular numbing ingredient and asked manufacturers to stop selling their products intended for babies & toddlers.
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“You know it’s been a while since we’ve done a show I had a little health issue — don’t we all…. But I have to tell you, I’m extremely happy to be back. The stage is kind of my home away from home and I have to admit I can barely stand on my feet tonight as I am a little bit nervous.”

Celine Dion, on May 22 return to the stage two months after cancelling a series of Las Vegas shows in order to undergo a minimally invasive surgery.
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“Historic day for our country: swearing-in ceremony for Gina Haspel, the first woman ever to serve as CIA director. Democrats are losing their war against women in the Trump administration.”

Press Sec. Sarah Huckabee Sanders on May 21, 2018, responding to Haspel becoming the first female CIA director on Monday despite few Dems voting for her confirmation.
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“There’s something I’d like to say about the tragedy Friday at Santa Fe High School…. I’m so sick of moments of silence! It’s not working! …. So why don’t we not do a moment of silence, why don’t we do a moment of action, a moment of change. Why don’t we change what’s happening?”

Kelly Clarkson, Billboard Music Awards, May 20, 2018
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“Recently, I’ve changed my mind about the biggest challenge that the world faces. I think now it’s a human rights problem and it is the discrimination against women and girls in the world.”

Former President Jimmy Carter, during his May 19, 2018 commencement speech at Liberty University, on the greatest challenge facing the world today as opposed to what he said in 1999 (wealth disparity).
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“I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes…”

Pres. Trump on Twitter Sunday after reports an FBI informant had talked to campaign advisers to solicit information for its Russia investigation.
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“I’m not sure… How does one put it? Under the caption, Radio: The ‘Laurel’ Guy.”

Actor Jay Aubrey Jones, the voice behind the viral sensation "Yanny or Laurel", on whether or not he'll add the work to his resume. For the record, he hears "laurel" and that was the word he was recording for Vocabulary.com before it became a sensation.
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“We’re putting the trade war on hold, so right now we have agreed to put the tariffs on hold while we try to execute the framework. …We have an agreement with China that they’re going to substantially agree to it.”

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin on Fox News Sunday announcing the U.S. will pause $150B in proposed tariffs while negotiating with China.
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“We are committed to creating a culture of warmth and belonging where everyone is welcome.”

Statement from Starbucks announcing a new policy allowing anyone to sit in its cafes or use its restrooms, even if they don't buy anything. The move comes 5 weeks after 2 black men who hadn't bought anything were arrested at one of its Philadelphia locations.
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“A sweet, slightly musky, vanilla-like fragrance, with slight overtones of cherry, and the natural smell of a salted, wheat-based dough.”

How Hasbro describes its now trademarked smell of Play-Doh. Since its creation in 1956, few changes have been made to Play-Doh's recipe & its scent differentiates it from competitors.
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The Prince has 4 names … none of them are Harry.

 

 

 

 

 

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His Royal Highness

Born in London on Sept 15, 1984

Full name: Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales

Last name: Mountbatten-Windsor

SIXTH in line to throne behind Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince George, Princess Charlotte & newborn Prince Louis

 

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In 2015, Prince Harry ended his decade-long career in the British Army. During that time, he

  • Rose to rank of Captain
  • Completed two operational tours of duty in Afghanistan
  • Qualified as an Apache Aircraft Commander
  • Spearheaded the Invictus Games
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“In a world where so many have reasons to feel cynical and apathetic, I wanted to find a way for veterans to be a beacon of light, and show us all that we have a role to play; that we all win when we respect our friends, neighbors and communities.”

Prince Harry at the 2017 Invictus Games, the Olympic-style multi-sport tournament for wounded veterans he founded in 2014.
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The Prince's soon-to-be bride's real name is Rachel Meghan Markle. When they marry, the Queen is expected to give them the title of Duke & Duchess of Sussex. While she'll never officially be Princess Meghan, she will become Her Royal Highness Princess Henry of Wales.

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“It is not my way to trumpet the fact that I am a woman up for the top job, but I would be remiss in not remarking on it – not least because of the outpouring of support from young women at CIA who consider it a good sign for their own prospects.”

Gina Haspel last week before her confirmation THIS week as the first woman CIA Director in American history.
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“When we as people, a free people, go wobbly on the truth even on what may seem the most trivial matters, we go wobbly on America.”

Rex Tillerson, frmr Sec. of State, commencement speech, Virginia Military Institute. Reported as a "rebuke" of his former boss, Pres. Trump. SmartHER Tip? Read it in full.
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“YouTube in general is where most music is consumed. If there was ever a company that could build a successful subscription business, it would be YouTube.”

Lyor Cohen, YouTube's Head of Global Music on the company's plans to roll out a new music-streaming service, YouTube Music on Tuesday. Like Spotify, an ad-supported version of YouTube Music will be free, while an ad-free version will cost $9.99 a month
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“Success for women shouldn’t only be measured in terms of how many nominations they win or seats they gain in November.”

Kelly Dittmar, Gender Watch 2018 project director to Newsweek, on Tuesday's primary election results, which indicate women candidates have a good chance to change the political landscape in states like PA & ID.
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“We want people to come into our country based on merit. We’re not looking to keep them out. We’re looking to bring them in. We need them.”

Pres. Trump, speaking at the May 16 California Sanctuary State Roundtable discussion, on why he favors a merit-based immigration system.
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“… in 2016 expenses were incurred by one of Donald J. Trump’s attorneys, Michael Cohen. Mr. Cohen sought reimbursement of those expenses and Mr. Trump fully reimbursed Mr. Cohen in 2017.”

Pres. Trump's newly filed 2017 annual financial disclosure report revealed he reimbursed his attorney an unspecified amount - widely believed to be the infamous payment to Stormy Daniels - raising further questions about when and what he knew of the payment.
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“Sometimes we were on the same side, and sometimes weren’t. But one thing about our colleague John McCain — you’d rather be on his side than not.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), on his decades-long relationship with the man he called "a genuine American hero" in the wake of untoward comments about Sen. McCain (R-AZ) made last week by a WH staffer.
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“Just as women have been undervalued in Hollywood, we aren’t adequately represented in the lab, or in research, when it comes to heart health. Today in America, women are being sent to early graves because our country has failed to combat a disease that kills more of us annually than all forms of cancer combined.”

Barbara Streisand in a May 15th op-ed for USA Today on raising awareness for women's heart health.
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“… the indictment falls squarely within that portion of the authority granted to the Special
Counsel that Manafort finds unobjectionable …. The regulations place no boundaries on who can be investigated or what charges can be brought …. the defendant has no grounds for complaint.”

U.S. District Judge Amy Jackson, rejecting Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort's attempt to dismiss a criminal case against him.
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“Climbing Mount Everest is my dream. I have to realize it. It also represents a personal challenge, a challenge of fate.”

Xia Boyu, a 69-year-old double amputee from China, on conquering Mt. Everest. On Monday, he did it - it was his fifth attempt at reaching the top of the 29,029-foot mountain.
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“The legalization of sports gambling requires an important policy choice, but the choice is not ours to make. Congress can regulate sports gambling directly, but if it elects not to do so, each state is free to act on its own.”

Justice Samuel Alito on the Supreme Court's 6-3 vote to allow sports gambling nationwide - not just in Nevada. All 4 major professional sports leagues, the NCAA & the Trump administration oppose the ruling.
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“When you’re in the air 20,000 feet above the ground and don’t know what’s going on, it’s not uneventful.”

Southwest passenger Glen Eicrhelberger rebuffing the airline's confirmation of an "uneventful landing" after a plane depressurized on a flight from Denver to Dallas on Saturday night.
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“Whether I’m running around southern Wisconsin or America, nobody is talking about Stormy Daniels. Nobody is talking about Russia. They’re talking about their lives and their problems. They’re talking about their communities, they’re talking about jobs, they’re talking about the economy, they’re talking about national security.”

House Speaker Paul Ryan to the Associated Press on why Pres. Trump is an asset to the GOP.
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COPY THAT.

Identity Theft Costs Us $17B Every Year.

But while we’re all focused on cybercriminals… maybe we should remember that
relic in the office – the copy machine.

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Copy Machines Have Hard Drives, Too.

Since 2002, every copier contains a hard drive – like your computer’s – storing an image of every document copied, scanned, or emailed.

In 2010, CBS investigation found copiers for sale for $300, which it called a “pot of gold” for identity thieves.

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  • Since CBS’s report in 2010, the industry stepped up security with hard drive encryption & automatic file scrubbing.
  • However, a 2015 Ponemon survey showed only 38% of respondents were confident printer data was wiped before disposal or refurbishment.
  • This *despite* federal & some state laws requiring it.
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Just last year, HP hired Christian Slater for a short series called “The Wolf” to illustrate how insecure office copiers/printers can be. Watch that here:

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“I figure if you’re going to jump off a cliff, you might as well fly.”

Actor Ryan Reynolds speaking about how he manages his anxiety; once he gets in front of a crowd, he's fine but in the hours before, he's not. His sequel to "Deadpool" debuts Friday, May 18th.
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“The average millennial doesn’t have time to make a full meal with fresh meat and produce. More and more they’re seeing these products as viable options.”

Dewey Warner, Euromonitor analyst on how the frozen meals have become a bright spot in the supermarket aisles despite appearing out of step with food trends such as quinoa, kale and farm-to-table. The popularity stems in part from a record-high level of single Americans as millennials wait to form families.
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“That’s the prelude to getting them into a higher rate production which we hope to start about the middle of next year.”

Marc Robert, Boston Dynamics CEO on plans to bring 100 of its Spotmini robot dogs into production later this year. The research firm said there would also be additional features like mounted security cameras and arms that could open doors. No price was disclosed.
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“This was not something that was really my doing or my choice.”

Lindsey Buckingham addresses his firing from Fleetwood Mac for first time as he says band has 'harmed its legacy'. The legendary rock group revealed last month they had parted ways with the lead guitarist ahead of a tour which kicks off in October.
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“It’s like a burned Cheez-It with syrup. But I don’t hate it like I thought I would.”

Wife of NY Times Jordan Lebeau, who wrote an article on how casual dining chains like Red Lobster are trying new menu items amongst declining sales. Red Lobster's new menu item last month was lobster with waffles.
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