Remember also – the origins of Memorial Day

The purpose of Memorial day [nowadays] focuses on those who lost their lives while serving in the US armed forces.

And that cost has been enormous over the past century. Inspired by Poppy Field, a data visualization of all war deaths since 1900, we built this chart showing the death toll of the seven biggest American conflicts since 1914, along with total military deaths resulting from the conflicts:

The human cost of the Civil War was beyond anybody’s expectations. The young nation experienced bloodshed of a magnitude that has not been equaled since by any other American conflict. The cost of eliminating the tragic and inhuman greed of slavery took more lives on and off the battlefield than any war since.

That memory is the foundation of Memorial Day.


Drinking coffee puts lead in your pencil

Hey – not any dumber than a contrived phrase like “erectile dysfunction”!

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A daily dose of caffeine may reduce the odds of erectile dysfunction…Researchers analyzed dietary information to estimate the daily caffeine intake of 3,724 men who participated in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

The study…concluded that men may have a reduced risk for ED if they consume caffeine in daily doses roughly equivalent of two to three cups of coffee…per day.

Specifically, men who drank 171-303 mg of caffeine per day reduced the risk of ED by 39 percent and men who drank a daily 85-170 mg reduced the risk by 42 percent, while those who drank 7 mg or less per day reduced the risk by only 1 percent…

The study notes that the results constitute “no evidence for a trend” but adds that “these associations are warranted to be investigated in prospective studies.”

Terminology for polite society changes from generation to generation. It’s regional, often class-based and certainly governed by the quantity of so-called moral foolishness stuck into your mind.

I’m amazed at the number and quality of discoveries about the benefits of coffee-drinking popping up, nowadays. And glad I love my breakfast and brunchtime coffee.