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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (29th June 1943)
Hitler flies to his Wolfsschanze headquarters in East Prussia, in preparation for Operation Citadel (the Kursk offensive)
In the Mediterranean...
Italian vessel Bolzaneto sunk by RN submarine Sportsman
In the Pacific...
US cruisers bombard Kolombangara Island and Buin on Bougainville Island, and lay mines off Bougainville Island and New Georgia Island overnight
Operation Chronicle: US 112th Cavalry Regiment departs Milne Bay by sea for Woodlark Island whilst US 158th Regimental Combat Team departs for Kiriwina in the Trobiand Islands
Today's Air Raids...
Northern France RAF Fighter patrols
Le Mans, France by US 8th Air Force
Bay of Biscay Minelaying by RAF Bomber Command
New Guinea military targets by US 5th Air Force
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
Shift 2 of the Weekend Jon
3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
One of the earliest nondualist principles I learned was to live on many levels at once. This means view the universe from many perspectives, ranging from the totality of the universe right down to the charater of Gary Blonder. All have their uses. As the universe, there is peace and wholeness. As Gary Blonder, a single point in time and space, there is appreciation of all the detail.
However, even as the character, once you have abandoned the concept of the self as a real thing, everything is viewed differently. You realize that everything you sense is a 3D map of what's there rather than what's actually there. In terms of what science can measure, there is simply energy vibrating and continually changing form - that much is fact. The "leap of faith" I have embraced is that even this energy field is not fundamental. My assertion is that the fundamental element of existence is consciousness.
If the self as an individual does not actually exist, and yet consciousness clearly exists, for you are aware, and when you look into matter and energy at the quantum level and see there is nothing there but "potential events", it is a perfectly rational and reasonable argument that consciousness itself is the only thing that's actually real.
So where does that leave the character of Gary Blonder? As a point from which the universal consciousness can experience itself, knowing what it is.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
What do you want to see?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry and cloudy all day and overnight, with occasional sunny/clear periods
Wind will be consistently moderate and westerly
Max Temp = 14 degC
Min Temp = 10 degC
Sunrise at 04:39
Sunset at 21:42
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
The Tour De France is like Amsterdam - lots of people on drugs riding bikes : D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY
Michael McIntyre on football and thieves in Liverpool
Some sharks can smell one part of blood in 100 million parts of water and can tell which direction that smell is coming from.
9. ZEN WISDOM
The colour and wonder of the life experience is because of diversity.