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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (21st July
the Russian Front...
Soviet armies continue attacking German 9th Army in the Orel sector
The Soviets establish a National Committee of Free Germany, comprised of captured anti-Nazi officers.
Rommel departs for inspection tour of defences in Greece and the Aegean in anticipation of an Allied invasion.
German authorities offer rewards for capture or death of partisan leaders Tito and Mihailovic
British 8th Army captures Leonforte and begins redeploying divisions for new assault toward Messina
US 7th Army captures Castelvetrano, Margherita, and Corleone and pushes toward Palermo
British vessel Empire Florizel sunk by Axis aircraft at Augusta
In the Atlantic...
U-662 sunk by USN aircraft off Brazil
In the Pacific...
USN destroyers Monaghan and Aylwin bombard Kiska Island
Japanese vessel Saipan Maru sunk by USN submarine Haddock
A US reconaissance force lands at Barakoma on Vella Lavella Island overnight
In New Guinea...
US 5th Air Force fighters claim more than twenty air-to-air victories
Today's Air Raids...
Grosseto, Italy by USAAF
Kiska Island by US 11th Air Force
Funafuti Atoll airfield by Japanese aircraft
Rendova Island by Japanese aircraft
Bairoko, New Georgia Island by US aircraft
Madang and military targets, New Guinea by US aircraft
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
The milk run
Twitter Followers = 1,670 (up 1)
eliminated = 0
3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
I have learned much about mind-management, but this does not unfortunately make my self-control absolute! Certain events, such as a string of minor adversities, are capable of setting off adrenalin surges that can override my intuition and reason. The brain's function is not independent of chemical influence, particularly the mind-hormones like seratonin, dopamine, and adrenalin! Missus own illness for example is probably due to an imbalance of seratonin that is countered by antipsychotic medication.
In short, for all my advances in mind-management, I am not immune to outside influences and can be broken by them, mentally and physically. This is part of the Robust House Principle. You can build a house robust enough to be immune to strong breeze, but not not a tornado. However, since breezes are very common and tornados (in one place) are rare, it makes sense to build a robust house.
I have come to accept that I can and will be upset by external events that disrupt the wellbeing of my mind. There is nothing I can do about this. What I can do however is employ techniques that considerably increase the speed of recovery, and prevent disruption by internal factors such as memory. I have made excellent progress in this at least, recovering quickly from external provocation, avoiding external provocation wherever possible, purging people who cause it from my personal life, and maintaining mental disciplines that keep my mental wellbeing robust.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Are you looking after yourself?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry, cloudy and mild throughout
A consistent easterly breeze will blow throughout
Max Temp = 19 degC
Min Temp = 14 degC
Sunrise at 05:03
Sunset at 21:23
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
There's so much crap on the telly, but it's my own fault - I let my parrott perch on it : D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Angela Barnes on Russell Howard's Good News
Worldwide, women are nearly twice as likely to be blind or visually
impaired as men. Experts attribute this difference to the greater
longevity of women (leading to more age-related visual impairment)
and specific eye diseases that are intrinsically more common in women,
such as dry eye syndrome and Fuch’s Dystrophy.
9. ZEN WISDOM
Wisdom by its own nature is compelled to reach for higher than where it is.