Friday, 28 February 2014

SATURDAY 1st MARCH 2014 07:11 GMT

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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (1st March 1944)
On the Russian Front...
Soviet 42nd Army and 67th Army pushing toward Pskov

In Germany...
With massively increased losses of Luftwaffe fighters since the American introduction of the long-range P-51 fighter, the Reich Armaments Ministry draws up plans to vastly increase the production of Luftwaffe fighters. Germany now has 4.8 million forced labourers in the country.

The Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Croatia meet with Hitler 

In Italy...
Workers go on strike in Mussolini's Italian Fascist Social Republic 
German 14th Army continues to attack the Anzio beachhead

In the Atlantic...
In a running battle between RN Frigates Affleck and Gould and U-358, Gould is sunk but U-358 is forced to the surface by depth-charges and sunk by gunfire

Free French vessel Saint Louis is sunk by U-66
U-603 is sunk by USN destroyer escort Bronstein
U-709 sunk by USN destroyer escorts Bronstein, Thomas, and Bostwick 

In the Pacific...
Japanese forces attack Brewer Force of US 5th Cavalry Regiment on Los Negros Island

The majority of the IJN Combined Fleet is reorganized into First Mobile Fleet 

In China...
A month-long Japanese reorganization begins in which fourteen newly organized independent infantry brigades are assigned to Japanese armies 

In Burma...
88th Regiment of Chinese 30th Infantry Division begins moving to Shingbwiyang

Today's Air Raids...
Stuttgart and Munich by RAF Bomber Command
Netherlands Luftwaffe airfields by RAF Bomber Command
Northern France V-Weapons sites and other military targets by RAF 2nd Tactical Air Force
London by the Luftwaffe
Jaluit Atoll, Mille Atoll, and Maloelap Atoll by US 7th Air Force
Kahili and military targets on Bougainville Island by US 13th Air Force
Wewak, Madang, Alexishafen, and military targets in New Guinea by US 5th Air Force
Los Negros Island and Manos Island by US 5th Air Force
Nanchang, China by US 14th Air Force
Sawnghka and military targets in Burma by US 10th Air Force

2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
Blogging/Me Time
Shift 2 of the Weekend Job
Missus Time

Twitter Followers = 1,716 (up 1)
Nonfollowed eliminated = 0

Unfollowers eliminated = 0
New followers = 1

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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION     
Friday was a downer due mainly to a rare fall-out with Son. Flaring up in the morning it bugged me all day and before bedtime it flared up again. My training teaches me that when you lose, don't lose the lesson, which is mainly about responding to things that upset you.

In both Psychology and Reiki spirituality, there is an emphasis on inner reflection and looking for the root cause of your dark emotions. I agree with this, but it doesn't help you cope with the response that cause has generated. In other words, just because I know why things upset me doesn't stop them upsetting me. 

When I am upset, I have found no better remedy than time and space, in which I can re-ground myself. This is usually enough to restore balance. Most folks, friend or foe, having upset me once, avoid doing so again. A notable exception to this was Daughter, who has never been able to see things from others viewpoints, kept lashing out, which led to the death of our relationship.

In solitude, I can detach my consciousness from the character and observe. When upset, I am genuinely physically sore all over, in exactly the same way as a severe virus makes me feel. And just with a virus, solitude, calm and rest in conjunction with good focus, heals me.

4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Do you have a positive response strategy for when you are upset?

5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Foggy start
Dry throughout with some sunny intervals in the afternoon.
Some rain overnight
A south-westerly breeze will gradually strengthen
Max Temp = 5 degC
Min Temp = 1 degC
Sunrise at 06:56
Sunset at 17:44

6. TODAY'S ONELINER
When my disabled girlfriend dumped me, I stole her wheelchair - I knew she'd come crawling back  : D

7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!  
Smack The Pony: The Window Cleaner

8. TRIVIA
The three main actors in Rebel Without a Cause (1955) all met an untimely death. James Dean died in a car crash, Natalie Wood drowned, and Sal Mineo was stabbed to death.

9. ZEN WISDOM
Indifference and acquiescence in the face of the negative, destructive functions of life is, ultimately, to side with the forces of destruction.           

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