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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (1st November
On the Russian Front...
Norwegian vessel Stortind is sunk by Soviet submarine L-15
Finnish forces capture Vuotso in northern Finland
7th Guards Army of Soviet 2nd Ukrainian Front attack toward Vac
46th Army of Soviet 2nd Ukrainian Front captures Kecskemet
U-262 is written off in an accidental collision with U-664
Kriegsmarine patrol boats V-5525 and V-5531 are sunk by Free Norwegian MTB-712 and MTB-709
On the Western Front...
Canadian 1st Army continues attacking the Breskens pocket and
attacks around causeway from South Beveland to Walcheren Island
British 155th Infantry Brigade lands at Flushing on Walcheren Island. British 4th Special Services Brigade lands at Westkapelle whilst RN battleship Warspite and monitors Erebus and Roberts bombard German positions
British 2nd Army completes the clearing of all German forces in its sector south of the Maas
US 7th Army captures Baccarat, Bertrichamps, and La Bourgonce
The last remaining German forces on the mainland cross the border into Macedonia. German garrisons have been left isolated on Rhodes, Crete, Milos, Leros, Kos, Piskopi, and Simi. The Allies decide that these garrisons pose no threat and are left occupied. The Allies begin food distribution in the Athens area.
Prime Minister Subasic of the government-in-exile and Tito agree on a partisan-dominated coalition government
In the Adriatic...
RN destroyer escorts Wheatland and Avon sink one Kriegsmarine torpedo boat and two corvettes (all formerly Italian)
British 8th Army attacking around Collina, Grisignano, and Forli
In the Atlantic...
RN frigate Whitaker is sunk by U-483
In the Pacific...
Japanese vessel No. 3 Groenong Perak is sunk by RN submarine Storm off the East Indies
Approximately 2000 Japanese reinforcements land at Ormoc on Leyte Island. Japanese forces on the island are reorganized - Japanese 35th Army is formed under General Suzuki to include 16th Infantry Division, 30th Infantry Division, and 102nd Infantry Division. The Japanese withdraw from the Tuba and Limon sectors as US 6th Army advances.
USN destroyer Abner Read is sunk and destroyers Anderson, Claxton, and Ammen are damaged by Japanese kamikaze aircraft
Japanese vessel Itsukushima Maru is sunk by USN aircraft off Tawi Tawi Island
Japanese vessel Asama Maru sunk by USN submarine Atule
Japanese vessels Caroline Maru and Japanese vessel No. 12 Unkai Maru are sunk by USN submarine Blackfin
Operation To-Go (Hunan-Kwangsi Operation):
Japanese 11th Army advances toward Kweilin
On the Salween Front:
Chinese Y Force attacks Lungling
Indian 5th Infantry Division of British 14th Army attack a Japanese defensive position nicknamed "Vital Corner" south of Tiddim
Today's Air Raids...
Gelsenkirchen, Hamm, Koblenz and military targets in Germany by US 8th Air Force
Vienna, Graz, Gussing, Kapfenburg, and military targets in Austria by US 15th Air Force
Homberg, Oberhausen, Berlin, Cologne, Karlsruhe, and Mulheim, Germany by RAF Bomber Command
Cakovec and Ljubljana, Yugoslava by US 15th Air Force
Pagan Island, Iwo Jima, Chichi Jima and Haha Jima by US 7th Air Force
Baboe, New Guinea by US FEAF
Boeroe Island, Cebu Island, Negros Island, and Mindanao Island by US FEAF, focused on airfields
Tacloban Airfield by Japanese aircraft
China on river, road, and rail traffic by US 14th Air Force fighters
Panghkam, Wingkang, Kawnghka, Indaw, Naba, Bhamo, Si-in, Hantet, Shwegu, Loiwing, Lagaw, Hsenwi, and Namhkai, Burma by US 10th Air Force
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
Short Missus Time
Shift 2 of the Weekend Job
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Unfollowers Eliminated = 0
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Spammers not followed back = 2
3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
One of the reasons this life experience can never get dull is the continual effort required to stay Universally Conscious. With a lifetime of being lost in the drama of experience, you are constantly refocusing to keep your hard-won Universal Awareness.
For me, to keep in this state is a question of necessity. I would quite happily sink back into the delusion most other people are living if it was pleasant. Unfortunately this brain wanders by default into all manner of dark places. I simply do not wish to experience the suffering that results.
I would ideally like to simply observe - that is the purest consciousness, but I cannot stay Universally Conscious that way - I get "lost" in what I am observing. I have therefore adopted the Reiki practice of focusing on the exchange of energy between my body and its exterior. Giving the focus "something to do" reduces its capacity to wander where I don't want it to go.
Using this technique I press on to the goal of being continually Universally Conscious without interruption
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
How do you keep your mind in the right place?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry and sunny morning
Cloudy in the afternoon
Heavy rain arrives mid-evening and will persist thereafter
A moderate south-westerly will blow throughout
Max Temp = 12 degC
Min Temp = 11 degC
Sunrise at 07:06
Sunset at 16:34
Weathertrack: A very large depression off Iceland will drive a series of weather fronts east across Britain over the next few days, at the same time as moving south to sit over the country by Tuesday
Air Pressure: 1011 millibars and falling
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
My excorcist says that if I don't pay him tomorrow I'll be repossessed :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Stewart Lee on dead comedians
In 1987, Delta Airlines apologized for arguing in plane crash litigation
that it should pay less in compensation for the life of a gay passenger
than for a heterosexual one because he may have had AIDS.
9. ZEN WISDOM
No matter what the state of society or the times, each of us can
contribute to peace in our immediate environment. We can do this by
encouraging even one young person and enabling them to tap into their