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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (16th March 1945)
On the Russian Front...
Polish 1st Army of Soviet 1st Byelorussian Front continues assaulting Kolberg
Soviet 3rd Ukrainian Front opens an offensive against German 6th Army between Szekesfehervar and Mor
U-367 is sunk by a mine in the Baltic
Hitler orders von Ribbentrop to stop extending peace feelers to the Soviets via Sweden
On the Western Front...
US 1st Army continues expanding its bridgehead across the Rhine, attacking around Konigswinter, Hovel, Aegidienberg, Kalenborn, Vettelschoss, Strodt, and Honningen
US 3rd Army is advancing across the Moselle River toward the southeast, attacking into outskirts of Koblenz
US 7th Army captures Bitche, Zinswiller, Oberbronn, and Mertzwiller
With most of the Rhineland now under Allied control, the Allies are struggling to manage 58,000 liberated forced-workers from across Europe.
Kriegsmarine sub chaser UJ-1105 is sunk by Allied aircraft in the North Sea
In the Atlantic...
British vessel Inger Toft is sunk by U-722 off the Hebrides
In the Pacific...
Luzon: US 6th Army makes negligible progress against fierce Japanese opposition
Basilan Island: A detachment of US 8th Army lands unopposed
Iwo Jima: The island is declared secure but a Japanese pocket continues to hold out at the northern tip
Japanese vessel No. 1 Nanryu Maru is sunk by Allied aircraft in the East China Sea
Chinese 50th Infantry Division of Northern Combat Area Command enters Hsipaw
British 14th Army artillery and RAF support bombard Japanese 15th Army positions in Mandalay
Japanese 33rd Army continues attacking British 14th Army around Meiktila
Today's Air Raids...
Antwerp, Belgium by eight V-2 rockets
Vienna and military targets in Austria by US 15th Air Force
Austria on military targets by US 12th Air Force
Nuremburg, Wurzburg, Berlin and Hanua, Germany by RAF Bomber Command
London by eight V-2 rockets
Zagreb, Yugoslavia by US 15th Air Force
Northern Italy Monfalcone, transportation lines, supply depots, and other targets throughout northern Italy - four ex-Italian submarines and a minesweeper are sunk at Monfalcone
Borneo on Japanese airfields by US FEAF
Heito, Okayama, and Taihoku, Formosa by US FEAF
Chichi Jima by US 7th Air Force
Kobe, Japan by US 20th Air Force
Shihkiachwang, China by US 14th Air Force
Panghai and road transports, Burma by US 7th Air Force
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
The Milk Run
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATIONThis week seems like the first in a while where there is nothing to distract me from my intentions. The question is, can I be focused enough to take full advantage? My tactic for doing so is to let my intuition run things and reduce my ego consciousness to the level of observer by consciously emptying my mind.
In my case at least, emptying the mind is like the need to continually bale out water from a leaky boat - it's an ongoing minute-by minute thing. It has taken me years to get to this level, as it requires several skills fairly newly-acquired all at once. The one I've found hardest and slowest to get hold of is absolute faith in my intuition to run the show.
My ego consciousness has the tendency to go into a negative loop - feeling bad generates imagined scenarios that don't actually solve anything that leads to fresh dark emotions. I have to convince myself that the subconscious part of myself is dealing with things and my concentration and imagination can then be freed up to engage in more positive pursuits.
I have come up with the mantra "faith not wrath" to meditate on throughout the day, and we'll have to see tomorrow if this looks like a "fresh start".
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Do you have the faith necessary to get through life?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Mainly dry and cloudy with the odd light scattered shower
A moderate easterly or north-easterly will blow throughout
Max Temp = 5 degC at 3pm
Min Temp = 3 degC at midnight
Sunrise at 06:20
Sunset at 18:12
A very large anticyclone over Scandanavia will keep Britain mainly dry but the very dense cloud will become heavy enough in places to cause showers.
Air Pressure: 1026 millibars and falling slightly
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
Don't practice your martial arts on the way to work - you'll get repetitive train ninjary :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Alex Cooper on long hair and not getting married
The film company United Artists was formed in 1919 by actors Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford and director DW Griffith so that they could control their own work without corporate interference.
The company went through various crises due to the unstable nature of the industry which came to a head in 1955 when cinema audiences dropped to a new all-time low, causing Pickford and Chaplin to sell off their stakes in the company. Nevertheless the company survived and in 1957 went public on the stock market.
The company went on to thrive in the late fifties and sixties, but finally lost its independence in 1967 when in a hostile takeover it was bought by mega corporation Transamerica. It has been a subsidiary of other companies ever since.
9. ZEN WISDOM
The exclusive pursuit of one’s own interests cannot bring true happiness. It is in striving for the sake of others that the great path to genuine happiness is opened.