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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (4th April 1945)
On the Russian Front...
Soviet 3rd Byelorussian Front is attacking around Koenigsberg
7th Guards Army of Soviet 2nd Ukrainian Front captures Bratislava
No German forces remain in Hungary
8,000 German troops and 30,000 refugees are evacuated from the Oxhofter Kaempe pocket overnight by small German vessels
Himmler orders the immediate evacuation of concentration camps at Dachau and Flossenbuerg
Kriegsmarine battleship Schlesien is sunk by a mine at Swinemunde
On the Western Front...
British 2nd Army crosses the Dortmund-Ems canal at Lingen and Rheine and fights its way into Osnabruck and Minden
US 9th Army attacks the Ruhr pocket and advances towards Minden and Hamelin
US 1st Army makes limited gains, repels counterattacks, and prepares for major assault against Ruhr pocket
US 3rd Army accepts the surrender of Kassel, encircles Muhlhausen, and captures Suhl
US 3rd Army liberates Ohrdruf concentration camp, discovering the mass graves of 10,000 Jews and other prisoners - At Merkers, elements of US 3rd Army capture a salt mine containing art treasures, gold, and other hidden valuables
US 7th Army is fighting its way into Wurzburg and Heilbronn
French 1st Army captures Karlsruhe
British 8th Army attacks around Lake Comacchio
General Eaker departs the USA for a tour of the Pacific, China, and India to determine how much of European air forces to transfer after victory in Europe
In the Pacific...
US 6th Army is attacking around Legaspi, Salat, and Santa Maria valley, isolating Japanese units on Mount Malepunyo
US 8th Army captures Concepcion and Guimbalon
US 8th Army is attacking around Go Chan Hill and Horseshoe Ridge
US 10th Army's III Amphibious Corps attack northward and XXIV Corps attacks southward against Japanese 32nd Army
Several ships are damaged by kamikaze attacks and USN vessel Dickerson, damaged beyond repair, is scuttled
A Japanese escort vessel, a training submarine and a cargo ship are sunk by mines, and a guardboat is sunk by patrolling US aircraft
Japanese 34th Army recaptures Nanchang
British 14th Army attacking Japanese 33rd Army around Kandaung and Japanese 28th Army around Legyi
Today's Air Raids...
Hamburg, Kiel and Luftwaffe airfields, Germany by US 8th Air Force - three U-Boats are destroyed at Kiel
Southern Germany on railways by US 15th Air Force fighters
Nordhausen, Leuna, Harburg, Lutzendorf, Berlin and Magdeburg, Germany by RAF Bomber Command
North Sea minelaying by RAF Bomber Command
Northern Italy on transportation lines, supply depots, methanol plants, and other targets in the Po valley
Bunawan, Mindanao Island by US 7th Air Force
Formosa on military targets and offshore shipping by US FEAF - two Japanese cargo ships are sunk
Hong Kong by US 14th Air Force
Burma limited attacks on Japanese positions and supply depots by US 10th Air Force
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
Shift 2 of the Weekend Job
Twitter Followers = 1,902 (up 2)
Non-followed eliminated = 0
Unfollowers eliminated = 0
New Followers followed back = 1
In a 9.5 hour "sleep marathon", I paid off all the sleep-debt recently accrued. I hit the sack at 9pm, woke briefly for a piss at 1.10am, and woke up fully at the unheard-of time of 6.40 am - virtually the middle of the day for me!
Spammers not followed back = 1
3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
I will certainly be healthier for it, especially after Good Friday - a day off the Weekend Job and a blissful experience of sex, tea and chocolate, rounded off with a fish & chip supper and an interesting TV documentary - marvelous!
With nutrition being indulged in for the past two days, a day of fasting will restore balance before the "chocolate onslaught" of the next few days.
While these are interesting observations of the character I play, the Consciousness intends to rise above the drama, good and bad. The character I play wants to be put to sleep anyway so it's appropriate for the seat of consciousness to rise above it.
I have concluded that the mind is a lens through which the Universal Consciousness can focus on a single point. I am still happy to keep using that lens while it still lives, but I intend to shift the focal point onto Universal Consciousness itself and let the character run itself. Living AS the character I feel I have "been there done that" and while the character has a purpose to complete, my consciousness is not required to be lost within the character.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
What if everything that is happening doesn't actually "matter"? Do you want to know whether that is actually true?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry and cloudy throughout with a north-easterly breeze that will start swinging to the north-west from late evening
Max Temp = 9 degC at 3pm
Min Temp = 7 degC at 10am
Sunrise at 06:34
Sunset at 19:47
Moon: FULL MOON - The "Egg Moon" on the Lunar Calendar
Weathertrack: An anticyclone will move over Britain from the west, overtaking a weak occluded front, resulting in dry but very cloudy weather.
Air Pressure: 1021 millibars and rising
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
Do lambs keep warm using central bleating? :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Jasper Carrott - Day Trip To Blackpool
Charles Fenerty, a poet from Halifax, Nova Scotia, was the first person to use wood fibers to make paper. He started experimenting in 1839 and produced paper from wood pulp in 1841.
9. ZEN WISDOM
The full realization of one’s inner potential can be achieved only through interaction with the world of everyday reality.