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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (31st May 1945)
Johan Nygaardsvold, having served as Prime Minister of the Norwegian government-in-exile, resigns as promised now the war has ended. King Haakon VII appoints Einar Gerhardsen to replace him as head of a provisional government
SS Gruppenfuehrer Odilo Globocnik, responsible for liquidating the Warsaw and Bialystok ghettos and the construction of the extermination camps in Poland, is captured in an alpine hut near Weissensee by British troops. Taken to Paternion for questioning, he commits suicide. Refused burial in the local churchyard by the local priest, he is buried outside, next to the graveyards outer wall in an unmarked grave and without ceremony.
Opening of War Crimes Commission conference
Churchill threatens de Gaulle that unless French troops cease hostilities in Syria and Lebanon, British forces will intervene
At meeting with Marshall, Groves, Oppenheimer, and others, Secretary of War Stimson determines which Japanese cities should be targets of atomic weapons
Australian 6th Infantry Division captures positions near Kalabu, and all remaining remnants of Japanese 18th Army withdraw into the mountains
Australian 26th Infantry Brigade attacks Japanese positions with US air support
US 6th Army is fighting its way into the Cagayan Valley
US 8th Army is attacking toward Mandog
All remaining remnants of the Japanese garrison withdraw into the hills
US 10th Army is attacking Japanese 32nd Army around Hill 46, 100 Meter Hill, and Chan and moving into the ruins of Shuri
Two Japanese vessels are sunk and five more are damaged by mines.
Isolated remnants of Japanese 28th Army assemble in the hills between the Irrawaddy River and Sittang River
Allied Eastern Air Command is dissolved. US 10th Air Force and other US components is ordered transferred to operations in China.
Today's Air Raids...
Borneo on military targets by US FEAF
Taihoku and military targets on Formosa by US FEAF
Sakishima Islands on airfields by USN aircraft
China on Japanese positions, transportation lines, and other targets by US 14th Air Force
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
The Milk RunMe Time
More Me Time!Missus Time
Twitter Followers = 1,977 (up 1)
Non-followed eliminated = 1
Unfollowers eliminated = 0
New Followers followed back = 1
Spammers not followed back = 0
3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
An occupational hazard of the Weekend Job is being vulnerable to the agendas of both managers and the public. Having shown a readiness to "fight my corner" I can go for months at-a-time without any grief there, but I've now had "customer grief" two weeks on the bounce! Of course almost all my interactions pass without incident, but it only takes one to ruin my day.
The problem is not so much the incidents per se, for which there has been no material consequence - it's what goes on in my head! I consequently have to use all my therapy skills on myself. Confrontational disapproval, particularly unwarranted, is a "raw nerve" for me, unleashing a psychotic fury that bounces around inside my head like an angry bee in a jar.
In the past, everybody else, regardless of who they were, would get a taste of this fury. These days, I can manage it, but bloody hell do I still feel it! Unfortunately with most psychological issues, there isn't a cure, only good management. You can stop something ruining your life, but you can't eliminate it or entirely eradicate the symptoms.
The Discipline of Grounding is the most useful practice to prevent internal storms spilling over into negative behaviour, and time, space and distraction eventually restore internal balance, albeit with another small scar to the collection and another episode in the dark half of my memory palace.
The Discipline of Self-Acceptance is also useful. I didn't after all choose to have any raw nerves or emotional overreaction malfunction. These are things my character has been dealt. I accept equally that it's not my fault but it IS my responsibility to manage it to the best of my ability.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
What issues and situations do you find hard to handle?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Showers throughout, with a cool moderate westerly or south-westerly wind
Max Temp = 10 degC at 8am
Min Temp = 6 degC at midnight
Sunrise at 04:44
Sunset at 21:26
Weathertrack: A depression in the North Atlantic will drive weather fronts across Britain today
Air Pressure:999 millibars and rising
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
Wouldn't it be annoying if they individually-wrapped Tic-Tacs? :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Texas and Hawaii before joining the USA were independent countries in their own right. Texas was annexed in 1845 by popular consent and a treaty. Hawaii was annexed by a joint resolution of congress in 1898 in collusion with an unpopular white ruling elite. Texas was instantly inducted as a state, but Hawaii was only a dependent territory in 1959, and was the last US territory to become a state. Puerto Rico, acquired by conquest from Spain in 1898, is still a US territory with no democratically-elected representation in the US congress.
9. ZEN WISDOM
The human spirit is the strongest force there is. As long as our spirit remains unbroken, there is no defeat. In life, spiritual defeat always precedes actual defeat. Guard against laziness, cowardice, carelessness, impatience, resignation and despair which corrode the human spirit and sow the seeds of defeat.