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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (18th June 1945)
Trials commence for sixteen Polish political and military leaders seized in March, including General Okulicki
William Joyce -- aka Lord Haw Haw -- goes on trial for treason
Truman meets with Stimson, Forrestal, and Joint Chiefs of Staff to discuss planning for invasion of Japan and likely casualty figures. Marshall, King, and Eaker (deputizing for Arnold) agree on the necessity for invasion of Japan
President Eisenhower addresses a joint session of Congress
Off the Kuril Islands...
Japanese vessel Hakuai Maru and IJN guardboat No. 2 Kusonoki Maru are sunk by USN submarine Apogon
USN Task Group 96.1 with battleship Nevada and two destroyers bombards the Japanese garrison
Australian II Corps are advancing around the Mobiai River
Artillery and naval gunfire bombard the Japanese pocket
A battalion of Australian 9th Infantry Division captures Maraba
USN minesweeper YMS-50 is damaged by mine and scuttled off Balikpapan
Offshore, Japanese vessel No. 58 Sakura Maru is sunk by USN submarine Bullhead
US 6th Army captures Ilagan airfield
Organized Japanese resistance ends as US 8th Army reaches Calinan
US 10th Army captures Medeera. General Simon Bolivar Buckner Jr, commanding US 10th Army, is killed in action. USMC General Roy S. Geiger takes command
Prime Minister Suzuki informs the Supreme Council that Emperor Hirohito intends to seek peace with the Allies
USN submarine Bonefish sinks Japanese vessel Konzan Maru but is then itself sunk by IJN coastal defence vessels
Five Japanese vessels are sunk by mines
Japanese vessel Wakae Maru is sunk by USN submarine Tinosa
East China Sea...
Two IJN guardboats are sunk by USN submarine Dentuda
Off Port Arthur, Russia...
IJN Motor Gunboat No. 54 is sunk by US aircraft
Today's Air Raids...
Sakishima Islands on airfields by USN aircraft
Kiirun, Taien, Toyohara, and Kari, Formosa by US FEAF
China on transportation lines, shipping, Japanese positions, and other targets throughout southern and eastern China by US 14th Air Force fighters
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
Me Time Meditation
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@spacemarch, @WilliamGJones, @LeBronJames, @Farllyn01This being the quietest day of the week, it's an opportunity to "catch my breath", prepare for the next round of client sessions and enjoy simply being.
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
Last night I was sat with Missus and both cats in the lounge and thought to myself that this was perfection. A comfortable loving atmosphere of bliss and contentment. With our children finding their own way we can focus once more on living life our unique way.
I certainly would rather be a contented fiftysomething than to be a young adult again with all the uncertainty and struggle. Son I feel will be fine and will survive. Daughter is another matter. Though our relationship is dead does not mean I do not care. Brilliantly gifted, her Achilles heel is the inability to be wrong or to fail, and responds when cornered to vindictive lashing out and blaming others, particularly me, for her woes. This leads to inner turmoil and ultimately to self-destruction. Whilst she is not listening or reaching out regarding her issues, there is nothing anyone can do about it.
I suffer a permanent living bereavement but whilst I give it a place I cannot let it rule my life. I have a role to fulfil and positive differences to make. There remains plenty of joy and love in my life to make home a blissful place.
The current situation provides abundant opportunities to not only play a fulfilling character role but to be utterly still and also be pure consciousness. I can now "enjoy the movie" without being completely lost in it.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
What does a fulfilling life mean to you?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry, cloudy and fairly cool throughout, with a gusty north-westerly wind easing in the evening
Max Temp = 13 degC at 3pm
Min Temp = 10 degC at 8am
Sunrise at 04:35
Sunset at 21:41
Weathertrack: The Azores anticyclone will extend over Britain keeping the country dry, but in a run of cool north-westerly air
Air Pressure: 1020 millibars and static
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
Take up meditation - it's better than sitting around doing nothing :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Though the ground moved for only about 20 seconds during the 1995 Kobe, Japan, earthquake, more than 5,000 people were killed, 300,000 people were left homeless, and more than 100,000 buildings were destroyed.
9. ZEN WISDOM
Our lives inherently possess a boundless energy. Summoning this forth, we can break through the shell of the small self that constrains our lives. The process of revolutionizing our own lives and helping others to do the same, can transform society and ultimately elevate the state of humanity.