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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (17th June 1945)
Off the Kuril Islands...
Japanese vessel Kongo Maru sunk by US aircraft
Australian II Corps is advancing toward the Mobiai River
A battalion of Australian 9th Infantry Division lands at Weston
US 6th Army captures Naguilian
US 10th Army is attacking around Kunishi Ridge and captures Hill 153 and Hill 115 - Japanese resistance begins to crumble
IJN auxiliary minelayer Eijo Maru is sunk by USN submarine Spadefish
Japanese forces begin abandoning and evacuating positions for redeployment elsewhere
Today's Air Raids...
Kiirun and Soton, Formosa by US FEAF
Sakishima Islands on airfields by USN aircraft
Amami Gunto and Tokuno by US 7th Air Force
Japan on Omuta, Hamamatsu, Yokkaichi, Kagoshima and offshore minelaying by US 20th Air Force
China on transportation lines, shipping, Japanese positions, and other targets at multiple locations by US 14th Air Force fighters
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
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@Oli_MorganAfter Missus birthday weekend, client sessions and housework keeping my mind occupied, the pace now slows for three days, allowing some stillness and contemplation. When I pause these days, the thing I feel is inner peace, and I can tell you that it is absolutely delicious!!
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
I find that whereas folks around me dive into their next DIY project or a daytrip when they have a minute, I contemplate the nature of existence. I guess that if you have always easily "fitted in" you strive to stay there. I have never had that experience, so I take an interest in what everything is all about.
I have concluded that the fundamental groundstuff of existence is consciousness - there are just too many anomalies for it to be energy. You would expect energy as a wave to exist in a smooth seamless scale of intensity, but it doesn't! It comes in packets, discrete bits and on set levels, much like packets of data in computers.
All the events convinces me that the philosophy that best fits current scientific understanding is nondualism -that everything is really one thing. You are that one thing looking at itself from a specific point within itself. Though playing a character is a great way to experience things, I no longer wish to be "lost" in it -I enjoy the blissful stillness of experiencing everything as it really is from this single point while I can, before this particular node of awareness dissipates and is re-absorbed back into the whole. My experience however and knowledge of the truth will be left behind for other nodes to pick up and learn from.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Do you want to know how it really is, or is that too inconvenient?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry and cloudy start
Rain arrives by mid-morning and will become heavy at times
Rain will clear around mid-afternoon
It will be dry thereafter and cloud will evaporate entirely by dusk
A moderate but gusty south-westerly will swing north-westerly in the evening
Max Temp = 15 degC at noon
Min Temp = 10 degC at midnight
Sunrise at 04:35
Sunset at 21:40
Weathertrack: Weather fronts will move south across Britain today before high pressure builds behind them overnight
Air Pressure: 1020 and rising slightly
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
When they discover the centre of the universe, a lot of people I know will be shocked to find they're not in it. :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
The Black Death followed a period of population growth in Europe which, combined with two years of cold weather and torrential rains that wiped out grain crops, resulted in a shortage of food for humans and rats. This caused people and animals to crowd in cities, providing an optimal environment for disease.
9. ZEN WISDOM
Without dialogue, humans are doomed to walk in the darkness of their own dogmatic self-righteousness. Dialogue is the lamp by which we dispel that darkness, lighting and making visible for each other our steps and the path ahead.