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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (12th July 1945)
Luftwaffe Field Marshal Richthofen dies of a brain tumor while in US custody
USN patrol frigates (aka corvettes) Charlottesville, Long Beach, Belfast, Glendale, San Pedro, Coronado, Ogden, Allentown, Machias, and Sandusky are transferred to the Soviet Pacific fleet and depart for the Soviet Union
US 7th Air Force relocates its headquarters to the island
Emperor Hirohito wishes the Soviet government to mediate a suitable end of hostilities with the Allies, and the Japanese ambassador in Moscow is ordered to meet with Molotov again
Three Japanese vessels are sunk and two more damaged by mines
Chinese 29th Army recovers Chungtu
Today's Air Raids...
Luzon and Negros on Japanese pockets by US 5th Air force
Toshien, Taiharo and military targets on Formosa by US FEAF
Amami Islands by US 7th Air Force
Kyushu, Japan on military targets by US 7th Air Force, and fighter sweeps by US FEAF
Japan on Utsunomiya, Ichinomiya, Tsuruga, Uwajima, Kawasaki and military targets on Japan by US 20th Air Force
Canton, China by US FEAF
China on transportation lines, river traffic, Japanese positions, and other military targets by US 14th Air Force
Tonkin, Indochina by US 14th Air Force
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
The milk run
More Me Time!
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
The net result of this is life's ultimate experience - peace of mind, an experients gratefully appreciated having known the opposite. As often as possible, I'm going to simply "enjoy the hum" - conscious itself generates a vibration. Subjectively, this frequency feels like a low A, at 220Hz. Meditating to this frequency and a binaural beat of 1Hz (a slow heartbeat) feels the most relaxing.
Simply being calm enough to feel it and then being aware of this hum feels absolutely delicious, like being stimulated with a vibrator not for the orgasm but the afterglow. I intend to take up every opportunity to "feel the hum" - in this state you are your True-Self - pure awareness, unspoiled by all the mind-constructed models of "reality" and finding that life's greatest experience is simply being.
I think that to ever reach this blissful state, you must first be having a "bad dream" - your life experience is unhappy or unsatisfying - only then do you have the incentive to awaken. And paradoxically, when you see the life experience as the dream that it is, the dream gets better! You can go on to enjoy the dream without being "lost" in it and not realizing what it really is. Relief, gratitude and peace of mind are mine to enjoy at last.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Ever felt like you were in a movie and wanted to know how to be the actor rather than the character?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Mainly dry and cloudy, with a window of sunny weather between mid-afternoon and dusk
A moderate westerly will blow throughout
Max Temp = 17 degC at 6pm
Min Temp = 14 degC at midnight
Sunrise at 04:51
Sunset at 21:34Weathertrack: Weak weather fronts will move south across Britain today, in most places little more than a band of cloud
Air Pressure: 1013 millibars and rising slightly
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
An earthquake has hit Las Vegas. 1,200 Elvises were all shook up :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
John Oliver on Patriot Park
The original "Yule log" was not a chocolate cake, but an enormous log that was typically burned during the Twelve Days of Christmas (December 25-January 6). Some scholars suggest that the word yule means “revolution” or “wheel,” which symbolizes the cyclical return of the sun. A burning log or its charred remains is said to offer health, fertility, and luck as well as the ability to ward off evil spirits.
9. ZEN WISDOM
As we work for the greater good, we build happiness for ourselves and others. The more we do for other people, the more the path of our own happiness will open up. In realizing this, we discover a sense of gratitude in being able to help them.