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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (16th August 1945)
Stalin accepts Truman's proposal to use the 38th Parallel to divide the Soviet and US zones of responsibility in Korea
Stalin proposes to Truman that Soviet troops should take the Japanese surrender in Hokkaido
Dean Acheson is named US Under Secretary of State
USN frigates Tacoma, Sausalito, Hoquiam, Pasco, Albuquerque, and Everett are transferred to the Soviet Pacific fleet and depart for the Soviet Union
The Imperial Japanese Navy signals all commands again, insisting they must obey the wishes of the Emperor in accepting surrender to the Allies
Soviet 16th Army is reducing Japanese fortifications along the border
Elements of Soviet 16th Army conduct an amphibious landing on the west coast and capture Toro
25th Army of Soviet 1st Far Eastern Front captures Lotzokou and the Taipingling Pass and advances toward Tumen and Yenchi
1st Red Banner Army of Soviet 1st Far Eastern Front captures Mutanchiang
36th Army of Soviet Trans-Baikal Front is attacking around Pokotu
39th Army of Soviet Trans-Baikal Front captures Taonan
6th Guards Tank Army of Soviet Trans-Baikal Front captures Tungliao and Kailu
17th Army of Soviet Trans-Baikal Front is attacking Chihfeng
Detachment of Soviet Trans-Baikal Front captures Changpei
Japanese officials inform Emperor Pu Yi that he will be flown to Japan via Mukden
The government withdraws its 1942 declaration of war against the USA and UK
Pro-Japanese Indian commander Subhas Chandra Bose arrives in Bangkok
Pro-Japanese Ba Maw departs Burma by train for Bangkok in an effort to reach safety in Japan
Slim becomes Commander-in-Chief, Allied Land Forces, South East Asia, replacing Christison who held the position temporarily after Leese's departure
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
The Milk Run
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
However what Higher Awareness DOES do is enable me to do is manage it better and get the best out of it, in the same way that learning how to wash enables me to keep clean, by the regular practice of discipline. If I was handicapped by an injury, I could not reverse it but I could learn how I could manage the injury to live the best possible life.
This then, is the position I find myself in. I cannot eliminate the bodymind's inappropriate or unwanted response mechanisms, or its decline towards eventual death by ageing, but I can by daily discipline reduce or avoid self-sabotage. My consciousness is at least frequently able to rise above these responses and not be lost in them. Of course, ultimately, it may lose this ability to rise above the character, so it's important to pass on knowledge now while I'm still able.
In a very rare event, I slept through from midnight to 07:30, interrupted only by the "wee at three". My bodymind normally wakes me at around 05:00 so it felt like waking up in the middle of the day! No bad thing - I was clearly repaying sleep debt and restoring balance.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
How well do you understand yourself?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry and cloudy throughout, wind negligible
Max Temp = 16 degC at 4pm
Min Temp = 9 degC at 7am
Sunrise at 05:46
Sunset at 20:35
Weathertrack: An anticyclone over Britain will keep conditions dry and settled, but with the jetstream south of the country, it will remain unseasonably cool
Air Pressure: 1017 millibars and static
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
Don't be sexist - bitches hate that :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
In 1998, a theory emerged that the MMR vaccine caused autism. Specifically, the theory argued that the vaccine lingered in the gut, causing gastrointestinal problems which led to autism. This very small study was discredited and debunked. In fact, while the rate of MMR vaccinations has remained constant, the rate of autism diagnoses has continued to soar.
9. ZEN WISDOM
The place where you are now is vital. Never avoid what you must face. Challenge your circumstances and steadily persevere. The path toward victory opens from where you stand.