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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (20th August 1945)
Marshal Vasilevsky notifies Stalin about readiness to conduct an amphibious invasion of Japan on 22 August
Beria creates the Special Commission on the Atom Bomb to accelerate Soviet development of atomic weapons
Vidkun Quisling goes on trial for treason, is subsequently convicted and executed on 24 October
The War Production Board removes wartime controls and the economy begins a quick transition to prosperous peacetime
South China Sea...
Japanese fighters unsuccessfully attempt to intercept USN reconaissance aircraft along coast of Indochina and southern China
A Japanese delegation returns from the Philippines with instructions for surrender and occupation
Soviet 101st Rifle Division is heavily engaged with Japanese defenders
Elements of Soviet 16th Army conduct an amphibious landing on the west coast and capture Maoka
Soviet warships land 2000 troops at Wonsan which surrenders without resistance
1st Red Banner Army of Soviet 1st Far Eastern Front reaches air-landed detachments at Harbin and Kirin
15th Army of Soviet 2nd Far Eastern Front reaches air-landed detachments at Harbin
2nd Red Banner Army of Soviet 2nd Far Eastern Front captures Japanese fortifications around Aihun
Emperor Pu Yi is flown from Mukden into captivity in the Soviet Union
Japanese forces evacuate Kalgan and Mao's communist troops occupy the city
Supporting Burmese guerilla forces against the Japanese, RAF aircraft conduct their last operations in Burma
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
I also warn them that they can become robust but not invincible - even the Dalai Lama can be broken if pushed hard enough. Sometimes a collection of the wrong circumstances in a day can get on top of you. There therefore has to be some self-kindness, permission to be vulnerable.
I certainly think that coming from a dysfunctional family, being a social outcast as a child, going into the world with no social skills whatsoever, being on the receiving end of corporate callousness, seeing my wife turn psychotic then my relationship with my daughter dissolve into acrimony, I shouldn't be surprised if it all gets a bit much occasionally.
Fortunately, through my own researches, I have developed coping strategies that I can pass on to others, and even to the interested few show the way to Enlightenment. Calming the mind, particularly through meditation is the most important way to liberate your consciousness from your character, and this makes your character experience go better as well.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Have you found ways to heal the hurts in your life?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry and cloudy throughout, with some sunny periods from noon
A moderate southerly will blow throughout
Max Temp = 19 degC at 2pm
Min Temp = 14 degC at 6am
Sunrise at 05:53
Sunset at 20:26
Weathertrack: A large depression in the North Atlantic is extending over Britain but the country will be mainly between weather fronts today
Air Pressure: 1016 millibars and static
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
My mother wanted to talk to me about my maturity yesterday, but she couldn't - she didn't know the password to my magic castle. :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Jellyfish kill more people than sharks
9. ZEN WISDOM
Where there’s life, there’s hope. Hope only disappears when you decide something is hopeless