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1. ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
26th September 1983
THE SOVIET NUCLEAR FALSE ALARM INCIDENT
Stanislav Petrov, a lieutenant-colonel in the Soviet Air Force, who was in charge of the Soviet early-warning system housed in a bunker near Moscow, received a computer report that a single ballistic missile was heading towards the Soviet Union. With no other sources of information, Petrov was faced with the dilemma whether or not to sound the alarm of a US pre-emptive strike or to disbelieve the computer.
Petrov reasoned that a genuine US strike would be massive to prevent a Soviet response, and decided to ignore it. But subsequently the computer reported four additional missiles in the air. Petrov again followed his internal reasoning and ignored the reports. Petrov was absolutely right - sunlight reflecting off high-altitude clouds had given a false reading to a Soviet military defence satellite.
Had Petrov "gone by the book" and followed protocol, the result would have certainly been a nuclear holocaust. The Second Cold War (1980-1985) was at its height and the Soviet leadership under the ageing Chairman Andropov was fully expecting a US first strike, and would have responded with an all-out nuclear counterstrike. The future of mankind had been placed in the hands of a single man, and fortunately, that man was rational and reasonable.
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
Shift 2 of the Weekend Job
Twitter Followers = 2,018 (up 3)
Non-followed eliminated = 0
Unfollowers eliminated = 2
New Followers followed back = 2
Spammers not followed back = 3
3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
It is inevitable that predators and the self-interested will occasionally enter your circle from time-to-time. It is important to respond in defence, but in a measured way. This I am now much better at doing, but it's always hard work, like restraining an angry Rottweiler. It's all about taking control of the attention and putting it in the right place, which requires considerable mental effort.
What I have learned is entirely self-taught - no all-wise guru ever stepped-in to guide and save me! I researched the techniques myself, tailored them to my own issues and now teach them to my clients - go me!
I do however have a belief that I have absolutely no rational basis for - that I'm not "allowed" to crumble. Even at my lowest points there has been the support there to help me through the worst and now I am a lot more robust through my own self-training. It's not my destiny to be worn down by life as it is for many others. I can find no logical reason why this could be, but after so many years of this "protection" from powers or forces I cannot perceive, I just accept it thankfully.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Are you responding in the right way to your circumstances?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry and cloudy until mid-afternoon - skies will then gradually clear
Max Temp = 14 degC at 4pm
Min Temp = 9 degC at 8am
Sunrise at 06:59
Sunset at 18:57
Weathertrack: An anticyclone over Britain will bring dry settled conditions
Air Pressure: 1028 millibars and rising slightly
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
When you buy an airplane, do they ask if you want to keep the hangar?
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Bears are an offshoot of the canine (dog) family that became their own distinct family around 20 million years ago. Originally only the size of dogs, they have evolved to their current size only relatively recently.
9. ZEN WISDOM
Rather than seeking to better themselves, jealous people focus their energies on dragging others down. Actions rooted in jealousy will only cause suffering and will not create any value or benefit for anyone. We are only able to develop our own good qualities to the extent that we can respect what is admirable in others.