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1. ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
9th October 2012
Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai is shot at by a Taliban gunman in a failed assassination attempt.
In early 2009, when she was 11–12, Yousafzai wrote a blog under a pseudonym for the BBC detailing her life under Taliban occupation, their attempts to take control of the valley, and her views on promoting education for girls in the Swat Valley. The following summer, journalist Adam B. Ellick made a New York Times documentary about her life as the Pakistani military intervened in the region. Yousafzai rose in prominence, giving interviews in print and on television, and she was nominated for the International Children's Peace Prize by South African activist Desmond Tutu.
On the afternoon of 9 October 2012, Yousafzai boarded her school bus in the northwest Pakistani district of Swat. A gunman asked for her by name, then pointed a pistol at her and fired three shots. One bullet hit the left side of Yousafzai's forehead, travelled under her skin through the length of her face, and then went into her shoulder. In the days immediately following the attack, she remained unconscious and in critical condition, but later her condition improved enough for her to be sent to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, England, for intensive rehabilitation.
The incident gained worldwide attention, and once sufficiently recovered, Yousafzai made good use of her profile to promote the cause the right of all people to education. She has made speeches across the world including to the UN in New York, and for her effort has received the Nobel Peace Prize, Sakharov Prize, Simone de Beauvoir Prize, Honorary Canadian citizenship and the National Youth Peace Prize.
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
Shift 1 of the Weekend Job
Twitter Followers = 2,021 (down 1)
Non-followed eliminated = 1
Unfollowers eliminated = 0
New Followers followed back =0
Spammers not followed back = 0
3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
Completely essential to this is calming the mind, emptying it of random thought and going into "observer mode". I have been able to do this in bursts, and now intend to expand this so it is the default experience. The payoff for doing so is the greatest prize that life can offer - peace of mind, unreliant on circumstances but at peace in and of itself.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
What for you is life's ultimate prize?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry and cloudy throughout, with prolonged sunny spells in the middle of the day
Max Temp = 14 degC at 3pm
Min Temp = 7 degC at 8am
Sunrise at 07:22
Sunset at 18:25
Weathertrack: An anticyclone over Britain will bring dry settled conditions
Air Pressure: 1023 millibars and rising slightly
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
If you say "I knew you were going to say that" often enough, people will start booking you for psychic readings :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Having sex at least once per week can lower a man’s risk of heart disease by 30%, stroke by 50%, and diabetes by 40%. It has also been shown that men with an active sex life are more likely to live past 80 years.
9. ZEN WISDOM
The real struggle of the 21st century is not between civilizations, nor between religions. It will be between violence and nonviolence. It will be between barbarity and civilization in the truest sense of the word.