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1. ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
7th November 1917
The Bolshevik "October Revolution"
So-called because Russia still used the Julian calendar (according to which it was 25th October), it followed and capitalized on the February Revolution of the same year, which overthrew the Tsarist autocracy and established a provisional government composed predominantly of former nobles and aristocrats led by Alexander Kerensky. During this time, urban workers began to organize into councils (Russian: Soviet) wherein revolutionaries criticized the provisional government and its actions.
The October Revolution in Petrograd overthrew the provisional government and gave the power to the local soviets. Many unfortunate members of the Provisional Government in the Winter Palace when it was stormed were summarily executed. Kerensky escaped and ultimately fled into exile. The Bolshevik party was successful in the coup mainly because it was heavily supported by the soviets. After the Congress of Soviets, now the governing body, had its second session, it elected members of the Bolsheviks and other leftist groups such as the Left Socialist Revolutionaries to key positions within the new state of affairs. This immediately initiated the establishment of the Russian Socialist Federated Soviet Republic, the world's first self-proclaimed socialist state.
It soon became clear that the Congress of Soviets was going to be a dictatorship. When the Bolsheviks were heavily defeated in elections to the constituent assembly by the Social Revolutionaries and rejected Congress decrees on land and ending the war against Germany, the Congress simply dissolved it.
The October Revolution was not universally accepted and the consequence was the immediate outbreak of the Russian Civil War. Anti-Soviet forces were however divided among themselves and failed to gain popular support from the peasants, who feared the return of oppressive landlords. In 1921 the last "white" forces evacuated their last stronghold in the Crimea and the Revolution was secure.
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
Shift 2 of the Weekend Job
Twitter Followers = 2,033 (up 1)
Non-followed eliminated = 0
Unfollowers eliminated = 0
New Followers followed back = 0
Spammers not followed back = 1
3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
Mind-management continues to make excellent progress - I can go for prolonged periods without random thought. This does not mean however that my mind is inactive. In these internally silent periods there is a sharp awareness and subconscious thinking that manifests consciously as a "knowing".
Language is of course an essential communication tool, but internally within the mind it is often cumbersome and unhelpful, and goes off on unhelpful chains of thought feeding off fears and memories. When you learn to silence language internally, you simply don't wander into these dark places. You are PRESENT. And once you've started to experience it, and keep practising it, it gets continually easier. Thought when it does arise starts serving intention instead of fear.
By this time next year I hope to have perfected the skill so that it is my default mindstate.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Does any part of your mind have overall control of you?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Heavy blustery showers all day
Showers will move away in the evening and it will be dry thereafter
A strong wind varying between southerly and westerly will ease overnight
Max Temp = 14 degC at noon
Min Temp = 9 degC at midnight
Sunrise at 07:18
Sunset at: 16:23
Weathertrack: A small depression will cross Britain today, bringing blustery rain
Air Pressure: 1014 millibars and rising
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
There's going to be a dwarf shortage :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Robin Williams & George Carlin on Golf Truly excellent! Very funny!
The 2004 tsunami hurtled a wall of water 30 feet high over Thailand’s coast, killing over 8,000 people. An estimated 1,500 Thai children lost their parents and more than 150,000 Thais working in the fishing or tourist industries lost their livelihoods.
9. ZEN WISDOM
The biggest obstacles to our progress exist within our own lives in the form of cowardice and the tendency to give up. Breaking through these barriers will unleash a surging wave of change.