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1. ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
6th December 1917
The Finnish Declaration of Independence
Finland had been an open territory with no formal government until the 13th Century when it was conquered by Swedish regent Birger Jarl (1248-1266) and thereafter became a region of Sweden. After the Finnish War of 1808-1809, The Russians drove the Swedes out of Finland and Finland became an autonomous Grand Duchy of the Russian Empire.
Attempts by the Russian Czars from 1899 to limit the autonomy of the Grand Duchy and "Russify" all its provinces bred resentment and the rise of Finnish nationalism. After the Finnish General strike of 1905, part of the general Russian revolution of 1905, in an imperial concession the local government was reformed, abolishing the former Diet and replacing it with an elected parliament. However from 1908 the Russification policy resumed, as did Finnish resentment.
After the first 1917 revolution and the abdication of Grand Duke Nicholas II on 15 March 1917, the personal union between Russia and Finland was to The Finns therefore null and void. There were negotiations between the Russian Interim Government and Finnish Parliament.
The resulting proposal, approved by the Interim Government, was heavily rewritten in the Finnish Parliament and transformed into the so-called Power Act, whereby the Parliament declared itself to now hold all powers of legislation, except with respect to foreign policy and military issues, and also that it could be dissolved only by itself. At the time of the vote it was believed that the Interim Government would be quickly defeated in Russian elections. The Interim Government survived however, and disapproved of the Power Act and dissolved the Finnish Parliament.
However, after new elections in Finland on 5 November, the new Finnish Parliament declared itself to be "the possessor of supreme State power" in Finland, based on Finland's Constitution, and more precisely on Article 38 of the old Instrument of Government of 1772. This paragraph provided for the election of a new monarch in case of the extinction of the royal line. Since there was no new monarch, this was interpreted in Finland as vesting sovereignty in the estates, and so by extension the Parliament.
Russia, dissolving into internal chaos, and then undergoing the Bolshevik Revolution later in November, was not in a position to oppose this strengthening of Finnish autonomy. On December 6 the Finnish Parliament issued the Finnish Declaration of Independence. In Russia, the Bolsheviks were heavily distracted by consolidating their grip in the Russian heartland. On December 22 the Bolsheviks formally recognized the independence of Finland.
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
The Milk Run
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
Looking around me, I see a fundamental truth of human nature - people will endure oppression and a life of unfulfilled drudgery for a lifetime unless there is a point of crisis. I cannot claim to be any different - my progress and superconsciousness are born of crisis. I therefore cannot condemn them as inferior - I do not believe in free will. Everything is simply the inevitable consequence of the Big Bang, itself a consequence of greater events we as humans can only postulate.
Of course when you're dreaming, at the time you don't know you are - the dream is reality to you at that moment - you must awaken to see it for what it was. In the same way, people do not know they are ignorant and deluded until a crisis awakens them. Knowing this, my purpose is clear and simple - to make a difference to those open to it. My focus is on speaking to those who are listening, and on defending my agenda from threats.
Whilst previous incarnations of this character, which is what your past is, often had most unpleasant experiences, THIS incarnation is profoundly thankful for circumstances so benevolent, and an agenda so clear, leading to a deep underlying peace of mind and the experience of "enjoying the movie" - the universe experiencing itself from a point in spacetime. With this character so ephemeral, it's important to reproduce the meme while it can, which it is doing, so the collective consciousness of the universe can grow.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Are you the "you" you really want to be?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Heavy showers arrive by mid-morning but will pass by noon
A moderate westerly will peter out to a breeze by evening
Max Temp = 10 degC at 10 am
Min Temp = 5 degC at 11pm
Sunrise at 08:08
Sunset at 15:47
Weathertrack: A ridge of high pressure will move quickly east across the country, weakening the various weather fronts across Britain
Air Pressure: 1001 millibars and rising rapidly
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
I was in an open relationship, but nobody told me :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
QI - Lizards, Snakes and Worms
So much energy radiates from inside the Earth that it could satisfy all human energy needs three times over.
9. ZEN WISDOM
Alone, one’s suffering only deepens. Human beings need to be with and among other human beings. Engagement with others forges our character and enriches us.