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1. ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
8th January 1815
The Battle of New Orleans
This battle was the final major conflict in the "War of 1812" fought between the United Kingdom and United States, which broke out over American frustration at the British blockade of Europe, then dominated by Napoleon.
The American and British governments had signed the Treaty of Ghent on Christmas Eve, ending the war, but the news had not reached either side in the Gulf of Mexico theatre-of-war. In any case, the Army had secret orders to continue the war regardless of any treaty.
A British combined naval and army force under Admiral Cochrane and General Packenham planned to seize New Orleans and use it as a springboard to occupy all the land the Americans had acquired from the French in the Louisiana Purchase.
The Americans however had been tipped off by a French pirate, Jean Lafitte, that the British were coming, and when they arrived, an American militia commanded by Andrew Jackson was waiting for them. In a short but ferocious battle, the British were soundly defeated with heavy casualties, including General Packenham himself. The British consequently failed to capture New Orleans.
The battle did not end the British offensive - the British then attacked Fort St.Philip, which protected New Orleans from assault via the Mississippi river, but failed to take it. The British consequently abandoned the idea of taking New Orleans and decided to take Mobile, Alabama instead. They took Fort Bowyer defending the town on February 12 but then news of the treaty finally arrived to both sides, now fully ratified by both governments.
A ceasefire on both sides was ordered and the British began to withdraw, completely evacuating American territories by February 18.
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
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@bigrain, @ted_mcgrath, @Brand
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
As carer and husband, I want to make her happy - an investment in my own happiness. There is consequently no resentment on my part - it fulfills my chosen purpose of making a difference - but it isn't a "treat". I find myself in "just do it" mode.
Consciousness, which is not just this character, is exactly in the preferred place, on the shoulder of the character watching the movie. It is the best of all worlds - the character physically facilitates a focus for Consciousness but Consciousness is not lost within it nor identifies with it - it's just a handy focal point. The consequence is the greatest experience Consciousness can have - peace of mind.
This is of course a temporary experience, made possible only by a confluence of passing circumstances. It is the purpose of the character to pass on the meme whilst this condition persists, so Consciousness can continue to experience this peace in succeeding characters.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Do you know what you really are?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Air Pressure: 995 millibars and static
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
Only a woman would say "Don't think that I haven't noticed that you haven't noticed!" :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Aziz Ansari on Gay Rights
In just seven years, a single pair of cats and their offspring could produce a staggering total of 420,000 kittens.
9. ZEN WISDOM
Life is tenacious; it is endowed with the impulse to survive and the power to heal. Ultimately, it is we ourselves who cure our illness, and the decision to undertake this battle arises from within.