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1. ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
5th February 2000
The Novye Aldi massacre
The Novye Aldi massacre was a mass killing in which Russian federal forces summarily executed dozens of people in the Novye Aldi (Aldy) suburb of Grozny, the capital of Chechnya, in the course of a "mopping-up" (zachistka) operation conducted there on February 5, 2000, soon after the end of the battle for the city. As a result of a deadly rampage by the special police forces, at least 60 and up to 82 local civilians were killed and at least six women were raped. Numerous houses were also burned and civilian property was stolen in an organized manner.
The official investigation into the Aldi massacre established that the "sweep operation" there was conducted by the paramilitary police of OMON from the northern Russian city of Saint Petersburg (possibly also from the southern Ryazan Oblast), yet as of 2010 the Russian authorities have failed to hold anyone to account for the crime. The guilt of the Russian state in the Aldi murders and the denial of justice to the victims has been formally established in two different judgements by the European Court of Human Rights several years later in 2006–07.
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
Shift 1 of the weekend job
TV comedy night
Twitter Followers = 2,071 (down 1)
Non-followed eliminated = 1
Unfollowers eliminated = 0
New Followers followed back = 0
Spammers not followed back = 0
3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
By yesterday evening however, particularly after semi-insomnia the previous evening, I was kinda bushed, and Missus, horny as she is, gave me the "evening off", as to be honest it would have felt like another job. Instead we both had a very early night (from 20:30) and I slept right through until the alarm went off at 05:00
I go into the weekend on an "even keel", though reflecting that the last month has been somewhat disappointing on the Practice front, with a large number of enquiries and four consultations not turning into clients, one of those a "time-waster" professional person. Obviously one reflects on one's own performance, but when I look at my track-record of success and the customer satisfaction of the clients who have "followed-through", I have at worst been attracting the wrong interest rather than there being anything wrong with my professionalism per se.
Rather than waste too much reflection on the time-wasters, my focus is better placed on attracting the committed in future.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Are you pleased with your own performance?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Air Pressure: 1016 millibars and falling rapidly
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
Journey of a thousand miles starts with one small but expensive plane ticket :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Mitch Hedberg in Canada
Everyone is a minority in Hawaii—there are no racial majorities. Haoles or Caucasians, constitute about 33% of the population, Japanese about 33%, Filipino-Americans about 16%, and Chinese-Americans about 5%. Most of the population has mixed ethnicities.
9. ZEN WISDOM
Where there’s life, there’s hope. Hope only disappears when you decide something is hopeless.