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1. ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
11th February 1979
The Iranian Revolution
The Iranian Revolution resulted in the overthrow of the Pahlavi dynasty under Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, who was supported by the United States and its replacement with an Islamic republic under the Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the leader of the revolution, supported by various leftist and Islamic organizations and Iranian student movements.
Demonstrations against the Shah commenced in October 1977, developing into a campaign of civil resistance that included both secular and religious element and which intensified in January 1978. Between August and December 1978, strikes and demonstrations paralyzed the country. The Shah left Iran for exile on January 16, 1979, as the last Persian monarch, leaving his duties to a regency council and an opposition-based prime minister. Ayatollah Khomeini was invited back to Iran by the government, and returned to Tehran to a greeting by several million Iranians. The royal reign collapsed shortly after on February 11 when guerrillas and rebel troops overwhelmed troops loyal to the Shah in armed street fighting, bringing Khomeini to official power. Iran voted by national referendum to become an Islamic Republic on April 1, 1979, and to approve a new theocratic-republican constitution whereby Khomeini became Supreme Leader of the country, in December 1979.
The revolution was unusual for the surprise it created throughout the world: it lacked many of the customary causes of revolution (defeat at war, a financial crisis, peasant rebellion, or disgruntled military), occurred in a nation that was enjoying relatively good material wealth and prosperity, produced profound change at great speed, was massively popular, resulted in the exile of many Iranians, and replaced a pro-Western semi-absolute monarchy with an anti-Western authoritarian theocracy based on the concept of Guardianship of the Islamic Jurists (or velayat-e faqih). It was a relatively non-violent revolution, and helped to redefine the meaning and practice of modern revolutions (although there was violence in its aftermath).
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
Business promotional work
Quality Son Time
Quality Missus Time
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
Superconsciousness requires the practice of several disciplines at once, which is why it takes some time to master. These are:
- that's a lot of co-ordination! You can learn the theory as much as you like but you have to physically DO them to make them "stick" and experience superconsciousness. I'm still perfecting and fine-tuning this co-ordination, but the technique I'm working with is to imagine consenting to being hypnotized and possessed by my Higher Self.
I know full well that the subconscious mind does not function by logic, but by experience, sensation and association, so you have to speak that "language" if you want to optimize its power.
I'll know I've succeeded when I achieve the complete elimination of dark scenarios and resentment and thoughts are dominated by decisive action and inspired ideas. Once I've perfected it so I know it definitely works, I'll write it in the form of a book and share it with the world.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
What's in control of you?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Air Pressure: 1002 millibars and static
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
If God were a woman, most of us would go to hell without ever knowing why.
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Melinda Hill quality standup gags
The average bullying episode lasts only 37 seconds. Teachers notice or intervene in only one in 25 incidents.
9. ZEN WISDOM
When we draw strength from within, our outlook undergoes a dramatic transformation; everything around us looks completely different. To be internally strong is the key to happiness.