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1. ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
1st April 1933: The Nazi Boycott of Jewish businesses
The boycott was the first government-sanctioned antisemitic act by the new Nazi government of Germany, and was the idea of Julius Streicher. Streicher was fiercely antisemitic and in 1921, after accumulating a considerable following of his own, joined the Nazi party in 1921. In May 1923, Streicher founded the newspaper Der Sturmer, and from the outset its main focus was antisemitic propaganda.
In 1925, Streicher was appointed Gauleiter of the province of Franconia, and once the Nazis had come to power, wielded unchallenged power in the region. This gave him the ability to effectively organize the boycott.
The boycott was both a reprisal and an act of revenge against Gruelpropaganda (atrocity stories) that German and foreign Jews, assisted by foreign journalists, were allegedly circulating in the international press to damage Nazi Germany's reputation.
On the day of the boycott, Storm Troopers (Sturmabteilung; SA) stood menacingly in front of Jewish-owned department stores and retail establishments, and the offices of professionals such as doctors and lawyers. The Star of David was painted in yellow and black across thousands of doors and windows, with accompanying antisemitic slogans. Signs were posted saying "Don't Buy from Jews" and "The Jews Are Our Misfortune." Throughout Germany, acts of violence against individual Jews and Jewish property occurred; the police intervened only rarely.
Although the national boycott operation, organized by local Nazi party chiefs, lasted only one day and was ignored by many individual Germans who continued to shop in Jewish-owned stores, it marked the beginning of a nationwide campaign by the Nazi party against the entire German Jewish population. A week later, the government passed a law restricting employment in the civil service to "Aryans." Jewish government workers, including teachers in public schools and universities, were sacked.
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
The Paper Run
Client prep and session
Shift 1 of the Weekend Job
TV Comedy Night
Twitter Followers = 2,109 (down 1)
Never-followed unfollowers eliminated = 1
Followed unfollowers eliminated = 2
New Followers followed back = 0
Spammers not followed back = 2
3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
I'm very much in "get on with it" mode as I have duties to Missus Client and Weekend Job in that order. There's something about "busy-ness" that makes one's mind wonderfully clear and life simple. Of course it helps when you believe you can win and achieve in all these fields, which I obviously do!
After many fruitless attempts I was delighted to finally sideload Instagram onto my Kindle Fire HD6. The latest version of this platform is the first that I could actually get to work! I consider it essential to be on there as it's a must for most folks with mobile technology, so it will give my profile a boost.
I have now reached the point where internal silence happens naturally, and it's wonderful to be liberated from all those wasteful thoughts. Peace of mind is the absolute best thing you can experience, and I'm profoundly thankful to have experienced it. I can now simply enjoy the movie.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
What do you think is the best thing that life could offer?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
1017 millibars and falling
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
I said I was good at making decisions. I didn't say the decisions I made were good. :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Jimmy Carr on sex in long-term relationships
A bat that dies while roosting will continue to hang upside until something shakes it loose.
9. ZEN WISDOM
A person’s true nature is revealed at times of the greatest adversity.