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1. ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
12th March 1938: The Anschluss
Austria (the neighbour of Germany) was invaded by the Third Reich on 12 March 1938. There had been several years of pressure from supporters in both Austria and Germany (both Nazis and non-Nazis) for the "Heim ins Reich" movement. Earlier, Nazi Germany had provided support for the Austrian National Socialist Party (Austrian Nazi Party) in its bid to seize power from Austria's Fatherland Front government.
In the face of rioting by the small, but virulent, Austrian Nazi Party and ever-expanding German demands on Austria, Chancellor Kurt Schuschnigg called a referendum (plebiscite) on the issue, knowing that the majority of Austrians would vote in favor of maintaining Austrian independence. But before this could take place, Hitler threatened invasion, and demanded Chancellor von Schuschnigg's resignation and the appointment of the Nazi Arthur Seyss-Inquart as his replacement.
Hitler's plan was for Seyss-Inquart to call immediately for German troops to rush to Austria's aid, restoring order and giving the invasion an air of legitimacy. However, the German Führer underestimated his opposition. Schuschnigg did resign, but President Wilhelm Miklas initially refused to appoint Seyss-Inquart as Chancellor. Hitler, tired of waiting, ordered the invasion to commence at dawn on 12 March. By the time Seyss-Inquart could send his telegram, it was relatively clear to the rest of the world that the request was theatrics. Schuschnigg's plebiscite, naturally, was cancelled by the newly installed Nazis.
Union of Germany and Austria was expressly forbidden by the treaties of Versailles and St.Germain, but Hitler already knew from experience (the occupation of the Rhineland in 1936) that there was no appetite in Britain or France to enforce the treaty militarily.
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
Shift 2 of the Weekend Job
TV Footie night
Twitter Followers = 2,093 (down 1)
Never-followed unfollowers eliminated = 3
@LS1print, @TheCanterburyWA + @MadridCFyB
Followed unfollowers eliminated = 0
New Followers followed back = 0
Spammers not followed back = 2
3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
I was awoken at 4am with a raging urine boner. Urine boners are now easy to distinguish. As I passed through the Hypnagogic State I was convinced I was incredibly horny, but on gaining full consciousness I felt the annoying disappointment of what it really was. With a urine boner, I can physically feel the bladder bulging behind the erection.
Once I've urinated, the sensation of arousal and the erection itself instantly vanishes (sometimes it doesn't, but I've learned to ignore it - if you start you can't finish) - but then I was really thirsty! Defeated, I got up, got the laundry going, fed the cats and made a cuppa - and here I am! It's just one of the experiences of male Middle-Age.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
How mentally prepared are you for the process of ageing?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
1028 millibars and rising
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
I can't tell if I actually have free time, or if I'm just forgetting everything. :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
When the mind recalls a memory, it’s not the original memory. In fact, the act of remembering is an act of creative re-imagination. The put-together memory doesn’t just have a few holes; it also has some entirely new bits pasted in.
9. ZEN WISDOM
As long as we are human, we are bound to make mistakes. What distinguishes a forward-looking person from an intransigent one, a virtuous person from a dishonest one, however, is whether one can candidly admit to one’s mistakes and take bold steps to learn from them.