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1. ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
29th April 1946: The Tokyo Trials begin
The International Military Tribunal for the Far East (IMTFE), also known as the Tokyo Trials, the Tokyo War Crimes Tribunal, or simply the Tribunal, was convened on April 29, 1946, to try the leaders of the Empire of Japan for three types of war crimes. "Class A" crimes were reserved for those who participated in a joint conspiracy to start and wage war, and were brought against those in the highest decision-making bodies; "Class B" crimes were reserved for those who committed "conventional" atrocities or crimes against humanity; "Class C" crimes were reserved for those in "the planning, ordering, authorization, or failure to prevent such transgressions at higher levels in the command structure".
Twenty-eight Japanese military and political leaders were charged with waging aggressive war and with responsibility for conventional war crimes. More than 5,700 lower-ranking personnel were charged with conventional war crimes in separate trials convened by Australia, China, France, The Netherlands, the Philippines, the United Kingdom and the United States. The charges covered a wide range of crimes including prisoner abuse, rape, sexual slavery, torture, ill-treatment of labourers, execution without trial and inhumane medical experiments. China held 13 tribunals, resulting in 504 convictions and 149 executions.
The Japanese Emperor Hirohito and all members of the imperial family, such as career officer Prince Yasuhiko Asaka, were not prosecuted for involvement in any of the three categories of crimes. Herbert Bix explained, "the Truman administration and General MacArthur both believed the occupation reforms would be implemented smoothly if they used Hirohito to legitimize their changes". As many as 50 suspects, such as Nobusuke Kishi, who later became Prime Minister, and Yoshisuke Aikawa, head of Nissan, were charged but released in 1947 and 1948. Shiro Ishii received immunity in exchange for data gathered from his experiments on live prisoners. The lone dissenting judge to exonerate all indictees was Indian jurist Radhabinod Pal.
There has been retrospective criticism of the trials because the outcomes were heavily influenced by political convenience, allowing many more responsible for atrocities to escape justice entirely.
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
Shift 1 of the Weekend Job
Twitter Followers = 2,212 (up 2)
Never-followed unfollowers eliminated = 2
@LiveTreeHQ +1 untraced
Followed unfollowers eliminated = 0
New Followers followed back = 1
Spammers not followed back = 3
@LesterWARees @pujdesala2007 @lDSpaceMusicia
3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
It was a perfect Thursday! All objectives achieved. Happiness however is not the absence of challenges. The challenge at the forefront of my consciousness is a torn knee ligament and a very localised throbbing pain in my right foot, about an inch from the big toe, which strongly suggests Sesamoiditis. Both of these are probably tendon/ligament issues. These things are not enough to prevent me achieving any objective, so my decision is to simply leave them and see how they develop.
With no life-changing threats visible at the perimeter, my mind is consequently incredibly calm, and when I focus on it I can feel the "hum" that consciousness itself generates, what in eastern spirituality is named OM. The closest I can describe the feeling is being continually stimulated by a vibrator in subtle mode that instead of being pressed to your genitals is pressed on your brain.
I am incredibly fortunate - few will ever reach this level of consciousness, or even be interested in it - you can't miss what you've never had. However, my life purpose is not to change the world, only pass on beneficial memes. Rather than be frustrated at all the ignorance around me, I will be grateful for this depth of knowledge.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Do you think there's more to life than what you are experiencing?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Showers in the morning, occasionally wintry and heavy, dry after lunch
1002 millibars and rising
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
Yesterday, my phone filmed a 6 hour documentary about life inside my pocket :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Chelsea Handler - Contagious Vibrator
Resting moths hold their wings horizontally. Resting butterflies fold their wings vertically.
9. ZEN WISDOM
When your determination changes, everything will begin to move in the direction you desire. The moment you resolve to be victorious, every nerve and fiber in your being will immediately orient itself toward your success. On the other hand, if you think, “This is never going to work out,” then at that instant every cell in your being will be deflated and give up the fight.