Category Archives: Positraction

Interesting way to start the week

POSITRACTION: “Too believe”

2015-Feb-29

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=205345896304436

Really A.W.E.S.O.M.E heart emoticon what a voice ! What a song Whaoooooooo heart emoticon — with Trendon Gillroy, Phillip Moore, Inès Tahfouna, Andy Thomas, Khadiga Asfour, Hanine Biz, Peter Cools, Lisa Viot, Anthony D. Boone, Charles Henry Gramont, Manon Jasmin, Jess Laurel, Jeff Rowland and Salwa Manoubi.

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[JR: Take five minutes. If this isn’t the best positive message that I’ve ever captured, I’m hard pressed to remember a better one.]  

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POSITRACTION: Alonzo Bodden reminded me of George Carlin

2015-Feb-22

http://www.alonzobodden.com/

Alonzo Bodden
02.12.15 
STRESS FACTORY
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ

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Had the privilege of seeing him perform on Valentine’s Day.

He did a most interesting riff about the medical panics used to stampede “We, The Sheeple”.

I recall, other than a lot of bad words, he pointed to, in succession, measles, ebola, bird flue, sars, mad cow, … … and that’s just what I remember.

He pointed  that there were only a few cases of each in countries with millions or billions of people.

AND, that the “disease scare” died out as soon as the next story came along.

He pointed out he was too busy making a living to get caught up in the hype.

I thought that was a “George Carlin” moment. You know when George would hit on some “elemental truth” and ram it home with sarcastic humor.

I also so saw him chagrined when he was mocking about a teacher telling him “he wouldn’t always have a calculator” as held up his smart phone. He went through a few apps and then said: “I even have an app that let’s you take a photograph of a math problem and sends it to Chinese kid who solved it for a quarter.” Very funny, UNTIL he saw a woman of Chinese ancestry, in the SECOND row. He backpedalled that one real quick.

Funny, but I didn’t think it was racist, but obviously he did.

In any event, the thing I took away is pay no attention to the hype and pay lots of attention to not iadvertantly hurting our fellow humans.

That an extension of the Zero Aggression Principle — don’t use force on people — of be mindful of people’s feelings.

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POSITRACTION: Christianity was not imposed

2015-Feb-15

Thursday, February 12, 2015
On Obama’s Prayer Breakfast Digression
By Patrick J. Buchanan

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In drawing parallels between Christianity and Islam, Obama misses a basic point. Unlike Islam, which, in one century, conquered Arabia, the Middle and Near East, the Holy Land, North Africa and Spain, until the Muslim advance was halted by Charles Martel at Poitiers in France, Christianity did not conquer with the sword, but with the Word.

Only after 300 years of persecution and martyrdom were the Christians, through the Edict of Milan, allowed to practice their faith.

Christianity was not imposed on the Old World, but embraced.

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Politics aside. 

It’s tenent of little L libertarians that believe in the Zero Aggression Principle, that it something is good idea, no need to legally force it to be done. People will freely adopt it.

In Buchanan’s sniper, he hit a key point — God gives man “free will”.

Religion imposed is just another form of tyranny.

It’s a great observation.

Good ideas are not imposed; merely “announced”?

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POSITRACTION: Why Catholics Should be Libertarian

2015-Feb-08

Free is Beautiful: Why Catholics Should be Libertarian – April 20, 2012
by Randy England (Author)

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Free is Beautiful by Randy England uses the scriptures, the writings of the Saints and the Catechism to show why Catholicism is essentially libertarian. Only through our free will can we become virtuous and share in the divine life; knowing, loving and serving God. Centuries ago, St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Augustine recognized the futility and evil in trying to force people to be virtuous. They taught that government should limit itself to keeping the peace by protecting people’s lives and property. The golden rule teaches that we must not do to another what we would not want done to ourselves. Don’t cheat. Don’t steal. Don’t hit. Don’t harm others. Live and let live. Mind your own business.

Libertarians call this the non-aggression principle: that no person or group may initiate force against another. The modern state knows no such limits, making everyone’s business its own and leaving the individual naked before it. No matter which political party is in power, the government continues to grow unchecked, ignoring justice and fundamental rights, keeping the poor in a place of permanent dependency, while plundering the future to give favors to its friends and extending its world-wide empire through endless warfare.

It is time to consider libertarianism, the most just system in a fallen world and the only political philosophy that takes human dignity and free will seriously. Liberty will not feed a man, nor will it get him into heaven, but does guarantee him the freedom to do both.

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I found this a very positive experience.

Haven’t read the whole book, but “peeks” and hearing him interview, I think he has an argument worth considering.

For me my journey to be a little L libertarian started when the Good Christian Brother (who’s name I forget) in Good Shepherd grammar school taught us about the “Just War Theory”. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Just_war_theory

Then, it was “baked in” when I read the “juvenile” science fiction of Robert Heinlein.

If we are to have “free will”, then we have to be free to make our own mistakes.

Seems like “God” is a little L libertarian.

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POSITRACTION: Better toilets = 82% reduction waterborne diseases

2015-Feb-01

http://www.ted.com/talks/joe_madiath_better_toilets_better_life

Filmed October 2014 at TEDGlobal 2014
Joe Madiath: Better toilets, better life

In rural India, the lack of toilets creates a big, stinking problem. It leads to poor quality water, one of the leading causes of disease in India, and has a disproportionately negative effect on women. Joe Madiath introduces a program to help villagers help themselves, by building clean, protected water and sanitation systems and requiring everyone in the village to collaborate — with significant benefits that ripple across health, education and even government.

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Well in India, we have a theory, which is very much accepted by the government bureaucracy and all those who matter, that poor people deserve poor solutions and absolutely poor people deserve pathetic solutions. This, combined with a Nobel Prize-worthy theory that the cheapest is the most economic, is the heady cocktail that the poor are forced to drink. We are fighting against this. We feel that the poor have been humiliated for centuries. And even in sanitation, they should not be humiliated. Sanitation is more about dignity than about human disposal of waste. 

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As a Jasper fat old white guy injineer, I know how important “sanitary engineering” is.

This is a STUNNING project.

Something that we in the USA take completely for granted.

Argh!

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POSITRACTION: Gronkowski’s surprise

2015-Jan-25

http://trove.com/me/content/C71Up

Watch Rob Gronkowski surprise a single mom with free furniture 
Marissa Payne, The Washington Post

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New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski isn’t just a talented football player; he’s also a really nice guy. If surrounding himself with cats for an ESPN magazine photoshoot last year wasn’t enough to convince you he’s a softie, perhaps his recent efforts to get a single mom and her two kids a new couch will.

Gronk teamed up with Eastern Bank and College Bound moving company CEO and philanthropist Edward Smith to make the special delivery. The mom’s reaction is priceless.

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Charity done publicly is “good”.

Done anonymously is “best”.

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POSITRACTION: baby dumped in freezing weather + stray cat = happy miracle

2015-Jan-18

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/hero-cat-rescues-baby-dumped-4982826

News World news Cats
Hero cat rescues baby dumped in street by climbing in box to keep it warm in freezing conditions
Jan 15, 2015 12:02 By Jon Livesey

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As well as using its long hair and body heat to protect the three-month old tot from sub-zero temperatures, the moggy also raised the alarm by constantly meowing

A long-haired tabby cat has been hailed a hero after finding an abandoned baby in a street and climbing in the box he had been left in to protect him from the cold.

As well as making sure the three-month-old didn’t freeze to death, the moggy raised the alarm by crying out to make people aware of the boy’s presence.

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A people say that animals aren’t “smart”.

I don’t know what you’d call this. Maybe “dumb luck”. Or a Guardian Angel.

And what state of mind was the Mom in?

Can’t imagine her circumstances.

Guess they don’t have “save haven” laws in Russia.

But they have better stray cats?

Dona Nobis Pacem

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http://youtu.be/_KBzGRx7EMo

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