Category Archives: Positraction

Interesting way to start the week

POSITRACTION: Black trooper helps a White supremacist



Rob Godfrey: “not an uncommon example of humanity in SC: Leroy Smith helps white supremacist to shelter & water as heat bears down.”

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That’s “race relations”.

I don’t like to praise Hollywood much. 

But occasionally they get one right.

This applies to this picture.

“America isn’t easy. America is advanced citizenship. You gotta want it bad, ’cause it’s gonna put up a fight. It’s gonna say “You want free speech? Let’s see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who’s standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours. You want to claim this land as the land of the free? Then the symbol of your country can’t just be a flag; the symbol also has to be one of its citizens exercising his right to burn that flag in protest. Show me that, defend that, celebrate that in your classrooms. Then, you can stand up and sing about the “land of the free”.” — President Andrew Shepherd played by Michael Douglas in “The American President” (1995)

We may disagree with another’s beliefs, but we still must “Love Our Neighbor”!

This picture gives me hope.

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POSITRACTION: Nicholas Winton, a British hero of the Holocaust


Accidental Talmudist
July 2 at 8:31pm · Edited ·

Nicholas Winton, a British hero of the Holocaust, died yesterday at the age of 106. Prime Minister David Cameron said, “We must never forget Sir Nicholas Winton’s humanity in saving so many children from the Holocaust.”

Nicholas was born to Jewish parents who had emigrated from Germany. Anxious to fit into British society, the family converted to Christianity and Nicholas was baptised.

In 1938, Nicholas was a young London stockbroker planning a skiing vacation in Switzerland. He received a call from a friend asking him to help rescue Jewish children who were in danger of Nazi deportation. Nicholas cancelled his vacation and got to work.

At the time, Jewish refugee children were allowed to enter Britain, but Dutch border guards were sending them back to near-certain death in Germany. Nicholas worked the system, and his connections, to gain official permission to bring the children through the Netherlands.

With the help of his mother, Nicholas placed the children in appropriate homes. He advertised widely seeking host families. Nicholas found homes in Britain for 669 Jewish children. Most of their parents died in Auschwitz.

After the war, Nicholas got married, had three children, and settled in Maidenhead, England. He told nobody about his heroic wartime actions.

In 1988, Winton’s wife Grete found a scrapbook in the attic containing lists of children, including their parents’ names and the names and addresses of the families who took them in.

Nicholas was featured on a British television show later that year. The producers planned a surprise for him. Seated in the studio audience, Nicholas learned on camera that everybody around him owed their life to him.

In 2002, Winton was knighted in recognition of his work on behalf of refugee children.

Today we proudly honor Sir Nicholas Winton as this week’s Thursday Hero at Accidental Talmudist.

See the video of Nicholas and the people who owe their lives to him:

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I admire these héros. 

I especially admire that he made it “no big deal”.

I hope that if my turn to do something heroic that I can measure up.

This is a stunning story worth remembering.

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POSITRACTION: ALS diagnosis spurs further actions


Longtime ABC11 anchor raises awareness, funds for ALS research following diagnosis
By Melinda Carstensen Published June 29, 2015

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Longtime news anchor Larry Stogner always made a point to raise money for difficult medical conditions, but little did he know he would one day be diagnosed with one.

During the 39 years that Stogner, 68, reported for Raleigh, N.C.’s ABC11-WTVD, he participated in the annual Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. In 2014 he took part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which went viral and helped the ALS Association raise over $115 million in donations for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) research.

“I interviewed a lot of ALS patients along the way, and I would always come away saying, ‘Jeez, I’m glad I’m not that guy.’ And now, I am that guy,” Stogner, who served as the station’s evening news anchor for about 32 years, told

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It’s an inspiring story that shows a fellow courageously facing a death prognosis and yet “helping”.

And, it relates all the smart people trying to find a cure or ameliorate the symptoms and effects.

Sadly, not much we can do but pray for cure and raise money. (Although I do disagree with lobbying the Gooferment for funding. Private charity will solve it fast and cheaper than the Gooferment EVER could. Note how long research takes with Gooferment funding.)

I’m adding Larry to my prayer list and hope you’ll all do the same.

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POSITRACTION: Kids volunteer to keep an old lady out of legal trouble


Kids Volunteer to Mow a Stranger’s Field to Keep Her Out of Trouble
by Good News Network – June 11, 2015

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Four brothers loaded up their mowers to help a stranger after hearing about an elderly woman who was in trouble with the law because her grass was too high.

It was a sweltering hot Texas day, but that didn’t deter the four Reynolds boys from pushing mowers through waist high grass over more than an acre of property she owns in Riesel.

“We haven’t met her yet but she’s 75 years old and she needs some help mowing,” Blaine Reynolds told KWTX News. “That’s the least we could do.”

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I could make an ENDNOTE out of the stupidity of the law. But that aside, these young men are impressive. 

What role did their parents have in this idea?

If they truly did it all on their own, then they deserve even more praise.

They fit my definition of “warrior”.

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Please pick a warrior, one who, like the Indian brave, will not eat, until every widow and orphan in his tribe has had their fill. Judge the man you are about to pick on his deeds. Choose the man, who acts in your benefit and that of others, rather than his own.  

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— heroic character “Marie” in CHURCH 10●19●62 Volume 1 Page 220

I hope that more young people can follow this example and then they can restore America to its ideal.

I also hope she demands a jury trial. I’d like to be on that jury.

And, the politicians and bureaucrats who passed that law and | or involved with her prosecution, should all be recalled and | or fired, for extreme stupidity.

Maybe they should have been out mowing?


Any way, well done to the young “warriors”. Hope I can live up to their example.

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POSITRACTION: Sweeney, Peter K. (MC1964) supplies a classic military story


Sweeney, Peter K. (MC1964)

A classic military story courtesy of the extended MP/MC family

> Begin forwarded message:
>From: Janina Adelhardt 
> Date: June 16, 2015 at 4:23:23 PM EDT
> actually, I believe I did see a small bit of this story in the news very recently but this video is well worth the watch. It can’t help but touch you with a profound admiration for this brave and generous family!

You have to wonder why these stories never hit the news .

[JR: An admirable response to losing a son. However, I continue to reiterate my conviction that we need to bring all the girls and boys home now. This was, like most wars, is not the USA’s war. The killing and maiming of people on both sides is unacceptable. When it’s on our shores and / or here at home, then we’ll have a “just war”. Dona Nobis Pacem.]  

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POSITRACTION: An Engineer’s Simple Solution for African Girls Dropping Out


The Feminine Reason for African Girls Dropping Out, An Engineer’s Simple Solution
by Good News Network – May 28, 2015

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Many girls in the Western world use their period as an excuse to sit out of gym class–but in some African countries a girl’s monthly cycle forces her out of school altogether.

Diana Sierra was already empowering women in Africa and South America, working as an industrial engineer on innovative cookstoves and food processors that would make their lives better. But when she visited Uganda and found girls there dropping out of school, she trained her problem-solving prowess on the lack of feminine pads.

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While designing the product she worked closely with African girls who told her they wanted something colorful, girly and beautiful. It was a poignant reminder that no matter someone’s income level, people want beautiful things.

“It is our job as designers to serve this population with the same attention to aesthetics as we do with any other user segment.”

Beginning today, Plan USA is offering everyone in the world the chance to help girls in Africa by donating two pairs of the panty-pads for an $11 contribution.

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I was attracted to this story because, as a fat old white guy injineer, I know engineers like to think of themselves as “problem solvers”.

Not every problem is obvious; not every solution requires a Gooferment solution.

If humans are challenged, some one of the species can solve it.

When you think outside of that proverbial “box”, amazing things can happen.

Some things seem so OBVIOUS once they are solved. Hotels Dot Com captured the concept perfectly with Captain Obvious that says obvious things.

I need to look around and see what I can find that’s “obvious”. Not every idea has to change the world like this one, but it’s amazing when they do.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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POSITRACTION: Dr. Subodh Kumar Singh provides free treatment


The Logical Indian
Doctors are often equated with God, and that’s for a reason.

Nine-year-old Ragini was severely burned by lamp oil as a toddler. She lost range of motion in her neck due to injuries from the burn and was bullied in school. Watch as she and her family travel from their rural village to the city of Varanasi, where she undergoes a life-altering operation at G.S. Memorial Plastic Surgery Hospital.

Director and plastic surgeon Dr. Subodh Kumar Singh provides free treatment for over 80 percent of the patients he sees, many of whom are burn victims like Ragini.

“I earn a currency called love that is much more valuable than money” these are the words of this doctor who miraculously helped this girl and gave hopes to many.

The Logical Indian salutes Dr. Subodh Kumar Singh and entire medical community who are keeping humans and humanity alive on this earth.

This short video from Blue Chalk Media was produced on behalf of the charity .This video is all about compassion especially in the noble field of medicine.

Watch this video seamlessly on youtube :

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Every once in a while, one is “touched”.

Makes me wish I had been capable of going into medicine.

Or otherwise, receive such burdens.

All I can do is donate some modest amounts of money to charities and hope it makes a difference.

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