Category Archives: Positraction

Interesting way to start the week

POSITRACTION: FACETIME as a medical tool


NJ doctor guides baby delivery via FaceTime
Posted: Mar 13, 2015 6:56 PM EDT
Updated: Mar 13, 2015 6:56 PM EDT

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The office manager grabbed her iPhone, and using FaceTime Dr. Devalla was able to watch the delivery and talk her assistants through it.

Dr. Devalla says FaceTime is a great tool for an emergency, but she wants to stick to traditional deliveries.

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When I was on the First Aid squad, radio communications with the ER was just becoming common place.

But it was was to let them know we were inbound and what to prepare for.

Now days, paramedics meet the First Aid squad with a “hot case”.

Imagine when the ER doc can be virtually in the ambulance to advise or direct.

That’s progress.

My near miss, when I’d have be happy to have a doctor over my shoulder, was when I was commuting into NYC on the train. The wires were knocked down. And, of course, that’s when a lady decides to go into labor. Long story short, the train got priority in the mess and the lady was off to the hospital. Closest time I have ever gotten to my USAF survival school training on how to deliver a baby — Why? How should I know. But, always wanted to do it. Laff. Unfortunately women prefer real doctors.

But, in any event, great progress.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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POSITRACTION: Gilberto Bosques Saldivar — why have we never heard of him?


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Gilberto Bosques Saldivar
by Accidental Talmudist

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Gilberto Bosques Saldivar was a Mexican diplomat who saved 40,000 Jews and Spaniards from the Nazi and Franco fascist regimes.

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Bosques sprang into action. He rented a castle and a summer camp in Marseilles, and maintained that the properties were part of the consulate and therefore Mexican territory under international law.Bosques began issuing visas to Jews, as well as Spaniards fleeing the fascist Franco regime. Bosques housed the refugees at his compound in Marseilles, and chartered ships to get them safely out of the country.Bosques issued visas to approximately 40,000 Jews and Spaniards. In the accompanying image, he writes one of those tickets to life.In 1943, Bosques, along with his wife, three children, and 40 members of the consulate staff were arrested by the Gestapo and imprisoned in Germany for a year.They were released in 1944 after Mexican President Manuel Avila Camacho imprisoned German citizens in Mexico and then arranged a prisoner swap.

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For courageously saving the lives of 40,000 people at great personal sacrifice, we honor Gilberto Bosques Saldivar as this week’s Thursday Hero at Accidental Talmudist.

With thanks to Lily Izarraras Hamade

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When Evil is confronted, it take great moral courage.

To have that courage never recognized in life is a disgrace to all of us.

I’m not sure I’d have the huevos muchos grande to act this way. But I pray I would.

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POSITRACTION: Saying “thanks” sooner or later


Official TWS Member Publication : U.S. Air Force Edition

Parallel Lives, Shared History

Herb Heilbrun and John Leahr were twenty-one when the United States entered WWII. Herb became an Army Air Forces B-17 bomber pilot. John flew P-51 fighters. Both were thrown into the brutal high-altitude bomber war against Nazi Germany, though they never met because the Army was rigidly segregated – only in the air were black and white American fliers allowed to mix.

Both came safely home but it took a chance meeting 20 years ago when the two retired salesmen met at a reunion of the Tuskegee Airmen in Cincinnati. That meeting led them to review their parallel lives and discover their shared history.

It began in 1995 when Herb read in the newspaper that the city was honoring the local chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen; the all-black 332nd Fighter Group. They flew “Red-Tail” P-51s on missions escorting bomber squadrons from Italy into Germany and German held territories. Herb could still remember hearing, amid the radio chatter over the target, the distinctive voices of the Tuskegee Airmen. He felt that his thanks were overdue.

So Herb went down to the hotel where they were having a reception and told somebody he flew B-17s in Europe during WW II and that the Tuskegee Airmen escorted him. He then asked if there was a fighter pilot around that was over there and that he’d like to give him a hug for saving his behind. One guy pointed telling him there was a fellow standing across the room that he thinks flew fighters.

The man was John Leahr. When the two were introduced, Herb hugged John and said, “I’ve been waiting 50 years to meet one of you guys. You saved my tail on many a day.” John, who felt for many years that the nation he had served had paid him back with prejudice and discrimination, had been waiting just as long for one of those white bomber pilots to come along and say thanks. That was all he ever wanted. …

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POSITRACTION: “Too believe”


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


Alonzo Bodden

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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


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


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”.

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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