Category Archives: Positraction

Interesting way to start the week

POSITRACTION: Pope Francis Declares Opposition Death Penalty


Pope Francis Declares Death Penalty Inadmissible in All Cases
Posted on August 2, 2018 by JMF

(From BBC News)

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Pope Francis has changed the teachings of the Catholic faith to oppose the death penalty in all circumstances, the Vatican has said.

The Catechism of the Church, which sums up the teachings, had previously stated that the death penalty could be used in some cases.

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Well, a stopped clock is right twice a day!  I never needed the Pope to tell me that the “death penalty” is immoral.

What changed after all these centuries?

Did he wake up one morning and decide?  Divine inspiration?  Need a new way to get publicity?  Seek to distract from the ongoing paedophilia scandals!

I’ll vote for “distraction”.

The Papacy has lost all credibility and moral authority.


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POSITRACTION: A patient Louisiana grocer gives us an exemplar of how to be


‘I’m watching a miracle right now’: Heartwarming moment patient Louisiana grocer lets autistic man stock store with him for 30minutes

  • Jordan Taylor, a grocer at Rouses Markets in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was filmed assisting Jack Ryan stock the shelves for 30minutes on Sunday
  • The pair diligently put dairy products and fruit juices away, with Taylor handing items for Ryan to then put away
  • ‘This young man took the time to slow down and allow Jack Ryan to help for over 30 minutes, guiding him as he finished his task’ said Delaney Edwards Alwosaibi
  • Alwosaibi, Ryan’s sister, took a picture with Taylor and launched a GoFundMe campaign for him

PUBLISHED: 14:47 EDT, 1 August 2018 | UPDATED: 14:55 EDT, 1 August 2018

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A heartwarming moment between a local Louisiana grocer and an autistic customer is proving that it’s truly the little things that count.  

Jordan Taylor, an employee at Rouses Markets in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was filmed assisting Jack Ryan – who is autistic – stock the shelves for 30minutes on Sunday.

‘We all know autism makes going out difficult, and sometimes grocery stores can be a challenge,’ said Delaney Edwards Alwosaibi, Ryan’s sister, in the post’s caption.

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How patient are we with our fellow humans?

Could we exhibit 0ne tenth of this fellows effort — 3 minutes?

Not sure I could.  The next time I am challenged, I’ll remember this young man.

Maybe you can too?

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POSITRACTION: ‘Even though things are difficult, your life matters; you’re a shining light in a dark world, so just hold on’


British Teen Posts Uplifting Notes on Bridge and ‘Helps Save Six Lives’
By Good News Network – Jul 22, 2018

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An 18-year-old girl’s ingenious idea to attach messages onto a bridge in Sunderland is inspiring those in despair to think twice before jumping.

Paige Hunter wrote more than 40 heartfelt notes and tied them to the railings of the Wearmouth Bridge hoping to provide comfort at a time when it is needed most.

The encouraging words penned by the East Durham College student included: ‘Even though things are difficult, your life matters; you’re a shining light in a dark world, so just hold on’.

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You have to admire that people can think of ways to prevent suicides without spending huge amounts of money.  Simple yet effective and efficient.  Love it.

Perhaps it should be on EVERY bridge.

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POSITRACTION: “Captain Wiggle Wings’ aka Gail Halvorsen — a good man


‘Captain Wiggle Wings’ – The U.S. Pilot Who Dropped Tons of Candy for Kids in Berlin After Fighting Their Country 
By Good News Network-Jul 17, 2018

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70 years ago today, a US Air Force pilot went down in history as the man who started dropping candy with miniature parachutes – because every child deserves a sweet treat, even in times of war.

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The next day on his approach to Berlin, he rocked the aircraft and dropped some chocolate bars attached to a handmade handkerchief parachute to the children waiting below. Every day after that, the number of children increased and he made several more drops. Soon, there was a stack of mail in Base Ops addressed to “Uncle Wiggly Wings”, “The Chocolate Uncle” and “The Chocolate Flier”.

When an officer heard about it, he immediately expanded it into “Operation Little Vittles”. Other pilots participated, and when news reached the US, children all over the country sent in their own candy to help out. Soon, major candy manufacturers joined in.

In the end, over twenty three tons of candy were dropped on Berlin during the airlift that kept that blockaded city alive and the operation became a major propaganda success.

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What a “heroic” effort by one man.

Who knows how many children were “touched” by his generosity or the future efforts?

Little children are the casualties of war!


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POSITRACTION: Thai rescue — great; reason it was needed — unknown?


Celebrations Erupt After Dramatic Rescue of 12 Boys From Submerged Cave 2 Miles Deep
By McKinley Corbley – Jul 10, 2018

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After an emotionally turbulent 18-day ordeal, all 12 of the Thai boys who were trapped in an elaborate cave system with their assistant coach have been rescued and brought to safety.

The boys, who are all members of the Wild Boars soccer team, had been exploring the Tham Luang caves in Thailand with their 25-year-old soccer coach when rising water levels trapped them inside of the caverns. As the tunnels continued to flood, the group was forced further and further inside the system until they had traveled 2 and a half miles into the caves.

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Let’s not forget that one man lost his life in this effort.

I still don’t understand why they were in there in the first place?

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POSITRACTION: Widow Carries On Husband’s Tradition


When Widow Carries On Husband’s Kind Tradition of Filling a Cooler, People Pay It Forward
By McKinley Corbley – Jul 5, 2018

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It’s been seven months since Charlie Poveromo suddenly died of a heart attack at the age of 57 – but since his widow is making sure to carry on his compassionate tradition, people across the nation are paying it forward too.

Charlie was a beloved bartender, a devoted husband, and a bustling homeowner. Not only that, he was extraordinarily kind.

When a heat wave struck Milford, New Jersey eight years ago, Charlie spotted several garagemen looking pale, sweaty, and exhausted as they worked through the grueling temperatures outside of his home. He immediately grabbed several plastic cups of cooled water, ran outside, ushered the men into the shade, and offered them their fill of hydration.

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I have always offered bottles of water on hot days to the folks working outside.  Even if they are not working “for me”.  

I was singularly impressed how others picked up the meme and did it for Charlie far and wide.

Good works multiplied!

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POSITRACTION: Backpacks Instead of Flowers


Hundreds of People Bring Backpacks Instead of Flowers to Woman’s Funeral
By McKinley Corbley – Jun 26, 2018

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In accordance with one woman’s final wish, there were backpacks lining the pews at her funeral instead of flowers.

Tammy Waddell passed away earlier this month at the age of 58 from a prolonged illness at Northside Hospital-Forsyth in Georgia, but before she died, she asked for people to bring backpacks filled with school supplies to her funeral.

Waddell worked as a paraprofessional and teacher at several schools in the Forsyth County school district. At one point in her 30-year career, she was even recognized as Teacher of the Year.

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“My cousin, a teacher, wanted backpacks with supplies brought to her funeral instead of flowers for needy students,” Brad Johnson said on Twitter. “Serving others to the end.”

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Great idea.  A little hard on the floral industry, but good for the children who will benefit.

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