Category Archives: Positraction

Interesting way to start the week

POSITRACTION: The reason Holy Mother Church is running out of priests


Irish church fast running out of priests as vocation crisis worsens
Niall O’Dowd  @niallodowd April 19, 2017 04:39 AM

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WANTED: Clean-living young men for a long career. Women need not apply. Responsibilities: spiritual guidance, visiting the sick, public relations, marriages (own marriage not permitted).

Hours: on call 24/7.

Salary: basic stipend only.

Such was the way Time magazine a few years back illustrated how the Catholic Church in Ireland needed to regenerate itself. The ads went pretty much unanswered.

At the time Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin said, “If more young priests aren’t found quickly, Ireland’s parishes may not have enough clergy to survive.”

According to a 2007 study, about half of all priests in the Republic of Ireland and in Northern Ireland were aged between 55 and 74. Ten years later they are overwhelmingly over 65, with many ministering into their eighties.

There are approximately 100 young men studying for the priesthood in Ireland, down from 600 just a few decades ago. The crisis is indeed mounting.

There is more bad news for the Church this week with vocations in one diocese at zero, and more confirmation of a quickly aging population of priests among those currently working in the parishes.

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I can’t say as I am surprised. 

“Popular culture” has been captured by the “Secular Progressives”. The institutional Church has lost its moral authority. And, what’s probably the worst, the clergy has bought into “social justice”, Gooferment welfare, and “everybody is a victim of the rich”. 

I’m not sure how this ends, but like most things I think it just silently fades away.

When the Church becomes ideologically aligned with “the King”, it has no real purpose. The Church was always the counterbalance to “the King” and prevented worship of the State aka Gooferment. 

Now, we can just watch the “Death Spiral”.

I still maintain that the Church in America’s “death kneel” was when it didn’t fight Gooferment Skrules. That put the Catholic parents in the unenviable position of paying heavy taxes to teach their children “Secular Progressive” dogma. All was lost at that point. The rest is just history.

“And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand? . . .” — Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Same to when the State took the Catholic youth and brainwashed them. All with the blessings of  the American Catholic bishops, educators, and intellectuals.

We can only pray for a “reformation” and, if it’s to happen at all, it begins with the laity’s children.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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POSITRACTION: How often do folks “returns to build ramp”?


Man Helps Amputee Up the Stairs, Then Returns to Build Ramp
    Uplift    Inspiring
by McKinley Corbley – Apr 7, 2017

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Jennifer Austin had long awaited the day that her husband would finally return from the hospital – but after weeks of time spent in the ICU, Don Austin arrived home on Friday only to find a frustrating obstacle standing in his way: the stairs to his front door.

Due to a host of health issues, Don had had his leg amputated below the knee. Though he had crutches handy, he still wasn’t strong enough to make it up the stairs to their house in Creston, Florida.

“There was no way I could get him up [the stairs] with the wheelchair,” said Jennifer. “There became a critical point where he ended up down on the concrete steps, and even with his mother’s help, there was not enough strength to lift him up.”

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This is a great story for the moral lesson. How often do I not even see the original need? Let alone do I come back with an “army” to really fix the problem!

Very impressive!

I hope there’s a flow of blessings for that good man.

Hope I can do this sometime, any time, or even all the time.

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POSITRACTION: Physicists don’t know squat and neither do we


Minding matter
The closer you look, the more the materialist position in physics appears to rest on shaky metaphysical ground

Adam Frank is professor of astronomy at the University of Rochester in New York and the co-founder of NPR’s blog 13.7: Cosmos & Culture where he is also a regular contributor. He is the author of several books, the latest being About Time: Cosmology and Culture at the Twilight of the Big Bang (2011).

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Materialism holds the high ground these days in debates over that most ultimate of scientific questions: the nature of consciousness. When tackling the problem of mind and brain, many prominent researchers advocate for a universe fully reducible to matter. ‘Of course you are nothing but the activity of your neurons,’ they proclaim. That position seems reasonable and sober in light of neuroscience’s advances, with brilliant images of brains lighting up like Christmas trees while test subjects eat apples, watch movies or dream. And aren’t all the underlying physical laws already known?

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Classifying consciousness as a material problem is tantamount to saying that consciousness, too, remains fundamentally unexplained.

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For all the great wonders we enjoy in our daily lives, “we” really know very little fundamentally.

Yet, we are able “to live our lives of quiet desperation” quite “happily” ignorant of “the Truths” that govern our world.

I’m just a retired fat old white guy E-LECT-TRICK-CAL injineer, so I’m not qualified to do or say much on this topic. Hell, I don’t even know what I don’t know. It’s the so called fourth cell of the JoHari window (1). What we both don’t know.

Heinlein used the word “grok”. When I read it, I understood the concept that he was exposing. I knew then, and still know now, that there are very few, if any, things I grok.

This article, for as much of it as I understand, cements that lack of understanding I have.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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(1) Johari window 

(2) Grok 

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POSITRACTION: Spinach Leaf to Heart Tissue


Spinach Leaf Transformed Into Beating Human Heart Tissue »

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Delaney Chambers of National Geographic writes about a recently published study where scientists actually found a way to use spinach to build beating human heart tissue:

One of the defining traits of a leaf is the branching network of thin veins that delivers water and nutrients to its cells. Now, scientists have used plant veins to replicate the way blood moves through human tissue. The work involves modifying a spinach leaf in the lab to remove its plant cells, which leaves behind a frame made of cellulose.


The team then bathed the remaining plant frame in live human cells, so that the human tissue grew on the spinach scaffolding and surrounded the tiny veins. Once they had transformed the spinach leaf into a sort of mini heart, the team sent fluids and microbeads through its veins to show that blood cells can flow through this system.

Absolutely incredible. I can’t wait to see how this research pans out in the real world someday.

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What an amazing development.

I know when my now sainted wife was having some heart trouble, she was deemed to be inoperable because of her diabetes would prevent “harvesting a spare vein from her leg”. It was fortunate that she had developed a “spontaneous alternate flowing capillary” on her heart that meant no operation was needed.

I image that this might be a “God send” for some poor soul with a similar need.

Amazing what humanity can discover when we’re not killing each other.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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POSITRACTION: Good Samaritan buys $749 plane ticket for desperate father


EXCLUSIVE: Heartwarming moment Good Samaritan steps in and buys $749 plane ticket for desperate father whose daughter, two, is told she’s too old to fly for free 

  • A father was left speechless when a stranger bought his daughter a plane ticket    
  • He was told at the check in counter that she was too old to fly for free   
  • The woman, Debbie Bolton, stepped up and paid for the girl’s $749 ticket   
  • Bolton wanted to remain anonymous, but after the story went viral online, friends commented revealing her identity   
  • Bolton is the co-Founder and Global Chief Sales officer at Norwex – a home cleaning product firm   
  • A woman who works for her, Susan Holt, said that she is an amazing woman who never would have intended for this story to go public 

By Abigail Miller For
Published: 20:55 EDT, 11 March 2017 | Updated: 09:12 EDT, 12 March 2017 

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Although Bolton hoped to stay anonymous and did not buy the ticket to receive attention, after the post was shared on Facebook a number of people left comments that revealed her identity.

Some of her personal friends and coworkers left comments that this is exactly the kind of thing that she would do, and that they are proud to know her. 

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While I’ve done a lot of anonymous stuff in my time, but nothing this big or on the spur of the moment like this. 

Very impressive.

And she tried to stay anonymous.

I have told you, everyone, and anyone the old Irish adage about “good works only count if done in secret”. Funny, I learned that from my maternal English Protestant grandmother who wanted to teach me about my maternal grandfather’s “heathen Irish culture that has a few good points”. ROFL!

I hope this kind soul get credit even though she was uncovered.

Nice to know there are these kind of people in the world.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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POSITRACTION: Our “diminished” perceptions and capabilities


The Human Planet | Psychology

The astonishing vision and focus of Namibia’s nomads

The Himba people of Namibia can see fine details and ignore distraction much better than most other human beings – a finding that may reflect the many ways that modern life is changing our minds and abilities.

David Robson7 March 2017

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The first hints that modernisation could change our vision came from the Victorian anthropologist WHR Rivers, who explored the islands of the Torres Strait, between Australia and Papua New Guinea at the turn of the 20th Century. As he met the locals, he offered them various sensory tests, including the following phenomenon, known as the Muller-Lyer illusion. Take a look at the two lines below left, and try it for yourself:

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A stunning — to me at least — revelation.

I’ve long thought about paradigms and memes.

(Paradigms can be defined as a philosophical or theoretical framework of any kind. Memes can be defined as a unit of cultural transmission, imitation, and | or replication.)

So paradigms are our framework around perceptions and memes are the ideas that we exchange.

This striking development is around our perceptions and capabilities.

The Namibian nomad’s vision and focus is so precise that they can identify an individual by its pattern. Clearly “we” can’t do that in the “modern world”; “we” have to use ear tags.

Obviously, that’s a stunning adaption. And the article goes on to say that “… … even very short day trips to Opuwo seemed to have had a lasting impact their perception … …”!


What an adaptive capability humanity has. 

But in our adaptability, what have we lost.

This article changes how I “see” the world.

I’m not sure it’s for the better.

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POSITRACTION: “love people and use things” — Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen


2017 03Mar 04 Bishop Sheen quote

[TIP ‘o’ the HAT to: my classmate and high school friend Trynosky, Stephen K. (MP64MC68) who posted in on Facebook.]

I wonder who in the Church hierarchy he pissed off that he never was elevated to cardinal? Always found him impressive to listen to. Remember when it was required watching when I was in grammar school. The tests about his show were always an essay. You could cheat by asking a friend the next day. I used to just take my F’s like a true PIA. They didn’t count for anything. And, my Mom ratted me out the Brothers that I’d seen the show. I’d watch the show because I liked him. But hated — and still hate — being manipulated, propagandized, or told what to do. Laugh! I’m sure my fellow alums might do much better. Take what you want from this, but I still liked his sermons even today.

Hope this makes you laugh.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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