Category Archives: Positraction

Interesting way to start the week

POSITRACTION: Jonathan Myrick Daniels — martyr of the Episcopal Church

2017-May-21

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Daniels

2017 05May 14 Daniels

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I was out for my daily steps and came across this.

I was struck by “… … … is one of only two Americans listed in the Memorial Book of Heroes and Martyrs at the Canterbury Cathedral in England.”

What might have been.

Reading the Wikipedia article, the killer was acquitted.

“Coleman continued working as an engineer for the state highway department. He died at the age of 86 on June 13, 1997, without having faced further prosecution.”

What a national disgrace!

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POSITRACTION: Transit worker jumps in to aid two police officers

2017-May-14

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4485186/Moment-hero-saved-two-female-cop-man-attacked-them.html

The moment a hero transit worker saved two female cop as a suspect attacked them and tried to steal their guns – before his bosses put him under INVESTIGATION for his heroism

  • Two female Tampa Bay police officers struggled to arrest Charles Kee, 26, at the transit center on April 26
  • Video of incident shows him punching one of the officers in the face while also trying to grab her gun, police say
  • Transit supervisor Tim Martin stepped in to help the officers and is set to receive an award from police for his heroism 
  • But his bosses put him under investigation and said he could face disciplinary action because ‘there was a stretch of time they didn’t hear from him’
  • The investigation was later dropped and Martin will not face disciplinary action
  • Kee was arrested and charged with battery on a licensed security guard, trespass after warning, battery on a law enforcement officer, and more

By Regina F. Graham For Dailymail.com
PUBLISHED: 11:53 EDT, 8 May 2017 | UPDATED: 16:11 EDT, 8 May 2017

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The heroic moment a transit worker jumped in to help two female police officers when they were allegedly attacked by a suspect who tried to steal their weapons was caught on surveillance footage. 

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Great story about initiative and courage. And, of course, that no good deed goes unpunished.

Who knows what would have happened if he had not stepped in?

It’s as close to that “saving a life” action than most people get. And, I’m afraid to say that others might not get involved or, even worse, be on the “wrong side”.

Nice to see that the folks in that particular “ivory tower” got the heads screwed on straight and didn’t punish the fellow.

Might even be a “training opportunity” to other officers.

Glad it all worked out and everyone go to home. Hope I can have that kind of courage.

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POSITRACTION: Nicolas Winton — Righteous among the Nations

2017-05May-07 

https://www.facebook.com/SoulMamaCares?videos/1324786934268057

WATCH: Nicolas Winton had a secret that he hid for 50 years…Today on Holocaust Remembrance Day, we honour the humble hero who never turned his back on the children of the Holocaust.

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Watch this and tell me that you’re not humbled as I am.

Righteous among the Nations

Whoever saves a life, it is considered as if he saved an entire world.

“… … and this is a weaker argument that is stronger than it appears. Chinese Obligation. The Chinese have a saying that saving a life incurs a two way debt. The one saved owes their life to their savior; doing less would be ungrateful. The one saving owes the saved their continued help lest the save be in vain; doing less would be wasteful of the original act.” — brainy character “Brian” in CHURCH 10●19●62 Volume 1 Page 223

I find that these man and women are lost in the sands of time. Only to be held up from time to time as exemplars of humanity.

So sad. I hope that some day, I can have a tenth of their courage.

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POSITRACTION: The simple faith of a child who’d been through tough times

2017-Apr-30

FROM PLAIN OLD FACEBOOK

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Tiffany Hill-Moore 12 hrs ·

 Today I met Larry at my mothers house. Larry is a 9 year old boy that lives down the street. He happened to be walking down the street and saw the kids playing outside. He asked my dad if he could come on the porch and play too. Larry told them his story of how he had been in foster care most of his life since the age of 5 and how his parents had lost him. He was recently reunited with them and now lives down the street. He talked about how he had been beaten and abused in other homes, teased and picked on by other foster kids and how he was happy he wasn’t in that situation anymore. I sat there thinking my, my, my what trauma this child has had all before his 10th birthday coming up on May 7th. This child highly intelligent , very respectful, just wanted to play and share his story. He played, laughed, cracked jokes and told more of his story and pain. And then he ate a piece of watermelon and asked if we would be back next Sunday. I told him yes around 1pm after church. He asked if he could come back and meet us on the porch again. I said yes, he told me he’d be back next Sunday around 1p bc he goes to church at 9am and he’d be done by then. I asked who he goes with and what church it was. He told me he goes alone and it’s 2 blocks over from his house. He didn’t know the name, just knew to be there every Sunday at 9am. Always count your blessings. God shows up in all forms. Today Larry proved that. emoji unicode: 2764emoji unicode: 2764

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I don’t know Ms. Tiffany. She seems like a nice lady and an authentic person.

I take this story on face value. I have no way of verifying, authenticating, or trusting it.

That being said, it sounds true and does tug at the conscience.

We know that the “foster care system” that the Gooferment runs is horrendous. And, that it, like most Gooferment bureaucracies, is motivate to perpetuate and expand. The “clients” suffer in the system.

I found this story inspiring. Here’s a child of nine years, that having endured what no child should, comes out of the experience with a unique viewpoint and faith. 

So how in the rough and tumble we called life, I didn’t emerge as well-adjusted as he is.

I’ll add him and all the other children in “foster care” to my prayer list. I hope that God, the Universe, or whatever regulates the Fates give him a happier life than he’s had. 

Dona Nobis Pacem

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

2017-Apr-19 

http://www.irishcentral.com/news/irishvoice/irish-church-fast-running-out-of-priests-as-vocation-crisis-worsens?utm_campaign=Best+of+IrishCentral+-+2017-04-19&utm_medium=Email&utm_source=Mailjet

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”?

2017-Apr-16

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/man-helps-amputee-stairs-returns-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

2017-Apr-09

https://aeon.co/essays/materialism-alone-cannot-explain-the-riddle-of-consciousness

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 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johari_window 

(2) Grok  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grok 

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