Category Archives: Positraction

Interesting way to start the week

POSITRACTION: A cat’s care teaches me about what the USA should be

2017-Dec-10

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5129397/Cats-life-saved-week-head-stuck-mayo-jar.html

The cat that got the cream! Stray feline is saved by vet after spending a week with her head stuck inside a mayonnaise jar

  • A stray cat in Pennsylvania spent a week with her head stuck inside a mayo jar
  • Members of the cat rescue group Whisker’s World caught her and brought her to a veterinarian who treated her for free
  • She was weak and malnourished with severely infected chin wounds
  • After treatment she was released back into the neighborhood 

By Mollie Cahillane For Dailymail.com
PUBLISHED: 12:21 EST, 29 November 2017 | UPDATED: 15:34 EST, 29 November 2017

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Kathio frequently treats animals in dire cases for free.

‘When I was a kid in Pakistan, the American Red Cross gave us vaccinations. They came to school and gave us milk. They didn’t have to do it. I learned humanity from America. America inspired me. That’s why I do it,’ Kathio said.

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This is what I hope the USA would do. I remember my relatives talking about CARE packages to Europe. 

How can we match this man’s faith in the USA?

Makes me humble.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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POSITRACTION: Catholicism’s impact on NOLA recognized?

2017-Dec-03

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/nov/23/new-orleans-300th-anniversary-will-highlight-catho/

New Orleans’ 300th anniversary will highlight Catholicism’s impact on city, women’s contributions
By Eric Althoff – The Washington Times – Thursday, November 23, 2017

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New Orleans will not be ringing in its tricentennial quietly. The city famous for its Mardi Gras parties, hurricane rum drinks and nightly bacchanal has a year of events planned to mark the 300th anniversary of the city’s founding in 1718 by French explorers.

As important to the Big Easy’s history has been the influence of the Catholic Church. Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville founded the St. Louis Cathedral Church, which served as the missionary center of Catholicism from the Gulf of Mexico to the Great Lakes (Detroit was also a French settlement) and within the Mississippi Valley.

An exhibit is now open called “The Church in the Crescent: Three Hundred Years of Catholicism in New Orleans,” and will run through June 30. 

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Interesting to see Holy Mother Church’s in the news for something other than a scandal.

Maybe someone will report on the exhibit and if it’s a fair representation.

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POSITRACTION: $28 baby saver

2017-Nov-26

http://time.com/5023212/best-inventions-of-2017/

Bempu

Fat is an extremely useful quality in babies. Without it, they can rapidly lose body heat, become hypothermic and develop breathing and other problems. But in areas with few resources, where the numbers of premature or low­-weight births are highest, most hospitals and clinics can’t afford incubators to keep babies warm, and most parents don’t know their babies are in danger until it’s too late. Enter the Bempu, a $28 light-­up temperature­-monitoring bracelet that fits on a baby’s wrist; it sounds an alarm and flashes orange if babies are too cold, so mothers can warm them against their skin or swaddle them. So far, the device has helped an estimated 10,000 newborns, mostly in India but also in 25 other countries. And earlier this year, it won a $2 million grant from Saving Lives at Birth to scale its distribution even wider. “Our goal,” says Bempu CEO Ratul Narain, “is to make a solid dent in the neonatal mortality numbers.” —Belinda Luscombe

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It’s great that “we” can save more babies.

It’s a conundrum that “we” abort so many babies.

It’s like “we” are psychotics.

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POSITRACTION: Regime change in a seemingly non-bloody and nonviolent way

2017-Nov-19

FROM THE WALL STREET JOURNAL “The 10-Point”

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READER RESPONSE

Responding to yesterday’s question on the recent events in Zimbabwe,

Philip Gianas of Arizona shared: “My uncle Peter Lyon’s farm in Africa was confiscated in 2002 by Robert Mugabe under the false promise of returning land to Zimbabweans. The real outcome was devastating not only to my uncle who was violently evicted, but to the dozens of Zimbabweans who lived and worked on the farm, and countless others who benefited from the economy built around it. The buildings were burned, equipment was destroyed, animals were killed, and the land was left to deteriorate into permanently barren acres of dirt. Whether or not one agrees with Mr. Mugabe’s vision for Zimbabwe, the people of that once bountiful country never prospered from his nationalist populism.”

Russ Gibson of Iowa said: “I am glad that steps have been taken to remove Mr. Mugabe from power, and in a seemingly non-bloody and nonviolent way. Nearly 40 years of being in power is too long. At the same time, I worry about the power vacuum and who will fill it, as well as the consequences for ordinary residents in Zimbabwe.”

And Joe Ely of Indiana wrote: “I traveled and worked in the Zimbabwe countryside in the years of struggle before Mr. Mugabe’s takeover. His collectivization of a vibrant agricultural juggernaut drove millions into famine and poverty. At last, he appears to be on his way out. The question remains, however, as it always does in Africa: Is the replacement government better? Zimbabwe would be wise to look to their neighbor Botswana for a better model.”

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One can only hope that the change is for the better. Socialism leads to disaster as seen in Venezuela. Dictatorship also leads to disaster as seen in Zimbabwe.

Only a free market economy, protected by the rule of law, and with a government that is an “honest referee” and “night watchman” can empower the people to be all they can be.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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POSITRACTION: 15 Stories That Prove It’s Never Too Late to Change Your Life

2017-Nov-12

https://www.rd.com/true-stories/inspiring/never-too-late-change-your-life/

15 Stories That Prove It’s Never Too Late to Change Your Life

“I turned in my six-figure salary for a chance to soul search.”

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While each story is interesting, I was looking for something to empower and motivate me.

Unfortunately, none were about fat old white guy retired injineer who’s a poor-in-spirit old senior citizen on a fixed income. Then I realized the common thread in each story was that that motivation has to come from within. 

I guess one has to learn from one’s failures to “reboot”.

Hope all can find what they are looking for.

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POSITRACTION: … … immediately opened their doors to the children

2017-Nov-05 

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/former-adult-magazine-exec-opens-30-million-home-70-foster-kids-displaced-irma

Former Publisher Opens $30-million Home to 70 Foster Kids Displaced by Irma
by Good News Network – Sep 15, 20171

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When these 70 foster children did not have anywhere else to go, they found sanctuary in an unlikely place: a millionaire’s mansion.

The foster children from the SOS Children’s Village in Florida had been staying in a gymnasium for a week without showers—and needed to find other accommodations—so the foster care representatives called Marc Bell, the former executive of Penthouse magazine.

Hearing about the foster kids’ dilemma, Bell and his wife Jennifer immediately opened their doors to the children.

Since the youngsters were welcomed into the $30 million home in Boca Raton, the Bells have treated them to live music, manicures, and performances by a balloon artist.

“They don’t have a mom or a dad so they’re scared, and then their house parents, even know they’re there for them, they’re scared too,” Jennifer told WPEC. “So to have these kids feel welcomed and to just feel comfortable, as a mom it just makes you feel like you’re doing something good.”

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While I’ve never bought or thought highly of Penthouse or Playboy, here’s a mitzvah.

Wish I had that ability to help.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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POSITRACTION: An agile passer by takes a big risk

2017-Oct-29

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5015663/Man-climbs-ledge-save-boy-trapped-grille.html

Brave neighbour climbs up a tiny ledge to save a toddler trapped by his NECK dangling out of a window

  • A boy, three, had his body hanging as his neck got trapped by a grille in China
  • Two passers-by climbed on a narrow ledge and rushed to lift and hold the boy up
  • The toddler’s grandparents came back home and took the boy back indoors 

By Tiffany Lo For Mailonline
PUBLISHED: 07:04 EDT, 25 October 2017 | UPDATED: 10:32 EDT, 25 October 2017

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It’s ONLY one story up, but I doubt that I’d have had the “huevos muchos” or the ability to do what the first guy did. If he didn’t it seems that the toddler would have strangled to death or fell.

The lesson here is “don’t leave children unsupervised” even for a minute. They’re to valuable and get into all sorts of trouble. How many picture of kids inside arcade machines do you need to see.

Kudos to this fellow for his quick action. And, not without personal risk — he could have fell on his head or neck and been paralyzed for life.

From the description, you couldn’t wait to “just” catch the child either.

Everyone was very lucky that day. But mostly the grandparents!

Dona Nobis Pacem

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