Category Archives: Positraction

Interesting way to start the week

POSITRACTION: “We will all be buried in the same ground.”

2017-Jun-18

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/when-terror-strikes-the-family-of-a-terrorism-reporter/2017/06/08/bf1b8e1c-3f11-11e7-8c25-44d09ff5a4a8_story.html?utm_term=.759203821aa9

When terror strikes the family of a terrorism reporter
By Souad Mekhennet June 9 at 7:00 AM

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The world is not facing a clash of civilizations or cultures, but a clash between those who want to build bridges and those who would rather see the world in polarities, who are working hard to spread hatred and divide us. While the work of the bridge builders is certainly difficult, there are people in every generation who live their beliefs and who are willing and able to seek out common ground. I was lucky enough to have the examples of my parents and grandparents to show me what is possible.

If I’ve learned anything, it’s this: a mother’s screams over the body of her murdered child sound the same, no matter if she is black, brown, or white; Muslim, Jewish, or Christian; Shia or Sunni.

We will all be buried in the same ground.

souad.mekhennet@washpost.com
Excerpted from I WAS TOLD TO COME ALONE: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad, by Souad Mekhennet

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A powerful reminder of the cost of prejudice, religious extremism, and forgetting that “we are all fingers on the same hand”.

‘In all things social we can be as separate as the fingers, yet one as the hand in all things essential to mutual progress.’  — Booker T. Washington

Requiescat In Pacem

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POSITRACTION: “The only thing in the way is you.” — Mandy Harvey

2017-Jun-11

https://www.facebook.com/agt/videos/10155032444244760/

America’s Got Talent
Like PageYesterday at 9:57pm · 

Mandy Harvey is proof that you should never give up on your dream.

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Never cared much for foul-mouthed Chef Gordon, but in this case he’s spot on,

Added a new quote for my file: “The only thing in the way is you.” — Mandy Harvey

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POSITRACTION: After Manchester Arena Explosion, heroism

2017-Jun-04

http://www.boredpanda.com/hero-woman-manchester-attack-paula-robinson/

Hero Woman Rescues 50 Children After Horrifying Manchester Arena Explosion

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After an explosion occurred at Manchester Arena last night, scores of panicked teenagers scattered into the streets. One woman felt the blast from nearby Victoria Station, and stepped in immediately to help. Her actions are now being showered with praise by social media users, who have dubbed her the ‘Angel of Manchester.’

“We ran out. It was literally seconds after the explosion. I got the teens to run with me,” she told local media. The 48-year-old West Dalton native, named Paula Robinson, managed to corral about 50 young victims, and eventually led them to a nearby hotel. In a series of Facebook posts, she shared their ordeal and pleaded with parents to come for their children, even going as far as posting her personal phone number to be contacted for information. It’s unknown whether or not all of the kids have been located and picked up, but Robinson’s fast response and selfless lending of assistance was undoubtedly a comfort to them.

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I’m sure this was an instinctive response.

A known tactic is to have secondary explosions to kill emergency responders.

But, anytime one heads into danger, that’s heroic in my mind. 

Clearly, NOT her children, but someone’s.

Hope I can do that someday.

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POSITRACTION: Photographer gives his skill and then some to poor children

2017-May-28

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/photographer-offers-take-free-graduation-photos-kids-cant-afford/?utm_campaign=newsletters&utm_medium=weekly_mailout&utm_source=24-05-2017

Photographer Offers to Take Free Graduation Photos for Kids Who Can’t Afford Them
by McKinley Corbley – May 18, 2017

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Richard Wah doesn’t have any photos of his high school graduation – that’s because he didn’t have the money to pay for a photographer when he was a teenager.

Now that he’s 44 years old, however, he wants to give other kids the opportunities that he never had.

Richard, who works as a photographer in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is offering free graduation photoshoots to youth who can’t afford them. All the grads have to do is send Richard an email, grab their cap and gown, and show up for the shoot.

The photographer has even hired a barber and two makeup artists to spruce up the grads’ look.

The Philly resident first got the idea for the free photos when he was riding the public bus and saw a group of high school grads sporting caps and gowns – except none of them had any parents or family there to support them.

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OK, it’s not Bill Gates style charity, but maybe IMHO it’s worth more. It’s personal. It’s the Good Samaritan type charity.

It makes the world a kinder place for those that need it.

All it requires is a little sensitivity to the needs of others.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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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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