INSPIRATIONAL: Listen for the chance to do good in life!

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Oct 15

“I missed my first flight to LA yesterday and had to catch another. I was so upset, but now I know why! When I finally got to LAX baggage claim, I went to the bathroom to check my little makeup and I heard a woman crying so hard. I was wondering if I should say something like, ‘It’s gonna be okay,’ but I was nervous and she was speaking Spanish so I didn’t know if she’d even understand me. I left and came back to the bathroom like four times while I was waiting for my bags to come down (full flight), and I heard her say, ‘But the bus doesn’t come until tomorrow.’ My heart dropped, so I asked her if she had Zelle or CashApp. She said no. So I asked her if I could pay for a hotel until tomorrow and she stopped crying and opened the stall door AND I SAW THE SLEEPING KIDS. I felt so happy to help her, knowing I’d just be spending my little money on bullsh*t. She rode with me to the Marriott and I got her a room. I wanted to share this because I kept thinking, ‘HOW MANY PEOPLE CAME INTO THE BATHROOM, HEARD HER CRYING FOR HOURS, DIDN’T KNOW THERE WERE KIDS, AND KEPT GOING?’ I’m glad I said something because she was super sweet and appreciative and she had babies with her.”

Credit: Cyn Symoné

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No idea if this is authentic or not, but it suonds like it could be.

Reminds me to be alert for opportunities for me to “save my soul”.



INSPIRATIONAL: A negative example should trigger positive responses?

On Oct 2, 2022, at 9:15 AM, Ferdinand Reinke\ wrote:

Greg Schiano, Ryan Day have words after Ohio State’s fake punt

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On Sun, Oct 2, 2022 at 9:54 AM my Old Luddite friend wrote:

Arrogant Ohio State, and they wonder why they are hated

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Agree.  But “hated” is imho to strong a word; “not admired” would be my word.  I “admire” true sportsmanship.  Special Olympics, big pros who try to help and inspire little kids, Roberto Clementi, Sadio Mane with his broken iphone11 are the ones who exemplify the essence of humanity I hope I can emulate.

Crazy Old Ferd

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Hope more MP4B = “Millionaires Playing For Billionaires” can emulate good sportsmanship and remember that we are all brothers.

Isn’t there a saying “to whom much is give, much is expected”?


INSPIRATIONAL: All it takes is one hero to push back — who will it be?
All It Takes Is One Hero
By J.B. Shurk

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No matter how dark things get, all it takes is one hero to push back. Heroes, after all, are not remembered for following the crowd; they emerge because they run in the opposite direction, often into known danger, and spur others to stop, turn around, and act. It is always the lone voice that inspires a people to rise against the injustices of any age. It is the stubborn persistence of the few who marshal real change. It is the resolute among us who peer at the raging inferno without fear. It is the wise who remember that every waterfall begins with just one drop of rain. It is the hopeful who can look around at today’s chaos and see clearly the opportunity for great change.

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Who will it be?  

Where are our Patrick Henry’s, Nathan Hales’, or John Paul Jones?

Joe Rogan?  Dave Smith?  Michael Malice?

We certainly need one.


INSPIRATIONAL: Is a fetus a ‘person’? — Yes!

Is a fetus a ‘person’? A fringe idea could be the next post-Roe v. Wade chapter | Editorial
Opinion by the Miami Herald Editorial Board, Miami Herald – Yesterday 11:56 AM

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A pregnant woman walks into an emergency room experiencing a miscarriage, or she gives birth to a stillborn. Someone becomes suspicious and notifies police. They want to know: Is the woman at fault? Everything she’s done during her pregnancy comes under scrutiny. Did she take any drugs or medication? Did she research abortions on the internet?

A “pro-life” prosecutor decides to make her a pariah. She might face criminal charges, child endangerment or, worst-case scenario, manslaughter or murder if prosecutors believe she intended to end her pregnancy.

This is a dystopian scenario — what could happen if anti-abortion zealots take their positions to an extreme. And it’s not out of the realm of possibility.

Abortion-rights groups fear the next frontier in the fight to take away reproductive rights is to grant fetuses “personhood” status. Anti-abortion groups such as Americans United for Life are pushing for a federal executive order that would recognize “preborn persons as constitutional ‘persons’ ” entitled to equal protection under the U.S. Constitution. Florida’s U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio recently introduced the ‘‘Unborn Child Support Act,” which would grant child-support payments to women “at any stage of development” of a pregnancy. The legislation appears to be a way to make fetal personhood more palatable to Americans.

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The Bible goes even further to explain that the unborn life is valuable because he or she has been uniquely created by God. Paul declares, “He himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else” (Acts 17:25).

There is evidence of the “remarkable “flash” at the moment of fertilization”.

A Completely New Organism

However, from a scientific standpoint, at the moment of fertilization of the egg by the sperm, a completely new organism is present. The organism is not a part of the mother’s body although he or she is located within the mother’s body. Half of the time, the organism is a boy. The genetic complement of the new human being is unique and different from that of the mother.

The argument that this unique human being present in the mother’s womb from the moment of fertilization is a part of the mother’s body until sometime later in gestation is, from a scientific viewpoint, bizarre. What this argument would imply is that human beings reproduce by a process of budding, which is a process by which a new individual organism forms from a part of the mother’s body. This is the means of reproduction of some species of worms but it is most certainly not a means of reproduction by human beings.

So, then the question becomes when does a human being deserve the rights that we believe every human being has?

It really doesn’t matter what milestone that society designates.  The only one that is “logical” is conception, imho.



INSPIRATIONAL: Shannon Bream overcomes obstacles to host Fox News Sunday

Shannon Bream fired from first job by ‘man who said I was worst person he’d seen on TV’
By Ariel Zilber
August 15, 2022 10:48am Updated

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Shannon Bream, who has been tapped by the Fox News Channel to moderate its flagship Sunday morning political talk show, said that she was fired from her first job in television by a man “who told me I was the worst person he’d ever seen on TV.”

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There is always room for improvement, and believe me I needed it.”

Bream, a devout Christian and graduate of the evangelical Liberty University, tweeted: “I got a healthy serving of humility, and learned that God often allows us to walk through valleys – for our own good.”

“That was also true when I spent years in chronic pain and was ultimately diagnosed with a genetic condition that has no cure.”

In 2018, Bream revealed that she suffers from excruciating eye pain caused by epithelial basement membrane dystrophy, which is an incurable genetic disorder of the eye.

The painful condition causes the surface cells of the eye to adhere to the eyelids.

Bream says that her career obstacles and health challenges have only served to better her.

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I think this says volumes about this woman’s achievements


INSPIRATIONAL: Wife uses all her abilities to find a treatment for her dying husband

When Antibiotics Failed, She Found a Natural Enemy of Superbug Bacteria to Save Husband’s Life
By Judy Cole – Jul 23, 2022

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Tom Patterson was dying in a U.S. hospital from a massive bacterial infection he’d contracted while traveling in Egypt. Doctors gave him a prognosis of days.

Fortunately, his wife, Steffanie Strathdee, happened to be an infectious disease epidemiologist, who was not going to give up searching for the needle in a haystack required to cure him.

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However, with more than 10 million-trillion-trillion unique phages on the planet, identifying a handful that specifically fed on the Acinetobacter baumannii afflicting Tom was a task akin to finding one tiny star in a huge galaxy.

The deadly superbug is nicknamed Iraqibacter because wounded combat troops sometimes contracted it in Iraq—and it ranks No. 1 on the World Health Organization’s list of dangerous pathogens. Undaunted, Strathdee quickly began networking to get Tom the treatment he so desperately needed to survive.

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Help from Texas A&M, the FDA, and the U.S. Navy

Her first task was appealing to scientists to track down and purify samples of phages that fed on the specific strain of bacteria that was killing Tom. Texas A&M University biochemist Ryland Young, who’s been tracking phages for more than four and a half decades, was eager to help. Researchers from the U.S. Navy soon signed up for the mission as well.

Strathdee’s plea to the FDA to fast-track a “compassionate use” order allowing doctors to implement an experimental treatment was granted in record time. A scant three weeks later, Tom was injected with his first intravenous dose of a purified “phage cocktail” from the team at Texas A&M. Seeing no negative effects, he received his second IV dose, courtesy of the U.S. Navy, two days later.

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Very impressive effortt by this woman.

And I often don’t have good things to say about the Gooferment, its politicians and bureaucrats, or bureaucracies in general.  Here the stars aligned and everyone perform far above expectations to save the man’s life.

From the movie “Master & Commader”, “an extra ration of rum for these men” and women.

The effort be all was nothing less that “heroic” and I don’t apply that adjective often if at all.

God Bless All of them.


INSPIRATIONAL: Second Graders Wrote Adorable Letters On Behalf Of Shelter Animals

Second Graders Wrote Adorable Letters On Behalf Of Shelter Animals To Get Them Adopted, And It Worked Interview

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Kensey Jones, a volunteer at RACC (Richmond Animal Care & Control) and a second grade teacher, decided to combine her wholesome activities together. Despite their lack of language skills, children can be very persuasive. The second-graders at St. Michael’s Episcopal School in Richmond, Virginia, practiced their persuasive writing under a very peculiar set of circumstances.

What did they do, exactly? They tried writing from a shelter animal’s perspective to persuade potential adopters to, well, adopt. They wrote cute texts and drew portraits of the animals all by themselves. Scroll down to read the whole story, and see how it turned out! Spoilers: the mission was successful.

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Give that teacher a raise.  And, extend the idea across the nation.

I thought the idea was great and the results were even better.


INSPIRATIONAL: A breakthrough discovery about lupus

A Spanish teen’s genome may hold the secret to lupus
Researchers believe they have found a single point mutation in an infection-sensing gene that causes the autoimmune disorder.
B. David Zarley — 2022-05May-15

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Researchers may have finally discovered a genetic cause of lupus, the autoimmune disorder (and elusive enemy of Dr. Gregory House).

Their study, published in Nature, points to a mutation in a gene that senses viral RNA. 

Previous studies have implicated the gene, called TLR7, in lupus before, El Pais reports, but this new study identified a previously unknown variant of the gene in a Spanish teenager who was diagnosed with lupus as a child.

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Thanks to a little Spanish girl’s suffering, humanity might benefit in several ways — identification, mitigation, and perhaps even a cure.

We know so little about everything.

““We know nothing at all. All our knowledge is but the knowledge of schoolchildren. The real nature of things we shall never know.” – Albert Einstein”


INSPIRATIONAL: The value of time

“The last wishes of Alexander the Great”; I am seeking to verify this by some fast extensive reading, but if so, this is stunning and I wanted to share…so light reading 
Dr. Paul Alexander

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The Greatest Military General in History,, who only lived to be 32 Years old

“My first desire is that”, said Alexander, “My physicians alone must” carry my coffin.”

2) After a pause, he continued, “Secondly, I desire that when my coffin is being carried to the grave, the path leading to the graveyard be strewn with gold, silver and precious stones which I have collected in my treasury”.

3) “My third and last wish is that both my hands be kept dangling out of my coffin”.

The people who had gathered there wondered at the king’s strange wishes.

One of his generals who was surprised by these unusual requests asked Alexander to explain.

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Read further for the logic.

And, I really don’t care if it’s true or apocryphal.

“I fear all we have done is awakened a sleeping giant.” — apocryphal quote attributed to Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto played by Mako in the movie ‘Pearl Harbor’

It’s so true.  And, I wish I had GROKKED it as a young lad.  I did become a little L libertarian due to Robert A. Heinlein; maybe I should have absorbed the value of my time at that time. Not seven decades later.

Tempus fugit



INSPIRATIONAL: Who is allowed to control when and how I end my suffering?

Social Issues
My Journey Of Fighting For The Right To Pass Away Voluntarily 
Holly Warland
Community member  

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My name is Holly Warland, I’m 30 years old, I have Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy, and I have won the right to die. In 2021, my home state of
Queensland (Australia) legalized Voluntary Assisted Dying – a process formerly known as euthanasia – for people suffering from terminal
illnesses. I advocated and fought for this law so that I could control when and how I end my suffering.

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It’s a very sad story of what this woman is afflicted with.

I hope she finds peace.

With all the furor of Roe v Wade, this is a picture from the other end of life’s spectrum.

As a pro-life pro-choice little L libertarian, I think that the Gooferment, with it’s one size fits all diktats, is the worst way to “regulate” anything.  Life and death included.

With the proper safeguards, those in impossible situations should be allowed to “own their own body”.

Sadly, all I can do is empathize and send some good thoughts in her direction.

Dona Nobis Pacem


INSPIRATIONAL: Some of what is screamed out in public is truly “ABSURD”

The Age of the Absurd
Dennis Prager / @DennisPrager / May 03, 2022

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No. 11: America is systemically racist.

The manifest absurdity of this claim is easily demonstrated. In the past decades, more than 3 million black people have immigrated to America from Africa and the Caribbean. And probably tens of millions more would like to. Are all these people fools—choosing to move to a systemically racist country? Are they ignorant—unaware that America is systemically racist?

The non-absurd know the answers: All these blacks are neither fools nor ignorant. They know how lucky they are to move to America—because this country is so tolerant and so overwhelmingly nonracist. People don’t move to countries that hate them. No Jews moved to Germany in the 1930s.

We live in the Age of the Absurd. The only question is, why? I think I know the answer and will discuss it in a future column. In the meantime, share these 11 absurdities with friends and relatives, especially with those who actually think they make sense.

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I remember a news clip from the corporate media doing a story about how the “evil Republicans” were slowing immigration and that there were long lines at out embassies seeking permission.  One fellow in the line, who had been waiting for days, when asked why, replied: “America has fat poor people.”  To me, that was the best answer I’d ever heard.  

I see immigrants from India opening all sorts of businesses because it’s easy compared to the corruption in India.  I see Oriental immigrants whose children seem to succeed in Gooferment Skrules against the odds.  I see Mexican immigrants working their butts off at hard labor jobs and proudly showing off their new work truck for their efforts.

“Systematically racist” is something I don’t see.  Pockets of idiots who either can’t or won’t try — of all races — seem to seek to blame “society”.

I will stipulate that the Gooferment “welfare” is designed to keep people poor and it is hard to break the cycle.  But many do.

Let’s get the Gooferment out of the way.


INSPIRATIONAL: What a “rivalry” should be!

Aaron Judge homer leads to fans’ wholesome moment
By Michael Blinn
May 3, 202210:13pm

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What it’s all about 💙

— New York Yankees (@Yankees) May 4, 2022
This Aaron Judge home run turned into one very uplifting moment.

Judge’s sixth-inning long-ball in the traveled 427 feet into the upper deck at Rogers Centre in Toronto on Tuesday night during the Yankees’ 9-1 win over the Blue Jays. It was quickly picked up by a fan wearing Blue Jays gear — who almost immediately turned around and offered it to a youngster seated behind him wearing a Judge T-shirt.

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Take that Philly fans.  This is what a “rivalry” is all about.  We’re all people.  And, this fan certainly racked up a whole lot of “karma points” imho.

It’s really what is it all about.



INSPIRATIONAL: Give Umbrellas to people caught in the rain?

Watch the Moment a Guy Jumps Out of His Car to Give Umbrella to Couple Stuck in D.C. Downpour
By Good News Network-Apr 23, 2022

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Recently, a random act of kindness in the Nation’s Capital inspired a driver to share the video of a Good Samaritan.

Thousands were inspired by the moment that happened on April 14th, after it was shared on Reddit.

It may look like the woman, who was being drenched on the sidewalk, began holding the umbrella over a covered baby stroller, but upon closer inspection, you can see it was someone in a wheelchair holding a newspaper to cover their head.

Not only did the driver go out of his way, the woman used the umbrella to shelter the person in the wheelchair instead of herself.

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I never really thought about this but I must have some old umbrellas to hand out.

How about you?


INSPIRATIONAL: Strollers at the border

Strangers are Leaving Strollers, Diapers, and Toys at the Border for Ukrainian Refugee Moms (LOOK)
By  Andy Corbley – Mar 18, 2022

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An image recently shared around social media of empty strollers on a Polish rail border crossing has inspired a mountain of donations for Ukrainian refugees.

Now at Przemyśl Station, women, children, and infants fleeing the war are being greeted by mountains of clothes, stuffed animals, strollers, diapers, and more after they step off the train.

ABC reports that the number of spare carriers and strollers from Polish mothers have been particularly inspiring, with many donators leaving handwritten notes behind, with words of support.

“We see on the television and hear on the radio what happened, and we say ‘okay we can help,’” one Polish mother and volunteer told ABC.

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The beauty of the charitable spirit brings one to tears.


INSPIRATIONAL: Somewhere In Heaven There’s A Black And White Dog Taking Care Of Seven Golden Lab Puppies

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Something in the picture touched my heart.


INSPIRATIONAL: His fate was seal-ed.

California man survives frigid five-hour night swim with a friendly seal as his guide
By Yaron Steinbuch
February 17, 2022 12:35pm  Updated

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His fate was seal-ed.

A California man thought he would die when he fell off his fishing boat and into the frigid Pacific Ocean — but a friendly harbor seal showed up in the nick of time and helped get him to safety.

Scott Thompson, a sea urchin diver, blamed a lapse in judgment for the mishap that sent him falling off his boat into the Santa Barbara Channel in the middle of the night last month.

“I thought to myself, ‘Great, this is how I’m going to die. Today is the day I’m going to die,’” Thompson, who was wearing nothing but his shorts and T-shirt at the time, told KABC-TV.

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“Even putting on a wet suit, being prepared, getting in that water, and swimming to the platform was horrendous,” Paul Amaral, president of towing company Channel Watch Marine told KABC.

“I can’t imagine being in the water with shorts and a T-shirt at night. There was no moon, I mean it was pitch black,” he said.

In his post, Thompson wrote: “I’m a believer that there is a higher power now. I don’t know what it is, but there is a power greater than me. That was shown to me and I will never doubt that for the rest of my life.”

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Guess someone can enumerate for all us land lubbers what this fellow did wrong.  I’ve read about dolphins and porpoises rescuing sailors adrift and downed military pilots.  It was always chalked up to the animals being “playful”.  But, maybe it’s just “Guardian Angels” is wet form.

In any event, an inspirational story.


INSPIRATIONAL: Maybe there is an “oriental” way of raising children?

For no apparent reason, other than spending a lot of time with a four year old boy, I began to think of the children of a family who ran a Chinese takeout restaurant back in the 70’s.  Since I ate a lot of “Chinese food” (and not what was Goood for me), I watched their three children grow up.  While Mom and Dad were sweating their asses off, hustling food, the three children sat very quietly and did what looked to be schoolwork. As they got older, the started to work the business.  I remember watching an about ten year old girl stop doing schoolwork and help her overwhelmed Mom answer the phones to take orders.  I was amused to listen to one side of the conversation and then see her turn to the kitchen and yell the order just like her Mom.  She’d put the orders on the carousel and, when the phone volume died off, return to her studies. 

It was a model of decorum and hard work.

Last night, when I was drifting off to sleep, I wondered if the Chinese have a secret to raising children?  

Certainly seems like that to me.



INSPIRATIONAL: Woman saves three fishermen by calling for a rescue

Three fishermen rescued off coast of Massachusetts thanks to sharp-eyed woman who called 911
By Associated Press
February 4, 2022 10:04am

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SCITUATE, Mass. — Three fishermen who clung to debris in the frigid waters off the coast of Massachusetts for nearly an hour after their boat sank survived thanks to a sharp-eyed woman on shore who was the only person to call 911.

The 55-foot (16.75-meter) Bing Bing went down so fast about a mile (1.6 kilometers) from shore on Tuesday afternoon that the crew didn’t have time to don survival suits or even make a distress call.

“The whole boat flipped over; I was thrown in the water,” crew member Joe Roderick told WCVB-TV from his hospital bed, where he was recovering from hypothermia and from swallowing saltwater and diesel fuel. The other two crew members also required hospitalization.

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Kudos to this lady, who saw something and said something.  To save three souls is inspiring.  The Talmud teaches, “He who saves a single life, saves the world entire.”  Not exactly sure what that means, but I know there are three men who would agree.

From my fat old white guy injineer’s perspective, should not boats, especially commercial ones, have an automatic alert system?  Sort of like an airliner’s black box or transponder.  If the boat goes down, it should be calling for help with a location — no human intervention required.

In any event, these fellows were lucky she was “on duty” watching over them like an unseen Guardian Angel.

And, speaking up like this, about a life saving event, is certainly not being a “Karen” and the MYOB rule is not applicable in this situation.  I am waiting for my turn to “save a life” or, even deliver a baby.  (Have to not waste that USAF air survival training. Laugh!)


INSPIRATIONAL: A cave dive that could have been a disaster

‘The Everest of cave diving’: Australia’s most mysterious cave system and the incredible story of how an expedition survived after being trapped for 27 hours

  • diver Andrew Wight led an expedition to the Pannikin Plains cave system
  • The area is in the Nullarbor Plain, a vast desert which sits atop limestone bedrock
  • While exploring the caves a storm swept in and caused the entrance to collapse
  • His team was trapped

underground until a daring rescue mission saved them

PUBLISHED: 20:37 EST, 22 January 2022 | UPDATED: 20:37 EST, 22 January 2022

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Deep below the Australian Outback are some of the largest and most mysterious cave systems on Earth – where a team of explorers once miraculously survived after being trapped for 27 hours by an avalanche.

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Read this and see the pictures to get a sense of the danger and drama.


INSPIRATIONAL: Thich Nhat Hanh, a modern day Ghandi or MLK?

Thich Nhat Hanh, poetic peace activist and master of mindfulness, dies at 95
By James Pearson – 2h ago (Reuters) –

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Thich Nhat Hanh, the Zen Buddhist monk, poet and peace activist who in the 1960s came to prominence as an opponent of the Vietnam War, died on Saturday aged 95 surrounded by his followers in the temple where his spiritual journey began.

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“Three hundred years from now where will you be and where shall I be?” — Thich Nhat Hanh



INSPIRATIONAL: What does a gamer do when he runs out of lives?

Strange dream the other night.

What if life is really like a game?

When we run out of money, life, energy, Karmic tokens, what happens?

In games, you start over.  The Eastern religions seem to believe in some type of reincarnation based on how you lived your life.

I guess the atheists have it the easiest, the game just ends.

Strange dreams lead to weird blog posts.


“Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water.”


INSPIRATIONAL: Tourists self-organize a rescue

Moment beachgoers form a human chain to rescue drowning tourist from choppy seas in the Philippines

  • A man in his 20s was caught in a powerful tide on Binmaley beach on January 1
  • Revellers celebrating the New Year formed a human chain to rescue the man
  • The man was pulled to safety and was declared healthy by medics on the beach 

PUBLISHED: 04:32 EST, 6 January 2022 | UPDATED: 08:05 EST, 6 January 2022

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This is the heroic moment beachgoers formed a human chain to save a tourist drowning in the sea in the Philippines.

The man in his mid-20s was playing in the waist-deep water when he was knocked over by the powerful waves on the Binmaley beach in Pangasinan province as holidaymakers were celebrating the New Year on January 1.

Onlookers heard his cries for help and immediately banded together to reach the drowning man, who was struggling to stay afloat because of powerful tides.

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Wow, what a powerful example of spontaneous cooperation.

Safe a life; save the world.

No Gooferment; no politicians and bureaucrats, just good people reacting quickly.



INSPIRATIONAL: Truckers ‘boycotting’ Colorado

Moment long line truckers ‘boycott’ Colorado over the state’s 110-year sentence for driver who caused fatal accident: Petition to grant clemency attracts 4MILLION signatures

  • A petition to grant clemency to the driver of an 18-wheeler jailed for 110 years in prison for killing four people has garnered 4 million signatures on
  • According to TikTok videos, fellow drivers are now refusing to enter the state as a way to denounce the sentence they’ve deemed harsh and unfair 
  • Rogel Aguilera-Mederos, 26, was sentenced to 110 consecutive years in prison for a fiery crash in 2019 that killed four people 
  • He was driving a semi-truck at 85mph down I-70 in Lakewood, Colorado on April 25, 2019 when he crashed into two dozen vehicles stuck in rush hour traffic
  • The impact of the crash caused a fireball explosion that incinerated cars and trucks and killed four people and injured six others
  • Aguilera-Mederos claimed his brakes failed, but prosecutors said he should have used a runaway truck ramp miles before the scene of the crash
  • He was found guilty in October of 27 criminal charges

PUBLISHED: 18:10 EST, 19 December 2021 | UPDATED: 18:23 EST, 19 December 2021

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Viral TikTok videos claim to show a long line of trucks who are ‘boycotting’ Colorado by driving round it and refusing to enter the state over the 110-year jail sentence of a fellow driver who caused a huge crash that killed four on a Colorado interstate.

Rogel Aguilera-Mederos, 26, was driving a semi on April 25, 2019 down Interstate 70 in Lakewood, Colorado, when he crashed into two dozen vehicles – including four other semi-trucks stuck in rush-hour traffic. The impact caused a fireball explosion that incinerated cars and trucks and killed four people.

According to TikTok videos, fellow drivers are now refusing to enter the state as a way to denounce the sentence they’ve deemed harsh and unfair.

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Here’s an alternative to “jury nullification”.

Wonder how long before Colorado folds?

I bet it’s less than a week.  Imagine gas stations with no gas or food stores with no deliveries.

And, I would want to be a driver that crossed their picket line. 

Last time I remember anything this big was when the movie Convoy made a laughing stock of all the police that hassled truckers with lame tickets.


INSPIRATIONAL: Missed shots and accepting criticism

83 Keep Your Head Up Quotes (+ My 3 Favorite Tips for Tough Times)
By Henrik Edberg Updated October 29, 2021 

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Sometimes life is simply tough. And it is hard to stay motivated and to keep a positive mindset.

So in the first part of today’s post I’d like to share 83 of the most powerful quotes that will help you to keep your head up, reload your motivation and to keep going even through difficult days.

And in the second part I’m going to share 3 of my favorite tips that have helped me many times through dark or uncertain times.

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“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” — Michael Jordan

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2. Learn from criticism but remember that all criticism you get is not about you.

When you get criticized, don’t just dismiss it. Instead, first ask yourself questions like:

  • Can I learn something from this piece of criticism?
  • Is there perhaps actually something here that I may not want to hear but that could help me to improve?
  • Remain clear-headed, open and take a couple of minutes to figure out if there is something here that can help you.

But also keep in mind that all criticism you get will not be helpful. And some of what people may tell you are simply attacks.

What can you do then?

Well, what works for me is to kindly remind myself that criticism isn’t always about me.

Because in real life people will have a bad day or month. Some will – at least at this point in time – hate some part of their life or not be well.

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Anyone who knows me, knows that from Halloween to Saint Patrick’s Day is my “blue period”.  Too many reminders of sad date, “celebrations”, and past mistakes.

I learned from my sainted Mother to forgive myself of all my sins of omission and commission after a year.  On her deathbed after 6 decades, she still was regretting who she picked as my father.  Little did she know that she had caused me to formulate a heuristic (a big word for “rule of thumb” or approximation), “Less than a year, it’s a mistake; more than a tear, it’s a lesson”.  Still in all it’s hard for me to believe that I was that stupid, made that many mistakes, and | or missed so many opportunities.

Well here’s a good quote and a great tactic.  Maybe you can teach old dog’s new tricks.


INSPIRATIONAL: A neighbor became suspicious … …

What led detectives to Cleo Smith: Police reveal a tip-off and ‘needle in a haystack’ forensic clues led officers to house where she was found

  • Tip-off and forensic clues led detectives to Cleo inside a locked suburban house
  • Police found four-year-old about 1am Wednesday after breaking into property 
  • WA top police officer said a ‘needle in haystack’ clue emerged late on Tuesday
  • Ultimately police tip-off led officers to Carnarvon house on Wednesday morning

PUBLISHED: 21:36 EDT, 2 November 2021 | UPDATED: 21:54 EDT, 2 November 2021

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A neighbour told Australia’s Seven News they became suspicious after seeing the arrested man buying nappies from a supermarket.

‘The other day, like, I think it was Monday, we saw him in Woolworths buying nappies but we didn’t click on who it was or what he was buying them for,’ she said. ‘Until now.’

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Good work by all involved.  Especially the neighbor who noticed the unusual purchase.

An alert citizenry is the best “first responder”.

I wonder when the forensics were that are being held “close to the vest”?


INSPIRATIONAL: Listening to a John Denver album … and feeling OLD!

Wonder if PTSD can be triggered by music?

“I’ve lost her all over again. I’m so sad that I don’t have her. But I’m so grateful that she was with me on that island. And I know what I have to do now. I gotta keep breathing. Because tomorrow the sun will rise. Who knows what the tide could bring?” Chuck Noland (Tom Hanks) in “Cast Away” (2000)