March 15, 2017

A Story of Elephants and Men

In the Absence of Fathers: A Story of Elephants and Men by Fr. Gordon McRae

Some years ago, officials at the Kruger National Park and game reserve in South Africa were faced with a growing elephant problem....The helicopters were up to the task, but, as it turned out, the harness wasn’t. It could handle the juvenile and adult female elephants, but not the huge African bull elephants. A quick solution had to be found, so a decision was made to leave the much larger bulls at Kruger and relocate only some of the female elephants and juvenile males.

Sometime later, however, a strange problem surfaced at South Africa’s other game reserve, Pilanesburg National Park, the younger elephants’ new home....Rangers at Pilanesburg began finding the dead bodies of endangered white rhinoceros...rangers set up hidden cameras throughout the park. The result was shocking. The culprits turned out to be marauding bands of aggressive juvenile male elephants, the very elephants relocated from Kruger National Park a few years earlier. The young males were caught on camera chasing down the rhinos, knocking them over, and stomping and goring them to death with their tusks. The juvenile elephants were terrorizing other animals in the park as well. Such behavior was very rare among elephants. Something had gone terribly wrong.

What had been missing from the relocated herd was the presence of the large dominant bulls that remained at Kruger. In natural circumstances, the adult bulls provide modeling behaviors for younger elephants, keeping them in line....To test the theory, the rangers constructed a bigger and stronger harness, then flew in some of the older bulls left behind at Kruger. Within weeks, the bizarre and violent behavior of the juvenile elephants stopped completely. The older bulls let them know that their behaviors were not elephant-like at all. In a short time, the younger elephants were following the older and more dominant bulls around while learning how to be elephants.
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In his terrific article, “Of Elephants and Men,” Dr. Wade Horn went on to write of a story very similar to that of the elephants, though it happened not in Africa, but in New York’s Central Park. The story involved young men, not young elephants, but the details were eerily close. Groups of young men were caught on camera sexually harassing and robbing women and victimizing others in the park. Their herd mentality created a sort of frenzy that was both brazen and contagious. In broad daylight, they seemed to compete with each other, even laughing and mugging for the cameras as they assaulted and robbed passersby. It was not, in any sense of the term, the behavior of civilized men.

Appalled by these assaults, citizens demanded a stronger and more aggressive police presence. Dr. Horn asked a more probing question. “Where have all the fathers gone?”...The majority of the young men hanging around committing those crimes in Central Park grew up in homes without fathers present
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Real men protect the vulnerable, not assault them. Growing up having learned that most basic tenet of manhood is the job of fathers, not the police. Dr. Horn cited a quote from a young Daniel Patrick Moynihan written some forty years ago:

“From the wild Irish slums of the 19th Century Eastern Seaboard to the riot-torn suburbs of Los Angeles, there is one unmistakable lesson in American history:  A community that allows a large number of young men to grow up in broken homes, dominated by women, never acquiring any stable relationship to male authority, never acquiring any rational expectations for the future – that community asks for and gets chaos.”
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Feel-good miscellany

McDonald's worker is filmed jumping out of the drive-thru window to save a police officer who fell unconscious while picking up her order

Pedro Viloria jumped through window at restaurant in Doral, Florida. A second member of staff helped out by giving CPR.  The off-duty officer was suffering breathing duties and passed out in her SUV.

 Mcdonalds Worker Saves Life

Viloria told WPLG: 'In that moment, I thought, I'd rather save that woman's life. I see she's like inflating her neck, like trying to breathe, like "ahh", and basically I thought something was going wrong.' He jumped through the window and found she was unconscious, with her children anxious in the back seat.

Woman who formed a giant dreadlock after being bedridden with depression for six months is given a stunning new look by kind hairstylist who wanted to help 'change her life'

Kate Langman, a hairstylist described meeting a woman who had been bedridden for months with depression, leaving her unable to wash or brush her hair.  Over a grueling eight hours, Kate combed out the woman's hair, dyed and cut it, leaving it looking stunning, and leaving the woman feeling like herself again.

 Hairstylist+Depressed Woman

'By the end of this service, I could see the sparkle in her eyes and I could see her cheeks get rosy pink from the excitement of not only being able to run her fingers through her hair again, but she felt herself again,' said Kate. 'I changed someone's life today... and I'll never ever forget it.'...I LOVE MY DAMN CAREER.

He Got a Bad Grade. So, He Got the U.S Constitution Amended.

Gregory Watson went on a mission after getting a C on a paper in government class.  That mission to ratify the
Gregory needed 38 states to approve the amendment -- three-quarters. Nine states had already approved it, most back in the 1790s, so that meant he needed 29 more states for it to pass.  It took him 10 years. More than 200 years after it was written, the 27th Amendment was finally ratified.

“No law varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives shall take effect
until an election of representatives shall have intervened.”

How Nuns Shaped Healthcare in the U.S.

1. American nuns have been called the first feminists. Nuns in 19th century America often made decisions in business without ever consulting a man. In a culture and country where most women followed the orders of a father or husband, these women were planning, building and even providing employment without the lead of a man. By 1906, over eight hundred hospitals and ten thousand schools, colleges and universities were founded by Catholic nuns.
2.  Helped start the Mayo Clinic.....
3.  Made the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous possible...
4. Participated and helped to develop the first prepaid health insurance plan in the U.S.....
5. Pioneered “family-centered” and “holistic” care.....

Texas mother  took in the mentally ill homeless man she drove past every day, gave him a job and helped him track down his family

 Texas Woman Homeless Man

Ginger Jones Sprouse took in Victor Hubbard, 32, after driving past him every day to work. He had been living on a street corner for three years looking for his mother.  Mrs Jones Sprouse gave him a job at her cooking school and bought him clothes. She set up a Facebook and GoFundMe page to help care for him which have now gone viral.  Victor is now receiving prescriptions to treat mental illness and has glasses. He has tracked down and spoken to his mother who abandoned him years ago.

It is unlikely he will be able to live independently but she is eager to settle him in to a 'normal life'. 'I just think of him as part of our family. 'Part of me feels very motherly towards him. I think he will probably always need a degree of supervision. 'One of our goals was to get his identification then another is to maybe get a bank account of his own. He is welcome to live with me and my family for as long as he wants to,' she said.

Hubbard said, "I can accomplish anything when I'm around Ginger so anyone around me can witness that and they can get to know me if they like me."

Midwife from Auschwitz: The woman who saved hundreds of newborns

Stanisława Leszczyńska and her husband.. got involved in helping Jews, which soon led to the arrest of the entire family by the Gestapo. ...in a tube of toothpaste she managed to smuggle German papers confirming her occupation. Despite enormous risk, she went to Dr. Mengele... and offered her assistance to women in labor....

 Midwife Auschwitz

As she wrote in a report, “Until May 1943, children born at the camp were cruelly murdered, they were drowned in a keg....Stanisława received the command: treat newborns as dead. She was short in stature, but she could stand up to the doctor. She replied, “No! Children must not be killed!” And she delivered approximately 3,000 babies, not one stillborn. None of the mothers died either. Even the best clinics in the world at that time could not boast of such statistics.
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The prisoners called Stanisława Leszczyńska “mommy” and “the angel of goodness” which, as Elżbieta Solomon, one of the Auschwitz mothers wrote later in a poem, came to give “notice to the future centuries that there, in the midst of death, misery, and filth, there too, she brought forth Jesus— Mary in the striped uniform.”
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Signs of the Times

Reza Aslan, Cannibal For CNN

"Aslan Ate a Human Brain and CNN Aired It" in the first episode of CNN’s new “Believer”.

Donald Sensing reports on the outrage that followed

....no criticism has come Reza's way for practicing actual cannibalism. No, he is under attack for deriding Hinduism....
Eating human beings? No problem. Pointing out that a small Hindu sect eats human beings? Unacceptable!  We are culturally rotted beyond belief.

 Subway Sign-Of-Times
via Ace

Environmentalist Protest Destroys The Environment At Standing Rock

Garbage, building materials, and months of untreated human waste from thousands of Standing Rock squatters now threatens the very water they claimed to be protecting.,,,The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wrapped up its $1.1 million cleanup of the Dakota Access camps on federal land, hauling off 835 dumpsters of remaining trash and debris at the now-vacant site once occupied by thousands of protesters.

Man spends $50,000 on over 100 procedures to transform into a 'genderless' ALIEN

Vinny Ohh, 22, from Los Angeles in California, has had over 110 procedures to transform into a 'genderless' extra-terrestrial....The part-time model also wears large blackened contact lenses, alien like talons and unusual hair dye colors....The make-up artist believes he's neither male nor female and so his extreme look is a way to mirror how he feels inside.  Now he plans to fork out another $160,000  on surgery to have his genitalia, nipples and bellybutton removed.....He became an LGBT+ activist and feels like his look now represents his beliefs that 'people shouldn't be labelled'.

Judge gives custody of child to 1 dad and 2 moms

Mother and son are becoming father and daughter

 Mother+Son Now Father+Daughter

Time to learn! Eighty percent of Oklahoma City children aged six to 12 don't know how to read a clock because they rely on smartphones and iPads to tell the time

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