Category Archives: Positraction

Interesting way to start the week

POSITRACTION: Family suffer from familial amyloidosis

The family blighted by a ticking timebomb: Four people have died of rare genetic condition leaving surviving relatives praying for a miracle cure

  • Family suffer from familial amyloidosis which can lead to fatal organ failure
  • Concerned relatives explain it has been ‘picking them off’ for generations
  • The disease is caused by abnormal protein deposits in tissues and organs
  • Currently no cure for illness and 600 new cases are diagnosed a year in UK 

PUBLISHED: 13:39 EST, 31 January 2016 | UPDATED: 14:48 EST, 31 January 2016

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Four members of the same family were killed off by a genetic condition and now surviving relatives are praying for a miracle cure as they live with the reality that they could be next.

Sisters Maggie Maguire and Pauline McCartney, from Glasgow, both died of familial amyloidosis, as did their brother George and father Paul. Sadly, it is now beginning to affect relative 37-year-old Gary Maguire.

An illness caused by deposits of abnormal protein, called amyloid, in tissues and organs throughout the body, familial amyloidosis can lead to organ failure and death within as little as year

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This is a sad “death sentence”?

It’s a stunning finding.

How do you deal with such information?

Not that it’s not something that most of us have to deal with.

I guess the “human condition” is to overcome whatever is faced.

Hopefully, we can all learn “courage” from this family.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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POSITRACTION: Social media does a mitzvah for a four-year-old girl in India with a tumour


Pictured: The four-year-old girl in India with a tumour on her head the size of a football 

  • Renu’s tumour had been growing since birth out the back of her head
  • But her hard up parents couldn’t afford the medical bill to have it removed
  • Renu, of Uttar Pradesh, finally operated on after a social media campaign 
  • Doctor warned without surgery the tumour would have eventually ruptured 

PUBLISHED: 04:27 EST, 15 January 2016 | UPDATED: 12:25 EST, 15 January 2016

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Renu’s father Jhinkant told MailOnline: ‘I don’t know what social media is and how it works But one thing I know it that it helped save my child’s life. I don’t know the man who put up a plea to help Renu. This act of compassion and benevolence has restored my faith in humanity. God bless them all.’ 

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This is what we need more of and less Kardashians on social media.

As the human race, “we” need to figure out how to end such poverty.

And, no, it’s not more global Gooferment and higher taxes.

“We” need to spread free markets, education, and a “we are the world” spirit.


But in this case, social media changed one life and I hope a lot of minds.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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POSITRACTION: Where is “joke.crab.arch”?


The Volokh ConspiracyOpinion
Mapping the world, three words at a time
By David Post January 12 

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Here’s the problem: hundreds of millions, and more likely several billion, of the world’s people live in a world in which few or none of the places that are important in their lives — where they live, where they work, where they catch the bus, where their kids go to school, where they go for a drink or to watch the movies — has an “address,” a unique and commonly understood designator indicating their actual physical location. Think of just the inhabitants of the slums and favelas in and around the great world mega-cities — Sao Paolo, Brazil; Mexico City; Shanghai; Istanbul; Mumbai; Jakarta, Indonesia … and multiply that many times over.

And think of what it would be like to live in a world without addresses and how difficult (or impossible) it would be to get utility service or request an ambulance or report a crime or obtain public services or get a product delivered or start a business or open a school or call a meeting of your neighbors or find the voting booth you’re supposed to go to … without the ability to refer to precisely where any of that is supposed to happen.

Of course, it’s true that any point on the Earth’s surface can be identified uniquely by its latitude and longitude — at least if you include enough significant digits to make the reference sufficiently precise — and there are lots of places on the Internet where you can convert latitude and longitude parameters into specific locations (and vice versa) (such as the GPS Coordinate Tracker). Monticello, for instance, is at 38.0086043 North latitude and 78.45319940000002 West longitude; and if I ask you to meet me at 34.1016357 North and 118.3266744 West, we’ll end up right at the corner of Hollywood and Vine.

But long strings of digits are very difficult to remember and to use when communicating with others. It is as difficult to imagine a usable universal location scheme that requires people to talk to one another in latitude and longitude references as it is to imagine the Internet becoming the Internet without the domain name system, which eliminates the need to refer to the unique number — the hexadecimal “IP Address” (e.g., for — assigned to every website or other Internet location.

A London start-up, What3Words, has come up with what looks, to me, like it could be a truly transformative resolution to the problem.

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It will be immediately useful when Amazon, Google, FedEx, UPS, Uber, and etc etc get board.

Maybe even the USPS and the Gooferment might catch up to lead the parade.

When I first moved to Virginia, continuous roads would change names with no warning. Or numbers would just reset at the city or county line.

And, let’s not forget how many Broadways, Second Streets, or such we have. 

This seem like a simple way to pinpoint anywhere in the globe.

So maybe I’ll see you at “joke.crab.arch”. Funny how once you hear it, it’s funny and memorable.

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POSITRACTION: Pilot makes a great decision


Delta pilot turns plane around to get Phoenix family to funeral in Tennessee
FOX 10’s Nicole Garcia reports.
POSTED:DEC 30 2015 10:35PM CST UPDATED:DEC 31 2015 09:30AM CST

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The pilot tells FOX 10 he didn’t need words. He saw the tears, the sadness, the desperation on their faces and when he was told the family was on their way to their father’s funeral, the pilot did something unprecedented. He went back to let them on the plane.

“It’s very rare.. someone stops and does something so kind and we need more people like that in the world,” said Short.

An airline worker told the family it was solely the pilot’s decision to come back for them.

The family made it to Tennessee in time to lay their father to rest in his hometown, which was one of his last wishes.

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I hope that when the time comes I can be that good.

And, next time I get a choice, I’ll take a Delta flight in honor of that pilot.

Well done!

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POSITRACTION: Diogenes, the lantern, and searching for an honest man


Honest busboy who returned $3,000 in cash gets big reward
Published December 22, 2015  Associated Press

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A struggling Colorado busboy who returned $3,000 in cash that he found on the floor is getting rewarded with a big tip.

As of Monday, people impressed with Johnny Duckworth’s honesty have raised more than $3,800 through

He found the cash Tuesday at Randy’s Southside Diner in Grand Junction, and handed it over to his boss, Randy Emmons.

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What better way to start off the New Year than with an “honest man” story.

Very impressive.

I’m not sure I’d be that “honest”. Hope I would, but until you’re in the situation you really really don’t know.

I misplace stuff all the time, I hope when it’s something important, he finds it.

Hence, I designate him a Diogenes award winner. After the Darwin Awards for cleaning the gene pool. In this case, we want more of these award winners.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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POSITRACTION: What’s better medicine for a sick almost teenager girl?


Frat Brothers Brighten Hospital Room For Brave Little Girl
By Barbara Diamond

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Twelve-year-old Lexi Brown has cancer, and she recently spent some time at the Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA in California. Her hospital room faced one of the massive frat houses on UCLA’s fraternity row. To pass the time and have a little fun, Lexi and her mom put a sign in the window asking for a pizza delivery, not thinking it would lead to something so incredible.

The members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon house heard about the sign, so they walked across the street. Not only did they bring pizza, but they also brought a bouquet of roses, and a guitar. Here was a bunch of 20-something frat guys, taking time out of their day to play music for a sick little girl. Lexi’s mom, Lisa, was touched to tears.

The surprises didn’t end there. Lexi struck up a friendship with the SAE fraternity. The guys arranged for all sorts of exciting visits for Lexi, from the UCLA football team to women’s tennis players. But Lexi’s newfound popularity didn’t stop the frat brothers from continuing to show up at her hospital bed — to play cards, to bring her a stuffed animal, or to simply sit and talk.

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What’s better medicine for a sick almost teenager girl? 

A room full of hot frat boys making a fuss over her.

Read the rest of the story for another great idea.

Well done gentlemen! Well done.

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POSITRACTION: The Eleventh Commandment is Thou Shall Not Be A Bystander


Posted on December 10, 2015 by keywestlou
Petrone, Louis S. “Key West Lou” (MC1957)

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Helen Sperling died last week at the age of 95. She survived Buchenwald. A significant portion of her life thereafter was devoted to reminding others of what occurred during those World War II days.

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One day, Helen’s daughter came home from school crying. The other children had called her “…..a dirty Jew.”

Helen was incensed. She hurried to the school and confronted the principal. Helen insisted that she be given the right to speak to her daughter’s classmates the next day about anti-Semitism. She was given permission.

Not knowing exactly what to say, Helen decided to simply tell her story as told herein thus far. The impact on the class was astounding. She was invited to return every year thereafter to speak to the succeeding class.

The name calling and her first talk to a class took place sometime in the mid 1970s. Helen was not a public speaker. Her words made an impact, however.

Helen caught hold. Word spread. She was asked to speak everywhere. She gave the same talk three times a week for years. At colleges, universities, public and private high schools, police academies, monasteries, and churches. She gave these talks into her ninety’s. In central New York and through out the northeast.

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“We do not have the right to be silent. The Eleventh Commandment is Thou Shall Not Be A Bystander.”

Rest in peace Helen Sperling. The first true peace since that day the Germans entered your home.

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[JR: Our fellow Jasper eloquently tells this woman’s story. Thanks, Lou. I only quoted some “fair use” parts. I urge you to go to his blog and read the whole story. Having know several survivors from the camps and watch the actual films, it’s horrifying what we humans can do to one another. Dona Nobis Pacem.]

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“We do not have the right to be silent. The Eleventh Commandment is Thou Shall Not Be A Bystander.”

Rest in peace Helen Sperling. The first true peace since that day the Germans entered your home.