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POSITRACTION: “Help me please”


Woman Sees McDonald’s Worker In Back Corner With Disabled Man, Acts Fast
Posted on September 24, 2015 by Amanda Shea

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When a Chicago woman stopped by McDonald’s to grab a bite to eat after work, she had no idea what she was about to witness. She caught a cashier in the back corner with a disabled elderly man, who probably thought nobody was looking, but she saw it all and acted immediately.

Destiny Carreno was waiting her turn in line to order her food when the unnamed elderly man, who struggled with a disability, came up to the counter and asked the cashier an unexpected question. The employee paused briefly, confused by what the man was requesting, then suddenly shut down his station and went to the corner where the older gentleman had gone back to sit down.

Destiny watched for a moment, confused by what the cashier was doing, leaving his station in the middle of rush hour in downtown Chicago. She said in a Facebook post on the incident that she had heard the man politely say to the employee at the counter, “Help me please,” but she couldn’t immediately tell what he needed help with. Then, she witnessed what the worker did, and it took her completely by surprise.

The handicapped man, who was at the restaurant by himself, simply needed help cutting and eating his food. Destiny described in her post what happened next, and it had her quickly taking a picture of the moment with tears in her eyes.

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I hope I can be that sensitive to a fellow human being’s needs.

I wonder how many people gripped at having to wait a little longer.

Hope McD’s put this in their advertisements.

I pray that good things happen to this young man.

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POSITRACTION: The ‘Guevedoce’ males teach us a lesson


Growing a penis at 12: the ‘Guevedoce’ boys of the Dominican Republic
Scientists and BBC presenter travelled to the Dominican Republic to meet the ‘Guevedoce’ males who do not grow a penis until puberty
By Dr Michael Mosely
12:01AM BST 20 Sep 2015 

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One of the first people to study this unusual condition was Dr Julianne Imperato, a Cornell endocrinologist. She travelled to this remote part of the Dominican Republic in the 1970s because of strange rumours about girls turning into boys.

She eventually unraveled the mystery of what is going on and by doing so helped make a surprising medical breakthrough.

At conception we all inherit a set of genes from our parents that will, in time instruct our bodies to make us male or female. But for the first few weeks of our lives human embryos are neither. Instead we have a protrusion called a tubercle. If you’re genetically male the Y chromosome instructs the gonads to become testicles. They also send testosterone to the tubercle, where it is converted into a potent hormone called dihydro-testosterone This transforms the tubercle into a penis. If you’re female and don’t make dihydro-testosterone then your tubercle becomes a clitoris.

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By a quirk of chance Dr Imperato’s research was picked up by the American pharmaceutical giant, Merck. They used her discovery to create a drug called finasteride, which blocks the action of 5-α-reductase. IT is now widely used to treat benign enlargement of the prostate and male pattern baldness. For which, I’m sure, many men are truly grateful.

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And, we think we know it all?

Never heard of that condition before.

When I hear all the know it alls spout off about this or that “scientific fact”, it’s like nails on a chalkboard.

Can “we”, at least, develop a little humility about what we assert with such juvenile certainty.

Nothing is ever as it seems and it’s certainly not what the media tells us.

IDK (I don’t know) should be as quick to our mind as MYOB (mind your own business)!

I’ll try to remember that in the future.

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POSITRACTION: Aaron and Evan Steed to the rescue


This Moving Company Helps Women Leave Abusive Homes At No Cost
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by Good News Network – September 10, 2015

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Getting out of an abusive relationship isn’t easy—but actually packing up and moving out is even more daunting.

Hundreds of women have Aaron and Evan Steed to thank for coming to the rescue. These owners of a California moving company have volunteered to complete the move for them, free of charge.

When they first started their business, Meathead Movers in 1997, the high school athletes were simply looking for a way to earn some extra cash. Back then, their fee was usually $20 and a pizza.

As their business grew, the Steeds started getting occasional, frantic phone calls from women with little or no money who wanted to quickly move out before their abusers returned home.

The sympathetic movers always declined any compensation and rushed to the address to load their belongings.

One day, in 2000, a situation turned volatile when the abuser came home in the middle of the move. It was then that the company decided it had to ensure that the women and the moving crew were both safe, so they partnered with a local women’s shelter.

“What was good about that is, they could be vetting the requests for help, supporting the women with counseling, and making sure when we went in, the proper restraining orders were in place, or police were on hand if necessary,” Meathead’s CEO Aaron Steed told Good News Network.

Beth Raub, director of the local women’s shelter, said that one of their staff is always on-site the day of the move so they can “call law enforcement if things get dicey.”

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What a great bunch of men.

Hope that anyone who needs movers in Southern California gives them their business.


Wish more people would do more stuff like this.

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POSITRACTION: Fremont Teen Returns Wallet


Fremont Teen Returns Wallet With $2,300 In Cash
September 4, 2015 12:01 AM
Andria Borba 

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FREMONT (KPIX 5) – Despite not having enough cash to buy lunch, a Fremont teenager who found more than $2,000 in a wallet this week didn’t think twice and returned the money to its rightful owner.

It was on Tuesday when Irvington High seniorTommy O’Connor, walked to the 7-Eleven across the street to get a soda for himself and his brother, when he found a wallet on the ground.

Tommy recalled, “It was like a bunch of hundreds.”

The wallet had 23 $100 bills.

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That’s a lot of temptation to overcome.

I’m not sure I could do it.

But, it’s great to see the inner character of some people.

Hope all my temptations are tiny; to match my abilities.

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POSITRACTION: A “lifesaver” for brain aneurysms


Breakthrough Treatment for Brain Aneurysms
Image: Breakthrough Treatment for Brain Aneurysms
By Lynn Allison | Friday, 21 Aug 2015 01:23 PM

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Vineeta Singh, M.D., associate professor of neurology at the University of California-San Francisco School of Medicine, calls the WEB a “lifesaver.”

“The WEB is a mesh-like device that is made to emulate the size and shape of the aneurysm,” Dr. Singh tells Newsmax Health.

“Once it is inserted, it molds itself to the aneurysm, filling the spaces and instantly clotting the blood, thus saving time and potentially, lives.

And unlike the coil technique, it can’t fall out. This is especially useful in large aneurysms.

“The mesh quiets the normal turbulence of blood flow within the aneurysm almost instantly and creates a blood clot which prevents the flow of new blood into the aneurysm.”

The WEB device is comprised of a MicroBraid mesh made of nitinol, an alloy of nickel and titanium used in surgical settings because of its ability to hold its shape.

“Right now we’re making the WEB in two shapes: a spherical and barrel shape,” says Hykes. “Once the WEB is inserted into the aneurysm and deployed, it retains its original shape.”

The WEB is not widely available in the United States because it hasn’t yet been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. But it is currently in use in clinical trials in the U.S.

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What a Godsend.

This killed Peg, my Mother-In-Law in her fifties. Requiescat In Pacem.

It was traumatizing for my now past wife. Also Requiescat In Pacem.

And, the “witch doctors” believed it was the “trigger event” for wife’s Type 1 diabetes.

It’s not hard for me to imagine if this was available then to save Peg’s life how different things might have been.

Of course, the Shoulda, coulda, and wouldas are endless and really not worth imagining.

Have to live “in the present”; anything else make you miserable. And doesn’t change a thing.

Now if we can just get the FDA out of the way and deploy this technology quickly, a lot of lives will be saved. 

What positive for potentially dying people.

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POSITRACTION: The first one to jump saves lives


Europe, Obama Hail Americans Who Stopped Train Attack

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Among the other heroes of the night-time drama was a Frenchman on his way to the toilet who was first to tackle the assailant as he entered the carriage, and a 62-year-old Briton who still had blood spattered over his shirt as he spoke to journalists on Friday night.

But it may have been Stone, 23, of Lajes Air Base, Azores, who took the biggest risk. Eskel said his nephew’s height of at least 6 feet 2 inches (1.9 meters) and Jujitsu martial art and American football background probably helped him.

“He was the first one to jump on him, he’s the one who got cut up … none of us are injured but Spencer took a few injuries and he just had no fear,” 23-year-old student Anthony Sadler, told Reuters.

“That’s our friend so once we saw him go we had to go and join him … we couldn’t have just left everybody die like that. It was a crazy situation, said Sadler, a student at Sacramento State University.

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There’s a survival theory about the three types of reaction — 50% freeze, 40% panic, and 10% act. And, it’s the action ones that survive. 

So we have about 5 of the people in that car who acted. 

Pretty interesting.

In another story, the criminal asked for his gun back?

As a pro-life pro-choice little L libertarian, I’m surprise that the criminal survived.

When defending yourself, most training is to kill. But, I guess these fellows were really good at controlling their emotions. After all it’s “kill or be killed”; not “restrain the perp or be killed”.

Criminals are not stupid. That’s why mass murderers seek out gun free zones.

We have to just change the incentives.


Anyway, hope that I can act like this hero and save some lives.

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