Category Archives: Positraction

Interesting way to start the week

POSITRACTION: Gene Therapy Trial Restores Vision

2018-Oct-21

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/in-world-first-gene-therapy-trial-restores-vision-in-patients-with-genetic-form-of-blindness/

In ‘World First,’ Gene Therapy Trial Restores Vision in Patients With Genetic Form of Blindness
By Good News Network – Oct 9, 2018

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An exciting new gene therapy trial has restored full or partial vision to blind patients who were robbed of their sight because of a genetic condition.

The study, which was launched at the University of Oxford back in 2011, recruited 14 patients to receive an eye injection of the virus containing the missing gene that caused the blindness.

By the end of the study, there was a significant gain in vision across the group of patients as a whole.

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Amazing!

How little “we” know about ourselves or our biology.

Wonder how many people this translates into?

Although anything over 1 is great, imho.

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POSITRACTION: Businesses don’t need to be “clubbed” to do good things

2018-Oct-14

http://www.clonakilty.ie/autism-friendly-town

Clonakilty Autism Friendly Town

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Clonakilty is Ireland’s First Autism Friendly town in Ireland.  In order to acquire this designation Clonakilty had to go through a robust accreditation process. It had to engage and train 25% of businesses and voluntary organisations, train 50% of public services, 50% of school communities, 50% of healthcare professionals, 3 employers and reach and engage 25% of the town’s population and develop a three-year Autism Friendly town plan.

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The Autism Friendly Champions have done the following to receive their accreditation:

•    Followed autism friendly staff training
•    Developed a social story to help prepare the visit to the organisation 
•    Are service dog friendly
•    A sensory activity specific to that organisation for example, host a weekly quiet time, make available a Relaxation Box for customers or dedicated quiet space 
•    Committed to working with the Clonakilty Autism Friendly Town Committee on the implementation of the three-year town plan

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It’s a small town — I’ve never heard of it — but maybe it’s the start of a trend.  Can’t cost much to make some accommodations.  

Since I’ve been “pop-pop” to a baby, I’ve been observing the rest rooms of stores I patronize.  I’m not afraid to let the store manage know when their “facilities” are not up to snuff.  I did an MBA paper on the secret of one minor league ball park’s outstanding fiscal results — double everyone else’s profitability — “clean women’s rest rooms.  Target, or “Tar-jay”, as we call it, is always outstanding.

Hope that we as “customers” ask for accommodations for the “there but for the grace of God go I” fellow humans.  And those that abuse the concept of “service animals” like the lady trying to fly with her “support squirrel or those that use fake “service animals” are appropriately scorned.

Whenever I run into anyone in a service position, I try to be extra considerate because they are doing a job I wouldn’t want to do.  If I had to, I’d probably strangle someone.  (Never said I was perfect; just trying.)

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POSITRACTION: A new use for mass transit?

2018-Oct-07

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/new-city-bus-cleans-the-air-by-sucking-up-pollution-as-it-travels/

Bus Cleans the Air: Sucking Up Pollution As It Travels
By Good News Network-Oct 2, 2018

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This bus doesn’t just take you to where you need to go – it also cleans the air you breathe.

The Go-Ahead Group, which is one of the largest bus and rail operators in England, has just launched a bus that sucks up pollution as it travels.

The Bluestar prototype is the first bus in the UK that can clean city air. It is fitted with an air filter that collects ultra-fine pollution particles and spews out purified air at the front of the vehicle. The filter works with 99.5% efficiency.

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While, of course, it’s always better — in a Platonic absolute good sense — not to pollute the air in the first place, we live in a world governed by the LAWS of Economics.  Scarcity is a fact of life.  

How clean does the air need to be?  After all some geniuses in the Pepuls Republik of Nu Jerzee legislature want to define sand at the beach as a health hazard pollutant.  (When I read this, I thought I’d stepped through the looking glass.)  After the EPA wants to define carbon dioxide — the stuff that the trees need — and water vapor as pollutants for the purposes of car emissions.  Argh! 

I think that air cleaning bus is a great step by a for profit company.  If the marketplace agrees, then they will succeed and the “other” buses will not.  Market discipline puts the consumer in the “driver’s seat”. 

How much do we want to pay for “cleaner air”?  (So car makers claim that the air their products exhaust is cleaner than what they take in.)

Kudos to that bus maker for making us choose.

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POSITRACTION: “No better friend, no worse enemy.” USMC’s example

2018-Sep-30

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/marines-say-they-had-to-act-to-save-senior-citizens-from-d-c-fire/?utm_source=fark&utm_medium=website&utm_content=link&ICID=ref_fark

By DAVID MARTIN CBS NEWS September 20, 2018, 6:45 PM
Marines say they “had to act” to save senior citizens from D.C. fire

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WASHINGTON — A quick-moving fire in the nation’s capital could have turned tragic Wednesday afternoon, when flames raced through a building home to more than 100 senior citizens.

But when the smoke went up, Marines came running.

“These are our neighbors. They needed help. We had to act,” said Capt. Trey Gregory.

The fire was about 200 yards from their small outpost in downtown Washington, D.C. When they got there, a construction worker told them all they needed to know.

“He yelled to us, ‘There’s more people in there,’ and that’s when the Marines decided we need to go get them,” said Cpl. Magdaleno Arroyo.

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One has to recognize an organization with examples like this.  And, it’s not an outlier.

That’s why “we”, meaning the politicians and bureaucrats, can’t waste them with unclear goals, strategies, and tactics.

Inspirational men DESERVE to be valued.

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POSITRACTION: “… she ain’t no maid!”; the power of being a good example

2018-Sep-23

https://www.howtogeek.com/trivia/which-comedian-had-a-recurring-role-in-the-star-trek-franchise/

Which Comedian Had A Recurring Role In The Star Trek Franchise?
JASON FITZPATRICK  @jasonfitzpatric 
SEPTEMBER 18TH, 2018

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Why such a strong desire? When the original Star Trek series aired, the presence of Nichelle Nichols in the role of Lt. Nyota Uhura was profoundly impactful on the then elementary-school-age Goldberg. Nichols role was notable in the 1960s as it was one of the first times an African-American woman was portrayed as anything other than a servant on American TV. Goldberg later recalled the moment:

When I was nine-years-old Star Trek came on, I looked at it and I went screaming through the house, “Come here, mom, everybody, come quick, come quick, there’s a black lady on television and she ain’t no maid!” I knew right then and there I could be anything I wanted to be.

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I didn’t know this story.  I knew the answer because I always though Woopi was very funny; until she became a left-wing zealot on the View.

The positive example I want to be in my life hopefully will inspire someone else. 

It’s up to all of us to be positive role models.  That’s why I often excoriate CINO politicians as “bad examples” and disgraces to the label.

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POSITRACTION: Groundbreaking Type 1 Diabetes Drug

2018-Sep-16

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/groundbreaking-type-1-diabetes-drug-has-just-been-trialed-on-first-human-patients-with-no-side-effects/

‘Groundbreaking’ Type 1 Diabetes Drug Has Just Been Trialed on First Human Patients–With No Side Effects
By Good News Network – Sep 12, 2018

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A ground-breaking clinical trial of a new investigational drug has been launched to help prevent and manage Type 1 diabetes, and researchers have already dosed the first patient in the world with the treatment.

The drug, which was developed by scientists Clinical Research Facility (CRF) at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board (UHB), aims to help the regrowth of insulin making ‘beta’ cells of the pancreas, which are lost in patients living with the disease. Despite being an early phase trial, the CRF has now dosed two patients with this new drug.

Type 1 diabetes is a serious, lifelong condition where blood glucose levels are too high because the body cannot make a hormone called insulin. Those with Type 1 diabetes are dependent on insulin but if this clinical trial works, the regrowth – or regeneration – of beta cells may mean those with Type 1 diabetes becoming far less dependent on insulin injections. The benefits of the new drug would reduce lifelong conditions and complications associated with the chronic disease.

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Type 1 killed my wife and her brother.  The pain and suffering over the decades was unbelievable.

I pray that these good folks have the “magic bullit”.  To late in my case, but better for posterity.

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POSITRACTION: Man pays for college tuition for entire class — again!

2018-Sep-09

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/banker-picks-up-college-tuition-for-schools-entire-graduating-class-again/

Banker Picks Up College Tuition for School’s Entire Graduating Class… Again
By Good News Network-Sep 6, 2018

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A successful businessman has offered to pay for an entire graduating high school class… again.

With 35 branches of his bank operating across Wisconsin and Minnesota, Dennis Frandsen is a self-made financial success – and he wants to share that success the youth of his community.

Frandsen will be paying for at least 2 years of technical college for all 34 prospective high school graduates who have finished at Luck Public Schools in Wisconsin.

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Must be nice to be in a position to be able to do something like this.

Very impressive act of charity.

Gives everyone a chance to make their way.

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