Category Archives: Positraction

Interesting way to start the week

POSITRACTION: A “cheap” 3D-printed home is a breakthrough


This cheap 3D-printed home is a start for the 1 billion who lack shelter
Printed by Vulcans on planet Earth
By Tamara Warren @tamaratam  Mar 12, 2018, 8:39am EDT

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Food, water, and shelter are basic human needs, but 1.2 billion people in the world live without adequate housing, according to a report by the World Resources Institute’s Ross Center for Sustainable Cities. Today at SXSW, an Austin-based startup will unveil its approach to combat that deficiency by using low-cost 3D printing as a potential solution.

ICON has developed a method for printing a single-story 650-square-foot house out of cement in only 12 to 24 hours, a fraction of the time it takes for new construction. If all goes according to plan, a community made up of about 100 homes will be constructed for residents in El Salvador next year. The company has partnered with New Story, a nonprofit that is vested in international housing solutions. “We have been building homes for communities in Haiti, El Salvador, and Bolivia,” Alexandria Lafci, co-founder of New Story, tells The Verge.

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This has to be a great breakthrough for humanity.

While the price is still “too high” for the poor, it might be low enough to start the improvement process. And, we know that “evil capitalism” will drive down the cost if the Gooferment doesn’t interfere (i.e., computers versus telephones).

Maybe in the foreseeable future, it can be $40 rather than $4,000?

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POSITRACTION: Two doc rube goldberg up a life saving device on a plane


Doctors on a Plane Save Woman’s Life by Constructing Makeshift Ventilator Out of Nearby Parts
By McKinley Corbley – Mar 6, 2018

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A normal flight to Jamaica turned into a life-saving endeavor after two anesthesiologists created a makeshift medical ventilator to save an elderly woman who had gone into respiratory arrest.

Matthew Stevenson and John Flanagan were on a JetBlu flight in January when the senior started having trouble breathing. A nurse who also happened to be aboard the plane tried to help the woman recover – but nothing would relieve the breathing distress.

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Bet these guys could make a heck of still or build a bridge if needed.

Have to admire their “ingineering” in a very stressful situation.

If I get sick, can I have these fellows on my flight?

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POSITRACTION: Learn a Song Together; Perfect Harmony?


3,000 Jews and Muslims Sign Up to Learn a Song Together–the Result is Perfect Harmony
February 26 2018

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There’s more than enough doubt as to whether peace will ever be possible in the Middle East, but this video could inspire naysayers with some much-needed hope.

Koolulam is an organization that is dedicated to bringing Israelis together from across all ages, races, religions, and demographics for mass singing events.

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One of my core values is “peace”. I’m not sure that “perfect harmony” is possible in the Middle East, but maybe those “zealots” on each side can stop killing each other?

This is an attempt to bridge the divide and, even if it has limited success, every success is a step in the right direction.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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POSITRACTION: Can kindness help?


When Teens Are Asked to do Something Kind, They Write 5,100 Notes to Uplift Every Student in School
By Good News Network-Feb 24, 2018

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When the students at Carmel Clay High School were asked to do something kind for their fellow classmates, they did not just rise to the occasion; they owned it.

Sarah Wolff, who teaches a ceramics class at the school in Carmel, Indiana, asked a group of her pupils to do something nice for their fellow students. She figured that – following the tragic events at the school in Parkland, Florida last week – her students could benefit from even a trickle of positive vibes.

The teens then agreed to write and print out inspiring notes for their peers—not just the ones they were friends with, but a note for every student in the school.

As a result, the youngsters wrote 5,100 individual notes of inspiration and taped them to the school lockers on Wednesday.

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I’m no goody two shoes but I’d like to hope this is more effective than any “gun prohibition”.

Clearly, the Parkland Florida was a disturbed individual, but perhaps, just if just one person had taped such a note to his locker, things might have been different.

Maybe if we all listen and reach out a little more, we can be that change?

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POSITRACTION: Improving with drone-related farming


February 17th, 2018 at 10:38 am
Drones in Agriculture: How UAVs make farming more efficient

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Farmers are increasingly turning to drones as their newest, most efficient tool in agriculture. Let’s take a look at the facts and figures.

Dronefly just released a new infographic consolidating the most interesting contemporary uses of unmanned aerial vehicles in the field of agriculture.

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Farmland has been a perennial element of the American identity and its history. It’s no surprise that the newest farm tool is the whirring, bird’s-eye view-providing drone. What is surprising, though, is how rapidly this tool is reshaping an industry as age-old as agriculture. Stay tuned, as we report on how these developments in drone-related farming evolve.

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One way to have “world peace” is feed the world. The USA could do it. Just get the dumb Gooferments out of the way and let the American farmer do their thing. The Gooferment paying farmers not farm is just stupid!

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POSITRACTION: Alma Mater defines respect for all students


Manhattan College Supports Its LGBTQ students through LaSallian Charism
January 28, 2018 by Lizzie Sextro

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Manhattan College, a Catholic campus in New York City, established its first LGBTQ support group in the early 1980’s. Since then, the organization has grown and flourished as its members continue to raise awareness and create a safe space for LGBTQ students on campus. The school is owned by the Christian Brothers, and the outreach to LGBTQ students is very much grounded in the spirit of the Brothers’ founder: John Baptist de La Salle.

An editorial in The Quadrangle, the school’s student newspaper, emphasized the school’s three-decade commitment to LGBTQ students by examining the five major LaSallian values:

“(1) Respect for all people. (2) Quality Education. (3) Inclusive Community. (4) Concern for the Poor and Social Justice. (5) Faith in the Presence of God.”

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Nice to see Alma Mater recognized for doing good deeds.

I tend to agree with, not “despite”, the Catholic teaching that has notoriously labeled “homosexual tendencies” as “intrinsically disordered.” Unfortunately for these afflicted and conflicted individuals, they can’t really reproduce and perpetuate the species. So, but, despite being “broken”, they are human beings entitled to all the rights, and to be treated with dignity. To not do that, leads us to the Nazis and their version of eugenics.

I definitely disagree with the inclusion of the words “Social Justice”  because of its left liberal political connotations. “Social Justice” seems to me to make certain classes of people entitled to “positive rights” that are merely stealing from others.

But, the first two of what I think are my core values are peace and tolerance. As I’ve ofter said and post, I’m not the arbiter of anything but my own conduct. I try to live so that my Mom would be proud of me. It’s a child-like easy to measure yardstick.

I applaud Alma Mater for its compassion in a very difficult human situation.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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You Found Who or What?: Manhattan College Supports Its LGBTQ students through LaSallian Charism

Website or source of news?: https://www.newwaysministry. org/2018/01/28/manhattan- college-supports-lgbtq- students-lasallian-charism/

What did you find?: Nice coverage of Alma Mater in publication of New Ways Ministry

Toner, Mike (MC1972)

[JR: I agree.]

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POSITRACTION: Diabetic Woman gets served at the drive up window


Diabetic Woman Orders Food, Something Crazy Happens (Photo)
By Sean Kelly
December 12, 2017

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A diabetic woman took to Facebook to share the story of what a Burger King employee did for her when she had low blood sugar and needed food.

Rebecca Boening said she was driving when she felt her blood sugar level drop, so she decided to take the next exit and go to a Burger King.

“As I stumbled through placing my order I mentioned to the voice on the speaker that I was diabetic and in need of food,” she wrote in the post. “Low blood sugar makes it difficult to think or act. I pulled up to the first window in order to pay for my food.”

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This woman was helped from an unexpected source.

Kudos to the quick thinking clerk.

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