Category Archives: Positraction

Interesting way to start the week

POSITRACTION: Japanese bus drivers using an unusual tactic

2018-May-06

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/japanese-bus-drivers-strike-by-continuing-to-run-and-refusing-to-take-anyones-money/

Japanese Bus Drivers Strike by Continuing to Run and Refusing to Take Anyone’s Money
By Good News Network – May 2, 2018

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Japanese bus drivers are using an unusual community-based strike tactic to demand better job security from their employers.

The drivers working for the Ryobi Group in Okayama declared a labor strike after a rival bus company opened up overlapping bus routes that charge cheaper fare.

When Ryobi would not comply with their demands for better job security, the drivers decided to take an experimental angle with their strike: they would continue to drive their usual routes, except they would not be accepting anyone’s fare money.

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Well, I’m not sure that striking for “job security” is a good strategy, but I like the tactic of not alienating the riding public.

If I was a bus driver, and I’m not, nor do I play one on TV — Jackie Gleason had that role locked up forever — I’d be worried about self-driving busses.  Clear to me, that’s the technology threat to their “job security”.  If they don’t improve their “human capital”, then they are the equivalent of “buggy whip makers”.  If they don’t reduce the total cost of ridership, then the rationale to robotize will be accentuated. 

A “No win” situation for the bus drivers.  Wonder if they see it?

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POSITRACTION: “The roo’s life was important’

2018-Apr-29

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/teens-mount-rescue-operation-for-helpless-kangaroo-stuck-in-neck-deep-mud/

Teens Mount Rescue Operation For Helpless Kangaroo Stuck in Neck-Deep Mud
By Good News Network – Apr 25, 2018

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After returning to the quarry, Nick tied the rope around his waist and crawled through the mud towards the kangaroo. Once he had the animal in his arms, Jack helped to pull them both back to solid land.

“The roo’s life was important to us so we went out on an arm and leg and got it,” Nick told TODAY. “We think he went searching for water there and it was really muddy so he got himself really stuck.

“It’s a pretty patriotic thing to do and we’re proud of what we did. If we saw something like that again, we’ll do it all over again,” he added.

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All life is important.

Good for these young men!

An object lesson for the rest of us?

Can’t make a moral argument to those who can’t see it.

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POSITRACTION: A good man changes two lives

2018-Apr-22

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/how-a-mission-to-recover-a-stolen-wallet-changed-the-lives-of-a-man-and-homeless-teen/

How a Mission to Recover a Stolen Wallet Changed the Lives of a Man and Homeless Teen
By McKinley Corbley – Apr 9, 2018

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Most people may not concern themselves with a stranger’s stolen wallet – especially if the wallet in question was thrown into the ocean. But Jimmy Gilleece was determined to help his distressed customer; and his mission to find the wallet ended up changing his life.

Gilleece, who owns a bar in Wrightsville, North Carolina, was approached last month by a female customer who was frantic over her lost wallet. Not only did the wallet contain her ID and cards, but it also contained her wedding ring.

Gilleece started his search for the lost treasure by watching hours and hours of security footage in the bar. After reviewing several different cameras around the bar, he finally saw the wallet sitting on a bench outside. The camera also showed a hooded stranger pocketing the wallet.

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Hard not to read this story and NOT be moved.

He went far out of his way to help his fellow man and wound up “saving” one and possibly more people.

Have to find that bar and buy a drink there.

Good karma to pass it along.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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POSITRACTION: Alzheimer’s maybe treatable?

2018-Apr-15

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/alzheimers-gene-is-neutralized-in-human-brain-cells-for-the-first-time/?utm_campaign=newsletters&utm_medium=weekly_mailout&utm_source=11-04-2018

Alzheimer’s Gene is Neutralized in Human Brain Cells for the First Time
By McKinley Corbley – Apr 10, 2018

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Scientists have just made a revolutionary breakthrough in the battle against Alzheimer’s.

Instead of experimenting on mice with dicey results, this team of researchers went straight to testing human brain cells – and their studies have been proven successful.

Scientists at the Gladstones Institute in California managed to identify the gene that caused Alzheimer’s disease. Not only that, but they also managed to neutralize the gene so that it did not lead to Alzheimer’s development.

The dangerous cell in question is called the apoE4 gene. Having one copy of the gene reportedly doubles a person’s chances of developing brain damage. Having two copies increases the risk by 12-fold.

This is because the gene produces a certain kind of mutated protein that damages human brain cells. By using stem cells to correct the gene, scientists were able to halt production of the deadly protein, eliminate all signs of Alzheimer’s disease, and improve cell survival and function.

Now that the treatment has been proven successful in human cells, the researchers plan on applying the same treatment to human patients in the near future.

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Now this is great news.

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POSITRACTION: What shapes us? All the personal “stuff”!

2018-Apr-08

http://makesmethink.com/

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Today, I am reminded that my elementary school years have almost completely shaped who I am today. A bunch of kids who couldn’t have realized the effect of their words and actions destroyed my sense of self worth so completely that it took me years to even begin to get some of it back. And today I look back and realize that despite the fact that I still have scars, I can barely remember how I got them. MMT

#18126 (0) – Oct 7, 2014 by Maggie – Miscellaneous

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Here’s a site that helps me remember that my life is pretty good. 

Everyone has their own set of troubles that make them who they are.

Have to be charitable to all our fellow travelers on the “road of life”.

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POSITRACTION: Saved Rhino Semen may save the species?

2018-Apr-01

https://www.motherjones.com/environment/2018/03/15-years-of-collecting-rhino-semen-is-finally-paying-off/

15 Years of Collecting Rhino Semen Is Finally Paying Off
“It’s truly priceless. Part of the world’s cultural heritage.”
KATE CONNOLLY MAR. 24, 2018 6:00 AM

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“This technology will provides us with the missing link,” Hildebrandt said.

When asked why it matters, and is there not an argument for seeing extinction as part of evolution, Hildebrandt becomes irate.

“It is very arrogant to ask why this is important,” he said. “We humans kill a species in its very fragile habitat, and then ask: ‘why is it important to rescue it?’ This animal is at the end of a complex biological system. Its faeces provides food for thousands of insects, its skin living space for ox picker birds, the branches it breaks down through walking through the jungle provides food for antelopes and produces pathways to escape from leopards. It is like a landscape architect on which many species are dependent.

“We learnt a bit about disturbed ecosystems through the ebola and AIDS crises. We don’t know what the long-term effect on the ecosystem might be, but we definitely disturb it by removing such an animal.”

Given its potential for success and the way it has captured the public imagination after Sudan’s death, it is a surprise to discover that the rhino preservation project is something most of the scientists involved are mainly doing in their spare time.

“Everything would have been a little faster had we had solid financing,” Hildebrandt said. “We’re not running out of money, the truth is we never had any money for this.”

The institute is trying to use the momentum created by Sudan’s death to galvanise support. “A 10-year-old girl donated the €100 from her piggy bank towards our work this week. So kids really recognise the importance of this, even if politicians don’t,” Hildebrandt said.

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Politicians and bureaucrats couldn’t recognize something more important that their own future. I have to admire the foresight of some folks to preserve the future options.

Growing up on SciFi and later computer games, I learned from Wally Crothier’s Adventure game that if you killed the bird at step 4, you never could get by the snake in step 7. SO to, we don’t know what, if anything, we will discover useful in the White Rhino in the future. Maybe it’s the cure for cancer or athlete’s foot. Who knows? And, really who cares? Only some “crazy human” somewhere preserving his collection of “Crowley’s dung bettles”.

As always, “first do no harm” should be like Star Trek’s Prime Directive (i.e., MYOB). 

Glad to see that there are some very smart people “saving the world” one semen sample at a time.

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POSITRACTION: Art dealer buys a sign; a chain of good karma told

2018-Mar-25

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/when-woman-leaves-giant-sign-for-thief-who-stole-her-bike-people-start-knocking-on-door/2/

When Woman Leaves Giant Sign For Thief Who Stole Her Bike, People Start Knocking on Her Door
By McKinley Corbley Mar 19, 2018

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“Well, I posted a picture on Instagram, and a few of us started talking, and I was wondering if I could buy the sign off of you for …” he pointed to the lettering on the sign “ … for $200?”

True to his word, the art dealer bought the sign off of Needham for $200.

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All the world’s problems can be reduced to a series of individual actions. 

When individuals step up to the need, they can change the world.

Here’s an example of how the law of karma works.

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