Category Archives: Positraction

Interesting way to start the week

POSITRACTION: A “foolish” man creates immuno-oncology drugs


He Was Called Foolish for His Research; Now Documentary Tells How He Won Nobel Prize for ‘Cancer Cure’
By McKinley Corbley – Apr 14, 2019

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Jim Allison has been the quiet hero behind some of the most ground-breaking medical research of the last quarter century—but before he won the Nobel prize for his work, he was laboring tirelessly to proves his theories against a skeptical scientific community.

Back in the 90s, Allison was called “foolish” for claiming that the immune system could fight off cancer. Despite being shot down time and time again by medical researchers and pharmaceutical companies, Allison developed the basis for immuno-oncology drugs – also known as “lpi.”

Allison first became inspired to research cancer treatments as a result of his mother passing away after a long and debilitating battle with lymphoma when he was just 11 years old. After his mother’s passing, Allison would go on to lose a brother and two uncles to cancer; and he himself would end up beating cancer three different times.

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As a means of thanking him for his determined efforts, Allison was co-awarded the 2018 Nobel prize for physiology or medicine. More recently, film director Bill Haney released a documentary about Allison last month called Breakthrough – and it has been hailed as a masterpiece since its release.

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Interesting that this “foolish” man, pushed through all the nay-sayers, and did some great work for humanity.

“People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.” George Bernard Shaw

I note the toll cancer took on his family.  And, I read this recurrent theme in many stories about doctor’s motivation to do big things.

Perhaps this is all part of a Grand Plan?

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POSITRACTION: ‘Great Green Wall’ in Africa


Dozens of Countries Have Been Working to Plant ‘Great Green Wall’ – and It’s Holding Back Poverty
By McKinley Corbley – Mar 31, 2019

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More than 20 African countries have joined together in an international mission to plant a massive wall of trees running across the continent – and after a little over a decade of work, it has reaped great success.

The tree-planting project, which has been dubbed The Great Green Wall of Africa, stretches across roughly 6,000 miles (8,000 kilometers) of terrain at the southern edge of the Sahara desert, a region known as the Sahel.

The region was once a lush oasis of greenery and foliage back in the 1970s, but the combined forces of population growth, unsustainable land management, and climate change turned the area into a barren and degraded swath of land.

After decades of political collaboration, the Great Green Wall project was finally launched by 11 countries in 2007.

The initiative has since recruited at least nine additional countries to plant drought-resistant acacia trees across the entire width of the continent. Though the wall is currently only about 15% percent complete, it has already dramatically impacted the participating countries.

Over 12 million acres (5 million hectares) of degraded land has been restored in Nigeria; roughly 30 million acres of drought-resistant trees have been planted across Senegal; and a whopping 37 million acres of land has been restored in Ethiopia – just to name a few of the states involved.

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Sounds like a great idea.

Wonder if we could do it here in the USA?

Bury some of the Interstates with “animal migration overpasses” and it’s possible?

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POSITRACTION: Homeless Man Gets Housing and Work Thanks to Teen Girl


Homeless Man Gets Housing and Work Thanks to Teen Girl Who Saw His Plea for a Job at a Bus Stop
By McKinley Corbley – Mar 27, 2019

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A homeless man has been given a job and a roof over his head thanks to a teenager who saw his impassioned plea.

In a bid to find himself a job, 37-year-old Anthony Johnson posted a “Work Wanted” sign at a Hastings bus stop in Sussex, England.

The sign read: “I will do a trial for free to show how I work. I don’t take drugs or drink. I will also do dog walking/minding, window cleaning, shopping, gardening, car valeting/washing, housework, cooking.”

“Anything to earn a living and make life seem worth living,” he added.

Luckily, the note was spotted by 16-year-old Charlotte Howard. After she snapped some photos of Johnson’s sign and tent, she posted them to social media and started a GoFundMe page in hopes of drumming up enough cash to buy him a used caravan.

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“I wouldn’t have got anywhere looking for a job if it wasn’t for her,” he added. “She really is incredible.”

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Amazing how a motivated teenager can solve a individual’s problem.

How many “opportunities” to do the same have I missed in my life?

Charity is best done by individual effort and look what one youngster can do.

Imagine what a society can do.

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POSITRACTION: “It’s a joy to help other people, I will die broke.”


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May 2019 Vienna VA 22181
Volume 10 Number 10 Page 3 Story #2

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Denny Sanford, 83, made his fortune, estimated by Forbes to be at $2.2 billion, in banking and credit card companies. He said he plans to die broke, having given away his fortune. To date, he has donated $1.6 billion to causes that include health care research and services, neglected children, the University of Minnesota, education, the San Diego Children’s Zoo, stem cell and breast cancer research. “It’s a joy to help other people, I will die broke. Everything is committed to different organizations.”

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About all that’s missing is keeping it “secret”.

(Ever heard that old Irish adage about “good works only count if done in secret”. Means you can get your reward in Heaven or here on earth with praise; not both!  Funny, I learned that from my maternal English Protestant grandmother who wanted to teach me about my maternal grandfather’s “heathen Irish culture that has a few good points”. ROFL!)

You really can’t take it with you.

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POSITRACTION: Using your God-given talents however they emerge


When Parents Accidentally Lock Keys in Their Car With Infant Daughter, Group of Inmates Offer Their Skills
By McKinley Corbley-Feb 19, 2019

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Though it may seem counterintuitive, these prison inmates were being cheered on by a crowd of spectators as they were breaking into a couple’s car earlier this week.

However, the inmates weren’t forcing their way into the SUV for any nefarious purposes; they were simply trying to reunite a 1-year-old girl with her parents.

The car had been parked at the West Pasco Judicial Center in New Port Richey, Florida when the father of the infant accidentally locked the keys inside of the vehicle – with the baby still sitting in the back seat.

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Extra “timed serve” for these men.

Interesting that the essence of humanity comes thru!

Why can’t it be this way all the time?

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POSITRACTION: Here’s down and dirty in “police work”


Officer Becomes Hero to Neighborhood Kids After Sitting Down to Play With Girls Who ‘Were Afraid of Cops’
By McKinley Corbley – Feb 22, 2019

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Corporal C.B. Fleming may not run around the city wearing a cape and mask, but the neighborhood kids still call him Batman.

The 42-year-old police officer is something of a local celebrity in South Hill, Virginia. He was given the affectionate nickname after he spent an afternoon ensuring that a group of children felt safe following a gas leak.

Fleming was just one of the emergency crew members who arrived at Iesha Roper-Boswell’s home in response to the dispatch call last week. Once the house was deemed safe, he started chatting with Roper-Boswell.

As they talked, the 28-year-old mother mentioned to Fleming that her daughter, niece, and fellow neighborhood kids were afraid of cops.

She was then stunned when – shortly after their conversation – she saw Fleming lying in the grass so he could play with the children. Not only that, the kids were happy to have another playmate, regardless of his uniform.

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Now that’s getting down and dirty in “police work”.

For every “bad cop”, good Police Officers have to work a hundred times harder to make up for it.

Hope he’s recognized for this good deed.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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POSITRACTION: Teacher Sees Boy — Helps to Save His A Life


When Teacher Sees Boy Cycling Down the Highway, She Turns Around and Helps to Save His Dad’s Life
By McKinley Corbley-Feb 13, 2019

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Meanwhile, elementary school teacher Keller Sutherland told WSPA that she had been having a lousy day. Upon questioning her career decisions, she had left school earlier than usual and started driving home when she saw a boy riding his bike through traffic.

Her instincts told her to turn her car around and check on the boy – and she was stunned to find that the youngster was actually a former student of hers: Cameron.

Cameron told Sutherland about his predicament and she did her best to keep him calm. Once paramedics were called to the scene, Cameron gave them directions to his house so they could help his father.

Thanks to emergency responders delivering the necessary injections to Cameron’s dad, his blood sugar levels quickly returned to normal – and Sutherland says the whole experience renewed her faith in her profession.

“There’s no doubt that God placed me where he did when he needed me,” Sutherland told WSPA.

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It’s important that we are always on the alert to take advantage of any and all opportunities to be of service.

Always listen to your inner voice or gut reaction.

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