Category Archives: Positraction

Interesting way to start the week

POSITRACTION: Therapy “Dissolves” Tumor

2015-May-17

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/new-cancer-therapy-dissolves-stage-iv-tumor-in-weeks/?utm_campaign=newsletters&utm_medium=weekly_mailout&utm_source=07-05-2015

Home Health In Successful Cancer Trial, Therapy “Dissolves” Stage IV Tumor in 3 Weeks
by Terry Turner – April 29, 2015

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An experimental drug combination dissolved a cancerous tumor so fast, it caught researchers completely off-guard. The two-drug combo completely eliminated a woman’s melanoma — and left her completely cancer-free — in just three weeks.

Researchers were surprised at how well the drug combination worked, shrinking tumors at least 80% in more than half of the 142 patients in the trial. And the combination completely eradicated tumors in 22% of patients.

In the rapid recovery case, a 49-year-old woman was given the drugs to treat a large tumor on her chest. Doctors continued to monitor her after the treatment and she remains cancer-free. (The image on the left shows the cancer mass with an asterisk* and the photo on the right is magnified)

“I was astonished; I’d never seen anything like that,” Dr. Paul Chapman, head of the melanoma section at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York told Live Science. “She said the tumor had just kind of dissolved.”

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Amazing.

We, Humans, know so little about anything.

Hopefully this will be come widely available to everyone afflicted.

And, along the way, we get a little humility about our “knowledge”.

As for me, I have lot to be humble about already.

I also read about a young woman committing suicide off the GW bridge because she had a brain tumor. Perhaps she could have been help if she just had faith?

Dona Nobis Pacem

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POSITRACTION: Tiny House for Homeless Woman

2015-May-10

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/tiny-house-huge-purpose/?utm_campaign=newsletters&utm_medium=weekly_mailout&utm_source=01-05-2015

Man Builds Tiny House for Homeless Woman Sleeping in the Dirt
Photo of the Day
by Helaina Hovitz – April 27, 2015

2015 May 03 tiny house

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A 60-year-old homeless woman named Smokie has been sleeping outside in the dirt a few doors down from a man named Elvis Summers.

Most mornings, she stops by Elvis’s Los Angeles apartment and asks if he has any recyclables for her. Through these conversation, they struck up a friendship.

One morning, Elvis saw a news article about a man in Oakland who has been making tiny houses out of discarded material. He was inspired to put off paying a few bills so he could buy the lumber and hardware to make Smokie a brand new shelter. It took him five days to build, and now, for the first time in ten years, Smokie has a place to hang the sign, ‘Home Sweet Home.’

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The materials, including two locks on the front door and sturdy wheels for moving it around, cost him about $500.

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Thus, the spikey-haired do-gooder has launched “Mythpla” (My Tiny House Project LA) with a crowdfunding campaign for those who want to help, on GoFundMe.

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Now I’m not sure that this is the way to solve the epidemic of “homeless” in our country.

But I can not fault this man for doing something.

From a strategic POV, I don’t think that we want this to be our answer. “Real” tiny houses have plumbing.

I can’t imagine the reaction of a homeowner to having this “parked” outside their house.

And, of course, it must violate some diktat.

If the Gooferment would end it’s “(pseudo) War on (some) Drugs” and stop trying to take over “charity”, then maybe the Churches could fulfill their mission. Money taken in taxes doesn’t get donated to the Salvation Army.

But, we are our “Brother’s keeper” regardless of how much the Gooferment interferes.

http://www.gofundme.com/mythpla

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POSITRACTION: What Moms do

2015-May-03

https://www.facebook.com/KeithKuder/photos/pcb.855412017851919/855411707851950/?type=1&theater

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“This is the definition of strength, love, and pure raw beauty. Mom was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer halfway through pregnancy with her surprise gender baby. She had one breast removed and underwent chemo while carrying her miracle baby. She was induced at 36 weeks in order to receive more treatment. Baby BOY was born ready to prove to the world his strength he inherited from his strong mommy. He latched on to her remaining breast all on his own and the room erupted in so many emotions. Breastfeeding is such a sacred bond, and this one just makes my heart break and swell at the same time. I am beyond blessed to have met and gotten to know this woman and her family, and so honored she asked me to be there to document these precious moments. Please share, and continue to pray for this family as they go into their next journey together!”

-Katie Murray Photography

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I didn’t capture the photo.

Somethings are private.

The fact that it’s shared on Facebook not withstanding, all we Jaspers need to know it that:

(1) Life is sacred. (all life); AND

(2) Women are amazing as to what they will do for their children.

This story just puts me in AWE of the Lord’s wisdom to give children to women.

I was told in survival school: “Never go near a bear cub for any reason”. This story illustrated that wisdom.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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POSITRACTION: From Tents to Modular Solar Shelters

2015-Apr-17

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/ikea-to-upgrade-10k-refugee-tents/

IKEA to Upgrade 10,000 Refugee Family’s Tents to Modular Solar Shelters
by Good News Network – April 13, 2015

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Fortunately, the IKEA Foundation has teamed up with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to design the “Better Shelter,” which is safer, sturdier, easy to transport and assemble, and can house five people at a time. It boasts built-in solar panels that can charge batteries and power four hours of LED lighting at night, and can better protect its inhabitants from rain, heat, and wind for up to three years — six times longer than the lifespan of tents used in many refugee camps today.

After two years of design work and testing them with 40 refugee families in Ethiopia and Iraq, Better Shelters and IKEA announced plans to produce 10,000 of them starting this year.

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Amazing that no one else thought of this?

We can make things better for our fellow man.

Maybe these can be used instead of FEMA trailers?

I guess I’ll have to go buy something at IKEA now.

But my last “adventure” assembling a desk did NOT go so well.

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POSITRACTION: Viktor Frankl on the Human Spirit

2015-Apr-19

http://www.brainpickings.org/2015/04/14/viktor-frankl-1972/

How We Elevate Each Other: Viktor Frankl on the Human Spirit and Why Idealism Is the Best Realism
by Maria Popova

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“If we take man as he really is, we make him worse. But if we overestimate him … we promote him to what he really can be.”

Austrian psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl (March 26, 1905–September 2, 1997) is a timeless testament to the luminous tenacity of the human spirit. His 1946 psychological memoir Man’s Search for Meaning (public library) is one of the most vital books ever written, and one of the most vitalizing one could ever read — a wealth of insight on how to persevere through troubled times and what it means to live fully.

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I read this book very early in my educational years. (Wish I could remember when?)

I was amazed at the death camp side; the humanity came in by osmosis.

Soon after that, I became a “manager” at AT&T. I said many times that as a supervisor, the tile should be “leader”.

(“Manage Things and Lead People” — David T. Morgenthaler)

And, I hated to do appraisals. So I didn’t! I let my people set their own objectives (i.e., lines of correct code was a big metric in those days). I put down on a scrap of paper what I thought each one of my four people could reasonably accomplish. Didn’t show anyone. EVERY one of the four people ESTIMATE higher 25 to 200%; EVERYONE delivered more than they estimated. 

An my “leadership” couldn’t understand how I made that happen. They called me “Simon Legree”. But I just patiently explained Frankl and expectations. I’ve never been disappointed by letting folks set their own targets.

I was amazed to see this video.

Wish I could have heard him live.

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POSITRACTION: Cleopatra gets a 3D-printed shell

2015-Apr-12

http://www.deathandtaxesmag.com/242146/this-injured-tortoise-can-now-rock-a-3d-printed-shell/

This injured tortoise can now rock a 3D-printed shell
by Stefan Sirucek / March 27, 2015

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Cleopatra is a royally-named tortoise with a royal problem: she has a condition know as “peaking” or, rather appropriately considering her name, “pyramiding”, a disorder that prevents her shell from growing smoothly. This is an issue because tortoises mount each others backs for a variety of reasons from mating to simple play and Cleopatra’s uneven pyramids have resulted in excessive wear and tear to her shell, which in tortoises can lead to disease.

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It’s amazing that humans can have such empathy and problem solving skills.

Wonder when this gets translated to our dealing with other humans?

3D printing is already saving lives in American medicine.

“What hath God wrought.”

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POSITRACTION: There are everyday heroes

2015-Apr-05

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/good-deeds-send-stranded-travelers-home/

Cheers For Good Deeds By Airlines to Rescue Stranded Travelers
Uplift Heroes by Good News Network – March 27, 2015

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Meanwhile on the West Coast, Miriam Thomas ran into a chain reaction of travel problems on her Delta flight from Vancouver, British Columbia, to a business meeting in California. Thomas faced delays and a diverted flight that landed in Portland, Oregon, before returning to Seattle for an unplanned overnight stay there.

The next morning, she got bumped from her rescheduled flight. Delta ticket agents couldn’t get her on another flight until the following day — too late to make her meeting. If that wasn’t complicated enough, a ticket glitch charged Thomas a second time for her rescheduled flight. It left her with no money and no ticket to get home.

That’s when Judy, working at the Alaskan Airlines counter, decided to help. She pulled out her own credit card and paid for a ticket to get Thomas back to Vancouver.

“She didn’t know me at all,” Thomas told News1130 in Vancouver.

But the goodwill didn’t stop at the ticket counter. Thomas says, “I was sitting up at the gate waiting for the flight and she came by asking me how I was and offered me money for coffee.”

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This is just simple charity, or maybe it’s just having empathy, for our fellow humans?

“An SEP,” he said, “is something that we can’t see, or don’t see, or our brain doesn’t let us see, because we think that it’s somebody else’s problem. That’s what SEP means. Somebody Else’s Problem. The brain just edits it out, it’s like a blind spot. If you look at it directly you won’t see it unless you know precisely what it is. Your only hope is to catch it by surprise out of the corner of your eye.” The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Hope I can see SEPs and react like I like to think I would.

Argh!

Life is so hard.

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