Category Archives: Positraction

Interesting way to start the week

POSITRACTION: Clostridium difficile treatment cheap and easy


October 28th, 2014 at 10:55 am
Frozen poop pills can help fight life-threatening intestinal infections

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The pills take the place of fecal transplants, which have gained credibility in recent years as a method of treating Clostridium difficile infection, but which require delivery by enema or a tube down the digestive system. Scientists say the pills, which contain filtered, healthy fecal matter, offer a cheap, convenient and safer way to “make the medicine go down.”

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In a small and preliminary trial, the pills cured the diarrhea symptoms in 19 out of 20 people with mild to moderate C. difficile infections. Each patient popped 30 of the pills over a two-day period, and their bowel movements fell from a median of 5 per day to 1 per day eight weeks later. Fourteen of the 20 patients were cured after the first two-day treatment, and five others — sicker than the rest — were cured after a second two-day, 30-pill treatment.

Further, not a single participant showed adverse side effects due to the pills. Researchers published their findings Saturday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Disgusting? Yup. Practical? Yup. Saves lives? Cheap? Yup. Easy? Yup!

So how will Big Pharma and the FDA keep this off the market?

Anyone, who has spent any time around old folks in hospitals or nursing homes, knows how bad this infection is.

Makes everyone unhappy. And, sometimes weakens and kills.

Infection control is … cumbersome. And, this isn’t Ebola, but it runs through hospitals and nursing homes like a wildfire.

My sainted aunt had it three or four times. It made her embarrassed, uncomfortable, and miserable.

(She’d have never taken the pills if she knew what was in it. But, I’d have looked her right in the eye and lied like a politician running for reelection!)


Hope this gets a speedy approval.

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POSITRACTION: Cat Finds Owner In Nursing Home


Cat Finds Owner Weeks After Being Sent To Nursing Home
Cherise Udell
October 23, 201410:11 am

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Cats are renown for finding their way back home even when separated by busy roads, rivers and hundreds of miles, but what is doubly remarkable about this story of feline tenacity is that the owner moved to a new home, an assisted care facility called Bramley House, and the cat still found her!

According to Dorking and Leatherhead Advertiser, a local English newspaper, a few months ago when Nancy Cowen was moved by her family to the Bramley House, she was forced to leave behind her big grey and white fluffy feline, Cleo, whom she had rescued as stray eight years earlier. Nancy’s neighbors were happy to take Cleo, but it appears the cat was definitely not okay with this plan.

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“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”

The abilities of this cat are uncanny. 

One has to wonder about the Grand Design that makes this possible.

Are we humans so egotistical to think that we “know it all”?

I read this story and just was in awe of the possibilities.

Feeling so enthused, I figured it was good to share.

If someone is playing a “practical” on us, then they got me good.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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POSITRACTION: The remains of WW2


Recovered remains of WWII airman to be buried with full military honors
Published October 26, 2014

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OAKLAND, Calif. –  A World War II airman whose remains were found more than 60 years after he was shot down over Germany will finally be laid to rest.

A burial with full military honors for Lt. William “Billy” Cook is set for Sunday at a cemetery in Oakland.
The 27-year-old airman and his five-man crew were on a Dec. 23, 1944, mission when they were shot down over Germany.

The crew and their bomber were not recovered until two years ago, when amateur historians found the crash site near the Germany-Belgium border.

An excavation of the site led to the identification of remains belonging to Cook.

He grew up in San Francisco and Alameda, and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley.

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“amateur historians”?

Excuse me?


What part of “leave no man behind” was forgotten?

The reason little L libertarians, and Moravians, and perhaps Quakers, are SO against war is that “We, The Sheeple” forget about the cost that the innocents pay. (By innocents, I include the young mostly men who believe the propagande and go to sacrifice their bodies for old not-wise men at home!)


Dona Nobis Pacem

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POSITRACTION: “Hand Washing with Soap” is pro-life


Filmed September 2014 at TED@Unilever
Myriam Sidibe: The simple power of hand-washing

Myriam Sidibe is a warrior in the fight against childhood disease. Her weapon of choice? A bar of soap. For cost-effective prevention against sickness, it’s hard to beat soapy hand-washing, which cuts down risk of pneumonia, diarrhea, cholera and worse. Sidibe, a public-health expert, makes a smart case for public-private partnerships to promote clean hands — and local, sustainable entrepreneurship.

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How can one be pro-life and not be touched when you hear the number cited?

It’s stunning.

How dumb are “We, Humans”?

I send this to my Usual Suspects, and my “kids” list. Just being tin foil hat crazy ‘uncle’ ferd.

The speaker’s accent and odd phrasing was interesting; I’m sure far better than I could do in a second language.

Maybe the message will get out.

I’d urge all my fellow Jaspers to pass it along as well.

And, for everyone’s sake: “Hand Washing with Soap”!

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POSITRACTION: UNI-CUB Beta = a mobility aid


Honda’s latest robotic stool is fun to ride, still impossible to buy
by Richard Lai

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One of the several reasons for why we love CEATEC is that we get to test ride human transporters there (as well as meeting robots of all sorts). Last year we came across Honda’s stool-like UNI-CUB, and this year, the company is back with a new and improved model dubbed UNI-CUB Beta, and it even let attendees ride the vehicles — while wearing Epson’s smart glasses, no less — around the show floor under staff supervision. It should be noted that the Beta was actually first unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show last November, but that didn’t kill our curiosity.

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While you can’t buy it yet, it’s not hard to imagine how useful it will be to the old, infirm, or disabled. Or even to those folks who can’t drive or don’t have a car. 

My cousin could use it to go to the supermarket which is too far to walk. Now she goes on the senior citizen bus. 

Can’t come soon enough fmpov!

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POSITRACTION: Who Made Jet Fighters and Car Crashes Survivable?


Meet the Rocketman Who Made Jet Fighters and Car Crashes Survivable
Robert Sorokanich

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Col. Stapp was a physician and air force flight surgeon interested in figuring out how to make jet fighter crashes and ejector seats more survivable. In 1947, Col. Stapp began a series of now-legendary rocket sled tests, personally subjecting himself to deceleration forces no human had ever before experienced, to help find the limit of what the human body could take.

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Col. Stapp’s research career was far from over. After human testing on the rocket sled was halted, Col. Stapp began studying the other dangers that killed pilots. He realized that the Air Force lost nearly as many pilots to car crashes as they did to mishaps in the air; for the rest of his life, Col. Stapp pushed for greater crash safety in car design, eventually becoming permanent chairman of what would be later named the Stapp Car Crash Conference.

Despite his many wild rides on the madcap rocket sled, and the shocking forces it exerted on his body, Col. Stapp lived to be 89 years old. His legend lives on in every fighter pilot who survives an ejector seat trip, and every civilian who walks away from a forceful car crash. Many of us walk around today owing our lives to the cowboy doctor who strapped himself into a rocket sled that could very well have killed him.

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Never knew that’s what was done to make us all safer by one heroic doc.

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POSITRACTION: Know not the day nor the hour


Homicide eyed in deadly Oklahoma bus crash, killing 4 college softball players
Published September 27, 2014

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“We have a lot of injuries, and a lot of death,” he told “It’s a tragic thing for everybody involved.”

Hampton said the semi crossed the median and veered into the southbound lanes, hitting the bus.

“When it impacted the bus, it just kept going and went off the side of road. … We knew we had a two-vehicle accident by what we saw at the scene. … But it took about an hour before we found the semi,” he said.

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What’s positive about this?

It’s a reminder. 

Matthew 25:13 “Therefore keep watch, because you know not the day nor the hour.”

As a little L libertarian, there’s nothing worse than aggression.

I hope the drivers test “clean” and this is just an “accident”. 

Even though, there’s no such thing as an “accident” when you’re describing something like this. 

So it’s a positive reminder to “carpe that old diem” before it slips away.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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