NO BORDER WALL, by J.D. Meyer

More Flooding & Less Ecotourism—a Major Income Source for Rio Grande Valley. Ruin for Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge.

1. https://www.npr.org/2017/04/25/525383494/trump-s-proposed-u-s-mexico-border-wall-may-violate-1970-treaty Mexico Worries That a New Border Wall Will Worsen Flooding “Mexican engineers believe construction of the border barrier may violate a 47-year-old treaty governing the shared waters of the Rio Grande. If Mexico protests, the fate of the wall could end up in an international court.”… “A concrete wall that blocks trans-border water movement is a total obstruction.”…. “To protest the border wall, Mexican officials on the Boundary and Water Commission would first lodge a formal complaint with their counterpart across the river in El Paso. If they don’t resolve the dispute, the matter goes to the State Department and its Mexican equivalent, and finally, to arbitration before a world court.”

2. https://www.mystatesman.com/news/state–regional/new-map-details-trump-texas-border-wall-plan-renewing-flood-concerns/PZxH0kZJAb1X8c5JtGL2nO/ New map details Trump’s Texas border wall plan, renewing flood concerns “…the U.S. Border Patrol has plans to build 32 miles of barrier in Starr County, where flooding concerns helped kill off similar plans half a decade ago….In addition to addressing concerns over flooding, the Homeland Security Department will face potentially lengthy battles with private landowners. While some areas sit on federal land, including the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, the proposed wall route cuts through the land of dozens of private owners.”

3. https://www.texasobserver.org/trump-border-wall-texas-wildlife-refuge-breaking/ Trump Administration Preparing Texas Wildlife Refuge for First Border Wall Segment. If the levee wall is constructed, it will essentially destroy the refuge, a federal official told the Observer. “…first piece of President Trump’s border wall through the Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge in South Texas. The federally owned 2,088-acre refuge, often called the “crown jewel of the national wildlife refuge system.”

4. https://www.expressnews.com/news/local/article/Rio-Grande-Valley-s-eco-tourists-wary-of-12384823.php Rio Grande Valley’s ecotourists wary of Trump’s border wall plans “More than 165,000 nature tourists visit the region each year, infusing $463 million into the local economy and sustaining 6,600 jobs, according to a 2011 Texas A&M University study.”

5. https://www.mystatesman.com/news/national-govt–politics/why-private-property-owners-may-the-biggest-obstacle-trump-wall/WL4uZXLWYCGKwByV7goFqM/ Why private property owners may be the biggest obstacle to Trump’s wall. “Trump’s wall will have to cross miles of roadless mountains, traverse expansive deserts and parallel a serpentine river. But the biggest hurdle to building a coast-to-coast border barrier may not be the terrain but its inhabitants, especially those in Texas, where property rights are second to none. ………. “The power of eminent domain is established in the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which provides that citizens cannot “be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”

6. https://www.cnn.com/2018/01/08/opinions/border-wall-cartels-trump-opinion-driver/index.html Trump’s Mexico wall would be a gift to the drug cartels “According to a 2015 report by the US Drug Enforcement Administration, 95% of drugs coming into the US were entering via container ships and other vessels…..In addition to drones and submarines, drug dealers and human traffickers rely on the trucking industry to move drugs and people via the 52 legal crossing points along the US border.”

7. https://edition.cnn.com/2015/10/23/us/drug-super-tunnel-tijuana-san-diego/index.html Feds raid drug ‘super tunnel’ with railway on U.S.-Mexico border “The tunnel is the tenth large-scale drug smuggling tunnel discovered in the San Diego area since 2006. In all, authorities have found more than 75 cross-border smuggling tunnels, mostly in California and Arizona, prosecutors said.”

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Sustainability from a Confucian perspective- 从儒家的角度来看可持续发展

I’m improving on eating my leftovers. I combine tidbits from Tupperware containers & jars for a meal. Now these leftovers have a shelf in the ‘frig to themselves.

Confucianism sustainability

Source: [https://newsela.com/read/lib-ushistory-ancient-china-taoism-confucianism/id/32144/]

The mass devastation and environmental destruction that has resulted from the devaluation of nature in today’s capitalist economy can be considered one of the major security issues in the twenty-first century. As scholar and activist Dr. Vandana Shiva (2014) points out, ‘Nature has been subjugated to the market as a mere supplier of industrial raw material and dumping ground for waste and pollution’ (p. 14). The push by governments and corporations to unrestrictedly consume in order to develop a strong market has led to mass-scale desertification and wastage, where consumers in industrialized countries waste almost as much food as the entire net food production of sub-Saharan Africa on a yearly basis (222 million vs. 230 million tons). The United Nations Food and Agricultural report (2017) found that as one-third of the food produced for human consumption (about 1.3 billion tons) gets lost or wasted every year, uneven demographic…

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SOL 18: March for Our Lives—Tyler, TX—My Statement, by J.D. Meyer

Tyler, Texas was one of the hundreds of cities which had a March for Our Lives event on Saturday March 24th from 10-Noon. It was held on the Downtown Square, just like the Dreamers event on March 6th. It was estimated that 200 people attended the event; all ages were represented, and lots of folks had signs.

Tyler is in Smith County–a city of 105K, roughly 100 miles east of Dallas. Politically, Tyler is known for always voting Republican but having a low voter turnout. Economically, Tyler is classified as an “Eds and Meds” Economy with two large hospitals and three colleges. There are lots of restaurants and hotels too. A quarter-million people work in Tyler during the day, then they go home to some small town.

Anne McCrady was the host of the event. She is locally famous for the annual Art of Peace event in Fall–as well as poetry and activism in general. We heard from Reverend Stuart Baskin, a Presbyterian minister–who gave a stirring speech at a Martin Luther King celebration several years ago. The 2010 MLK Community Celebration fulfilled Dr. King’s prediction that one day the sons of the slave master and slave would sit at the table of brotherhood together. The other keynote speaker that day was Wallace Jefferson–the first African-American Chief Justice in Texas. Reverend Baskin’s great, great grandfather once owned Judge Jefferson’s great, great grandfather! http://english.ohmynews.com/ArticleView/article_view.asp?no=385940&rel_no=1 I told him about my account of his talk that I’d had published in South Korea. His daughter remembered me as her substitute teacher at a nearby high school. Then it was time to “pass the mic around.” Here’s my take, to borrow an expression from Fareed Zakaria.

“I’m a former teacher too. Assault rifles should be for the military, not civilians. And not many military need assault rifles either–except the infantry and some others. You don’t need an assault rifle if you’re taking care of a helicopter.
We should be embarrassed at being the most dangerous advanced country. It’s not enough to be safer than Honduras.
And finally, when we closed our eyes and thought of a shooting victim, I remembered a favorite student and got misty-eyed. Not all gang violence is Crips vs. Bloods. It can be Intra-Crip violence. Thank you.”

Mrs. McCrady and I happened to attend the same church today, and she congratulated me for my talk. I visited with her husband, Dr. Mike McCrady before the service. It turns out Dr. McCrady knows my pulmonologist, Dr. Luis Destarac. This has been a good weekend.

SOL18: Recent Highlights: Supporting the Dreamers, Pulmonologist Visit Followed by Long Walk, and Reaction to Resilience Talk, by JD Meyer

After writing a lengthy description of the first part of the Transportation Works Conference in Waco on Thursday, March 1st, I’ve missed doing blogs since then.

This afternoon, I went to a DACA Dreamers event downtown and held up a beautiful sign for the cause that had a picture of a big butterfly. Apparently, butterflies are symbols for the cause since they don’t have to worry about national boundaries. I’d gone shopping at La Michoacana on my way there, and bought two jars of pickled nopalitos (cactus), spicy tamarind candy, granola, and more. A photographer took a picture of my groceries and outfit—a red T-shirt with a Maya pyramid, a cap with a flag of Mexico, and a long-sleeved shirt with a Mexican design. She talked into her fancy cell phone too. Watch for me on a Mexican TV station! I met the principal of one of one of Tyler’s two high schools at the event–quite a pleasant surprise.

Yesterday, I read and commented on three SOL blogs. One was about how multicultural education is needed to reflect the composition of your class. Another was a response to the prompt, “If you really knew me, then…” The other was about a mom taking care of her baby.

Earlier that day, I got a pulmonology exam and showed improvement since October. Since I moved in February and started going to three committee meetings instead of one for my favorite non-profit, I’ve missed pulmonology rehabilitation meetings, so I was told to go get a new evaluation. Not only had I improved in the past four or five months, but I’m better than when I first started going to a pulmonologist in 2012! I brought a backpack full of folders and binders on my research of asthma and COPD: original articles, journal articles, drug descriptions, and illness descriptions from the hospital emergency room.

Ironically, I missed my bus transfer on the way home, so I took a less direct bus (straight south) and walked several blocks to the southeast in one hour and 12 minutes! I finally used a $25 gift card to buy a book at a store on the way—something on urban studies. Aren’t we supposed to be vague and not try to sell the book nor the store? On my walk, I found some artificial flowers too—white, yellow, and red. I wash out fancy beverage cans and convert them into industrial art vases.

I heard a fine talk on resilience on Sunday at church. References were made to plants by the speaker, a biology professor. That got me thinking about the concept. Resilience is the opposite of being fragile or showing withdrawn shame and a lack of assertiveness. I feel more resilient since my move across town.

Border Wall Protest

“And, importantly, the Texas Civil Rights Project is helping with this. We’re representing clients with eminent domain action.”…… “The Lower Rio Grande Valley Sierra Club is present at all the No Border Wall events. See their page for updates.”

Jude Lieber

Texans had a peaceful rally the same day violence erupted at another rally in Charlottesville. Here are some highlights:

Marianna Trevino Wright – “This was a surreal moment for me, where reality is being denied, not only to me, but in the public realm, and the government has undertaken a campaign of deceit and deliberate misinformation. People believe that this wall is going to be on the border. They don’t know that residential communities, that holy grounds, religious sites and other places, public lands, are going to be effectively cut off from America.” A US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) representave told her that there would be, “Armed federal agents on private property to make sure that their contractors are not deterred from doing the work they’ve been ordered to do.” Then Wright gave a concluding warning, “If you have a home or a business or a property within 25…

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SOL Tuesday: Meet my Developmental English/Writing Textbook, by J.D. Meyer

I taught Developmental English/Writing for ten of my 20 years in teaching. Inspired by my mentor, I started writing my own textbook for the course, and it grew to 350 pages. The chapter sections are Grammar, Introduction to Writing, Descriptive, Persuasive, Compare-and-Contrast, African-American Studies, and Appendix. Introduction to Writing starts with how to write a paragraph before moving on to short narrative and process essays. The goal of the course is to write a good five-paragraph persuasive essay for the exit exam. A fine compare-and-contrast essay can be four-paragraph block style. I added the African-American Studies chapter when I became a full-time instructor at an HBCU. I’d been an adjunct instructor at a predominantly Mexican-American community college. The Appendix contains the expected quizzes and answers, as well as vocational counseling info and Spanish lessons.

My textbook is copyrighted with the Library of Congress and illustrated with Flickr photos. I have published some chapter sections as articles, and you can find them through my Academia.edu website: https://independent.academia.edu/JDMeyer I felt that giving a way some chapter sections would be a good way to gain publicity. However, now I’m on SSDI, Medicaid, and Medicare, so trying to publish a textbook could be a disaster–big money in August, followed by no medicine for COPD. Meanwhile, Paul Quinn College–an HBCU in SE Oak Cliff (Dallas,TX)–has made a great comeback in part through Open Source textbooks. Dr. Michael Sorrell became president of the declining college and introduced those main policy changes. Open Source textbooks are free materials normally found online, so the cost of college decreased.

Needs

Inspiring. Writing is good for your brain in delaying dementia, as well as being good therapy. Writing for me includes evolving toward greater self-actualization , providing news, and sometimes acting as a mentor. I’m active on Twitter & some other social media sites.

L SQUARED

I have written about why I write, but today I saw that it is not about why, but the need to write.  I have all kinds of reasons to satisfy why I write, but that doesn’t matter.  What matters is that I NEED to write.

I need to write because:

  1. I am alive
  2. It is typically the only way that my voice gets heard
  3. A therapist is too expensive, but writing is free and in my world, I need all the therapy I can get
  4. The thoughts in my head deserve to live on paper.  They are precious and as unique as me.  I owe it to them to get them on the page
  5. Life is confusing and it doesn’t make sense until I write
  6. One day I will not be here, but my writing will
  7. No one else has my life so I must share it
  8. When I don’t…

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Say hello to a post-American world

Fareed Zakaria

By Fareed Zakaria
Thursday, July 27, 2017

In London last week, I met a Nigerian man who succinctly expressed the reaction of much of the world to the United States these days. “Your country has gone crazy,” he said, with a mixture of outrage and amusement. “I’m from Africa. I know crazy, but I didn’t ever think I would see this in America.”

A sadder sentiment came from a young Irish woman I met in Dublin who went to Columbia University, founded a social enterprise and has lived in New York for nine years. “I’ve come to recognize that, as a European, I have very different values than America these days,” she said. “I realized that I have to come back to Europe, somewhere in Europe, to live and raise a family.”

The world has gone through bouts of anti-Americanism before. But this one feels very different. First, there is…

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When fat becomes really dangerous! from Fit for Fun, RT by Johanna Fellner (English/German)

When fat becomes really dangerous!
The majority of us are afraid of being overweight. Latest research says: right! How to measure it yourself – and when it becomes dangerous …
From Fit for Fun, Found by Johanna Fellner @FellnerJohanna, Originally in German, English by Google Translate

A few more pounds on the ribs? Och, is not so bad – fitte Thickness are still healthier than slack slender, right?
No, unfortunately probably not.
The latest research at University College London, reported in the summer of 2017, confirms the theory that weight gain is a risk factor even if blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol are normal, “says Camille Lassale, In comparison, 7,000 people with heart disease were already suffering from heart disease. According to this, blood pressure and blood values are the most important and meaningful parameters for their own healthy well-being, however
With increasing weight our metabolism suffers and comes more and more frequently near or in the red area.
The assumption of the researchers: The metabolism in the still “healthy thicknesses” had the negative development only not completed completely, but the “fat end” will follow in the Wortsinne. Your final thesis: “The concept of the healthy overweight is no longer valid!”
• Be that as it may, whoever wants to know precisely about the overweight, should not go after feeling, but should use serious measuring methods. It is best to combine three methods: Then you know exactly whether you are overweight or not!

Overweight Recognize: 1. Body Mass Index

For a long time, it was considered the measure of all things and divided into the categories under, normal and overweight as well as obesity. The formula for calculating the body mass index is: Body weight in kilograms, divided by body size in meters to the square (For our BMI calculator). For example, a woman weighing 68 kilograms, which is 1.70 meters tall, would have a value of 23.5. This would be within the range of normal weight.

Overweight starts at a value of over 25. For values over 30 of overweight or overweight, also called obesity. The problem with the BMI is that the index does not distinguish between fat and muscle mass, so that a well-trained athlete could be in the overweight area, although he is top-fit and extremely muscular. Example: Box World Champion Wladimir Klitschko! Here the formula does not apply, and other factors must be added.

Identify overweight: 2. Body fat percentage

The body fat percentage says something about the distribution of fat and muscle mass.
The value can be a good addition to the BMI and goes beyond simply determining the overweight.
For measuring, there are several methods – for example, the Caliper method, in which the thickness of the fat deposits is measured at different body points with a kind of pincers. Or the impedance measurement: a weak current is sent through the body and an analysis of the tissue is made on the basis of the resistance. The impedance measurement also provides information on the water content of the body. Both should be best done by the doctor.

Body fetuses for private use can also provide an indication and, above all, document a development in diet or training. However, they often only measure the upper or lower body. The lower body measurement, for example, often results in very high values in women with the typical pear figure (rich po and thigh), since they have stored a lot of fat there – but this can not be transferred to the entire body. Women naturally have higher values than men, and are already feeling more often with overweight.
How much body fat you can have: Click here!

Overweight Recognize: 3. Belly circumference

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Sounds banal, however, is quite meaningful – especially with regard to the health risk of overweight. Because the inner stomach fat is particularly metabolic-active and carries the main debt of diseases such as diabetes, hypertension or metabolic disorders.
• For men, an increased risk starts with an extent of 94 centimeters, from 102 it is markedly increased.
• For women: increased risk from 80 cm, markedly increased from 88 cm.
To measure simply place a measuring tape around the abdomen loosely around the belly. It is best to measure in the morning before breakfast and breathe out easily.

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Ab wann Fett wirklich gefährlich wird!
Vor Übergewicht fürchten sich die Meisten von uns. Neueste Forschung sagt: zu recht! Wie du es selbst messen kannst – und wann es gefährlich wird …

Ein paar Pfunde mehr auf den Rippen? Och, ist doch gar nicht so schlimm – fitte Dicke sind doch immer noch gesünder als schlaffe Schlanke, oder?
Nein, leider wohl eher nicht.
Neueste Forschungen am University College London, über die im Sommer 2017 berichtet wird, erhärten die Theorie, dass bei Übergewichtigen “zusätzliches Gewicht ein Risikofaktor ist, auch wenn Blutdruck, Blutzucker und Cholesterin normal sind”, wie es Studienleiterin Camille Lassale ausdrückt. Verglichen wurden dabei 7000 bereits herzkranke Menschen mit herzgesunden Menschen. Demnach sind Blutdruck und Blutwerte für das eigene gesunde Wohlbefinden zwar die wichtigeren und aussagekräftigeren Parameter, aber
mit steigendem Gewicht leidet unser Stoffwechsel und kommt immer häufiger nahe oder in den roten Bereich.
Die Annahme der Forscher: Der Stoffwechsel bei den noch “gesunden Dicken” habe die Negativ-Entwicklung nur noch nicht komplett vollgezogen, das “dicke Ende” werde aber im Wortsinne nachkommen. Ihre finale These: “Das Konzept von den gesunden Übergewichtigen gilt nicht mehr!”
• Wie dem auch sei: Wer es beim Übergewicht genau wissen will, sollte nicht nach dem Gefühl gehen, sondern seriöse Messmethoden anwenden. Am besten ist es sogar, du kombinierst drei Methoden: Dann weißt du genau, ob du übergewichtig bist oder nicht!

Übergewicht erkennen: 1. Body-Mass-Index

Er galt lange als das Maß aller Dinge und teilt in die Kategorien Unter-, Normal- und Übergewicht sowie Fettleibigkeit ein. Die Formel zum Berechnen des Body-Mass-Index lautet: Körpergewicht in Kilogramm, geteilt durch Körpergröße in Metern zum Quadrat (Hier geht´s zu unserem BMI-Rechner). Bei einer 68 Kilogramm schweren Frau, die 1,70 Meter groß ist wäre das zum Beispiel ein Wert von 23,5. Das würde im Bereich des Normalgewichts liegen.

Übergewicht beginnt bei einem Wert von über 25. Bei Werten über 30 von krankhaftem Übergewicht beziehungsweise Fettsucht, auch Adipositas genannt. Das Problem beim BMI: Der Index unterscheidet nicht zwischen Fett und Muskelmasse, so dass ein durchtrainierter Sportler im Übergewichtsbereich landen könnte, obwohl er topfit und extrem muskulös ist. Beispiel dafür: Box-Exweltmeister Wladimir Klitschko! Hier greift die Formel nicht, und es müssen weitere Faktoren hinzugezogen werden.

Übergewicht erkennen: 2. Körperfettanteil
Der Körperfettanteil sagt etwas über die Verteilung von Fett- und Muskelmasse aus.
Der Wert kann eine gute Ergänzung zum BMI darstellen und geht über die reine Ermittlung von Übergewicht hinaus.
Zur Messung gibt es verschiedene Methoden – etwa die Caliper-Methode, bei der mit einer Art Kneifzange die Dicke der Fettfallen an verschiedenen Körperstellen gemessen wird. Oder die Impedanzmessung: Dabei wird ein schwacher Strom durch den Körper geschickt und anhand des Widerstands eine Analyse des Gewebes erstellt. Die Impedanzmessung liefert zusätzlich Informationen über den Wassergehalt des Körpers. Beides sollte am besten vom Arzt gemacht werden.

Körperfettwaagen für den Privatgebrauch können ebenfalls einen Anhaltspunkt liefern und vor allem eine Entwicklung bei Diät oder Training dokumentieren. Sie messen allerdings oft nur den Ober- oder Unterkörper. Die Unterkörpermessung beispielsweise ergibt bei Frauen mit der typischen Birnenfigur (üppiger Po und Schenkel) oft sehr hohe Werte, da sie eben dort viel Fett eingelagert haben – was jedoch nicht auf den gesamten Körper übertragbar ist. Frauen haben naturgemäß ohnehin höhere Werte als Männer und schlagen sich schon deswegen gefühlt öfter mit Übergewicht herum.
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Übergewicht erkennen: 3. Bauchumfang

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Klingt banal, ist jedoch ziemlich aussagefähig – vor allem im Hinblick auf das gesundheitliche Risiko von Übergewicht. Denn das innere Bauchfett ist besonders stoffwechselaktiv und trägt die Hauptschuld an Krankheiten wie Diabetes, Bluthochdruck oder Stoffwechselstörungen.
• Für Männer beginnt ein erhöhtes Risiko ab einem Umfang von 94 Zentimetern, ab 102 ist es deutlich erhöht.
• Für Frauen: erhöhtes Risiko ab 80 cm, deutlich erhöht ab 88 cm.
Zur Messung einfach ein Maßband etwa in Bauchnabelhöhe locker um den Bauch legen. Am besten misst du morgens vor dem Frühstück und atmest dabei leicht aus.

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