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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.

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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

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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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Arpaio cultivated ‘worst pattern of racial profiling in U.S. law enforcement history’

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“Just doing his job.”

That’s how Donald Trump described what Joe Arpaio was doing when the former Maricopa County, Ariz., sheriff was found guilty of criminal contempt for racially profiling and abusing Latinos that had the misfortune to be in his jurisdiction.

Trump and Arpaio found common ground in their views on strict immigration policies (zero being a good number), hatred of the media and the racist birther theory to disprove President Barak Obama’s citizenship. Arpaio went so far as to send a deputy to Hawaii to look for evidence that Obama’s birth certificate was phony, calling it a “a computer-generated forgery.”

Arpaio spoke for Trump at the Republican National Convention. Trump briefly considered the now 85-year-old Arpaio (the two share a birth date) as his Secretary of Homeland Security, the Washington Post reported in November. He faced long odds of Senate approval because of the contempt conviction.

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ACoE Invades South Texas

To add insult to injury, 80% of drugs reach the USA by ocean, & Trump wants to cut funds to the Coast Guard, so he can build his wall!

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Photo caption: Snapshot from one of my trips to the Rio Grande — Big Bend National Park hot springs with with wild mustangs on the Mexican bank.

We knew this was coming, but it doesn’t make it any easier. Trespassing on private soil, our own Army Corps of Engineers (ACoE) have begun clearing areas for the border wall. Rather than steal land legally through eminent domain, they have arrived without permission or notification. Instead of cutting through ranchland, they have begun where it will hurt the most — nature preserves. The first location to fall beneath the saw, machete, and blade is a strip through the National Butterfly Center. Scientists had purchased the area from farmers and restored it with plant species vital to the survival of the threatened monarch butterfly. Now, only brown stubble remains. The wall will block the migration of thousands of land-based animals, cutting their territory…

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Stimulus Project (ARRA) Benefits in Tyler,TX Updated on August 7, 2015

Read about how the Stimulus Project helped Tyler & Smith County–East TX

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Stimulus Project (ARRA) Benefits in Tyler,TX
Updated on August 7, 2015

The Stimulus Project is the nickname for the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Smith County has received almost $161 million; this was updated in February 2012. The county seat is Tyler–a city of roughly 100,000 in East Texas.

Stimulus Projects by Other Names in US History

Here’s a fair question. Are stimulus projects something new to the Obama Administration? Not at all. In fact, four of the five most successful stimulus projects were done by Republican administrations–including two by Calvin Coolidge. http://everythingishistory.com/5-government-stimulus-projects-that-fill-you (1) Hoover Dam (1928–1936) First attempted unsuccessfully by private companies, it was taken over by the government. When the Hoover Dam was completed, it was the “largest hydroelectric power plant in the world.” (2) Blue Ridge Parkway–It’s now the most visited site in the National Park System. This Appalachian park is the only one of these…

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Booker T. Washington: Neglected Exemplar of Practical Education

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By Mr. J.D. Meyer…Juneteenth 2005/Revised: Juneteenth 2008

Introduction
First, it’s very doubtful that I would have discovered Booker T. Washington if it wasn’t for primary resources on the Internet. In other words, third-rate historians who pass judgment while withholding evidence from the reader have obscured the real writings of BTW. Thus BTW is “ a figure more often caricatured than understood,” to quote Thomas Sowell et al’s article, “Up from Slavery,” based on Washington’s autobiography with the same name. BTW has been unfairly and illogically labeled as an Uncle Tom for emphasizing vocational education near the turn of the 20th Century. Yet in “The Awakening of the Negro,” Washington stated that if a Black owned the mortgage on a White’s house, then that White couldn’t prevent the Black from voting. In his autobiography, Up From Slavery, Washington admitted, “How often I have wanted to say to white students that they…

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8 years of suffering under Barack Obama

Don’t let that title fool you–satire. I agree that Obama did a great job as president, & I’m so glad The Great Recession ended, Detroit automakers are doing well, and he had no scandals during his 8 years. We’ve already heaps of scandals in less than a half year under Dump.

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The sentence I hear most from well-meaning, conservative friends since President Trump’s election is this: “We suffered 8 years under Barack Obama.”

Fair enough. Let’s take a look.

The day Obama took office, the Dow closed at 7,949 points. Eight years later, the Dow had almost tripled, closing at 21,414.

General Motors and Chrysler were on the brink of bankruptcy, with Ford not far behind, and their failure, along with their supply chains, would have meant the loss of millions of jobs. Obama pushed through a controversial, $8o billion bailout to save the car industry. The U.S. car industry survived, started making money again, and the entire $80 billion was paid back, with interest.

While we remain vulnerable to lone-wolf attacks, no foreign terrorist organization has successfully executed a mass attack here since 9/11.

Obama ordered the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden.

He…

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wisdom from the truly fantastic four #sol17

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Wisdom from the Truly Fantastic Four

June 20, 2017

Today was “Step Up” Day at our school.  Students move up to their next class, meet their teacher, and we have a step up ceremony for the fourth graders who are moving on to middle school.

Our fourth grade team for the last several years has started the year with a fantastic four theme.  Each plays one of the members of the Fantastic Four, imparts their wisdom, and defeats “Dr. Doom” who represents all of our negative thoughts.  It’s a very positive mindset message and has been very effective for our fourth grade.

Today at their step up, the teachers reminded the students of those ‘fantastic four’ skills.  Somehow today as we let them go and say goodbye to a treasured teacher, these words hit home to me.

Ms. Fantastic, of course, has the ability to stretch herself.  The gift of…

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HEY! WE ALL HAD TO START SOMEWHERE: an interview with Haifaa Al-Mansour, the first female Saudi Arabian filmmaker and writer/director of Wadjda

Meet Haifaa Al-Mansour, the first female Saudi filmmaker. MSNBC did a special documentary about her, focusing on “Women Without Shadows.” Her husband, Brad Niemann works at consulates.

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Next up: a very special interview with Haifaa Al-Mansour, the first female Saudi Arabian filmmaker and writer/director of Wadjda

 

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