Saturday, August 19, 2017

Fwd: Back-to-School event: Playing well with others is a skill set that we all still need to teach and practice.

Hi Friends:

Did you see the wonderful article in a recent Post-Gazette about Swim & Water Polo?

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In my opinion, we need to:

-> TEACH, 
---> Model,
----> LEARN,
-----> and CHAMPION community skills that express the concepts of 


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Across American and around our city, we need to work hard and insure that everyone can play well with others. 

So, let's do it on Monday at #WeArePPS, a back-to-school special event at Langley K-8 School. Langley is at 2940 Sheraden Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15204. 

Bring your swim suit, towel and optional goggles. We'll swim indoors and play a full-pool SKWIM game.I'll bring the disks, fins and head bands. We'll flash the lights to simulate the eclipse -- or something.

Varsity swimmers -- from anywhere -- are needed to assist.

Tonight, Thursday, at 6 pm is the final outdoor water polo game at Citiparks Ammon Pool, Bedford Ave & Memory Lane. We've had a wonderful summer there. Thanks Citiparks. 

In the fall, we'll start up the Saturday Swim School. 

More insights at and on my Facebook pages. 

Mark Rauterkus
PPS Summer Dreamers' Swim & Water Polo Camp Executive Coach
Varsity Boys Swim Coach, Pittsburgh Obama Academy
Recent Head Water Polo Coach, Carnegie Mellon University Women's Club Team
Pittsburgh Combined Water Polo Team

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Musical Showcase and end of summer event on Thursday night

Startable Pittsburgh, Innovation Works and The Lighthouse Project with Alphalab Gear. Looks like a great event at the Ace Hotel in East Liberty.

Fwd: Theater of the absurd

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From: John H

Here's another example of just how nefarious and persistent neoliberalism is in attempting to distort reality in order to usher in policies intended to support corporate as opposed to individual or worker interests.  But, as the second article implies, neoliberal policies almost always lead to outcomes in which economies collapse and corporate malfeasance is rewarded while individuals are harmed and left unprotected by government.  The second article should also serve as a warning to anyone expecting their personal retirement accounts to continue to grow.  In these situations debt is a killer.



Monday, August 14, 2017

Fwd: Book Musial Moments for your school

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Book Musial Moments for your school 
Musial Moments at "The J" in Creve Coeur
The St. Louis Sports Commission has created an innovative program fostering civility, respect and selflessness among young people in the St. Louis region. Inspired by the great Stan Musial, the organization is visiting schools in the metro area to introduce the concept of "Musial Moments" and to instill the qualities of sportsmanship on and off the field.
Presentations are led by Solomon Alexander (a.k.a. The Sportsmanship Guy), the director of the Sports Commission's Sportsmanship Foundation. Through a fun and interactive 45-minute session, students are motivated to care about sportsmanship and to be good to those around them - just as Stan the Man did during his illustrious career and life.
Funding from Sports Commission supporters enables this program to be offered at no cost to participating groups. To bring Musial Moments to your school or youth organization, call 314-345-5130 or email
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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Fwd: Project Thailand (Nov 18-26) Volunteer Applications Close Aug 27th.

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Applications are open for the most anticipated ISLA Project to date! Over 32 people have drowned in beaches around Phucket since ISLA began to petition the Thai government (at the request of the Surin-Bangtao Surf Life Saving Club) to increase water safety efforts in January. 

Our efforts to create awareness have captured the attention of the Thai media and the Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand! Our team will be donating rescue equipment, conducting a ISLA certification course, and deploying a team to aid in lifeguarding the beaches.

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Fwd: American delusions, er innocence

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From: John H

Linked below is an excellent article, Unlearning the myth of American innocence, and a review I wrote for Dan Kovalik's excellent new book The Plot to Scapegoat Russia.  Both the article and Kovalik's book deal with very similar subject matter, how the United States deals with the rest of the world and the fact that Americans are the least aware of all the peoples of the world of the horrendous impact of our national policies – and I just don't mean recent policies.  The United States has been invading, overthrowing and supervising the massacre populations since the very founding of the nation – and even before.  There is a giant hole of trained ignorance in the American psyche which tends to prevent Americans from even asking the appropriate questions about our relations with the rest of humanity.  We are, for the most part, a delusional population unable to even conceive of the possibility that the policies of our nation are not as pure and necessary as the driven snow. 

Read this article, then buy a copy of Dan Kovalik's wonderful book and expose yourself to a reality which will never be told by mainstream media in this nation.  Without understanding what we do as a nation in the world and why we do it (hint:  it has nothing to do with spreading democracy and helping others in need or protecting the helpless and downtrodden) we Americans will never be able to confront the our own direct responsibility for many of the ills which continue to befall humankind.  And, above all, come to the realization that neither of our mainstream political organizations are in any way or fashion innocent or even one better than the other in this regard.  And, don't be deceived by the title of Kovalik's book, it's not really about Russia.  It's about United States policies in the wider world and Dan Kovalik has been there, seen the results and reports on the reality of our depredations.