Saturday, December 03, 2016

Fwd: Tired of swimming slow?

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Date: Dec 3, 2016 9:06 AM
Subject: Tired of swimming slow?
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Trying to improve your swim times and get faster isn't as easy or linear as you'd hope.

You may get stuck doing the same type of workouts over and over expecting a different result. (Wait isn't that the definition of insanity?)

Or maybe you have a pretty decent swim program to follow with variety in your workouts but you rarely go "race pace" on a regular basis. Can you really expect to get better race times if you never actual practice being your fastest?

Swimming more laps or even swimming more laps in a "hard" way that causes you to want to vomit or curl up in the fetal position doesn't automatically mean you'll race faster.

When you work really hard but see little results for your effort it can be mentally draining. I don't think there's a more frustrating part of swimming, whether you're a swimmer or a coach, as when you work hard but don't get faster.

Isn't swimming supposed to be one of the more "honest" sports? In that if you work hard you'll get rewarded with faster times?

Let me break it to you if you don't already know - just because you train hard in the pool doesn't mean it always leads to getting faster. Don't equate being really tired to getting better. It's just not that simplistic.


PS - If you want some ideas on how to actually train so you can really improve your race times check out this episode of our podcast. It's one of the most popular to date.

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Fwd: Blacklist goes on

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On and on it goes . . .



U.S. Journalists and Professors Appearing on RT America Get Blacklisted


By Pam Martens and Russ Martens: December 2, 2016


Some independent journalists and university professors in the United States who have appeared on RT television to criticize either runaway corruption on Wall Street or in Washington, have landed on two newly created blacklists.  RT is a Russian state-financed news network formerly known as Russia Today. Its English-language RT America unit broadcasts from Washington, D.C.


A shadowy group called PropOrNot, that has not disclosed either its funders or its principals, has created a blacklist of 200 independent media web sites that it is calling tools of Russia. On the list are some of the most popular and widely read alternative media outlets like Naked Capitalism, Truthout and Truthdig, which regularly carry articles by some of the most knowledgeable and informed voices in America.  Another popular site, CounterPunch, was originally on the list but has now been removed following what PropOrNot calls a "constructive conversation."  Reporter Craig Timberg of the Washington Post has come under withering criticism for amplifying the McCarthyite blacklist in a Thanksgiving Day article.


Equally disturbing, 200 university and college professors have been placed on a new Professor Watchlist being operated by Turning Point USA, a right-wing nonprofit run by 23-year old Charlie Kirk who spoke this year at the Republican National Convention. Kirk has raised well over $1 million from conservatives to spread the "free markets/small government" mantra at high school and university campuses (never mind that Wall Street's "free markets" are just as corrupt today as they were heading into the 2008 epic financial crash).


In 2012, Kirk wrote an opinion piece for Breitbart News suggesting that Paul Krugman's ideas should be replaced in high school classrooms by those of the Cato Institute – a nonprofit secretly owned in part by the Koch brothers for decades.  (Such ideas will land one on the fast-track to big money from the right wing in America.)  Steve Bannon, the former Executive Chairman of Breitbart News Network and anti-liberal propaganda filmmaker extraordinaire, has been named by Donald Trump as his Senior Counselor and Chief Strategist in the White House.


Yves Smith, the founder and widely respected writer at Naked Capitalism has appeared on RT television on several occasions. In the interview featured in the link below from 2010, she was afforded the time to make her brilliantly cogent points on the systemic corruption on Wall Street that has yet to be remedied despite the greatest financial crash since the Great Depression.  In 2011, Smith alerted her readers that she was going to be appearing on RT America, noting that she "seemed to be banned from US TV channels, but the flip side is this was a much more substantive conversation than you'd find on the usual suspects here."  Indeed, RT America has allowed independent journalists and professors adequate time to make detailed arguments against establishment group-think in America, something that is regularly lacking on corporate-controlled news media in the U.S.


NYU Professor Mark Crispin Miller Is Interviewed on RT Television


Another independent journalist landing on PropOrNot's blacklist is Paul Craig Roberts, the former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy under President Ronald Reagan, a former Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal and a former columnist at BusinessWeek.  In this segment on RT television, Roberts states that the "political system in the United States is as corrupt as it is integrant."  In another appearance on RT, Roberts spoke favorably of Senator Bernie Sanders, stating that "he has independence" and that the special interest groups "don't like candidates who think for themselves."


The long-tenured and widely respected Professor of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University, Mark Crispin Miller, has landed on the Professor Watchlist. In this RT interview, Miller called U.S. media a "disgrace," adding that the quality of journalistic material is "embarrassingly low."  Miller went on to characterize U.S. media as a "cartel," stating that "we have a system that's owned and dominated by a handful of huge corporations."


The above comments made by Smith, Roberts and Miller on RT television are completely factual and are views shared by tens of millions of fellow Americans.  Rather than attempting to censor their well-founded arguments that America is dangerously headed in the wrong direction, perhaps we should get to work on the critical problems they are attempting to bring to the fore.





Friday, December 02, 2016

Fwd: [DW] Reimagining cities from the internet up

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Date: Dec 2, 2016 4:43 PM
Subject: [DW] Reimagining cities from the internet up
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Democracies Online
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Reimagining cities from the internet up
by Steven Clift
in Newswire - Steven Clift's Democracies Online Newswire

From: Sidewalk Labs Weekly <>
Date: Fri, Dec 2, 2016 at 10:04 AM
Subject: Reimagining cities from the internet up
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2 Dec 2016
At the launch of Sidewalk Labs, a little over a year ago, Larry Page wrote
that it was critical "to start from first principles and get a big-picture
view of the many factors that affect city life." So our team of urbanists
and technologists conducted a detailed thought experiment that focused on
the question: What would a city look like if you started from scratch in
the internet era — if you built a city "from the internet up?" In a Sidewalk
Talk post
CEO Dan Doctoroff explains what we've learned from this process, and how we
hope to accelerate urban innovation. Related coverage:
- Sidewalk Labs is eyeing a contest to build its own internet city (The
- Sidewalk Labs Spinoff Could Be Coming to Your City (Next City
- Sidewalk Labs lays out plan for urban development in 2017 (FastCo News
- Sidewalk Labs Might Hold a Contest to Make One City the Most Advanced
in the World (Inc
(Image: Sidewalk Labs)
What we're thinking
*ICYMI:* Speaking of first principles and urbanism, Sidewalk Chief Policy
Officer Rit Aggarwala had a must-read two-part post
on that topic earlier this year. Before we can predict how technology might
shape cities, we have to identify the essential efficiencies — and costs —
of urban environments.
Rest of post…

Humans Today

Thursday, December 01, 2016

School To Career info

Fwd: [DW] Would you be willing to create an online townhall for your city? Bring Americans together local-up?

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Democracies Online
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Would you be willing to create an online townhall for your city? Bring Americans together local-up?
by Steven Clift
in Newswire - Steven Clift's Democracies Online Newswire

Hey everyone, I've had over a dozen awesome offers to volunteer in
local cities across the US from Jackson, Mississippi to Wichita,
Kansas to Bemidji, Minnesota to Queens, New York.
I am excited about the opportunity to help these volunteers and bring
in the support needed for us to take on even more cities. Volunteer
now to lead your town: (put Facebook Group -
Your City in subject please.)
Here is my rough plan:
1. Set up a form where people can volunteer for their city OR tell
us about an existing city-wide/county-wide Facebook Group where an
online civic public square(*) is already thriving.
2. Connect all the volunteers and "coaches" from existing similar
Facebook Groups in a private peer-to-peer support Facebook Group
3. Find volunteers who can help raise resources to support the
training and support for these volunteers for at least a year and
ideally fund inclusive outreach resources across many cities
4. Draft up a research component with interested researchers so
lesson sharing can be a core outcome of this networked approach
Next week in DC, I've thrown together a gathering (see below) to
generate input, ideas, and passionate volunteers who can help. I'll be
honest and note that my ability focus on this popular idea will be
extremely limited if it does not catch the eye of possible funders or
donors. But for now I can volunteer an hour a day on number 1 and 2
until we get at least a few Facebook Groups established. Perhaps
you've been looking for a project where you can help and make a big
difference around the country. If yes, please volunteer to help
co-lead this or to offer a specific role your are good at!!!
* You'd be surprised what might already be out there for your
community *above* the neighborhood level in terms of civic online
groups. Start searching Facebook Groups​/directory​/groups​/ for your local city/county
names and you'll find groups that aren't just online garage sale/
Check out places like Hunting Beach, CA -​/groups​/HBcommunityforum​/ or Brooklyn Park, MN​/groups​/BrooklynCenterFriends​/ where
ironically they each have competing local -city-wide- forums with
thousands of members with different approaches. If you don't have a
Facebook Groups where "of course" the mayor and city council members
are members and mix it up from time to time with people in a
citizen-first community life forum, then you are a candidate for a new
Facebook Group. If people with local power only lurk in an existing
online space, then we might be able to work with the leaders of that
space to bring out that crucial participation element to increase the
community agenda-setting and dialogue in the group.
Steven Clift
Local-up? Digital Bridges for American Communities Brown Bag​/events​/1681899672124715​/
Tuesday, December 6 at 12 PM - 2 PM EST
Lake Research Partners, 1101 17th St, NW Suite 301, Washington, DC
Join us for a informal brown bag lunch discussion about online
opportunities to connect Americans local-up across partisan divides
one community at a time.
This discussion hosted by Steven Clift, a founder of
and their local online town hall model since 1994, will delve directly
into how Facebook Groups might be used to launch city-by-city online
public spaces for participation in local community and civic life.
After the dramatic election was over, a dozen volunteers from Jackson,
Mississippi and Witchita, Kansas to Bemidi, Minnesota and Queens, New
York City stepped forward to answer Steve's call to reconnect people
with digital civility across the partisan divide starting with their
own town. (While neighborhood-level group abound on Facebook,
city-wide spaces connecting people to public issues in local
government are quite rare.)
This embroynic effort has the opportunity to spread to cities across
the nation as we recruit more passionate digital convenors and work to
train, coach, and support them with peer to networking and possible
research with lessons sharing about what works. First up is support
the first batch of communities and then spread the idea.
This session will be a opportunity to bring your ideas, networks, and
resources to the table. If you believe that the solutions to America's
political divides start at home and won't be solved easily top-down,
this gathering is for you.
If you want to volunteer to start one for your city, email: - Put "City Facebook Group - Your City" in the
subject line. (Or if you already have something that fits the bill,
let us know as well so we can tap their lessons too.) FYI -
E-Democracy's model and lessons we will adapt to Facebook Groups:
Special thanks to Alan Rosenblatt, Board Member of E-Democracy for
securing our meeting local at Lake Research Partners.
Two other related gatherings convened by Steven Clift are happening on Dec 6:
9:30 AM - Digitally Networking Democracy Builders Globally? A Conversation​/events​/1825880037625153​/
5:00 PM - DC OpenGov Civic Tech Facebook Group Happy Hour​/events​/1194660773961648​/
Steven Clift - Executive Director, - +1 612 234 7072
@democracy - - My radio app
Rest of post…

Did not vote would have crushed Clinton and Trump. Too bad we don't have "none of the above."

The election results show who won among those who voted. But, those who did not vote crushed all the candidates who got votes.
I long for the day when "NONE OF THE ABOVE" goes onto the ballots. 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Fwd: fake news and the resurgence of McCarthyism

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From: "John Hemington"

On November 24th The Washington Post published a scurrilous article attempting to blacklist over 200 alternative media sites across the political spectrum as being "Russian controlled" or "useful idiots" for Russia in publishing "fake news" that is pro-Russian and anti-American.  Further stating that these sites were largely responsible for the election of Donald Trump as president and should be investigated by the FBI and prosecuted by the Justice Department as foreign agents.  It would be one thing if any evidence supporting these claims was presented – none was.  Not only was no evidence presented but of the two so-called sources for this blacklisting one was a long-time hard-right cold war neoconservative think tank and the other was entirely anonymous as to who it was or what methods were used to make the determination.  That these essentially useless sources were used as the basis for an article to attack alternative media outlets is the worst possible sort of journalism – that it was done by The Washington Post is unforgiveable.

Interestingly enough an analysis of the media outlets listed by the anonymous "evaluator" seems to indicate that these outlets were chosen solely on the basis that they criticised Hillary Clinton, the mainstream media and elitist institutions or that revealed information that the elites hoped to keep secret.  The "Russians did it gambit" appears to be a ploy reprising the McCarthy "Red scare" blacklisting in the 1950s.  One of the screeds presented by the anonymous urged people to only use certain establishment news sources stating:

"We call on the American public to:  Obtain news from actual reporters, who report to an editor and are professionally accountable for mistakes.  We suggest NPR, the BBC, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, BuzzfeedVICE, etc, and especially your local papers and local TV news channels.  Support them by subscribing, if you can!"

This is a very dangerous precedent for one of the nation's papers of record to promulgate the rantings of an unknown anonymous source attempting to discredit over 200 perfectly valid alternative news sources by asserting that they are pro-Russian and anti-American.  I find it particularly distressing because a number of the listed sources are ones I personally know to be of excellent quality in their reporting, the only apparent connection being a willingness to level criticism at Hillary Clinton and the New Democrat establishment (as well as the Republican establishment).  None of them, as far as I can tell are in any way shape or form pro-Russian or anti-American.  They are, on the other hand, proponents of getting out news which is generally shielded from the public by the mainstream media sources listed in the paragraph above.

Attached are six articles from a variety of sources, including those on the "list", discussing this attack on journalistic integrity and freedom of the press.  I urge you to take the time to read at least some of these to get a full understanding of just how threatening this is – particularly with the advent of a President Trump on the horizon.  The very last thing we should want are constraints on a free press whether that comes from the mainstream media or from the government.  And keep in mind, some of the media outlets on the "list" were progressive, some were conservative and some were libertarian.  This is an equal opportunity assault on dissent in America.



Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Orlando showdown with a judge and an old man with his one-page handouts

Julian, who was just in Pittsburgh a couple of weeks ago, is getting set for a Florida trip and visit to the area around the courthouse in Orlando. When most of us travel to Orlando, we know when we are going to check in and check out. An extended stay, "on the house," is generally not a bargain we are excited about. Here is his email. Time will tell as to who blinks. Could be Judge, Law Enforcement Officers, Governor, Homeland Security, -- or -- Liberty.

Our country’s moment of decision has occurred. I will be distributing one-page flyers regarding the Bill of Rights requirements for criminal trials. This will occur from 11:30 am-1;30 PM, or until arrested on December 5, 2016 at the Orange County courthouse on 425 Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL. The information on the flyers will be about “Nullification by Jury” and “Duty of a Witness.”

On 3 separate previous occasions, Mark Schmidter, I, and a 3rd person whose name I have lost, have been arrested by courthouse guards for doing this distribution. The content of the material was not at issue. The previous Chief Judge had established free-speech zones where distribution of these flyers was permitted. However it just happened that the free-speech zones were in locations that had no pedestrian traffic. Mark served 144 days in jail and I served 2 weeks in jail. I have written to the Department of Homeland Security and to the Florida governor for protection. Copies of my letters were sent to the Clerk of Court. A similar letter had been sent by me to the Florida militia.

I received no reply from any of the “so-called” freedom protection organizations. I did receive a written reply from the Chief Judge of the Orlando Court informing me that if I appeared I would be arrested. The information that I distribute is a one-page flyer passed out by one person on the public sidewalk connecting a parking lot to the courthouse. There is no hindrance of public traffic. Others are passing newspapers, business cards, and court documents at the same location. None of the others are even approached by court guards.

I have requested all Tyranny Fighters and others to appear at that courthouse with weapons to protect me from arrest in order to save our country. It is your option to appear or not to appear. If you do not appear now, you will appear within 2 years at the gas chambers. The future of our country is yours to decide. The choice is yours, but it must be made before next Monday.


Monday, November 28, 2016

Case study on Bill Strickland

Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership case study on Exemplary Leadership Award winner Bill Strickland, Manchester Bidwell Corporation. This case study focuses on the replication strategy that is responsible for the many new centers opening up around the United States and abroad. 

Fwd: NZ Coach update, November 2016

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The latest NZ Coach information from Sport New Zealand.
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"By others faults the wise correct their own" - Proverb
In 2007 former NBA basketballer Bob Bigelow came to New Zealand and presented at the Sport NZ (then SPARC) Connecting Coaches Conference in Wellington. Bigelow had recently published a book called Just let the kids play. Bigelow had written the book because he believed that too often adults were ruining sport for kids. Of course, Bigelow had many stories from his United States context to support his view - we all laughed at his 'World Series for Under 6s' stories, partly because it seemed (and is) ridiculous. And partly, I suspect, because we believed 'only in America'. Now, while we here in 'little 'ol NZ' have not exactly copied the excesses of the US sporting culture, we have seen a trend toward the commercialising and professionalising of youth sport. With this trend has come earlier specialisation and a greater focus on winning earlier in children's sporting lives. Bob Bigelow's 'big idea' was to create new approaches to play that better serve the physical and emotional needs of young athletes, and by doing so give more kids the desire to participate in sport for life. Almost 10 years on from Bigelow's visit, his hope is echoed in the 'physical literacy' approach. Understandably, some of you right now will be asking yourself, 'What's the physical literacy approach?' In the first story this month, Karen Laurie, Sport NZ's Early Years and Primary School Consultant, discusses physical literacy and where fundamental movement skills (FMS) fit in to the physical literacy approach. Karen also highlights one way coaches might make sense of physical literacy when coaching kids.

Brett Reid, Community Coaching Consultant, Sport NZ

Bringing Physical Literacy to Life through Foundation Coaching
By Karen Laurie, Sport NZ
Okay, let's get the 'dry' bit out of the way first … a person's physical literacy is their motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding of physical activity.
Physical literacy is not a static state but can be best considered a person's lifelong journey based on their choices about being physically active.
Physical literacy cannot be 'taught' as such. It will be the outcome of the many physical activity experiences a participant has including physical education (PE), play, sport and recreation. The more these experiences reflect 'quality' or 'value' the more positive their impact on a person's physical literacy.
As I travel around the country discussing 'physical literacy', a question I often get from coaches is: 'Okay, I kinda get what physical literacy is, but where does that leave 'fundamental movement skills' (FMS) when coaching children?'
Achieving proficiency in FMS is one attribute that contributes to the emergence of physical literacy in young children. However, physical literacy requires the development of more than motor skills, and much more than achieving proficiency in FMS.
In recognising the multifaceted nature of physical literacy it becomes important to consider that while FMS contributes to physical competence, a person's knowledge and understanding of how they move and explore the world also needs to be developed.
From this perspective it is perhaps more significant to focus on how these skills are developed and in what context. In short, an environment based on play, creativity and exploring movement is the best way for children to build their movement vocabulary and FMS.
But it's fair to say that in recent years some children's sport and physical activity programmes have overemphasised the physical and technical skills. Or as one person put it: "Have we got so busy teaching kids how to jump that we've forgotten to just let them jump for joy?"
At a recent physical literacy workshop at Sport NZ the attendees (from sports and Regional Sports Trusts) began looking at how coaches, parents and teachers can integrate the physical literacy approach into children's programmes.
A couple of strong ideas came through:
·        Start with the idea of developing 'confidence and competence' rather than developing 'the basic skills'. This places the child's needs at the centre of the session rather than the content or sport curriculum. It also recognises the interplay of children's social, emotional, physical, cognitive, and spiritual skills.
·        Focus on creating an experience that makes the kids want to come back and participate again.
One model Sport NZ is exploring as a way to assist foundation coaches support and motivate kids to keep participating looks like this:

Leave Me: Please leave me to play, have fun and work it out for myself.
Watch Me: As my parent/caregiver/teacher/foundation coach please just watch me, and let me know if you think I need physical, social, cognitive or emotional support.
Help Me: Help me if I need it, and when I'm ready. Please use questions and challenges that let me understand the help you are giving.
Let Me: Let me access lots of different opportunities and experiences, and let me participate fully.
Kids tell us they love sport and being active "because it's fun!"
As coaches, parents and teachers, thinking about a physical literacy approach rather than the 'fundamentals' in these early years can be a great first step to getting kids to come back again for another session or game.
If you're interested in this area or want to be part of the discussions – please contact Karen Laurie at Sport NZ:
For more information on physical literacy go to:

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I Want You To Make Mistakes
For more than 40 years, one of the first things I say to new teams and summer camp players is just that; "I want to see mistakes out here on the court." (USA Volleyball)
Top Tip #8 The questions to ask [audio]
Exposed: The secrets to developing confident young players
In order to succeed you need a plan, a commitment to carry it out and consistency. (Sporting Kid Live)
Chinese Coaches Take Lessons in Hardwood Diplomacy in America
SALT LAKE CITY — About 15 coaches filed onto the mezzanine-like balcony overlooking a basketball practice court. They wore warm-up apparel and sneakers. As the Utes men's team began its practice, some took notes in small Moleskine notebooks; others consulted printouts of set plays. (
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