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.


John

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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 salexander@stlsports.org.
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Sunday, August 13, 2017

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


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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.    


John


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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Mayor Peduto linked to an article by @mattiekquinn about GOVERNMENT and the OPIOID crisis

My $.02: 

Let other cities worry about testing WASTE WATER for daily spikes within neighborhoods of opioids -- as Pittsburgh has a problem testing and delivering TAP WATER, the clean stuff. First things first.

In the South Side we drink beer because it is know to be LEAD FREE. We use the water to wash away the piss on the sidewalks -- and that goes into the rivers.

People who "look out the window and they don’t think that tomorrow will be any different than today" will have VALIDATION of that FACT the day our GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS ponder articles that suggest the TESTING OF WASTE WATER for hints of OPIOIDS in flushing piss.


Fwd: Pennsylvania Budget is Chock Full of Earmarks



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Call to ActionTake ActionGovernor Wolf and Senate Republicans are calling on the House to take up the "Fiscal Code" passed on July 27th. This legislation contained tax hikes that would impact anyone w
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Governor Wolf and Senate Republicans are calling on the House to take up the "Fiscal Code" passed on July 27th. This legislation contained tax hikes that would impact anyone with a cell phone or landline and raise heating bills for anyone who relied on natural gas. While the Governor and Senate argue that the Commonwealth is operating on a bare bones budget, the number of earmarks and corporate welfare handouts in budget and fiscal code show that the opposite is the case.

Here are several examples of the earmarks:
  • $500,000 shall be used for an antiviolence task force, in consultation with the Office of Attorney General, in a county of the second class A that is also a home rule county.
  • $600,000 shall be used for a community development and remediation project in a city of the third class with a population greater than 6,800 and less than 7,600 during the most recent Federal decennial census.
  • At least $5,000,000 shall be distributed to a hospital in a city of the third class in a home rule county that was formerly a county of the second class A.
  • $1,000,000 shall be distributed to a nonpublic nursing home located in a county of the first class with more than 395 beds and a Medicaid acuity at 1.17 as of August 1, 2016, to ensure access to necessary nursing care in that county and $5,000,000 shall be distributed to a nonpublic nursing home located in a county of the eighth class with more than 119 beds and a Medicaid acuity of 1.14 as of August 1, 2016, to ensure access to necessary nursing home care in that county.
In case you're curious the $5 million to the hospital in a "city of the third class in a home rule county" is going to a hospital in Sen. Pat Browne's district. Sen. Browne is primarily responsible for drafting the Fiscal Code. He also included some additional corporate welfare for his district in the form of an "Entertainment Economic Enhancement Program."
 
The entertainment enhancement program is a pet project of Senator Browne's where he is trying to attract big name concert performers to Allentown. According to a 2016 Allentown Morning Call article:

"While the concept is simple, the tax credit structure is not. Detailed in a 15-page addition to the state budget tax code, the law offers promoters of big acts a state tax credit of up to $800,000 per tour for scheduling an act at what the law calls Class 2 or Class 3 venues. A Class 2 venue is any arena or concert facility with at least 6,000 seats that is not in Allegheny or Philadelphia counties, where the state's biggest venues operate in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

"A Class 3 venue is any of the state colleges outside Pittsburgh or Philadelphia, or any venue in a Neighborhood Improvement Zone. It's not a coincidence that there is just one NIZ, in Allentown, and one venue in that NIZ - PPL Center. Nor is it a coincidence that the biggest tax credit is reserved for Class 3 venues."

But wait, there's more!
 
Not satisfied with a $60 million film tax credit to subsidize Hollywood millionaires, the Senate included a new category of a "Film Production Tax Credit District." The Districts, up to two of them, must be at least 55 acres, on deteriorated property, contain at least one "qualified" facility and six soundstages...and the list goes on. Based on the list of qualifications, it sounds a lot like the author of that provision already has a recipient lined up to get your money.
 
While proponents of the film tax credit hype the economic benefits, research has shown that there is no lasting impact from subsidizing Hollywood productions. Furthermore, the tax credits themselves are misused. An in-depth analysis conducted by Public Source found, among other things, that:
 
"Few productions use the tax credit; productions sell 99 percent of all film tax credits to companies that have nothing to do with film or TV. Essentially, the film tax credit is a backdoor tax break for some of the largest corporations and utilities operating in Pennsylvania"

The Governor and the Senate are pressuring Republicans in the House to approve tax increases on hardworking Pennsylvanians to continue funding pet projects and subsidizing out of state entertainment moguls. Instead, the House should go through the budget and fiscal code line by line and cut spending by 4 percent to balance the budget without new taxes.

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Fwd: A couple of goodies

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Nuclear war or nuclear words?  Where is the world heading?


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Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Fwd: Restorative Practices Panel Discussion


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Restorative Practices Panel Discussion

Join A+ Schools and the Pittsburgh Black Elected Officials Coalition for a discussion on the use and effectiveness of Restorative Practices as an alternative to exclusionary discipline approaches.

The panel will be held on Tuesday, August 29, 2017; 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Elsie H. Hillman Auditorium at the Kaufmann Center, 1825 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. 

Childcare and dinner for children 4+ will be provided.


Apply Today: Parent Nation Action Fund
A+ Schools is offering a mini grant opportunity to parent teams to provide funding to support their work around addressing an educational equity issue, or to advance parent leadership skills. 

Approximately six Parent Nation Action Funds will be awarded this fall. The deadline to apply for the Parent Nation Action Fund is Friday, September 29, 2017. 

Click here to learn more about the Action Fund and to download the application. 

Contact Amie Matson with questions at: amatson@aplusschools.org or (412) 697-1298 ext. 113
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