Thursday, February 22, 2018

Fwd: Fw: UPMC Sports Medicine workshop March 3 & 10 for current 9-12 graders living in 15213/15219


Hello Athletic staff,

 

I hope all is well. Would you mind giving this flyer to your 9-12 grade students that might be interested in sports medicine/athletic training?  This free workshop is available for youth that live in Hill District and Oakland communities.

 

Workshop information: Dates are Saturday March 3 and 10, 2018.

Get a glimpse of Sports Medicine and Athletic training careers from Professional Licensed and Certified Trainers from world renowned  UPMC Sports Medicine staff!  Learn about the exciting careers, injury prevention, evaluations and how to treat specific injuries.  Dress comfortably to allow for movement during the hands-on activities.

 

Applications must be received in our office by Feb. 28, 2018, space is limited.

If you have any questions, please contact me.

 

 

 

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Mark Rauterkus       Mark.Rauterkus@gmail.com
Swimming and Water Polo Coach, Schenley High School, Pittsburgh, PA
http://CLOH.wikia.com
412 298 3432 = cell

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Fwd: Invitation - Strategic Plan Community Update Sessions


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From: Pittsburgh Public Schools <superintendentoffice@pghboe.net>
Date: Wed, Feb 21, 2018 at 3:15 PM
Subject: Invitation - Strategic Plan Community Update Sessions
To: <mark@rauterkus.com>



Special Invitation
2017-2022 Strategic Plan: Expect Great Things Community Update Sessions
Thank you for your participation in a Look, Listen & Learn tour. Your input contributed to the development of our District's five-year Strategic Plan: Expect Great Things. As an engaged stakeholder, we are writing to extend a special invitation for you to join one of our Strategic Plan Community Update Sessions. In these sessions, there will be a gallery walk led by the District leaders of key work in the Phase I initiatives. Topics will include: assessment, curriculum, community schools, professional learning communities, Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS)/restorative practices, and teacher pipeline. 

Session Information:

All sessions will be held from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Light refreshments will be provided. If you require an interpreter, please contact the English as a Second Language Department at 412-529-3620.

Dates and Locations:
  • Thursday, February 22 at Pittsburgh Allegheny K-5
  • Tuesday, February 28 at Pittsburgh Milliones 6-12
  • Thursday, March 1 at Pittsburgh West Liberty K-5
  • Wednesday, March 7 at Pittsburgh Sterrett 6-8
  • Thursday, March 8 at Pittsburgh Langley K-8
We will keep you informed if the schedule of events changes for any reason. We hope to see you at one of our strategic plan update sessions.

See below for the postcard that was sent to all families and staff. 
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Mark Rauterkus       Mark.Rauterkus@gmail.com
Swimming and Water Polo Coach, Schenley High School, Pittsburgh, PA
http://CLOH.wikia.com
412 298 3432 = cell

Fwd: Mark Rauterkus, important updates to your access to the YouTube Partner Program


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From: YouTube Creators <no-reply@youtube.com>
Date: Wed, Feb 21, 2018 at 10:21 AM
Subject: Mark Rauterkus, important updates to your access to the YouTube Partner Program
To: <mark.rauterkus@gmail.com>


YouTube
Hi Mark Rauterkus,
As you probably heard, we recently announced updates to the YouTube Partner Program (YPP). We made these changes to address a spike in abuse on YouTube by bad actors like spammers, impersonators, and re-uploaders. Our goal is to ensure a healthy ecosystem where original creators can grow and thrive.
As of today, your channel, Mark Rauterkus will no longer have access to monetization tools associated with YPP because it doesn't meet the new threshold of 4,000 hours of watch time within the past 12 months and 1,000 subscribers. If you meet the new threshold at some point in the future, you'll be automatically re-evaluated for YPP. The reviews typically take 1-2 weeks.
We understand that you may have lots of questions right now, so we've put together some FAQs that can help.
TOP QUESTIONS ABOUT THE YPP CHANGES
QUESTIONS ABOUT THE YPP CHANGES
Hear directly from the Creator Academy what the answers are to your most asked questions on the YPP changes.
WATCH THE VIDEO
If you have more questions, join us on the YouTube Help Forum or take a look at the Help Center FAQs. We'll keep listening!

The YouTube Team
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Mark Rauterkus       Mark@Rauterkus.com
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

http://CLOH.org

412 298 3432 = cell

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Fwd: Is Russia a threat?


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From: John Hemington <jehemington@verizon.net>
Date: Tue, Feb 20, 2018 at 7:40 PM
Subject: Is Russia a threat?
To: John Hemington <jehemington@verizon.net>


There is little doubt that, given the wall-to-wall coverage of the Mueller investigation on CNN and MSNBC, hysteria has broken out in the nation concerning the supposed Russian interference in the U.S.  At this point there is little question that there was some effort on the part of Russian internet trolls to support the candidacy of Trump over Clinton by posting partisan arguments on Facebook and Twitter, but it is far less clear that these efforts had any impact whatsoever on the outcome of the election.  Since almost anyone anywhere can make such postings, whether they accurately identify themselves (few really do), one has to wonder just why this is such a 'big deal'.   One can also understand why Russia, prior to the election, would have preferred a Trump victory.  Clinton has been an implacable foe of Russia as far back as we can look; and, in his campaign rhetoric, Trump argued that the best policy the U.S. could undertake would be to work to coexist with Russia, cooperating where it made sense.  The fact that no promise by Trump can be counted for much doesn't change the fact that his message was far more attractive not only to many Americans but also to the Russians.

 

As Rob Urie says in his attached article, "...what is striking is that the Russians aren't charged with creating social tensions.  They are charged with exploiting and exacerbating them.  It is their personas that are deemed to be false, not the familiar chatter of quasi-anonymous voices on social media.  The point is that the social tensions preceded the chatter."  Few have denied that Russians might have engaged in this type of interference, but the idea that it somehow served to throw the election is ludicrous on its face.  These days social media is little more than ubiquitous noise hosting every form of bizarre nonsense imaginable as well as much useful information, yet millions of Americans remain fixated Facebook, Twitter, etc. for information.  If we are to worry about a few Russian trolls compromising an election by the use of social media, we should be even more worried about the millions of actual Americans out there busily distributing fictitious memes over these same outlets – and perhaps think about shutting down such services as terminally unreliable fake news sources.  But clearly we are not going to do that as the Internet serves the interests of Power far too well.

 

What is most important about Urie's article is his assertion that, in the wake of Hillary's unexpected loss, the liberal left has moved from wariness of the FBI and other U.S. intelligence agencies to a full-on love fest of endorsement and support.  This is quite surprising and potentially very dangerous as it further serves to enable long-term efforts by these agencies to surveil, infiltrate and discourage dissent and protest by American citizens.  As far as interference in the elective process, the only effective interference we know about came in the form of Hillary and the DNC's successful efforts to derail a very promising run by Bernie Sanders in the primaries – but this type interference in 'free and fair elections' is deemed to be OK by the powers that be.  So be cautious about jumping on the bandwagon of the 'Russian menace' when the real danger may well be lurking much closer to home.

 

A very good summary of the Russian threat is contained in the Real News Network interview linked below:

 

Is Russia a Threat?  http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=21172

 

  John

 

Why is it easier to imagine the total destruction of mankind, from nuclear war to a climate catastrophe,

than to work on changing the system of relations spawned by neoliberal capitalism?

 

Pepe Escobar

 

 

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Mark Rauterkus       Mark@Rauterkus.com
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

http://CLOH.org

412 298 3432 = cell

Fwd: 5 Ways to Make Real World STEM Connections


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From: EVERFI K-12 Team


1 Connect to Student Interests 2 Connect to Student Experiences 3 Demonstrate Work & Life Skills 4 Connect to Current Events 5 Create Images of the Future
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5 Ways to Make Real World STEM Connections

1  Connect to Student Interests

"Do you have a favorite sport or hobby?"

 Connect to Student Experiences

"Have you ever gone to a pro sports game? What do you think it took to set up the rink/field/court?"

 Demonstrate Work & Life Skills

"Who's working behind the scenes in sports? Are they using any STEM skills to do their jobs?"

 Connect to Current Events

"Are you following any pro sports this winter? What interests you about them?"

 Create Images of the Future

"What careers exist in sports off the field or rink?"

Are you making these connections in the classroom?


Hockey Scholar can help make these connections for you:
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Mark Rauterkus       Mark.Rauterkus@gmail.com
Swimming and Water Polo Coach, Schenley High School, Pittsburgh, PA
http://CLOH.wikia.com
412 298 3432 = cell

Friday, February 16, 2018

Fwd: Finally someone gets it . . .


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From: John Hemington <jehemington@verizon.net>
Date: Fri, Feb 16, 2018 at 8:29 PM
Subject: Finally someone gets it . . .
To: John Hemington <jehemington@verizon.net>


Halleluiah, halleluiah someone in the greater commentariat gets how sovereign money should work in a rational system (unlike, of course, the one we really have) and actually writes about it.  Thank you Kate Aronoff!  Unfortunately, Kate is writing for In These Times and not one of the major sources of neoliberal propaganda such as The Washington Post or The New York Times.  I guess we'll have to be satisfied with what little truth we can get until more people wake up to the fact that government spending into the economy actually benefits the economy and balanced budgets work to crash the economy.  But this is difficult for people who have been fed the devious myth that the federal government's budget is just like the one each of us has to live with in our daily life. 

 

This fact may be the single most important idea to be communicated to the citizenry in this country in order to break through the neoliberal lies that claim that austerity is the only way to save the nation.  Somehow most folks don't seem to catch on to the neoliberal scam that austerity needs only be applied to those not lounging in the privileged 1%.  I don't recall that austerity was applied to the bankers in the 2008 great financial crash, or to the military/industrial/security complex and their myriad of private contractors to sustain endless wars all around the world, or to the corporate and financial titans who can't survive without enormous tax concessions.  It just applies to the rest of us because, you see, in a neoliberal world we are all undeserving.

 

I have included this video before; but, if for some reason you have decided not to watch Dr. Stephanie Kelton's talk about sovereign money systems, do yourself a favor and give a listen, it's really quite good, and also listen to the Q&A at the end for her answer about explaining this reality to politicians – it is quite enlightening.

 

Stephanie Kelton on Money and the Economy, 2014

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1SMjeuyF-Y

 

  John

 

Why is it easier to imagine the total destruction of mankind, from nuclear war to a climate catastrophe,

than to work on changing the system of relations spawned by neoliberal capitalism?

 

Pepe Escobar

 

 

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Mark Rauterkus       Mark@Rauterkus.com
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

http://CLOH.org

412 298 3432 = cell

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Fwd: Money & Markets


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From: John H


This evening's missive deals with money (i.e., government deficits and debt) and markets (i.e., the financialization of the world).  The first attachment deals with one of my pet peeves, the disheartening fact that very few Americans have any real idea about how our government money works – or, perhaps more accurately, should work – if more people understood that it is no longer a commodity-backed (i.e., gold) currency.  The article deals primarily with the bi-polar attitude of Congresscritters who will one minute lament the overwhelming burden of debt on the American taxpayer and the very next vote for massive federal deficits and astronomical increases in the federal debt. 

People need to understand that there is absolutely no level of federal debt (as long as it is denominated in dollars) which the federal government cannot pay instantly without ever increasing the tax burden on the people.  Furthermore, much, if not most, of the federal debt is owed to us, the American people – think Social Security 'Trust Fund' and Treasury Bonds.  This is the very nature of a sovereign fiat currency which the United States, of course, has.  Until large segments of the American public come to understand this our neoliberal political parties (and yes, they are both equally neoliberal austerity mongers, one is just a bit nicer on the surface than the other) will continue passing off the myth that we cannot afford social safety-net programs while, at the same time, we can easily afford endless wars and bailouts of corporate and financial interests.  Folks, this is a very BIG deal and if you understand it please let your friends and neighbors know how money should be working for them and not against them.  Also included is a link below to an excellent video presentation by Dr. Stephanie Kelton (mentioned in the article) explaining money and debt in a fiat money economy.  If you have not as yet seen it, it is very good and well worth passing on.

The second attachment is for those who really want to understand how financialization has impacted worldwide financial and equity markets and in the process created enormous risks for calamitous, even catastrophic, financial crises which could break out at any time.  These are mostly unregulated operations encouraged by the world's central banks which are a primary source of instability and inequality in our world today; next to, that is, the U.S. predilection engaging is apparently endless elective wars of aggression (in itself a war crime) and decades-long efforts to destabilize and overthrow governments which do not favorably respond to demands to subvert their own national interests to those of global neoliberal corporate and financial capital.

This article is somewhat long and rather technical piece which provides a good preliminary overview of how neoliberal financialization works.  I have also included the usually excellent comments for this article found at the Naked Capitalism site since they in some ways amplify the points made in the piece.  For those interested in some more depth and background, I recommend reading two books by economist Michael Hudson, Finance as Warfare (2015) and Killing the Host: How Financial Parasites and Debt Destroy the Global Economy.

Stephanie Kelton on Money and the Economy, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!

  John

Why is it easier to imagine the total destruction of mankind, from nuclear war to a climate catastrophe,
than to work on changing the system of relations spawned by neoliberal capitalism?

Pepe Escobar




Saturday, February 10, 2018

Rant to PureReform @ Roosevelt Era

Around the world, cities are booming with major increases in population. The advantages of the urban lifestyle with neighborhoods, density, variety, and proximity to goods and services has an upside that most of the world's regions and cultures have discovered and are leveraging for higher quality of life. But not in Pittsburgh, sadly.

The boom in population isn't happening in the city of Pittsburgh. Nope. The circle of life isn't so round here.

The number one reason for the lagging city's growth is the struggling public school system. 

I heap a great deal of blame onto the tenure of Mark Roosevelt. He tried. He failed. He pulled many of the wrong levers. There was and still is a lot of heavy lifting to do. He didn't get enough of his skin into the game to make a positive difference. And, mostly, the King's horses and Kin's men didn't get the citizens, taxpayers, guardians and real-game-changers involved. He did flirt with some foundation types. They pissed in the wind together. He did swap spit with the teachers union brass too. The break-up came quickly, but mostly with retirements. The fall-out is yet to come with the looming teachers' strike of 2018.

The only saving grace from my judgement of Mark Roosevelt tenure is the fact that his follower was Linda Lane. She make Roosevelt look like a genius. The Linda Lane years accelerated the decline. 

Now Pittsburgh is in a pickle. The cadre of people that could have put Humpty together again are long gone and not coming home. This next generation has to scratch and crawl for crumbs. The capacity and talent -- and mindful leadership needed to educate our kids while reforming our process is not going to materialize any time soon, sadly, in this city. 

The legacy of the Roosevelt reforms linger as nothing but deforms to a once robust system with countless highs and lows. 

Suburban districts don't mind that the city is in such a funk. Most of those that can, vote with their feet and depart PPS. 

Turning the tide will be epic. May that day come soon, and with gusto, for the sake of the youngsters in our city. 

Fwd: USNA Summer Seminar and Summer STEM - Now is the Time!

Something to consider for summer for middle and high school students:

These programs at NAVY may interest some, especially if STEM-focused.  

1.  For an out-of-the-ordinary STEM summer session at the U.S. Naval Academy (5 days, students residing in the dormitory, Bancroft Hall), and it's for 8th-10th Graders (for the Fall).  The Academy Admissions Office drafted the email notice itself, and passed it out to USNA Blue & Gold Officers around the country.  "Blue & Gold Officers" (like Coach Ed) work with the Admissions Office to help spread the word about not-your-normal but hopefully stimulating programs that younger students may find challenging, particularly if they love STEM or science fields.  

2.  For a Summer Seminar about a college - a week like no other.  This is for rising Seniors who may be considering a career in the Navy or Marine Corps, and wish to see a bit of what it may be like (or more!)  Through the lens of one of the pathways to becoming an officer, at the U.S. Naval Academy.  Like the STEM Summer Session for younger students, this one is also residential, so parents drop 'em off and pick 'em up later!  

Below is the approved USNA-style email advisory:

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Good afternoon!
The applications for the United States Naval Academy's Summer Seminar and Summer STEM are OPEN!

Summer STEM is geared toward students currently in 8th, 9th and 10th grade, the Summer STEM residential program will give attendees an opportunity to engage in hands-on math and science activities with our faculty and midshipmen. 
 
2018 Sessions:
June 4-9 for current 8th graders (rising 9th graders)
June 11-16 for current 9th graders (rising 10th graders)
June 18-22 for current 10th graders (rising 11th graders)
 
Attached is a digital brochure and the website is:

Naval Academy Summer Seminar (NASS) offers an opportunity for rising high school seniors to experience the academy for one week. Participants learn about life at the Naval Academy, where academics, athletics, and professional training play equally important roles in developing our nation's future leaders at this four-year college.
2018 Sessions:
June 2-7
June 9-14
June 16-21
 
Attached is a digital brochure and the website is:
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