Monday, April 06, 2020

Fwd: Capitalism has failed!

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From: John H

Attached is a short article by socialist economist Richard D. Wolfe discussing how capitalism has failed in fighting the Coronus virus.  While this is clearly the case, the more interesting part of this is contained in the 15 pages of comments to the article which I encourage you to read.

The long debate between capitalism and socialism has long intrigued me.  It is one which I have never been able to quite come to grips with.  As many of you may have observed, I have a great affinity for the benefits of socialism; but, I have never been able to completely distance myself from the need for some form of capitalism at least at the local end of the scale.  This is a constant battle when considering the issue of democratic-socialism which presumes the continued operation of a largely capitalistic system overlaid with social protections necessitated for the public benefit and good.

In this sense Roosevelt's New Deal policies amounted to low-end social-democratic policies glued onto a weakened framework of capitalism just saved from its own destructive ends.  Since that time we have seen several similar "bailouts" of this so-called capitalism – the most recent happening at the moment which represents a continuation of the 2007-2009 bailout which has never really ceased.  It has only continued surreptitiously under the auspicious of the Fed since 2009.

The problem in thinking about this is that we really aren't talking about capitalism when discussing the system of economic domination now operating in much of the developed world today.  What we are really talking about is a perverted form known as neoliberalism which has nothing whatsoever to do with the kinds of competition one normally associates with capitalism.  This is not to say that there is no competition or capitalism operating in the U.S. or the larger world.  It's just that it only functions at the local level among non-globalized businesses which have not been financialized – such as businesses which have been taken over by private equity vultures.

Capitalism by its very nature presumes a competitive environment in which failure is a real and present possibility and, in which, there can be no organization which is "too big to fail".  Neoliberalism is a political ideology premised on the idea that government exists to serve the needs of corporate interests; that there is no such thing as society; that social-Darwinism is the principle basis for human relationships; and that the most important tie-that-binds is the legal contract.  In this world politicians must be groomed and well-paid (as they are) to serve the needs of their corporate masters as they unfailingly continue to do even in the throes of a pandemic.

I raise this because the debate between capitalism and socialism is misplaced as long as we are dealing with the current economic system in much of the world today.  I. for one, do not know if it is possible to have a purely functional socialistic economic and political system or if it would have to be some form of a mixed one – partially socialist and partially capitalist.  I do doubt that we can have a successful purely capitalist system because capital will always work to attain monopoly and quash competition.  What I do know is that as long as we are struggling within the horrors and destructive inequalities wrought on the world by neoliberalism.  The first concern must be the overthrow of our neoliberal masters and their political enablers if anything good is likely to emerge.  Only then can we have a real and honest debate about capitalism vs. socialism.





The propaganda system allows the U.S. Leadership to commit crimes without limit

and with no suggestion of misbehavior or criminality; in fact, major war criminals like

Henry Kissinger appear regularly on TV to comment on the crimes of the derivative butchers.


Edward S. Herman, political economist and author 



Mark Rauterkus 
Executive Director of SKWIM USA, a 501(c)(3)
The Pittsburgh Project - swim coach and head lifeguard
Coach at The Ellis School for Swimming, T&F and Triathlon
Pittsburgh Combined Water Polo Team & Renegades (Masters)

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Friday, April 03, 2020

Fwd: Mark, We Need Your Great Ideas!

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2020 Call for Speed Session Proposals

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2020 Call for Speed Session Proposals
We are now accepting Speed Session proposals for the 2020 NRPA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida. Speed Sessions are quick, 20-minute presentations designed to engage and inspire. These collaborative and energizing sessions cover a variety of the hottest topics and trends in parks and recreation, and are always a popular attraction for attendees at the NRPA Annual Conference.
Here are three reasons you should submit a proposal this year:
  1. These sessions are a great opportunity to share your knowledge and unique experiences with park and recreation professionals from around the country.
  2. The sessions are only 20 minutes. No matter your speaking experience, this is a great opportunity to challenge yourself to think creatively and outside of the box for your presentation (audience participation is strongly encouraged).
  3. Submitting a proposal is easy! All you need is a great idea or story, a catchy title, a short description (100-200 words) and a learning outcome.
Submit Your Speed Session
The deadline to submit your proposal is April 30, 2020.
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Fwd: Virtual Training & Other Shutdown Ideas

Summary of our shutdown resources

We hope everyone is managing during this time of continued limitations on practice and activities. Here is what we are doing to help keep athletes mentally sharp and physically fit: 

Covid 19 Resources

Private Virtual Training with Tony.

This is your chance to connect personally with Tony and work on any topic of your choice! Ideas include (but are not limited to):

  • goal setting and individual mentoring
  • personal video review and analysis
  • have Tony design your own custom "At Home" workout plan (fitness/workout/training)
  • position-specific questions/training/technique
  • leadership
  • nutrition
  • get any and all questions answered
Sessions are 30 minutes in length, will be held over Zoom and can be scheduled at your convenience. $95 per session.

To schedule your session, please send an email to

FREE group virtual sessions with Ricardo Azevedo.

We are also running FREE 30 minute Zoom sessions with Coach Rico Azevedo that cover a variety of of water polo topics. Sessions are open to the first 20 athletes or coaches that register. 

This week's sessions are full but next week we will have sessions on:

  • Tuesday, April 7, 10am PST
  • Wednesday, April 8, 10am PST
  • Thursday, April 9, 10am PST
The specific themes for these sessions will be posted soon HERE. Watch recordings of each session HERE.

Please send an email to with a request to register for a certain date. 

At Home Training with the 6-8 app.

Tony and Maggie Steffens have put together a complete "At Home" Training program using videos on the 6-8 Sports app. 

How it Works:

  • if you haven't already, download the 6-8 App and create an Athlete Profile

  • go to "Basic Training" --> we will be using the videos in the "At Home" section

  • click on one of the videos --> you will be asked to subscribe which is only $1.99/mo for ALL videos and features on the app (use code "athomeusawp" for a free month!)

  • every morning, check the 6-8 Instagram (@68sports) to find out the workout for that day (also posted on the 6-8 website)

  • complete the daily Challenge and tag us in your stories to show us how you're improving!


6-8 Game Viewing & Scoring Practice
This is a great way to stay mentally sharp (and in the water polo mindset) during the shutdown. 

Here's how it works:

  • 3 days per week, follow our @68sports Instagram stories to find out the link for that day's game footage (we will choose one quarter of a college or professional game and provide the YouTube link) 

  • login to your account on the 6-8 Sports mobile app and click on "Game Scoring"

  • create a new game by clicking on the little + sign in the lower right hand corner

  • our Instagram stories will let you know which quarter and which specific athlete you will be tracking that day (also posted on the 6-8 website

  • start watching the game footage on YouTube and score the athlete on your 6-8 app

  • take a screenshot of your final game stats page send it to us -each week we will have a raffle between all those that submitted the correct stats and one person will win a special 6-8 prize!

Happy to help.

As always, we're here to help. Reply directly to this message or send an email to

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Executive Director of SKWIM USA, a 501(c)(3)
The Pittsburgh Project - swim coach and head lifeguard
Coach at The Ellis School for Swimming, T&F and Triathlon
Pittsburgh Combined Water Polo Team & Renegades (Masters)

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Thursday, April 02, 2020

Fwd: A Message to Our Partners

Safe Boating Campaign

Most of us are working from home and dreaming of normalcy. Please follow state and local public health guidance if you are recreating on the water during this time. Remember, we're all in this together.

A Note to Our Partners

With the ongoing coverage surrounding the coronavirus outbreak, our top priority is to keep our Safe Boating Campaign partners around the world safe. Historically the National Safe Boating Council has developed resources for partners around the world to use in their local grassroots efforts and encouraged local participation in events such as National Safe Boating Week, Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day, and Ready, Set, Wear It Days.

In following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control, we encourage partners to postpone or cancel all large gatherings until otherwise notified by your state or local officials. Read more for event guidance related to COVID-19.

The NSBC encourages partners to communicate with their local community via social media, newsletters, local newspapers, and other digital communications about recreational boating safety. During this time of social distancing, new and seasoned boaters may still be out on the water. In fact, some areas are seeing an increase in fishing and paddling activities. Please visit our Resource Kit for free social media images, videos, posts and other content.

Select free resources, such as brochures, stickers, pledge cards, wristbands and other printed giveaway items are delayed due to stay-at-home orders impacting warehouse distribution and delivery.

Stay in touch with us! We'll post frequent updates on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day

Mark your calendar! Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day is Friday, May 15, 2020. Working from home? No worries. Let's flood social media with life jacket images and boating safety tips. We love boating and let's share it with others. It's easy to participate. Wear your life jacket to work (or at home), snap a picture and share on social media with the hashtags #lifejacket2work and #safeboating. Be sure to tag us to! (@BoatingCampaign on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram)


Rockin' my life jacket, dreamin' of being on the water. #boatlife #lifejacket2work #workfromhome #safeboating

A real boater is always ready for the water. A real boater wears it out. #lifejacket2work #safeboating

Think life jackets aren't for you? Think again. Nearly 80% of people who drown weren't wearing a life jacket. #lifejacket2work #safeboating

Cleaning and Storing Life Jackets

Please follow state and local guidance for recreating on the water. If you think your life jacket has been exposed to a virus, clean as recommended by the manufacturer and then let dry in warm, low humidity environment for at least 72 hours before reuse.


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