Monday, November 24, 2014

We will play water polo on Friday after Thanksgiving

Mark Rauterkus    
PPS Summer Dreamers' Swim and Water Polo Camp Head Coach
Varsity Boys Swim Coach, Pittsburgh Obama Academy
Head Water Polo Coach, Carnegie Mellon University Women's Club Team
Pittsburgh Combined Water Polo Team
412 298 3432 = cell

Obama Varsity Swim Team Calendar

Swim Team Calendar:

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Call for action starting

Helpers in Pittsburgh welcome to join with

Executive Head Coach, Swim & Water Polo Camp with Bloomfield-Garfield Corp's Summer Dreamers with Pgh Public Schools

Varsity Boys Swim Coach at Pittsburgh's Obama Academy (formerly Schenley but in Peabody's building)

Women's Water Polo at Carnegie Mellon University

Hear Coach Rauterkus on a recent BBC podcast. Follow link on

For City Kids, Fitness and Technology Literacy!

Hatching crowd-source funding plans via Indiegogo & Kickstarter for early 2015.

For rookies and professionals interested in:
- App making,
- Ebooks,
- Opensource Software,
- LiveCode,
- Computer Programming,
- Raspberry Pi,
- Mindfulness,
- Running, swimming, exercise, fitness, wellness,
- Inter-generational programming, or...
- City Kids and City Life?

Thanks for the consideration.

Call or Text: 412-298-3432
Email: Mark @ Rauterkus . com

Play Water Polo in Pittsburgh on Friday Evenings at the Thelma Lovette YMCA

Click the link above for a one page handout that can be posted elsewhere.

Recent Interview with the BBC. Podcast-like from Pittsburgh, about a swimmer I coached 30+ years ago, Randy Paul

Listen to the 13-minute podcast from across the pond. Be sure to stay tuned all the way to the end as the closing statement come from me too.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Fwd: Affordable Care Act, NEW Medicaid, CHIP--- Enrollment Help--Forward OUT


Fwd: Final reminder - Students For Liberty Pittsburgh Conference - Saturday

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Brittney Little <>
Date: Friday, November 14, 2014
Subject: Final reminder - Students For Liberty Pittsburgh Conference - Tomorrow!!!
To: Brittney Little <>

Howdy y'all,

Thanks again for registering to attend the 2014 Pittsburgh Regional Conference tomorrow at the Duquesne University. It's going to be a fantastic day of liberty and fun with some fantastic speakers from around the world (schedule attached). Be sure to share this event with you friends and bring your friends along (use this link). Join the conversation on Facebook as well!

Here are some pertinent details about the conference, as well as the final schedule for reference:

Conference Location/Logistics
The conference is being held the Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. On campus, we will be in the Student Union building in the Africa Room. I have attached a campus map as well. Recommended dress code is business casual or better.

Breakfast and check-in will begin in the lobby at 9:00 am on Saturday, November 15th. The conference itself will run from 10:00 am - 9:00 pm. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided, as well as free drink tickets at the evening social, if you wish to stay all day.

The schedule is attached to this email, take a look at the exciting topics that will be discussed at the conference! We'll have a printed out version of the schedule for you tomorrow, so no need to print one out to bring, this is just for reference.  

Parking guide for the campus.

Evening Social
Pre-conference: 2014 Pittsburgh Liberty Ball - Tickets can be found here. (TONIGHT)
Post-Conference: We're hosting our post-conference networking social at Blue Line Grille, which is located only a few minutes from campus. A map is attached, and we'll have a map in the conference materials folder you will receive the day of, and we'll be walking to the location in groups at 9:00 pm. 

Thanks again for registering to attend. If you have any questions about the conference, please do not hesitate to reach out to me about anything. My email is I very much look forward to meeting all of you tomorrow!

Sincerely and For Liberty,
Brittney Little

Brittney Little
Mid-Atlantic Regional Director
Seton Hall University
Students For Liberty

Mark Rauterkus    
PPS Summer Dreamers' Swim and Water Polo Camp Head Coach
Varsity Boys Swim Coach, Pittsburgh Obama Academy
Head Water Polo Coach, Carnegie Mellon University Women's Club Team
Pittsburgh Combined Water Polo Team
412 298 3432 = cell

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Fwd: NEXT TUESDAY 11/18 Planning Commission Hearing on Lower Hill Development

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Date: Nov 11, 2014 1:07 PM
Subject: NEXT TUESDAY 11/18 Planning Commission Hearing on Lower Hill Development
To: "Mark Rauterkus" <>

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  Important Alert: The Planning Commission wants to hear from you!
  Lower Hill Development

(Photographer Charles Teenie Harris took this photo in 1969, during the community struggle against Pittsburgh urban renewal in the Lower Hill.)

The Pittsburgh Penguins are ready to start the Lower Hill Development. But first, they need approval from the Planning Commission and City Council.

Planning Commission Public Hearing

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 2:00pm

200 Ross Street, 1st Floor Conference Room

Downtown Pittsburgh

If the Penguins do not support the Hill District Community Plan, the Community will not support the Penguins' Plan. Will you join your friends, family, and fellow community to STAND UP for the future of the Hill District?

Please tell the Planning Commission to Vote:

to the Penguins' Plan

to Affordable Housing for Low-Income Families

Click here to learn more about the Lower Hill Development
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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Fwd: FW: Public banking on the march !!

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From: "John Hemington" <>
Date: Nov 11, 2014 4:08 PM
Subject: FW: Public banking on the march !!
To: "John Hemington" <>

Hello All,


This is a reminder that there will be a meeting of the SW PA supporters of Public Banking this coming Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at the Carnegie Library on Mt. Washington.  The street address is 315 Grandview Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA.  As the e-mail from Mike Krauss (below) reminds us, there is much that is new and exciting on the push for public banking, not only in Pennsylvania but also all around the nation.  Now is the time for us to gather, review what has been happening and plan for action in Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania.  We hope that you will be able to attend on Saturday and that you will be able and willing to assist in this exciting project. 


On another note, I have been advised that parking is at a premium on Mt. Washington in the vicinity of the Carnegie Library (as it is most everywhere on Mt. Washington) so come prepared to walk a bit to the Library.


John, JT and I are looking forward to seeing you at the meeting.





From: [] On Behalf Of Mike Krauss
Sent: Tuesday, November 11, 2014 3:07 PM
To: Mike Krauss
Subject: Public banking on the march !!



November 11, 2014

Dear Friends of Public Banking:

Not quite one month after our Philadelphia conference and the earlier conference in Santa Fe, and the energy of those events and the growing support for public banking is palpable.

The video of the Philly conference is about edited and will be up on the web site in perhaps a week.

The coming year will see the creation of more than one public bank here in Pennsylvania and elsewhere in this nation.

An expanded working group has formed in Philly, met already and will meet again on December 3rd  to plan the next steps to keep building the necessary  political will and begin the task of identifying the most useful legal framework for a public bank in that city. A special thanks to Conni Bille and Stan Pokras for moving that forward.

A similar working group will convene in Pittsburgh on the 15th of this month – this Saturday – to take similar steps. Thanks here to John Hemington, JT Campbell and John Leonard.

One task we have proposed for the Pittsburgh area team is to assist in the planning for a webinar to be broadcast from that city to college campuses and students, not only in our commonwealth, but nationwide in conjunction with the Public Banking Institute.

Led by our senior banker advisers, we will request the opportunity to meet formally with the PA Association of Community Bankers, many of whom are beginning to understand the utility of public banks to their struggling industry.

We daily gain new allies among mayors and city council members: in Reading, Allentown, Philly and Pittsburgh, as well as Boston, Rochester, Washington, DC,  Durham,  Chattanooga, Brunswick (GA), Phoenix, Seattle, Tacoma and elsewhere.

A national non-partisan public banking caucus of elected officials is in formation, and here in Pennsylvania we are now planning a briefing for legislators and staff in Harrisburg when the legislature reconvenes after the inauguration of the new governor.

How can you help?

1)      We need funding to see this work through to the creation of one or more municipal public banks in our commonwealth in the coming year. Our Pennsylvania Project has been granted formal status by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) not for profit corporation, and you can make a tax deductible contribution via Pay Pal at or send a check to Pennsylvania Project , Inc./ 2019 Edgely Rd. / Levittown, PA 19056 / Att: Christina.

2)      Reach out to your PA state senator and representative, and ask them to become familiar with public banking, so that as we build locally we can also create allies at the state level.

3)      Send a letter to the editor of your local newspaper.

4)      Send a copy of this email to your own list of friends and colleagues. Ask them to visit the web site:

If you want to contact legislators or send a letter to the editor, please let us know and we can forward to you a sample email/letter to legislators, and a sample letter to the editor. Please contact our student intern, Remi Bradkovich at

Finally, the holidays approach and many of you will have sons and daughters (or grandchildren!) home from college for the holidays. 

Ask them to visit our web site.

We are working for their future!



Mike Krauss

Chair, the Pennsylvania Project

Founding Director, the Public Banking Institute

Skype: mikekrausscomments

Net neutrality

Good info for Congress Critter.

Mark Rauterkus    
PPS Summer Dreamers' Swim and Water Polo Camp Head Coach
Varsity Boys Swim Coach, Pittsburgh Obama Academy
Head Water Polo Coach, Carnegie Mellon University Women's Club Team
Pittsburgh Combined Water Polo Team
412 298 3432 = cell

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Fwd: Obamacare Application Taker Training-Construction Careers-Much more

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Date: Nov 4, 2014 5:43 PM
Subject: Fwd: Obamacare Application Taker Training-Construction Careers-Much more
To: <>

Several exciting events are coming up. ALL FLYERS ATTACHED.






Monday, November 03, 2014

Rand Paul on NBC 'Meet The Press' 11/2/14

Rather than Voter ID, just point a video camera, like a security camera or red light camera, at the doorways of the voting booths. Then the video is EVIDENCE should there be people who vote multiple times. One problem is the cheaters don't get caught and hardly ever get punished. But, there is little expectations that much of that is unfolding.

I do love the expression from Rand that says part of the mission is to "just show up." That's part one of my theme song for a winning forumula: Show up. Part two is, Score more points.

Fwd: [New post] Top 10 Education Reasons to Vote Corbett Out

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Subject: [New post] Top 10 Education Reasons to Vote Corbett Out

Yinzercation posted: "Tomorrow is the day! We have the chance to make history and vote Gov. Corbett out of office. After four long years of hurting our children, Corbett's time could be up – if enough people show up at the polls. With the race tightening between Tom Wolf and T"
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Top 10 Education Reasons to Vote Corbett Out

by Yinzercation

Tomorrow is the day! We have the chance to make history and vote Gov. Corbett out of office. After four long years of hurting our children, Corbett's time could be up – if enough people show up at the polls. With the race tightening between Tom Wolf and Tom Corbett, we not only need to cast our own votes on Tuesday, we need to make sure everyone we know heads to the polls, too. Here is a list you can share with your friends of the top 10 education reasons Gov. Corbett needs to go:

1.  Slashed almost $1 billion from public education. Gov. Corbett continues to claim that he has increased funding for our schools, which would be funny if it weren't so painfully untrue. He actually eliminated multiple education line items and collapsed several others into the "basic education" line item, and then boasts that he increased "basic education" funding. He even admitted on record that, "We have reduced education funding if you look at it as a whole." [See "The Governor's Bad Week"] He also likes to claim that the cuts were really the result of the expiring federal stimulus program, but Corbett has taken state funding for our schools back to pre-2008 levels, lower than before Pennsylvania even accepted federal stimulus dollars. [See "The Truth About the Numbers"]

2.  Eliminated our modern, fair funding formula. For reasons I still cannot fathom, Gov. Corbett eliminated the state's equitable funding formula, so that the poorest students and most struggling schools get the least support. [See "Hurting the Poor"] He made Pennsylvania one of only three states in the nation without a modern formula that would take into account things such as the actual number of families living in poverty or the true number of students with special education needs. [See "A Shameful Betrayal"] Instead, we have a system that allows politically connected legislators to hand pick their favorite pet school districts to hand them extra cash. [Newsworks, 7-11-13]

3.  Caused students to lose 27,000 of their teachers and educators. Corbett has tried to downplay this astonishing figure arguing that not all of the jobs lost were teachers – they include guidance counselors, nurses, librarians, and classroom aids (as if students don't need these professionals in their schools). [PA Fact Finder, 10-1-14] Not only are our children missing thousands of trusted adults in their schools, the cuts have dramatically increased class size. The latest data shows that over 90% of PA school districts have cut staff, and 64% have increased class sizes since Corbett's historic budget cuts in 2010-11, with the elementary grades hit the hardest. [See "From Bad to Worst"]

4.  Wiped out music, art, library, tutoring, athletics, Kindergarten, and more. Over half of Pennsylvania school districts will eliminate or reduce academic programs this year. Most cuts will come from field trips (51% schools will eliminate); summer school (37%); world languages (34%); music and theater (31%); and physical education (24%). In over a third of districts, students are also losing extra-curricular and athletic programs, or have to pay a fee to participate. And those cuts are on top of massive cuts made the past two years. [See "From Bad to Worst"]

5.  Forced over 75% of PA school districts to raise local property taxes. In nearly every part of the state, districts are relying on local revenue from property taxes to pay for a growing majority of school budgets. Over three-quarters of school districts will increase property taxes this year – more than any in the past five years. [See "From Bad to Worst"] Pennsylvania is now one of the stingiest states in the entire country in terms of the proportion of school funding provided at the state level: we rank #45. [Census Bureau data summarized in PA School Funding Project]

6.  Promoted vouchers and tax credit programs to send public dollars to private and religious schools. While Corbett failed to pass voucher legislation, his #1 education priority, he instead expanded the EITC tax credit programs. Essentially "vouchers lite," these programs cost us $150 million per year by funneling corporate tax money that should have gone to the state for our budget needs into the hands of private and religious schools instead, with zero accountability to the public. [See "EITC No Credit to PA"; Keystone Research Center, "No Accountability," 4-7-11]

7.  Cut public higher-education by 20%. Historic, truly enormous cuts to public colleges and universities have forced those institutions to pass along costs to students and their families. For instance, Corbett cut $67 million from the University of Pittsburgh three years ago, and then locked those cuts in for the past two years: Pitt's state aid is at its lowest level since it affiliated with the state system in the 1960s. [See "Rolling in Dough or Debt"] And Pennsylvania college students are now the 3rd most indebted in the entire nation. [Post-Gazette, 6-1-14]

8.  Tried to eliminate local control and accountability from elected school boards. In the fall of 2012, Corbett attempted to ram through a statewide authorizer bill, which would have permitted only a state commission of political appointees the right to open new charter schools and to supervise them. This end-run around locally elected representatives would have removed fiscal and academic accountability from those tasked with protecting taxpayers and their communities. [See "Real Charter Reform" and "Now That's More Like It" for details.]

9.  Expanded high-stakes testing. Gov. Corbett has subjected Pennsylvania students to a dramatically increased number of standardized tests – and has jacked up the stakes, as well. For instance, in opposing the new Keystone graduation exams, which will prevent many students from graduating from high school, the NAACP called them a "present day form of Eugenics" and a "human rights violation." [Public School Shakedown, 2-2-14] The tests are also an unfunded mandate on local school districts that cost millions. For example, the new School Performance Profile system, largely based on student test scores, cost us taxpayers $2.7 million to develop over the past three years and it will cost an estimated $838,000 every year to maintain. [Post-Gazette, 10-5-13] This does not include the $201.1 million contract Pennsylvania made with Data Recognition Corporation to administer high-stakes-tests to our students. [, 12-1-11] And all this testing is not actually helping students learn. [See "High Stakes Testing"]

10.  Practiced cronyism instead of protecting students. Corbett tried to pass a bill exempting charter school operators – his top campaign donors – from Pennsylvania's Right to Know "sunshine" law. [See "Where are the Real Republicans?" and "Charters are Cash Cows"] Then he appointed his friend Ron Tomalis, who had been the PA Secretary of Education, to a $140,000 ghost position where an investigative report found he did no work. However, in that capacity Tomalis did advise private equity investors in New York City on how to make money by selling products to school districts. [Post-Gazette, 9-14-14]

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Fwd: [DW] Participate in a beta Common Ground for Action online deliberation via E-Democracy

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: "Steven Clift" <>
Date: Oct 31, 2014 3:05 PM
Subject: [DW] Participate in a beta Common Ground for Action online deliberation via E-Democracy
To: <>

Round two of our beta testing of the Common Ground for Action online
deliberation tool is now open.

In round one, we tested CGA with our online forum participant base in
Minnesota.  And now we have trained the first round of new moderators
from outside of the Kettering Foundation/National Issues Forum

Now we can open the beta testing experience to interested participants
in E-Democracy's knowledge exchange circles like the Democracies
Online Newswire.

Join in!

1. Saturday, November 8th, 10:00 am to Noon CENTRAL TIME -

Topics (pick JUST one):
   * Bullying – How Do We Prevent It?
   * Political Fix – How Do We Get American Politics Back on Track?
   * Immigration in America – How Do We Fix a System in Crisis?


2. Thursday, November 13th, 6:30 to 8:30 pm - CENTRAL TIME

Topics (pick JUST one):
   * Budget Priorities – What Should Our Budget Priorities Be?
   * Future of Work – How Should We Prepare for the New Economy?


3. Sign-up here instead if you are interested *in general* in
participating or becoming a future moderator (you need to participate
first before you can get the keys to moderate):

4. More info:

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  Executive Director -
  Tel/Text: +1.612.234.7072

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Fwd: Online Registration Ends Tomorrow - Sunday, November 2

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Date: Nov 1, 2014 8:13 PM
Subject: Online Registration Ends Tomorrow - Sunday, November 2
To: "Mark Rauterkus" <>

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for this amazing 4-day educational opportunity in


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Now Including Play Therapy
Over 200 Speakers    Over 100 Hands-on Sessions

A distinguished faculty of clinicians, educators, researchers, and arts professionals offer an inspiring program of papers and panels, half-day workshops, full-day Master Classes, and two-day Training Intensives.

Featuring hands-on approaches and multidisciplinary collaborations

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Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School



Two Friday Symposia this Year!
Co-sponsored by the Creative Arts and Health Program

Trauma-Focused Integrative
for Children and Adolescents

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Symposium at Pratt Institute
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Saturday, November 01, 2014

Fwd: YouthPlaces Social Media Day- November 6, 2014

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From: "Merecedes Howze" <>
Date: Nov 1, 2014 3:42 PM
Subject: YouthPlaces Social Media Day- November 6, 2014
To: <>

Good Afternoon All:
You are cordially invited to YouthPlaces Social Media Day Luncheon, where local children-serving groups and Pittsburgh's biggest social media names will be on site to socialize and network over good company and great food.  The luncheon will be held Thursday, November 6, 2014, beginning promptly at 12:00 PM Noon.  YouthPlaces is located at 711 West Commons Pittsburgh, PA 15212.
Darrell "Tuffy" Kinsel will present briefly about his social media presence.  Between balancing a flourishing art collection and representing a national non-profit entity, Mr. Kinsel has been recognized by the Pittsburgh City Paper as one of the top Twitter pages in the area.
In addition to Mr. Kinsel's presentation, there will be door prizes and opportunities to engage with attendees via social media using hashtags #IAMYP #YPSocialMediaDay #YPHBCUCollegeFair.  Lastly, the promotion and social media traffic for your personal and/or professional social media pages are invaluable.

Attached is more information about YP Social Media Day and their second annual HBCU college fair.  Please RSVP by Wednesday, November 5th.  Lastly, please feel free to forward this email to your colleagues who may be interested in this event.

I look forward to seeing everyone next Thursday.

Thank you,

Merecedes J. Howze

For Immediate Release CONTACT: Uwe Calloway (412) 956-5224

Friday, October 31, 2014


YP Social Media Day and HBCU Pittsburgh College Fair

PITTSBURGH - YouthPlaces and the Pittsburgh Historical Black College and University Alumni

Association is hosting its second college fair together. In efforts to inform students of diverse

school options, several HBCUs like Cheyney University, Florida A&M, and Morgan State

University, will host tables for 11th and 12th graders to explore.

November 6th is Social Media Day at YouthPlaces. The Social Media Day celebration kickoff at

12:00 PM noon with a Social Media Luncheon from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM, where YP staff, big

Pittsburgh social media names, and other non-profit organizations will network over great food

and open conversation about social media trends, topics, and usage. The 17 YP sites are

included in the party too! The YP site with the most social media traffic, using

#YPSocialMediaDay and #YPHBCUCollegeFair, will win a PlayStation 4 Prize Pack.

YouthPlaces, founded in 1997, serves as a community response to an overwhelming need for

afterschool programs for teens in high-risk, underserved communities. Beginning with five sites

and 500 youth, YP has evolved to 17 sites serving over 4,000 youth annually. Recently, YP

started three social media sites to better communicate with their parents, students, staff,

funders, key stakeholders and community.

Date & Time: Thursday, November 6, 2014, 12:00 – 9:00 PM

Location: YouthPlaces

711 West Commons

Pittsburgh, PA 15212