Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Fwd: Chris Hedges nails it . . .

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From: John H

Attached are two pieces, one by Chris Hedges and an op-ed by Clive Crook.  I'm sure that many will find these to be controversial, but I am convinced that both are correct.  There is currently a massive effort to divide and conquer the American public – and, to be certain there are some very major differences among us.  There are, however, significant areas in which most of us can find room for agreement.  The problem is that the major mainstream media outlets – on both sides – seems to be working night and day to ensure that we will never be able to come together to discuss them.  We must somehow come to understand that this only serves to benefit the ruling class and never works in the favor of the rest of us.  It is a classic strategy which has been employed for centuries, but it has never been employed as effectively as it is today.  We must constantly work to find the issues we agree on and avoid focusing solely on those issues on which we disagree if progress is ever to be made toward that elusi8ve goal of 'a more perfect union'.  Human societies have never agreed on everything, but the most successful ones have learned to agree and implement the most important ones.  Ours is now far from falling into the orbit of the most successful; and, if ours is to survive much longer, we will have to figure out how to talk with each other and to work together for meaningful change.

Think about it before buying into the propaganda hype being constantly spewed forth from the major media outlets.



Monday, August 28, 2017

2nd day of classes for fall semester -- and it is like a 'snow day' for Tulane, in NOLA

Dear Parents:

As you know, classes have been cancelled at Tulane University for Tuesday, Aug. 29. This closure is not due to any change in the forecast of Tropical Storm Harvey or the storm’s expected impact on Tulane. Rather the closure was necessitated by the mayor of New Orleans who, out of an abundance of caution, recommended New Orleans residents stay home on Aug. 29 because faulty equipment has reduced the city’s capacity to drain rainwater from streets. This could result in street flooding in certain neighborhoods located miles from campus. While our New Orleans campuses are closed, our food services will still be in operation, as will the Reily Recreation Center, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library and other limited student services. The only effects we are expecting from Tropical Storm Harvey will be some heavy rainfall. Please be assured that your students are safe and likely looking forward to an unexpected day off.

Please visit tulane.edu/emergency for the latest information.

Dusty Porter
Vice President for Student Affairs

James MacLaren
Dean, Newcomb-Tulane College

Allentown: Come Live Over Here

Working. Trying. Lifting.

Heavy too! 

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Sports Town Pittsburgh

The Final Post - Sports Town will cease operations in October, 2017

Written by Ken Wunderley on Saturday, 26 August 2017 5:05 am.

Below is a message from Sports Town Editor Ken Wunderley.

In 2010, Tri-State Sports & News Service and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette teamed up to form the Sports Town web site. Sports Town provided excellent coverage of all high school sports for 6 1/2 years.

We were fortunate to have McDonald's as our sponsor during a six-year run, but the corporation has decided to end its sponsorship.

After an unsuccessful three-month search for a new sponsor, the Sports Town web site will cease operations in the near future.

The web site will be shut down at the end of October, so feel free to go back and find any posts or photos that you would like to save.

I would like to thank all the writers and photographers who contributed to Sports Town, especially writer Brad Everett (my right-hand man) and photographer Marilyn Schwilm. The full list of writers and photographers who have contributed over the years are listed below.

I also would like to thank McDonald's, for its six years of sponsorship, along with the many high school coaches, athletes, and fans who visited our site. Your support is greatly appreciated.

And lastly, I would like to thank Post-Gazette Executive Editor David Shribman, for giving me the opportunity to head up Sports Town, and Post-Gazette Assistant Managing Editor Matt Kennedy, for all his help with creating the web site and overseeing its operations.

I am currently working on a WPIAL and PIAA history site. My hope is to find a sponsor and unveil the site on Oct. 1. I will keep everybody updated on my progress.

Sports Town Alumni:


Chris Adamski 
William P. Allmann Sr.
Keith Barnes 
Stephen Catanese 
Justin Criado 
John D'Abruzzo 
Brad Everett 
Brittany Goncar 
Joe Greiner 
Drew Karpen 
Joseph M. Koch 
John Perrotto 
Ryan Riordan 
Nicholas Tolomeo 
Ken Wunderley


Marc Billett 
Cara De Carlo 
Marsha Green 
J.J. LaBella 
Jim Nagle 
Matt Kruth 
Dean Longwell 
Lynda Scahill 
Marilyn Schwilm 
Susan Wentzel

South Side Residence Get-Together on Sept 16

  • Sat, Sep 16, 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • at 22nd Street Alongside Ormsby Park
  • A FREE kid friendly event for all of our 15203 residents, businesses and friends. A full afternoon and evening of music, food, activities and merriment!

    3-5pm Lee Robinson Music's Jazz Band
    3-6pm Moon Bounce, Balloon Sculptor and Face Painter
    3-7pm Duck Pond and Prizes
    3-8pm South Side History Corner
    3-8pm Corn Hole and other games
    3:15pm Kung Fu Demonstration and class for children
    4-6pm Meet the Firefighters and Police Officers
    4pm Tai Chi class
    4:30pm Story time
    5-8pm Strange Brew Band

    Bring appetizers and desserts to share and your own drinks - locals restaurants will also be providing appetizers and snacks.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Fwd: Now Available! The Net Generation Coaching App

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Fwd: Slavery, Genocide & Racism

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From: John H

With all of the discussions of slavery, genocide and racism being thrown around for the past couple of weeks, perhaps it would be a good idea to actually talk about the real history of these institutions in the history of this nation.  In the attached article, Paul Street, presents a compelling review of these sordid topics.  Most Americans lack this knowledge and really do not want to know about and understand that this nation was from the very beginning, not just of the nation, but also from its earliest days as a British colony fully dedicated to the slavery of Africans and the genocide of aboriginal natives.  And, while those official policies no longer exist, much of this behavior continues to exist in a variety unofficial treatment and behaviors.  The remnants of these destructive ideas are utilized by our 'betters' to insure that we fail to see and/or understand the class divisions which prevent important movements against power and privilege.  By all means DO Read Street's excellent article.



Fwd: TYR Sport Signs 2x Olympic Medalist Lia Neal

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TYR Sport Signs 2x Olympic Medalist Lia Neal

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Seal Beach, CA — August 24, 2017 — TYR Sport is proud to announce the signing of 2x Olympic medalist Lia Neal to its roster of sponsored athletes.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Lia garnered worldwide attention in 2012 when she earned a bronze medal for her swim in the 100-meter freestyle relay at the Summer Olympic Games in London. Still a high school student, Neal became the first swimmer from Asphalt Green Unified Aquatics (AGUA) Swim Team, where she had been swimming since the age of eight, to both make and medal in the Olympic Games.

However, Neal was only just beginning to set herself apart. As a member of Stanford University Women's Swimming & Diving, Lia earned a national championship title every year since 2014. She finished her collegiate career as a nine-time National Champion, winning three of those titles this year.

In 2016 Lia qualified for her second Summer Games, this time in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. As a member of the women's 400-meter freestyle relay Neal earned her first Olympic silver medal. Since Rio she has continued to increase her international presence with major swims including a gold medal performance in the 400-meter freestyle relay at the 2017 FINA World Championships. She is currently a 6x World Championship medalist.

Today, Lia joins a growing roster of standout swimmers including 12x Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte, 7x Olympic medalist Dana Vollmer, 6x Olympic medalist Matt Grevers, 2x Olympic medalist Leah Smith, 2x Olympic medalist Cody Miller, Olympic gold medalist Kelsi Worrell and Olympic gold medalist Tom Shields. To date team TYR has earned a total of 35 Olympic and 193 World Championship medals.

"I am very happy to announce my partnership with TYR. This is truly the fulfillment of a lifelong dream for me, and I am thrilled to see what the future holds." said Neal.

"We are proud to welcome Lia Neal to the team TYR family," began Chief Executive Officer Matt DiLorenzo. "At a young age she has already proven herself to be an incredible talent, and we are looking forward to supporting her as she continues to grow as an athlete."

About TYR
Named for TYR, the Norse god of warriors, our company is committed to cultivating a culture of greatness, both in and out of the water. Through vision and American ingenuity, we have become a brand synonymous with the athlete.

From the planning stages to the production floor, everything we do revolves around synthesizing creativity, experience and competition. For us, engineering the most advanced performance products is more than just a goal, it's a requirement.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Fwd: JCC Summer Camps -- Be an Early Bird and Save!

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JCC campers wish the summer would never end. 
 Take advantage of our Early Bird
Rates and sign up today!

We'd love to help you plan the best summer for your child. Give us a call or send us an email!

J&R Day Camp:
Lewis Sohinki 412-697-3537

To register:

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Performing Arts Camp
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Software Freedom Day is September 16, 2017

If you'd like to get your schools or students involved in a project to help promote Open Source software, Software Freedom Day is a great opportunity.  Think about putting together a small local event for Software Freedom Day in your area and adding it to the SFD site.
How are you planning to support Software Freedom Day in your local area?  Hope you'll join in and help celebrate.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Fwd: Back-to-School event: Playing well with others is a skill set that we all still need to teach and practice.

Hi Friends:

Did you see the wonderful article in a recent Post-Gazette about Swim & Water Polo?

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In my opinion, we need to:

-> TEACH, 
---> Model,
----> LEARN,
-----> and CHAMPION community skills that express the concepts of 


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Across American and around our city, we need to work hard and insure that everyone can play well with others. 

So, let's do it on Monday at #WeArePPS, a back-to-school special event at Langley K-8 School. Langley is at 2940 Sheraden Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15204. 

Bring your swim suit, towel and optional goggles. We'll swim indoors and play a full-pool SKWIM game.I'll bring the disks, fins and head bands. We'll flash the lights to simulate the eclipse -- or something.

Varsity swimmers -- from anywhere -- are needed to assist.

Tonight, Thursday, at 6 pm is the final outdoor water polo game at Citiparks Ammon Pool, Bedford Ave & Memory Lane. We've had a wonderful summer there. Thanks Citiparks. 

In the fall, we'll start up the Saturday Swim School. 

More insights at http://CLOH.org and on my Facebook pages. 

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


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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.



Monday, August 14, 2017

Fwd: Book Musial Moments for your school

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From: St. Louis Sports Commission's Sportsmanship Foundation

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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