Monday, April 30, 2018

Fwd: Russia as pawn in the game of world power

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From: John H
Attached is an excellent must-read article offering some deep background on the current effort to demonize Russia and just how the neocons accomplished much of this.  What is missing is any companion discussion of how the neoliberal coterie utilized this movement to really jump-start their efforts to gain control of the world for corporate and financial interests.  And, while that would have made for a really interesting and comprehensive explanation of the situation in which we find ourselves today, it would have made for a very long book-length feature.  Do read this it is worth your time.


Hey Sister! Invites to engage from China to Seattle to Pittsburgh -- by way of a WATER Safety, SKWIM and Study Trips

Hi All,

Lots to do and talk about from China to Seattle to Pittsburgh -- by way of a WATER Safety Outreach effort.

From 3-4 pm on Saturday, May 5, at the meeting room in the Squirrel Hill Branch of the Carnegie Library, corner of Murray Ave and Forbes, we're calling a BRAINSTORMING Meeting in advance of a pending 2-3 week trip to Pittsburgh this summer for up to 25 youngsters from Pittsburgh Sister City in China.

Got ideas? Input welcomed. Kids are expected to be ages 10 to 16. Many will travel with an adult guardian. 

There is a new push in China's educational efforts for "study trips" for kids. Learn about this and our connections at this open community meeting while Li, the CEO of the education company in China is in Pittsburgh.

From 8:30 to 11:30 for adults and from 11:30 to 1 pm on Saturday, May 5, and the other Saturdays in May except on Memorial Day Weekend, all are invited to the Saturday Swim School at northside's Oliver High School. 

We had a great time this past weekend with members of the Pittsburgh Triathlon Club. Plenty of room for training or to sharpen your water skills in advance of summer. 

Lifeguards are in high demand. Citiparks needs to hire 50+. The Pittsburgh Project needs to hire 7. Another local university needs to hire more than 5. We've been training guards at the Saturday Swim School and Citiparks beings a new class on May 8, Tue & Thurs. 

I also need junior guards and swim instructors. Volunteer, apply, help:

We get to make a presentation on Tuesday in Seattle to Washington Recreation and Parks Association Conference, on water safety, SKWIM is the name of the game. 

Tuesday evening we do a demonstration game with staff and swim team / swim lesson participants at the JCC in Seattle. 

Wednesday evening we take SKWIM to the North Shore Lagoon Swimming Pool at Anderson School in Bothell, Washington. 

A splendid Water Safety Outreach program for the region is being crafted for this summer. We're looking for a title sponsor and teams, swim pools, camps, scout groups and other individuals to participate. Send me an email or text message now if you want to get involved on the ground floor, or come to any of the next two Saturday Swim School for more insights in person. 

Lifeguard shortage and more

Citiparks needs 50 additional lifeguards and the summer season is here.

Guards needed at The Pittsburgh Project and elsewhere too. 

This lifeguard shortage stinks. I want to step up and help to shift the tide. 

#1. I can help as a catalyst so we can have LIFEGUARDS (and junior lifeguards / friends) march in the Pittsburgh LABOR DAY PARADE. This should be a joint effort. It can be an event we promote all summer and be a capstone celebration for the end of a SAFE SUMMER and a reminder for the kids to get certified in the winter for working in future summers. 

Our presence in the parade should be early in the lineup so that our people can depart downtown in time to get back to their work sites at the region's various swim pools. Monday of Labor Day weekend is a workday for most who work at outdoor pools. 

How do we get onto the agenda for the parade marshalls? 
Can Citiparks be the "sponsor?" 

#2. I am doing other PR efforts on my end too. Email blast. Website. Social networking. They are also behind the curve for hiring at The Pittsburgh Project. But there, with the guest house, we can supply room and board for those interested in working here. We may need to import some workers for TPP, local pools and Citiparks. With our opportunities to play in a college water polo match and coach kids water polo in the summer, we can make efforts to recruit potential employees to college swim and water polo teams. 

#3. A digital badge to bestow to kids (and adults) who pass the Pre Lifeguard Swim Test is also available and being made ready for much wider deployments. Mindshare. Planting the seed of the idea to do the Nobel work as a guard in due time. 

#4. More can happen in 2019 as I get a focus upon a bigger role at The Pittsburgh Project. How about a Nipper Camp and Lifeguard Games? 

#5. I am going to Seattle to speak on Tuesday with Kevin at the Washington Recreation and Parks Association conference. Title of talk: For Water Safety, the name of the game is SKWIM. 

#6. Let's also make a local water safety booster group, among friends. A few have been BCCed. Perhaps I can host a monthly conference call that turns into a podcast resource. 

Thanks for all you do. 

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Fwd: How the Democrats overthrow democracy

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From: John H

Below is a link to a recording of Stenny Hoyer acknowledging how it is that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) works to actively subvert the democratic process in Congressional primary campaigns.  This has been going on all across the nation in a concentrated effort to prevent progressive candidates from running in and winning primary elections.  The Democratic Party establishment has morphed into a Republican Tea Party light movement and no longer even pretends to represent most of the Party's long-time supporters.  This has resulted in the loss of hundreds of elections around the country to Republicans.  But the Party is adamant in refusing to cut its ties to the corporate and financial elites no matter what the consequences for the democratic process or the control of Congress.



Sunday, April 22, 2018

Fwd: Climate Denial by a Different Name

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From: John H. 

As another Earth Day fades into the sunset I offer an excellent article from The Intercept by Kate Aronoff on the topic of climate change focusing on a different aspect of climate denial than we usually hear.  I urge you to read this piece and to pay particular attention to Philip Mirowski's comments.  It addresses a truly critical aspect of climate policy which the left has essentially missed completely by buying into the general consensus.

Catherine quote


Ph.D. students are incredibly fortunate to work with a group of people during their programs. This includes other students and faculty. My advice is to continue to find communities who will enrich your work and push you to think i new ways. 

Catherine quotes

A favorite part and how and why the role of advising students is so special:

It is a privilege to be a part of a student's discovery of the scientific method and to watch the student start to develop his or her own independent program of research, knowledge and skill set. 

Grow something, but don't leave!

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Fwd: And the beat goes on as Israel kills more defenseless Palestinians

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From: John H

The criminal cabal that is the Israeli government continues its massacre of defenseless Palestinians who are peacefully protesting their continued confinement is the world's largest outdoor concentration camp known as Gaza, while the criminal cabal that is the United States continues to act as an aider and abettor of these continuing crimes against international law and human rights.  It is an ongoing outrage which we, the American people, are complicit.  It is a time to cry out in shame and anger until these criminals are brought to justice.   

As an aside, Donald Trump appears tonight to have accomplished something that no other American president has ever managed to do.  Kim Jong Un has agreed to end his missile testing and nuclear testing program and close his nuclear test site in exchange for a meeting with Trump and a commitment from South Korea to have two separate nations on the Korean Peninsula.  All this because an American president agreed to sit down and talk with him – something no other U.S. president has been willing to do.  It seems that all the North Koreans wanted all along was to be recognized as a nation and not to be threatened with destruction and extinction.  Much remains to be accomplished and it could all still blow up with Trump at the negotiation table, but it's a better start than we have ever had before.



Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Fwd: There was no gas attack in Douma, Syria

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From: John H
Robert Fisk is perhaps the best and most knowledgeable journalist operating in the Middle East in this or any other time.  His incredible coverage of the Iran-Iraq War, documented in his masterpiece of on-the-scene journalism, The Great War for Civilization:  The Conquest of the Middle East, 2005, Alfred A. Knopf, stands alone in the annals of wartime journalism.  He lives in Lebanon and speaks fluent Arabic and Hebrew.  Fisk was one of the few Western journalists to have travelled to Douma following the alleged gas attack where he interviewed a doctor who was there at the time and numerous residents who were also there all of whom said that there was no gas attack as reported by the New York Ad agency funded 'White Helmets' which is a group notorious for spreading anti-Assad propaganda in league with the U.S. and Britain.

Attached are two articles, the first by Robert Fisk and the second concerning his article, please read them both, they are not long.  It is high time that Americans recognize that it has been our government, in league with the government of Britain, which has been fomenting and expanding efforts to spread anti-Assad propaganda as part of our demonization of Russia project.  There is little doubt that Assad is not a particularly nice guy, but his government has been fighting a civil war against terrorists, most of whom are not Syrian nationals, who have been funded and directly supported by the U.S., Britain and France at the behest of Israel.  We in the West are the ones consistently violating international laws and norms far more grievously than Assad and the Russians have ever done in Syria.  Under longstanding international law, Syria, Russia and Iran are acting lawfully in Syria.  We are the ones spreading terror, horror and devastation across the Syrian nation – and the time has come for the American people to stand up and reject what is and has been done in our names in that devastated nation.


Articles in one PDF

Friday, April 13, 2018

Act 47 recommends -- Throwback to June 30, 2004 and the Trib

Pittsburgh has a new acting director of Citiparks in early 2018, and I'm excited to meet with him about some fun summer plans.
This is a snip from the Tribune, June 30, 2004 when a divided council passes the Act 47 plan. The headline in this part read: Key recommendations of the Act 47 recovery plan:
Playing well with others, in the city, took a beating in those times and never fully recovered.

Impossible is nothing

Do not remember where we were here. Might have been Beijing, but I doubt it as i am wearing some type of name tag. 

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Fwd: I'm doing this for my daughter.

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From: Geno Tucker

I don't think we've met. My name's Geno, and I'm a volunteer with the People's Justice Project, the Ohio Organizing Collaborative's partner in Columbus. I've been spending all my free time collecting signatures for our statewide ballot initiative so my daughter won't face the same injustices we face today.

There are opportunities to get involved all over Ohio, and with less than 90 days til our deadline, we need all the help we can get.

Growing up, I lived with my grandma in Linden, a neighborhood on the north side that has suffered years of neglect and disinvestment. Without programs or community centers in the neighborhood, I started getting into trouble. Two years ago, things changed. My nephew, Henry Green, was killed by the Columbus police, which led to big protests around the city.

I realized how all these problems in our neighborhoods are connected and what we're up against. But what we have is power in our numbers. The criminal justice system is a cycle that keeps people down - and I hate that it took me so long to realize it.

Geno Tucker

Content marketing and a SXSW presentation

Content strategy guides the creation, delivery, and governance of useful, reusable content.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Re: More damning information about Israeli government abominations

On Wed, Apr 11, 2018 at 8:44 PM John H wrote:
Below are links to a three-part discussion on The Real News Network concerning the newly released movie The Occupation of the American Mind made by Sut Jhally and Roger Waters (of Pink Floyd fame).  This film deals with the massive propaganda effort employed by the Israeli government to convince the world, and particularly Americans, that Israel is the victim in dealings with Palestinians.  In this country at least, their efforts have been enormously successful largely because of the full blown complicity of virtually all major media outlets as well as official governments pronouncements and policies.  The results of this are disheartening and disturbing, but there is some hope as many young university students (including a large number of Jewish students) have awakened to what the Israeli policies and practices relative to the Palestinians really are.  Increasingly large numbers of older Jewish Americans are also becoming concerned that these policies are not only wrong, but actually endanger the survival of Israel as a state within the community of nations.  These are excellent discussions and I encourage each of you receiving this to watch all of them.  They each run around 20 minutes or so.

The last link, I just received from a friend, concerns a video interview with Max Blumenthal conducted by Abby Martin on The Empire Files in 2015 and since published on YouTube.  The interview was titled A Jewish American of Israeli Fascism and has now been blocked in 28 different nations.  It has not as yet been blocked in the U.S. and a link to the interview is in the article.  Do take the time to watch it before it disappears here also.  Blumenthal, the author of Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel, is a highly respected author and well-known Israeli critic.  He believes that the YouTube ban was instigated by the Anti-Defamation League since it showed light on policies and practices that Israel would like to keep in the shadows.

Part One:
Part Two:
Part Three:


Penn Hills Baseball - Team photos

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First year of organized baseball. One game I made all three outs in the same inning. Our team was up at bat. I played second base and was jazzed that we were winning by so much. Then we took the field and my team mate, Kevin, (middle of the photo) revealed that obscure stat to me on my at-bat performance that past inning.

Orange team. 

I think we went with colors as the team name. I stayed, by choice, in farm league. Our teams always had a lot of double plays.

Back row: Timmey, Frankie, McBunney, Mr. Will.
Middle row: Maxwell, Me (Mark Rauterkus), Danny Anderson, Janokaweki, Higgins.
Front row: Dave Cioca, Duffu, Garry, P. Beraradino, M. Beraraino (brothers I guess). Spelling unsure. Source is scribble on back of photo.


Back row: Mr. Finn on back left, then me, Mark Rauterkus, ? George Boyle, Dan Anderson, Terry Flaherty.
Middle row:
Front row:


Back row: Coach ?, me, Mark Rauterkus, ?, Timmy Meyers, Coach, Coach.
Middle row: Tommy, Jan B, Randy R, Binywild, Sammy.
Front row: Straw, Kevin, Joey, Mark Kucher, ?, ?

Fwd: On an on the outrages go . . . they just get more outrageous

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From: John H

Watch this The Real News Network interview and see if there is any way you can still have any sympathy at all for the fascist government of Israel.



Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Fwd: 2018 Kids Triathlon Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh's 2018 Kids Triathlon Series!

The first race will be Saturday, July 21st at South Park (for ages 7-12), and the second will Saturday, August 4th at North Park (ages 7-15).

Athletes of all abilities are encouraged to participate. Learn more and register your kids today by clicking the registration buttons above!

All proceeds benefit Habitat Pittsburgh's affordable homeownership and home repair programs for low income families in Allegheny County. If you are also interested in fundraising, click the link below to start today!  
Click here to learn more about our South Park race, and click here to learn more about our North Park Race. For more information about Habitat Pittsburgh and the services we provide, click here.

If you have any questions, email or call Habitat Pittsburgh's Development Coordinator, Stephen, at or 412-450-8520x18. We look forward to seeing you on race day!
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Swimming and Water Polo Coach, Schenley High School, Pittsburgh, PA
412 298 3432 = cell

Fwd: Mozilla’s Internet Health Report.

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From: Mozilla

What do cryptographers in Egypt, cyberviolence experts in Canada, open-source developers in Brazil, journalists in Afghanistan, and AI watchdogs in the United States have in common?

Mozilla's 2018 Internet Health Report is ready!

Read It Now

Hey Mark,

If you're reading this, you're one of the nearly 50% of people in the world on the internet. That also means 50% of the world's population still isn't online.

Surprised by that? Were you surprised that up to 87 million people on Facebook had their data used by Cambridge Analytica for partisan political purposes without their knowledge?

Technology is advancing so fast that it's hard to get a handle on the opportunities and challenges. People feel vulnerable to 'fake news' and online security threats everyday. All the while, shoes can order pizza, and artificial intelligence helps doctors diagnose disease outbreaks faster than ever. The health of the internet is not just a technical issue, it's a human one.

Just how healthy is our internet? Check out the 2018 Internet Health Report.

Through data, research and stories we show how the internet is evolving. What does 'security' mean in a world where our phones, watches, cars, and vacuums are all online? What is driving the onslaught of fake news? How big is 'too big' when it comes to tech giants?

Read the Report

For everyone who is trying to make the digital world better, we hope the 2018 Internet Health Report will help inform and inspire.

Thank you,

Solana Larsen
Editor, Internet Health Report
Mozilla Foundation



Mozilla is a global non-profit organization dedicated to keeping the internet in service of people, not profit. We rely on contributions from supporters like you to fund our work and fuel the movement for a healthy internet. Will you chip in today?

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Swimming and Water Polo Coach, Schenley High School, Pittsburgh, PA
412 298 3432 = cell

Monday, April 09, 2018

Fwd: The more things change . . .

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From: John H

The more things change . . .  well, let me rephrase that, with the Democratic Party things really don't seem to change much at all.  Oh, there's a great deal of rhetoric about change and a "new" liberal vision and a big tent and all . . . but really, nothing much has changed since the Party totally botched the last presidential election by pushing out the worst possible anti-change candidate when the nation was ready for some real change.  Instead we inherited a fake change con-artist and now have to live (or die) with the results.



Newspaper coverage: National Fatherhood with Evelyn Hines, Erik Vecere and Mark Rauterkus

Photo in December of January as the Christmas tree was still up.

Erik was 8 and Grant was 5.

Tribune Review article.

Fwd: [Art-All-Night] Call for Artists and Volunteers

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Date: Sun, Apr 8, 2018 at 9:58 PM
Subject: [Art-All-Night] Call for Artists and Volunteers
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The 21th annual Art All Night will be held April 28th - April 29th, 2018. This year we have a new location, the 1st floor of The Highline, 196 South 4th Street in the South Side of Pittsburgh PA. The show will be open to the public from 4 p.m. Saturday all night long until 2 p.m. Sunday. View art, hear music, create art, meet friends, and make memories "All Night" long!


We invite you to submit one (and only one) piece of artwork during this one-of-a-kind neighborhood event attended by over 15,000 people each year. Artist registration instructions are available at where you can use the online registration system anytime. We HIGHLY recommend registering online as registration lines at the event can get long. Artists submitting art pieces must show a photo ID during both registration and pick up.

All artwork must arrive READY TO HANG or be displayed. Wall mounted pieces must be ready to hang from a nail(s). A limited number of clips will be available for unframed artwork. Registration is Saturday April 28th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m sharp. We do not accept any artwork after 2 p.m. Pick up is Sunday April 29th, from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Video artists must submit their work by Monday, April 23rd. Please visit our website for more details.

We need everyone to help with this wonderful event by volunteering. Shifts are as short as 2 hours and we need YOU. Your help is the only way the show goes on and the only way it continues. Please help us put on one of Pittsburgh's great events. Check out the volunteer section of the website

VERY IMPORTANT: Build out is Saturday April 14th and 21st from 10am to 2pm at The Highline, 196 South 4th Street. We have a compressed time line so participation is critical. Please bring a ladder and screw gun and help assemble panels.

Art All Night... No fee. No jury. No censorship. 412-235-1950

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Saturday, April 07, 2018

Quora: Q about other games for soccer players

Water polo a bit, if you are up for it. But the best suggestion is a new sport and game for the water with a special aquatic disk. Google SKWIM.

First, the water is a great setting for fitness.

Second, SKWIM is played with a short, rounded fin. It is great for leg strength, flexibility, stamina, and even core work. Legs matter greatly.

Third, passing, defense in passing lanes, keeping, transitions, strikers and play around the pitch is more like soccer with SKWIM. Team handball and water polo are different where everyone advances deep into the offensive zone.

Fourth, SKWIM is a social, quick, visual game where non verbal clues, body position and fakes with some tricks are effective. It isn't a power game as it is more for touch and feel.
Fifth, like soccer SKWIM is a no contact game. Also like Ultimate, but in the water.

Six, On the water, like on the turf, but not soaring over head, is SKWIM. PASSING need to go between players on the same team after a touch or skim on the water, not air-to-air. The height of the game of SKWIM is more soccer and hockey like.

Seven, SKWIM goals are large, as are soccer's, but it fits into a wide variety of swim pool and open water settings. Likewise soccer. The ball and a wall and the number of games seems to be only left to imagination. Likewise the water and a SKWIM disk. Shoot into a gutter, end zone, floating island goal, whatever. We call it a SLOT STYLE format when it plays more like soccer or "air hockey. " The free play elements are similar between the games.

Lastly, the ethics and personal values of SKWIM are worthy of noting as teamwork, loyalty, and especially water safety, are not to be ignored and discounted. Everyone needs to have the ability to swim so as to save self or else a friend or child around the water. Drowning is a leading cause of accidental death among kids and adolescents, especially boys and especially people of color and of economic disadvantages.

So, consider SKWIM as the best world-wide game for in the water that makes a warm embrace for soccer players in aquatic recreational times. 

Friday, April 06, 2018

Wednesday Sports Medicine Symposium with UPMC

There's still time to register for a free Sports Medicine Symposium co-hosted by the Pittsburgh Steelers® and UPMC Sports Medicine at Heinz Field on Wednesday, April 11.

The program, 
Prevention and Management of Injuries in High School and Youth Sports, will feature guest speaker and gold medalist, Amanda Kessel. Click here to download the outline of the full agenda.

PLEASE NOTE: Community-based coaches of all sports and levels, as well as school athletic directors and athletic trainers are welcome to attend.

Don't delay in reserving your spot. Register at today.