Monday, July 30, 2018

Fwd: The Russian Menace

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From: John H

If you do nothing else this week watch these two interviews on The Real News Network with Stephen F. Cohen.  Cohen is one of the most prominent and knowledgeable experts on the Soviet Union and Russia.  If you have bought in to the mainstream media's freaking out over the Trump-Putin meeting in Helsinki, you really need to listen to these interviews.  The risk of nuclear war between the U.S. and Russia may never have been greater and all of the bruhaha over Trump's meeting is only making things dramatically worse.  This is not fun and games, but it is a game of political one-ups-manship on the part of the Democratic Party and its media co-conspirators in a foolish attempt to "get" Trump while risking catastrophe.  There are many reasons to despise Trump and want to see him gone, but this should not be one of them!

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Fwd: Terry Featured In NYT Bestseller “Tribe of Mentors” by Tim Ferriss– and FREE Video from “The Tim Ferriss Experiment”

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From: Total Immersion


If you're a regular reader of this blog, or the blog of NY Times bestselling author and life hack/productivity guru Tim Ferriss, you already know that Tim and Terry became friends after Tim conquered a life-long fear of swimming in 2008 using T.I. techniques. He devoted a chapter of "The 4-Hour Body" to Total Immersion technique and even included T.I. in "The 4-Hour Chef" book as an exemplar of logically sequencing complex skills into a simple progression. In addition, Tim's podcast with Terry in Oct. 2017– entitled "The Master Who Changed My Life"– was the last long-form interview Terry gave before his passing, a couple weeks later. In the intro to the podcast, Tim writes: "He had a profound impact on me — teaching me to overcome a lifelong fear of water and swimming. But more than that, he's been an inspiration for the way I've done anything since."

Chapter on Terry in Tim's newest bestseller: "Tribe of Mentors"


Tim's new #1 NYT Business Bestseller and #1 Advice/How-To Bestseller– "Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World"– also features a chapter on Terry. We here at T.I. operations had intended to announce his inclusion in the book last autumn, but it got lost in the shuffle since it was published very soon after Terry's passing. We're happy to finally announce it here! Below is Tim's description of the book…Check it out!

Terry teaching swimming on "The Tim Ferriss Experiment" (2014)


We're also delighted and appreciative to share that Tim and his team posted the full episode of Terry teaching open water swimming (in 2014) on the show "The Tim Ferriss Experiment."

Total Immersion PO Box 370 New Paltz, New York 12561 United States (800) 609-7946


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

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Fwd: What we ignore . . . at our peril

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From: John H

With all the yammering about Russian interference with our democracy, why is it that we keep asserting that Israel is a democracy at all.  Our so-called democracy is manipulated and controlled by the American oligarchs, while Israel's is controlled by neo-fascists under Netanyahu – so where is the democracy.  And with the establishment media covering nothing but Trump and his fondness for Putin and the young women with whom he has had affairs, what ever happened to the main concern of our age – global climate change.  If nothing else, our priorities have become a laughable farce.




Mark Rauterkus 
Executive Director of SKWIM USA, a 501(c)(3)
The Pittsburgh Project - swim coach and head lifeguard
Middle School Swim Coach at The Ellis School
Former Varsity Boys Swim Coach, Pittsburgh Obama Academy
Sabbatical for 2018: PPS Summer Dreamers' Swim & Water Polo 
Pittsburgh Combined Water Polo Team

412 298 3432 = cell

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Fwd: Let me introduce myself: Head Coach OHIO University Swimming and Diving

I graduated from Ohio University. For four years, I was also the assistant coach for the Men's Swimming and Diving program -- a team that does not exist any longer.

In many ways, Ohio University is dead to me. My sons did not consider Ohio University because the opportunities I had in the late 70s and early 80s are no longer afforded to the young men of these recent generations.

Women's swimming was a thing at Ohio University when I was there as well.

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From: Mason Norman
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This introduction is a long time coming. Let me start by introducing myself. My name is Mason Norman and I am the new head coach of the womens swimming and diving TEAM at OHIO University. It is a pleasure to be welcomed to such a storied program and athletic department. I am delighted to become part of the legacy that the swimming and diving program has created spanning many decades.
I am arriving to Athens by way of the University of Kentucky where I spent the last five years as an assistant coach and associate head coach for the last year. My wife, Samantha, and I have one daughter, Emorie, who will be two in September. We both swam in college together at Wingate University in North Carolina where we met while in school.
My coaching philosophy focuses on the whole person of each student-athlete. My goal as a coach is to teach and demand growth in four areas of life as a college student athlete at OHIO: academic life, athletic life, social life, and spiritual life. If the members of this TEAM have grown in each of these areas during their time with the OHIO swimming and diving FAMILY, we have done our job.
The environment of the program is going to be one saturated with positive energy. Positive energy breeds love, love breeds success.
The communication among the staff and the TEAM will always be open and honest, just like a FAMILY.
Every single day we will have a put your hand on the wall first mentality as we raise the expectations and build a championship culture.
The program will always have a caring, players first culture, providing the student-athlete with what they need to have the best experience possible at OHIO.
As a TEAM, we will be disciplined, respectful, and give back through selfless service throughout each year.
I am excited to begin this amazing adventure at OHIO and look forward to all the experiences that I will have! I look forward to meeting each one of you personally if I am able.  My door is always open. Please feel free to contact me directly. I have provided my cell phone number and email below.
As this program moves forward, please understand there will be many changes, but there are many traditions that I would like to keep that make this program unique. We will begin to connect with the alumni group through this email service. I would love for each one of you to follow the program and social media accounts for the team and staff to gain more access into our story as a program.
#TheNewOU | #BleedGreen | #BeAllHere
Head Coach Mason Norman
(859) 684-0514

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This message was sent by Ohio University Women's Swimming and Diving, 1 Ohio University Ave, Athens, OH 45701, US

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Fwd: East Coast Open Swim - Registration Open

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Go to the ISCA website, to register online.

Maximum of 500 entries being accepted, register now to avoid disappointment.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Fwd: Something useful for a change

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From: John H

This is a really interesting short article with a long list of following comments (it is altogether long – 22 pages).  Fortunately it can be read piecemeal but  it is something that many of us should find to be useful.  Many of the comments are particularly relevant to the current conversational/ argumentative milieu.  I strongly encourage you to take a look, regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum.


Article: Reader Coping Strategies for Engaging with Committed.

The article byYves Smith begins:

An oft-repeated bit of advice in America is never to talk about religion or politics. Sadly, the
reason is that Americans are dreadful at talking across political lines. When I lived in Australia
in the early 2000s and adopted a pub, by contrast, I found the locals to be eager to debate the
topics of the day yet remain civil about it. That may be because Australians in generally have
mastered the art of being confrontational by lacing it with humor and/or self-deprecation.

By contrast, Americans, who pretend to fetishize individualism, are conformists. Dissent is not
well tolerated at work or social spheres. And its only gotten worse as media fragmentation and
political strategies based on hitting voter hot buttons means that many people are deeply invested
in their political views, whether they are well founded or not. Punitive unfriending and other
forms of ostracism have become a new normal.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Fwd: Elizabeth's Story

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Elizabeth stepped up to the sink, with a sense of anticipation and slowly turned on the water. She let it run for about 5 seconds and turned it off. She then turned it on again and broke into tears. When a volunteer tried to comfort her she explained, "These are tears of joy, I prayed for two years that someone would help me and now you are here!" She was thrilled that she would no longer need to collect water in a 5 gallon bucket underneath her sink. She was thankful that these strangers would answer her call for help, and she was sure that she wasn't alone in the desire that her house would be the haven that she wanted to provide for the five grandchildren that she was raising. (See more of Elizabeth's story here!)

This is the work of The Pittsburgh Project, we come alongside of vulnerable homeowners like Elizabeth and work to restore their dignity by investing in the repair of their homes. With your help this year, Elizabeth and more than 100 other homeowners like her will host teams of skilled laborers and volunteers from The Pittsburgh Project. Roofs will be rebuilt, floors installed, plumbing repaired and most importantly love and hope will be shared.

We are looking for 500 people who will support The Pittsburgh Project at the level of $1000 per year or $83.00 per month. (Any size gift is welcome.) Your partnership with us at this level ensures that we can continue to meet the needs of over 100 homeowners and also invest in the youth and families of the north side of Pittsburgh. The summer is our most busy work time, we have gone ahead and started the work and await your investment as the weeks ahead will bring many exciting new projects and also the great expense associated with this work.

Please follow the link below to partner with us!

Thanks and Blessings,

Wayne F. Younger, Executive Director, The Pittsburgh Project


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Pittsburgh, PA 15214

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