Friday, August 31, 2018

Trib coverage of water polo at Highland Park Pool on Saturday

Pass the word. Bring a lawn chair, snacks and some cold drinks in a cooler. Plus, your swim suit, of course. Pool opens in the shallow end at 1 pm. Just pay the day rate if you don't have a pool tag. 

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Fwd: Political 'Purism'

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From: John H

Attached are two interesting articles in one attachment dealing with what is termed 'political purism', or the idea that those who pretend to be liberals or progressives when they are really moderate conservatives (think Democratic Party establishment) deserve to be called out on their falsity.  The first article by Paul Street, who is apparently responding to personal attacks on him for being a 'purist' for making such calls on a regular basis.  As most of you know who receive these missives, I have a great deal of respect for Paul Street and his willingness to speak the truth, as best as I know it, about our abominable two party political system which serves only the interest of the corporate, financial and military elite.  The second article by Rob Seimetz appears to take a contrary position (although I'm not certain that it actually does) in stating that this may, in fact, distract us from the goals of developing a strong political force to deal with the critical issues facing all of humanity today.  Try to read them both and form your own opinions.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Fwd: Lest we Forget

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From: John H

Lest we forget how it is that we came to this current crisis of confidence in government, Marshall Auerback takes us back through some relatively recent history to point out that the criminality now being touted as a reason for the impeachment of a president (no matter how deserving that might be) is really small potatoes compared to that which Obama and his administration managed to studiously overlook following the 2008 Great Financial Crisis.  The Democrats managed to ennoble crime and criminals, not only enabling them to escape prosecution, but also allowing them to keep their positions and all of their ill-gotten gains – and more!  The result, as economist William Black as said, is a purely criminogenic society which can only find the nerve to hold low-level white collar and street criminals, particularly if they are of color, accountable for their crimes.  And, I don't know about you, but this was not the America I grew up admiring.

And this doesn't even begin to account for the international crimes that the United States has been responsible for over the past 60 years or so – and these are notoriously bi-partisan crimes of election which have taken millions of innocent lives.  It's long past time that all of these criminals be held to account for their actions!  And this can only take place if the American people can somehow wake up from decades of propaganda induced somnambulance and demand accountability from their leaders.


Article link below  

Fwd: John McCain retrospective

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From: John H
Now that the political establishment and the mainstream media are steaming full-speed ahead to lionize John McCain as an indefatigable man of the people and political savant in a time of political morass, it is time to evaluate the "real" John McCain for what he was and what he really stood for.  Attached are two articles which attempt to paint a much more accurate portrayal of McCain.  

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Fwd: ESSC Registration! Don't miss it!

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From: Jill Greenleaf <>

One month left to take advantage of our group discount and pre-registration pricing and make your plans to attend Eastern States Swim Clinic in Cherry Hill, NJ on October 6 and 7 at the Crowne Plaza in Cherry Hill, NJ. Pre-registration and our special clinic hotel rates end Sept. 21.

All information about the clinic, including online registration, is available here: Don't delay – register NOW!  
Don't forget to make your hotel reservations at the same time — call (888) 233-9527 special clinic rates.

The 2018 Clinic proudly offers the following prestigious line-up of speakers and the special opportunity to meet and work with Olympic swimmers Tyler Clary and Caeleb Dressel.

Gregg Troy: Olympic Head Coach '12, Olympic Asst. Coach '08 & '96, former Head Coach Florida Men & Women
Mark Schubert: 8x Olympic Head Coach, '09 USA National Coach, Head Coach Mission Viejo
Chris Plumb: Head Coach Carmel Swim Club, Boys' & Girls' High School State Champions
Carol Capitani: Head Coach Univ of Texas Women, Big 12 Coach of the Year
Jackie Berning Ph.D: Nutrition Consultant, Author & Educator
Tyler Clary: Olympic Gold medalist '12, American record holder & NCAA record holder
Caeleb Dressel: 2X Olympic Gold medalist '16, NCAA, American & World record holder

Come learn from some of our country's best coaches and athletes!  We hope to see you there. 
Please let me know if you have any questions.
All the best,
Jill Greenleaf

Assistant Director
Eastern States Swim Clinic

Head Swimming Coach
Skidmore College
815 North Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
(518) 580-5368 phone

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Fwd: If the worst should happen… swim to survive

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From: Rowdy Gaines

Let me tell you a story....

A year ago last August, Hurricane Harvey put a third of Houston under water, killing 88 people.
During the flood, Alma Jimenez and her daughters were forced to evacuate their home. Thankfully, the girls had been participating in a free learn-to-swim program offered by the Harris County Aquatics Program — a Make a Splash Local Partner in Houston. 
As Isaura and Briana stepped into the waist-high waters, Alma reassured them: "Don't be afraid even though the water is moving fast. You know how to swim. If the worst should happen and we get separated, swim to survive. We will find each other again when it is safe."
Even though the family lost everything, Alma directly credits the USA Swimming Foundation's Make a Splash initiative with helping her children survive.
With gratitude,
Rowdy Gaines
U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist &
USA Swimming Foundation Ambassador
P.S. As a parent, grandparent and lifelong swimmer, I'm asking you to join me in helping more children learn how to swim, regardless of their race, gender or financial circumstances. Your contribution provides crucial funding for our Make a Splash initiative and all of our programs that save lives and build champions—in the pool and in life.

P.P.S. Looking for a Make a Splash Local Partner in your area? Click here to search by city, state or zip code.
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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Fwd: Project Ghana Applications Are Open!

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ISLA Returns to Ghana! In 2016 we deployed an international team of lifeguard instructors, who conducted our most challenging training program consisting of over 120 training course participants. In the end, our ISLA instructors and participants rose to the challenge, and the government established a national rescue unit comprised of various military and public safety personnel. The Ghana National Aquatic Rescue Unit (GNARU) was born!

Checkout the pics from our 2016 project: This year our team of International Lifeguards will be working with GNARU to conduct our  a 3-day Basic Open water Lifeguard Course in Accra, Ghana. Our ISLA Team will then spend a couple of days shopping, touring, and experiencing the local culture. This will be an adventure you can't miss! 

Volunteer applications close August 26th. The selection process is highly competitive; apply early to give application an extra edge.   


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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Fwd: How's that working out?

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From: John H

Paul Street once again points out the obvious about our 'two party system' – it simply doesn't work for the country.




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

Fwd: Russia-gate one year later

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From: John H

I just received this post from and I believe that it is too important not to send right out.  It may well attack some of your preconceptions, but I urge you to read it in full.  The danger we face as a nation because of our willingness to accept 'evidence free' charges of wrongdoing just because they are widely repeated in the establishment media endangers all of us in many different ways.  It should be an axiom of any thinking person to at least question received wisdom when no evidence is presented in support of its validity – and in this case no evidence has been presented in support of the government's assertions; while counter-evidence has been presented which renders these assertions to be impossible as presented.


Link to article 


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

Friday, August 10, 2018

Fwd: Morgan Bergren- Pro Volleyball and The Minimalist Lifestyle

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From: Dr. Rob Bell <>
Date: Fri, Aug 10, 2018 at 6:48 AM
Subject: Morgan Bergren- Pro Volleyball and The Minimalist Lifestyle
Morgan Bergren is 24 and a Professional Volleyball Player for VC Wiesbaden. She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. Her third year of professional volleyball she adopted a minimalist lifestyle.

"When I come home I am overwhelmed by all of the material things I have accumulated over the years. Getting to travel with only two suitcases has helped me appreciate a more minimalistic lifestyle. I'm still growing and learning exactly what that means for me, but I do know I would rather collect more memories than more stuff. I'm currently working to apply this approach to more areas of my life, and to just keep it simple by loving God and loving others"

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