Monday, January 28, 2019

Fwd: . . . and the killing just goes on.

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From: John H

One more example of the Israeli government's naked fascism in the land it illegally controls.  There is no other word for it.

News of the pending overthrow of the Maduro government in Venezuela – planned, sponsored and paid for by the U.S. – and cheered for by virtually all mainstream media in this country has been burbling to the surface over the past week or so.  Yet all most Americans can talk about is the supposed piddling attempt by Russia to influence the 2016 election here.  Why is it that Americans are so unconcerned about our own election being interfered with when we have been heavily involved in much more serious and successful efforts to overthrow – not just influence – the governments of tens of dozens of nations ever since the end of World War II?  This blindness to our own culpability, ignoring the resultant murder of tens of millions of people by governments we supported following overthrows we engineered in almost every continent on earth – missing only Australia and Antarctica. 

Interestingly, most of the nefarious efforts at political and military interference the U.S. has undertaken over the years have taken place in nations which had successful democratic elections; electing leaders who were not completely interested in following U.S. dictates or seeking land redistribution so that an oppressed peasantry can have the ability to survive on the land and not simply serve as serfs for global corporate interests.  This, after all, is what neoliberal capitalism is all about.  No one and no country must be allowed to live independently of the neoliberal order – and we will use, and have, used military force to ensure that this status quo is maintained no matter what the desires of the people of the victim lands. 

The third attachment provides some valuable history for anyone who still believes that the U.S. only intervenes in other nations in order to help free people from tyranny.  As strange as it may seem to many Americans, it is highly probable that this nation has never done this anywhere.


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Sunday, January 27, 2019

Fwd: Roadmap to a New Pennsylvania - KRC/PBPC Insider News

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The Insider News is a look at the work of the Keystone Research Center and the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center

January 27, 2019

The Insider News is a look at the work of the Keystone Research Center and the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center. Send comments or questions to our communications director John Neurohr at

Roadmap to a New PA

The We The People - PA campaign, a project of PBPC, released our "Roadmap to a New Pennsylvania" this week. The "Roadmap" is a comprehensive public policy manual for lawmakers and advocates. From economic and tax fairness issues to healthcare to education to housing and food security to securing our democracy, the "Roadmap" lays out clear solutions to the everyday issues facing Pennsylvanians.

The "Roadmap" is based on the We The People - PA campaign's pro-active issue agenda, which was created by Pennsylvanians like you who came together in community meetings all over the state in 2018. We reached broad agreement on what we want from state government: public policies that make poor, working-class and middle-class Pennsylvanians safer, healthier, and more prosperous. The "Roadmap" is a more detailed analysis of the challenges Pennsylvanians face and the policies that can be turned into legislation that reflect the principles outlined in the We The People - PA agenda.

If you're able to, please share the "Roadmap" via social media:

2019 PA Budget Summit

The 2019 Pennsylvania Budget Summit is taking place on Thursday, March 21st, from 9:30am to 4:00pm, at the Crowne Plaza Harrisburg-Hershey, and our planning committee would like to have YOUR input regarding potential topics for workshops at the Summit! Please take a moment to complete an online survey of 14 topics for potential workshops, as well as space to suggest additional topics. Surveys need to be submitted by the end of the day on WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30TH!

And mark your calendars now for the upcoming Budget Summit, which will feature an analysis of Gov. Wolf's 2019-20 budget proposal, legislative panel discussion, workshops, plenary sessions, & much much more! More information about the agenda and how to register will be coming soon!

CITIZENS' VOICE - Crowd at local Women's March eager for change

WILKES-BARRE - More than 150 women, men and children rallied in Kirby Park and marched to Public Square on Saturday, as tens of thousands of others participated in women's marches across the nation. Local speakers on the third anniversary weekend of the i

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INQUIRER - Failure to fund food stamps will hurt more than the hungry

Since the federal government started distributing food stamps to low-income Americans in 1964, there has never been a month in which payments weren't made. But March is looming as a potentially historic moment in which the five-week-old partial government shutdown - if it stretches past February - may preclude people from receiving benefits for the first time.

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

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Fwd: [Art-All-Night] Art All Night square dance this Saturday

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From: Art All Night <>
Date: Thu, Jan 24, 2019 at 3:43 PM
Subject: [Art-All-Night] Art All Night square dance this Saturday
To: <>

Hello Art All Nighters!

Join us this Saturday, January 26, for a square dance featuring Grayscale and the legendary caller Ron Buchanan. Dances are taught so no experience is necessary and a $10 donation goes directly to support Art All Night. The event is BYOB and open to everyone so please spread the word!

Location: Shiloh Building, 3832 Mintwood Street, Pgh, 15201.

Hope to see you there!

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

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Fwd: URA Releases RFP for Hill House Properties

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Date: Wed, Jan 23, 2019 at 12:04 PM
Subject: URA Releases RFP for Hill House Properties
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Daniel Wood
D6 Staff
District 6

URA Releases RFP for Hill House Properties

URA Releases RFP for Hill House Properties


Councilman R. Daniel Lavelle, along with Rep. Jake Wheatley and County Councilman Dewitt Walton, held a Community Update Meeting on the evening of Thursday, January 10 to give status updates after going to court and asking the state attorney general to intervene over the proposed sale of four Hill House buildings. Hill House Association leaders plan to sell the Hill House headquarters at 1835 Centre Ave., One Hope Square at 1901-1915 Centre Ave., the Family Dollar Store at 1917 Centre Ave. and the Blakey Program Center at 1908 Wiley Ave.  

Both Councilman Lavelle and Representative Wheatley explained the change in direction of the Hill House Association, as the organization has agreed to accept the $500,000 as a provisional loan to sustain operations and programs while giving the Hill District residents a communal process for the upcoming selling of properties.  The loan was provided by the Hill District Growth Fund. The Growth Fund has invested in other key community assets such as the Grocery Store, Hill CDC and Jeron X Grayson Center.

The communal process will be managed by the Development Review Panel (staffed by the Hill CDC and made up of community members and residents).  The Urban Redevelopment Authority has released the RFP. The RFP can be found here:

 Also, in the coming weeks and months, the Hill House has agreed to establish a Hill House Transition Committee to partake in the future planning of social service programming.  




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

Monday, January 21, 2019

Fwd: Extras in Aquatics

Indoor Triathlon at JCC Pittsburgh:  (All ages)
Sunday, January 27th from 11:30-3pm
Register: $30/under the age of 16; $35/16+

Masters Swimming Allegheny Mountains:
Bethel Park HS:
Flying Fish Heads (Fox Chapel):
Moon Area Tigers Masters:
Pittsburgh Elite Masters Club (Chartiers Valley):
Team Pittsburgh Masters (Trees Hall/Pitt):
Woodland Hills Aquatic Team:

Masters Water Polo:
Tuesdays from 7:30-9pm @ Chartiers Valley $5 monthly due

Noodle Water Polo:

Scuba Diving:
Mt Lebo- flexible hours and classes  (412) 884 - 3483

Triathlons:  (Mighty Moran Series is now posted and taking registrations-All ages)

Underwater Hockey:
Thursdays from 8-9:30pm @ Mt. Lebanon HS  $5 drop in fee
For more info contact:

Mt Lebanon Programs

YOUTH SWIM PROGRAMS - For tryouts for Mt Lebanon Aqua Club:

Winter Learn to Swim
Springboard Diving (Developmental Team)
$150 per session

Adult Lap Swim

Water Aerobics
Winter II Session starts on Tuesday, January 22nd

Adult Swim Lessons

$75/4 week sessions


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

Fwd: Messages for MLK Day

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From: John 

Attached are what in effect are three sermons.  One exceptional speech given by Martin Luther King in 1967, one given by my minister at the UU Church of the South Hills yesterday and one given by Chris Hedges at a Presbyterian Church in Vancouver, BC.  All deal with the insanity of our time.



Two, UU, Sunnyhill

Friday, January 11, 2019

Fwd: Complete the BKS Challenge in 2019

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From: Black Kids Swim <>


The Black Kids Swim Challenge!

Black Kids Swim needs your help to change the relationship between the Black community and the water.

Join us and start 2019 with a commitment to increase the number of Black swimmers.

Accept the Challenge


#1 Learn to Swim

According to USA Swimming, if a parent cannot swim there is only a 13% chance their child will learn how to swim. Visit your local pool or YMCA and sign up for lessons this month. You can always email for information on lessons and private instructors.  

Contact BKS


#2 Support Black Competitive Swimmers

Donate to the BKS Summer Swim Scholarship Fund.  Participating on a summer swim team is the perfect way for kids to fall in love with the sport of swimming.  Every summer BKS awards  scholarships for kids to join summer swim teams - help us to increase the number of scholarships we award in 2019.

Make a Donation


#3 Share BKS

Encourage families to consider competitive swimming as the sport of choice for their kids.  Strong swimmers have access to a wide range of educational and professional opportunities. Help us create more Black competitive swimmers! Forward BKS emails and share our social media posts with family and friends.



#4 Make a Purchase

Proceeds from sales in the BKS Store go to support young Black swimmers and all BKS activities.  Visit the BKS store and make a purchase for the swimmer in your life.  We have swim caps and hair care products specifically created for Black swimmers.

Shop Now

Thank You for Your Support
Happy New Year from Black Kids Swim!

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Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Fwd: Interesting comparables on the evil neoliberal concept

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From: John H

In recent weeks I have been asked on a few occasions what I mean when I refer to neoliberalism and why is it I tend to disparage it in operation.  Therefore, in order to help clear up this perplexing question I have attached two articles.  The first is an account of the rise of the 'Yellow Vest' movement in France which discusses what happens to a society when political ideology of neoliberalism is imposed from above (and it always is imposed from above).  One of the best ways to understand neoliberalism is to watch how it operates and observe the consequences of its imposition.  This is fairly clear in the 'Yellow Vest' protests and it is quite similar to how it works here and elsewhere in the world.  This may be one of the most important movements how happening in the world.  It is in the line of watch what I do and not what I say examination of neoliberalism.

The second piece, for those of you who like detailed explanations, is by Dr. Philip Mirowski of Notre Dame University, one of, if not the foremost, experts on neoliberalism today.  It is fairly long, and should you take the time to read it, you will understand why it is that neoliberalism is so difficult to define in just a few well-chosen words. 

For what it's worth, my shorthand definition of neoliberalism is 'corporate communism'.  Parse that one out for a while.



Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Fwd: Meeting Announcement on cracker plant on January 15, 2019 at 7:00 PM at Sunnyhill

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From: John H

Meeting Announcement

Allegheny County Chapter
Izaak Walton League of America


Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 7:00 PM
Unitarian Universalist Church of the South Hills (Sunnyhill)
1240 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon, PA 15228


The Allegheny County Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America will be hosting a special presentation on the environmental consequences of the Shell Cracker Plant, and what can be done about it.

  • Matt Mehalik – Executive Director of the Breathe Collaborative and its communications platform, the Breathe Project.  The Breathe Collaborative is a coalition of local residents, environmental advocates, public health professionals and academics with a common commitment to advocate for the air the Pittsburgh region needs in order to be a healthy, prosperous place.
  • Patricia DeMarcoIWLA Member, Author: "Pathways to Our Sustainable Future – Global Perspective from Pittsburgh", Forest Hills Borough Council, 2016-2020.
  • Robert SchmetzerChairman of the Beaver County Marcellus Community / BCMAC . and Citizens to protect the Ambridge Reservoir.  CPAR. 
  • Terrie BaumgardnerBeaver County activist, Field Organizer for Clean Air Council, volunteer with Beaver Marcellus Community and Citizens to Protect the Ambridge Reservoir.
  • Thaddeus PopovichCo-founder Allegheny County Clean Air Now, Protect Franklin Park, Climate Reality Project.

Co-Sponsored by: the Harry Enstrom  IWLA Chapter (Greene County)

A major part of this event will be a discussion between audience activists, and the presenters.  Please join us for this excellent educational event.

A brief Allegheny County Chapter Membership Meeting will precede this presentation at 06:00 PM.

Please feel free to forward this email to anyone you know that may be interested in attending this meeting, or joining the IWLA.

If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me via email at

In Solidarity,

Mike Stout
Chapter President
Allegheny County Chapter
Izaak Walton league of America