Sunday, April 18, 2021

Candidate Thompson quote

THOMPSON: Oh, let me just say briefly on the environment, our rivers are uninhabitable, and basically we're putting tons and tons of raw sewage in the river. Other cities, Cleveland and Columbus, they've decided that they want to live in a world with clean water, and we've decided to countersue the government because we want to live in a world of filth and feces. So we need to stop putting feces into our rivers.

#BANG!

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Fwd: Fw: ParkMobile Data Breach Affects Some Mobile Parking App Users

-- Forwarded message --

Subject: FW: ParkMobile Data Breach Affects Some Mobile Parking App Users

 

Pitt Information Technology has received reports of a data breach that occurred at ParkMobile in March 2021. ParkMobile makes the popular mobile parking app of the same name and provides metering and parking app services to the City of Pittsburgh. Some University of Pittsburgh garages may accept payments through ParkMobile, if you pay through the application.

 

What Data Was Affected?

 

ParkMobile indicates that basic user information was taken, including license plate numbers and, if provided by the user, email addresses, phone numbers, and vehicle nicknames. Encrypted passwords were taken but not the encryption keys necessary to read the passwords, meaning that significant resources would be needed to break the password encryption.

 

ParkMobile indicates that no credit cards or parking transaction history were accessed, and they do not collect Social Security numbers, driver's license numbers, or dates of birth.

 

What Do I Need to Do?

 

If you have an account with ParkMobile, out of an abundance of caution, Pitt IT recommends you change that password as soon as possible.

 

While the data exposed in the alleged breach did not come from University systems, sometimes individuals reuse the same passwords on multiple websites. If you use the same or a similar password at Pitt or other websites, you should also change those passwords. Also, because of the nature of other data taken, be vigilant for an increase in phishing scams or other scams related to this data.

 

In addition, utilize the following good password practices to minimize your susceptibility to data breaches:

 

  • Use a password manager to simplify the management of your various passwords. Pitt Password Manager (LastPass) is available at no cost to all students, faculty, and staff. You can use it to create strong, unique passwords for all your online services.
  • Do not reuse passwords across different websites. Scammers try variations of known passwords, so it is important to make sure your passwords are not similar to each other.  
  • Use strong, complex passwords that include symbols, numbers, and uppercase and lowercase letters.
  • Change your passwords frequently.
  • Use multifactor authentication on websites that allow it.

 

Saturday, April 03, 2021

Fwd: End of the Road

A sad post from a friend.

Many of his comments and emails have graced this blog -- as I consider him a real running mate.

Mark


---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: jehemington <jehemington@verizon.net>
Date: Sat, Apr 3, 2021 at 2:15 PM
Subject: End of the Road
To: John Hemington <jehemington@verizon.net>


Well folks, here's the deal, I will no longer be sending out these political e-mails calling out establishment policies.  This morning I got hit upside the head with the news that my family believes that I am a loopy, loony-tune heading down a wormhole because my "extremist" politics are so far outside the mainstream.  Now, I do not agree with this assessment at all, but I am also convinced that if this is the way my own family feels then there is no hope and no real point in continuing to put in the effort to try and alert others to what is really happening out there in the world.  This tells me that the plutocrats and the corporate warmongers have won.  That humanity's time on this wonderful planet is not to persist much longer – certainly not for many more generations.  The way things are now trending with the current administration's foreign policy we could well see a catastrophic nuclear war in our own lifetime.  Should we somehow avoid that disaster, we will almost certainly not escape the catastrophe of climate change much sooner than scientists now predict.

 

Sadly, mainstream politics, whether the Democratic Party variety or the more bizarre Republican variety have no answers to any of the most serious problems facing humanity.  Nor are they even willing to willing to pretend to actually address them.  Furthermore, there is no hope in this country for a viable third-party to develop and prosper.  So, we are left with the endless nonsense of political Kabuki Theater of impossible corporate subsidy solutions that never address real issues while more and more people starve in the streets.  At the same time, this most powerful nation on earth creates almost daily holocausts in nations all around the globe in the name of protecting "human rights".  We are, whether we like to acknowledge it or not, an evil people. We allow our government, in the name of patriotism and corporate profit, to destroy the lives of millions of others, both here and abroad, without any serious concern or dissent.

 

These have been issues I have struggled with ever since I left the Army in 1970.  And contrary to my family's belief that my obsession is of recent origin.  It is not.  However, I just don't have the energy to keep this up in the face of so much apathy at home and among those "progressive" legislators I have supported financially and otherwise.  Legislators who have refused to use the power of their votes to push the establishment Democrats to really adopt progressive portions that they claimed to support in Biden's campaign in much the same way as the conservative Democrats have used their votes to quash progressive ideas for years.  It is all very demoralizing and I am not willing to continue the battle from here on out.  This is not what I had hoped to be saying today, but my mental health and family health must take precedence over my political desires.

 

 

John

 

Friday, April 02, 2021

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

------ Forwarded message ----


*CALL FOR ARTISTS *

The next Art All Night will be held April 24th - April 25th, 2021 in a location that couldn't be more convenient - your house!

The show will be open from 4 p.m. Saturday all night long until 2 p.m. Sunday by accessing https://www.artallnight.org. View art, hear music, watch demonstrations, create art, play games and make memories "All Night" long!

*Artists*

We invite you to submit one (and only one) piece of artwork during this one-of-a-kind event. Artist registration instructions are available at https://www.artallnight.org where you can use the online registration system through April 19th for videos and April 21st for photographs.

If you are submitting a 3D piece (sculpture, ceramics, papier-mâché, etc.), please consider submitting next week instead. We are currently working on a feature to make our virtual showcase more multi-dimension friendly. Stay tuned!

*Volunteers*

Volunteers are also needed to help spread the word. Please consider forwarding this email to your friends and family, liking one of our social media pages and hitting "going" on our Facebook event. However you are accustomed to spreading news please use those channels to get your friends and family to enter art and attend the event. 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 in a whole new way.

Art has the power to heal and now is a great time to share your art with Pittsburghers and brighten someone's day.

Art All Night...  412-235-1950
info@artallnight.org


Wednesday, March 31, 2021

UPMC and Covid-19

At UPMC, we are committed to protecting our communities from COVID-19 in every way possible.

To date, we have provided more than 300,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines to health care workers, residents of long-term care facilities, and community members who are 65 and older or at high risk of severe illness and complications from COVID-19. We are eager to continue expanding our vaccine effort as more supplies become available.

Another promising breakthrough in COVID-19 care is monoclonal antibody treatment. The treatment, given soon after testing positive for COVID-19, has dramatically reduced the risk of hospitalization and death from COVID-19 in our patients. To date, UPMC has provided the therapy to more than 1,000 patients across our communities. For more information on this promising treatment for COVID-19, visit UPMC.com/AntibodyTreatment.

In a press conference last week, UPMC doctors provided an update on our COVID-19 vaccination and monoclonal antibody efforts. To watch a replay of the press conference, visit UPMC.com/COVID19.

Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its guidelines on preventing COVID-19 spread in schools.

The new recommendations apply specifically to K-12 schools. They include updated guidelines on physical distancing between students, as well as the importance of ventilation. For more on how students, teachers, and staff can stay safe in school, visit our HealthBeat blog.

Pregnant women are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine under Pennsylvania's Phase 1a.

In the coming weeks, we will be offering vaccination clinics for pregnant women at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital. These clinics are for pregnant women only. If you are pregnant and wish to sign up to receive a vaccine at UPMC Magee, call 833-653-0519.

According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), pregnant and lactating women who are eligible should be free to get the COVID-19 vaccine if they choose.

Women who are pregnant are at greater risk for severe illness from COVID-19 than women who aren’t pregnant. Pregnant women also are at greater risk for adverse pregnancy outcomes, such as preterm birth.

The authorized COVID-19 vaccines were not tested on pregnant women during clinical trials. However, all available data since vaccination distribution began suggests the vaccines are safe for both pregnant women and their unborn babies. The risk of COVID-19 is greater than the risk of vaccination.

If you are pregnant and wish to learn more about receiving the vaccine, we encourage you to talk to your doctor. For more about the COVID-19 vaccine and pregnancy, visit our HealthBeat blog.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Fwd: Gary Kanter posted on the Celebrating the Life of Anne Feeney discussion board

----- Forwarded message ----
From: Action Network


Gary just posted a note on the Celebrating the Life of Anne Feeney discussion board:

As a newly-oradined host, Anne was one of my very first interviews on "We Do The Work", our weekly half-hour labor radio program originating from the Skagit Valley in northwestern Washington state. I had met her a couple times during her various tours through the region...and even performed at a Tacoma-based fundraiser to assist with her medical fees. More recently, I shared a stage with her as we both performed to raise money for mutual friends who were enduring severe medical and financial days. I, of course, opened...well aware the audience was primed for Anne. I felt like Tiny Tim warming up the audience for Neil Young.

Anne was a great interview. All I really had to do was start a sentence with "tell me about _______" and sit back as she regaled me with stories of her family history in labor activism and her own path as a musician, songwriter, labor lawyer, and AFM local president. We discussed the brain condition that was supposed to have killed her years earlier...but like many of her other foes, didn't have the guts to confront her.

Of all the issues we discussed, the most compelling was the debate as to which of our fathers had been the oldest draftee in WWII. After all the math, her dad won the dubious title by a matter of months. It was only recently that I learned my dad had actually been born two years earlier. I never had the heart to publish the correction.

Theopening and closing theme of "We Do The Work", throughout its entire run, was Anne's version of John Fromer's great song of the same name. So, as we expanded our market to about eight states, more and more listeners were introduced to us by Anne's singing. She was heard more than any of the various hosts and commentators. The show, in a way, was an Anne Sandwich.

Due to Covid closing our studio and other issues, we decided to discontinue the show. We unanimously decided our final broadcast would be a rebroadcast of her interview. As it is wont to do do, fate added a major piece of irony to the event. Anne Feeney died within a day of that broadcast. Rest in Power, sister Anne!

Here is the link to the final broadcast of "We Do The Work" featuring the great Anne Feeney: https://beta.prx.org/stories/356389

You can respond to this post on the discussion board by clicking here.

-- Action Network

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Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Fwd: Employment Opportunities

----- Forwarded message ---------

Employment Opportunities

First Tee - Pittsburgh eagerly awaits the completion of the new Arnold Palmer Learning Center, and the chapter anticipates increased demand for the services we offer.  We're actively seeking individuals to fill the following employment opportunities:

Golf Course Maintenance - We need one Full-Time or two Part-Time employees to assist us with maintaining the Bob O'Connor and Pleasant Ridge facilities.  This position(s) would primarily be responsible for mowing grass and performing landscaping work.  The Golf Course Maintenance staff usually starts work in the early morning, and are typically done by 2:00 PM each day.  Applicants for this position MUST have reliable personal transportation. 

Golf Shop Associate - When the APLC opens, we anticipate high demand levels for both playing the golf course and using the new Trackman simulators.  Based on simulator demand, we foresee potentially being open until 10:00 PM each evening.  Golf Shop Associates must have outstanding interpersonal skills and be able to effectively utilize the Point of Sale system and the simulators.  They typically work Part-Time up to three or four shifts per week, with flexible hours. 

Golf & Life Skills Coach - First Tee - Pittsburgh celebrates the chapter's twentieth anniversary in 2021, and we are actively preparing for increased programming demand in response to the APLC opening.  We seek a variety of adults interested in becoming a PLAYer level Coach.  Coaches are responsible for guiding youth to becoming responsible citizens and committed, active golfers.  Both coach training and programming classes would be held at the Bob O'Connor Golf Course at Schenley Park.

All employees of First Tee - Pittsburgh must successfully complete SafeSport training and a background check.   The initial compensation rate for new FTP employees is $10 per hour, and current chapter staff may play the Bob O'Connor Golf Course at a discounted fee. 

Questions and applications should be forwarded via email to Eric Kulinna, PGA Director of Golf & Player Development at ekulinna@firstteepittsburgh.org.  


Bob O'Connor Golf Course
5370 Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15217
(412) 622-6959    https://www.thebobgc.com/

Wednesday, February 03, 2021

Fwd: 4 Learning Theories Every Online Educator Should Know



4 Learning Theories Every Online Educator Should Know

Today's Blog Post


4 Learning Theories Every Online Educator Should Know

Because understanding how we learn influences how we teach.

by Laura Lynch on February 3, 2021


Monday, February 01, 2021

Fwd: [Art-All-Night] Art All Night 2021 Planning Committee



---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Art All Night <info@artallnight.org>
Date: Mon, Feb 1, 2021 at 8:54 AM
Subject: [Art-All-Night] Art All Night 2021 Planning Committee
To: <art-all-night@artallnight.org>


Greetings Art All Nighters,

Art All Night is embarking on its 24th year of celebrating art, music, and performance in a free, non-juried, non-censored show!

Because of the pandemic, 2021 will be our 2nd virtual show, this time at the end of April.  Art All Night needs one thing in order to be successful: a planning team of dedicated people to take on the responsibilities required for show preparation.

Planning members
meet most Wednesdays on Zoom from now until the end of April to discuss everything that goes into planning our virtual show. We are especially excited for new virtual ideas to incorporate in 2021 and new ways to do some of the old favorite things.

If you are interested in helping please reply to this email and we will send you the Zoom link for the meeting this Wednesday, February 3rd at 7:15 pm.

Any questions or comments? We would like to hear from you. Please email
info@artallnight.org or visit www.artallnight.org.

If the planning team is not for you, know that you may still be needed in the future when we can have the show in person once again.

The Art All Night Planning Committee.

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ArtAllNight


Art-All-Night mailing list
Art-All-Night@artallnight.org
https://mail.artallnight.org/mailman/listinfo/art-all-night

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Fwd: How EdTechs and higher ed institutions partner for rapid innovation




Hear how EdTech tackles the biggest challenges facing students and educators.
 
Webinar
Evolution to revolution with D2L and Northcentral University
 
Amazon Web Services
 
 
Innovating in a new virtual education landscape
 

Join John Baker, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the EdTech D2L, and Dr. David Harpool, President of Northcentral University, as they discuss how using education technology (EdTech) is now a revolution that upends the way institutions think about learning.

Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Live webcast available across multiple timezones

 
 
 
 

About IMAGINE: The New World of Education

This online series elevates key conversations with leaders from across the global education community. Join us each month to discover how education institutions and organizations are currently innovating in the cloud to deliver more engaging learning environments for students and teachers.

 
 
 
Access on demand content at any time
 
 
 

 

Fwd: The GameStop rebellion




Tomorrow on the Tom Woods Show I'll be talking to economist Bob Murphy, with whom I used to co-host the podcast Contra Krugman, about what's going on with GameStop stock, hedge funds, and government.
 
It's been quite something to watch, though.
 
If the average American suffers a loss, that's a darn shame. If big players suffer a loss, shut everything down!
 
Hedge fund Melvin Capital just closed out its short position after suffering a massive loss.
 
How could this have happened? A bunch of newbs on Reddit coordinated something this massive?
 
I'm not sure that they really are newbs. They sound pretty darn informed to me.
 
Regardless, what a moment this is. How much more obvious can the elites make it? Things are supposed to go the way we want. When they don't, we go crying to regulators to save us. And the media can be counted on to report our version of events.
 
These days I think a lot of people have become so demoralized that they think they have no power. The Establishment dominates everything, and there is no hope.
 
But that isn't so.
 
If the Establishment had things well in hand, they wouldn't need to propagandize us so relentlessly.
 
And I hope it's obvious that this is true also in your own life and your own business: even in this day and age, the little guy can prosper.
 
Yes, the bad guys have been making some disturbing moves lately. But you can still do things -- like run your own store from your computer! -- that would have seemed out of science fiction a generation ago.
 
The first of the two encore presentations of our workshop on running eCommerce stores as an excellent newbie entry point into online business starts in under an hour: 10am Eastern.
 
Register for that one or the one later today at the link, and start 2021 off on a note of hope: 
 
 
Tom Woods
 
 

Monday, January 25, 2021

Cousin Celebration

Happy Summer To All

Past Project and News of Visit to Florida

Thanks for all the materials and contributions to our photo album for Aunt Audrey of Florida. The photo book turned out great with many photos covering the entire family. Aunt Audrey loved it.

We spent an afternoon with Audrey, Barbara and her children (David and Melody), Diane & Phil and their children (Joe and Jennifer), and Linda & Chuck (with Andrew and Chester). It was a wonderful visit, but too short a time.

New Members

It is exciting to learn that our extended family has grown in numbers with two new members. Stephen Taylor in July of 92 and Jennifer Marie Kirby in August 92.


Reasons to Celebrate

We’ve got good reasons for a celebration, now lets have one. A party is planned for Saturday, October 3, 1992 at noon (to whenever) at Duff Park in Penn Hills.

Directions to the Park and Party

Take the Penn Hills exit off of the Parkway East. Take the exit which blends into Rodi Road. Follow Rodi Road and turn LEFT off of Rodi Road onto Duff Road. The corner of Rodi and Duff has Alway Tires, Ryan Auto Glass and Newport Square.

Follow Duff Road up a long hill, and at the crest of the hill at a baseball field, make a sharp left turn. The road is before the school and beside the tennis courts. This road leads directly to the Park Pavilion and our party.


Bringing Things

If Uncle Joe’s family wold bring deserts and Aunt Margaretmary's family would bring salads, Uncle Leo’s family will do the rest.

RSVP

Please RSVP before September 25 and if you are unable to attend, please send news and pictures.


Love, Aunt Audrey

Monday, January 18, 2021

Fwd from John: My thoughts on MLK day and beyond

--- Forwarded message ---------
From: John H. 
Date: Sun, Jan 17, 2021 at 10:38 PM
Subject: My thoughts on MLK day and beyond


Martin Luther King was Angry and So Am I

 

As I sit here in the prelude to Martin Luther King Day I am angry, frustrated and depressed.  This morning I tuned into our church service only to be advised that while we, as a predominately  white church, were singing some black spirituals this was not to be seen as an appropriation of 'blackness' and that we shouldn't be ashamed to do so.  But why should we ever have to be reminded of such a thing.  Singing another culture's songs should always be seen as a celebration of that culture's traditions and a spreading of understanding.  It made me upset insofar as it was just one more example of the current trend being imposed on us to apologize for the accident of being born 'white'.  I refuse to be ashamed of who I am.  I am, however, ashamed and deeply saddened by what many whites have done both historically and currently to people of color both in this nation and around the world.

 

Yes, "Black Lives Matter", but so do Palestinian and Afghani and Syrian and Iraqi and Yemeni and Iranian and Indonesian and Congolese and Sudanese and Libyans and Venezuelans and Hondurans and Cubans and all of the other people of the world which we Americans have been directly and indirectly complicitly involved in murdering – and not just historically, but at this very moment in the support of corporate greed and the expansion of empire.  And, yes, this is an equal opportunity killing by Americans of all races and creeds, regularly celebrated in our corporate media as some perverted form of the defense of freedom.  But freedom for whom?

 

What we call freedom in this nation is not freedom in any real sense of the word.  It is an illusory meme draped over the our corporate killing ground to give us comfort while living in violent kleptocracy run by oligarchs and plutocrats whose only concern is grabbing everything possible regardless of the cost in human and environmental destruction.  They succeed by controlling what we are allowed to know and how we are allowed to know it.  They own the media which controls the propaganda which we are daily fed and they knowingly feed it to us in a manner to insure that we mere 'consumers' will always have reasons to hate one another – but never 'our betters'.  Thus, our media minders insure that class issues are never allowed to rise to the surface of the discussion.  We are always forced instead into issues of culture, race, gender or religious differences that are intended to separate rather than unite us.

 

One of the ways of doing this was devised by the CIA propaganda apparatus.  That was to promote the idea that anyone suggesting that a conspiracy might exist from within the government was a "conspiracy theorist" and then equating such a person with being nothing more than a fringe loony.  The problem is that there have been many actual historical conspiracies engaged in by high governmental officials of the United States – many by operatives of the CIA – which have been well documented – and they continue to this day.  The reasoning, of course, is that by creating the 'brand' conspiracy theory as a loony tune concept would eliminate any possibility of actual high-level conspiracies from being exposed.  And, for the most part, this has worked exactly as planned.

 

This is not to suggest that every conspiracy proposed is real or that some persons proposing them are not crazy as loons.  This is what gives the whole scheme credibility.  We know, for instance, that Bush's Iraq War started as the result of an actual conspiracy on the part of the Bush administration, planned well before 9/11, to 'cook the books' so to speak by creating fictitious evidence and by funneling false information to Judith Miller of the New York Times to gin up popular support for a devious and terrible undertaking.  But even before that, 9/11 was also used as an excuse for attacking Afghanistan in another attack planned long before 9/11 in an effort to drive out the Taliban because they had refused to agree to a proposed pipeline through their nation which would have benefitted Halliburton then chaired by Richard Cheney.  This too was a conspiracy, though never touted as such by the media.  Thus, 9/11 was an extraordinarily useful tool for the start and continuation to two never-ending illegal wars of choice which have resulted in the deaths and injuries to literally millions of people in multiple nations since 2001.

 

The CIA has been involved in literally hundreds of conspiracies of various natures since its founding at the end of World War II including the smuggling of heroin and cocaine from Southeast Asia and South and Central America into the U.S.  But these are never discussed in polite company nor, heaven forbid, on mainstream media.  There is the current conspiracy, operating in the open, to overthrow the legitimately elected government of Venezuela and the one just defeated where Honduras took back its legitimate government following an overthrow by the CIA assisted by Hillary Clinton's State Department.  There was the conspiracy following World War II to save many high-level Nazi officers and scientists by moving them to South American, the U.S. and parts of Europe where they would be secure and available for our use.  But we don't like to discuss this too much.

 

I could go on and on, the list is almost endless.  There is the fabricated case against Julius Assange and Wikileaks for which Assange is still being tortured in Britain for the crime of publishing material he was handed – something the New York Times regularly gets away with as they and he should.  But because Assange released information which was embarrassing to the United States he must be severely punished if not murdered.  And on, and on, and on . . .

 

And now, as a result of the assault on the Capitol, Joe Biden is proposing a new Domestic Terrorism law to supplement the already terrible Patriot Act which gave widely broad surveillance powers to the national security state.  This is an awful idea which was, as with the Patriot Act, already in the official pipeline prior to the Capitol assault.  The official excuse is the need to go after right wing vigilante militarism.  But what the powers that be really fear is not the right, they are entirely comfortable with fascism in its various forms.  What they fear is the progressive left because it is the progressive left that is willing to call out the Democratic Party establishment for the neoliberal corporate posers that they are.

 

The Democratic Party establishment as well as the 'liberal' mainstream media have firmly and thoroughly aligned themselves with the national security state.  At this juncture there is essentially no separation between the two.  It now appears that at least half of the commentators on CNN and MSNBC are former or current members of the FBI, CIA, NSA, Justice Department, Defense Department or other military or security agencies.  The primary bastion of liberal news, the New York Times has long been a semi-official conduit of propaganda from the CIA as is NPR.  Sadly the right wing media and the Republican Party are no better.  They just spew a different brand of similar prowar pro-surveillance propaganda aimed to keep their particular audience angry and inflamed against the left.

 

So where does this all leave us?  It does, I believe, leave us in a form of Orwellian hellscape where nothing is true and everything subject to distorted propaganda.  If one dares question the prevailing dogma he or she is charged with being a "conspiracy theorist" and thus a "nut case" unworthy of consideration.  And now that private monopolies such a Google, Facebook and Amazon are being permitted to disappear any and everyone they chose from the Internet dissenting voices of whatever stripe are at great risk.  The probability of a new Domestic Terrorism Law threatens to clamp down and dampen dissident views even more.  These certainly make it appear that the United States is on the cusp of becoming a purely fascist society in the most horrendous Orwellian way imaginable – not by soldiers stationed on the street corners, but by very effective thought control managed by corporate overlords and their political heiring's with a hard-right Christian fundamentalist military standing guard in the background.

 

I don't know about you but the prospect of this makes me very, very sad and very glad to be old.  Perhaps you noticed that I made no mention of the imminent global climate catastrophe in this piece.  That was no accident.  I did so because in this scenario there is simply no possibility that the powers that be will take any meaningful action – even if such action is possible – to ameliorate the coming destruction of life on planet Earth, at least life so far as we know it. 

 

So as I write this, now in my late seventies, I realize that I have now lived through the highlight period post-capitalist wonder in the world.  Coming out of the Great Depression in the 1930s and 1940s and following the horror of World War II there was an optimism that humankind had embarked on a new and more enlightened course in the world – that prosperity for all could be at hand.  And yet here we are now, a scant 70 or so years later looking at an Orwellian present and desolate future if there will be a future for humanity at all.  How could it be that we have allowed our so-called civilization to collapse in on itself so catastrophically so quickly?  How can it be that we imposed on ourselves a system of greed and self-interest to the detriment of all life to take control of our very existence?  In the end it is nothing less than a form of self-immolation.  It is the Icarus myth writ to a civilizational level.  Who now will be left to write the obituary for humanity?

 

  John

 

"You're not to be so blind with patriotism

that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong,

no matter who does it or says it." 

- Malcolm X

 

 

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--
Ta.
 
 
Mark Rauterkus       Mark@Rauterkus.com 
Webmaster, International Swim Coaches Association, SwimISCA.org
Executive Director of SKWIM USA, a 501(c)(3), SKWIM.us
The Pittsburgh Project - swim coach and head lifeguard
Coach at The Ellis School for Swimming, T&F and Triathlon
Pittsburgh Combined Water Polo Team & Renegades (Masters) 

CLOH.org & Rauterkus.com & 4Rs.org

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