Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Photos and report from the IB TIMES on Katie Ledecky's 1500m Freestyle World Record

Move over Missy Franklin and quit hogging up the the lime light, Katie Ledecky is tougher than you.

From You Tube:

American teenager Katie Ledecky smashed the world record in the women's 1,500 metres freestyle final by more than six seconds during a glittering session for the United States at the world championships in Barcelona, Spain on Tuesday (July 30).

Monday, July 29, 2013

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Wayne Kramer of the pre-punk, pre-metal period band Mc5 is a swimmer!

Won't tell you what pool I was at but Wayne Kramer was there looking good and ready to do a swim workout.  Was very excited to see that a Rolling Stone magazine, top 100-all-time guitar-players, knows all four strokes and is a competent swimmer.

Mark and Craig had a conversation with him for Mark had photographed him for a Los Angeles paper a few years back and Craig use to swim with him at one of the SCAQ pools. I must say it was awesome.

There would have been no Black Sabbath or Sex Pistols if Kramer hadn't of done it first.

Australian Olympic Swimmer Scott Miller arrested for possibly dealing meth

Scott Miller won a silver and a bronze in Atlanta in 1996. If the allegations that he was dealing meth are proven true then this guy deserves some serious jail time.

It is listed as a possession charge in The Telegraph headline but who walks around with $1,900 with cash on hand and has over $14,700 waiting in their car parked nearby.

He also was busted four-years-ago for supplying ecstasy and promised in exchange for not going to jail to turn his life around. So much for that promise. wrote that "...He's accused of either stealing the two sums of money or obtaining them by some other illegal means. ..." They Also included this gem: "...He had been arrested on the morning of June 18 at a home in Mascot, after police allegedly found on him three small, resealable bags of methylamphetamine totalling 1.04g. ..."

Would be interested to see if he himself tests positive for meth. If not, what does that say to you?  It suggests to me he was dealing.

I just did the math on meth; in Australia a gram-of-meth cost $40 on the "cheap end" or about the same price as a gram of gold. Yeah, imagine how rich "tweakers" would get if they bought gold instead of destroying their lives, mangling their faces and terrorizing their families.

So, divide $40-into-$16,600 (the amount he was busted with) and that's a lot of meth if Miller was exclusively selling meth. A gram of meth will keep a "tweaker" up for days. Imagine what devastation 415-pounds-of-it would do.

From The Telegraph: 
"... Miller cut a forlorn figure on the video screen of Parramatta Bail Court yesterday as he was told he would remain in custody until at least Wednesday following his weekend arrest.

"I thought it was a possession charge," Miller told the court in his first moment on screen, before the charge of supplying a prohibited drug was confirmed to him. He told the court his lawyer was away and unable to represent him in court yesterday...."


Saturday, July 20, 2013

A whisper campaign to boycott the Sochi Olympic Games in Russia?

Senator Lindsay Graham got the the "B-word" or the term "boycott" out in front when he complained about Edward Snowden fleeing to Russia for political asylum. Snowden is the NSA contractor who leaked "gigabytes" worth of documents proving that our secret FISA court and its secret judges, have allowed the NSA and the FBI the complete right to spy on the citizenry of the United States without a search warrant. (Yes, we are all suspects now.)

Graham recently ranted that we should boycott the Olympics unless Russia turns Snowden over. When a noted polling college found that more Americans view Snowden as a whistle-blower rather than a traitor the concept of threatening a boycott of the Olympics unless Russia complied became nothing short of a dead duck floating face down in the water.

Now, I am seeing an article from the Windy City Times that states LGBT groups (Lesbian Gay Bi-sexual, Transgendered) are calling for a boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.

I am curious to see if  President Obama will now use LGBT issues to "mull over" a possible boycott for "human rights purposes" of course as a disingenuous reason to negotiate over Snowden return to the US; It seems like something he would do.

From the WIndy City Times:

"... Legislation prohibiting the dissemination of "propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations" in Russia passed in late June. Activists suggest that the law will give authorities a wide berth in interpreting what "propaganda" actually entails, and fear that even so much as a public declaration of being gay would be in violation of the law. Foreigners are subject to the rule as well; they can be fined, detained for 15 days and deported.

Some organizations had been urging IOC to come out more forcefully against the laws. In mid-June, after the legislation had passed the Duma, Boris O. Dittrich, advocacy director of the LGBT Rights Program at Human Rights Watch, asked IOC to "to press the authorities to state publicly that, as Olympic Host, Russia will ensure, without distinction, the safety and the freedom of expression and association of all athletes, coaches, fans, and others who will attend the Sochi Games. ..."


The purpose of the Olympic Games is to promote peace through sport and get us talking to one another. Their official phrase for this endeavor is:
"...To cooperate with the competent public or private organisations and authorities in the endeavour to place sport at the service of humanity and thereby to promote peace..." 
The IOC fired up their PR department to discuss this. They said this:

"...The International Olympic Committee is clear that sport is a human right and should be available to all regardless of race, sex or sexual orientation," the statement said. "The Games themselves should be open to all, free of discrimination, and that applies to spectators, officials, media and of course athletes. We would oppose in the strongest terms any move that would jeopardize this principle. ...” 
They don't state any action they would take but I suspect they feel the same way most of us do and would maintain a clearer head than Lindsay Graham. I suspect if any athlete mentioned they were gay or whatever, the IOC would have their back.

Boycotting the Olympics is always a bad idea. It does nothing but drive nations apart. Currently our Russian relations are strained enough and to boycott now would be a blow not just to Russia but a blow to the LGBT issues, American commerce, and most especially the athletes themselves. Nobody would win except for Lindsay Graham.

Let me back up, how would it be a blow to LGBT issues? The best avenue for those with LGBT issues is to go to the Olympics and anytime they get a forum to speak, mention that they miss their significant other or their LGBT parents. This in itself will make it a bigger and a more accessible issue since it would be televised globally and the IOC would protect them.

Next, why do I have a "push-up bra" ad from Germany in the upper-right of this post? Meet Andrej Pejic, a MAN who models womens' clothes and accessories. He would be outlawed for "promoting" his "whatever" in Russia under current laws.

YouTube: Wavepool Lifeguard Rescue: Can you find the victim fighting for their life before the lifeguard does?

I nailed it, can you? Make sure you watch it in full screen. I am very impressed with how fast the lifeguard reacted. He had no warning this was going to happen when we the viewer do.

I found this on Reddit and it has a great drowning thread on this video: [Link]

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Death by swimming - Open water deaths happening again thissummer!

I hate drowning stories especially when the people who drowned were skilled or were suppose to know what they were doing.

Coroner: York County man drowned during Harrisburg triathlon Sunday:

The individual was declared to have died by way of a pre-existing medical condition. This could have been avoided if the athlete knew before hand via a thorough medical examination.

Next, the distance was short, less than a 1000-yards. That's barely a warm-up for most of us but a formidable swim for 50% of the triathletes doing that sport.

I did the Ironman in Kona a million-years-ago and I had to have a resume of accomplishments to be accepted into that race. I do not think it would be unreasonable for triathlon directors to expect and/or demand some swimming experience via Masters Swimming.
From The PA Patriot News:

... Reed was taken to a local hospital after he was pulled from the water around 7:30 a.m. Sunday and was later pronounced dead.

On Sunday, a representative from the coroner's office said it did not appear Reed had drowned, but that he had a pre-existing medical condition. When prompted about that today, a county spokeswoman said the coroner would not elaborate, citing medical privacy laws. ..." 

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

South Carolina Senator Lindsay Graham is willing to boycott the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi Russia!

Lindsay Graham is  the senior Senator for the state of South Carolina. Politically he voted for the recently overturned Defense of Marriage Act. (He is not married and has no children.) In 2008, he served as national co-chairman of John McCain's failed 2008 presidential bid and later supported the bank bailouts instead of those with underwater mortgages.

Generally speaking you can't get more Republican than Lindsay Graham and this Republican dropped the following "bomb" yesterday:

On July 16, 2013, Graham suggested the United States should consider boycotting the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia because of "what the Russian government is doing throughout the world." Source NBC News: [Link]

Then he upped his game with some by serious "carpet bombing" of the Olympic ideal and our strained relations with Russia here:

“I would. I would just send the Russians the most unequivocal signal I could send them,” Graham (R-S.C.) said when asked about the possibility of a boycott.

“It might help, because what they’re doing is outrageous,” he said. “We certainly haven’t reset our relationship with Russia in a positive way. At the end of the day, if they grant ... [Edward Snowden, NSA whistler blower] asylum it’s a breach of the rule of law as we know it and is a slap in the face to the United States.”  Source: The Hill: [Link]

Wow, a leading member of the US Senate wants to boycott the 2014 Olympic Games over a guy that most Americans consider a whistle blower rather than a traitor. (Is this really 2013?)

"a new Quinnipiac University poll... Snowden — who is currently seeking political asylum while holed up in Russia — is viewed as a "whistleblower" by 55% of poll respondents. Only 34% view him as a "traitor. ..."  Source Business Insider: [Link]

I would not put it passed the Obama administration to float this idea given the lengths they are going to catch this whistle blower.

Again, the US government is at odds with the people, the athletes, and what is a moral good for our world at large - Lindsay Graham is leading that charge.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

FINA preparing to set open water temperature limit and it is irrationally high!

Cruel, stupid and dangerous! What "genius" at FINA even remotely thought that 88-degrees-Fahrenheit is a safe temp to swim in?

From Associated Press:
ROME (AP) Swimming's governing body is preparing to set a fixed maximum water temperature that doesn't meet U.S. standards that were introduced after the death of American swimmer Fran Crippen.

At meetings in Barcelona this week, FINA is about to set an upper limit of 31 degrees Celsius (87.8 Fahrenheit) for open water events. 
USA Swimming set a domestic limit of 29.45 Celsius (85 Fahrenheit) in the wake of Crippen's death during a sweltering 10-kilometer race in the United Arab Emirates in October, 2010. 

Here is a question: When USA Swimming purchases the services of a lobbyist does some of that money make its way into a politician's coffers?

If so, would love to know which political party USA Swimming prefers. According to a reader email it appears to be the Republicans.

When I mentioned that USA Swimming had purchased the lobbying services of  Nielsen Merksamer a Sacramento based lobbying firm hired to kill Senate Bill 131; a bill that would extend the statute of Limitations on child sex abuse lawsuits, one reader had something to say and it is a curious thought too.

This reader mentioned to me in a private email; (they wanted to remain very anonymous), that two California politicians named Steve Knight out of Antelope Valley and a former trial lawyer named Don Wagner in Orange County, California did the following to suppress SB 131 probably at the behest of USA Swimming and the Catholic Church.

 "... [Steve] has two kids in USA Swimming. If anyone should have common sense it should be Knight. Last year, as vice chair of the Republican Caucus he was on board to kill Beall's bill. His committee vote was chicken S*** and cowardly. He abstained. He knew that it took a majority of the committee members to get it out of committee so his abstention was really a NO vote. Would be interesting to see which California legislators, if any, have received money from Colorado Springs. That's one of the first orders that will come from the lobbyists. Send money to key legislators. ..." 
Don Wagner out of Orange County. He is a former lawyer who made millions suing people and now claims this holier than thou attitude about these bills. He blames trial lawyers, says they are job killers, etc..."

There you have it... Has USA Swimming hired lobbyists with member donations to make the requisite political "donations" for them to get this billed killed or "modified"?

Translating "Emoji" into a Giant Light Show at the Beijing Water Cube

By using Chinese social network data, artists are using color to reflect the current moods of the Chinese public via a light show at the Beijing Aquatics Center or Water Cube

From YouTube:
"... Ancient Chinese texts and social media meet in a new giant light show at the Beijing National Aquatics Center. "Nature and Man in Rhapsody of Light at the Water Cube," an installation created by artist Jennifer Wen Ma and lighting designer Zheng Jianwei, uses a computer program to translate I Ching and the collective mood of the Chinese people into a stunning real-time light display on the building's exterior. ..." 
You can learn more here: [Link]

Monday, July 15, 2013

Scan: Gwen Stefani signs the yearbook of fellow swim team member in high school

If this scan is real I am just loving the fact that Gwen Stefani loved being on a swim team.

Allegedly this image is a scan of what she signed in a fellow swimmer's yearbook.

Loving the drawing of Stefani's toes; very Picasso. ;-)

Shoot iPhone Swim Selfies with a GoSwim Waterproof Case

Look at what deal i missed out on...

From GoSwim:
The Optrix XD5 Waterproof iPhone 5 case, along with a monopod, has allowed me to film swimmers during lessons and in workouts, with more ease and clarity than I've experienced with any other products. Period. This inexpensive combination of products gives me the ability to "track" swimmers better than anything I've ever used. The "magic" of this case is the wide-angle lens on the back of the case. It's like having an Olloclip on your phone, but with a waterproof case. With the Optrix combination, you're now able to shoot video of your swimmers in Lane 1, and get the entire body in the frame.


English Channel Swimmer dies: "Channel swimmer was 'just wonderful', says her devastated father" - The Telegraph

Susan Taylor Channel Swimmer from Stuart Ritchie on Vimeo.

I HATE drowning stories and every summer they haunt me but the worst of all are when an accomplished swimmers drowns while carefully attacking our favorite discipline.

From the Telegraph:

The 34-year-old accountant from Barwell, Leics., undertook the challenge to raise money for Diabetes UK and Rainbows, an East Midlands children’s hospice. 
Arthur Wright, 68, described his daughter as "just wonderful" and said he was devastated by her death. The family had celebrated Mrs Taylor's and her brother's birthday at a restaurant last Thursday, he said, and he last saw his daughter on Friday night.


I personally know three channel swimmers; two English Channel and one Catalina. No swimmer approaches a channel swim halfheartedly. This is a devastating loss of a women who was trying to help others.

What can be done?

Devices called "smart watches" are about to become more ubiquitous. They will measure all sorts of bodily rhythms. blood pressure, breathing, heart rate and oxygen saturation. I encourage all open water swimmers to use them and for their support crews as well for these watches will be able to relay data via Bluetooth or WIFI to support boats

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Does USA Swimming & the Catholic church have sinister or benevolent interests in killing California Senate Bill 131?

Here is some history behind California Senate Bill 131, and when you know the history of this legislation suddenly the motives become clear as to why USA Swimming and the Catholic Church wants this bill amended or more accurately "crucified and buried."

It's my opinion that USA Swimming, the Catholic church and their lobbying firms are using a lobbying strategy that claims they want SB 131 to be a tougher bill but really they want to add an amendment so tax dependent and expensive that the bill can NEVER pass.

To condense the purpose of SB 131 into one sentence:  "... This legislation would provide a one-year revival window from 2014-14 for certain victims who were previously barred [due to a legislative error] the right to seek justice for the abuse they suffered as children. ..." [Link]

USA Swimming and the Catholic church argue that SB 131 does not go far enough, that the child abuse offenders should be jailed as well as sued. Now, that sounds commendable and noteworthy however this bill was never meant to be a child protection bill - It was meant to correct an error in a previous bill from 2002 known as SB 1779 which accidentally barred certain adults from filing lawsuits against the Catholic church. This bill would fix that error and that is the sole purpose SB 131. Once again this is a bill to correct a mistake that segregated certain victims from seeking civil justice.

The California Coalition Against Sexual Assault which supports SB 131 and explains it as follows:

"... In 2002, SB 1779 ...opened a one year window commencing on January 1, 2003 for those whose claims had been previously barred, to bring their claim. However, due to a California Supreme Court decision (Quarry v. Doe), one group of victims was not able to avail themselves of either the one year window or the amended statute of limitations. For those victims, who in 2003 were over the age of 26 and had not yet made a causal connection between their adult injuries and their childhood sexual abuse, there was no time period within which they could bring a claim. SB 131 would revive a one year retroactive window that captures these Quarry-type victims, so they can have their day in court and seek justice against their abusers.

Let me "land this plane" and summarize my opinion as to why both USA Swimming and the Catholic church are using non-candid or disingenuous reasons.

What is not stated or broadly known about California politics is that California has a severe incarceration problem. Read as overcrowding and health costs. It's cost between $52,000-and-$82,000 per adult or child to "cage" an individual per year. California jails are overcrowded and the legislature doesn't like it.

The costs of jailing people is prohibitive. So with a clever angle to stall this bill in the appropriations committee both organizations are going to try to get the concept of "incarceration costs" into this bill which as stated above would get it killed.

Both organizations have no problem with victims that were accidentally excluded from seeking justice. So, by making SB 131 an incarceration bill, both organizations can lament in public when it goes down in flames that the poor, poor victims got no justice but they will toast in private with donor sponsored Champagne that many victims were denied the right to sue.

So, when USA Swimming increases member fees, perhaps the money is going to lobbyists?

Friday, July 12, 2013

USA Swimming hires two mercenaries to "Kill Bill" - or more specifically California Senate Bill 131

Before the California Senate is a Senate Bill numbered SB 131 - This legislation would extend the statute of limitations for child sex abuse victims to file lawsuits against their abusers. It is wonderful legislation and California elected officials up and down the state in some pretty serious swimming communities are all for it.

Jim Beall, a Democrat from San Jose, is SB 131’s principal author. Ricardo Lara, Democrat from Long Beach, and Assembly member Nancy Skinner, a Democrat out of Berkeley, are both co-authors.

Why is this bill important? Diana Nyad said it best, sometimes children are not allowed to come forward or are afraid to come forward. In Nyad's case it was both:

From Out Magazine:
"... Her anger was no tantrum played out on a tennis court. “I was swimming every stroke with anger at that man and that sexual abuse,” she says. “That man” was her high-school coach back in Florida, an Olympian and Hall of Fame vet, and “that sexual abuse” was the four years of rape she endured under his tutelage. “I was so na├»ve. I hated him and loved him and felt humiliated and denigrated and so afraid, so terrified to be the last one left or the first one there in case I might be taken or attacked. ..." 
Now here is where USA Swimming comes in: Two political mercenaries, otherwise known as lobbyists, have been hired by USA Swimming to help "Kill Bill SB 131. Their names are Jim Gross and Gene Urbin from renowned lobbyist firm Nielsen Merksamer.

Instead of endorsing this bill, USA Swimming wants it erased. One has to question why would they want child victims to summarily lose the right to seek the justice or compensation they so deserve? This bill is between victim and abuser yet USA Swimming wants to get into the middle of and run this bill of the California Senate floor. One must ask why?

The short answer is that they fear liability but why do they feel liability? The only logical answer I come up with is that there are individuals or a specific individual at the "top of the food chain" at USA Swimming that is directly involved or directly knew such abuse was occurring.

Correct me if I am wrong.

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Ice hole swimming: This should cool you off on this hot summer day!

Don't try this at home or at all - these guys are NOT professionals but they are really good at being crazy.

Saturday, July 06, 2013

Britain's Swimming Stars turn GB Superheroes for an Aquatics Promotional Poster

British Gas did a 'Free Swimming' campaign last year whereas those who signed up in some registry that declared their support for the British aquatics team would be able to "...take the plunge" for free in more than 700-pools across the country.

I wonder if it boosted more participation in British pools?

This video is a behind the scenes look at the photo shoot and how they got their dramatic images.

From Digital News Agency:
Swimmer Rebecca Adlington, open water swimmer Keri-anne Payne, diver Tom Daley, water polo captain Fran Leighton, disability swimmer Sascha Kindred and synchronised swimmer Katie Dawkins teamed up to produce a stunning image, which shows that Britain’s best aquatic talent is ready for the challenge ahead.


Friday, July 05, 2013

Miami Fashion Blog: Mercedes-Benz Fashion Swim at the LUXE show

Hey any swimmers out there born in the middle or late 1990's, they make a reference in this video to swim designs of the 1970's. What I found so amusing is that the models they chose to model these swimsuits have the same bodies as the average girl did in the 1970's I kid you not. Bagels, burgers and donuts, were half the size as well.

If you don't swim, start! You you do swim, don't stop!

The overriding reason minority parents gave for not allowing their kids to participate in swimming lessons, even if they were free, was fear.

I like the way the YMCA approached this problem. Instead of finding out that minority children or poor people can't swim, the YMCA finds out why they can't swim and addresses it. Good job on them. 

The YMCA has seemingly found a way to get the whole family involved and that shared or communal learning experience binds families together as well as educates them.

Cullen Jones above who had a similar story to those featured in the article.

From Minnesota Public Radio:
Lindsay Mondick, aquatics director for the Greater Twin Cities YMCA, helped researchers convene focus groups in the Twin Cities. She says the overriding reason minority parents gave for not allowing their kids to participate in swimming lessons, even if they were free, was fear.

"If a parent was very fearful of the water, they're not going to bring their child to the water because, one, they will have a fear that they won't be able to get in and help them. And then that translates to the child. So it's kind of a cycle that isn't ever fixed because that parent will never seek out resources to have them swim," she said. 
On a side note, I suppose the dominating population in Minnesota is white so to hear the term "minority" is so funny and actually an obsolete concept in Los Angeles where English speaking only is just 40% of the population and a language other than English is 59.8%.

Largest algae bloom ever or biggest 'algae 'ka-bloom' ever has plagued swimmers at China beaches!

The image above is not a golf course fairway but rather an algae bloom of "biblical proportions."

How do I define "an algae bloom of "biblical proportions?" This 'ka-bloom' is so large that is is about half the size of Rhode Island or twice the square area of Los Angeles.

The bloom is not dangerous but who wants to swim in grass; though it might make make for a fantastic photo of a group fo swimmers doing butterfly with a turbulent contrail streaming behind them.

From APF:
"... The State Oceanic Administration said on its website that the algae, enteromorpha prolifera, started to appear a week ago and had spread across an area of 28,900 square kilometres (7,500 square miles). The previous largest bloom was in 2008 when it affected around 13,000 square kilometres, it said. ..." 

I am told that algae blooms are attracted to lots of phosphorus and China has lots of it and somehow it's finding it's way into the water. Personally I feel that if China is going to accept large amounts of phosphorus to sink into their water via run-off or whatever, they should perhaps consider harvesting the algae and aggressively protect the ocean life they depend upon.

You can do interesting things with algae and one of them is that you can convert into oil simply by cooking it. (It only takes one minute to convert algae into oil.)

This algae bloom is safe to swim and swimmers are not at risk. However, when this algae runs it's course and dies, imagine an area twice the size of Los Angeles smelling like rotten eggs? Yep, it's "swan song" will be named sulphur.

Elham Asghari: "My [open water] 20km record has been held hostage"

Elham Asghari: gave an interview to The Guardian regarding her 20km national open water record
that was rejected by Iranian swim officials simply because of their considerations regarding her body shape.

From The Guardian:
"...On a Tuesday morning in June, Elham Asghari stepped into the tidal waters of the chilly Caspian sea in northern Iran to swim 20km in full Islamic dress. But her record-breaking nine-hour feat has not been recognised by national authorities because she is a woman.

"Although I [stuck to] the full Islamic dress code and had swimming officials present at all times, [the authorities] said no matter how Islamic my swimming gear, it was unacceptable," she told the Guardian. "They said the feminine features of my body were showing as I came out of water. ..."

The thing about sports is that they are not suppose to be politically correct. If you followed the rules, wore the right uniform, and committed no violations you're gold despite how you looked doing it.

I have no problems with Islamic dress but how can a society like this prosper when their female population has rules placed upon it that can be interpreted by personal consideration or whim rather than by a set of definitions?

Imagine if an IOC official or officials disqualified Dara Torres because she looked like a 15-year-old boy rather than their own the personal definition of an adult woman as illustrated in a Renoir painting?

Personally I think Dara Torres is amazing and extraordinarily alpha but these hypothetical officials would be disqualifying her on the basis of their own personal bias and opinion rather than by a set of rules.

The SCAQ blog wishes Elham Asghari the best luck and hopes that the Iranian swimming regime she swims under comes to their senses.

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

To their credit SwimSwam apologizes for copy/pasted Swimming World article - It will never happen again.

The best part is the quality control aspect of the apology: 
"...EDITOR’S NOTE: Today, SwimSwam became aware, through a post that appeared on blogger Tony Austin’s site, that an article which appeared our site, “Six 2012 Olympic Swimmers Nominated for Ten Espy Awards”, was copied, in large part, from an article that appeared on  SwimSwam’s Contributor Agreement is clear on this point, and each contributor must agree that anything he or she publishes on is their original work; in this instance, it was not. 
We apologize for this and any confusion it may have caused.  Please read the original article on Swimming World here. ..."

Monday, July 01, 2013

"SwimSwam" obviously plagiarized and the person that plagiarized from "Swimming World" should issue an apology ASAP

Above are two screenshots, one from Swimming World and the one below it is from SwimSwam. (Click to enlarge.)

On June 27th 2013: Swimming World published the following article: [Link]

On June 30th 2013: SwimSwam copy/pasted the above article from Swimming World and by making just a few modifications called it their own. [Link]

SwimSwam obviously plagiarized and the person that plagiarized from Swimming World should issue an apology as soon as possible and the article should be taken down with said apology in it's place.

I know all about plagiarism, not only have I had work stolen from this blog twice that I know of and I watched my father go from a used car salesman in the San Fernando Valley to the International Editor of the Hollywood Reporter.

I wrote this blog post and I am updating here about my father and his plagiarism some years ago. It applies to this recent incident and the behavior of a lazy writer at SwimSwam:

Texas Swimmer spanks Timed Finals [For Plagiarism]

My dad started out as a used car salesman and eventually became the international editor for the Hollywood Reporter. He had a syndicated radio program in Australia and Lee Marvin once tried to punch him out. A pilot TV show was made from one of his books, and he broke the story that Walt Disney was dying of cancer before the mainstream media knew how ill he was.

Every morning before school he would get me up at 5:30 A.M., throw some clothes at me, and we would drive from newsstand to newsstand to see which one had gotten the Hollywood Reporter or the Daily Variety first. He would hand me 50 cents so I could buy them for him and then we would return home for breakfast.

At the kitchen table or sometimes a diner he would underline sentences from the Army Archerd column in The Daily Variety, and then do the same thing to the guy who wrote the gossip column for The Hollywood Reporter. I forgot his name.

One morning, I got fed up with getting up so early so at breakfast I asked "what are you doing, you underline these sentences every morning?" He replied back, "I am writing my column." And I said, "No you not, you're copying, you're cheating!" (I was in the 2nd grade.) It didn't go over well and I never asked again. Ultimately my dad plagiarized his way into entertainment journalism. 

Well, that is what Scott Goldblatt, the editor of Timed Finals, is being accused of doing by the swim blog, Texas Swimming. I have accused him of it too and I understand that a particular writer for the Australian press is getting wind of this sort of nonsense as well.

All Scott has to do to alleviate this criticism is to ensure he credits his sources. If he doesn't, he and the parent company of Timed Finals, the Wasserman Media Group, are going to become irrelevant to swimming.

My dad shamefully got away with it circa the 1960's, but in the age of the internet whereas everything is databased, that isn't going to happen.

Here is a link to the Texas Blog spanking. The photo to the right is the Texas swimmer himself: [Link]