Bermuda hosts 2017 America’s Cup

Tiny Bermuda, population 65,000, is hosting one of the major sporting events of the world.

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… June 2017 … contested between the Challenger who will be the winner of the 2017 Louis Vuitton Cup and the Defender, Oracle Team USA, the winner of the 2013 America’s Cup.

One of the attractive features in the successful Bermuda bid was its ability to accommodate coveted time slots in each of the respective teams’ home countries. …

Click PLAY or watch a preview on YouTube.

Most people don’t know much about Bermuda. They’ll know a LOT more after TV coverage of this event.🙂

film set in Rio – Elite Squad

I stayed 5 nights in Rio’s Babilônia favela.

Here’s the balcony view.

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It’s very tranquil in 2016. I’d recommend you stay there if vacationing in Rio.

Babilônia was controlled for years by drug traffickers linked to the Terceiro Comando (Third Command) organization. In June 2009 police occupied the area without firing a shot. It’s been pacified and gentrified.

The film Tropa de Elite (2007) is about the police actions in Babilônia in 1997, before the visit of the pope to Rio de Janeiro, when the elite squad BOPE (Special Police Operation Battalion) is assigned to eliminate the risks of the drug dealers in a dangerous slum nearby where the pope intends to be lodged. …

The movie is based on Elite da Tropa, a book by two BOPE policemen (Batalhão de Operações Policiais Especiais – Rio de Janeiro military police squads for special actions)

Elite Squad was an outstanding commercial success, and became a cultural phenomenon in Brazil. The film won the Golden Bear at the 2008 Berlin Film Festival. Its sequel, Elite Squad: The Enemy Within, released in Brazil on October 8, 2010, holds industry records in the country for ticket sales and gross revenue.

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ethics in higher education

What is the role of the academic in such an era, or, at the very least, what are the academic’s obligations to his or her profession, campus and government?

rachel-barney-cropped-2011Rachel Barney, a professor of classics and philosophy at the University of Toronto (and a dual U.S.-Canadian citizen), this week proposed what she’s calling the Anti-Authoritarian Academic Code of Conduct.

Here’s the 10-point code in full:

  • I will not aid in the registering, rounding up or internment of students and colleagues on the basis of their religious beliefs.
  • I will not aid in the marginalization, exclusion or deportation of my undocumented students and colleagues.
  • I will, as my capacities allow, discourage and defend against the bullying and harassment of vulnerable students and colleagues targeted for important aspects of their identity (such as race, gender, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, etc.).
  • I will not aid government or law enforcement in activities which violate the U.S. Constitution or other U.S. law.
  • I will not aid in government surveillance. I will not inform.
  • As a teacher and researcher, I will not be bought or intimidated. I will present the state of research in my field accurately, whether or not it is what the government wants to hear. I will challenge others when they lie.
  • I will not be shy about my commitment to academic values: truth, objectivity, free inquiry and rational debate. I will challenge others when they engage in behavior contrary to these values.
  • As an administrator, I will defend my students, faculty and nonacademic staff. I will not allow the expulsion, firing, disciplining, harassment or marginalization of individuals targeted for being members of disfavored groups or for expressing dangerous opinions. I will speak up for academic freedom. I will insist on the autonomy of my institution.
  • I will stand with my colleagues at other institutions, and defend their rights and freedoms.
  • I will be fair and unbiased in the classroom, in grading and in all my dealings with all my students, including those who disagree with me politically.

The proposed code is similar to some of the points made by other academic groups since the election, including a petition advancing the notion of “sanctuary campuses” for undocumented students, and the American Association of University Professors’ condemnation of hate crimes. …

Professor Loraleigh Keashly linked to this on Facebook. I’m pleased she now finally realizes that helping me with my homework back in High School was unethical.🙂