2016 World Rugby Classic – Bermuda

Nov 5th -12th 2016

Eight teams of former internationals today somewhat past their prime come together every year for a tournament that is more fun than competitive.

We went on Sunday the 6th to watch Canada nearly upset South Africa. It was so close.

Click PLAY or watch a promo video on YouTube.

Bermuda will be much in the news. In June Bermuda will host the America’s Cup, where the US will defend its title. Bermuda is one of Lonely Planet’s top 10 nations to visit in 2017.

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Rape and the Justice System in a College Town

Why did famed author Jon Krakauer decide to write about sexual assault?

It was after learning that a family friend had been raped by an acquaintance.

In his research tracking rape cases around the country he came across the sentencing of Beau Donaldson, a University of Montana football player who pled guilty to raping his childhood friend, Allison Huguet.

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He’s guilty. But it’s a weird story.

All the rapes covered in the book were wildly different. In each case both the man and woman involved could have made better choices. Alcohol was involved in all.

Krakauer researched College Football players because of their far too elevated social status in the U.S.A.

They feel entitled. Expect that women will want to sleep with them, even when they don’t.

Krakauer studied 230 rapes in town, most of which either weren’t prosecuted or the prosecutions were bungled. Most rapists walked away without punishment.

The stories told in Jon Krakauer’s new book, “Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town,” remind us of what a brave and risky thing it still is for a woman to report a rape.

Krakauer, who has written for this Web site, explores a spate of sexual assaults that occurred on and around the campus of the University of Montana between 2008 and 2012. For several of the women involved, the risk of reporting their rapes felt even more acute because the men they were naming were football players in a town that, like a lot of college towns, is football crazy. The team was the Grizzlies; Missoula is also known as Grizzlyville. …

The New Yorker

This guy went to trial.  If I were on the jury I would have found star quarterback Jordan Johnson guilty of rape.

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Instead the state of Montana paid Johnson $245,000 under a settlement where he agreed to drop claims that the school and its officials mishandled the investigation against him.

Later he had a tryout with a Canadian Pro football team.

As far as I’m concerned, Jordan Johnson is a rapist. Women should be warned about him.

This is Kirsten Pabst. One of Johnson’s lawyers. She comes off very badly in the book. Women do not want to report a rape to her.

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A good gift for a student going away to University for the first time would be this book – Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town

Most young people don’t know the law. Are clueless when it comes to date rape. Acquaintance rape.

By the way, Missoula has a lower than average rate of sexual assaults. If you don’t count football players.

And things are getting better.

In the three years Krakauer spent writing Missoula, the University of Montana (UM), the police department, and the prosecutor’s office have all established agreements with the DOJ to reform their handling of sexual assault. (The prosecutor’s office agreed to oversight by Montana’s attorney general only last June, after first filing a lawsuit against the DOJ.)

my 1st College Football Game

Florida Seminoles 20 – 59 Oregon Ducks

Rose Bowl 2014-15 season.

The Ducks overwhelmed undefeated Florida State with a blazing fast offense and swarming defense en route to a dominant 59-20 win at the Rose Bowl. …

Oregon dominates Florida State in College Football Playoff semifinal

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Super entertaining.

I’ve pretty much boycotted NCAA Football in the past feeling there is far, far too much emphasis on this amateur sport in the USA.

But I may watch another game sometime in future if they are all this incredible.

Rossmund Golf Resort, Namibia

I was hosted 3 nights at the lovely and unique Rossmund Golf Resort just outside Swakopmund, Namibia.

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This course, designed by Gary Player, is one of the most interesting desert layouts in the world.

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Only one problem — all those pesky Springbok on my Greens. 🙂

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You get relief if your ball lands in a Springbok “hole” — but NOT if it lands in Springbok poop.

Thule win Adventure Racing Worlds

168 hours and 23 minutes to complete the 850k course that visited both the Northern and Southern borders of Costa Rica, climbed the highest mountain in the country (Cerro Chirripo 3,800m), and saw both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts. …

Thule Adventure Team won in 2011 (Tasmania) and this year. (RESULTS)

Costa Rica was a brutal race.

Click PLAY or watch Part 1 on Vimeo.

Click PLAY or watch Part 2 on Vimeo.

The AR World Championship in 2014 will be hosted in Ecuador.