Bermuda hosts 2017 America’s Cup

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

bermuda

… 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. …

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

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.

Beau Donaldson - rapist

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.

Jordan Johnson

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.

Pabst

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.)

60 Minutes – Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton … is a British Formula One racing driver from England, currently racing for the Mercedes AMG Petronas team. He is the 2008, 2014 and 2015 Formula One World Champion. …

Lewis Hamilton

I try not to follow professional sports. Especially motorized professional sports.

Impressively I’d never heard of Lewis Hamilton until a couple of weeks ago. But his story is fascinating.

Watch it on 60 Minutes.

why Muhammad Ali wouldn’t go to Vietnam in 1967

Muhammad Ali:

“My conscience won’t let me go shoot my brother or some darker people or some poor, hungry people in the mud for big, powerful America.

And shoot them for what? They never called me nigger, they never lynched me, they didn’t put no dogs on me, they didn’t rob me of my nationality, rape and kill my mother and father.

Shoot them for what? How can I shoot them poor people? Poor little black people and babies and children and women. How can I shoot them poor people? Just take me to jail.”

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Muhammad Ali was right, in my opinion. One of the most famous athletes in America lived the courage of his convictions. Good for him.

Muhammad Ali stands over Sonny Liston

How Things Break

Ali fought Liston 50 years ago. Two legends were born, but another was broken.

The real story behind one of the greatest sports photos of all time.

Muhammad Ali in action after first round knockout of Sonny Liston at St. Dominic's Arena, Lewiston, ME May 25, 1965.
Muhammad Ali in action after first round knockout of Sonny Liston at St. Dominic’s Arena, Lewiston, ME May 25, 1965.