The 25th November is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

❝ Gendered violence is so much more complicated than punching a woman in the face. It cannot be reduced to Good Guy/Bad Guy. Gendered violence – men’s violence against women – is a complicated execution of many aggressions, some massive and some micro, that sits on a broad spectrum. If you’ve never punched a woman but you ritually engage in slut-shaming, congratulations – you’re not a Good Guy. If you’ve never sexually assaulted a woman but you say that women who wear short skirts are ‘asking for it’, congratulations – you’re not a Good Guy. If you’ve never bruised a woman, but you enjoy telling sexist jokes and laughing at women when they ‘overreact’, congratulations – you’re not a Good Guy. If you’ve never killed a woman but your days are filled with abusing them online, harassing them, calling on every patriarchal designed insult to humiliate them and make them believe they are less than you, congratulations – you are not a Good Guy.
There is so much more to being a Good Guy than simply not being a Bad one. If you say you love women and believe in equality but you believe women are obliged to listen to you respectfully no matter what you say to them, to honour your intelligence, to acquiesce to your authority, to be flattered when you talk to them, to respond when you call, to understand that their place is beneath you and that this isn’t a matter of inequality it’s just a matter of merit, to shut up when you tell them to, to feel bad when you want them to, and to absorb the hatred spawned by your insecurities and sense of emasculation when they don’t do these things – congratulations, you are not a Good Guy. ❞
Clementine Ford

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This weeks links (2015-11-23)

In brief:

* Schools hit a wall with open-plan classrooms (2015-Nov-23) [The Age]
They knocked down walls to revolutionise learning and now they are putting them up again.
Open-plan classrooms have caused nothing but trouble for many schools, which are putting up partitions and walls to counter the deafening noise created in the barn-like spaces.
Distracted students and teachers with strained vocal chords are another unintended consequence of the open-plan classroom trend, according to Macquarie University PhD candidate Kiri Mealings. …

* Computers ‘do not improve’ pupil results, says OECD (2015-Sep-15) [BBC]
Investing heavily in school computers and classroom technology does not improve pupils’ performance, says a global study from the OECD.
The think tank says frequent use of computers in schools is more likely to be associated with lower results.




* Bicycle Plan – City of Melbourne:
Melbourne Bicycle Plan 2016-2010 (DRAFT) [PDF]

* Elite Men’s Race | 2015-16 Cyclo-cross World Cup – Koksijde, Belgium

* Elite Women’s Race | 2015-16 Cyclo-cross World Cup – Koksijde, Belgium

Some reading/listening:

* Jenna Helland – The Freedom of Navid Leahy (2015-Nov-11)[Tor]
Fantasy, Young Adult || Sevenna City simmers with tension between the ruling elite known as the Zunft and the working-class cottagers. Hoping to regain control, the Zunft cracks down on the cottagers, but their brutality just fuels the flames of rebellion. A cottager boy tries to navigate the dangerous currents of the city but finds himself on a collision course with both the Zunft and the people who want to bring them down. “The Freedom of Navid Leahy” is set in the world of Jenna Helland’s debut novel, THE AUGUST 5.

Something from Bandcamp:
Ornamental (a Projekt Holiday Collection) by Various Artists

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Wednesday WIN (2015-Nov-18)

Alastair Humphreys – Into the Empty Quarter

Alastair Humphreys and Leon McCarron set out on an expedition inspired by Wilfred Thesiger’s great journeys through the Empty Quarter desert on the Arabian peninsula.
This is the short festival version of their film. For the full film and more information, please visit http://www.intotheemptyquarter.com

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Tuesday Tunes‬ #209 – Crunch Time

This weeks use the Tuesday Tunes‬ playlist for a work out.

And now for some music …
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This weeks links (2015-11-16)


In brief:






Some reading/listening:

Something from Bandcamp:
Dragonfly – Music To Benefit Bettine Hermanson by John Hermanson

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Be a Seeker


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UCI, FIFA and next batter is the IAAF

❝ The investigation has confirmed the existence of widespread cheating through the use of doping substances and methods to ensure, or enhance the likelihood of, victory for athletes and teams. The cheating was done by the athletes’ entourages, officials and the athletes themselves. ❞
— The WADA Independent Commission (IC) report (2015-Nov-09)

Some of the Outcomes of the IC Investigation;
* The IC has identified systemic failures within the IAAF and Russia that prevent or diminish the possibility of an effective anti-doping program, to the extent that neither ARAF, RUSADA, nor the Russian Federation can be considered Code-compliant. * The IC has recommended that WADA declare ARAF and RUSADA to be Code non-compliant.
* The IC has recommended that WADA withdraw its accreditation of the Moscow
laboratory as soon as possible and that its Director be permanently removed from his position. The Moscow laboratory is unable to act independently.
* The IC has recommended that the IAAF suspend ARAF.

Russian sports minister speaks to RT over WADA doping claims

RT: The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has accused Russia of systematic doping violations and cover-ups involving Russian officials, including the sports minister. It calls for Russian athletes to be barred from competitions. Russian Minister of Sport Vitaly Mutko speaks to RT over WADA claims.

Lord Coe questioned: IAAF “asleep on the job, or corrupt?”

Channel 4 News: Jon Snow questions International Association of Athletics Federations President Lord Coe. The London 2012 boss was Vice President of the IAAF during the period when allegations of doping took place.

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