Daily Archives: July 22, 2018

David Davis brands use of child spies ‘morally repugnant’…


Date: July 22, 2018

01) David Davis brands use of child spies ‘morally repugnant’

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“UK government defends the use of under 16s as covert operatives

“David Davis, the Tory former cabinet minister, has branded recruitment of child spies “morally repugnant”, as he led politicians and human rights groups in condemnation of police and intelligence agencies’ use of the tactic.

The recruitment of children as so-called covert human intelligence sources emerged this week after a House of Lords committee raised the alarm over proposals to loosen restrictions surrounding it.

The secondary legislation committee reported that the home office security minister, had informed it there was ‘increasing scope’ for children to be used to counter crimes such as terrorism, gang violence, drug dealing and child sexual exploitation.”


Waking Up with Sam Harris #131 – Dictators and Other Imponderables (with Masha Gessen)…


Date: July 22, 2018

01) Waking Up with Sam Harris #131 – Dictators and Other Imponderables (with Masha Gessen)


“In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Masha Gessen about Vladimir Putin, the problem of gauging public opinion in Russia, Trump’s fondness for dictators, the challenges of immigration, comparisons between Christian and Muslim intolerance, “fake news” and the health of journalism, the #MeToo movement, and other topics.

Masha Gessen began contributing to The New Yorker in 2014, and became a staff writer in 2017. Gessen is the author of nine books, including The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia, which won the National Book Award in 2017; and The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin. Gessen has written about Russia, autocracy, L.G.B.T. rights, Vladimir Putin, and Donald Trump, among others, for The New York Review of Books and The New York Times. On a parallel track, Gessen has been a science journalist, writing about aids, medical genetics, and mathematics; famously, Gessen was dismissed as editor of the Russian popular-science magazine Vokrug Sveta for refusing to send a reporter to observe Putin hang-gliding with the Siberian cranes. Gessen is a visiting professor at Amherst College and the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship, a Nieman Fellowship, and the Overseas Press Club Award for Best Commentary. After more than twenty years as a journalist and editor in Moscow, Gessen has been living in New York since 2013.

Twitter:@mashagessen”

2020 Democratic Candidates Ranked By CNN…


Date: July 22, 2018

01) 2020 Democratic Candidates Ranked By CNN


“We are in the below-the-surface part of the presidential primary fight right now — and will be for at least the next five months, while the Democratic Party focuses on trying to win back control of the House and Senate. But just because you don’t see or hear about everything that’s going on doesn’t mean it’s not happening.
Which brings us to our rankings of the 10 men and women most likely — as of today — to wind up as the Democratic nominee in 2020. In ranking these candidates, we considered current polling, historic trends and lessons that the 2018 Democratic primaries have taught us. So, we tended to default to early polling leaders. And women. And liberals.”

Citation:
https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/19/politics/2020-democrats-rankings/index.html