Simon Kuper: I’ve just finished writing a book that took me into the world of Russian-British double agents during the cold war

Simon Kuper: I’ve just finished writing a book that took me into the world of Russian-British double agents during the cold war. I watched these people hop between countries, haunt British prime ministers and (if they were Russians) get killed. (British traitors, especially posh ones, usually walked away scot-free.) Little has changed today. Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia are lying critically ill in Salisbury, weeks after being attacked with a Soviet-era nerve agent. The former Soviet secret policeman Vladimir Putin is recreating the world that shaped him: cold-war spying. Putin can manipulate us because he has learnt that in espionage, it’s not generally the secrets that matter. It’s the reaction of the public, media and politicians whenever spies are exposed to the light. For two countries that didn’t have much to do with each other until rich Russians colonised central London this century, Russia and the UK have long engaged in vast mutual spying. But most of it was useless. British double agents such as Kim Philby and Guy Burgess often complained that the Soviets ignored their finds. Many of the British documents that Burgess gave the KGB weren’t even translated into Russian.
However, if these places are too familiar to you, let’s take Thailand Cambodia Vietnam tour to make your trip more exciting.

Y’All Folks in part of Riverside along with ENTIRETY of Corona, Norco, Eastvale and Jurupa Valley: I Want You to Vote for the Greatest Progressive…

Y’All Folks in part of Riverside along with ENTIRETY of Corona, Norco, Eastvale and Jurupa Valley: I Want You to Vote for the Greatest Progressive Candidate in Riverside since Bill Hedrick ran against that Backwater Visigoth Ken Calvert (for what is now Mark Takano’s elected position in congress). Penny Newman is a champion of the people who shows how you can be pro-worker and pro-environment at the same time–without ever sacrificing both in the process. She is running for District 2 in Riverside County Board, which deals with billions of dollars a year that dwarfs the responsibilities of a city mayor or council member. Penny wants a bottom-up democracy, and wants to make her inaugural term as County Board of Supervisor to be one for the ages. Please help me in getting her across the finish-line. You can donate to her campaign down below and find out if you are in her district. The 28ers, an organization I co-founded, also endorses her for District 2 for Riverside County Board. We don’t call her THE BERNIE SANDERS OF RIVERSIDE FOR NUTHIN’. My thanks to her tireless campaign staff, Mayra Jackson and Jacob Daruvala, for their hard work in getting us this close. #ImWithHer

Fluidity, Force, Sensuality, Softness, Strength, Weakness, We are all these aspects, people, Goddesses, Nourrir sa Déesse Sensuelle – Nourish your…

Fluidity, Force, Sensuality, Softness, Strength, Weakness
We are all these aspects, people, Goddesses
Nourrir sa Déesse Sensuelle – Nourish your Sensual Goddess
Join me for a Masterclass this weekend @womenspiritfestival
Sunday 18 March 13.00
According to Patrick Frapeau this is soft Shakti ….
Photo taken from the magnificent book Yogasm by Anka Partouche and Helene Duval

International Women’s Day, Part 3, To all those who have become Mother’s over the years

International Women’s Day
Part 3
To all those who have become Mother’s over the years… our children unite us to a deep vibration from within and a source of unconditional love we didn’t even know we are capable of. It helps us understand our mothers and grandmothers, it makes us strong, weak, vulnerable, forceful, creative, independent ….
I have two daughters
They teach me daily to be a better version of myself – they teach me daily about how to look at the world through their eyes – so often very different to my own.
These photos were taken when Mélodie was 5 and Cléméntine just born over 9 years ago…. I marvel at the way they grow into beautiful young girls and towards womanhood
To Mélodie and Clémentine thank you…. to my own mother Thelma Allen thank you. To my grandmothers thank you…. to all the women and mothers in this world…. thank you

A day to celebrate all that is Woman

A day to celebrate all that is Woman ….
This Ted lecture was sent to me by my dear friend Thomas Brown as he thought about my daughters and his granddaughters growing up today as young women I will let you listen to this
It strikes cords in me
#worktodowithmygirls
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=HjnclEhy960

Nervous to share what I have been through

#metoo This is raw, a little too raw, but honestly, the courage of every single woman I have seen write this post gave me the courage to share. When I first saw the ‘me too’ movement, I got nervous, like stomach ache and barf kind of nervous. Nervous to share what I have been through. I know I share A LOT on here about what I have gone through in my life, but the physical violence I experienced in relationships sits in a different place in my heart and mind, than the sexual assault. Being sexually assaulted my freshman year of college started this downward spiral into depression, anxiety, and hating myself. Hating that I didn’t tell anyone, hating that I wasn’t strong enough to get him off of me. Why didn’t I tell anyone, because he was a football player and I had seen enough movies and news to know how that would end, and end me. Looking back I wish I had the courage to take a stand and I do regret that every day, but I know I can’t change that, and I pray that no one ever has to feel like that again. For those reasons, to help other women/girls and bring awareness …. that is why I share this. Sexual harassment, sadly, VERY SADLY, aside from my current position, I cannot think of a job I have had that I was NOT sexually harassed. When I spoke out, I was told “you asked for it, look at your clothes,” and “just deal with it you’re pretty.” Like are you fucking kidding me, those comments are one of the reasons I picked up, packed up and moved back to Boston. There are a lot of demons I have yet to face from my past, and there is a lot of fear that comes along with that, but I will work EVERY SINGLE DAY to be a better person and help make this world better and safer for our children. Just know this: You are NOT alone You are strong You are brave You are loved “It’s ok to be scared. Being scared means you’re about to do something really, really brave.” -Anonymous

Facebook’s data breach was enormous

Facebook’s data breach was enormous.
We went to check out a school for the Today Show that’s training kids not to give up their personal info online in the first place.
The challenge: with so much digital media, a ? now has a longer attention span than we do.

Right after POTUS took off from L

Right after POTUS took off from L.A. this morning thousands of students here walked out of class to protest inaction on guns.
At Hamilton HS I asked one young woman what she’d say to Trump if he was watching from Air Force One.
Her answer: “If you’re not going to make a change, we are.”
#NationalWalkoutDay

Hawaii’s false nuclear missile alert showed us how reliant we are on cell phones and modern technology, how unreliable that stuff can be, and how…

Hawaii’s false nuclear missile alert showed us how reliant we are on cell phones and modern technology, how unreliable that stuff can be, and how unprepared we are if the shit *really* hits the fan.
Before we were caught in the middle the panic in paradise, we were there to report on #hamradio operators. It turns out *they* could be the ones who save us all if an attack ever comes.
Here’s our NBC Left Field report.
Thanks to our fearless leader Sky Dylan-Robbins, Matt Danzico, Nicholas Ascheim, Janelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Korona and of course Aarne Heikkila for making it happen.

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