Random Quotations – Oct. 15th, 2016

Five items in total…

“Researchers and practitioners… have also highlighted that the use of criminal background checks, which are a regular part of the screening process for many agencies, is likely to disproportionately impact racial minority applicants since, for a variety of reasons, individuals from those communities are more likely to have contact with the criminal justice system… While law enforcement agencies are undeniably justified in carefully vetting and investigating potential hires… excluding applicants regardless of the nature of the underlying offense, or how much time has passed since an offense occurred, or without any consideration of whether the candidate has changed in the intervening period, can be a significant – and unwarranted – barrier.” – Extracts from a Department of Justice and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission report, quoted by Lauretta Brown in “DOJ: Criminal background checks, citizenship requirements barriers to police-force diversity” – Family Security Matters, Oct. 7th, 2016.

“The narrow majority of Leave voters certainly were objecting to a perceived influx of immigrants. A great many have come from outside the EU, notably former British colonies in Africa, but never mind… Amber Rudd, the U.K. home secretary, this week said U.K. companies should be required to report the number of immigrants on their payrolls, to shame employers that allow newcomers to ‘take the jobs that British people should do’.” – David Olive, “The ugly truth behind the U.K.’s push for a hard Brexit” – Toronto Star, Oct. 15th, 2016.

“Russian officials, nominally in order to fight the spread of disease but in fact to assist oil and gas companies in their drive to take over increasingly large parts of the North have called for reducing the size of the reindeer herds on which the people of the Russian North have from time immemorial depended for their livelihoods.” – Paul Goble, “Taking reindeer away from Russia’s northern peoples could trigger revolt” – Eurasia Review, Oct. 6th, 2016.

“I want to give British companies the maximum freedom to trade with and operate within the single market and let European businesses do the same thing here… (but)… We are not leaving the European Union only to give up control of immigration all over again and we’re not leaving only to return to the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice…” – British PM Theresa May, quoted by Samuel Morgan in “UK’s May reaffirms desire for controlled immigration, accused of nationalism” – EurActiv, Oct. 5th, 2016.

“…given the uneven state of Russia’s conventional forces – which have greatly atrophied since the Soviet collapse – the country relies much more heavily on its strategic deterrent to ward off enemies than the USSR ever did. Indeed, in November 1993, Russia dropped the Soviet Union’s pledge not to be the first to introduce nuclear weapons into any conflict. Instead Russia reserves the right to use its nuclear weapons under a doctrine that it paradoxically calls ‘de-escalation’.” – Dave Majumdar and Zachary Keck, “These are the 10 killer weapons Russia and America would use in a war” – The National Interest, Oct. 8th, 2016.