02mytwi01: RT @mosabou - There is a c... There is a context to London's riots that can't be ignored. Police in riot gear in Enfield, north London, on Sunday night.
Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters Since the coalition came to power just over a year ago, the country has seen multiple student protests, occupations of dozens of universities, several strikes, a half-a-million-strong trade union march and now unrest on the streets of the capital (preceded by clashes with Bristol police in Stokes Croft earlier in the year). Each of these events was sparked by a different cause, yet all take place against a backdrop of brutal cuts and enforced austerity measures. The government knows very well that it is taking a gamble, and that its policies run the risk of sparking mass unrest on a scale we haven't seen since the early 1980s. With people taking to the streets of Tottenham, Edmonton, Brixton and elsewhere over the past few nights, we could be about to see the government enter a sustained and serious losing streak.
...., data and maps (with links) from the #Londonriots. Here are a few of the data stories that caught my attention this week: Twitter's coming Storm In a blog post late last week, Twitter announced that it plans to open source Storm, its Hadoop-like data processing tool.
Storm was developed by BackType, the social media analytics company that Twitter acquired last month. Several of BackType's other technologies, including ElephantDB, have already been open sourced, and Storm will join them this fall, according to Nathan Marz, formerly of BackType now of Twitter. Marz's post digs into how Storm works as well as how it can be applied. Touting the technology's ease-of-use, Marz lists the following complexities "under the hood: guaranteed message processing, robust process management, fault detection and automatic reassignment, efficient message passing, and local mode and distributed mode. Strata Week: Twitter's coming Storm, data and maps from the London riots. Here are a few of the data stories that caught my attention this week: Twitter’s coming Storm In a blog post late last week, Twitter announced that it plans to open source Storm, its Hadoop-like data processing tool.
Storm was developed by BackType, the social media analytics company that Twitter acquired last month.
#UK #riots 2011 #aftermath - 02mySocDev01-2011Aug. Tottenham / Riots UK. London Riots. UK-Riots august2011. London Riots august 11. I depict a riot. Mob captured ... an engraving of the Gordon riots of 1780.
Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images. The UK Riots Update. After three days of chaos in London things were relatively quiet there last night.
Not so in other UK cities. Rioting and looting were going on in Liverpool, Manchester and Birmingham to name but three major cities. Millions of pounds worth of damage to public and private property have been done, but the biggest cost is probably Britain’s image in the rest of the world. Let’s hope the culprits get what is coming to them soon. Join TotallyCoolPix on Facebook and Twitter or join our Flickr Group. 1 A police officers stands near a burnt out shop in Clapham Junction, in south London August 9, 2011. 2 A council worker clears the remains of destroyed vehicles in Hackney, north London August 9, 2011. Riots in London - Alan Taylor - In Focus.
Riots that erupted in London neighborhoods over the weekend spread to four other cities yesterday, as hundreds were arrested and at least one person was killed.
What began as a protest against the police shooting of Tottenham resident Mark Duggan spread quickly into general rioting and opportunistic looting -- what Prime Minister David Cameron has called "criminality pure and simple. " For three days now, buildings and vehicles have been smashed and set on fire, while stores and warehouses were looted. Police have been unable to do much to slow the mayhem. Tonight, some 16,000 police officers will be deployed to London's streets in an effort to quash the worst unrest in the city in decades.
Collected here are images of the violence in the U.K. from the past several days. [41 photos] Use j/k keys or ←/→ to navigate Choose: I depict a riot. Ignore headlines about squatters, government proposals target Gypsies and travellers. Ignore headlines about squatters, government proposals target Gypsies and travellers. The prime minister's confirmation that the government will be bringing forward legislation for the criminalisation of trespass and the proposed removal of removal of legal aid from trespassers in the legal aid, sentencing and punishment of offenders bill amount to the most significant changes to the law of trespass in England and Wales for generations.
The media response, carefully directed by spin, has been to focus on squatting and, all too predictably, on "protecting homeowners" from squatters. That this response is wholly and perhaps wilfully inaccurate about the current law is something we've addressed before. Of course, squatting is threatened by the proposals, but the ramifications run deeper and wider. The law of trespass to land has a long and deeply political history, too long to be examined here. But it has always been at the stress points of social history that it has come to the fore, where access to land and a place to live have been at stake.
"[...]We are all consumers now, consumers first and foremost, consumers by rig..." The London Riots – On Consumerism coming Home to Roost. Krawalle in England: "Diese Regierung hat die Zivilgesellschaft zerstört" Krawalle in England: "Diese Regierung hat die Zivilgesellschaft zerstört" - SPIEGEL ONLINE - Nachrichten - Kultur. "Riots are about power, and they are about catharsis. They are not about poor ..." Panic on the streets of London. I’m huddled in the front room with some shell-shocked friends, watching my city burn.
The BBC is interchanging footage of blazing cars and running street battles in Hackney, of police horses lining up in Lewisham, of roiling infernos that were once shops and houses in Croydon and in Peckham. Last night, Enfield, Walthamstow, Brixton and Wood Green were looted; there have been hundreds of arrests and dozens of serious injuries, and it will be a miracle if nobody dies tonight. This is the third consecutive night of rioting in London, and the disorder has now spread to Leeds, Liverpool, Bristol and Birmingham. Politicians and police officers who only hours ago were making stony-faced statements about criminality are now simply begging the young people of Britain’s inner cities to go home. Britain is a tinderbox, and on Friday, somebody lit a match. Violence is rarely mindless. Months of conjecture will follow these riots. "Yes," said the young man.
Noone expected this. (25) Twitter / Search - Panic on the streets of London... Mark Duggan hat nicht auf Polizisten geschossen. Mark Duggan starb durch eine Polizeikugel, sein Tod löste die Gewalt in London aus.
Nun ergab eine Untersuchung, dass der 29-Jährige selbst nicht geschossen hat - was die Polizei zunächst behauptet hatte. Am vergangenen Donnerstag sah alles noch ganz anders aus: Die Polizei behauptete, Mark Duggan habe das Feuer auf die Beamten eröffnet, als diese ihn festnehmen wollten. Scotland-Yard-Bericht: Mark Duggan hat nicht auf Polizisten geschossen - SPIEGEL ONLINE - Nachrichten - Panorama. London - Am vergangenen Donnerstag sah alles noch ganz anders aus: Die Polizei behauptete, Mark Duggan habe das Feuer auf die Beamten eröffnet, als diese ihn festnehmen wollten.
Mosabou: Tottenham: Neoliberal Riot... Tottenham and Beyond: neoliberal riots and the possibility of politics. One of the many things that we hear repeated ad nauseam in the context of the present rioting in London is that the rioters are ‘feral’, ‘yobs’, ‘thugs’ or more generously ‘disaffected youth’. All the talk from Cameron and his cohorts is of crime and punishment and ‘the full force of the law’ - as if these young people did not encounter the full force of the law on a daily basis. We are told variously that there is no political context, no political motive, no political enemy – it is ‘criminality pure and simple’.
This is because violence against the police (and therefore the state) is not considered in itself to be political. William Wall - Tottenham and Beyond: neoliberal riots and the possibility of politics. "[...]Why social media bring democracy to developing countries and anarchy to ..." Is a social media-fuelled uprising the worst case scenario? Elements for a sociology of UK riots. By Antonio A. Casilli & Paola Tubaro. French version provided by OWNI.fr. This is the first of a series of joint posts of Bodyspacesociety + Paola Tubaro’s Blog. You are kindly invited to visit both websites, featuring plenty of interesting stuff. Why social media bring democracy to developing countries and anarchy to rich ones? O sublime hypocrisy of European mainstream media! David Harvey: Feral Capitalism Hits The Streets.
Reading Marx’s Capital with David Harvey » Blog Archive » Feral Capitalism Hits The Streets. (Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images) Feral Capitalism Hits the Streets by David Harvey 11 August 2011 “Nihilistic and feral teenagers” the Daily Mail called them: the crazy youths from all walks of life who raced around the streets mindlessly and desperately hurling bricks, stones and bottles at the cops while looting here and setting bonfires there, leading the authorities on a merry chase of catch-as-catch-can as they tweeted their way from one strategic target to another.
The word “feral” pulled me up short.